Q&A: Heike Hempel, Deputy director of programmes, ZDF

QA Heike Hempel Deputy director of programmes ZDF

What kinds of dramas are working well for ZDF? High-quality fiction has always been of great importance for ZDF, especially in the crime drama and melodrama genres, and series such as Wilsberg and The mountain doctor regularly achieve a market share above 20%. Historical miniseries successes include Ku’damm 56 and Ku’damm 59, with the theme … Read more

​Sue Bruce-Smith, Film4 deputy director and UK indie champion, dies aged 62

Sue Bruce Smith Film4 deputy director and UK indie champion dies

Sue Bruce-Smith, Film4’s deputy director and longtime stalwart of the UK’s independent film scene, passed away yesterday morning (May 2) following a long illness. Film4 director Daniel Battsek sent out the following note today to the industry confirming the news. Dear friends, It is with the greatest sadness that I’m writing to let you know … Read more

Sue Bruce-Smith, Film4 Deputy Director, Dies at 62

Sue Bruce Smith Film4 Deputy Director Dies at 62

Sue Bruce-Smith, Film4’s deputy director and a much-loved and highly respected figure in the British film industry, has died. She was 62. Bruce-Smith, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2018, died Saturday in Dublin, where she had been receiving treatment supported by her family. In a tribute, Film4 director Daniel Battsek said that his … Read more

Sue Bruce-Smith Dies: Film4 Deputy Director & UK Industry Stalwart Was 62

Sue Bruce Smith Dies Film4 Deputy Director UK Industry Stalwart

Sue Bruce-Smith, Film4’s Deputy Director and a much-loved figure in the UK biz, has died at the age of 62 following a battle with cancer. She was diagnosed two years ago and had been receiving treatment at home in Dublin with the support of her family – she passed away on Saturday morning. Bruce-Smith started … Read more