Omid Djalili Launches Production Outfit; BBC Buys ‘Kin’ S2; Agnès Jaoui Honorary Cesar; Serena DC Sales Company – Global Briefs

Omid Djalili Launches Production Outfit

British actor-comedian Omid Djalili has launched a TV, film and podcast production company. The star of The Infidel is forging Tiny Speck Productions with Infidel producer Shahin Sobhani and his “family of creatives” including producers Ara Devine, Isabella Djalili-Devine, and Louis Djalili. The company already has a scripted campus comedy series, a climate-related feature film, podcasts, and a feature documentary in development, it said. “My family and I have been working together for years, and we thought it would make sense to formalise it,” said Djalili. “I’ve always believed that when we are laughing our brains work better – we see things more clearly and feel better able to handle life’s difficult questions. It’s something we need in the world, now more than ever.” Djalili is a well-known British comedian who is a regular on the stand-up circuit and has also starred in the likes of Gladiator, His Dark Materials and Netflix’s Letter for the King. He won the Best Actor award at the Turin Film Festival for his lead performance in The Infidel, which was written by David Baddiel.

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