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Today — 25 July 2024Main stream

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yesterday — 24 July 2024Main stream

‘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 […]

Guillermo Amoedo on His Haunting Horror Comeback ‘Loved Ones’: ‘Loving Someone, Becoming Friends, is a Death Sentence in This Place’ (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 16:07
Spirits of those loved and lost wreak global havoc in director Guillermo Amoedo’s comeback title “Loved Ones” (“Seres Queridos”). In development, the project is produced by Harvey Grisalez, Senior Vice President at Spain’s Onza Américas (“Isla Brava”), and heads to Sanfic’s genre sidebar Morbido Lab in August. “When Guillermo shared the script for ‘Loved Ones’ with us, we […]

Sports Powerhouse IMG Forges Broadcast Production Partnership With Saudi Soccer Entities

24 July 2024 at 16:02
Global sports management and production powerhouse IMG has inked a five-year production partnership with the Saudi Pro League and Saudi Arabian Football Federation. The deal covers the main tournaments in the kingdom’s fast-growing soccer league which boasts global soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, among other household names. Starting from the 2024-25 season, IMG will take on […]

Supernatural Stories, Dark Humor, Hostage Plotlines Converge in 2024 Sanfic-Morbido Lab Lineup: Projects From Caye Casas, Guillermo Amoedo Headline Bold Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 15:57
Titles from Caye Casas, whose jarring film “The Coffee Table” earned a nod from Stephen King, and a comeback project from former Eli Roth co-scribe Guillermo Amoedo (“The Inhabitant”), figure into a six-title slate for the fifth edition of the Santiago Int’l Film Festival’s Morbido Lab. According to Sanfic co-founder Gabriela Sandoval, the competition was […]

‘Bionico’s Bachata’ SXSW Audience Award-Winning Duo Heads to Locarno’s Match Me! With Next Project, ‘The Baker’ (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 14:10
Dominican producer Cristian Mojica and filmmaker Yoel Morales will pull double duty at this year’s Locarno, where their SXSW Audience Award-winning film “Bionico’s Bachata” will screen in the Open Doors section and their next project, “The Baker,” will participate in the Match Me! forum. Mojica and Morales produce through their label Mentes Fritas Film Production, […]

Prince Harry Says Tabloid Lawsuits Added to ‘Rift’ With Royal Family, Claims Mother Diana Was ‘Probably One of the First People to Be Hacked’

24 July 2024 at 14:01
Prince Harry has spoken publicly for the first time about one of his many legal battles against the tabloids, saying his experience with the British press led to “a lot of I guess, paranoia, fear, worry, concern, distrust in the people around you.” Speaking in upcoming documentary “Tabloids On Trial,” which is set to air […]