Cannes: Will Smith, Fan Bingbing, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury
With just a few weeks to go before the curtain rises on the 70th Cannes Film Festival, organizers have set the eight jury members who will serve under President Pedro Almodovar. Among those joining the Spanish filmmaker are two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith; last year’s breakout director of Germany’s Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade; Chinese actress and producer Fan Bingbing; Italian filmmaker and Cannes regular Paolo Sorrentino; French filmmaker Agnès Jaoui; Korean filmmaker Park… Read
Netflix Scales Chinese Entry Wall By Striking Licensing Deal With iQiyi
Netflix has finally found a gateway into China via a licensing deal with the country’s iQiyi streaming service, Shanghai Daily reports.
iQiyi will license Netflix shows; other details about the arrangement have yet to be disclosed. There’s also no word yet on the process Netflix shows will have to go through to clear Chinese government censors.
Still, this appears to be a major step forward in Netflix’s effort to enter the biggest market where it doesn’t have a foothold… Read
‘Transformers’ Tom DeSanto, China’s CITIC Guoan Pact On Co-Productions
X-Men co-writer and Transformers producer Tom DeSanto has teamed with Citic Guoan, a division of Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, on a series of films for the global market. The pact, which was unveiled at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival, is said to include a $120M U.S.-China co-production project.
“We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience,”… Read
Sundance London Announces Lineup; ‘A Ghost Story’ Set To Close Event
Sundance Film Festival: London has announced the full program for its upcoming edition in June and has set Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara starrer A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery, to close the event.
The fest, which will take place in London's Picturehouse Central cinema from June 1-4, will present 14 feature films direct from this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City including the UK premiere of Lowery's critically acclaimed film and the previously announced… Read
Directors’ Fortnight Adds Title; Karlovy Vary Sets Tributes – Global Briefs
Directors' Fortnight has added a special screening title to its lineup for this year's event which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The Nothing Factory, by Portugal's Pedro Pinho, is described as a riff on the subject of industrialization, unemployment and the workers' struggle. Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop calls it "a highly original film oscillating between intimate drama, social realist comedy and the occasional musical number." Pinho is also a… Read
Henrik Bastin Re-Ups As CEO At Fabrik Entertainment
Henrik Bastin, CEO of Bosch producer Fabrik Entertainment, has extended his contract with the Red Arrow Entertainment Group subsidiary in a multi-year renewal. The LA-based Fabrik was Red Arrow’s first strategic investment into the U.S. scripted market back in 2011, and Bastin has led the business since. Season 3 of Bosch, the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling book series, launched its third season on Amazon last week, and a fourth is on deck.
Paradigm, Yucaipa Partner With Big European Music Agency, X-Ray Touring
A new joint venture has been formed between Paradigm Talent Agency, Yucaipa Companies and X-ray Touring, the international live music touring agency that reps such artists as Coldplay, Chance the Rapper, Eagles of Death Metal, Eminem, Frankie and The Heartstrings, Green Day, Linkin Park, Moby, Soul Savers, Snow Patrol, Robbie Williams, Blur, Stereophonics, Volbeat, Gorillaz and Pixies, to name a few.
The new deal was done to create synergies with pre-existing live music… Read
EOne, Aquarius Board Aussie Series ‘The Other Guy’; Studiocanal Picks Up ‘American Gods’; Viceland Producing Comedy ‘Brexit Stage Left’ — Global Briefs
Entertainment One and Lion producer Aquarius Films are co-producing a new Stan Original comedy series The Other Guy, starring and written by Australian comedian and broadcast personality Matt Okine. The show, which has already begun production, is based on Okine's own experiences, which he developed into a stand-up show and is now a TV series for Australia's local streaming service Stan. The show is co-written by Becky Lucas (Please Like Me) and Greg Waters (Soul Mates, Da… Read
Pinewood Group’s Ivan Dunleavy Exiting Chief Executive Role
After 17 years as Chief Executive of Pinewood Group, Ivan Dunleavy is stepping down. The move follows the £323M sale last summer of Pinewood Group to Aermont Capital. Dunleavy will continue working in an advisory capacity with the facilities operator which includes the iconic Pinewood Studios in England's South Buckinghamshire, as well as Shepperton Studios and several offshore hubs.
The news was announced internally today. In an email to staff, Pinewood Chairman Paul… Read
‘Fate Of The Furious’ Fires Up $745M Offshore, $908M WW; Tops ‘Transformers’ In China – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: With engines humming in its second lap around the international box office track, Universal's The Fate Of The Furious put another $163.4M in the tank. That lifts the offshore cume to $744.8M in 65 markets, and the global rally to $908.4M. The latest entry in the 16-year-old franchise is still No. 1 everywhere. Worldwide, it will leave $1B in the rear view this coming week.
China continued to show its love for the F8 family with a further $58.5M in the… Read
A New Revolution?: World Media Reacts To French Presidential Election, Round 1
French and world media focused tightly on the first round of France's presidential election this evening local time as polls showed independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and extreme right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen advancing to the second round. In a historic result that does not include the country’s major political parties, the two will now go head-to-head in a runoff election on May 7 to determine France's next leader, possibly impacting its… Read
BAFTA TV Craft Award Winners Include ‘The Crown’, ‘The Night Manager’, ‘National Treasure’ — Full List
In advance of the BAFTA TV Awards on May 14, the British Academy of Film and Television arts handed out prizes to behind-the-scenes talent in London this evening. Four programs won two BAFTAs each: The Crown, The Night Manager, National Treasure and Planet Earth II.
Netflix's historical drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith and produced by Left Bank Pictures, picked up awards for Costume Design and Special as well as Visual & Graphic Effects, while espionage… Read