EmptyWenders tapped to run Venice jury
Wim Wenders will head the jury at the 65th annual Venice Film Festival, extending the 35-year relationship between the German Oscar nominee and the Italian event. Wenders first appeared on the Lido in 1972 with "The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick," his first feature film. He won the Golden Lion in Venice a decade later for "The State of Things." The choice silences weeks of rumors that Meryl Streep — another Venice regular — was in line for the post. The festival runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6.
Tartan shuts down
Long-running world cinema distributor Tartan Films has gone into administration, with all 22 of its staffers made redundant, board director Alan Partington said. Partington said he was hopeful of a swift resolution and that more details would be announced soon. The company, established more than 20 years ago, recently shuttered its U.S. arm, Tartan Video USA, and auctioned its 100-film library to film print and advertising financing company Palisades Media.
P2P operator guilty
A federal jury in Virginia has found the operator of a peer-to-peer Web site that distributed prerelease movies guilty of conspiracy and copyright infringement. Daniel Dove of EliteTorrents.org was convicted Thursday. The conviction is the eighth in the U.S. since a nationwide federal crackdown began on illegal distribution of copyrighted content over P2P networks, the MPAA said.