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SPC’s Michael Barker Talks Awards Contenders & Distribution Challenges: “There’s More At Stake Than Ever Before”

Michael Barker

Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker believes “there’s more at stake than ever before” when it comes to releasing independent and art house movies. In a wide-ranging keynote session at Film London’s Production Finance Market in East London, Barker appraised the current distribution landscape before sitting down with Deadline to discuss the prestige label’s upcoming slate. “I'm basically very optimistic because I know what needs to be done,” the executive… Read


‘When Heroes Fly’ Hebrew Thriller From Keshet Int’l Goes To Netflix

The Hebrew language drama When Heroes Fly will premiere on Netflix next year following its acquisition from Keshet International, the global content producer and distributor. The deal will see all ten episodes of the original drama made available with subtitles to Netflix's subscribers in early 2019. It is the first Hebrew-language series deal with Netflix for Keshet. Produced by Spiro Films for Keshet Broadcasting, When Heroes Fly is a thriller inspired by a best-selling… Read


Tribune Stations Reach Carriage Deals With Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber And Atlantic Broadband

As Tribune Media continues to plot a new course after the meltdown of its long-anticipated merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group, it has announced three new carriage deals. Verizon Fios TV, Atlantic Broadband and Google Fiber have all reached agreements for retransmission and carriage with Tribune’s stations as well as cable network WGN America. Terms of the deals, which affect more than 3.6 million subscribers, were not disclosed. Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 local stations… Read


Univision And Altice Renew Carriage Deal For Optimum And Suddenlink

While it remains off the air on Dish Network systems, Univision secured an important carriage beachhead, renewing its distribution deal with Altice USA. Under the deal, Altice will continue to carry Univision, UniMás and several other networks. Altice will also make Fusion TV available to its customers and expand distribution of El Rey Network (which was founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez) to its 4.9 million subscribers in 21 states. The Univision networks will be… Read


Byron Allen Launches International Sales & Distribution Division; ’47 Meters Down’ Sequel Is First Title

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, the theatrical distribution division of Byron Allen's global media and technology company Entertainment Studios, has launched Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures International, a new international sales and distribution division. The division is an an alliance with FilmNation Entertainment, which will now handle international distribution of wide-release theatrical titles where ESMP has worldwide rights. ESMP/ESMPI are subsidiaries… Read


Fox Warns Altice’s Optimum And Suddenlink Subscribers About Impasse

21st Century Fox

Fox has started spreading the word that its distribution deal with Altice USA is set to expire in the coming days, warning that a blackout could leave millions of Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers without access to key fall programming. The carriage deal with Altice, the French telecom giant which bought Cablevision in 2016 for about $10 billion, is set to expire at the end of September, according to sources familiar with the terms. The pact covers the Fox broadcast… Read


Hulu And Discovery Expand Distribution Ties Across Live, On-Demand

Hulu and Discovery have set an expanded distribution deal across Hulu’s live TV service as well as its subscription streaming platform. The deal will bring thousands of hours of Discovery unscripted programming to Hulu, which has previously carried certain Discovery titles. It also brings to eight the total number of Discovery networks available on Hulu’s skinny bundle TV package. Beginning in December, Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Motor Trend and… Read


‘Maiden’ Picked Up From Dogwoof By Sony Pictures Classics

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Middle East, South Africa, Scandinavia, Benelux, India and worldwide airlines to Dogwoof’s Maiden, by Alex Holmes. The documentary had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was negotiated between Sony Pictures Classics and Dogwoof on behalf of London-based production company New Black Films. The film tells the story of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread… Read


Kandoo Films Launches Distribution Unit, Sets Noir Thriller ‘Hospitality’ As First Pic – Toronto

Kandoo Releasing

EXCLUSIVE: Kandoo Films, the Los Angeles-based production company run by 13th and Middle of Nowhere producer Howard Barish, is launching a distribution arm Kandoo Releasing and has set up its first projects under the new venture: with the noir thriller Hospitality starring Emmanuelle Chriqui and Sam Trammell which will now bow day-and-date December 7. The plan for Kandoo Releasing is to distribute an eclectic slate of indie films from emerging and diverse artists with… Read


CTV Adds ‘The Conners’ To Its Tuesday Night Lineup


CTV has acquired the new Roseanne spinoff comedy The Connors, which will anchor its Tuesday night lineup. The Conners will air on CTV at 8 PM ET/9 PM MT. "Were excited to deliver this exceptional spin-off to Canadians who made an appointment with the Conners family in record numbers earlier this year," said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. "We're confident this timely addition to the Tuesday night lineup will once again anchor a big comedy… Read


Ion Television Will Air ‘Chicago P.D.’ In New Long-Term NBCU Deal

Chicago P.D.

Under a new long-term deal between Ion Media and NBCUniversal Television Distribution, the first five seasons of Dick Wolf drama Chicago P.D. will air on Ion Television starting in early 2019. The deal also will bring all three Law & Order franchises to the Ion airwaves. Season 17 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will be added to Ion’s lineup in the fall. Earlier seasons have averaged 1.24 million viewers on Saturday nights. Ion will also have the option for future… Read


FX Makes Its Ad-Free FX+ Platform Available To All Of Its Subscribers – TCA

FX is expanding the scope of its ad-free programming hub, FX+, making it available to all of its 90 million U.S. subscribers. Previously, it had been an add-on option only for Comcast and Cox cable customers. The announcement came as the Fox-owned (for now) network kicked off its day of presentations at TCA summer press tour. Opting in to the platform will still cost $5.99 a month for all subscribers, who will get all new seasons of FX originals as well as nearly every… Read