Lovefilm & Warner Bros Strike UK Deal
Netflix competitor Lovefilm has entered what it calls a “milestone” deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for the UK. From today, library content that includes The West Wing, One Tree Hill, Nip Tuck and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will be available to subscribers. The Amazon-owned streaming service has 2M+ subscribers across Europe. Netflix entered the market in January 2012 where Sky also continues to build its business. The three companies each have deals with the major U.S. studios. In November, Netflix signed its own multi-year pact with WBITD that included shows like The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl.
Alex Williams In Feature Debut
After playing the lead in TV movie Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Alex Williams is set to make his film debut in Australian writer-director John V. Soto’s The Reckoning. Williams, who graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2011, joins Jonathan LaPaglia and Luke Hemsworth in the crime thriller which starts shooting in Perth on April 29. The plot follows cops who search for two missing teenagers who shot video footage of a murder. Williams is repped by Marquee. Also joining the cast are Viva Bianca and Hanna Mangan Lawrence (who both appeared in Spartacus: Blood And Sand). The producer is Filmscope Entertainment’s Deidre Kitcher, who produced Soto’s films Needle (which Lionsgate released in the U.S.) and Crush. Lightning Entertainment has international sales rights.
Mia Hansen-Love On Critics’ Week Jury Duty
French director Mia Hansen-Love will be jury president of the short films competition for this year’s Critics’ Week which takes place during the Cannes Film Festival. The jury will also be comprised of producers and festival directors. Recipients of past prizes have included François Ozon, Gaspar Noé and Andrea Arnold. Hansen-Love’s 2007 All Is Forgiven ran in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and later won France’s prestigious Louis Delluc prize. Her Father Of My Children was in Un Certain Regard in 2009. She’ll also oversee the Revelations Jury for Critics’ Week.