New Wave Has ‘Winter Of Discontent’
New Wave Films has acquired Egypt’s Winter Of Discontent for the UK and Ireland. Swipe Films is handling international sales on Ibrahim El Batout’s drama that debuted in Venice last month. It’s set against the backdrop of the 2011 Tahrir Square protests. The film also has a berth at the London Film Festival which is currently underway. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen actor Amr Waked stars in Winter Of Discontent and also produced via his Zad Communication. The deal was negotiated by Robert Beeson of New Wave and Frank Mannion of Swipe.

Ted Shapiro Leaves MPA Europe For Copyright-Focused Law Firm
UK media law firm Wiggin is opening a Brussels office specifically designed to advise on pan-European copyright issues. The Motion Picture Association’s head of legal for Europe, Ted Shapiro, will leave the lobby group to run the new Wiggin office. The office will open in January and the team will also support Incopro Ltd, Wiggin’s partnership between its content protection practice and former Warner Bros and NBCUniversal exec Bret Boivin, which offers technology and legal advice. Shapiro started as an intern at the MPA over 16 years ago, rising to become an expert in his field and espousing “peace, love and copyright!” Wiggins’ clients include BBC Worldwide, Condé Nast, Discovery, Disney, Endemol, HBO, Ingenious, ITV, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia, Time Warner Books, Times Newspapers, Turf TV, Twentieth Century Fox, UEFA, UKTV, Universal, Virgin Media and Warner Bros.

Nobel Literature Winner’s Books Became Award-Winning Films
The winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature has a tie to the movie biz through two of his books that have been turned into films. Mo Yan’s 1987 novel Red Sorghum was adapted into a film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou and won the Golden Bear in Berlin that year. In the tale, five stories intertwine during a turbulent period in the 20th century that included bandit culture, the Japanese occupation and the harsh conditions endured by poor farm workers. Zhang also adapted Mo’s Happy Times in 2000. The comedy about an aging bachelor picked up prizes at the Valladolid Film Festival in 2002. Mo is the first Chinese national to win the literature prize. The Nobel committee said the writer merges folk tales, history and the contemporary “with hallucinatory realism” and compared him to William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez.