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Warner Chappell Music China Promotes June Gao to General Manager

Warner Chappell Music has promoted June Gao to the new role of China general manager, the company said Wednesday. She will continue to be based in Beijing, reporting to Monica Lee, president of Warner Chappell Music Asia Pacific. Gao will oversee all of the firm’s China business and build up a larger team there. Warner […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Beijing, Warner, Warner Chappell Music, Monica Lee, Warner Chappell Music Publishing, June Gao, Warner Chappell Music China, Warner Chappell Music Asia Pacific Gao


Can ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Lasso a Hit for the International Box Office?

If there was ever an industry that needed saving this holiday season, it would be exhibition. And if there was anyone up for the job, who else but Wonder Woman? But Warner Bros.’ plan for a global theatrical roll-out of sequel “Wonder Woman 1984” ahead of a U.S. launch on HBO Max is a mixed […]
Tags: News, Global, Vue, Cineworld, Warner Bros, International Box Office, Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max


Aardman, Bandai Namco Entertainment Team For New Transmedia IP – Global Bulletin

In today’s Global Bulletin, Aardman and Bandai Namco team to create new trans-media IP, About Premium Content sells “Man in Room 301,” Filmlance International will adapt “Jana Kippo” for TV and BBC Three sets a new esports docuseries for BBC iPlayer. DEVELOPMENT Stop motion pioneers Aardman are teaming with video game developer and publisher Bandai […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, BBC Three, Bandai, Aardman, Bandai Namco, About Premium COntent, Filmlance International, Jana Kippo


CuriosityStream Acquires ‘Bolero,’ ‘The Case’ Documentary Titles From Balanga (EXCLUSIVE)

CuriosityStream, the nonfiction streaming company headed by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has acquired several true crime, history and culture titles from Paris-based distribution outfit Balanga. CuriosityStream picked up the shows for its SVOD and pay TV services. The true crime titles include three seasons of Balanga’s “Crime Scene Solvers,” a forensic-style series that initially […]
Tags: News, Global, Paris, Discovery Channel, SVOD, John Hendricks, Balanga, CuriosityStream, CuriosityStream Acquires ` Bolero


Vue, Odeon Cinemas Set to Reopen in England, Ireland With ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Die Hard’

The Vue and Odeon cinema chains are gradually reopening their doors in England and Ireland. Select Odeon venues will begin reopening from Dec. 4. “We’ll be reopening some of our cinemas on December 4th, in line with government guidelines. For up-to-date information, please select your local cinema and check showtimes,” the Odeon group said in […]
Tags: England, News, Global, Vue, Home Alone, Odeon, England Ireland, Ireland Select Odeon


Taiwan Originals Get TAICCA Showcase at ATF’s Virtual Market

Taiwan has become a production destination of choice for regional pay-TV and streaming platforms to shoot Mandarin-language content for pan-Asian audiences. This week’s fully-virtual Asian Television Forum allows the island’s producer to showcase TV content originated by Taiwan’s own producers broadcasters and cable networks. Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA), a promotion organization established last year, […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Taiwan, Markets & Festivals, Detention, ATF, Asian Television Forum, TAICCA, Taiwan Creative Content Agency TAICCA


Argentine Genre Powerhouse Crudo’s Jimena Monteoliva to Adapt Hit Novel ‘La Virgen Cabeza’ (EXCLUSIVE)

An icon of Latin American genre movie production, Crudo Films, the Buenos Aires-based production house headed by Jimena Monteoliva and Florencia Franco, will diverge from the fantastic with the upcoming production “La Virgen Cabeza,” a big screen adaptation of the hit debut novel from local author Gabriela Cabezón Cámara. Director of Fantaspoa and Morbido competition […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Ventana Sur, Buenos Aires, Gabriela Cabezon Camara, Crudo Films, Argentine Genre Powerhouse Crudo, Jimena Monteoliva, La Virgen Cabeza, Florencia Franco, Fantaspoa


Intramovies Scores Sales on Israel’s Oscar Candidate ‘Asia’ Along With Italian titles (EXCLUSIVE)

Italian sales company Intramovies has scored some fresh sales on Israeli writer-director Ruthy Pribar’s mother-daughter drama “Asia,” winner of the Nora Ephron award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and Israel’s candidate for the International Oscar. The pic starring Shira Haas, who previously gained notice in Netflix mini-series “Unorthodox,” has been sold to Italy (Lucky […]
Tags: Asia, News, Israel, Awards, Global, Netflix, Italy, Nora Ephron, Shira Haas, Intramovies, Ruthy Pribar


Andalusia Delivers Creative Filmmakers, Financing, Stunning Locations, Talented Crew

Spain’s Oscar entry, “The Endless Trench,” a multi-award-winning feature from the Basque trio of Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga, has also become a flagship production for the Andalusian film sector. The film was set and shot in Andalusia, with Andalusian actors and co-produced by Seville-based La Claqueta. Released last year in Spain […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Spotlight, Ventana Sur, Jose Mari Goenaga, Seville, Andalusia, Aitor Arregi Jon Garaño, La Claqueta Released


‘Zama’ Producer Vania Catani Sets ‘Super Powers,’ Ramps Up Slate of New Brazilian Female Directors (EXCLUSIVE)

Bananeira Filmes’ Vania Catani, a producer on Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” and Lisandro Alonso’s “Eureka,” is set to produce Anne Guimaraes’ “Super Powers,” as Catani primes films from leading lights in Brazil’s youngest generation of emerging female filmmakers. Two titles from such directors – Flavia Neves, with Primer Corte’s “Fogaréu” and Monica Demes’ with “Requiem for […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Brazil, Ventana Sur, Vania Catani, Bananeira Filmes, Zama, Lucrecia Martel, Lisandro Alonso, Catani, Flavia Neves, Anne Guimaraes, Monica Demes


Angel Parra Talks New Doc ‘Free Way’ on Catalan Cuisine, Raul Balam and Addiction

Having premiered in San Sebastian’s Culinary Zinema and passed through Canada’s Devour Film Festival, Festimania Films’ latest documentary -after Pedro Peiras’ ‘LA QueenCiañera’ – introduces the viewer to Catalan cuisine through an almost baroque structure that pivots around its two main characters, Raül Balam and his mother, Carmen Ruscalleda, the latter being one of the […]
Tags: News, Global, Spotlight, Canada, Festivals, Ventana Sur, Angel Parra Talks New Doc ` Free Way, Raul Balam, San Sebastian 's Culinary Zinema, Pedro Peiras, LA QueenCiañera, Carmen Ruscalleda


Argentina Showcases 10 New Drama Series as Talent Moves into TV

As Argentina state film finance has dwindled, Argentine writers and directors are looking ever more to drama series creation as an alternative. MipCancun caught Argentine talent pitching 10 projects that have been awarded development coin by Argentina’s INCAA film-TV agency. That came two weeks before Ventana Sur, which will debate the role of the series […]
Tags: News, Global, Spotlight, Festivals, Argentina, Ventana Sur, Incaa, Mip Cancun


‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Eyes Early Debut on Demand in U.K. (EXCLUSIVE)

“Wonder Woman 1984” will play in cinemas in the U.K. for just one month from Dec. 16 before potentially getting a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) release on Sky, Variety can reveal. It’s understood that the deal between Warner Bros. and Comcast-backed pay-TV operator Sky isn’t yet complete and exact terms are still being hammered out, but […]
Tags: News, Global, Comcast, Sky, Warner Bros, Sky Cinema, Wonder Woman 1984


‘German Doctor’s’ Natalia Oreiro, ‘El Marginal’s’ Juan Minujin Set for ‘Bypass, Almost Dead’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Natalia Oreiro (“The German Doctor”) and Juan Minujín (“The Two Popes,” “El Marginal”) are set to star in “Bypass: Almost Dead” (“Bypass: Casi Muerta”). Adapting the original Basque film “Bypass,” the first feature of Aitor Mazo and Patxo Tellería which scored 15 nominations at the 2013 Spanish Academy Goya Awards, “Bypass: Almost Dead” is produced […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Ventana Sur, Juan Minujín, Natalia Oreiro, Aitor Mazo, Academy Goya Awards


Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo’ Scores Very Belated China Theatrical Release

Chinese cinema-goers found out Tuesday they will have the option to swim into 2021 with Miyazaki Hayao’s 2008 animated fantasy film “Ponyo,” which is now to release on Dec. 31, a whole 12 years after its original release. Although Miyazaki’s works and Japanese animation more broadly are well-known and beloved in China, many classic titles […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, Ponyo, Miyazaki Hayao


The Open Reel Closes Brace of Sales on ‘Boy Meets Boy,’ ‘Guardian Angel’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Italy’s The Open Reel has closed several international theatrical and VOD rights deals, an increasingly popular combination as questions of theatrical exhibition linger during COVID-19, for a raft of titles ahead of and at this year’s Ventana Sur market, with designs on closing several more at the hybrid multi-city event. Spanish filmmaker Daniel Sánchez Lopez’s […]
Tags: News, Global, Italy, Ventana Sur, The Open Reel, Daniel Sánchez Lopez


Global stocks edge lower despite the UK's approval of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine

Reuters / Brendan McDermid Global stocks edged lower on Wednesday despite the British government being the first to approve Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for use.London's FTSE 100 was about flat in early trade, but was still outperforming most other regional indices, even though chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said a deal "hangs in the balance."Approval of a highly effective vaccine may mark the beginning of a new bull market for equities, a global market strategist said...
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Ventana Sur: Spain’s Killer Development Projects Span Full Realm of the Fantastic

From a twisty cabin-in-the-woods to a brutal Basque fairytale and a musical combining flamenco and vampires, Ventana Sur’s “Window Within the Blood Window” has unveiled a broad church of genre projects from Spain. Designed to flag up five of the top Spanish projects in development, the new Bloody Cinema session was curated by the ICAA’s […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Markets & Festivals, Ventana Sur, Blood Window, ICAA


Starz Launches Streaming Service Lionsgate Play in India With ‘No Man’s Land,’ ‘Love Life’

Global streaming platform Starz formally launched its direct-to-consumer OTT app Lionsgate Play in India on Wednesday, after a Beta launch in early November. The service will cost INR699 ($9.50) annually, or INR99 ($1.35) monthly. The app is available to download across a range of platforms and devices including Google Play store, Apple app store and […]
Tags: Apple, Google, Asia, News, India, Global, Starz, Love Life, Lionsgate Play


BTS, K-Pop Allowed to Extend Delay to Korean Military Service

South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday completed passage of an amendment to existing legislation and will allow some K-pop stars exemption from military service until they are 30. The significance was not lost on fans of BTS, currently one of the biggest music acts in the world, but whose band members would have soon been forced […]
Tags: Asia, South Korea, News, Global, Bts, K-pop, Korean Military Service


Uruguay Boosts Rebates for International Shoots, Co-Productions

Uruguay’s government has announced new and ambitious film-TV legislation aimed at converting the small Latin American nation into a far larger film-TV hub via a new series of cash rebates for international shoots and co-productions with Uruguay. Coming as Uruguay neighbors Brazil and Argentina battle huge challenges to state film funding – an incentive free […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ventana Sur


‘The Wandering Earth’ Sequel Sets Chinese New Year 2023 Release Date

Director Frant Gwo has announced that the sequel to his sci-fi hit “The Wandering Earth,” China’s third highest grossing film of all time, will release over the 2023 Lunar New Year holiday, consistently the country’s biggest movie-going week of each year. “The Wandering Earth” became a surprise hit after its 2019 Lunar New Year debut, […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, China Film Group, Wu Jing, Frant Gwo, The Wandering Earth


Upscale TV Dramas Take Pride of Place at China’s Virtual Pavilion

Chinese companies unveiled a slate of high production value drama series ranging from historical war epics to contemporary shows set against the backdrop of modern cityscapes to lure foreign buyers at Singapore’s Asia TV Forum (ATF) on Tuesday. Presented as part of the China Pavilion, the 30-minute showcase streamed at the virtual ATF and highlighted […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Singapore, Global, Markets & Festivals, Shanghai Media Group, Tencent Video, ATF, Perfect World Pictures, China Pavilion, Asian Television Forum, Asia TV Forum ATF


Ichiyama Shozo Offers Helping Hand to Younger Filmmaking Generation

Legendary Japanese producer Ichiyama Shozo encouraged young filmmakers not to give up despite the challenging climate brought upon by digital revolution and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He recounted his 30-year career at a talk at the Singapore International Film Festival, part of the Singapore Media Festival. Despite having worked with many renowned filmmakers, from Kitano […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Kitano, Singapore Media Festival, Ichiyama Shozo, Ichiyama Shozo Offers Helping Hand


Amir Ramses Challenges Taboo Subject With Cairo Film Festival Entry ‘Curfew’

While it may seem a bit odd that the artistic director of the El Gouna Film Festival is world premiering his new film, “Curfew,” at the Cairo International Film Festival, the director in question Amir Ramses says it makes perfect sense. “There was no way I would consider El Gouna for my film because it’s […]
Tags: News, Global, Cairo Film Festival, El Gouna Film Festival, El Gouna, Amir Ramses


Cairo Film Festival Chief Mohamed Hefzy on Challenges of This Year’s Mostly Physical Edition

Two years ago Egyptian film producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy was appointed president of the Cairo Film Festival with a mandate to revamp and relaunch the prominent Arab fest, which had been losing luster due to political turbulence. Having largely accomplished that with last year’s watershed edition, Hefzy had to face new challenges this year, […]
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Lashana Lynch Wraps BBC Film and BFI’s ‘Ear For Eye’ Adaptation

“Captain Marvel” and “No Time To Die” star Lashana Lynch has wrapped principal photography on BAFTA and Olivier-winning Debbie Tucker Green’s “Ear For Eye” at Kennington Studios. The film is an adaptation of Tucker Green’s own acclaimed play, which was staged at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2018, starring Lynch. The play, and the film, […]
Tags: London, News, Global, BAFTA, BFI, Lynch, Olivier, Tucker Green, Lashana Lynch, No Time To Die, Lashana Lynch Wraps BBC Film, Debbie Tucker Green, Kennington Studios


‘Entourage’ Creator Doug Ellin Sets ‘Day 1’s’ Featuring Soccer Legend Thierry Henry, Matthew Vaughn to Direct Pilot

Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films, producer of the “Kingsman” franchise, is making its first foray into TV with soccer-centric series “Day 1’s” from writers/creators and showrunners Doug Ellin (“Entourage”) and Chris Case (“Mad About You”). Set in the world of British soccer, the 10-episode series revolves around a young player Dezmond King and his crew as […]
Tags: News, Global, Thierry Henry, Chris, Kingsman, Marv, Doug Ellin, Matthew Vaughn, Thierry Henry Matthew Vaughn, Doug Ellin Entourage, Dezmond King


Cairo Film Festival Set to Bow With Middle East Premiere of ‘The Father’ With Talent in Tow

The Cairo Film Festival kicks off its 42nd edition Wednesday as a mostly physical event with the Middle East premiere of Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his hit stage play “The Father,” for which co-writer Christopher Hampton and actor Rufus Sewell are expected in attendance. “I think it’s one of the best films of the year,” […]
Tags: News, Global, Middle East, Festivals, Tow, Cairo Film Festival, Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, Rufus Sewell, The Father


Bukky Bakray to Headline Ella Greenwood’s Mental Health Film ‘Self-Charm’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Rocks” star Bukky Bakray will headline “Self-Charm,” a mental health themed film from writer/director Ella Greenwood. The film will follow a young teen who is struggling with self-harm and so is recommended multiple alternatives by a therapist but each to no avail. The next suggestion she receives is to care for a plant as if […]
Tags: News, Global, BAFTA, Sarah Gavron, Bukky Bakray, Ella Greenwood