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Cannes: Studiocanal Takes Worldwide Rights to Claude Lelouch Catalog

Studiocanal has signed a deal with Metropolitan Filmexport for worldwide rights to the entire film catalog of acclaimed French director Claude Lelouch. The deal, announced at the Cannes Film Market on Saturday, includes more than 40 films, among them such French classics as A Man and a Woman (1966) — winner of the 1966 Palme […]

MIPTV: Belgian Real-Life Thrillers ‘The Crash,’ ‘1985’ Sell for Europe, Australia

Things have been almost frighteningly quiet at this year’s MIPTV international television market, which runs through Wednesday in Cannes, but a trickle of deal announcements suggests that while cutbacks and cost-cutting may be the order of the day, some business is still being done. French giant Studiocanal on Tuesday unveiled a flurry of territory sales […]

MIPTV: Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in TV Adaptation of Matt Haig Best-Seller ‘How to Stop Time’

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in a TV adaptation of Matt Haig’s best-selling novel How to Stop Time, playing the lead role of Tom Hazard. Tomas Alfredson, who directed Cumberbatch in 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is attached to helm the six-part series. DC Moore (Sky and AMC’s upcoming Mary & George, starring Julianne […]

Studiocanal Revenue Falls As Gaming, Pay TV Drive Vivendi Earnings

Growth at pay TV unit Canal+ Group and advertising giant Havas and record revenue at Gameloft helped drive 2022 earnings at French media and telecommunications conglomerate Vivendi. The company posted revenue of 9.6 billion euros ($10.1 billion), 10.1 percent higher than in 2021, or up 5.1 percent when using constant currencies and focusing on the […]

Berlin: StudioCanal Takes Mike Leigh’s Untitled Next Feature for U.K.

StudioCanal has acquired U.K. rights to Mike Leigh’s secretive and untitled next project, marking the first time the distributor has worked with the iconic director. The deal sees StudioCanal take over from eOne, which had been handling U.K. on the project in 2020 before it was stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bleecker Street still […]

Berlin: StudioCanal Swoops on Spider Horror ‘Sting’ as First Image Is Revealed

StudioCanal has taken multiple territories on Sting, the upcoming arachnophobia horror movie from writer/director Kiah Roache-Turner that has just wrapped production in Sydney. The film — for which a first image has also been revealed — stars Ryan Corr (House of the Dragon, The Water Diviner), Alyla Browne (Three Thousand Years of Longing, Nine Perfect Strangers), Penelope […]

StudioCanal CEO Anna Marsh to Give 2023 MIPTV Keynote Address

Anna Marsh, CEO of production and distribution giant StudioCanal, will give one of the main keynote speeches for this year’s MIPTV, the global TV market confab held in Cannes in April.  Marsh will address the international television industry at Cannes’ Palais des Festivals on Monday, April 17, the opening day of MIPTV 2023. Her Media […]

Frank Miller to Pen ‘Corto Maltese’ Limited Series for StudioCanal

Frank Miller is set to create, write and executive produce a limited series adaptation of Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese graphic novels for StudioCanal. Italian illustrator Hugo Pratt created the Corto Maltese fantasy comic character in 1967 as a heroic sailor finding adventure around the world. Miller, the writer-artist behind The Dark Knight, Sin City and […]

‘Cuties’ Director Maïmouna Doucouré to Helm Josephine Baker Biopic

French director Maïmouna Doucouré (Cuties, Hawa) has signed on to write and direct a new biopic on American-born French icon Josephine Baker.  Studiocanal and Bien ou Bien Productions are set to produce the film together with CPB Films, with principal photography expected to begin next year. The project is being developed with the support of […]

‘Another Round’ Director Thomas Vinterberg’s Debut TV Drama ‘Families Like Ours’ Sets Cast as Production Starts

Families Like Ours, the debut TV drama from Thomas Vinterberg, has begun principal photography as well as formally announcing its cast, with several stars of his Oscar and BAFTA winning feature Another Round set to appear. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Brothers, The Killing, Riders of Justice) Paprika Steen (Festen, Open Hearts, The First Lady), Helene Reingaard Neumann (Another Round, Kursk, Borgen), Magnus […]

StudioCanal Chief Anna Marsh Named Deputy CEO of Canal+ Group

Anna Marsh has been named deputy CEO of French pay-TV giant Canal+ Group. The appointment continues Marsh’s sharp rise up the ranks of Vivendi’s film and TV powerhouse, having joined its subsidiary StudioCanal in 2008 where she held the positions of head of international sales and managing director of StudioCanal UK, before being named CEO […]

Vivendi Revenue Rises on Growth at Havas, Canal+

French media and telecommunications conglomerate Vivendi reported higher first-half revenue and earnings on Thursday, driven by gains at advertising giant Havas, but also pay TV unit Canal+ Group. Revenue for the first six months of 2022 reached €4.87 billion ($4.94 billion), up 10.9 percent, or 5.4 percent on an organic basis, which focuses on constant currencies […]