Factual: Covering Stories From the Past 40 Years
by Broadcast Now | April 9, 2019
As reported earlier, Damian is turning his talents to factual in Damian Lewis: Spy Wars. The Billions star has signed on to produce and front the eight-part docu-drama series set in the world of espionage.
British producer Alaska TV is attached to co-produce the series with Lewis’ new firm Rookery Pictures, with first-run rights going to A+E Networks UK-owned pay-TV channel History. A+E Networks International is co-funder and has sales rights.
Former Miramax exec Richard Tulk-Hart was hired as managing director of international content sales and co-productions at A+E Networks International in 2017 to lead a push into co-created shows, and this series is the first factual fruit of that strategy.
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Off to the Races: Dream Horse
by Andreas Wiseman | Deadline | March 13, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Little Miss Sunshine star Toni Collette and Homeland star Damian Lewis are to lead cast in UK race horse feature Dream Horse for American Animals and Three Identical Strangers outfit Raw.
Euros Lyn, director on Sherlock, Happy Valley and Black Mirror, is helming the true story about a woman’s dream to breed and raise a champion racehorse on the allotment of her modest Welsh village. Hereditary star Collette will take the lead role of Jan Vokes, a middle-aged barmaid at a working men’s club who recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies (Lewis) to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against, transforming the lives of those around him.
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Plans to Develop Feature Film, Television and Theater Projects
by Peter White | Deadline | March 1, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Damian Lewis has launched his own production company, Rookery Productions, and plans to develop and direct projects across feature film, television and theater.
First off the block for Rookery is A&E Networks’ factual series Damian Lewis: Spy Wars, which he will co-produce, marking his nascent indie’s first project.
In an interview with Deadline, Lewis said that he wants to produce and direct across genres and has already lined up to develop a feature film, another television series and a play.
“It’s an opportunity for me to create some exciting drama and comedy,” he said. “It gives me an opportunity to be creating things from inception.”
He admitted that it was early days and these projects needed time to “percolate”. But he added,
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Damian Lewis is Hosting a New Factual Spy Series
by Nick Levine | BBC America: Anglophenia | February 28, 2019
Calling all Damian Lewis fans: the Homeland and Billions actor is to make his debut as a documentary host.
Lewis will show off his factual chops as the presenter of a new eight-part docu-drama series about some of the most important international spy missions of the last four decades.
The series, which is being made jointly by A&E’s U.K. and U.S. divisions, has the working title Damian Lewis: Spy Wars, Deadline reports.
Each episode will tell a different real-life spy story with Lewis introducing reconstructions of key events from the mission, as well as interviews with experts and former spies from the CIA, KGB, and MI6.
Lewis will definitely need his passport for the job, as it’s being shot in London, Moscow, and Israel.
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Damian Lewis: Spy Wars
by Kaltrina Bylykbashi | TBI Vision | February 28, 2019
A&E Networks and A&E Networks U.K. have partnered on factual co-produced Damian Lewis: Spy Wars.
Featuring Lewis in his first docu-drama role, this 8 x 60-minute factual series will reveal the remarkable true stories behind some of the most gripping and important international spy operations of the last forty years.
Using reconstructions, the show will see Lewis act as the guide with each episode telling a different spy story from the Cold War through to the ‘war on terror’ and the renewed espionage hostilities of present day. It is shot on location in Moscow, Israel and London. It will feature experts and former spies including ex-Mossad, ex-CIA, ex-KGB and ex-MI6.
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