Carnival Films is a British television production company based in London, UK, founded in 1978. It has produced television series for all the major UK networks including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky, as well as international broadcasters including PBS, A&E, HBO and NBC. Productions include single dramas, long-running television dramas, feature films, and stage productions.
|Founded||1978 (as Picture Partnership Productions Ltd.) |
1988 (as Carnival Film and Theatre Ltd.)
2006 (as Carnival Film & Television Ltd.)
|Founder||Brian Eastman |
|Gareth Neame |
|Products||Motion pictures, television programmes|
Carnival Films was founded in 1978 by feature film producer Brian Eastman.
As of 2014 Carnival has produced over 500 hours of drama and comedy for television, cinema and stage. This included 70 hours of Agatha Christie's Poirot starring David Suchet and 24 hours of Rosemary & Thyme, starring Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris. In the action/adventure genre it produced BUGS, Oktober and The Grid, in comedy drama it produced Jeeves and Wooster starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, teenage drama-comedy As If, as well as the adaptations of Tom Sharpe's novels Blott on the Landscape and Porterhouse Blue.
In 2004 the BBC's former Head of Drama Commissioning Gareth Neame joined Carnival as managing director. In 2007 former Creative Director of BBC Drama Sally Woodward Gentle joined the company as Creative Director. The two had previously worked together on Spooks (MI:5), Tipping the Velvet and Cambridge Spies.
In 2008 Carnival was acquired by NBCUniversal as part of its plan to increase its presence in content creation outside the US. Following several more acquisitions Carnival is now part of NBCUniversal International Television Production alongside newer additions Monkey Kingdom, Working Title Television, Chocolate Media and Lucky Giant in the UK, Lark in Canada and Matchbox Pictures in Australia.
Under the direction of Gareth Neame, Carnival has produced series such as; The Philanthropist for NBC; hit BBC series Hotel Babylon; the critically acclaimed television films Enid starring Helena Bonham Carter and Matthew Macfadyen; Page Eight starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes; landmark four-part drama Any Human Heart starring Jim Broadbent, Matthew MacFadyen, Hayley Atwell and Kim Cattrall; The Hollow Crown, a BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's history plays starring Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw and Jeremy Irons; The Last Weekend, a three-part adaptation of Blake Morrison's novel; and Whitechapel for ITV.
Carnival Films has won a wide variety of awards for its work on Television, Film and Stage productions. With the company itself winning the 'Best Independent Production Company' award at both the Televisual Magazine Bulldog Awards 2011, and the Broadcast Awards 2012. In addition Carnival's productions have together been awarded nine Primetime Emmy Awards; one Golden Globe; nineteen BAFTAs; one Screen Actors Guild Award; a Producers Guild of America Award; two National Television Award; three International Emmy Awards; five RTS awards; four BANFF Rockie Awards; three Ivor Novello Awards; two Broadcast awards; a Bulldog award; an Evening Standard Theatre Award; and a Tony.
Further to this success the company’s productions have also received nominations from such varied awards bodies as the Academy Awards, the Laurence Olivier Awards, The Monte Carlo International Television Festival, The Screen Actors Guild, The American Society of Cinematographers, The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, The Rose D’Or and The San Sebastian Film Festival.
Belgravia is an upcoming historical period drama television series based on the novel of the same by Julian Fellowes. The series, a co-production between British television network ITV and American cable network Epix, is set to be written by Fellowes and directed by John Alexander.Big Cinemas
Big Cinemas, now "'Carnival Cinemas'" formerly was a division of Anil Ambani’s Reliance MediaWorks Ltd (formerly known as Adlabs Films Limited) and a member of Reliance ADA Group was a multiplex theatre chain with over 515 screens in India, US, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. As of July 2014, the company had 280 screens in India. As of 2010, the company was third-largest cinema chain in Malaysia and featured Hollywood as well as Chinese and Tamil films
In India Big Cinemas are mostly seen in the state of Maharashtra with its multiplex outlets even in semi-developed cities and small towns.Big Cinemas has its outlets in cities like Mumbai, Pune,Jalandhar New Delhi, Delhi NCR, Nashik, Nagpur, Indore, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nanded, Latur etc.
The most famous Big Cinemas Theatre was Big Cinemas, Wadala (IMAX) in Mumbai which is the world's largest dome shaped Theatre.
In mid-2009, the company partnered with Pathé Theatres to set up three screens in Netherlands. In 2015 Reliance MediaWorks Ltd sold its 100% stake to Kochi-based Carnival Cinemas for around 700 crore INR (7 billion INR). Subsequently, all the Big Cinemas multiplex screens were re-branded as Carnival Cinemas by 2016.Brian Eastman
Brian Eastman (born 3 September 1949, Brighton, UK) is a producer of feature films (such as Shadowlands and Under Suspicion), television drama (such as Agatha Christie's Poirot and Jeeves and Wooster), and stage productions (such as Shadowlands, Misery, Up on the Roof). He has received two BAFTA awards and two international Emmy awards and his productions have received many other awards and nominations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society. He divides his time between the UK and US.Eastman founded the independent production company Carnival Films and between 1980 and 2006 produced over 300 hours of television drama, eight feature films and 10 stage productions. In 2007 Carnival Films was sold to the Australian company Southern Star. Eastman continues to produce through his new production company, Batway Ltd.Christopher Hall (producer)
Christopher John Hall (born 30 March 1957) is a British TV drama producer, who has produced dramas primarily for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 networks, and worked for major British production companies including Kudos, Carnival Films, Hat Trick Productions, Sid Gentle films and Tiger Aspect.
Hall was born in London, the son of director Sir Peter Hall and actress Leslie Caron. He was educated at Eaton House Belgravia, Bedales School and St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. He started his career as an assistant director on feature films with David Hare (Strapless (1989) and Paris by Night), Ken Russell (The Lair of the White Worm (1988)), and as a floor manager or assistant director on TV shows such as Inspector Morse and Porterhouse Blue. Working his way up through the grades, he became a line producer and then a fully fledged producer. In 1996, he produced The Final Passage, directed by his father Sir Peter Hall, which won BAFTA and RTS awards for Cinematography.
Hall's best-known productions include The Lost World (2001) starring Peter Falk, Bob Hoskins, James Fox, and Matthew Rhys. The production was noted for stripping the Conan Doyle text of racial overtones. He also produced Archangel (2005) for the BBC, starring Daniel Craig, which was adapted from a 1998 Robert Harris thriller by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and filmed on location in Moscow and Latvia. In 2011, for Hat Trick and ITV, Hall produced Case Sensitive starring Olivia Williams. Hound of the Baskervilles (2002), which starred Richard E. Grant, John Nettles, Ian Hart, Richard Roxburgh and Geraldine James and received a BAFTA nomination for best sound, was another of Hall's productions. Aristocrats, based on the Stella Tillyard biography of the Lennox sisters in 1999, was another major production. One of Hall's drama productions, made as a Christmas show for the BBC in 2003, was the BAFTA-winning The Young Visiters starring Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Sally Hawkins and Simon Russell Beale. It was narrated by Alan Bennett, and directed by David Yates. The score, by Nicholas Hooper, won the BAFTA award for Original Television Music.Christopher Hall won a 2005 Emmy award for producing the animated natural history family drama, Pride.
In 2011 he produced Hidden, a four-part drama written by Ronan Bennett, starring Philip Glenister, and was creative producer on Labyrinth and, in August 2012, an adaptation of The Last Weekend by Blake Morrison, scripted by Mick Ford for Carnival Films and ITV. In 2013, he produced the Carnival Films ITV pilot Murder on the Home Front. He also completed a ten-part series Dracula for NBC and Sky Living, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He produced the 13-part medical drama Critical for Sky One and Hat Trick written by Jed Mercurio. The Durrells, a six-part series based on Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy written by Simon Nye for Sid Gentle Films and ITV has transmitted to exceptional reviews and ratings. 8.2 million people watched the first episode making it the most successful ITV drama launch since 2014. After only its second episode a new series was recommissioned. The first series had many award nominations including a Bafta nomination for best drama series. The Durrells won an Royal Television Society award for best production design. Hall has produced all twenty-six hours, (four seasons) of The Durrells. The programme has sold widely throughout the world and in the USA transmits on Masterpiece as The Durrells in Corfu.Crime Traveller
Crime Traveller is a 1997 science fiction detective television series produced by Carnival Films for the BBC based on the premise of using time travel for the purpose of solving crimes.Anthony Horowitz created the series and wrote every episode. He got the idea while writing an episode of Poirot. Despite having over eight million viewers on a regular basis, Crime Traveller was not renewed after its first series, because according to Horowitz, "The show wasn't exactly cut. There was a chasm at the BBC, created by the arrival of a new Head of Drama and our run ended at that time. There was no-one around to commission a new series...and so it just didn't happen.".Deborah Oppenheimer
Deborah Oppenheimer is an American film and television producer. She won an Academy Award in 2001 for best documentary feature for producing Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000). The film was written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, released by Warner Bros., and made with the cooperation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Judi Dench narrated. Following its theatrical release, it appeared on HBO and PBS.
In 2014, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation for all time in the National Film Registry.
Oppenheimer co-wrote the teacher’s study guide and co-authored with Harris the film’s companion book of the same name by Bloomsbury Publishing (2000). It has a preface by Richard Attenborough and an introduction by historian David Cesarani. The book was republished by Bloomsbury in 2017 and the film returned to HBO in May 2019.
Oppenheimer’s most recent documentary, FOSTER, presented by Participant Media and Emerson Collective, premiered on HBO in May 2019 during Foster Care Awareness Month. Reunited with writer/director Harris and several of the production team from Into the Arms of Strangers, the film is a revealing first-hand look at the complex foster care system as seen through the eyes of those who know it best.
Oppenheimer conceived and led U.S. strategies and was production consultant to the Carnival Films television series, Downton Abbey during its complete run. The series was executive produced by Gareth Neame and written by Julian Fellowes. Downton Abbey is the most nominated non-U.S. show in history and the highest rated PBS drama ever.
As Executive Vice President of Carnival Films, Oppenheimer developed and executive produced Christopher Guest’s Family Tree for HBO and BBC1, starring Chris O'Dowd.
As President of Bruce Helford’s Mohawk Productions at Warner Bros., Oppenheimer executive produced hundreds of episodes of television shows starring Drew Carey, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Norm Macdonald, and Bernie Mac.
Oppenheimer was associate producer for the Cable ACE Award-winning production of the Showtime / PBS drama, Master Harold...and the Boys, written by Athol Fugard, produced by Michael Brandman, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and starring Tony-award winning actors John Kani, Matthew Broderick, and Zakes Mokae.Diva (TV network)
Diva, formerly Diva Universal, is a woman-based entertainment channel owned by Universal Networks International.
The list of Diva channels includes:
Diva (Asia TV channel)
Diva Universal (Philippines) defunct
Diva Universal (Bulgaria) defunct
Diva Universal (Italy) defunct
Diva Universal (Romania) currently
Diva Universal (Russia) defunct
Diva Adria (Serbia/Croatia/Slovenia)Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey is a British historical period drama television series set in the early 20th century, created and co-written by Julian Fellowes. The series first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010, and in the United States on PBS, which supported production of the series as part of its Masterpiece Classic anthology, on 9 January 2011.
The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; the Irish War of Independence leading to the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series; and the British general election of 1923, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, and the Beer Hall Putsch in the fifth series. The sixth and final series introduces the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.
Downton Abbey has received acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011. It earned the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total (after two series). It was the most watched television series on both ITV and PBS, and subsequently became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial of Brideshead Revisited.On 26 March 2015, Carnival Films and ITV announced that the sixth series would be the last. It aired on ITV between 20 September 2015 and 8 November 2015. The final episode, serving as the annual Christmas special, was broadcast on 25 December 2015. A film adaptation, serving as a continuation of the series, was confirmed on 13 July 2018.Dracula (2013 TV series)
Dracula is a British-American horror drama television series. The series, a reimagining of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, was produced by London-based Carnival Films; it aired in the United States on NBC and in the United Kingdom on Sky Living. It was created by Cole Haddon and Daniel Knauff, while Daniel Knauf served as showrunner and head writer.The series was given a straight-to-series commitment of ten episodes. It was canceled after one season.Forever Green
Forever Green is a television programme originally broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom from 1989 to 1992. It was made for London Weekend Television by Picture Partnership Productions, now named Carnival Films.Harley Street (TV series)
Harley Street is a British television medical drama shown on ITV from 17 July to 21 August 2008.
The series was made by Carnival Films and was set in Harley Street, London. Created by Marston Bloom and written by Howard Overman, Jack Williams, and Nicole Taylor, the stories were about the lives of Harley Street specialists and the cases that were presented to them.Jamestown (TV series)
Jamestown is a British drama television series, written by Bill Gallagher and produced by Carnival Films, an NBC Universal International Television Production company, the makers of Downton Abbey. Set in 1619, Jamestown follows the first English settlers as they establish a community in the New World. Among those landing onshore are a group of women destined to be married to the men of Jamestown, including three spirited women from England. The series premiered on Sky One in the United Kingdom in May 2017. Sky ordered a second series of Jamestown in May 2017, before the premiere of the first series. Series 2 aired from February 2018. The renewal of Jamestown for a third and final series was announced by Sky One on 23 March 2018.Material Girl (TV series)
Material Girl is a British romantic comedy produced by Carnival Films, that first aired on BBC One on 14 January 2010. It stars Lenora Crichlow, Dervla Kirwan, and Michael Landes.
Set in the fashion world, it was inspired by the book Fashion Babylon. It was described in one of the early promotional items as "a romantic comedy about a young fashion designer battling an evil ex-boss, a sexy-but-devilish business partner and snobby fashionistas to get her break in work and love".Midnight Man (miniseries)
Midnight Man is a 2008 British television serial produced by Carnival Films for the ITV network. The three-part serial stars James Nesbitt as Max Raban, a former investigative journalist who discovers an international conspiracy involving government policy groups and death squads. It co-stars Catherine McCormack as Alice Ross, a policy advisor who helps Raban, and Reece Dinsdale as Blake, the head of the death squad.
The serial was written by David Kane in response to national paranoia in the wake of the War on Terror. Kane was inspired by the way the films Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View and The Conversation reflected a post-Vietnam paranoia in the United States. The director David Drury had the predominantly nighttime-set serial filmed in the winter, to maximise the use of darkness and keep down production costs. His inspiration for the look of the serial came from The Godfather, which featured rich colours.
Reaction to the serial was generally positive; critics believed the drama was formulaic and uninspired, but appreciated the direction and acting. Nesbitt received a Best Actor nomination at the 2008 ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards.Stan Lee's Lucky Man
Stan Lee's Lucky Man is a British crime drama television series, produced by Carnival Films and POW! Entertainment for Sky 1, which follows the story of Murder Squad detective Harry Clayton (James Nesbitt), who is granted the power to control luck.
The first series debuted on 22 January 2016, and averaged 1.49 million viewers per episode, making it Sky 1's most successful original drama series to date.
The series was renewed for a second season, which began filming in June 2016 and was first broadcast on 24 February 2017. On 25 August 2017, the drama was renewed for a third series of eight new episodes.
Series 3 began filming September 2017 and is available only on Sky 1 and TV streaming service Now TV in the UK and Ireland which started on 20 July 2018.The 7.39
The 7.39 is a British drama television film that was broadcast in two parts on BBC One on 6 January and 7 January 2014. This romantic drama from Carnival Films was written by David Nicholls.The Grid (miniseries)
The Grid is a 2004 television miniseries co-produced by the BBC, Fox TV Studios and Carnival Films. It starred Dylan McDermott and Julianna Margulies. It aired on TNT in the US and on BBC Two in the UK over three consecutive nights and is available on DVD in the UK, United States and Australia. It also aired on Seven HD in Australia in 2007.The Last Weekend (TV series)
The Last Weekend is a three-part psychological thriller television series produced by Carnival Films in 2012 for ITV, based on the Blake Morrison novel of the same name. Set over a long weekend in East Anglia, the story centers on a rival friendship that spirals out of control as personal revelations force each character to reassess their views of one another.The Philanthropist (TV series)
The Philanthropist was an American action drama series that premiered on NBC on Wednesday, June 24, 2009. The program was a limited summer series, principally filmed in South Africa. It opened to strong ratings, but saw a drop in viewers in subsequent weeks. The Philanthropist is a Carnival Films production in association with The Levinson/Fontana Company and Original Media. Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, Peter Horton, Charlie Corwin, Gareth Neame, and Teri Weinberg served as executive producers.
On October 21, 2009, the series was canceled by NBC. Fans attempts to keep the show on the air using Facebook and a charitable cause called "Save The Philanthropist through Charity" were unsuccessful.
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