Blink49 Studios will adapt “Things to do when it rains” – Briefs – Deadline

Blink49 Studios will adapt “Things to do when it rains”

John Morayniss’ Blink49 Studios has acquired the rights to New York Times bestselling author Marissa Stapley’s romantic drama Things to do when it rains. The novel, Stapley’s second, is set in Canada’s 1,000 Islands and centers on a woman who is driven by deception and desperation to return home from the city to her grandparents’ inn. There she meets Gabe, the island boy who was her childhood companion and first love as a teenager, but then vanished from her life without a trace. Blink49 in-house executives Virginia Rankin and Carolyn Newman will produce for the new Endeavor Content-backed studio, founded by former eOne TV chief Morayniss Patrick Theroux, Jeff Lynas and Nelson Kuo-Lee. Stapley said: “Carolyn Newman and Virginia Rankin’s passion for a book so dear to my heart is a writer’s dream – and their commitment and enthusiasm to bring it to the screen with a focus on the love story, the charm, the setting and the plot of the secrets is so exciting. The company recently rebranded from Blink Studios and signed an initial deal with Lucifer executive producer Sheri Elwood.

The “Love Raft” in Danish format sails around Europe

A host of international producers have taken over the Danish activity/dating format Love Raft from distributor Magnify Media, while the show was ordered for a second series by its host broadcaster before the first broadcast. Vincent TV for the Netherlands, Seapoint for Germany, Baluba TV for Sweden, ITV for Finland and Mastiff for Norway have acquired the production rights, with the original 12-part version from Story Productions due to launch next month on DR TV in Denmark. In love raft, 10 lovers will be paired up for a 10-day trip down a river on homemade rafts, where romances will have the opportunity to blossom in the most authentic setting. The story’s general manager, Susanne Funder-Mikkelsen, called the show “a dynamic story with a new appeal”.

Fremantle promotes Jane Atkinson

Fremantle has promoted Jane Atkinson to global production director, entertainment, taking responsibility for overseeing the global outfit’s unscripted activities with streaming platforms. She was previously senior vice-president of Global Entertainment Production at Fremantle and also worked for the BBC’s Entertainment and Events department. She will report to Chris O’Dell, Fremantle’s Global Entertainment Production Manager, who said Atkinson had “been an invaluable addition to both the Fremantle Global Entertainment team and the whole ‘company’ since his arrival in 2018.

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