Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, Italy, Turkey

Creative England Launches, Sets Its Board And Funding
A new organization has risen from the ashes of the UK Film Council’s network of regional screen agencies. At its launch the nonprofit venture Creative England announced 7 board members and 3 senior managers and outlined its funding structure. On the board of Creative England are: Ruby Films founder Alison Owen, Illumina Digital’s Andrew Chitty, Reel Solutions executive director Bill Lawrence, Twofour Group CEO Charles Wace, former Shed Media chair Heather Rabbatts, Maverick TV’s Jonnie Turpie and BBC Four Controller Richard Klein. For 10 years, the regional screen agencies supported industries including film, TV, games and digital media across England outside of London. Creative England will have an initial film budget of £900,000 in grant-in-aid from the British Film Institute and £1m in lottery funds. The funding for other creative endeavors will come from public and commercial sources.

‘Tintin’ Will Screen At Rome Film Festival
Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn will screen at the International Rome Film Festival. Organizers announced that the 3D motion capture movie has been chosen as an out-of-competition official selection. It also will screen in the Alice sidebar focused on youth films. The film’s star Jamie Bell is set to attend the festival, which runs Oct. 27-Nov. 4. Tintin opens in Europe on Oct. 26 before its U.S. rollout on Dec. 21. (more…)

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