Tribeca And Doha Film Fest End Partnership
After four years of collaboration, the Doha Film Institute and Tribeca Enterprises have announced the dissolution of their partnership on the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Doha Film Institute CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater says the Qatar-based festival will continue in a “new niche” with future plans to be laid out during Cannes next month. I’m told the separation was amicable after Tribeca helped launch the festival. Last year, DTFF showcased Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist which was made with the backing of the DFI. In Berlin earlier this year, Participant Media partnered with the DFI to form a $100M revolving fund to finance a slate of feature films.
Fraser Robinson Joins ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Former NBC Universal International Channels exec Fraser Robinson has joined ITV Studios Global Entertainment as VP scripted acquisitions & co-productions. He will be charged with growing the drama slate and co-production portfolio of the commercial arm of UK broadcaster ITV. He was previously director of scripted development for NBCU’s international channels group in London with responsibility for developing and managing co-produced content across over 50 platforms worldwide and oversaw series including Haven, Fairly Legal, Rookie Blue and Shattered.
Unifrance Appoints Giordano As General Director
Unifrance, the body that promotes French films around the world, has named Isabelle Giordano as general director. She will replace longtime Unifrance exec Régine Hatchondo as of September 1. Giordano is a former journalist and host of various Canal Plus TV shows about film. Since 2006, she has been president of the Cinema For All association which she created to organize screenings in underprivileged neighborhoods. She has written seven books including biographies of Romy Schneider and the upcoming In The Wings Of The Intouchables, an analysis of the hit film.
DreamWorks Brings Characters To Macau
DreamWorks Animation has pacted with Sands China Ltd. to bring the “Dreamworks Experience” to resorts in Macau. DWA’s characters and franchises, such as Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek and Madagascar will be part of events, shows and offerings throughout the Sands Cotai Central and The Venetian Macao resorts. Included among upcoming attractions are special DreamWorks room packages, a daily DreamWorks parade, a DreamWorks 3D light and sound show and a DreamWorks-themed Ice World.