Jens Eriksson Joins MTG Studios
Sweden-based MTG Studios has appointed former Zodiak Media Group Nordic exec Jens Eriksson as president and COO. He will take up his post on January 8, 2013. MTG Studios, which formerly went by the moniker Modern Studios, is the holding company for the production and distribution arm of Modern Times Group, which makes and distributes content for television, print media and the Internet. MTG Studios owns reality format producer Strix (The Farm), Central and Eastern European production group Paprika (Wife Swap In Romania) and communications company Redaktörerna.
C More, Miramax In Multi-Year Deal For Nordic Region
Pay-TV group C More Entertainment has entered a licensing agreement with Miramax to bring the studio’s films to the Nordic region, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Among the titles included in the deal are There Will Be Blood, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Chicago, Jackie Brown, The Hours and Scream. All titles be available on C More’s linear channels and via its streaming service C More Play. The Nordic region is increasingly drawing U.S. players and content with the recent roll out of Netflix and the launch of HBO Nordic.
Cohen Media Group To Remake ‘You Will Be My Son’
Busy Cohen Media Group has picked up US distribution rights to Gille Legrand’s French film You Will Be My Son. The deal was brokered with Legrand’s Epithete Films for the Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch and Patrick Chesnais starring film. A 2013 theatrical release is planned. Cohen Media Group also acquired English language remake rights to the film and is moving forward with a redo set in California wine country. Charles S. Cohen will produce. The original is set in Bordeaux’s Saint Emilion region and focuses on the problematic relationship between the owner of a prestigious vineyard and his son.
Aussie Distributor Pinnacle Films Restructures
Martin Gallery is taking the reins of Australian distributor Pinnacle Films following a restructure which is resulting in the departure on Friday of head of film Richard Sheffield. Gallery joined Pinnacle as sales director- theatrical in June after 13 years with 21st Century Pictures, which folded. Pinnacle Films was established in 2010 by DVD and video games distributor All Interactive Distribution. Pinnacle’s upcoming slate includes British thriller Welcome To The Punch, the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, the Andy Garcia/Eva Longoria starrer For Greater Glory, and two Australian films, Craig Monahan’s drama Healing and the Spierig brothers’ time-traveling tale Predestination.- Don Groves
Australian Government Flags Increase in Location Incentive
The Australian government has hinted it will increase the 16.5% location rebate for big budget film and TV projects to restore Australia’s attraction as a destination for U.S. and other offshore production. Australian producers, studios and post houses have urged the government to raise the incentive to 30% to make Australia competitive with other territories and to offset the impact of the high Oz dollar vs. the greenback. ”I’ve made it clear we should be looking to increase the location offset,” Arts Minister Simon Crean told local media. But Crean did not specify a higher figure and he acknowledged he needs cabinet support for greater funding as part of a national cultural policy that’s due to be unveiled in the first quarter of next year. – Don Groves