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‘Sicario: Day Of The Soldado’ Nabs Day-And-Date Saudi Arabia Release

Sicario: Day Of The Soldado will next week become the first indie to open day-and-date in Saudi Arabia since the 35-year movie theater ban was lifted. The follow-up to Denis Villeneuve's gritty 2015 Mexico-set action thriller is again scripted by Taylor Sheridan, with Gomorrah‘s Stefano Sollima directing. Sony is distributing the Black Label/Thunder Road production domestically on June 29. In Saudi, Italia Film will release Sicario 2 at the AMC Theaters in Riyadh on June… Read


Universal Opens New Hong Kong Office, Sets Anita Cheung Woon-Man As GM

Universal Pictures has opened a new Hong Kong office, appointing former Fox exec Anita Cheung Woon-Man as General Manager and effectively ending its arrangement with Bill Kong’s Edko Films, which had marketed and distributed Uni titles in the market. Cheung will oversee sales and marketing and provide local leadership to all functions in Hong Kong to build an integrated and cohesive team operation. The announcement was made by Jo Yan, Managing Director and EVP, China… Read


Skinny Bundles To Be 25% Of All Pay-TV Subscriptions By 2022 – Analyst

A new report from UBS predicts a “steeper ramp” than previously forecast for so-called “skinny bundle” services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now in the coming years. By 2022, the financial institution’s media analysts predict, they will represent 25% of all pay-TV subscriptions. “As these offerings continue to improve—closing programming gaps, adding features and improving transmission quality—and traditional TV consumption falls, we expect the streamers to become… Read

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World Cup Box Office Impact: Fancy Scheduling Footwork, Possible Breakouts

Every four years, the world tunes into the World Cup — or at least the most soccer-loving nations do, including pretty much all of Europe and Latin America. As with other major sporting events, this provides a long-lead challenge to distributors with regards to scheduling and counterprogramming at the international box office. With World Cup 2018 kicking off in Russia today, and almost half of the globe's 7.6B population expected to tune in throughout the tournament… Read


Kate Bosworth, Michael Polish’s ‘Nona’ Lands Distribution Deal At North Of Two

EXCLUSIVE: North of Two has acquired distribution rights Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish's feature Nona which has been making the festival rounds. The film, which puts a face to Central America's sex trafficking industry, was produced under the couple’s Make Pictures Productions. It will be released theatrically this fall. Nona tells the story of a girl from Honduras who meets a charming boy, Hecho who promises to get her safely to America to reunite with her mother… Read


André Leon Talley Bio-Doc ‘The Gospel According To André’ Lands UK Deal With Thunderbird Releasing

EXCLUSIVE: Thunderbird Releasing has picked up UK rights to fashion bio-doc The Gospel According To André from Magnolia Pictures. The deal was negotiated by Edward Fletcher, Managing Director of Thunderbird Releasing, and Lorna Lee Torres, Head of International Sales at Magnolia Pictures. Directed by Kate Novack, the Toronto 2017 doc explores the life and career of fashion journalist André Leon Talley, from his childhood in the segregated South to barrier-breaking… Read


Hulu Pay-TV Bundle Hits 800K Subscribers

Hulu has nearly doubled the number of subscribers to its “skinny bundle” pay-TV service over the past six months, reaching 800,000 paying customers, according to CEO Randy Freer. The Hulu chief provided the estimate during an interview with CNBC. The company, which is controlled by 21st Century Fox, Disney and NBCUniversal, with Time Warner also owning 10%, disclosed earlier this spring that it has 20 million total customers, most of them signed up for the Hulu SVOD… Read


‘A Quiet Place’ Sets Saudi Arabia Release; First For Paramount & Horror In Burgeoning Market

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount/Platinum Dunes’ A Quiet Place continues to break ground. The John Krasinski-helmed thriller recently crossed $300M at the global box office, on a reported $17M budget, and was a rare horror title to make it past the Chinese censors. Now, it’s got bragging rights to being the first Paramount and first horror title to get a Saudi Arabia release slot as the Kingdom opens movie theaters following a 35-year ban. A Quiet Place passed the local censors just… Read


MoviePass Parent Buys Emmett Furla Oasis, Launches New Film Division


MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics has launched a new subsidiary, MoviePass Films, and said it is acquiring Emmett Furla Oasis Films, producer of movies including Lone Survivor. The deal encompasses the EFO Films library as well as the company’s current slate, which includes Gotti, the John Travolta biopic backed by MoviePass Ventures that is set for summer release. The transaction brings together a known production entity with a company which has riled… Read


‘American Exit’ Picked Up For Distribution By Lionsgate, Grindstone Entertainment

American Exit

Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment Group have picked up North American rights to the dramatic thriller American Exit, written and directed by Ingo Vollkammer and Tim McCann. Based true account, the fictionalized narrative from Cosmopolis Entertainment centers on a dying California man's attempt to make amends for his chief regrets in life, which brings him to reconnect with his estranged son on what unexpectedly comes to be a dangerous, yet bonding journey. The film… Read


China Film Bureau Names Wang Xiaohui As New Head Of Department

Wang Xiaohui, an attorney and longtime Communist party bureaucrat, has been named Head of the China Film Bureau. When the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in March, state media said a proposed new body overseeing radio and TV management would fall directly under the State Council, i.e., more firmly under the thumb of the Communist Party. But a question mark was left over what was to become of film oversight. With Wang’s appointment… Read


Epix To Launch On Comcast In June, Expanding Reach To 70 Million Homes

Epix, the premium network launched as a multi-studio effort in 2009 and now fully owned by MGM, has forged a landmark carriage deal with Comcast to expand its reach to 70 million homes and 18 of the top 20 U.S. markets. Starting June 13, Comcast's Xfinity platforms will offer live and on-demand programming from Epix, including original series and more than 2,000 feature films. In addition to linear TV, the network will be available on devices in and out of home via the… Read