Movies, Music Hit Europe Via Google Play Next Tuesday
Google Play music and movies will be available in Europe starting November 13. Owners of a Google TV set-top box or enabled TV in the UK, Germany and France will gain access to media on the Google Play store, the company said in a Google+ post. Italy and Spain were included in a previous post but were not mentioned in the most recent. Also, the movies and music won’t immediately be accessible to other Google devices such as Nexus smartphones or tablets but should have access in the near future. Rolling out content internationally has been complicated for Google because of Hollywood movie and TV licensing issues, according to CNET. Canada and Australia also may soon see an expansion of Google Play content, according to another Google+ post that also has been deleted.
Germany Increases Film Funding
Germany’s federal government has decided to boost film production funding by €10 million ($12.7 million), Variety reported. The funding increase will raise the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) from about $76 million to nearly $90 million. The DFFF is a major financing vehicle for both domestic and international productions, offering a 16% rebate on total spending in Germany with a $12.5 million limit. German Producers Alliance chairman Alexander Thies praised the government’s decision because “the DFFF is for us much more than just a financial instrument. By stimulating international co-productions, it has helped make Germany one of the world’s leading locations for film production”. Projected backed by the German fund include Ron Howard’s Rush, Michael Caine starrer Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner and the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas.
French TV Runs With Keshet’s ‘Marathon’
Keshet International has sold rights to its new primetime reality format Marathon to Banijay Productions France. The aspirational format brings together five people with no athletic background to train run a marathon in eight months. A world-class coach puts together a training program for each participant, allowing for five distinct stories. Banijay France is the first international partner to pick up the format following its debut at Mipcom last month. The Israeli version has been produced by Kuperman Productions and will air next year. Keshet has sold several formats to France including The Vault, We’ll Always Be Mum & Dad and 50 Things You Have To Know.