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Yesterday — 24 July 2024Variety

‘Time Bandits’ Boss Talks Introducing a ‘Lost Classic’ to a New Audience and Addresses Charlyne Yi’s Allegations

24 July 2024 at 21:00
To a generation of Brits, Iain Morris may forever be known as half of the duo that created “The Inbetweeners,” the wildly rude sitcom about a group of mostly unpopular teenage boys that ran from 2008-2010 and was followed by two hugely successful films. But the multi-talented creative has been prolifically busy since then, reuniting […]

‘Bribe, Inc’ Director on Why the Global Corruption Doc Is the ‘Jeffrey Epstein Story for Bribery’ (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 08:56
In upcoming documentary “Bribe, Inc,” one of the key characters is a whistleblower known as Figaro, so named because he requested journalists contact him via an ad placed in French broadsheet Le Figaro. Like most whistleblowers on camera, he’s shown via a silhouette and with a different voice to hide his identity. But such was […]

How Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud Plans to Accelerate Film Output of ‘Greenland’ Producer Thanks to Game-Changing BlackRock Investment

24 July 2024 at 08:44
When Sébastien Raybaud founded Anton in 2011 (as Anton Capital Entertainment), his first major deal proved to be groundbreaking for the European film industry.  Although institutional slate financing had been a regular practice among U.S. studios (Raybaud himself helped arrange several deals during his time on the film arm of investment bank Société Générale in London), it […]

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Amazon Prime Video Buys U.K.’s Historic Bray Studios, Where ‘Rings of Power’ Season 2 Was Filmed

22 July 2024 at 09:05
Amazon Prime Video is acquiring the U.K.’s Bray Film Studios, the historic site it recently set up as a production hub for the second season of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” The deal marks Amazon’s first acquisition of a physical studio in the U.K., with Bray set to be used for […]

Studiocanal Opens New York Office, Promotes Anne Chérel to Lead U.S. Growth

18 July 2024 at 17:02
French studio Studiocanal has expanded its presence in the U.S., opening its first office in New York. Anne Chérel, previously executive vice president of global sales and distribution, has been promoted to chief commercial officer and will be based in the new office, where she will continue to supervise global distribution and will be responsible […]

Animated Sex Musical Comedy ‘Spermageddon’ Acquired for France by Originals Factory (EXCLUSIVE)

17 July 2024 at 08:34
“Spermageddon,” the Norwegian animated sex musical comedy that became one of the most talked about titles at this year’s Annecy Film Festival, has been acquired for France. Originals Factory, the distributor that has released the likes of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “The Whale” and “20 Days in Mariupol,” has picked up the film, which […]

AFM Says 145 Exhibitors Have Already Signed Up for Debut Las Vegas Edition

15 July 2024 at 15:30
The American Film Market’s debut trip to Las Vegas has, according to organizers, been well received by the industry, at least in terms of registrations. Earlier this year The Independent Film & Television Alliance announced that its flagship event would relocate from its long-standing base in Santa Monica to the Palm Casino Resort in Las […]

‘Kneecap’ Sweeps Awards at Ireland’s Galway Film Fleadh

15 July 2024 at 08:33
Irish-language music biopic “Kneecap” has dominated the awards on home soil at the 36th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh, which concluded last night on the west coast of Ireland. The film, which caused a stir in Sundance earlier this year where it was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, won three out of a […]

Vivendi Reportedly Eyeing London Listing for Canal+ Group

12 July 2024 at 16:34
French conglomerate Vivendi is looking to list its pay TV group Canal+ on the London Stock Exchange, according to a report by Bloomberg. If true, the move would follow on from news that emerged last year that billionaire Vincent Bolloré was looking to split Vivendi into three businesses — Canal+, advertising banner Havas and an investment vehicle […]

Mahdi Fleifel on His Scorsese-Inspired Palestinian Refugee Thriller ‘To a Land Unknown’

12 July 2024 at 11:10
Mahdi Fleifel’s debut feature, the documentary “A World Not Ours,” proved to be an unexpected festival hit back in 2012. A warm, often humorous and deeply compassioned study of the Ein El-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in South Lebanon (where Fleifel was born), and of the frustrations of a stateless generation of young men with no […]

‘My Lady Jane’ Star Edward Bluemel Joins Netflix Agatha Christie Series ‘The Seven Dials Mystery’ (EXCLUSIVE)

11 July 2024 at 10:08
Edward Bluemel, the “Killing Eve” and “Sex Education” star most recently seen as the brooding love interest in Amazon’s alt-history fantasy “My Lady Jane,” has joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming Agatha Christie series “The Seven Dials Mystery.” Bluemel joins “How to Have Sex” breakout Mia McKenna-Bruce, who Variety announced last month would lead the […]

‘Kneecap’ Filmmakers Launch Production Company Coup d’Etat Films (EXCLUSIVE)

9 July 2024 at 08:38
The director and producer of “Kneecap,” the wild comedy biopic about a real-life Belfast rap group that became a breakout hit in Sundance, have reunited to form their own production company. Coup d’état Films, founded by director Rich Peppiatt (“Kneecap,” “One Rogue Reporter”) and producer Trevor Birney (“No Stone Unturned,” “Cyndi Lauper: Let the Canary […]

Lisa Nandy Named New U.K. Culture Minister

5 July 2024 at 16:38
Lisa Nandy has been named the U.K.’s new culture minister or, to give the title its full name, secretary of state for culture, media and sport. Nandy was appointed as part of the new cabinet by Keir Starmer, the new U.K. prime minister following the Labour Party’s history landslide election win on July 4, where it […]

Why Ireland’s Galway Film Fleadh Has Made Palestine Its Country of Focus: ‘Solidarity’ and the ‘Quality of the Work’

5 July 2024 at 15:39
The 2024 Galway Film Fleadh on Ireland’s tranquil and picturesque west coast is set to open with one of the noisiest films of the year, “Kneecap.” A comedy biopic about the real-life Belfast rap group of the same name, the feature became a breakout hit in Sundance (where it was picked up by Sony Pictures […]

U.K. Entertainment Industry Welcomes Labour Government but Lays Out ‘Pressing Issues’ to Be Addressed, With Film and TV Workforce at Forefront

5 July 2024 at 10:37
The U.K.’s entertainment industry has responded to Labour’s landslide victory in the country’s general election, which ends 14 years of Conservative rule with Keir Starmer set to become prime minister. With Labour’s win widely anticipated thanks to the plummeting public support for the Conservatives, performing arts union Equity sent out a statement long before the […]

Zaid Abu Hamdan’s Arab Thriller ‘Boomah’ Rounds Out Cast as Production Starts in Jordan

4 July 2024 at 09:27
Principal photography has commenced on the Arab underworld thriller “Boomah” (“The Owl”), written and directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan and marking the Jordanian filmmaker’s second feature following his critically acclaimed “Daughters of Abdul Rahman.” Previously announced in December, Rakeen Saad is set to play the titular role of the female thug Boomah. Saad rose to […]