Jennifer Lopez Joining NuvoTV
Lopez and her Nuyorican Productions will contribute programming, work on strategy and assist in marketing the English-language cable network that’s aimed at Latino viewers, she told Bloomberg. In exchange, she’ll receive a minority stake. “I’m going to be a creative executive and part owner who will be very involved with every aspect of the network,” Lopez said. “Development, production, marketing, I’ll be involved on every side of it so we hit all the right points.” NuvoTV said last month it raised $40M from current investors Columbia Capital LLC and Rho Capital Partners and new investors Veronis Suhler Stevenson LLC and Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC. The money will be used for new shows and marketing, much of which will support Lopez’s efforts, CEO Michael Schwimmer said. NuvoTV is available in 30 million U.S. homes through pay-TV systems operated by Dish Network, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable.
Virgin Produced Partners With VEVO For In-Flight Programming
The deal provides the Virgin Produced Channel onboard Virgin America with VEVO music videos and original programming. Music videos from artists such as Katy Perry, Coldplay, Rihanna, will.i.am, Graffiti 6 and David Guetta are currently airing as well as an episode from the VEVO GO Shows series which features a live concert with Demi Lovato. “VEVO’s partnership with Virgin Produced brings our platform to new heights, quite literally,” said Doug McVehil, VEVO’s Senior VP, Programming, Talent & Content Operations. Each block of programming will feature a music-infused program titled VEVO Sound + City which takes Virgin Produced Channel viewers on a musical tour of one of Virgin America’s destinations. The city of San Francisco will be the first stop. The Virgin Produced Channel launched first onboard Virgin America in April.
Summit’s Spanish Output Deal Extended To Include Lionsgate Pics
Lionsgate and Alliance Films have pacted in a new multiyear output agreement that will funnel Lionsgate and Summit features through Alliance’s Spanish distribution arm, Aurum Producciones. As it does with many foreign distribs, Summit already had a deal with Aurum. One expected result of the tie-up of Lionsgate and Summit has been that Summit would expand some of those deals to cover Lionsgate films as well. “The combination of Lionsgate and Summit earlier this year allows us to bring a significantly expanded portfolio of product to our distribution partners around the world, enables us to achieve significant economies of scale and ensures even greater consistency and visibility in our global business,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman said. Aurum partnered with Summit on the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 with the film grossing more than $26M in Spain. Aurum also has Breaking Dawn – Part 2 on deck, the next three Hunger Games films and RED 2 to come.
EFA Shortlist Includes 47 Films
The European Film Academy and EFA Productions have announced the titles of the 47 films on this year’s shortlist for a nomination for the European Film Awards. Among the titles are Roman Polanski’s Carnage, Steve McQueen’s Shame, French hit Intouchables, Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour, Ken Loach’s Cannes jury prize winner The Angel’s Share and Nazis from the Moon pic Iron Sky. In all, 31 European countries are represented. Over the next weeks, the 2,700 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations which will be announced on Nov. 3 at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain. The awards will be held on Dec. 1 in Malta.
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