Category: News

22 Jan 2019

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite secures 10 Oscar Nominations

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite is tied in the lead going into this years 91st Academy Awards with an impressive 10 nominations, matched only by Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma. These include Best Director, Best Picture, Leading Actress (Olivia Colman) and two nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone). Following on from Colman’s Leading Actress victory at […]

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09 Jan 2019

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite leads the 2019 BAFTAs with 12 Nominations

Yorgos Lanthimos’ new smash-hit The Favourite leads the way at this year’s Baftas with twelve nominations, including Best Director, Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Leading Actress (Olivia Colman), two nods for Supporting Actress with Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone (both nominated), and Best Cinematography and Editing. This comes off the back of a Golden Globe award for Olivia Colman, suggesting […]

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04 Dec 2018

Merman Developing Danny Brocklehurst Drama ‘Dirty’ at Amazon with ‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Caryn Mandabach & Merman Executives Sharon Horgan & Clelia Mountford

Caryn Mandabach Productions, which owns and produces BBC’s and Netflix’s PEAKY BLINDERS, and Merman, which produces MOTHERLAND, also for BBC, alongside Kapital Entertainment, are in development with Amazon Studios for drama series DIRTY, written by Danny Brocklehurst (SAFE, SHAMELESS, THE DRIVER). A funny, filthy, brutally honest look at modern lives, DIRTY is the story of […]

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20 Nov 2018

Diane Morgan and Robert Webb to join Sky and ABC’s Frayed

British actress Diane Morgan (Motherland) and award-winning comedian Robert Webb (Peep Show) are confirmed to star in the new Sky original production Frayed, co-commissioned with ABC in Australia. They will be joining a stellar line up, including award-winning Australian actresses Kerry Armstrong (Razzle Dazzle) and Sarah Kendall (Beehive), as well as Ben Mingay (Hacksaw Ridge). […]

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16 Nov 2018

‘Santa Crashes Christmas’ in Hamish Rothwell’s Aldi

Following the success of his “The More The Merrier” spot for Aldi last Easter, Hamish Rothwell has returned with a charming and alternative take on St Nicholas and the usual festive cheer towards Christmas. After Santa Crashes Christmas in the Australian outback, he finds himself in unknown territory, scarce and dusty, in a spot of […]

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02 Nov 2018

Caleb Slain’s Film ‘Demon’ Screens on Short of the Week

It’s a pleasure to finally share Caleb Slain’s new film DEMON, produced by Toboggan and GRLA. Demon is a 2019 Oscar® qualifier, winner of Best Narrative Short at the Austin Film Festival, and receiver of the Emerging Cinematographer honor from the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG). It is the first film shot entirely by the light […]

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30 Oct 2018

ABC and Sky commission new comedy Frayed from Sarah Kendall

New Sky original comedy Frayed Award-winning Australian comedian Sarah Kendall will star in the bittersweet dark comedy Frayed, a Sky original production, co-commissioned with ABC in Australia. The comedy is the first scripted co-commission between the two broadcasters and is now filming in Newcastle (NSW), Sydney, and London. Set in 1989, Frayed follows the journey […]

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17 Oct 2018

Merman Signs Yorgos Lanthimos for UK Commercial Representation

Merman are thrilled to announce the signing of Yorgos Lanthimos to our commercial directing roster in the UK. Yorgos Lanthimos is a Greek multi-award winning director, producer and screenwriter whose first English language feature film ‘The Lobster’ (starring Golden Globe nominee Colin Farrell) won the 2015 Cannes Film Jury Prize. This brought further attention to […]

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05 Oct 2018


Topic Studios and Mermade, the brand new digitally-focused arm of Merman, today announced a first-look deal to develop and produce premium content for the short form arena. Working with top tier and emerging filmmakers and talent, Topic and Mermade will collaborate on scripted and non-scripted series. This is the first content partnership for the newly-announced […]

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