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20 January 2000

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  • 1999: big hits, big misses

    While 1999 will be remembered as yet another record-shattering year in terms of theatrical box office grosses, it will also bear witness to a growing worldwide disparity in fortunes between the handful of huge hits and the mass of movie misses.The seventeen blockbusters that crossed the magic $100m gross point during the North American release last year accounted for nearly two fifths of the overall box office total, which swelled 8% to top $7.3bn. The remaining 327 films put out last
  • Almodovar set to dazzle at Goyas

    Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre) looks set to sweep the Goya Awards, Spain's answer to the Oscars, in an already auspicious award season for the director.Almodovar's 13th film grabbed fourteen Goya nominations and is tipped to win several top categories. Competing with Mother for best film and best direction are Jose Luis Cuerda's Butterfly's Tongue (La Lengua De Las Mariposas), which took 13 nominations, Benito Zambrano's surprise hit de
  • AOL creates new order

    Content is king again - so long as it can also enjoy widespread access to Internet users. That message was driven home this week by the revelation that America Online (AOL) is swallowing up Time Warner at a huge premium to create a multimedia monster whose market value approaches the gross domestic product of Mexico.The new digital century was barely ten days old when AOL, the single most popular gateway to the Web with 22 million paying customers, stunned the business world by announc
  • Australia confirms a dozen years of ticket growth

    As expected, Australian exhibitors broke through the A$700m barrier in 1999 giving the territory an extraordinary twelfth consecutive year of box office growth. An estimated 88 million tickets were sold at an average ticket price of A$7.93 -- Australia's 19 million people have access to 1,740 screens. The final gross of A$704,117,000 represented an 11.9% increase on the previous year, the biggest since 1994. Chair of the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia, Road
  • BAFTA, British Council team up for US screenings

    BAFTA LA and the British Council have teamed up to present a series of screenings of new British films in Los Angeles. The series entitled New Blood From Britain is intended to enable BAFTA LA members to see films which they might want to nominate for the Alexander Korda Award shortlist. The series began this week with a double bill of The Big Tease and The Tichborne Claimant. It continues with East Is East (Jan 25), The Trench (Jan 31), Human Traf
  • Belgian industry to hold UK showcase

    Belgium's sometime divided film communities are teaming up in an effort to win over the British public and UK distributors. They are taking over London's Curzon Soho cinema to hold a week-long (Mar 30-Apr 5) showcase of modern Belgian films under the banner United Tastes Of Belgium. The event is jointly backed by the Wallonie Bruxelles Image promotion agency for French-speaking Wallonia, and Flanders Image, its Flemish counterpart. Facilities outfits Antemak and Studio l'Equipe
  • Benitez launches BesoBeso

    Spain's top-grossing comedy producer, Cesar Benitez, has launched a start-up production house, BesoBeso Producciones, with Felipe Ortiz of local distributor Tripictures taking a 50% partnership stake in the new venture.The new company's first five films will also be backed by broadcaster TeleCinco, probably as a 50% co-producer on each project. Benitez has signed on US-based Mexican actress Salma Hayek for BesoBeso's debut film - a comedy entitled La Gran Vida. Hayak, mak
  • Berlin confirms Forum titles

    Films confirmed for the International Forum of Young Cinema at this year's Berlin Film Festival (Feb 9-20) include James Benning's Californian-set El Valley Centro, Austrian filmmaker Ruth Beckermann's Ein Fluechtiger Zug Nach Dem Orient, Yuji Nakae's Nabbe No Koi (Nabbie's Love), German documentary filmmaker Ebbo Demant's journey through deserts on three continents Wueste and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's love triangle drama Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Straight From The
  • Berlin line-up takes shape

    Berlin International Film Festival chief Moritz de Hadeln appears to be rapidly firming up the Official Competition section for the festival's fiftieth anniversary edition (Feb 9-20).While de Hadeln will as usual not confirm Golden Bear contenders until close to the event - this year, Feb 1 - titles likely to compete at the birthday bash include Laetitia Mason's Love Me, being sold internationally by France's Flach Pyramide International; Lucio Gaudino's Prime Luci Dell'Alba
  • Bond reaches $300m worldwide

    The World Is Not Enough has already scooped $300m worldwide and now lies just $40m away from becoming the most successful Bond film ever at the global box office. Just two months after its debut in Singapore and Malaysia - a day before its release in the US - Bond 19 is the eighth film to cross $300m in the last 12 months.Its latest opening in Italy scored $1.9m over the weekend (Jan 14-16) fuelled by a whitewash of publicity including a premiere in Rome attended by Italian actr
  • British Screen to be folded into Film Council

    Ending months of speculation, the UK government's film super body The Film Council is set to absorb pivotal funding outfit British Screen Finance.British Screen chief Simon Perry confirmed that the operation's shareholders - United Artists Screen Entertainment, Channel 4 and Granada - have agreed to hand over the operation to the council. British Screen's other shareholder, Rank, is to withdraw as part of its planned reduction in film activities.The hand-over is still subject to
  • But I'm A Cheerleader

    Dir: Jamie Babbit. US. 1999. 90 mins. Prod cos: Ignite Entertainment, The Kushner-Locke Company. Int'l sales: Franchise Pictures, tel (1) 323 822 0730. Exec prods: Michael Burns, Marc Butan. Prods: Andrea Sperling, Leanna Creel. Scr: Brian Wayne Peterson. DoP: Jules La Barthe. Prod des: Rachel Kamerman. Ed: Cecily Rhett. Music: Pat Irwin. Main cast: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, RuPaul Charles, Bud Cort, Mink Stole, Melanie Lynskey, Julie Delpy, Michelle Willia
  • Butterfly's Tongue

    Dir: Jose Luis Cuerda. Spain. 1998-99. 95mins. Prod co: Sogetel, Las Producciones Del Escorpion. Domestic dist (Sp): Warner Sogefilms. Int'l sales: Good Machine International, tel: (1) 212 343 9230. Exec prods: Fernando Bovaira, Jose Luis Cuerda. Scr: Rafael Azcona based on three stories by Manuel Rivas. DoP: Javier Salmones. Prod des: Emiliano Otegui. Main cast: Fernando Fernan Gomez, Manuel Lozano, Uxia Blanco, Gonzalo Martin Uriarte, Alexis de Los Santos, Guillermo Toledo.
  • Canal Plus snaps up Tobis

    Canal Plus is taking a controlling stake in Germany's Tobis in order to create the German portion of its proposed pan-European studio; Le Studio Canal Plus Deutschland.The French pay-TV giant is already a 20% shareholder in German distributor Tobis but will increase its holding to around 66%. Tobis's existing shareholders currently include Tobis president Kilian Rebentrost with 44%, founder/producer Horst Wendlandt with 16% and France's Pathe with 20%.The new outfit brings Canal
  • Case Study

    For the past decade or more, media pundits have become entranced with the image of an interactive television enabling couch potatoes to order up a movie and a pizza from a menu of screen offerings.So it seems only appropriate then that the man most responsible for making that Jetsonian vision into reality is Steve Case, the baby-faced 41-year-old whose past life included a stint at Pizza Hut coming up with new pizza toppings. One of his innovations, it is said, was pineapple.Suc
  • Channel X moves into film

    UK TV production house Channel X has appointed Stacy Herbert as head of script development as the company readies a debut feature slate including the first film from comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Herbert, formerly a script consultant for UK-based sales, financing and production house Capitol Films, will work on a story idea by the duo, who are well known in the UK for their surreal TV comedy show, The Smell Of Reeves & Mortimer. Also in development is a script by actor
  • Cinven clinches Odeon deal

    Private equity financier Cinven is understood to have sealed its previously reported (Screen International, Jan 21) deal to acquire Odeon Cinemas from UK leisure company Rank Group for £325m ($534m), according to industry sources.The deal is likely to spawn one of Europe's largest cinema circuits if the Cinven-funded Associated British Cinemas (ABC) operation is merged with the Odeon circuit.Odeon is the UK's market leader both in terms of size and box office share and ha
  • Columbia adds to co-producing credits in Brazil

    Columbia TriStar Brazil has boarded Brazilian production Me, You, Them (Eu, Tu, Eles) as co-producer and distributor.The film, the second project from director Andrucha Waddington, is co-produced by Brazilian production outfit Conspiracao Filmes.Columbia will contribute real920,000 ($494,000) towards the film's post-production and P&A. The investment will be made via tax incentive mechanisms which allow foreign distributors to invest part of their taxes on royalty revenue
  • Enlightenment shines at Bavarian Film Awards

    The producers of Doris Doerrie comedy Enlightenment Guaranteed and Peter Schamoni's documentary Majestat Brauchen Sonne shared the DM500,000 ($260,000) producer prize at the Bavarian Film Awards (Jan 17).Rolf Schuebel's Gloomy Sunday came away with honours for best direction and best cinematography while Romuald Karmakar and Bodo Kirchoff received the best script prize for Manila. Acting awards went to Uwe Ochsenknecht for Enlightenment Guaranteed, Ma
  • FilmFour racks up quarter of a million subscribers

    FilmFour, the pay-TV film channel owned UK broadcaster Channel 4, signed up 250,000 subscribers by the end of December last year, the channel announced this week.FilmFour, which had a projected target of 150,000 subscribers, now aims to secure 400,000 subscribers by the end of this year. The one year-old operation also aims to break even this year."The channel has engaged a growing audience and proved its future potential as a profit centre while staying true to Channel 4's core
  • German exhibition duo mull alliance

    The German exhibition landscape is set to undergo radical and far-reaching changes if Germany's two biggest cinema operators - CinemaxX and UFA - decide to embark on a proposed strategic alliance after conducting "a speedy analysis" of their individual operations.The two companies, who between them run over 670 screens at more than 130 sites, revealed that they would "consider all theatre locations and all perspectives of a future cooperation".The focus of the review will be the
  • Golden Globes spin for Beauty

    DreamWorks SKG's American Beauty heads the list of nominations for the Golden Globes with a total of six nods.The Sam Mendes-directed comedy Beauty beat both Michael Mann's The Insider and Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley by just one nomination. All three are in the hunt for the best picture and best director awards alongside Norman Jewison for The Hurricane and Neil Jordan for The End Of The Affair.The Globes, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,
  • Granada restructures production

    The UK's Granada Media, which encompasses feature production arm Granada Film under Granada Media Productions, has restructured its senior production management.Andrea Wonfor, previously joint managing director of Granada Media Productions, becomes executive chair of Granada Media Productions and Granada Media International and Media Products, which will be managed as separate business.Jules Burns, also previously joint managing director of Granada Media Productions, becomes man
  • Grosvenor boards Winterbottom's Kingdom

    Canadian-UK financier Grosvenor Park is backing Michael Winterbottom’s $15m Kingdom Come, the company’s largest-scale UK-originated feature since launching a London office two years ago.Grosvenor chief Don Starr said that Grosvenor will arrange 25% of the project’s budget through sale and leaseback financing in the UK and Canadian tax credits.Grosvenor will act as Kingdom’s Canadian co-producer, taking a producer credit. Shooting is to start next month, with UK lot
  • Helkon acquires share in Newmarket

    Germany's Helkon Media has acquired ashare in US film financing company Newmarket Capital Group, which has beeninvolved in the financing of more than 60 projects including Cruel Intentions, American Pie and Mike Leigh's TopsyTurvy. The deal secures Helkon an importantstrategic positioning in the inter
  • Industry boards next project from Bui

    Tony Bui, whose debut feature Three Seasons won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at last year's Sundance Film Festival, has signed with LA-based Industry Entertainment to make his next film, The World I Made For Her. Based on the novel by Thomas Moran, the film is a romantic drama about a detective lying on his deathbed in a hospital who develops a metaphysical relationship with a nurse who cares for him. Bui will adapt the novel himself and Industry will finan
  • Internet fever propels Telefonica

    Telefonica, the Spanish phones group that has turned itself into a media conglomerate, is now reaping the rewards of reinventing itself as a dotcom player.Shares in Terra networks, its Internet division reached Euros116 this morning roughly ten times its price at flotation exactly two months ago. At this price Terra is valued at Euros 30bn - more than Amazon and about a third of Yahoo - and is poised to enter the Ibex stock index as Spain's third largest company.Telefonica, whic
  • Irish Film Board backs Chosen Few

    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has offered production finance loans to four companies in its latest funding round: Treasure Films for The Chosen Few; Subotica Films for Shiney's Head; Magahy & Co for Timbuktu and Wide Eye Films for Running 2 Stand Still. Chosen Few, written by Joe O'Connor and formerly known as Cowboys And Indians, is set to crank up in spring with Paddy Breathnach directing and Rob Walpole producing.In addition to funding o
  • Israel sets date for TV franchise race

    The tender round for Israel's proposed third free-to-air television channel will start no later than July according to Israeli communications minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer.Ben Eliezer, who is pushing legislation through the Israeli parliament in order to meet the deadline, has hinted that he'd prefer to award the franchise to a single entity. However he may be forced to split the franchise to appease the three operators of existing commerical channel, the Second Channel, each of which
  • Kinowelt moves East

    German mini-studio Kinowelt has moved into Eastern Europe by setting up Kinowelt Hungary and is aiming to have distribution operations in Poland, Estonia and Lithuania. It is also positioning itself to capitalise on the growing DVD market.Kinowelt subsidiary Kinowelt International (KI) pacted with Hungary's Budapest Film to launch Kinowelt Hungary (KH) on Jan 1, with KI holding a majority 51% stake. KH's focus will be theatrical distribution with up to 25 mainstream titles being releas
  • Law ducks Searchlight

    Lindsay Law is leaving his post as president of Fox Searchlight Pictures to take up a wide-ranging production deal with 20th Century Fox, kicking off with the stage musical of his biggest hit The Full Monty.The studio has yet to announce Law's replacement, although an appointment from within the Fox production ranks is rumoured to be most likely. Law leaves his position on Jan 21 and will immediately relocate to New York; he originally moved to Los Angeles to run Searchlight in
  • Leconte, Besson top Cesar nominations

    Patrice Leconte's La Fille Sur Le Pont and Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc are joint favourites in the nominations for this year's Cesars - the French equivalent of the Academy Awards.Leconte's black-and-white romantic drama has racked up eight nods, including best movie, best director, best actor (Daniel Auteuil) and best actress (Vanessa Paradis). Besson's historical extravaganza has also picked up eight nominations - including best film, best direc
  • LenLinas, Nighthawks pact with Megaview

    German private film fund LenLinas and fledgling theatrical distributor Nighthawks Pictures have sealed a video distribution deal with Hanover-based video wholesaler Megaview Entertainment Cooperation (MEC).The pact covers six English-language features produced by LenLinas and CH Media over the next three years and include LenLinas' $3.9m (DM 7.4m) Island In The Sun, starring Ellen Schwiers and Claude-Oliver Rudolph.Other titles include five films produced via CH Media's F
  • Limey, Election lead IFP race

    The nominations for the 15th annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards were announced last week, with Steven Soderbergh's The Limey and Alexander Payne's Election leading the field with five apiece.The Spirits, which now take place in Santa Monica the day before the Academy Award ceremony, have grown in prestige in recent years and are generally seen as the indie alternative to the Oscars. Last year, Gods And Monsters, Rushmore, The Opposite Of Sex an
  • Lions Gate grabs $32m

    Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation has secured a welcome $32m investment from a group led by Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures Inc, Scandinavia's SBS Broadcasting and Germany's Tele-Munchen Group.The move sees the investment group receive warrants and convertible shares that could amount to a 37% stake in Lions Gate. Amongst other companies to respond to Lions Gate's recent prospectus offering shares is Boston-based investment group Fidelity Management and Research Co, which has raised it
  • Lions Gate picks up wrestling doc

    Lions Gate Films has acquired North American theatrical distribution rights to the wrestling documentary Beyond The Mat directed by Barry W Blaustein. The film, which has been selected as one of the 12 semifinalists in the Best Documentary Academy Award Feature category, follows some of the wrestling world's most popular personalities. It was produced by Blaustein, Michael Rosenberg, Barry Bloom and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine Entertainment. Lions Gate will ope
  • Lolafilms talks signal co-prod'n ambitions

    Andres Vicente Gomez, head of Spain's leading production outfit Lolafilms, is in talks with Germany's Helkon Media to swap 5% company stakes and forge a co-production relationship.Gomez said the proposed move forms a part of his new strategy for 2000 to transform Lola into a major European company."This marks a new era for Lolafilms," he said. "We have invested an unimaginable quantity in developing projects - a third of Lola's resources. We have 30 or 35 films with different di
  • Madden plays Mandolin

    John Madden, director of the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare In Love, has boarded Working Title Films' Captain Corelli's Mandolin, arguably the most keenly anticipated British film this year.Working Title also confirmed that Miramax Films, which has two pictures left in a three picture deal with Madden following Shakespeare, will take 'some distribution outside America through Buena Vista International.' Working Title is backed by Universal Pictures and Canal Plu
  • Netherlands gets new sales outfit

    TheRotterdam Film Festival will be the stage for the launch of The Netherlandsnewest sales company, SND Films.The companywas originally founded in 1994 with the name Sydney Neter Distribution as aseller of shorts, classical music programming and documentaries, but is nowmaking a move into theatrical features. Aware of the tough conditions beingsuffered by indie sales outfits elsewhere in Europe, SND's marketing chiefFemke-A
  • New Films expands Miramax deal

    New Films International is expanding its distribution pact with Miramax International following its move into exhibition in Turkey where it holds a 50% stake in five-theatre Istanbul outfit New Art International.New York-based New Films will distribute 89 Miramax titles across the Eastern European market, with all rights, including theatrical, TV, video and DVD, but excluding pay-TV.Films covered in the deal include The Cider House Rules, The Talented Mr. Ripley an
  • Obituary

    Alain Poire, one of France's leading producers, died this weekend at his home near Paris. Aged 82, he died of cancer.His death was marked by plaudits from every level. And no less a figure than President Jacques Chirac declared: "France is losing one of the pillars of its cinema and a man of great heart and faith."Father of Les Visiteurs director Jean-Marie Poire, Alain Poire was long associated with the biggest names of post-war cinema and produced a total of 250 films,
  • On-line game playing profits ready to rocket

    On-line game-playing, powered by ever faster networking technologies and a coming wave of titles based on popular entertainment properties culled from film and television, will soar to a $5bn annual business within four years across just the US and Western Europe.The figure, which would equate to almost a quarter of the total global theatrical box office revenue estimated for 2003, comes from a Datamonitor report released in the same week late last year that saw separate deals to turn
  • RFD to gain from UPI exodus

    The bulk of top flight theatrical distribution executives at Universal Pictures International, including distribution head Chris Bailey, are expected to move en masse to ambitious UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution (RFD).Additionally, the company is understood to be finalising high-profile acquisitions including David Mamet's State And Main following its high-profile pick up of Ben Elton's UK comedy Maybe Baby at Mifed.The appointments, which come as UPI winds
  • RKO teams with Bigel/Mailer for remakes

    RKO Pictures' independent arm Radio Pictures has signed a three picture deal with Bigel/Mailer Films to produce three remakes from the RKO library. The three pictures include Isle Of The Dead, which will be the second film to be directed by Burt Reynolds following The Last Producer for The Kushner-Locke Co; Clash By Night, to be directed by Finding Graceland director David Winkler and Age Of Consent which has no director yet attached. Ea
  • Roissy, Dreams to merge

    French independent sales outfits Roissy Films and Celluloid Dreams are merging their international sales activities aiming to consolidate what both see as complementary businesses. Catalogue sales accounted for the majority of Roissy Films' activities before the merger while Celluloid Dreams specialises in niche titles and fresh talent which sell best on the international theatrical market.The new outfit will benefit from Roissy Films' classic catalogue - some 400 titles includ
  • Romance not welcome in Australia

    Australian distributor Potential Films has lodged an appealagainst a decision by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC)to ban French film Romance. Inaddition the film's director Catherine Breillat has written to the to theOFLC's Review Board to protest the decision.The film was banned because of the explicitness of its sexscenes but the board was divided on the issu
  • Scanbox inks UIP distribution deal

    Following months of speculation United International Pictures (UIP) has confirmed that it will handle all theatrical distribution of Scanbox Entertainment films in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The deal, effective from Jan15, was prompted by Scanbox's desire to cut down its activities. Scanbox CEO Jorgen Kristiansen said: "the distribution know-how of UIP will enable us to achieve the best possible theatrical platform for our top quality slate". UIP's Danish head Michael Berg ca
  • Screen siren dies

    Sexpot screen goddess Hedy Lamarr died yesterday aged 86. Frequently billed as "the world's most beautiful woman," she made a career of provocative roles and starred in hits including Samson & Delilah, Tortilla Flat and White Cargo. Although she had all but retreated from the screen by the 1960s her looks and turbulent life made her an archetype Hollywood's legend.Born in Austria as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, Lamarr died at home near Orlando, Florida, apparently wat
  • Soccer pic producers take BSkyB to court

    UK film making duo Mary McGuckian and John Lynch are applying for a court injunction to prevent satellite broadcaster BSkyB from carrying the film Best on one of its movie channels.Best, starring Lynch as Irish footballing hero George Best, is due to air on satellite before it has secured a theatrical release. McGuckian co-wrote and directed the project with husband Lynch who takes a writing and production credit on the title.BSkyB's film production arm Sky Picture
  • Soft Fruit

    Dir: Christina Andreef. Australia. 1999. 100 mins.Prod cos: Soft Fruit Pty Ltd. Domestic dis (Australia) Fox Searchlight. Int'l Sales: United Artists Films, tel (44) 171 333 8877. Exec prod: Jane Campion. Prod: Helen Bowden. Scr: Andreef. Dop: Laszlo Baranyai. Prod des: Sarah Stollman. Ed: Jane Moran. Music: Antony Partos. Main cast: Jeanie Drynan, Linal Haft, Genevieve Lemon, Russell Dykstra, Sacha Horler, Alicia Talbot.Formerly an assistant to Jane Campion on her three
  • Sundance 2000: slim pickings for US distributors

    Thebuying mania that has become one of the signatures of the Sundance FilmFestival is likely to be focused on just a small handful of festival titlesthis year, say those who have caught an early glimpse of this year's line-up.Normallythe presence of at least four well-financed indie distributors - Artisan, USA,Lions Gate and now the new entity being forged by CanWest - alongside thevarious aggressive specialist divisions would create ideal conditions forbidding wars
  • Telefonica moves closer to global ambition

    Spain's Telefonica stepped up its attempts to become a global player by unveiling that it plans to buy out four Latin American affiliates late last week.The Spanish giant is offering a premium of 40% over the average market price during the last five trading days to buy the remaining shares of Brazilian telcos Telesp and Telesudeste Celular, Telefonica de Argentina and Telefonica del Peru. The action will be made possible by a euros21bn capital increase expected to be approved at a sha
  • Telefonica snares ticket to Argentina

    Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica sealed a strategic alliance with US-based Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Incorporated this week to jointly divide up a handful of media interests in Argentina.Through an as yet unnamed new firm headed by Tom Hicks and Cesar Baez, CEI Citicorp Holdings - controlled by Hicks, Muse - will take a majority controlling stake in Argentina's Cablevision, the largest cable TV operator in Latin America.Telefonica offshoot Telefonica Media emerges wit
  • UK production on the rise

    UK film production soared in 1999 with 114 films shot by local outfits or with a British partner in the UK or abroad, compared to just 78 the previous year.The number of wholly-UK funded films rose to 58 from 42 in 1998 and includes Sundance competitors New Year's Day (Imagine Films and Flashpoint Films) and Saving Grace (Portman Entertainment and Sky Pictures), as well as There's Only One Jimmy Grimble, a footballing comedy produced by Sarah Radclyffe Production a
  • Vivendi mulls Babelsberg sale

    French utilities and media giant Vivendi is considering a complete or partial withdrawal from running the Babelsberg Film Studios which it successfully bid for in 1992 under its previous name CGE. Studio spokesman Juergen Bergfried told local newspaper Berliner Morgenpost that the French owners are: "looking for new partners for the operative business". He explained the planned withdrawal as part of Vivendi's strategy to realign around core activities and said it would be carrie
  • Who'll get mail next'

    The creation of AOL Time Warner provided a catalytic jolt to the world's stock markets, seemingly putting every major media and Internet company in play this week after lighting a fire under their share prices. Analysts were predicting not so much a ripple effect as a tidal wave of mergers and alliances as web players sought out content and software silos looked to conquer cyberspace.But the fact that this week's deal combined the number one Internet service provider with the number on
  • Woolley, Jordan set first Dreamworks project

    Stephen Woolley and Neil Jordan's production house Company Of Wolves has set a comedy to be directed by acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson as the first film to go through its housekeeping deal with DreamWorks SKG.As yet untitled, the project is set in Dublin and is to shoot this spring. "It's about a clash between the theatre world and the underworld in Dublin," Woolley said.McPherson, whose credits include stage play The Weir and writing 1997 feature I Went Down, is al