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Message  Matthieu le Lun 8 Juin 2009 - 22:28

Three sign on for 'Pillars of the Earth' (The Hollywood Reporter, 8 juin 2009).
Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland in miniseries
By Elizabeth Guider and Scott Roxborough
June 8, 2009, 01:34 PM ET

Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane and Donald Sutherland will topline the $40 million miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth," based on the Ken Follett best-seller and exec produced by Scott Free Films.

A Germany-Canada co-production spearheaded by Munich-based Tandem Communications and Montreal-based Muse Entertainment, the eight-hour saga will be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who has helmed episodes of "Heroes" and "Saving Grace" and was Steven Spielberg's first assistant director on "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List."

"Pillars" starts lensing June 22 in Hungary and Austria. The premiere is set for the second half of 2010.

McShane, who starred on HBO's "Deadwood," will play Waleran; Sutherland takes the role as Bartholomew; and Sewell, who recently headlined "Eleventh Hour," plays Tom Builder. Others who have signed on for the shoot include Matthew Macfadyen ("Frost/Nixon") as Prior Philip, Sarah Parish ("The Holiday") as Regan Hamleigh, Hayley Atwell ("Brideshead Revisited") as Aliena, Eddie Redmayne ("The Other Boleyn Girl") as Jack and Gordon Pinsent ("Away from Her") as the Archbishop.

The novel has been adapted by John Pielmeier, who will also play the role of Cuthbert in the saga. His credits include "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" and "Hitler: The Rise of Evil."

"It's great to celebrate this moment after so many years of pursuing the rights to this outstanding book," Tandem managing director Rola Bauer said. "The fact that we have been able to raise the production financing in these economically challenging times is testimony to the enduring strength of fictional television event programming and brings us into Tandem's 10th year of international co-productions."

The historical novel set in 12th century England involves war, religious strife and power struggles as well as two interwoven love stories.

Tandem closed financing for the mega-production in May, a little more than a year after acquiring the rights to the book and bringing the title to MIPTV.

The mini already has been licensed to Germany's ProSiebenSat1, Canada's CBC and the Movie Network, Spain's Sogecable, Austria's ORF, Hungary's TV2 and stateside to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for DVD. No broadcast deal is set for the U.S.

Big-budget so-called "event" minis have had a harder time in the U.S. in the past decade as appointment television has given way to time-shifting and viewing -- by young people at least -- on computers and other devices. However, finales of hit reality shows including "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars" suggest that sizable audiences can be brought back if the buzz is big enough.

"Ken Follett's storytelling artistry presents a richness and brilliance we dream about when searching for outstanding properties for event television," Scott Free principal Ridley Scott said. "We have lined up a first-rate production team and cast," said Scott Free TV president David Zucker, who also oversees the company's ongoing CBS series "Numbers."

Rola Bauer of Tandem sees "Pillars" as the first production in what she believes will be a revival of the limited-series genre.

"It comes at just the right time -- when people are watching more TV and are spending more time with home entertainment," Bauer said. "The limited series has a certain exclusivity that sets it apart and makes it what used to be called 'must-see TV.' "

Published 20 years ago, the novel has been translated into 30 languages. In 2007, it was named Oprah Winfrey's 60th Book Club selection, prompting the U.S. publisher to ship an additional 1.4 million copies.

"Pillars" is executive produced by Zucker; Ridley and Tony Scott; Tandem toppers Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin and Jonas Bauer; and Muse president and CEO Michael Prupas. It's produced by John Ryan, whose credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe winner "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows."

Tandem, which specializes in minis and movies shot in English but with mostly European partners, announced in March it will co-produce with Stanley Brooks two movies based on a new series of novels by Patricia Cornwell.
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KEN FOLLETT'S THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH

(4 x 90 min. or 8 x 45 min.)

Under Construction: Building a Monumental Television Event

Ken Follett’s masterpiece finally comes to life as an eight hour limited series

Eighteen years after its first publication, The Pillars of the Earth, considered by most to be Ken Follett's masterpiece, is once again Number #1 on the New York Times trade paperback list and has been optioned by TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS (The Company, Ring of the Nibelungs) to be made into a limited television series. Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David Zucker will join forces as Executive Producers to produce this worldwide bestseller together with TANDEM. The 8-hour miniseries will be a German/Canadian co-production between TANDEM and Muse Entertainment Enterprises.
Fact sheet
The Author:
Ken Follett burst onto the world’s book scene in 1978 with the over-night smash-hit Eye of the Needle
Follett has written 29 best-selling and award-winning novels including Capricorn One, The Third Twin, Night Over Water
Many of Follett's novels have been filmed as feature films including Eye of the Needle, TV movies Lie Down with Lions and miniseries On Wings of Eagles
World Without End, the latest bestseller, 26 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller list since first published

The Facts:
The Pillars of the Earth is...
... published in 30 languages worldwide
... sold more than 14 million copies worldwide
... named Oprah Winfrey's 60th Book Club Selection
... ranked 33rd on BBC's 2003 ‘The Big Read' as one of the top 100 books ever printed
... chosen 27th out of the ‘101 Books to Read Before You Die'
... ranked the third most popular book ever printed in Germany after The Bible and The Lord of the Rings
The Pillars of the Earth went back to the New York Times Fiction Bestseller list for more than 20 weeks

Co-Producers:
TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS
(The Company, Ring of the Nibelungs)
Muse Entertainment Enterprises
(Human Trafficking)

Executive Producers:
Rola Bauer
Tim Halkin
Jonas Bauer
Michael Prupas
David Zucker
Ridley Scott
Tony Scott
David Rosemont

Financial Partners:
ProSieben/Sat1 - Germany (Free TV)
Sogecable S. A. - Spain (Canal +/Pay TV and
Cuatro/Free TV)

Language:
English

Worldwide distribution:
TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS
Synopsis
THE STORY

The Pillars of the Earth is a sweeping epic of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty. This sensuous, spirited and passionate story is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge.
Against this backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through the political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today's audience and for generations to come.

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Message  Matthieu le Mar 9 Juin 2009 - 18:54

Tandem, Muse Firm Details for The Pillars of the Earth (WorldScreen.com).
By Kristin Brzoznowski
Published: June 9, 2009

MUNICH: The Pillars of the Earth, a Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment production in association with Scott Free Films, will be headlined by such actors as Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland and Rufus Sewell.

The eight-hour limited series will start shooting principal photography on June 22 on location in Hungary and Austria, and is budgeted at $40 million. The project is directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Heroes, Saving Grace, Into the West). A screen adaptation of Ken Follett’s bestselling novel of the same name, The Pillars of the Earth stars Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Waleran, Donald Sutherland (Dirty talentueux Money) as Bartholomew, Rufus Sewell (The Eleventh Hour) as Tom Builder, Matthew Macfadyen (Frost/Nixon) as Prior Philip and Sarah Parish (Mistresses) as Regan Hamleigh. Hayley Atwell (The Duchess) will play Aliena, while Eddie Redmayne (The Other Boleyn Girl) is Jack and Gordon Pinsent (Away from Her) is the Archbishop. The novel has been adapted by John Pielmeier (The Memory Keeper's Daughter), who will also play the role of Cuthbert.

Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is a thriller of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty. The story is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles, which tears lives and families apart. It weaves together two love stories through the political turmoil of 12th century England.

“It’s great to celebrate this moment after so many years of pursuing the rights to this outstanding book,” said Rola Bauer, the managing director of Tandem Communications. “The fact that we have been able to raise the production financing in these economically challenging times is testimony to the enduring strength of fictional television event programming and brings us into Tandem’s 10th year of international co-productions. This project is a labor of passion and could not have been achieved without our international networks as well as our financial and production partners.”

“Ken Follett’s storytelling artistry presents a richness and brilliance we dream about when searching for outstanding properties for event television,” commented Ridley Scott of Scott Free. “The scope and power of the story and the richness of the characters inspires us to create a production that lives up to brilliant craft of the book.”

Michael Prupas, the president and CEO of Muse Entertainment, added, “Bringing Follett’s rich, epic tale to a television audience is an exhilarating challenge and Muse Entertainment is delighted to be a part of an international coproduction of this magnitude.”

“We have lined up a first-rate production team and cast,” commented David Zucker, the president of Scott Free Television. “Coupled with the brilliance of John Pielmeier’s extraordinary adaptation of the book, this limited series has all the makings of a classic.”

“I wrote The Pillars of the Earth 20 years ago and am very pleased to finally see my novel adapted to the screen with the strong combination of Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Films and Tandem Communications,” Follett said. “I’m confident that their creative approach to my novel will bring to life the story that spans a generation. I am delighted with writer John Pielmeier’s script as well as with the impressive cast lined up. It is timely to see this project come to the screen just when the Pillars sequel World Without End has been published.”
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Message  Matthieu le Sam 13 Juin 2009 - 19:47

Tandem Communications (9 juin 2009).
Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen, Sarah Parish, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne and Gordon Pinsent headline star-studded cast for screen adaptation of Ken Follett’s bestselling masterpiece The Pillars of the Earth
TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS and MUSE ENTERTAINMENT in association with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s SCOTT FREE FILMS announce the start of principal photography on June 22, 2009 on location in Hungary and Austria.
The eight-hour limited series is budgeted at U.S. $40 million
Munich, Germany (2009/06/09) - Emmy®️ and Golden Globe®️ nominated Tandem Communications (Ring of the Nibelungs, Impact, Lost City Raiders) and multi award-winning Muse Entertainment (Human Trafficking, Tales from the Neverending Story, Durham County) in association with Oscar®️, Emmy®️ and Golden Globe®️ nominated Scott Free Films (CBS’s series Numb3rs, Emmy®️ nominated minis The Andromeda Strain and The Company) announce the start of principal photography on The Pillars of the Earth to commence June 22, 2009. The Pillars of the Earth is a German/Canadian coproduction.

Shooting in Hungary and Austria, the eight-hour limited series is directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Heroes, Saving Grace, Steven Spielberg’s Into the West). Mimica-Gezzan worked as Spielberg’s first assistant director on several top-grossing movies including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List. He shared the DGA directorial awards for both Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan with Steven Spielberg. The Pillars of the Earth assembles a vast array of veteran executive producing talent in various functions, including Emmy®️ Award-winner David Rosemont (Steven Spielberg’s Into the West, Door to Door starring William H. Macy). The Pillars of the Earth is Executive Produced by Ridley Scott (American Gangster), Tony Scott (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), Rola Bauer (Ring of the Nibelungs), Michael Prupas (Human Trafficking), David Zucker (Numb3rs), Tim Halkin (Lost City Raiders) and Jonas Bauer (Impact), and produced by Emmy®️ nominated John Ryan (Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows).

The Pillars of the Earth stars Golden®️ Globe winner Ian McShane as “Waleran” (HBO’s series Deadwood, talentueux Beast), two-time Golden®️ Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland as “Bartholomew” (ABC’s series Dirty talentueux Money, Human Trafficking), Bafta®️ Award- nominated Rufus Sewell as “Tom Builder” (CBS’s series The Eleventh Hour, HBO’s Emmy®️ winning mini John Adams), multi award-nominee Matthew Macfadyen as “Prior Philip” (Ridley Scott’s new feature film Nottingham, Ron Howard’s Frost and Nixon), Sarah Parish as “Regan Hamleigh” (BBC’s series Mistresses, The Holiday with Kate Winslet), multi award-nominated Hayley Atwell as “Aliena” (The Duchess with Keira Knightley, Brideshead Revisited), Eddie Redmayne as “Jack” (The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth The Golden Age), multi award-winner Gordon Pinsent as “the Archbishop” (Away from Her, The Listener), award-winning actress Natalia Woerner as “Ellen” (Miss Texas, Storm Tide), Anatole Taubman as “Remigius” (James Bond - Quantum of Solace, Taken with Liam Neeson). The Pillars of the Earth novel has been adapted by award-winning writer John Pielmeier (Emmy®️ nominated The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Emmy®️ winner Hitler – The Rise of Evil), who will also play the role of “Cuthbert”, Liam Garrigan as “Alfred” (BBC’s series The Chase, ITV’s He Kills Coppers), David Oakes as “William Hamleigh” (Channel Four’s Henry VIII – Mind of a Tyrant, BBC’s Walter’s War), London stage actor Sam Claflin as “Richard”, Robert Bathurst as “Percy Hamleigh” (the new BBC series Emma, BBC’s series My Family), Goetz Otto as “Walter” (The Downfall, James Bond – Tomorrow Never Dies), Jody Halse as “Johnny Eightpence” (Sweeney Todd, The Golden Compass), David Bark Jones as “Francis” (Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla, The DaVinci Code). The Lead Casting Director for The Pillars of the Earth is Priscilla John. More casting news will follow.

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“It’s great to celebrate this moment after so many years of pursuing the rights to this outstanding book,” says Rola Bauer, Managing Director of Tandem Communications. “The fact that we have been able to raise the production financing in these economically challenging times is testimony to the enduring strength of fictional television Event programming and brings us into Tandem’s 10th year of international co-productions. This project is a labour of passion and could not have been achieved without our international networks as well as our financial and production partners.”

“Ken Follett’s story-telling artistry presents a richness and brilliance we dream about when searching for outstanding properties for Event television,” says Ridley Scott of Scott Free. “The scope and power of the story and the richness of the characters inspires us to create a production that lives up to brilliant craft of the book.”

Michael Prupas, President and CEO of Muse Entertainment says, “Bringing Follett’s rich, epic tale to a television audience is an exhilarating challenge and Muse Entertainment is delighted to be a part of an international coproduction of this magnitude.”

“We have lined up a first-rate production team and cast,” says David Zucker, President of Scott Free Television, “Coupled with the brilliance of John Pielmeier’s extraordinary adaptation of the book, this limited series has all the makings of a classic.”

“I wrote The Pillars of the Earth 20 years ago and am very pleased to finally see my novel adapted to the screen with the strong combination of Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Films and Tandem Communications,” says world-renowned author Ken Follett. “I’m confident that their creative approach to my novel will bring to life the story that spans a generation. I am delighted with writer John Pielmeier’s script as well as with the impressive cast lined up. It is timely to see this project come to the screen just when the Pillars sequel World Without End has been published.”

Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is a sweeping thriller of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty. This sensuous, spirited and passionate story is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles, which tears lives and families apart. A suspense/thriller in structure, Follett weaves two love-stories masterfully through the political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today’s audience and for generations to come.

The official website for The Pillars of the Earth eight-hour limited series will be launched on June 22nd, 2009. For regularly updated information about the Event series, please visit www.the-pillars-of-the-earth.tv

Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment’s broadcast and home video partners on The Pillars of the Earth are ProSiebenSat1’s German FreeTV Group, Canada’s Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Movie Network and Movie Central, Spain’s Sogecable, Austria’s ORF, Germany’s Universum Film Home Entertainment, Hungary’s TV2 and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment – to name a few.

In addition, the financial entities involved were gap financier FIDEC, Germany’s DZ Bank and The National Bank of Canada. Legal counsel for the project was Mathias Schwarz in Germany, Cari Davine in Canada, Randolph M. Paul in the USA and Monika Horvath in Hungary.

Shooting in Hungary and Austria until end of November with the production company, Mid Atlantic Films, headed up by Howard Ellis and Adam Goodman.

The Pillars of the Earth novel has been translated into 30 languages worldwide. In 2007, it was named Oprah Winfrey’s 60th Book Club Selection prompting the U.S. publisher to ship an additional 1.4 million copies of the novel immediately after the announcement was made; it is ranked 33rd on BBC’s 2003 ‘The Big Read’ as one of the top 100 books ever printed and was chosen 27th out of the ‘101 Books to Read Before You Die’.

Further news from all three producing partners rounds out the Pillars announcement. Tandem Communications with partners Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Muse Entertainment will see their four-hour catastrophe miniseries Impact air on ABC Network June 21st and June 28th. The miniseries has already enjoyed outstanding ratings in other international territories in which it has aired.

Scott Free has announced the sixth season pickup of its hit series Num3ers as well as a pick up by CBS Network for its new pilot The Good Wife, starring Julianna Margulies.

Emmy®️ and Golden Globe®️ nominated Muse Entertainment recently announced the third season of Durham County and just completed principal photography on the high-action mini-series The Phantom for the SciFi Network.

TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS, located in Munich, Germany, was started in 1999 by Rola Bauer and Tim Halkin. In 2007 Jonas Bauer became a partner in the company. From the beginning, their strategy was to build a vertically-integrated media company whose core business is International production and worldwide distribution. From the Emmy®️ nominated Dune to the Emmy®️ nominated Dragons' World to the Golden Globe®️ nominated The Company to the Nora Roberts Franchise, Tandem continues to identify and develop high-quality projects in a wide range of Event programming.

Tandem produced the DIVA Award-winning Ring of the Nibelungs and recently saw its new Event movie, Lost City Raiders garner excellent ratings on the SciFi Channel in the U.S. as well as in several key international territories.

In March 2009, Tandem announced it will co-produce with veteran producer Stanley M. Brooks (Emmy®️ Award-winning Producer for Best Miniseries Broken Trail, Leroy Aarons' bestseller Prayers for Bobby with Sigourney Weaver) two Event movies based on a new series of novels by the worldwide bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.

Tandem continues to grow its library of Event programming with wide audience appeal. It's all about Creating Together.

MUSE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES, headed by President and CEO Michael Prupas, is a major Canadian independent film and television producer and a leading service producer for international studios and networks. Muse Entertainment is known for bringing well-crafted, high-quality, award-winning productions with strong international appeal to big and small screens. Since 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on 100 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films. Muse's head office is located in Montreal. Muse has four production operations in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles.

SCOTT FREE FILMS, based in London and Los Angeles, was formed in 1995 and is the film and television production company of directors Ridley Scott and Tony Scott.

Scott Free Television produces the hit CBS series Numb3rs, set to enter its sixth season; a four-hour adaptation of Michael Crichton's landmark novel, The Andromeda Strain, which premiered on A&E in May 2008 and became the highest- rated original movie or miniseries on cable with the second part actually building on the first. In post-production is Churchill at War for HBO, a sequel to the Emmy®️ winning telefilm, The Gathering Storm.

Scott Free Films produced the box-office smash American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and The Assassination of Jesse James starring Brad Pitt, Body of Lies starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Gladiator starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott, who is now in mid-production on Nottingham, a role-reversal of the classic Robin Hood tale starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Matthew Macfadyen. Tony Scott's newest feature is The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

For further information, please contact:

Lisa Pierce
lisa.pierce@tandemcom.de
Tandem Communications
TEL +49 (89) 96 22 83 00
FAX +49 (89) 96 22 83 11
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Message  Matthieu le Dim 14 Juin 2009 - 14:55

Filming of The Pillars of the Earth to start (niouze sur le site de KF, avec une photo inédite du décor en construction).
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Message  Matthieu le Lun 15 Juin 2009 - 21:11

D'après ce site, le tournage aura lieu, entre autres endroits, au Château Kreuzenstein en Basse-Autriche.
Drehstart für "Die Säulen der Erde" am 22. Juni
Gefilmt wird bis Mitte Oktober in Budapest und danach bis Ende November in Wien und auf Burg Kreuzenstein in Niederösterreich.
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Message  Matthieu le Sam 27 Juin 2009 - 9:39

Focus On... Rola Bauer (World Screen Weekly).
Focus On...
By Anna Carugati

Rola Bauer

Partner & Managing Director
Tandem Communications

A few weeks ago, four new movies based on novels by Nora Roberts aired on four consecutive Saturdays on Lifetime. The channel made a considerable investment in marketing the films, which included on-air promotion, billboard advertising in the New York subway, even a Nora Roberts Collection Sweepstakes, offering viewers a chance to win $500, signed sets of Nora Roberts books and a $1,000 grand prize.

The efforts paid off because the four films performed extremely well. The premiere of the first one, Nora Roberts’ Northern Lights, drew more than 4.5 million viewers. The movie aired three times during the premiere weekend, reaching a total audience of 17.4 million viewers. The other three movies drew similar ratings.

This was the second collection of Nora Roberts movies that Lifetime has aired. Based on bestselling novels, produced by Peter Guber’s Mandalay Productions and Stephanie Germain, and starring top talent, such as Rosanna Arquette, Faye Dunaway and Cybill Shepherd, these high-quality movies exemplify the type of product that Munich-based Tandem Communications, which distributes the collection worldwide, is looking to offer buyers.

Tandem was established ten years ago when Rola Bauer and business partner Tim Halkin decided to set up a company that focused on a select number of quality projects per year, rather than going after high volume output, and chose three lines of business to pursue: production, co-production and distribution of event movies and mini-series.

In today’s difficult economy, broadcasters have had to cut their programming budgets, but they continue to look for event programming that can draw large audiences. “I believe the word ‘event’ has many definitions,” explains Bauer. “It is not purely tied to fiction. It can be a sports event or a reality show like American Idol or Germany’s Top Model or a game show like Domino Days, which is a huge event on RTL Television. And then there are fiction events. The question then becomes how does a broadcaster divide the budget it has for events and give some to sports, some to reality and some to fiction.”

For ten years, the philosophy of less is more and of pursuing individual projects as opposed to large volume deals has paid off because, as Bauer explains, “We can really target our clients’ needs. We produced Lost City Raiders and people loved the fantasy element of it and they enjoyed having a TV movie that had an event quality and at that same time could present a ‘what-if?’ situation: living in the near future when most of the land mass of the Earth is under water. Or Impact, which is starting its launch across the world—in Germany, in the U.S. and in Japan—and is a catastrophe-genre mini-series; it poses the question, Could this scientifically really happen to our world? We have other events that are grounded in novels, whether it’s a Nora Roberts novel, or a Ken Follett novel, or a Patricia Cornwell novel.”

Bauer admits buyers are looking for these types of events and adds that since Tandem has been delivering this level of quality movies and mini-series for a decade, “People do ask what do we have on our development slate that could be potentially fulfill their part of the fiction-based event pie.”

Tandem’s new production is Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, based on the bestselling novel. The screen adaptation is headlined by Ian McShane (Deadwood), Donald Sutherland (Dirty talentueux Money) and Rufus Sewell (The Eleventh Hour), as well as Matthew Macfadyen (Frost/Nixon) and Sarah Parish (Mistresses). Production involves five-and-a-half months of shooting in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. It is produced in partnership with director Ridley Scott’s and Tony Scott’s production company, Scott Free. Tandem will also be distributing the Patricia Cornwell event movie franchise, which includes two movies, At Risk and The Front, produced by Stanley M. Brooks.

This capacity for delivering quality event programming allows Tandem to do repeat business with a number of key broadcasters, especially in their very competitive home market of Germany. “We have sold the Nora Roberts movies to ARD; we have The Pillars of the Earth and Impact on Sat.1, and we are developing a TV event for RTL and we’re developing one for ProSieben,” explains Bauer. “With the exception of Sat.1, which has two, we have one event on each of these networks and we make sure that each of these programs are at different stages, so that we are not in production with everything at the same time.”

And Bauer and her team are very careful about controlling costs while at the same time getting as much quality as possible on the screen. “We make sure that when we develop something we try to keep within a [cost-efficient] reality and as you get involved with more and more productions, you get more and more experienced,” she explains. “I look at what Mandalay and Stephanie Germain did on the Nora Roberts movies. They had four of them. They shot them back-to-back. They picked stories that made sense. The first collection of four movies was all shot in one area in Canada and the other four were two in one place and two in another.

“We are shooting Pillars in two locations that are not very far from each other: Budapest and Austria,” continues Bauer. “The project is eight hours long so we can amortize costs, which is very important. And we have the support of people like Ridley Scott and Ken Follett, who is really behind the project. It’s a great, great adventure—we are building a set with a cathedral that is the size of a football field! But in developing the project and in telling the story—and this is what’s great and why I love working with Scott Free Productions—they completely understand that we have to be careful with costs. We did The Company together, but they’ve also done the series Numb3rs. When you look at Numb3rs you also see there is a real sense of cost-effectiveness in how it’s shot. We work with partners who understand that, whether it’s Mandalay, Stephanie Germain or Scott Free. We hooked up with Stanley M. Brooks on the Patricia Cornwell movies. He’s an excellent producer and completely understands about how to get quality on the screen.”
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Message  Matthieu le Sam 5 Sep 2009 - 7:35

Long article en allemand sur le tournage et nouvelles photos ici.

Traduction Google. Very Happy
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Message  Luce le Sam 5 Sep 2009 - 8:20

Laughing Merci bien pour ces premières nouvelles du tournage... et pour la traduction !
J'ai particulièrement aimé :
Beaucoup d'argent, mais les arachides pour un réalisateur d'Hollywood
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Message  Matthieu le Sam 5 Sep 2009 - 8:24

Remarque : par rapport au livre, dans cette scène où les moines occupent leur carrière confisquée, la présence de William Hamleigh (ici au premier plan) a été ajoutée.

A n'en pas douter, qui d'autre que Prieur Philip(pe) lui-même pourrait lui fait face ainsi, majestueux et les pieds dans la boue ? Very Happy
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Message  Sylvie V le Dim 6 Sep 2009 - 0:47

Je trouve que le personnage qui se tient debout au premier plan ressemble plutôt à une femme... scratch
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Message  Matthieu le Dim 6 Sep 2009 - 5:44

Et pourtant, la légende de la photographie précise :
Stiller Protest: William (David Oakes, vorne) ist sauer, dass die Mönche den Steinbruch belagern.
Voyons ! au Moyen Age, les femmes ne portaient pas de braies, mais les hommes, eux, portaient tunique. Quant à William, il a les cheveux courts et David Oakes des pectoraux...
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Message  Mia le Dim 6 Sep 2009 - 17:05

Sylvie V a écrit:Je trouve que le personnage qui se tient debout au premier plan ressemble plutôt à une femme... scratch
Mais une femme très haute ! Elle est plus haute que l'homme!
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Message  Sylvie V le Dim 6 Sep 2009 - 20:29

Matthieu a écrit:Voyons ! au Moyen Age, les femmes ne portaient pas de braies, mais les hommes, eux, portaient tunique. Quant à William, il a les cheveux courts et David Oakes des pectoraux...
De bons pectoraux! Bien visibles et en santé! Laughing
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Message  Matthieu le Dim 6 Sep 2009 - 20:53

Allons bon, point de fantasmes, le personnage est une ordure ! Rolling Eyes

Et retour à l'information, si vous le voulez bien. Wink
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Message  Sylvie V le Lun 7 Sep 2009 - 0:05

Bon! Trêve de badinage, en effet! Soyons sérieux! Rolling Eyes J'essaie de replacer la scène dans le contexte de l'histoire. Ce n'est pas la scène qui se déroule dans la carrière... Question
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Message  Matthieu le Mar 8 Sep 2009 - 5:00

... telle qu'écrite dans le livre, auquel le scénario n'est tout bonnement pas fidèle (voir ma remarque initiale). Au sabre brandi par William, Philip semble opposer un crucifix...
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Message  Mia le Mar 8 Sep 2009 - 5:49

Yes!! I remember that! So this is Matthew!!! (dancing in my chair)
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Message  Luce le Mer 14 Oct 2009 - 20:29

L'interview avec David Zucker confirme que le tournage sera terminé fin novembre, que la série sera prête l'été prochain... et que des négociations sont en cours pour la vendre en France. Chouette ! Very Happy
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Message  Matthieu le Mar 20 Oct 2009 - 16:30

Des séquences de la série TV ont été présentées au MIPCOM de Cannes, qui s'est déroulé du 5 au 9 octobre 2009. Voir la page d'annonce de Tandem Communications, qui comporte quelques photos assez claires [merci à Mia].
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Message  Matthieu le Dim 1 Nov 2009 - 9:09

Sur le site de la Vienna Film Commission :
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Message  Matthieu le Lun 2 Nov 2009 - 8:22

Articles en allemand :
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Message  Luce le Lun 16 Nov 2009 - 10:02

Pour les 10 ans de la société de production Tandem Communications, ceci :
From Matthew Macfadyen, Actor
The Pillars of the Earth - medieval blood, guts, politics, treachery, religion, grand schemes,hope, faith, high ambition, revenge, greed, wild innovation, daring artistry and a sweeping,passionate love story. What a fantastic project to be a part of. I feel very pleased that this came my way. The scale and scope of this production and the calibre of the cast and crew make this one very exciting....here's to it!
On notera aussi l'hommage appuyé de Canal+ à Tandem : Wink
Our very best wishes to everyone at TANDEM Communications,
from the Fiction Acquisition Team at CANAL+.
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