In today’s Daily Bite, news that Google is to launch its interactive TV service outside the US for the first time; Company Pictures founders quit to set up a new independent drama production at All3 Media and a look at Will Ferrell’s new movie.
Google TV to launch in the UK… Online search engine Google is to make its interactive TV service available outside the US for the first time after teaming up with Sony, reports the BBC. Google’s set-top box will allow users to browse the internet through their TV, as well as access a range of applications. The device, which will cost around €250, will be released in July.
Company Pictures founders quit to set up new All3 Media indie…Producers George Faber and Charles Pattinson are to leave Company Pictures after 14 years to set up a new drama indie within the All3Media group, reports Broadcast. The joint managing directors will step down next March 2013 and aim to have set up their new venture by September. Company will continue without the founding duo.
Luc Besson launches film school… French filmmaker and ‘Lockout’ producer Luc Besson is taking applications to his L'Ecole de la Cite film school, which will enroll students from September. The school will be housed at the new La Cite du Cinema, France's largest studio complex, which officially opens the same month. The application process, which includes a three-part admission test, is free and open to adults age 18-to-25. It closes July 5.
If you watch one trailer today… ‘The Campaign’ starring Will Ferrell is released in Ireland on August 10.