Tony Winner John Benjamin Lands Leading Role in TV Drama Manhattan

first_imgTony winner John Benjamin Hickey is set to star in the upcoming WGN America 13-episode series Manhattan, according to Deadline.com. Hickey will take on the leading role of Frank Winter, a genius and self-destructive physics professor who’s tapped to help lead the Manhattan Project. Broadway alum Daniel Stern will co-star in the show. Hickey received a Tony Award for his turn in the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart. His other Broadway credits include Mary Stuart, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Cabaret and The Crucible. Hickey’s film and TV credits include The Good Wife, Hannibal, The Big C, The New Normal, Pitch Perfect, Freedom Writers and Flags of Our Fathers. Stern made his Broadway debut in MTC’s production of The Other Place, but departed the production early due to personal family matters. He is well known for his roles in such movies as Home Alone, City Slickers and Diner. On TV, he narrated the iconic series The Wonder Years. Star Files Written by Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme, Manhattan is set during the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families. Stern plays Glen Babbit, a mentor to the younger physicists working on the Manhattan Project who navigates the political minefield of Los Alamos. The cast also includes Fresh Face Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zuckerman and Harry Lloyd. View Comments Daniel Sternlast_img read more

​Norway’s KLP offloads loss-making pensions unit to DNB Liv

first_imgAt the end of Q1, it had total assets of NOK6.98bn.Anders Skjævestad, DNB Liv’s CEO, said: “Defined contribution pensions are a focus area for DNB, and given the prevailing low interest rates and demographic changes, saving for retirement is only going to become more important.”KLP Bedriftspensjon had a strong position as a provider of public sector-related businesses, and had invested in index linked funds and sustainable management processes, he said.“These are initiatives that we look forward to continuing under the auspices of DNB,” Skjævestad said, adding that his firm would be launching new sustainability profiles for DC pensions this autumn as part of this.KLP said changes to public sector occupational pensions in Norway at the beginning of this year had decreased the strategic importance of the subsidiary to the overall group, and that the private sector occupational pensions market was also in a state of change.Norwegian media reports put the value of the deal at NOK400-450m, and a spokeswoman for KLP confirmed to IPE the actual figure was in that range.After years of negotiation, Norway’s new hybrid public sector pension is now in place for central government and municipal staff, having been designed to make staying in work longer worthwhile while making it easier for individuals to switch jobs between the public and private sectors.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Norway’s Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) has sold its corporate pensions unit KLP Bedriftspensjon to DNB Liv for between NOK400-450m (€37-41m), saying the business had become less crucial strategically since the advent of the new public sector pension.KLP, which is the Nordic country’s main provider of municipal pensions, also said it would take a lot of work and significant investment to make the subsidiary profitable, which returned a loss of NOK10.3m last year.Sverre Thornes, KLP chief executive officer, said: “DNB already holds a solid position in this market, and has the muscle to do what it takes.”The NOK765bn pension fund’s wholly-owned subsidiary KLP Bedriftspensjon, which was established in 2006, provides defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) pensions – and manages pension capital certificates and paid-up policies – for employers in both the public and private sectors.last_img read more