Fox Rebrands Sports Channels In The Netherlands
Fox International Channels is rebranding the home of the Dutch national soccer leagues, Eredivisie Live, to Fox Sports Eredivisie and also is launching Fox Sports in the Netherlands. The switch to Fox Sports Eredivisie goes live on August 1 followed by the launch of Fox Sports on August 17. Fox Sports, will become the Dutch destination of top international soccer, including the Premier League, Série A, the FA Cup, the League Cup, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Europa League. The Fox Sports launch in the Netherlands follows a recent announcement of FIC’s plans to launch Fox Sports in Italy.
Mendes’ ‘Charlie’ Adds Six Months To Run
Sam Mendes’ Charlie And The Chocolate Factory just opened Tuesday night on London’s West End, but it’s already adding six months to its run. The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s story will be performed until May 31, 2014, The Guardian reports. Reviews have been somewhat mixed, but already the show was seen by more than 70,000 during previews. Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge plays Willy Wonka with songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. A New York transfer for the Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures production is still uncertain.
Telemundo Sets Up Office In Mexico City
Telemundo is opening a new business development office in Mexico City. The unit will support and generate investment from companies in Mexico and Latin America that are seeking to reach the U.S. Hispanic market at both national and local levels. Newly appointed VP Business Development Juan Witt will head the office. Witt joins Telemundo Station Group from Univision Communications, where he held various positions including SVP, New Business Mexico. The country now has the second-largest economy in Latin America and is expected to become the world’s tenth-largest economy by 2030.
France’s CNC Loses Leader
Eric Garandeau, the chief of French film body the CNC, has resigned. He’s held the post for two and a half years and noted the switch to digital for almost all of France’s theaters, several restorations and funding reforms among his accomplishments in a note to the industry on Wednesday. Garandeau is a supporter of the Cultural Exception which has been a sore point in Brussels where the European Commission has been fighting with France over its resistance to including the arts in upcoming trade talks with the U.S. Former Socialist Party minister Frédérique Bredin will replace Garandeau beginning July