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Tomorrow Studios to adapt New York Times bestseller FREEDOM

Tomorrow Studios to adapt New York Times bestseller FREEDOM

Tomorrow Studios (Physical, Snowpiercer), an ITV Studios partnership, today announced plans to adapt FREEDOM, a masterly novel of contemporary love and marriage by bestselling author Jonathan Franzen, with Scott Free Productions (The Good Fight). Golden Globe Award-winning writer and prolific playwright Melanie Marnich (The Affair, Big Love) will write the TV adaptation.

“Jonathan Franzen’s FREEDOM is a laugh-out-loud, emotional knock-out of a novel and we couldn’t have conjured a better writer to adapt this material than the brilliant Melanie Marnich. We are very excited to bring this project to market with our partners at Tomorrow Studios,” said Ridley Scott for Scott Free Productions.

“In this ever-changing world, parents are just trying to keep up and FREEDOM explores this incredible journey as only Jonathan Franzen can. We are thrilled to help bring this series to life, adapted by the incredibly talented Melanie Marnich in collaboration with the passionate, steadfast producers at Scott Free,” said Tomorrow Studios’ CEO/Partner Marty Adelstein and President/Partner Becky Clements.

“Of all my novels, FREEDOM seems to me the most directly pertinent to our current social and political moment– globally the fragile earth, nationally the great red/blue divide. I’m excited to be working with Scott Free and Tomorrow Studios on the adaptation, and I’ve felt from the beginning that Melanie is a perfect choice to write and run the show,” added Franzen.

“In FREEDOM, Jonathan Franzen created a masterpiece–hilarious, heartbreaking, relentlessly relevant–and I feel so fortunate to be diving into its world. It’s a dream project and it comes with a dream team: Scott Free and Tomorrow Studios. They are brilliant collaborators and I’m thrilled to be creating this show with them,” shared Marnich.

Released in 2010, FREEDOM was named one of the New York Times 10 best books of the year, winner of the John Gardner Fiction Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.

The story explores the journey of Patty and Walter Berglund, pioneers of old St. Paul―the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde. However, in the new millennium, they question why their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door, why has Walter, once an environmental lawyer, taken a job working with Big Coal; and why has their perfect neighbor turned into the local Fury. Patty and Walter are indelible characters, and their mistakes and joys, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, have become touchstones of contemporary American reality.

Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will executive produce the series through Tomorrow Studios, along with Franzen, Marnich, and Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, and Clayton Krueger through Scott Free Productions.

Franzen is represented by The Gotham Group on behalf of Susan Golomb of Writers House, and attorney Alex Kohner. Marnich is represented by WME and Rise Management.

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ITV commissions new Olivia Attwood series

ITV and Tall Story Pictures announce filming has commenced on

Olivia Attwood will make a full-bodied dive into the world of cosmetic surgery for a brand-new ITV series, Olivia Attwood’s Perfect…(w/t).

Following the success of her current ITV show, Olivia Attwood: Getting Filthy Rich, which explores online sex, Olivia will now immerse herself in an even more eye-boggling and cash-crazed industry – and one which she, herself, is no stranger to.

In the hands-on style viewers of Getting Filthy Rich will be familiar with, Olivia will not flinch as she delves into the extreme lengths people go to in order to achieve the ‘perfect look.’

Olivia will investigate the high-risk nature of going under the knife and the jeopardy that comes with any procedure, as well as the eye-watering amount of money some are willing to spend on their dream appearance.

Olivia asks beyond the price tag what are the potential human costs of surgery and gets up close and personal with cosmetic surgery’s winners and losers.

As a veteran of two boob jobs, a thread lift and multiple injectables, Olivia Attwood is not entirely new to cosmetic surgery. But, in this fresh and immersive series, Olivia wants to go way beyond her previous experience to find out how science and social media are redefining beauty as we all chase the perfect selfie.

In the age of the “tweakment”, the self-scrutiny of the Zoom Boom and the ubiquity of social media, Britain’s cosmetic surgeons have never been busier as one in three of us say we’d be up for a nip and tuck.

In each episode of Olivia Attwood’s Perfect…(w/t), Olivia will investigate a different part of the body, as she sets out to be the perfect guide to Olivia’s Perfect Vagina, Olivia’s Perfect Bottom, Olivia’s Perfect Penis, Olivia’s Perfect Boobs and Olivia’s Perfect Face.

Olivia will embed herself with patients and practitioners, discovering the astonishing range of procedures now available and why so many people are so keen to undergo them – she will even try out some of the treatments herself and perhaps sample the other side of the syringe by administering treatments.

Frank, funny and relatable, this series will lift the lid on our search for the perfect body.

Olivia said; “I am completely fascinated by cosmetic surgery and I’ve always been open about the treatments I’ve had done. This is an opportunity for me to get under the skin of the industry, meet key players, find out what’s happening – the good, the bad and the ugly – and what direction we’re heading in. I can’t wait to get started.”

Olivia Attwood’s Perfect Body is commissioned for ITV and ITVX by Kate Teckman, Commissioner and Head of Development for Factual Entertainment.

Kate said; “We are delighted that Olivia is fronting another series for us at ITV. I can’t think of a better guide for viewers to give them a genuinely revealing insight into the reality of an extraordinary multi billion pound industry. She will throw herself into this subject with real honesty, curiosity and humour.”

The series is produced by Optomen Television. Executive Producers are Tina Flintoff and Nick Hornby.

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ITV commissions Rolf Harris documentary

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A unique access documentary examining the shocking truth behind how former national treasure Rolf Harris betrayed the trust of the nation and hid in plain sight whilst sexually abusing children and young women for years, has been commissioned by ITV for ITVX.

Made by Optomen, Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight (w/t) will speak to Harris’ victims, the police who investigated him and colleagues who worked alongside him to tell the story of his rise and fall.

Harris led a toxic double-life, molesting contributors and crew on the shows he worked on for years. Almost a decade on from his arrest, the films speak directly to Harris’ accusers, telling the story of how his assaults became gradually more serious throughout his excelling television career in the 70s and 80s.

A 2×60, the films will document Harris’ public persona of a non-threatening eccentric who was devoted to his wife whilst revealing that actually, within the industry, Harris was increasingly known as a creep. Police began investigating him in the wake of the Saville scandal, and discovered that the truth was even darker than that – he had abused his daughter’s friend when she was just 13.

The films explore Harris’ remorseless attitude in court and his wife and daughter’s decision to stand by him. What does his story say about the nature of historical child abuse, and would he have been uncovered were it not for Saville?

Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight (w/t) is commissioned for ITV and ITVX by Kate Teckman, Commissioner and Head of Development for Factual Entertainment.

Kate said: “There are few stories as shocking as Rolf Harris. These films give a voice to Harris’ accusers, and will reveal just how the seemingly wholesome ‘national treasure’ was able to molest and abuse his victims in plain sight.”

The series is produced by Optomen Television, an All3Media Company. Executive Producers are Tina Flintoff and Nick Hornby.

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Record-breaking Women’s Euro 2022 on the BBC

Record-breaking Women’s Euro 2022 on the BBC

Millions of viewers across the UK have been gripped by all of the action this July in the Women’s Euro 2022 tournament hosted in England. Many memories have been created as Northern Ireland featured in their first-ever major finals, extra-time winners and stunning goals took over social media and England finally got their hands on a major trophy for the first time since 1966.

The tournament overall saw total TV reach of 27.4m (15mins or more) and was streamed 18m times across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app.

England clinched a major tournament trophy for the first time since 1966 as the Lionesses faced Germany at a sold-out Wembley Stadium yesterday – this game attracted a peak TV audience of 17.4m on BBC One and was streamed 5.9m times across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app.

BBC Director-General, Tim Davie says: “We are incredibly proud to have championed women’s football and are thrilled we were able to bring such a special sporting event to the public. The final was the most-watched women’s football game on UK television of all-time and the most-watched programme in 2022 so far – and deservedly so. Everyone at the BBC is delighted with how successful this tournament has been.”

Women’s Euro 2022 coverage on the BBC:

After 31 games, BBC reach (15 mins or more) has been 27.4mStreamed 18m times across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app – this is more than the 14.7m streams during the Women’s World Cup in 2019Total visits to BBC Sport website for Women’s Euro 2022 content was 15.5mTotal number of Women’s Euros 2022 content plays on BBC Sounds was 424k, a new record for a women’s football competition on 5 LiveEngland v Germany was the most-watched game of the tournament with a peak TV audience of 17.4m and peak share of 78.4%

The top five most-watched matches on TV (peak):

England v Germany (17.4m)England v Sweden (9.3m)England v Spain (7.6m)England v Norway (4m)England v Austria (3.6m)

This year, BBC audiences will have continued access to women’s football with a match shown each round from the Women’s Super League on BBC One or BBC Two, the Women’s Football Show, live women’s FA Cup football including the semi-finals and final, and other international fixtures.

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