Don Mischer Productions Takes Stage-Show Experience To China
Don Mischer Productions is set to produce the stage show for the Huading Celebrity Image Awards on October 7 and the Huading Sports Awards on October 9 both in Macau, China, honoring China’s leading celebrities as determined by fan voting. Oscar and Emmy veteran Don Mischer and his team also will introduce an all-new global version of the Huading Awards featuring international talent to be filmed in LA in April and broadcast throughout China. The Huading Celebrity Image Awards recognize outstanding work in film, television, dance, theater and music.

French Cultural Channel Teams With Comcast For SVOD Service In US
Attention Francophiles: French cultural channel TV5 Monde has partnered with Comcast to launch its first SVOD service in the U.S. TV5 Monde Cinema On Demand went live on Thursday and is available via cable in San Francisco, Denver, Miami, Boston, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The service includes recent French films, films from the past decade and classics. A new thematic strand will pop up each month with the first based around Jean Dujardin.1963 Golden Lion Winner ‘Hands Over The City’ To Kick Off Venice Festival  
The Venice Film Festival will have its traditional pre-opening event on August 27 with a digitally restored screening of Francesco Rosi’s 1963 Le Mani Sulla Città (Hands Over The City). Rod Steiger stars in the film about the relationship between politics and economic power in Naples. It won the Golden Lion award 50 years ago in Venice. Rosi was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement last year.

Fyzz Facility, Grain, Jones Co. Put Stamp On ‘Superbob’ As Filming Starts
Principal photography has started in London on The Fyzz Facility, Grain Media and Jones Company Productions’ Superbob, the debut feature of Jon Drever about a mild-mannered mailman-turned-superhero and his uneasy adjustment to the spotlight. Brett Goldstein of Ricky Gervais’ Derek stars with The Office’s Catherine Tate, Natalia Tena (Game Of Thrones), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie), Ruth Sheen (Run Fat Boy Run) and Ricky Grover (Getting On). Goldstein wrote the script with Will Bridges. Producers are Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones. Production runs through July.

Sony Pictures Television Preps AXN Channels For Central Europe
Sony Pictures Television Networks will launch local-language versions of AXN Black and AXN White in Central Europe in October. The new channels will cover Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. AXN White will air U.S. and European scripted series and films like The Client List, Grand Hotel and Eat, Pray and Love. AXN Black will offer faster-paced action across both scripted and unscripted genres. Series will include Spartacus, No Limit and Justified. AXN Black and AXN White will replace AXN Sci-Fi and AXN Crime in Central Europe. With the two new outlets, SPT Networks is expanding its Central European channel portfolio which also includes AXN, AXN Spin and Animax.

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News Corp Ordered To Turn Over Police Documents In Hacking Scandal
News Corp’s UK unit must turn over police documents to victims in a civil lawsuit in a second phone-hacking investigation. That was the ruling today by Justice George Mann, Bloomberg reports. Mann said police should give the victims the information to help them in developing their claims. “We appreciate today’s guidance from the court on this technical issue of law and remain committed to compensating victims of voicemail-hacking,” News Corp.’s News UK unit said in an e-mailed statement. The company argued during hearings that if claimants wanted to see the evidence, they should file a lawsuit to get disclosure. The ruling came just days after News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch agreed to testify to the UK parliament for a second time after Exaro News published a secret recording of Murdoch complaining about police probes  into phone-hacking and bribery in a meeting with Sun staffers.