ACTOR RECOGNITIONS INCLUDE REBECCA FERGUSON, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, JANET McTEER AND JACQUELINE BISSET
Beverly Hills, Calif., December 12, 2013 – STARZ miniseries were nominated for a network record six Golden Globe® nominations by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning at the 71th Annual Golden Globe Awards nomination ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The network garnered two nominations in the Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Category for its Original Miniseries, “The White Queen” and “Dancing on the Edge.”
“Our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring STARZ with nominations for both “The White Queen” and “Dancing on the Edge,” said Starz CEO, Chris Albrecht. “We are incredibly proud of our talented actors and producing partners who have been recognized for their achievements.”
This marks the first Golden Globe nomination for Rebecca Ferguson for her performance in “The White Queen” in the Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television category. Chiwetel Ejiofor received duel nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Dancing on the Edge” and Best Actor Motion Picture - Drama for 12 Years a Slave. Veterans Janet McTeer, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for “The White Queen” and Jacqueline Bisset, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Dancing on the Edge” have both been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for past performances.
“The White Queen” is a ten-part limited series is a BBC co-production, adapted from The New York Times best-selling historical novel series “The Cousins’ War” by Philippa Gregory. “The White Queen” is produced by Company Pictures and adapted by acclaimed writer Emma Frost. The series is directed by James Kent, Jamie Payne and Colin Teague with Gina Cronk serving as producer. Executive Producers include John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson for Company Pictures, Philippa Gregory, Eurydice Gysel for Czar Television, Polly Hill for the BBC and Colin Callender for Playground Entertainment on behalf of Starz.
Starz enjoys all U.S. and worldwide multiplatform distribution rights to “The White Queen” from ALL3Media International, with the exception of television rights in the UK, where the series aired on BBC One, and rights in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
“Dancing on the Edge” was filmed on location in London and Birmingham on a moving set over four months and was executive produced by an acclaimed production team including: James D. Stern, Douglas E. Hansen and Colin Callender (“The White Queen,” “Magic City”); Alison Owen (Jane Eyre, The Men Who Stare at Goats), Paul Trijbits (Saving Mr. Banks, Jane Eyre) and Poliakoff; Dan Lawson and Peter Hampden. The miniseries was produced by Nicky Kentish Barnes (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Match Point) and Faye Ward (Toast, Jane Eyre) for Ruby Film and Television. Ruby Film and Television produced the series for BBC Two, supported by Endgame Entertainment, Playground Entertainment, Creative England (through the Advantage Media Production Fund (previously managed by Screen West Midlands)) and LipSync Productions. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute the series internationally.
STARZ® is the flagship premium brand of Starz and one of the most widely subscribed premium pay TV flagship brand in the United States with 22.0 million subscribers through September 30, 2013. Offered by Starz from its operating unit, Starz Networks, STARZ’ six premium channel offerings include: STARZ, STARZ EDGE, STARZ IN BLACK, STARZ COMEDY, STARZ CINEMA, and STARZ KIDS & FAMILY. Advanced services options for STARZ subscribers include STARZ HD, STARZ ON DEMAND, STARZ HD ON DEMAND, STARZ 3D ON DEMAND, and the STARZ PLAY authenticated online offering. STARZ subscribers enjoy a wide variety of exclusive STARZ Original series, new release movies from Sony and Disney, and other popular Hollywood movies from leading studios.
About Company Pictures
Company Pictures is one of the UK’s largest independent film and television drama production companies. Television production highlights include: The Village (BBC1), Women In Love starring Rosamund Pike for BBC4, BBC2’s The Shadow Line, Elizabeth I (winner of three Golden Globes), 11 series ofShameless (Channel 4, BAFTA and RTS Awards), Skins – six series for E4, Martina Cole’s The Take and The Runaway (Sky One), Einstein and Eddington starring David Tennant (BBC1/ HBO), Inspector George Gently (BBC1), Generation Kill (HBO), The Devil’s Whore (Channel 4), Wild at Heart – seven series (ITV1) and the US version of Skins for MTV.
Other past Company Pictures productions include: The Lakes by Jimmy McGovern, A Young Person’s Guide to Being a Rock Star (RTS award Best Serial) for Channel 4 and Warner Bros, North Square (Channel 4: winner Best Series Press Guild), Not Only But Always (Channel 4: winner Best Series Press Guild, BAFTA Best Actor winner for Rhys Ifans), The Rotters’ Club (BBC), and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (HBO: winner of two Golden Globe Awards for Best TV Movie, Best Actor for Geoffrey Rush and 15 Emmys). Company has made five feature films with some of the UK’s leading directing talent including films by Roger Michell, Stephen Hopkins, Penny Woolcock, Shane Meadows and Lynne Ramsay.
Among its numerous awards, Company Pictures won Best Independent Production Company at the 2005 and 2008 Broadcast Awards and the European Producers of the Year Award at the 2004 Monte Carlo Awards. Since October 2004 Company Pictures has been a part of the All3 Media group.
About All 3 Media
ALL3MEDIA is Britain's largest independent television production company and comprises production companies from across the UK, US, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia. It also includes international distribution companies 'ALL3MEDIA International' and 'Optomen International'. ALL3MEDIA International represents third-party producers and broadcasters together with its own production companies.
ALL3MEDIA is also the largest producer of broadcaster multiplatform content in the UK, producing award winning websites and online dramas such asEmbarrassing Bodies (BAFTA), The Well (BANFF) and Britain From Above (EMMY).
PLAYGROUND is a film, television and theater production company based in New York that was founded in 2011 by the award winning producer and executive Colin Callender.
Current productions include Stephen Poliakoff’s six part BBC mini-series DANCING ON THE EDGE starring John Goodman, the second season of MAGIC CITY which premieres on Starz on June 14, THE WHITE QUEEN a ten part series based on the novels by Philippa Gregory starring Janet McTeer, Rebecca Ferguson and Max which premieres on Starz on August 14 and the new NBC series DRACULA starring Jonathan Rhys Myers which premieres in September.
Playground’s theater division is currently producing Nora Ephron’s Broadway hit LUCKY GUY directed by George C. Wolfe starring Tom Hanks which was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Actor and Best Director, as well as Harvey Fierstein’s new play CASA VALENTINA.
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