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Today — 25 July 2024Variety

Alpine Climate Doc ‘Flower of Mine,’ Directed by ‘Eight Mountains’ Novelist, Set to Pre-Open Locarno

25 July 2024 at 11:48
The Locarno Film Festival has set Alpine elegy movie “Fiore Mio” (“A Flower of Mine”) as its pre-opening event. It marks the first film written and directed by bestselling Italian novelist Paolo Cognetti (“The Eight Mountains”), who also stars. Besides writing “Eight Mountains,” Cognetti was also “on set” when Belgian directors Felix Van Groeningen and […]

Tohokushinsha, Japanese Co-Producer of ‘Lost in Translation,’ Receives $575 Million Takeover Bid From Singapore Investor

25 July 2024 at 11:28
Singapore-based finance firm 3D Investment Partners said Thursday that it is seeking to take private Tohokushinsha, the Japanese film and TV distribution firm. Its bid values Tohokushinsha at $575 million. Founded in 1961, Tohokushinsha started as a dubbing house and has since expanded its business to include, among others, theatrical, video and TV distribution and […]

Full Nudity Show ‘Dating Naked U.K.’ Set at Paramount+, MTVE – Global Bulletin

25 July 2024 at 11:25
BARE BEACH BONDING Paramount+ U.K. and MTVE Studios have set an Aug. 23 premiere for “Dating Naked U.K.,” hosted by Rylan Clark. The reality series, produced by Nest Productions, will release new episodes weekly on Fridays. The show follows 10 singles seeking romance while living au naturel in a tropical setting. Contestants face challenges as […]

Tyler Perry Calls Out ‘Highbrow’ Critics of His Films: ‘Who Are You to Be Able to Say Which Black Story Is Important?’

25 July 2024 at 10:28
Tyler Perry isn’t letting the “highbrow” critics of his movies deter him from sharing stories related to Black communities. “I know for a fact that what I’m doing is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing,” Perry said during a recent appearance on the “Baby, This Is Keke Palmer” podcast. “Because for everyone who is […]

As Comic-Con Kicks Off, Japan’s Booming Anime Industry Is Attracting Institutional Finance

25 July 2024 at 10:18
Ahead of a weekend when Asian content will be making a big impact at San Diego Comic-Con, two of Japan’s largest industrial and financial conglomerates have quietly begun to invest in Japanese animation, the hottest part of the country’s film and TV industry. Marubeni, which has roots in cereals, chemicals and paper but has diversified […]

Sky Content Boss Zai Bennett Jumps Ship to BBC Studios Productions as CEO and Chief Creative Officer

25 July 2024 at 10:05
Sky content boss Zai Bennett has jumped ship to BBC Studios Productions, where he has been appointed CEO and chief creative officer. Bennett’s remit will span the company’s U.K. and international production units as well as owned labels (such as “Baby Reindeer” producer Clerkenwell Films) and invested indies. In terms of genre, it covers the […]

Sarajevo Film Festival Selects 19 World Premieres in Competition Sections

25 July 2024 at 10:01
The Sarajevo Film Festival, which focuses on films from Southeast Europe, the South Caucasus and Ukraine, has selected 54 films to compete for its Heart of Sarajevo awards. Three films play out of competition. The festival’s 30th edition will run from Aug. 16 to 23. Jovan Marjanović, director of the festival, said the awards would […]

Jennifer Aniston Slams JD Vance’s Comments About Women Without Children: ‘I Truly Cannot Believe This Is Coming From a Potential VP’

25 July 2024 at 09:11
Jennifer Aniston took to social media on Wednesday night to speak out against resurfaced comments from Donald Trump’s VP pick, JD Vance, who called women without children “childless cat ladies.” In a clip posted on X by MeidasTouch editor-in-chief Ron Filipkowski that appears to be from Vance’s Senate run in 2022, he said that the […]

Moses Babatope Launches Nile Media Entertainment Group, Sets Female-Led Executive Team (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 07:41
Nigerian film industry veteran Moses Babatope has unveiled Nile Media Entertainment Group, a new production and distribution studio aimed at transforming African cinema. The company, named after the River Nile, will focus on cultural representation, industry excellence and sustainable practices. As co-founder of FilmHouse Group and managing director of FilmOne Entertainment, Babatope had been instrumental […]

Sony Pictures Television Inks Co-Production Deal With Anxo Rodríguez’s Espotlight in Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 07:30
Sony Pictures Television (“SPT”) has inked multi-year co-production deal with Anxo Rodríguez’s Spanish production company Espotlight (“The Farad,” “Un Nuevo Amanecer.”) Under the deal, which further consolidates SPT’s presence in Spain, SPT will co-develop and co-produce new productions with Espotlight. Rodríguez is a Goya Award-winning producer with a background in law and business affairs. He […]

‘Tabloids on Trial:’ Where to Watch the Prince Harry Documentary Interview in the U.S.

By: Tim Chan
25 July 2024 at 07:29
Prince Harry’s tumultuous relationship with the British press is once again in the spotlight as part of the new documentary, “Tabloids On Trial,” which airs in the U.K. tonight, July 25. Broadcast on ITV and streaming online on ITVX, the one-hour special features Prince Harry, Hugh Grant, Charlotte Church and other celebrities who were targeted […]

Janhvi Kapoor Talks Spy Thriller ‘Ulajh,’ NTR Jr and Ram Charan Films: ‘Cinema at Its Best’ (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 07:15
Bollywood star Janhvi Kapoor is set to appear in her first espionage thriller, “Ulajh,” helmed by acclaimed indie director Sudhanshu Saria in his commercial debut. Produced by Junglee Pictures, the film follows a young Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, played by Kapoor, who becomes entangled in a dangerous conspiracy while on a diplomatic mission. Speaking […]

‘Sherlock’ Producer Hartswood Films Acquired by ITV Studios

25 July 2024 at 06:30
ITV Studios has acquired a majority stake in Hartswood Films, the production company behind the Emmy-winning series “Sherlock.” Founded in 1979, Hartswood is the U.K.’s longest-established scripted producer. Led by CEO Sue Vertue, Hartswood Films has created numerous notable series, including recent ITVX and ITV1 hit “Douglas Is Cancelled” and Prime Video’s “The Devil’s Hour.” […]

ITV Grows Profits, Margins as It Battles Headwinds in First Half of 2024

25 July 2024 at 06:15
British broadcast group ITV delivered a mixed financial performance for the first six months of 2024, as it continues to navigate a shifting media landscape. ITV reported a significant 40% increase in adjusted EBITA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax and Amortization) to £213 million ($275 million) for the period ending June 30, 2024. This substantial growth […]

Target Restocks Exclusive LEGO Wolverine Claw Ahead of ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ Release

By: Tim Chan
25 July 2024 at 06:08
As the highly-anticipated Deadpool & Wolverine arrives in theaters, retailers are also restocking their Deadpool and Wolverine merch, in attempt to generate some new sales from the buzz surrounding the Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman film. Case in point: Target has restocked the limited-edition Marvel Wolverine Adamantium Claws LEGO Set, which features a 14-inch building […]

Vicky Kaushal, Manoj Bajpayee, Huma Qureshi Star as ZEE5 Global Reports Surge in Viewership for Reality-Based Content (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 05:30
ZEE5 Global, a prominent streaming platform for South Asian content, has released data revealing the growing popularity of reality-inspired titles over the past two years. These productions now constitute approximately 20% of the platform’s total viewership. Content based on real-life events and notable figures has consistently topped the charts, indicating an increasing demand for factual […]

‘Wild Robot’ Writer-Director Chris Sanders to Discuss Film at 2024 VIEW Conference

25 July 2024 at 03:45
The creative team behind DreamWorks Animation’s “The Wild Robot,” led by writer-director Chris Sanders, will discuss the making of the film at this fall’s VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy. The weeklong English-language gathering is celebrating its 25th year curating talks, workshops and masterclasses with top talent from film, TV, animation, VFX and gaming. Sanders, whose […]

How Lisa Vanderpump and Gordon Ramsay Set Aside Their Egos to Decide Whose Competitor Won ‘Food Stars’ Season 2’s $250,000 Prize

25 July 2024 at 02:30
SPOILER WARNING: This story contains spoilers for the Season 2 finale of “Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars” on Fox. It may be called “Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars,” but it was Lisa Vanderpump who owned the Fox competition when a contestant from her team of mentees won the second season on Thursday’s finale. In a two-hour episode […]

How NBC Became the Linchpin of the NBA’s Megabucks TV Rights Deal

25 July 2024 at 02:03
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum: The NBA’s much-anticipated new TV rights deal that was expected to reflect the financial muscle of streaming platforms wound up cementing the primacy of broadcast networks in sports contracts. The big moves in the 11-year agreement, valued at a whopping $76 billion, are the return […]