Skyfall’ On Track To Beat ‘Quantum’s China Cume In 7 Days
As of Thursday night, Skyfall’s 4-day cume in China was $17.9M, handily breaking the coveted 100M yuan mark. The film opened Monday and is playing on 8,079 screens in the country’s widest release ever. Sony says the 23rd James Bond film that has already broken the $1B mark internationally, is on track to outgross the last Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, in its first seven days in China. The movie’s release on Monday, at $5.1M, was almost three times that of Quantum. It came out amid reports of some tweaks by the local censors and calls by film industry insiders for reforms to the movie review system. Shi Chuan, a professor at Shanghai University’s school of film & TV arts and technology, proposed laws be put in place for censors to follow and said, “Movie regulators should respect the producers’ original ideas, rather than chopping scenes arbitrarily.”

Sciamma To Helm Vampire Thriller ‘Bite’
Spanish writer-director Alberto Sciamma (The Killer Tongue, Anazapta, Jericho Mansions) is set to shoot vampire movie Bite in Australia in September. The UK’s Spice Factory is co-producing with Iron Sky producer Cathy Overett’s Brisbane-based Cathartic Pictures and international rights will be handled by Spice Factory parent, Stealth Media Group. The plot follows criminals who set out to kidnap a billionaire’s daughter and more than meet their match. Meanwhile Sciamma and Overett are collaborating on Bullets For The Dead, a zombie Western that will mark the feature debut of Australian writers-directors Joshua C. Birch and Michael Du-Shane. Sciamma met the pair in 2011 when he was artist-in-residence at Griffith University Film School in Queensland, where they were students. They shot a 3-minute zombie Western, 26 Bullets Dead, and Sciamma encouraged them to develop it into a feature, which revolves around a bounty hunter who escorts a fiery young woman and her gang to the sheriff and en route discovers the remains of a massacre and rescues its sole survivor, a preacher. It’s due to shoot in Queensland in April/May, with Stealth repping international. – Don Groves

Lucinda Hicks Appointed COO At Dragonfly
Shine Group VP of operations and business development Lucinda Hicks is moving over to the company’s Dragonfly Film and Television as COO in March. Hicks will oversee all commercial, operational and business-related activities at the production company behind shows like One Born Every Minute, The Hotel and The Plane Crash. Hicks joined Shine in 2010 as VP global business development and has identified new companies and partnerships for the now News Corp.-owned group. She succeeds outgoing COO Steve Nam. Hicks’ Shine Group responsibilities will be assumed by Tim Robinson.

Olivier Gers Departs Endemol Worldwide Brands
In the latest executive departure at Endemol, Olivier Gers is stepping down as CEO of the commercial division, Endemol Worldwide Brands. Gers joined Endemol in 2010 with a focus on extending the Big Brother producer’s IP and commercial activities across multiple platforms. Gers’ departure follows Endemol Group COO and Endemol France CEO Virginie Calmels’ resignation last week. The company earlier this week named former international operations managing director, Martha Brass, as the group’s COO and former group finance director, Edwin van Es, as CFO.