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Sideshow, Janus Films Take U.S. Rights to Jafar Panahi’s ‘No Bears’

Sideshow and Janus Films have picked up all U.S. rights to No Bears, the latest film from Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi. The drama premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won a special jury prize. We Like has acquired all Canadian rights .The deal was negotiated by Celluloid Dreams on behalf of the […]

NBCUniversal Reality TV Streamer Hayu to Launch in Central and Eastern Europe

NBCUniversal International said Wednesday that it will launch its subscription-based reality TV streaming service Hayu “in multiple Central and Eastern European countries” in the fourth quarter. “This builds on the ongoing success of the service in other European markets and will bring the number of territories for the streaming service to over 40,” said the […]

Kevin Mayer Defends Candle Media’s Acquisition Approach: “We Did Not Overpay for Hello Sunshine”

Kevin Mayer shrugged off the “valuation haters” and offered insights into the big-ticket investment strategy behind his fast-growing entertainment startup Candle Media Wednesday during an appearance at the APOS media summit in Singapore. “We did not overpay for Hello Sunshine,” Mayer said flatly, defending his company, which he co-heads with Tom Staggs, from one persistent […]

WWE Expands Exclusive Deal With Foxtel in Australia

Sports entertainment company WWE has extended and expanded its long-running relationship with Australian pay TV giant Foxtel Group with a new TV and WWE Network rights deal unveiled on Tuesday that makes Foxtel the exclusive destination for WWE in the country. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp owns a 65 percent stake in Foxtel, with Australian telecom […]

Oscars: Uganda Submits ‘Tembele’ as First-Ever Best International Feature Contender

Uganda has submitted its first-ever film for the Oscars, putting forward Morris Mugisha’s Tembele as its contender for the 2023 Academy Awards in the best international feature category. The drama follows Tembele (Patriq Nkakalukanyi), a garbage man in Kampala suffering from mental illness who begins to lose his grip on reality after the death of […]

Technicolor Lists VFX, Animation and Games Division as Stand-Alone Company

Technicolor Creative Studios — the visual effects, animation and gaming division of Technicolor — was listed and began trading this morning as a stand-alone company under the symbol TCHCS on Euronext Paris. Trading opened at €1.9539 per share (roughly $0.96 USD). According to the company, 65 percent of its shares were distributed to Technicolor shareholders. The remainder […]

Baz Luhrmann Praises Tom Hanks as “One of the Great Actors of All Time” and Austin Butler’s Work Ethic

Baz Luhrmann brought Hollywood star power to a Royal Television Society (RTS) event in London on Tuesday, sharing his experiences with storytelling and working with stars and young talent. “I grew up on a very, very tiny country town,” with about 11 houses, a gas station and a farm, Luhrmann told the RTS London Convention […]

Oscars: Denmark Picks ‘Holy Spider’ as International Feature Submission

Denmark has selected Ali Abbasi’s Iran-set serial killer thriller Holy Spider as its official contender for the 2023 Academy Awards in the best international feature category. The film is inspired by the true story of a serial killer who murdered sex workers in the streets of Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city, from 2000-2001. When his crimes […]

Fremantle Signs First-Look Deal With ‘Chernobyl’ Director Johan Renck, ‘Spaceman’ Producer Michael Parets

Fremantle has signed a two-year first-look deal with Sinestra, the new production company launched by Chernobyl director Johan Renck and his production partner Michael Parets. The first project under the agreement, which was unveiled Tuesday, will be Mouth to Mouth, a series based on the novel of the same name by Antoine Wilson. The book […]

Oscars: Argentina Selects ‘Argentina, 1985’ for 2023 International Feature Race

Argentina has selected Santiago Mitre’s crowd-pleasing courtroom drama Argentina, 1985 as its national contender for the 2023 Academy Awards in the best international feature category. There are echoes of the Jan. 6 hearings in the film’s true story of the group of heroic lawyers, led by Julio Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo, who engaged in […]

‘Charite,’ ‘Ku’Damm’ Producer Benjamin Benedict Joins Leonine (Exclusive)

Benjamin Benedict, one of Germany’s leading producers of high-end TV drama, has joined German mini-major Leonine Studios. As of Nov. 1, Benedict will join the management team of Leonine-owned W&B Television and run the production outfit together with Oliver Vogel, Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg. Benedict is currently managing director at German TV powerhouse UFA […]

BBC Boss Tim Davie on Diversity Targets, Future Funding, Possible World Service Cuts

The BBC will get a bigger percentage of its growing revenue from its U.K. commercial business in the future, but the license fee will remain the biggest source of income, Tim Davie, director general of the U.K. public broadcaster, told a TV industry event in London on Tuesday. He also shared that he and his […]