Magazine article Screen International

Headline Pictures Reveals TV Slate

Magazine article Screen International

Headline Pictures Reveals TV Slate

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London-based Headline Pictures, the outfit behind Quartet and The Invisible Woman, has revealed further details of its slate of high end TV dramas.

One of the company's long gestating projects, Philip K Dick adaptation The Man In The High Castle, is now shooting in Seattle.

Headline has partnered with Amazon Studios, which is wholly funding the project, and is being filmed in the first instance as a pilot.

This will be broadcast in December and a decision will be taken as to whether a 10-part series will follow.

The drama, set in an alternate future in which Germany and Japan won the Second World War, is scripted by Frank Spotnitz and is being directed by David Semel.

The Man In The High Castle has been put together as a production between Scott Free, Headline Pictures and Electric Shepherd, the production arm of the Philip K. Dick estate.

"Headline created this show, secured the rights, financed the original scripts and then, with Scott Free and Electric Shepherd financed the Spotnitz scripts," said Headline co-founder Stewart Mackinnon.

He declined to reveal the budget of the project but said "it was on a scale no-one in Europe would spend".Marchant commits to Cybercrime

Headline has signed up award winning writer Tony Marchant (Holding On, The Mark Of Cain, Recovery) to write its new drama, Cybercrime.

Marchant has already been researching the drama with Microsoft, which has given him access to the company's huge cybercrime unit.

"Microsoft, over a period of three years of discussion, finally agreed to allow us access to their key people and to the unit itself," said Mackinnon.

The Microsoft cybercrime united was set up to protect the IP of the company. "Over the past few years, this unit has grown and has given them an insight into criminality which I think is quite unique," added Mackinnon.

The Headline boss suggested that Microsoft's interest in supporting the drama was "to show the world that those involved in cybercrime are not the odd individual living in a back room in Birmingham, hacking into this company or that company...the major crime syndicates in the world see this as an opportunity. …

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