‘Intouchables’ Helmers Set To Begin Production On ‘Samba’
The Intouchables helmers Eric Tolédano and Olivier Nakache will begin shooting their next film, Samba, at the end of October. Omar Sy, Best Actor César winner for Intouchables, stars in the social comedy alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia), Tahar Rahim (The Past, A Prophet) and Izya Higelin. French major Gaumont is co-producing with Intouchables‘ Quad Productions. Gaumont will handle French distribution and sell the film internationally as it did with Tolédano and Nakache’s 2011 mega box office hit. Delivery is expected at the end of 2014.

BAFTA Hosts Tom Hanks
On October 19th, BAFTA will host a Life In Pictures event with Tom Hanks in London. The two-time Oscar winner will be in town for the world premiere of Saving Mr. Banks, which closes the London Film Festival. (Captain Philips, in which he also stars, is the opening-night movie.) At the BAFTA event, Hanks will discuss his craft and career. The long-running series of onstage interviews has hosted such A-listers as Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kenneth Branagh and Helen Mirren.

BFI National Archive Fundraiser Set
The BFI National Archive is launching Luminous, an inaugural fundraising gala where film memorabilia is to be auctioned off including a Formula 1 car from Ron Howard’s Rush and costumes worn by John Travolta and Daniel Craig. The event is designed to raise money for the National Archive. Luminous ambassadors include Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Naomi Campbell, Idris Elba, Eric Fellner, Julian Fellowes, Ralph Fiennes, Colin and Livia Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Emma Thompson alog with  a committee of film industry execs chaired by Warner Bros UK exec Josh Berger. The October 8 event also will feature uniquely commissioned live and filmed creative content from Elba, Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave and Martin Scorsese.

Norwegian Film Institute Taps Sveinung Golimo As Production & Development Head
Norwegian producer Sveinung Golimo has been named to succeed Ivar Køhn as production and development chief at the Norwegian Film Institute. Golimo, of Oslo-based production outfit Filmkameratene, has been Chairman of the Norwegian Film and TV Producers’ Association for six years. He will take up the new role on a six-year contract. His credits include Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Max Manus and André Øvredal’s mockumentary Troll Hunter, which is getting a U.S. remake. Køhn has moved over to be head of drama at Norwegian pubcaster NRK.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013 Gets Underway October 22
The Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013 will be attended by speakers from Twitter, Payleven, edX, Walt Disney International, Viacom, Discovery Networks International, Wipro, Codecademy, ArabNet and Oasis500. The theme for this fourth go-round is “Leveraging The Digital Age”. It runs October 22-24 and is held under the patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The forum will analyze the rapid transformation of the media industry and how it can capitalize on opportunities in a fully networked, media-centric world.