Global Showbiz Briefs: Danny Trejo & Mischa Barton Star In Italian Crime Thriller ‘Hope Lost’; Liberty Global Completes Acquisition Of Chile’s Leading Cabler; More

Danny TrejoMischa Barton, Michael Madsen Star In AMBI’s ‘Hope Lost’
Danny Trejo, Mischa Barton, Michael Madsen and Daniel Baldwin are set to star in Hope Lost, a crime thriller from Italy’s AMBI Pictures. David Petrucci is directing the film from a screenplay by Francesco Trento, Damiano Giacomelli, Francesco Teresi and Loretta Tersigni. A bored young woman who dreams of the life of soap opera characters meets a mysterious man who charms her away from her small hometown then sells her to a pimp. The cast also includes Andrey Chernishov, Francesca Agostini and Alessia Navarro. Principal photography will begin this month in Rome with Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi and Cosetta Turco producing and Danielle Maloni executive producing.

Liberty Global Acquires Remaining Shares Of Chile’s VTR
Liberty Global said today that it has acquired the remaining 20% of the outstanding shares in both VTR GlobalCom and VTR Wireless in a stock-swap deal. The shares in Chile’s largest cable operator were purchased from a subsidiary of Corp Group Holding Inversiones Limitada in exchange for 10.1 million Liberty Global Class C ordinary shares. The purchased shares had a market value of about $422 million, based on Liberty Global’s closing price of $41.80 per share on March 13, 2014.1 The deal gives VTR Finance B.V., the parent entity of Liberty’s recently created Chilean credit pool, 100% of both the Chilean broadband communications and wireless businesses.

Vivendi In Exclusive Talks To Sell Its Telecom Unit To Numericable
Vivendi said Friday that it has set aside three weeks of exclusive talks with French cable group SFRNumericable to try to  finalize a deal to sell its telecom unit SFR for €11.75 billion ($16.4 billion) in cash, plus a stake in the resulting business. Reuters reports that the decision is a blow to conglomerate Bouygues, which had also bid for SFR. Vivendi’s board said it made the choice that was most likely to help it exit a cutthroat telecoms market as quickly as possible. Numericable currently owns a cable network that covers two-thirds of French households and sells television and broadband.

ITV2 Orders Second Season Of Hidden-Camera Magic Show ‘Tricked’
ITV2 Said Friday that it has commissioned a second season of Tricked, in which magician Ben Hanlin tricks unsuspecting members of the public and celebrities with hidden-camera magic. The six-episode hourlong series from ITV Studios will air on ITV2 later this year. Andy Scott produces the series, and Sumi Connock is the executive producer.

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