Euro 2016 soccer play continued on Sunday with broadcasters in the major markets enjoying solid ratings. Last night, 2014 World Cup champs Germany bested Ukraine 2-0, including a last-minute winner from veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger who entered the match as a late substitute. At home, the match drew 26.6M viewers for a 68.5 share on ARD, a 13.3% share drop from the opener of the World Cup in 2014. Box office in Germany this weekend was led by Warcraft for the 3rd consecutive frame in what was a slow session given the footie action. In the UK, BBC One averaged 6.3M viewers for the match — feature counterprogrammer Me Before You remained in the No. 1 spot at the British box office for the second week in a row. In host country France, TF1 scored 6.75M viewers for a 27.3 share. While lingering threats exist here, there was mercifully no terrorism-related violence during Euro 2016’s first weekend. The beginning of the Cup was nevertheless marred by clashes between Russia and England supporters in Marseille. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Sunday said the actions of the hooligans “distract the police from their primary mission, which is to protect our country from the terrorist threat.” In solidarity with the United States and the victims of the Orland massacre on Sunday, the French government said the Eiffel Tower will be lit up in the colors of the rainbow tonight.
The British Independent Film Awards have made some tweaks to the voting process and categories for 2016. New races will include Best Debut Screenwriter and Breakthrough Producer (for first or second time producers, and replacing Producer of the Year). Changes to the voting process include a wider pool of BIFA voters who decide the longlist and subsequent nominations. To allow more voices, all registered voters will be able to vote for the winner of Best British Independent Film. The voting system will also take into account which of the films each voter has seen and where they have a conflict of interest. The categories of Debut Director, Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer and Most Promising Newcomer will be decided by individual juries made up of relevant experts. The remaining categories will be decided by one main jury as per previous years. Longlists will be announced for the four newcomer categories in the week beginning October 10 with the full nominations roster folloing in early November. Entry for the kudos, which are to be doled out on December 4, are now open. The new categories allow BIFA to celebrate a greater number of new voices in filmmaking, and the changes to the voting process ensure that the awards are more fully representative of the UK film industry, the org said.
Norwegian actor Erik Madsen has joined Season 2 of BBC Two and Netflix’s The Last Kingdom which is currently shooting in Budapest. Madsen previously appeared in Season 2 of Netflix’s Lilyhammer and the streaming service was set as co-producer for The Last Kingdom last week. Madsen’s other credits include Da Vinci’s Demons and upcoming WWII drama Bones Of The Wise Men. Last Kingdom, made by Carnival Films, airs on BBC Two next year in the UK and on Netflix in the U.S. and other territories. Madsen is repped by Helen Robinson and Sean Gascoine at United Agents and Sten Hassing Møller and Laura Faurschou at Scandinavia’s Team Players.
Sony Pictures Television Networks is launching the Picture This Festival for the Environment today in the UK. The aim is to celebrate stories of hope and progress in the protection and preservation of the environment. Short films will be culled from contests held by Sony networks around the world. A grand prize winner will be chosen in Hollywood in October and receive $5,000 and a Sony 4K package. Participating markets along with the UK include Spain/Portugal, Russia, Central Europe, South Africa, Latin America, Asia and the U.S.
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