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31 December 2001

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  • Internationalmedia buys 100% of IEG

    Internationalmedia has signed a deal to take over 100% of the US-based Initial Entertainment Group, (IEG) (see Screendaily, Oct 26). IEG is an independent Hollywood film company specialising in the distribution of film rights obtained through license agreements or co- productions. IEG owns the international rights to over 20 films, including Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning Traffic, Michael Mann'sAli and Martin Scorsese's Gangs Of New York. IEG
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

    Dir: John A Davis. US. 2001. 92 mins.Viacom has loaded a lot of responsibility onto the computer-animated shoulders of Jimmy Neutron. Intended as the basis for a "multi-platform franchise", the character has been popping up for the past 10 months on Viacom's Nickelodeon channel in preparation for a feature debut that will be followed next September by a fully-fledged TV series. This first big-screen instalment of the planned franchise offers some stylish animation and a script with
  • Minoes to open Berlinale Kinderfilmfest

    Belgian director Vincent Bal's Minoes will be the opening film of the Berlinale's children's film sidebar, the Kinderfilmfest, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2002.Among the other films already confirmed for the competition lineup of films for 4-14 year-olds are the feature debut A Passage To Ottawa by Indian-born Gaurav Seth from Canada; Norwegian director Lars Berg's coming-of-age tale Glasskar; Di Drew's adventure film Hildegarde from Au
  • Nordic distrib SF Norge acquires Monster stake

    Norway's leading distributor, SF Norge, subsidiary of Nordic major Svensk Filmindustri (SF), has acquired a substantial stake in local start-up production outfit Monster Media. Headed by veteran feature film, TV and commercials producers, Edward A. Dreyer, Olav Oen and Trond Kvernstrom, Monster Media is now set to become a major force in the Scandinavian film community. "A new generation of creative energy is blooming in the Norwegian television and film industry. SF's involvement in M
  • Parker, Kingsley knighted in UK honours list

    Alan Parker, the veteran film director, and actor Ben Kingsley were named as Knights Bachelor in the UK's New Year's honours list.Other awards for the film and drama industries included Orders of the British Empire, officer class (OBEs) for actresses Miraim Margolyes and Lynn Redgrave and to actor Dennis QuilleyParker, who can now use the title "Sir", was honoured both for his career achievements and for services to the film industry via his position as chairman of The Film Coun
  • Senator sells 29 titles to Universal Germany

    Germany's Senator Entertainment has sold a package of some 29 video/DVD titles, including: America's Sweethearts, The Others, Black Hawk Down, Lammbock and Mondscheintarif to Universal Pictures Germany.The deal, which covers the German language market, is valued at a double-digit million Euros amount, according to both partners, and Senator is looking to "significant sales growth", particularly from the booming DVD sector. The deal comes less than a month after Sen