Walter Hill Honored In Rome
Walter Hill will receive the Maverick Director Award at the Rome Film Festival in November. Hill’s latest film, Bullet To The Head, will world premiere at the fest with star Sylvester Stallone in attendance. The new Maverick prize is designed to honor filmmakers who have broken ground in cinema and “consistently stand out from the crowd,” the festival says. Hill’s credits as director include The Warriors, 48 Hrs. and Streets Of Fire. He also produced Prometheus, Alien and wrote the scripts for John Huston’s The Mackintosh Man and Sam Peckinpah’s The Getaway.

SeaWorld Developing New Animated Series
SeaWorld’s fledgling production arm is working with former Marvel Animation president Eric Rollman on a new project. SeaWorld Family Entertainment, which produces live-action and animated content for SeaWorld parks, is setting to work on The Octo Force, an action series that follows five anthropomorphic kids. Rollman is consulting. The company will meet with potential broadcast and production partners at Mipcom next week. Chief creative officer Scott Helmstedter told C21 Media that SeaWorld wouldn’t rule out its own channel further down the line. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is partnered with Rive Gauche Television and Litton Entertainment for the international launch of reality-doc Sea Rescue, a series that aired earlier this year on ABC stations in the U.S.

FCCE Flexes Sales Arm, Opens Beijing Office
Amsterdam-based distributor FCCE is launching an international sales division in the service of promoting Dutch films worldwide. The company has already boarded Paul Verhoeven’s Tricked, a user-generated drama and will present spy thriller Bellicher Cell at the AFM next month. The company said this week that it will also launch an office in Beijing teamed with Chinese company Trihelix to propose international content and formats for adaptation in the local market. Chinese programs and formats will be distributed outside China by FCCE.