Denmark Sees Boom In Admissions For Homegrown Films
Danish films are on a roll at home, with local pics taking 34% of the box office in the first six months of 2013, Cineuropa reports. Three Danish pics are at the top of the heap, led by Thomas Vinterberg’s 2012 Cannes entry The Hunt, which won Mads Mikkelsen the best actor prize at the festival. Homegrown films had a record 33% of the market in 2012 and in the first half of 2013 have sold 2.25M tickets, according to figures from the Danish Film Institute. Of those tickets, The Hunt, Martin Miehe-Renard’s My African Adventure and Rasmus Heide’s All For Two sold 1.47M. Conversely, TV viewing is down. Recent TNS Gallup figures show that Danes watched 13% less television than in the same period last year, Cineuropa said.
Tom Stoppard Radio Play Celebrates Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’ Turning 40
Tom Stoppard has written a new radio play to mark the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon. Darkside, premiering August 26 on BBC Radio 2, is a fantastical based on themes from the album. The cast includes Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, Adrian Scarborough, Iwan Rheon and Amaka Okafor. On the night of broadcast, visitors to bbc.co.uk/radio2 will be able to watch a specially commissioned animation by Aardman to accompany the drama.
RTL, CBS Unit Launching Themes Channels In Southeast Asia
RTL Group and CBS Studios International are partnering to launch two thematic channels in Southeast Asia. Both will be broadcast in English and local languages and distributed in up to 29 Asian markets including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The channels will be distributed by cable, satellite and Internet TV networks in the region. The first channel, RTL CBS Entertainment, is scheduled to roll out beginning in September with general entertainment programming including The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Celebrity Apprentice, as well as CBS’ Elementary, Under The Dome, The Late Show With David Letterman and Entertainment Tonight. In spring 2014, RTL CBS Extreme will launch with action/adventure, reality series and extreme sports programming. The venture will have ongoing access to first-run shows and library titles from RTL Group’s content arm, FremantleMedia, and from CBS.
BT’s Sports Service Tops 1M Households In UK
Since opening orders in May, Sky rival BT has secured more than 1M households for its new sports service in the UK. English Premiere League soccer kicks off next weekend, and BT holds rights to 38 of the live matches. Sky has rights to 116 games. BT is offering its sports channels free to customers who subscribe to its broadband package. Non-BT broadband customers can access the channels for £12 a month.
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