With just about a month to go before the Season 5 debut of Game Of Thrones, HBO today unveiled its battle plan for immediate worldwide domination. The premium cabler will launch the each new episode simultaneously in more than 170 countries. The premiere will bow at 9 PM Eastern time on April 12, followed by weekly simulcasts throughout the season. “We are thrilled to see our international partners jumping on board to bring Game of Thrones, one of the most universally loved television shows in the world, to global audiences at the same time it airs on HBO in the U.S.,” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “It’s going to be a great season.” Among those participating are the branded networks HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin America, HBO Netherlands and HBO Nordic and services in Africa, Australia, Russia and elsewhere.
Bertrand Tavernier is to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in September. The director of such films as The Clockmaker Of St Paul, A Sunday In The Country, Daddy Nostalgia, Fresh Bait, It All Starts Today and The Princess of Montpensier, Tavernier is also the president of the Institut Lumière in Lyon. He has twice been in competition in Venice: with ‘Round Midnight in 1986, which won an Oscar for Best Original Score and scored a Best Actor nomination for Dexter Gordon, and the detective film L. 627 in 1992. He took the Berlin Silver Bear for his debut feature The Clockmaker Of St Paul and was awarded the Golden Bear for Fresh Bait in 1995. In 1984 he won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for A Sunday In The Country. Venice chief Alberto Barbera calls Tavernier “a complete, instinctively nonconformist, staunchly eclectic auteur.” He also notes that the importance Tavernier attributes to filmmaking as a craft “merges with two other components: his love for classic American films, whose ability to entertain he has assimilated without renouncing an expressive dimension, and his innate passion for political and social themes, which makes his films so remarkably personal and original.” Tavernier will also be the Guest Director of the Classics section at Venice, presenting a selection of rare, forgotten or underestimated films, which he will introduce before the screenings. The fest runs September 2-12.
Filed under Guinness World Records, you will now find CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The CBS procedural became the Largest Ever TV Drama Simulcast on March 4, aka World CSI Day, when 171 countries participated in a worldwide simulcast of an episode of the show. The episode that broke the world record was “Kitty,” which aired in April 2014 as the planted spin-off for CSI: Cyber, the next generation and fourth series in the franchise. The previous record for the largest TV drama simulcast was achieved by the special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, in which 98 countries participated in November 2013.
Denmark is getting its first Imax theater via a deal between the large-format company and Vue International. An giant-screen theater is to be added to the CinemaxX multiplex in Copenhagen, marking Imax ’s first commercial theater agreement in the country. Vue operates 1,741 screens at 187 multiplexes across Europe and Asia. “With its strong moviegoing culture and growing exhibition industry, Denmark is a very promising market for us,” said Andrew Cripps, President of Imax EMEA.