Category: Global

Jenne Casarotto, Founder of Brit Talent Agency Casarotto, Dies at 77

Jenne Casarotto, co-founder of the London agency Casarotto Ramsay & Associates which represents some of the leading names working behind the camera, died on Feb. 29. She was 77. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jenne Casarotto, co-founder of Casarotto Ramsay & Associates,” said the company in a statement. With […] Go to Source

CPH:DOX Competitor, Apache Doc Tribute ‘Phantoms of the Sierra Madre’ Added to DR Sales Slate

Danish sales outfit DR Sales, attached to the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning doc “A New Kind of Wilderness,” has boarded another high-quality Norwegian documentary – “Phantoms of the Sierra Madre” by the multi-awarded Håvard Bustnes (“Raging Grannies,” “Golden Dawn Girls”). The epic and self-reflective film, made in partnership with the Mescalero Apache Tribe, is […] Go to Source

Jim Reeve, Great Point Founder and ‘Blue Jean’ Producer, Dies at 64

Jim Reeve, a British entertainment executive and producer with more than 40 years experience in the business, died on Feb. 27. He was 64. Reeve founded and was chair of U.K. media company Great Point. “It is with profound sadness that Great Point must confront the sudden and unexpected loss of our founder, mentor and […] Go to Source

‘Slave Play’ Black Out Performances Slammed by U.K. Prime Minister’s Office as ‘Wrong and Divisive’

Two proposed “Black Out” London West End performances of Jeremy O. Harris‘ “Slave Play” have come under fire from U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office. The controversial play about race, identity and sexuality in 21st century America is set at the MacGregor Plantation, where the Old South is alive and well. It follows three interracial […] Go to Source

Paolo Taviani, Award-Winning Italian Director, Dies at 92

Italian director Paolo Taviani, who with his late brother Vittorio formed the revered filmmaking duo that in 1977 won the Cannes Palme d’Or for “Padre Padrone,” has died at 92. Taviani died on Thursday in a Rome clinic after suffering from a short illness, according to Italian media reports. “Paolo Taviani, a great maestro of […] Go to Source

Anthony Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent Productions Boards Jacques Audiard’s ‘Emilia Perez’ Starring Zoe Saldana

After making its debut at last year’s Cannes Film Festival with Jean-Luc Godard’s last work and Pedro Almodóvar’s “Strange Way of Life,” Anthony Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent Productions has boarded Jacques Audiard’s “Emilia Perez” as a co-producer. The musical thriller joins Saint Laurent Productions’ roster of prestige projects, including Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s “Parthenope,” David Cronenberg’s […] Go to Source

India’s Yash Raj Films Launches Casting App for Acting Aspirants Worldwide (EXCLUSIVE)

Bollywood aspirants the world over wanting to feature alongside top Indian stars can now cut out the middleman. Leading Indian studio Yash Raj Films (YRF), the outfit behind Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone starrer “Pathaan,” and “Tiger 3,” led by Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, has launched its YRF Casting app. Acting aspirants from across […] Go to Source

‘Shark Tank,’ ‘Dragons’ Den’ Format Sets 50th Version in Bangladesh, Plans South Asia Expansion – Global Bulletin

FORMAT The Sony Pictures Television and Nippon TV format known variously around the world as “Dragons’ Den,” “Shark Tank” and “Lions’ Den” is launching its 50th version, “Shark Tank Bangladesh,” on Bongo and Deepto TV this spring. Buoyed by its success in India, where it launched on channel SET and streamer SonyLiv in 2021 with […] Go to Source

‘The Young Pope’ Producers Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli Sign Fremantle Co-Production Deal With New Company

Well-established Italian producers Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli — who left their Fremantle-owned banners, Wildside and The Apartment, respectively, earlier this year — are returning to the growing TV and film powerhouse with their new scripted outfit. The duo — who co-founded “The Young Pope” and “My Brilliant Friend” production house Wildside in 2009 before Mieli exited to set up The […] Go to Source

Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Workshop to Kick Off With Toni Collette, Claire Denis, Atom Egoyan Among Masters and Project Mentors

The Doha Film Institute’s unique Qumra incubator kicks off Friday with six days of master classes, labs and mentoring sessions and some 200 industry professionals – including programmers from Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and many other major festivals – expected to make the trek to the Qatari capital. Qumra, which is an Arab word believed […] Go to Source

‘Drishyam,’ Indian Thriller Set for English-Language Remake

“Drishyam,” a hit Indian thriller in which an ordinary man confounds the police in order to protect his family, is to be re-made in English. Production is by India’s Panorama Studios with U.S. companies Gulfstream Pictures and JOAT Films. The film was first made in 2013 in the Malayalam language, before being remade in Hindi […] Go to Source

Movistar Plus+ Nabs ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ for Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

Spain’s Movistar Plus+, the pay TV/SVOD service of telco giant Telefónica, has picked up the Sky and Peacock original series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” starring Harvey Keitel and based on the bestselling novel by Heather Morris. The six-part limited series is one of the key draws on the sales slate of All3Media International, which hosts […] Go to Source

Epic Chess Show ‘Rematch,’ Bought by HBO Europe and Disney+, Sets New Milestone for French Banner Unité and Federation Studios...

A rare flagship indie producer left on the French market, Bruno Nahon’s Paris-based company Unité is preparing to conquer international audiences with “Rematch,” a period psychological thriller chronicling the historical battle between world chess champion Garry Kasparov (Christian Cooke, “That Dirty Black Bag”), and IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997. The sprawling show, directed by […] Go to Source

ITV and PBS’ Greenlight Fourth Season of Eagle Eye’s ‘Professor T,’ Toplining Ben Miller, Sold by Beta Film (EXCLUSIVE)

“Professor T,” the crime series produced by Eagle Eye Drama, and starring Ben Miller (“Bridgerton”), has been greenlit for a fourth season by ITV and PBS Distribution. Attracting audiences of over four million viewers on ITV and making a successful debut on France 3, the highly acclaimed drama has been sold to almost 120 territories […] Go to Source

Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Fruit Chan to Deliver Masterclass at Asian Film Awards – Global Bulletin

AWARDS JAMBOREE The Asian Film Awards Academy has revealed several events around the annual Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. Veteran filmmakers, jury president of this year’s awards, Japan’s Kurosawa Kiyoshi and Hong Kong’s Fruit Chan, will share their filmmaking experiences and artistic concepts in a joint masterclass. Thai star Metawin Opas-Iamkajorn (“2gether” series and […] Go to Source

Keshet International Commissions Docuseries ‘Hitler’s Treasure Hunters,’ About Heinrich Himmler’s Quest for the Holy Grail and Thor’s Hammer

Keshet International has commissioned the six-part docuseries “Hitler’s Treasure Hunters” from production outfit Perpetual Entertainment(“Troppo”).   KI’s second straight-to-series factual order for international distribution, which figures into a new Greenlight: Factual & Formats commissioning initiative, the show centers Heinrich Himmler’s Das Ahnenerbe, a branch of the Nazi SS that sought religious relics and high-value international artefacts […] Go to Source

Sony Pictures Television Sells to Warner Bros. ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Format Rights for Nordics and Benelux (EXCLUSIVE)

In what marks Sony Pictures Television’s (SPT) first international format deal for its non-fiction unit since its distribution takeover in 2022, SPT has sold the Nordics and Benelux region format rights of “So You Think You Can Dance” to Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP). The deal comes just as the dance competition series returns to Fox […] Go to Source

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams to Lead Prime Video’s High-End Italian Original ‘Costiera’

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams is set to lead Prime Video’s Italian original “Costiera,” set on Italy’s iconic Amalfi Coast. The high-end show is an English-language action-drama with comedic elements directed by Emmy winner Adam Bernstein (“30 Rock,” “Fargo”), which is currently shooting on location. In “Costiera,” Williams is playing an Italian-American former Marine named Daniel […] Go to Source

Sundance Queer Drama ‘Sebastian’ Finds U.S. and International Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

The Sundance queer drama “Sebastian,” directed by up-and-coming Finnish-British director Mikko Mäkelä, has been bought by Kino Lorber for U.S. distribution, along with a string of international buyers. Represented in international markets by LevelK, the film made its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “Sebastian” follows Max (Ruaridh […] Go to Source

‘Bob Marley’ Continues U.K., Ireland Box Office Reign as ‘Dune 2’ Looms

Paramount’s “Bob Marley: One Love” topped the U.K. and Ireland box office for the second consecutive weekend with £2.3 million ($3 million), according to numbers from Comscore. The biopic now has a total of £11.3 million after its second weekend on release. Studiocanal’s “Wicked Little Letters” debuted in second place with £1.6 million. Universal’s “Migration” […] Go to Source

‘Lone Star’ Director John Sayles Says He Recently Urinated on Trump’s U.S.-Mexico Border Wall: We Haven’t ‘Made Any Progress’ Since...

Acclaimed filmmaker John Sayles has revealed exactly what he thinks of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Sayles wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated 1996 film “Lone Star,” a Western set in a Texas border town where Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) unearths long-buried secrets amid racial strife. Since the film was […] Go to Source

Surrogacy Drama ‘A Body That Works’ Renewed for Second Season (EXCLUSIVE)

Israeli surrogacy drama “A Body That Works” has been renewed for a second season. “A Body That Works” (titled “Goof Shlishi” in Hebrew) was Israel’s highest rating drama of 2023. The series, which stars Rotem Sela (“The Baker and the Beauty”) and “Fauda’s” Lior Raz, tells the story of a couple struggling with infertility who […] Go to Source

Gerard Butler’s ‘Has Fallen’ Film Franchise Gets an Event TV Series Makeover in Studiocanal’s ‘Paris Has Fallen’

Is this now an age of TV caution? A brace of big swings at this week’s London TV Screenings belie that trend, and few come bigger than the English-language action thriller “Paris Has Fallen,” which Studiocanal launches at this week’s  London TV Screenings.    Like other major LTVS plays, it takes a mainstream genre  – such as, […] Go to Source

London TV Screenings Bets on Escapism and ‘Elevated Mainstream,’ While Unscripted and Long-Running Franchises Continue to Grow: ‘We Want to...

Enough with the winter gloom: Feel-good shows are about to take over TV market London Screenings, as distributors echo Russell Crowe’s Maximus iconic words: “Are you not entertained?”  “Most platforms are looking for entertaining shows. Escapism is a big thing,” says Fremantle International CEO Jens Richter.    “You want to take the audience somewhere else […] Go to Source

Streamers Take Center Stage as Second JBX Content Market Turns Toward Future of African Screen Industries

One year after launching with an ambitious aim to become the premier industry confab for dealmakers on the African continent, the JBX Content Market returns to Johannesburg with an expanded, three-day event that will touch on some of the key trends in the fast-growing African market. Running parallel to the Joburg Film Festival, whose sixth […] Go to Source

Toho Boards Japanese-French Co-Production ‘Ghost Cat Anzu,’ Shares First Look (EXCLUSIVE)

Nippon powerhouse Toho has thrown its weight behind directors Yoko Kuno and Nobuhiro Yamashita’s “Ghost Cat Anzu,” overseeing the Japanese release and marking the occasion with a brand-new teaser. As previously announced, specialty distributor Gkids has already picked up the film for North America, while Charades continues to roll out international sales. Bringing together Japan’s […] Go to Source

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal’s Pushing Buttons Studios Unveils Slate Following Sundance Winner ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Fresh off the Sundance-winning “Girls Will Be Girls,” Indian actor-producers Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal have unveiled a further slate from their Pushing Buttons Studios. Directed by Shuchi Talati, “Girls Will Be Girls” is the debut production from Pushing Buttons Studios, in collaboration with Crawling Angels, Blink Digital and Dolce Vita Films. It bowed at […] Go to Source

Berlinale Competition Titles ‘Dying’ and ‘Architecton’ Score Multiple Deals With the Match Factory

The Match Factory has revealed multiple distribution deals for two Berlinale competition titles: German director Matthias Glasner’s “Dying,” which won the festival’s Silver Bear for best screenplay, and Russian director Victor Kossakovsky’s documentary “Architecton.” “Dying,” which stars Lars Eidinger, Lilith Stangenberg and Corinna Harfouch, also picked up the Guild of German Arthouse Cinemas and the […] Go to Source

Canal Plus Increases Stake in Asian Streamer Viu to 30% – Global Bulletin

UPPING THE ANTE France’s Canal+ Group said that it has increased its stake in multi-territory Asian streaming platform Viu to 30%. “This additional investment underlines the confidence that Canal+ has in Viu and its teams. It also highlights the determination of Canal+ to make Asia its next growth vector, through its strategic partnership with PCCW, […] Go to Source