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Charades Rolls Into EFM with Pre-Sales on ‘The Rosemaker,’ ‘The Speech’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Charades, the sales firm launched three years ago by former execs at Wild Bunch, Gaumont and Studiocanal, will roll into the Berlinale’s European Film Market with a raft of pre-sales on anticipated French projects, including “The Rosemaker” with Catherine Frot and Laurent Tirard’s “The Speech.” Charades will unveil the promos of both films, as well […]
Tags: News, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Gaumont, Efm, Catherine Frot, Charades, Laurent Tirard, Rosemaker


Best Friend Forever Nabs Kamir Aïnouz’s ‘Honey Cigar’ Co-Produced by Dardennes Brothers (EXCLUSIVE)

Brussels-based company Best Friend Forever has acquired Kamir Aïnouz’s promising feature debut “Honey Cigar” which was developed with the support of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and is co-produced by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the Palme d’Or-winning directors/producers. Set in Paris in 1993, the film follows Selma, 17, who lives in a bourgeois and secular Berber […]
Tags: News, Global, Selma, Paris, Brussels, Berlin Film Festival, Palme, Luc, Jean Pierre Dardenne, Best Friend Forever, Nabs Kamir Aïnouz, Dardennes Brothers, Kamir Aïnouz


Best Friend Forever Nabs Kamir Aïnouz’s ‘Honey Cigar’ Co-Produced by Dardenne Brothers (EXCLUSIVE)

Brussels-based company Best Friend Forever has acquired Kamir Aïnouz’s promising feature debut “Honey Cigar” which was developed with the support of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and is co-produced by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the Palme d’Or-winning directors/producers. Set in Paris in 1993, the film follows Selma, 17, who lives in a bourgeois and secular Berber […]
Tags: News, Global, Selma, Paris, Brussels, Berlin Film Festival, Palme, Luc, Dardenne Brothers, Jean Pierre Dardenne, Best Friend Forever, Nabs Kamir Aïnouz, Kamir Aïnouz


BBC Scotland Director Donalda MacKinnon to Step Down

BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon has announced plans to step down this autumn. The first ever woman to hold that post, MacKinnon has led the public broadcaster’s Scottish division since 2016. “I’ve decided that this is the right time for me to stand down and allow a new leader to [take over],” MacKinnon told staff […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, Bbc Scotland, MacKinnon, Donalda MacKinnon


Turner’s Particular Crowd, Breakthrough Ent. Team on ‘Vicious Fun’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Turner Latin America’s new English-language film label Particular Crowd has kicked off its partnership with Canadian shingles Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films with horror-comedy “Vicious Fun,” now in post. “An outrageous mash-up of dread and humor, ‘Vicious Fun’ lives up to its title,” said Craig McGillivray, Breakthrough Entertainment’s VP of distribution. “We are thrilled […]
Tags: News, Global, Craig McGillivray, Turner Latin America, Particular Crowd, Vicious Fun, Turner 's Particular Crowd Breakthrough Ent Team, Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films


Mr Smith Goes to Berlin with Fisher Stevens’ ‘Palmer,’ Starring Justin Timberlake

U.K. sales agency Mr Smith Entertainment will bring “Palmer” onto the market at this year’s Berlinale. Starring Justin Timberlake and directed by Academy Award winning director Fisher Stevens (Best Documentary Feature – “The Cove” with Louis Psihoyos; “Before the Flood”), the dramatic feature has been buzzing since shooting was announced last fall. Written by Cheryl […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Festivals, Palmer, Smith, Justin Timberlake, Cheryl, Berlinale, Fisher Stevens, Louis Psihoyos, Mr Smith Entertainment


Oleg Sentsov on Latido Pick-Up ‘Numbers,’ Directed from a Gulag (EXCLUSIVE)

BERLIN – For the last six years, for Europe’s movie community at least, the most famous political prisoner in the world was the Ukraine’s Oleg Sentsov. Arrested on trumped-up charges of terrorism in 2014 – Amnesty International compared his court case to the show trials of Stalin – Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment […]
Tags: Europe, News, Berlin, Global, Ukraine, Amnesty International, Numbers, Oleg Sentsov, Stalin Sentsov


Endeavor Content Takes Minority Stake in ‘Night Manager’ Producer Ink Factory

Endeavor Content has taken a minority stake in “The Night Manager” producer The Ink Factory. Under the deal, the “Killing Eve” and “Night Manager” distributor is to set up a bespoke development fund for Ink Factory. The pact will specifically target the U.S. market with high-end TV series developed out of Ink Factory’s U.S. outpost […]
Tags: News, Global, Production, The Ink Factory, Endeavor Content


Michel Hazanavicius To Lead Sarajevo Festival Jury

Academy Award-winning French director Michel Hazanavicius will lead the jury of the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival. The festival will run from Aug. 14 to 21, 2020. After breaking out in France with the Jean Dujardin-led spy farces “OSS: 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies,” and “OSS: 117: Lost in Rio,” the French director broke onto the […]
Tags: Asia, News, France, Global, Festivals, Michel Hazanavicius, Jean Dujardin, Mirsad Purivatra, Cairo Nest of Spies


‘Run Lola Run’ Set for Bollywood Remake Through Sony and Ellipsis

Sony Pictures Films India, Ellipsis Entertainment and Aayush Maheshwari (“Baji” and “Ugly”) will co-produce “Looop Lapeta,” an official Bollywood remake of Tom Tykwer’s 1998 German film “Run Lola Run.” In the original, Franka Potente is in a race against time, having just 20 minutes to get a large sum of money in order to save […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Production, Tom Tykwer, Run Lola Run, Franka Potente, Ellipsis, Tanuj Garg, Bollywood Remake Through Sony, Sony Pictures Films India Ellipsis Entertainment, Aayush Maheshwari


Cannes Fest Unveils Gender-Balanced Selection Committee

The first international festival to have signed the pledge for gender equality in 2018, the Cannes Film Festival now boasts a new selection committee including five women and five men. The names of the committee members were unveiled by Thierry Fremaux, the director of Cannes Film Festival, and Christian Jeune, the head of the department […]
Tags: News, Global, Thierry Fremaux, Cannes film festival, Christian Jeune


Facebook Leans on Local Creators to Grow Watch and Hit New Target Areas

As Facebook leans into sports, non-scripted and select scripted properties, it’s increasingly looking to an army of creators rather than A-list celebrities to tap into all three target areas as they grow businesses on the Watch platform. Facebook’s newly appointed head of entertainment media partnerships for Northern Europe Anna Higgs tells Variety, “The Watch strategy […]
Tags: Facebook, News, Global, Northern Europe, Anna Higgs, LadBaby, Facebook Leans on Local Creators


‘Jungle Cry,’ With Abhay Deol and Emily Shah, to Receive Multi-Territory Theatrical Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Bollywood Hollywood Production will give rugby film “Jungle Cry” a theatrical release in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa next month. The film screens for buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin this month. Directed by Sagar Ballary (“Bheja Fry”), the story features Abhay Deol (“Hero,” “Line […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, South Africa, Abhay Deol, Bollywood Hollywood Production, Emily Shah, Sagar Ballary


Wong Kar-wai’s Block 2 to Sell Guiseppe Tornatore’s ‘Ennio The Maestro’

Block 2 Distribution, the sales arm of Wong Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films will handle international rights to “Ennio The Maestro.” The film is an upcoming documentary about legendary film musician Ennio Morricone, written and directed by Guiseppe Tornatore. Morricone, who is 91, has more than 500 movie credits to this name including scores for Sergio […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Ennio Morricone, Sergio, Wong Kar Wai, Guiseppe Tornatore, San Fu Maltha, Tom Yoda, Guiseppe Tornatore Morricone


Wong Kar-wai’s Block 2 to Sell Giuseppe Tornatore’s ‘Ennio: The Maestro’

Block 2 Distribution, the sales arm of Wong Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films will handle international rights to “Ennio: The Maestro.” The film is an upcoming documentary about legendary film musician Ennio Morricone, written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Morricone, who is 91, has more than 500 movie credits to this name including scores for Sergio […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Ennio Morricone, Sergio, Giuseppe Tornatore, Wong Kar Wai, San Fu Maltha, Tom Yoda, Giuseppe Tornatore Morricone


Must the Show Go On? Why ‘Love Island’ U.K. Should Consider Staff Mental Health (Column)

“Love Island” has returned to U.K. TV screens after the death of former host Caroline Flack. Having witnessed her life splashed across headlines over the past few months, it’s hard for anyone not to be affected. For those who knew her, this is a horrific period playing out under a harsh media spotlight. Everyone has […]
Tags: News, Global, Itv, Caroline Flack, Love Island, Entertainment Industry, U K Should Consider Staff Mental Health Column


‘Love Island’ Returns to Air As ITV Defends Treatment of Caroline Flack

‘Love Island’ was back on air Monday for the first time since the death of former host Caroline Flack on Feb. 15. Amid the reality series’ return, broadcaster ITV insists it supported the star after she was removed from the show. Monday night’s episode began somberly with narrator Iain Stirling providing voiceover over scenes of […]
Tags: News, Global, Itv, Caroline Flack, Kevin Lygo, Iain Stirling


‘Invisible Life’s’ Karim Ainouz Drops Trailer for ‘Nardjes A.’ (EXCLUSIVE)

On Feb. 14 last year, Karim Aïnouz arrived in Algeria to trace via the story of his parents the Algerian Revolution which happened 60 years ago – its 1954-62 War of Independence from France. The uprising he very quickly started to shoot, however, was one happening right then, the Revolution of Smiles, whose first street […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Algeria, Karim Ainouz


Indie Sales Unveils Trailer For ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In the run up to Berlin’s European Film Market, Indie Sales has unveiled the trailer for Thor Klein’s “Adventures of a Mathematician” which had its world premiere in Palm Springs. The film tells the inspiring true story of a Polish-Jewish mathematician who got a fellowship at Harvard and went on to join the prestigious Manhattan […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Harvard, Manhattan, Berlin Film Festival, Thor Klein


Amazon Prime Nabs ‘Russian Affairs’ for Germany, France and the Netherlands

Amazon Prime Video has acquired the first season of series “Russian Affairs” for distribution in Germany, France and the Netherlands, from Russia’s Start Studios. The eight-part drama that follows the lives of Russia’s elite and those who aspire to that position is set in contemporary Moscow. Under the title “Gold Diggers,” the series was broadcast […]
Tags: Amazon, News, Russia, Global, Netherlands, Moscow, Amazon Prime Video, Germany France, Start Studios


Channel 4 Orders ‘Baby Surgeons’ From Wonderhood Studios

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Wonderhood Studios for a documentary series with the working title “Baby Surgeons.” The series will explore the journeys parents go through to save their babies during complex pregnancies and will feature cutting-edge baby surgeries, some performed inside the womb. It will also use CGI, MRI and Ultrasound to enhance […]
Tags: News, Global, Channel 4, Wonderhood Studios


Bertelsmann CEO Says RTL, ProSiebenSat.1 Should Be Free to Merge

The CEO of German media giant Bertelsmann has said its RTL Group TV division should be allowed to merge with German rival ProSiebenSat.1 and called for a loosening of E.U. antitrust regulations in order to better stave off intensifying competition from U.S. streaming giants. In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung published on […]
Tags: News, Global, Bertelsmann, RTL, Thomas Rabe, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Prosiebensat.1, RTL Group TV


Berlin: Cristi Puiu’s ‘Malmkrog’ Debuts Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer for Cristi Puiu’s “Malmkrog,” the opening film of the Berlin Film Festival’s new competitive strand, Encounters. Shellac is handling world sales. “Malmkrog” is set at the manor house of an aristocratic landowner in Transylvania. Among the handpicked guests who have arrived to spend the Christmas holidays […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Cristi Puiu, Transylvania, Shellac, Encounters Shellac


Politicians and Petition Support BBC Following Reports of Major Cuts

A war of words around the future of the BBC continued on Monday amid reports of severe cutbacks to the U.K. public broadcaster. The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that Downing Street, the seat of the U.K. government, was planning to replace the annual BBC license fee with a subscription service; sell most of […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, Bbc License Fee, Petition Support BBC


Bond Film ‘No Time to Die’ Cancels China Premiere, Tour Due to Virus

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the new James Bond film “No Time to Die” has cancelled its Beijing premiere as well as a promotional tour with talent in April, according to Chinese reports. The film, which marks star Daniel Craig’s last turn as the iconic spy, is set to debut in North America on April […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Beijing, James Bond, Daniel Craig, North America, No Time To Die


Stanley Tucci to Host BBC Radio 4 Series ‘The Californian Century’

Actor and filmmaker Stanley Tucci will front series “The Californian Century,” set to air on BBC Radio 4. Tucci will play a cynical screenwriter who narrates the stories of ten people who helped build California over the last 100 years. They include Francis Boggs, the first person to direct a full movie in California; Hattie […]
Tags: News, California, Global, Actors, Bbc, Stanley Tucci, BBC Radio, Hattie, Tucci, Host BBC Radio, Francis Boggs


Watch: Taiwan LGBTQ Drama ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’ Trailer Ahead of Berlin, Osaka Debuts (EXCLUSIVE)

“Your Name Engraved Herein,” the first gay movie from Taiwan since the territory last year legalized homosexual marriage, will enjoy a private screening at Berlin’s European Film Market this week, before having its world premiere at the Osaka Asian Film Festival next month. Presented at the Berlin market by sales agent Flash Forward Entertainment, the […]
Tags: Asia, News, Berlin, Global, Taiwan, Markets & Festivals, Leon Dai, A First Farewell, Chu Yu-Ning, Your Name Engraved Herein, Berlin Osaka


Korea Box Office: ‘Honest Candidate’ Wins Weekend as ‘Parasite’ Returns to Chart

Opening on Wednesday (Feb. 12), comedy “Honest Candidate” topped the South Korean box office, ahead of “Little Women” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” which returned to the charts eight months after its original release. “Candidate” earned $6.52 million from 909,000 admissions over five days. Directed by Chang You-jeong (“Finding Mr. Destiny”), “Candidate” is the story of […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Korea, Box Office, Bong Joon, Parasite, Chang You jeong


Netflix Takes World Rights to Sophia Loren Drama ‘The Life Ahead’

Netflix has acquired global rights to drama “The Life Ahead” which marks Sophia Loren’s return in front of the camera for a feature film in a decade. Directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, “Life Ahead” sees the iconic Italian Oscar winner playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who forges a bond with a 12-year-old Senegalese immigrant […]
Tags: News, Global, Netflix, Sophia Loren, Palomar, Madame Rosa, Sophia Loren Drama, Edoardo Ponti Life Ahead


Netflix Takes Global Rights to Sophia Loren’s First Feature Film in a Decade

Netflix has acquired global rights to drama “The Life Ahead,” which marks Sophia Loren’s return in front of the camera for a feature film after a decade. Directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, “Life Ahead” sees the iconic Italian Oscar winner playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who forges a bond with a 12-year-old Senegalese […]
Tags: News, Global, Netflix, Sophia Loren, Palomar, Madame Rosa, Edoardo Ponti Life Ahead



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