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Cinedigm Teams With China’s Starrise Media For Distribution And Production

Cinedigm, after selling a majority of its equity last year to Hong Kong-based Bison Holding Co., has deepened its ties to the region by forming a strategic alliance with Chinese entertainment company Starrise Media Holdings. The deal will cover theatrical and digital film releases in China and North America. The shared slate will include select theatrical titles but plans also call for the release of hundreds of films in the home entertainment marketplaces in China and… Read

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Starz Files Petitions With FCC To Get Network Put Back On Altice Cable Systems

UPDATED with Altice response. As the Starz-Altice USA carriage dispute drags on, the Lionsgate-owned network has filed two separate petitions with the FCC that aim to force the cable company to restore it on New York-area Optimum systems. The No. 2 premium network has been dark for Optimum’s 4.9 million customers since Jan. 1. The petitions request the FCC to force Altice to restore carriage of Starz, Starz Encore and Movieplex for the 30-day notice period required under… Read

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Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Yan England’s ‘1:54’ For U.S. Theatrical Release

EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to distribute Oscar-nominated writer-director Yan England's (Henry) psychological thriller 1:54. The film held its world premiere at the Angouleme French-Language Film Festival where it walked away with the Best Actor and the Student's Jury prize. The film stars Antoine Olivier Pilon (Mommy) as a shy 16 year-old natural athlete Tim and Sophie Nélisse (Professor Lazhar, The Book Thief). The story follows the… Read

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Lebanon Reverses ‘The Post’ Ban; Steven Spielberg Film To Release This Week

In a surprise reversal, Lebanon’s Interior Ministry has overturned a move to ban Steven Spielberg’s awards-season contender, The Post, and will allow the release of the film beginning tomorrow. Despite the movie initially passing the country's government-run screening process, the General Security Directorate had rejected it earlier this week over Spielberg’s ties to Israel. The Washington Post, the paper at the heart of Spielberg’s movie, notes that the filmmaker was… Read

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Undaunted By Syndication Slump, NATPE Boosts International, Reality, Local TV

As the 55th edition of NATPE begins Tuesday morning in Miami, the syndication business that long served as its heartbeat continues to show a faltering pulse. No new shows are getting a splashy, Oprah-esque rollout this time, a departure from what was once was an annual ritual complete with over-the-top parties and promotional blitzes. Even so, the conference has managed to stabilize itself by bulking up offerings in streaming video, unscripted programming and local TV… Read

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Frederick Wiseman’s Entire Catalog Heads To Free Streaming Service Kanopy

EXCLUSIVE: With Ex Libris, the 41st and latest documentary by Frederick Wiseman, making an Oscar run, the noted filmmaker’s entire catalog will start streaming in the coming months on Kanopy, a service that is free to library card holders. Outside of limited digital availability for some titles, it is the first time any of Wiseman’s work has been available for streaming. Wiseman’s body of work is practically a film school unto itself. Some of his most celebrated works… Read

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Warner Bros Shakeup: Sue Kroll Segues to Producer Role, With Toby Emmerich Promoted; Blair Rich Upped To Head Global Marketing, Ron Sanders To Run Global Distribution

Big changes over at Warner Bros this morning with several promotions, appointments and transitions. Toby Emmerich is being promoted to Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, with full oversight now of Worldwide Theatrical Production, Marketing and Distribution. Previously, the New Line boss carried the title of President and Chief Content Officer. Sue Kroll, who joined Warner Bros in 1994 and has held the post of President of Worldwide Marketing since 2008, is… Read

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Starz Reaches New Carriage Deal With Verizon FiOS, Stays Dark On Rival Optimum

While Starz remains dark on Altice USA’s Optimum cable systems, the premium cable network has reached a new multi-year carriage deal with Verizon FiOS, Optimum’s rival in the New York metro area. The deal will continue the offering of Starz pay-TV, on-demand and online services in the 5 million households that get FiOS. "Verizon has done a tremendous job in selling our premium services FiOS subscribers," said Jeffrey Hirsch, chief operating officer for Starz, a division… Read

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‘Five Fingers For Marseilles’ Western Goes To Uncork’d Entertainment For North Am

Five Fingers For Marseilles

Uncork'd Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to the western thriller Five Fingers For Marseilles. Uncork'd will release the film theatrically in September, 2018, with a winter 2018 home video release. Five Fingers For Marseilles is the story of  young men (the ‘Five Fingers’) who stand up to brutal police oppression in Marseilles. One of them, Tau, kills two policemen, and is sentenced to 20 years in prison. When he gets out, the embitted “Lion… Read

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Verizon And A+E Networks Set Expanded Carriage Deal With Content Partnership

Verizon and A+E Networks have reached a new carriage deal which includes several content components that will see the two companies team on programming across digital and linear platforms. Like similar arrangements involving Viacom and AMC Networks with distributors such as Charter and Altice, the deal centers on traditional carriage but layers in the content partnership as a notable new element. As both distributors and programmers grapple with a re-bundling world in… Read

Box Office

Specialty Box Office 2017: ‘The Big Sick’ Is Highest Grosser, But Overall Results Flat

The Big Sick

The specialty box office generally flatlined this year. The overall 2017 takeaway among this year's crop of limited theatrical roll-outs is that the box office did edge lower this year, though a mostly strong fourth quarter averted a sharp downturn — though that is not historically unprecedented. Still, there were some specialty stars that opened earlier in the year. There were over seven hundred films in theaters in 2017, most of which were limited-release titles. Films… Read

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‘Above And Beyond’ Trailer: Grammy-Nominated Trio’s Journey From DJs To Hollywood Bowl

EXCLUSIVE: They started out as DJs in 2009 and years later ended up so successful that they played at the Hollywood Bowl joined by a 34-piece orchestra. The journey of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki (aka Above & Beyond) is told in a new film from Abramorama. The film will open theatrically in New York in late January 2018 and then move to other dates the following month. The group is also going back on tour tied with the film’s upcoming release. Directed… Read