Global Showbiz Briefs: Movies Stream From Venice, London Re-Channels Olympics

Venice Film Fest To Stream Horizons Films To Worldwide Audience
Venice is beginning a new tradition in its 69th year. For the first time ever the festival will make films from the Horizons section available for streaming by viewers all over the world at the same time as their official screenings on the Lido. In all, 10 features and 13 shorts from new and young auteurs will be accessible via a virtual online theater. There is a catch, however, only 500 “seats” are available. Online sign-up is at and tickets are 4.20 euros ($5.25) per film. Each film will be available for streaming for 24 hours starting at 9PM Italian time on the day of the film’s official presentation.

London Legacy To Re-Channel Lower-Profile Olympic Sports
UK indie production company Highflyer is looking to capitalize on the recent Olympic Games by launching the London Legacy TV channel, a showcase for less media-saturated Olympic sports. The 24-hour-a-day channel will go up in November and, initially at least, will only be available to BSkyB satellite customers, The Guardian reports. It will air disciplines that include athletics, judo, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling. Highflyer chairman John Fairley told the newspaper there was an “enormous opportunity” to make money from televising minority sports after the success of London 2012. “The amount of athletics on the main channels has been very small, especially when you think of all the disciplines within the athletics, but the Games has changed all that,” he said.

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