The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is honoring Brit animator and storyboard artist Peter Western with its Special Award at this year’s BAFTA Children’s Awards. Spanning more than 40 years, Western’s designs have brought life to animated characters across a raft of TV and film productions including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Fungus The Bogeyman, Bing, Horrid Henry, American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West, The Village, The Snowman And The Snowdog, Space Jam and Quest For Camelot. He’ll receive the award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to animation at the ceremony on November 20 in London.
UK first-window rights to CBS’ hit freshman drama Bull have gone to Fox Networks Group. Launching on Fox UK in the new year, the deal builds on FNG UK’s successful portfolio of CBS programming, including NCIS, and follows the acquisition of Bull for other FNG markets including Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Sweden. Averaging 16.89M viewers Bull is the top-rated new drama of the U.S. primetime season. Michael Weatherly stars as Dr Jason Bull in a story inspired by the early career of Dr Phil McGraw. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Produced by CBS Television Studios and distributed internationally by CBS Studios International, Bull‘s exec producers are Mark Goffman, Paul Attanasio, Phil McGraw, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Jay McGraw and Rodrigo Garcia (pilot only).
Richard Bond has been appointed Creative Director at Endemol Shine’s Dragonfly. Currently Head of UK Factual at Raw TV, Bond is leaving the company after six years with such credits as the BBC’s Conviction: Murder At The Station and Channel 4 dramas The People Next Door and Cyberbully. Bond will report to Kim Shillinglaw who oversees Dragonfly, Dragonfly West, DSP and Tigress and is the strategic lead for factual across Endemol Shine UK. Dragonfly’s recent projects include Ambulance for BBC One, A World Without Down’s Syndrome for BBC Two, Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital for Channel 4, The Great British Benefits Handout for Channel 5 and upcoming The Jury for Channel 4.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon has been set to co-host ITV’s new primetime entertainment show, Dance Dance Dance. She will be joined by Will Best for the six-part series that celebrates the most iconic pop video and dance movie sequences of all time. Celebrities, together with a partner of their choice, will recreate legendary routines from Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and Madonna’s “Vogue” to Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” and Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” during the 90-minute episodes. A panel of three judges will evaluate the contestants. They include choreographers Tina Landon and Timor Steffens; and dancer, choreographer and creator of Britain’s Got Talent winners, Diversity, Ashley Banjo. ITV Studios is producing based on a Netherlands Talpa format.