China is the latest country to secure a local version of Rising Star. Keshet International said Thursday that it has sold the singing competition format to Enlight Media China in a two-season deal for 30 episodes. The program will air on state-run China Central Television’s CCTV-3 channel. “We are excited about this format because of its cross-platform and interactive features, which are things that have never been seen before in Chinese television,” said CCTV-3 Program Director Wen Ha. Keshet has sold Rising Star in more than 30 territories since its launch at MIPCOM 2013, including the U.S., Brazil, Russia and France. Beijing Century Media assisted with the Chinese deal process.
The Ukrainian Oscar Committee has named director Oles Sanin’s nationalist period drama The Guide as the country’s official entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The choice raised eyebrows in international film circles because the nod was expected to go to The Tribe, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s contemporary drama about disaffected youth at a boarding school for the deaf and mute, which won three awards including the Grand Prize in Critics’ Week at Cannes. The latter film also sold to several territories including the U.S. The Guide follows an American boy and a blind musician as they try to dodge Stalin’s secret police in 1930s Soviet Union.