NBC Universal plans to bring well-known big-screen characters including Bridget Jones, Billy Elliot, and Nanny McPhee to our television screens, with plans for drama adaptations. “Last week NBC Universal International and Working Title announced they were moving into TV production with new joint venture Working Title Television. One of the aims of the venture is to make TV adaptations of Working Title’s library of more than 90 theatrical releases, which includes the Bridget Jones movies, Billy Elliot and Nanny McPhee, along with Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Shaun of the Dead. These TV adaptations would initially be aimed at American audiences, but with the potential to be exported, or remade in a range of countries. Pete Smith, president of NBC Universal International, speaking at the Media Summit conference in London yesterday, said the company had been greatly encouraged by the successful remakes of its long-running US crime drama, Law & Order, in Britain, France and Russia. Law & Order UK, screened on ITV1, has just finished its second series, attracting audiences of more than 5 million viewers. A third series is already in production.”
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