‘Still Life’ Scores Early Sales Ahead Of Venice Bow
Still Life
, the Uberto Pasolini film that’s premiering in Venice’s Horizons section, has closed some early sales for Beta Cinema. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) star in the movie about a UK council worker whose job is to notify the next of kin when someone dies. After his department is downsized, his final case takes him on a liberating journey. Produced by Red Wave/Embargo Films in association with Cinecittà Studios, Exponential Media, Beta Cinema and Rai Cinema, the movie is being released in Italy by Bim. It has also sold to Wild Bunch for Benelux, and Palace Films for Australia/New Zealand. It debuts September 3 in Venice.

Keshet International To Kick Off ‘Rising Star’ Sales At Mipcom
Keshet International is set to unleash format sales of Rising Star at October’s Mipcom. The live singing competition sets out to find the music world’s next big star. The season is broadcast live in its entirety, beginning with the first audition. Alongside four celebrity judges, home viewers serve as the fifth judge, voting in real time via the show’s second-screen app. Keshet Broadcasting and Tedy Productions created the format, which will launch in Israel as Hacochav Haba this fall on Keshet Channel 2.

Andrea Martin Leaving Broadway To Star In Canadian Series
The same day Andrea Martin was set to return to the Broadway revival of Pippin after two months, it was announced that she’ll star in a new Canadian series called Working The Engels. The actress, who had been on vacation from her Tony-winning role, will play an overly confident matriarch who mixes motherly love with myopic self-involvement. The series is produced by Halfire-Core Entertainment with Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall and Noreen Halpern serving as Executive Producers.

Joonas Hytönen Tapped As CEO Of Banijay Finland
Joonas Hytönen has been named CEO of the newly renamed Banijay Finland, the Finnish operation of Nordisk Film TV. He’s the former Head of Entertainment at Moskito Television Oy, Finland’s largest independent TV group. Banijay had been known as  Solar Television.