The Wind Rises’ Makes It Eight Straight Weeks At No. 1 In Japan
Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises is still No. 1 at the Japanese box office after eight consecutive weekends. The Studio Ghibli release was up 13.6% this weekend after the director made his retirement official at a press conference in Tokyo last week. Per FilmBizAsia, the movie has taken in $97.2M to date. The website says that the last domestic movie to stay atop the box office for more than seven weeks in a row was Bayside Shakedown 2 in 2003. Miyazaki’s Oscar winner Spirited Away was tops for 16 consecutive weeks in 2001. Disney said Wednesday that it will open the film February 21 in North America after an Oscar-qualifying run in November.

Syfy Picks Up ‘The Originals’ For The UK
Syfy has acquired the UK premiere of The Originals in a deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution. Set to premiere on The CW in October, The Originals revolves around the Mikaelson siblings, first seen in Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries. The trio return to their former home in New Orleans, where they become embroiled in a power struggle with those who want to claim the city as their own. Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis Daniela Pinedo, Leah Pipes and Danielle Campbell star. The Originals is from Bonanza Productions in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios.

Sony Pictures TV Launching 2 Lifestyle Formats At Mipcom
Sony Pictures Television
is launching two new lifestyle formats in time for next month’s Mipcom. In a deal with Nice Entertainment, SPT has acquired the international format rights to Grillmaster. The cooking challenge format launched in Denmark (TV2) and Sweden (TV4) this summer, beating the primetime audience averages in both territories. SPT’s new in-house format, Grow Make Eat, has won its first commission, with BBC Two, ahead of its international launch to buyers in Cannes. Created by Silver River Productions, Grow Make Eat sees nine pairs of contestants compete to discover who has the greenest fingers in this ultimate ‘back to basics’ test of horticultural know-how. Mipcom runs October 7-10 in Cannes.

ITV Studios Bringing 10 Formats To Mipcom
In more Mipcom news, ITV Studios is set to launch 10 new formats at the Cannes market. They include Face Of The Year, Building The Dream, Monumental, Saving Jobs, My Dream Wedding and How To Find Love Online. Face Of The Year (ITV Studios Nordic for TV2/Bliss) sees a country’s top fashion magazine on a hunt for the next “it girl”; Building The Dream (True North for Channel 4/More 4) is a DIY show about the trials and tribulations of people building their own homes; panel show Monumental (Green Inc Film and Television for BBC1 Northern Ireland) pays tribute to the people, places and things that are peculiar to an individual territory; Saving Jobs (ITV Studios Nordic for YLE) steers four companies through the tough challenges of becoming a global player; dating show How To Find Love Online (The Garden for Channel 4) is a comprehensive guide to the Internet dating scene; and My Dream Wedding (ITV Studios America for TLC) sets itself up as a documentary about budget weddings, but ends up with a frugal bride-to-be getting everything she wants on her big day.

CMJ Productions II Creates Division For Nonfiction Shows
CMJ Productions II has formed a new division to focus on creating factual-production partnerships with like-minded television networks from around the world. CMJ Concepts’ objective is to develop programming that is fully-financed and provides networks with technically customized series and programs that fit their audience profiles. Lou Occhicone is the new unit’s president and COO. At Mipcom, CMJ Concepts will unveil a slate of shows developed and produced by CMJ Productions II that will premiere on Québec-based Évasion. Among the new shows are travel series Bad Trip and Top 7 Of The Caribbean; small-town monster show Boogeymen; Home Made, about unusual buildings; scary-jobs shows Nerves Of Steel and Risk Takers; and sailing show Regatta.