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  • MTV, A Film strike Asian film deal

    25-Mar-2005

    MTV and leading Dutchdistributor A Film have struck a wide-ranging licensing and co-branding dealcovering Asian films.
  • Spike Lee readies Brazilian music documentary

    25-Mar-2005

    Spike Lee is to turn documentarian for his next venture behind the camera. Lee is to direct Fusion, a music picture being billed as the director's answer to Buena Vista Social Club.The picture, which will go before the cameras in late May and early June, is a highly polished coverage of the preparations for and delivery of three concerts, being put on in aid of children from Brazil's notorious favellas (slums).The ...
  • French, Chinese film-makers eye closer co-operation

    23-Mar-2005

    Searching for a new sort of entente cordiale betweenfilmmakers from France and China was at the heart of "French Day" at HongKong's Entertainment Expo.
  • Darclight Films picks up kung-fu drama SPL

    22-Mar-2005

    Darclight Films, the genre division of Australian-US saleshouse Arclight, has picked up international sales rights outside Asia to WilsonYip's forthcoming SPL.The$3.8m police kung-fu action drama is recently completed and was picked up byDarclight's Gary Hamilton on the eve of Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, the newevent which encompasses FilMart and the Hong Kong ...
  • Quinta names Alatan as head of development

    22-Mar-2005

    Tarak Ben Ammar's rapidlyexpanding group Quinta Communications has appointed Faruk Alatan as its head ofdevelopment. Industry veteran Alatan, who isbased in Rome, will continue in his present roles as head of film acquisitionfor Medusa and senior advisor to Mediaset's Film trade arm.
  • Wedding flies off with Polish Eagles

    16-Mar-2005

  • Stelios' easyCinema unveils DVD rental service

    15-Mar-2005

    Stelios Haji-Ioannu'seasyCinema has launched what it claims is the UK's cheapest postal DVD rentalservice.The service, operated oneasyCinema's behalf by Video Island, will charge a DVD rental rate of £1.99 perfilm and allow customers to keep the film for up to three weeks. The pricecompares favourably ...
  • EU waves through ContentGuard acquisition

    15-Mar-2005

  • France gears up for Printemps cinema promotion

    15-Mar-2005

    France's annual springpromotional effort, the 'Printemps Du Cinema" is expected to beat lastyear's record attendance figures.Thethree day event, running from Sunday 20 to Tuesday 22 March, sees the country'sentire 5,300 cinemas slash their prices to a flat-rate Euros3.50 per ticket.Last year it lifted spectator numbers to ...
  • Investors tune into Premiere's German flotation

    9-Mar-2005

    Shares in Premiere the German pay-TV operator startedtrading today on the Frankfurt stock exchange at a healthy premium to the offerprice.
  • Cannes launches project workshop for young directors

    8-Mar-2005

    In a new initiativeCannes is to launch the "Atelier Du Festival" a project workshop designed tohelp young film-makers get their films off the ground.The festival willthrow a large amount of resources at the Ateliers to help match the 18 projectsinitially selected with financiers and distributors.
  • Universal Japan leads buyer rush for April Snow

    25-Feb-2005

    Koreanproduction house Show East has licensed its now-in-production melodrama AprilSnow acrossAsia, including a key sale to Universal Pictures Japan.
  • Bavaria Film closes deals on Berlinale prize-winner Sophie Scholl

    24-Feb-2005

    Bavaria Film International(BFI) has closed further deals for Marc Rothemund's prize-winning Berlincompetition film Sophie Scholl - The Final Days.
  • Korea's LJ Film aspires to international market

    24-Feb-2005

    LJ Film, the productionhouse behind Sundance and Forum title This Charming Girl, is positioningitself as the gateway between the Korean and international production sectors.
  • UPI to set up operations in Russia

    23-Feb-2005

    Universal PicturesInternational (UPI) is taking its home entertainment operations into Russia, acountry widely seen as one of the major sources of video piracy.
  • Bielinski's Aura shines on Celluloid

    23-Feb-2005

    France'sCelluloid Dreams has picked up international sales rights to The Aura (ElAura), the latest film by Fabian Bielinsky, the Argentinian director ofbreakout hit Nine Queens.
  • The Works ties up Berlin deals

    21-Feb-2005

    The Works licensed PawelPawlikowski's My Summer Of Love to Brazil's Europa. Tara Road was soldto Svensk for Scandinavia, Cinearts bought festival title Tickets forBenelux, while Dongsong bought it for Korea. Israel's Orlando Films boughtcompetition film The Sun for Israel. Off market title The AlzheimerCase was sold to Media Soso for Korea.
  • Films Distribution lives well with Live And Become

    19-Feb-2005

    Radu Mihaileanu's LiveAnd Become (Vas Vis Et Deviens) which screened in Panorama was a bigseller for Films Distribution.
  • New Line, CJ pact for Shadowless Sword

    18-Feb-2005

    Korea'sCJ Entertainment and New Line Cinema have struck a pioneering co-productiondeal for The Shadowless Sword. The period action film is written anddirected by Kim Jung-joon and is billed as a sequel to breakout internationalhit Bichunmoo.
  • Turtles to fly at Mar Del Plata

    18-Feb-2005

    Bahman Ghobadi's TurtlesCan Fly has been set as the opening film at the massively expanded Mar DelPlata festival (10-20 March).
  • Korean dramas fetch record prices with Japanese buyers

    17-Feb-2005

    Japanese buyers at EFM are breaking records for the size of the dealsbeing made on Korean films.
  • Onoma racks up ChokDee sales

    17-Feb-2005

    Onoma International has scored a raft of sales on its Thai-boxing drama ChokDeeby French director Xavier Durringer.
  • Mirovision sends My Boyfriend to Nippon

    16-Feb-2005

    Koreanmini-conglomerate Mirovision has tied up a clutch of high profile sales on itsSundance/EFM slate and extended its relationship with controversial directorPark Chul-soo.
  • Red feeling Lucky on Plateaux

    16-Feb-2005

    Italiandistributor Lucky Red has pre-bought multi-territory rights to A Thousand Plateaux (Chungae Eui Gowon),the Mongolian-set epic to be directed by controversial Korean director JangSun-woo.
  • Wild Bunch goes crazy in Berlin

    16-Feb-2005

    WildBunch has hosted the hot stand at this year's EFM market, with the Frenchseller signing over 50 deal memos at Berlin so far.
  • Arclight takes on rights to Spacey's First Time

    15-Feb-2005

    Arclight has picked upinternational rights to dark comedy Mini's First Time, which is producedby Ed Bass' Bold Films and Berlin festival entrant Kevin Spacey's TriggerStreet.
  • Fortissimo dines out on Nina's Heavenly Delights

    15-Feb-2005

    Fortissimo Film Sales hasadded an extra course to its Berlin spread by picking up Nina's HeavenlyDelights, a family-foodie comedy scripted by Dear Frankie writerAndrea Gibb.
  • Midsummer Dream unveils key voice cast

    15-Feb-2005

    Stars including Rhys Ifans,Toby Stephens, Brian Blessed and Fiona Shaw have joined the key voice cast forthe international release of Dygra Films' Midsummer Dream, which is soldat Berlin by Lumina Films.
  • Moviehouse picks up international rights to Shut Up

    15-Feb-2005

  • Arclight picks up powerhouse comedy pair

    14-Feb-2005

    Arclight Films has picked up international sales rights totwo new films: $15m contemporary comedy thriller Three Bad Men and US comedy Nothing But The Truth.
  • Celluloid Dreams grabs Grace and Good rights

    14-Feb-2005

    French sales house Celluloid Dreams has expanded itsEnglish-language slate with a pair of powerful acquisitions.
  • Fortissimo dances off with Mad Hot Ballroom rights

    14-Feb-2005

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up international rights toSlamdance hit film Mad Hot Ballroom. Therights were sold by Paramount Classics, which acquired the film outsideAustralia and New Zealand jointly with Nickelodeon last month.
  • Israel lends helping hand to Palestinian bomber drama

    14-Feb-2005

    Just daysafter the Middle Eastern summit in Egypt, Israel has offered a cinematic olivebranch to a Palestinian filmmaker.Paradise Now, a drama about the last 24 hours of twoPalestinian suicide bombers that was made by a Palestinian-born director on theWest Bank will receive distribution ...
  • Palm acquires US rights to City Of Men

    14-Feb-2005

    US distributor Palm Picturesyesterday acquired North American distribution rights to City Of Men, the TV series that picks up from FernandoMeirelles' Oscar-nominated smash film City Of God. International rights are being handled by theUK's Lumina Films.
  • Park's Lady sells to Japan and US

    14-Feb-2005

    Korean giant CJ Entertainment closed two major deals on SympathyFor Lady Vengeance, the third and finalpart of Old Boy director ParkChan-wook's revenge trilogy.
  • Shochiku strikes multiple Hidden Blade deals

    14-Feb-2005

    Japanese giant Shochiku,which is celebrating its 110th anniversary, has struck deals onTuesday's competition film The Hidden Blade (Kakushi Ken Oni No Tsume) for the US, Germany, France and Australia.
  • TFI adds Clark, Captain Alatriste to slate

    14-Feb-2005

    TF1 International has added the biggest-ever Spanish filmand the new title by controversial director Larry Clark to its European FilmMarket slate.
  • Cineclick unveils details of Kim Ki-duk's Bow

    14-Feb-2005

  • Gold Circle looks to draw Garcia to Smoke

    14-Feb-2005

  • Rezo Int'l takes rights to Rohmer, Karel titles

    14-Feb-2005

  • StudioCanal snaps up gangster tale Bittersweet Life

    14-Feb-2005

  • Svensk to back Danish directing collective

    14-Feb-2005

  • Buyers out in force for Berlin market

    10-Feb-2005

    Film buyers and sellers are pouring in to Berlin inunprecedented numbers in time for this year's festival and European Film Market(EFM), which starts today.
  • Celluloid takes on sales for Sundance winner Blue

    10-Feb-2005

    Leading French sales agent Celluloid Dreams hasadded to its Berlin slate, picking up two films from this year's Panoramasection.
  • Director Eytan Fox floats The Bubble at Berlin

    10-Feb-2005

  • Lumina picks up international rights to Salles backed City

    10-Feb-2005

  • Koltai's Fateless steps up to Berlin competition

    9-Feb-2005

    Fateless (Sorstalansag), the directorial debut of celebrated Hungariancinematographer Lajos Koltai, will make a splash in Berlin as a last minuteentrant to the official competition.
  • The Shutter (Sutter Kodtid Winyan)

    3-Feb-2005

    Dirs: Parkpoom Wongpoom,Banjong Pisanthanakun. Thai. 2004. 95mins.
  • Berlin set for Troma invasion

    31-Jan-2005

    The Berlinale, or officialBerlin film festival, will find itself with some light-hearted competition thisyear.
  • Busy CineMart overshadows Rotterdam's gab fest

    31-Jan-2005

    Rotterdam's CineMartyesterday got off to both a bang and a whimper. Some 900 film producers, buyersand financiers poured into town, many directly from Sundance, to pick throughthe details of some 48 art-house film projects in various stages of completion.And for those not tied up in deal-making CineMart ran the third Rotterdam FilmParliament of recent years.
  • Indie Circle takes up Smoking

    28-Jan-2005

    IndieCircle, the pan-European distribution consortium, has pre-boughtmulti-territory rights to Thank You For Smoking, a black comedysatirising the tobacco industry.
  • Capitol bounces with Rabbit

    27-Jan-2005

    Berlinale Special film Rabbit On The Moon (Conejo En La Luna)has been picked up in international markets by the UK's Capitol Films.The "Mexican new wave" film directed by Jorge Ramirez-Suarez is athriller that examines the effects on a family when the husband is wronglyaccused of a political murder. It stars Lorraine Polkington and Bruno Bichir.
  • MK2 to sell Hong's Tale Of The Cinema

    27-Jan-2005

    France's MK2 is again backingand selling the latest film by Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo. The Frenchmini-major previously financed his Cannes competition film Woman Is TheFuture Of Man.MK2 is partnered with Koreancombine Chungeorahm Films on A Tale Of The Cinema (Geuk-Jang-Jeon), whichis ...
  • Paris screenings end on optimistic note

    25-Jan-2005

    The Paris Screenings(Rendez-Vouz du Cinema Français) (21-24 Jan) ended yesterday with sellers incautiously optimistic mood and a culture minister set on rolling back thebarriers to business development.
  • Tautou lines up for Howard's Da Vinci Code

    24-Jan-2005

    French stars Audrey Tautou and Jean Reno are reportedlyjoining the cast of Ron Howard's adaptation of The Da Vinci Code - whichhas just gained permission to shoot in Paris's Louvre museum.
  • Bangkok Film Market earns plaudits

    21-Jan-2005

  • Golden Scene takes on sales for Kwan's Regret

    21-Jan-2005

    Hong Kong distribution company Golden Scene has picked upinternational sales rights to Stanley Kwan Kam Pang's forthcoming Chang HenGe (which translates literally as Everlasting Regret).
  • Scalpel sells prize-winning trio to US buyers

    20-Jan-2005

    On the eve of Sundance, new Paris sales companyScalpel Films has sold a trio of pictures to the US. Launched in 2004 byformer Celluloid Dreams executive Pierre Menahem, Scalpel had success with Private,the hard-hitting Palestine-set drama by Saverio Costanzo, selling it to AvatarFilms. The film, which premiered in Locarno and screened in Toronto, has nowbeen sold to 22 countries.
  • This Charming Girl (Woman, Jeong-hae)

    20-Jan-2005

    Dir: Lee Yoon-ki. 2004. 99minsAny film that deals with subjects such as loneliness, boredom andself-loathing must run the risk of inflicting similar feelings on its audience.This Charming Girl flirts with these dangers as it slowly, slowlyscratches beneath the isolationist facade put up by a largely unremarkableyoung woman. Often minimalist in feel, its attention to detail and attentivecraftsmanship ...
  • Thai action flick scores trio of sales at Bangkok market

    19-Jan-2005

    Thailand's biggest film of the year, Tom Yum Goong,has struck a trio of deals at the Bangkok Film Market (BFM), part of theBangkok International Film Festival (13-23 Jan).The$8m action flick was pre-sold to Korean major Showbox, Hong Kong's Edko and India'sIndo by Hong Kong-based sales agent Golden Network.
  • Lila Says (Lila Dit Ca)

    18-Jan-2005

  • France faces film release bottleneck

    17-Jan-2005

    Between Jan 19 and Feb 2, noless than 48 films will be released in France. Among them: Closer, TheAviator, Vanessa Paradis-vehicle Mon Ange, Buena Vista France's LaMarche De L'Empereur and EuropaCorp.'s Danny The Dog.
  • Recycle marks new direction for Universe, Matching

    17-Jan-2005

    The Pang brothers latesthorror film Recycle, now shooting in Thailand, marks the beginning of along-term co-operation between Hong Hong's Universe International Holdings andThailand's Matching Motion Pictures.
  • False start for otherwise promising Bangkok film market

    17-Jan-2005

    The second edition of theBangkok Film Market (BFM) gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday 18) after a falsestart today.
  • Hulbert quits as president of Disney TV

    16-Jan-2005

    David Hulbert has quit histwin jobs as head of Walt Disney Television International and Buena VistaInternational Television. The sudden move sparks a substantial reorganisationof the division.
  • France's Rezo launches long-awaited int'l sales arm

    14-Jan-2005

    French producer and distributor Rezo Films will bring to fruition a long-gestating plan to expand into international sales at this weekend's Rendez-Vous of French cinema, as well as at next month's Berlin Market.
  • Holy Lola

    6-Jan-2005

    Dir: Bertrand Tavernier.Fr. 2003. 128mins.
  • Music seeks film support for joint anti-piracy attack

    31-Dec-2004

  • Canal Plus, France Telecom sell cable TV operations

    22-Dec-2004

    Canal Plus and France Telecom have agreed tosell their French cable TV operations to UK private equity firm Cinven andaggressive cable group Altice.
  • Piracy problems to worsen in 2005

    22-Dec-2004

    Audiovisual piracy problemsare set to get worse in 2005, according to a new report by lobby body, theEuropean Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services(AEPOC).
  • Bangkok festival unveils animation sidebar

    22-Dec-2004

    The forthcoming Bangkokfestival (Jan 13-24) will dedicate a new sidebar to animated film. It willinclude a special tribute to animator, producer, director, Gabor Csupo.The Csupo retrospective will becomplemented by a series of animation seminars conducted by Csupo andexecutives ...
  • The Queen Of Sheba's Pearls

    21-Dec-2004

    Dir/scr: ColinNutley. Swe-UK. 2004. 130mins.
  • Focus acquires Alzheimer Case remake rights

    16-Dec-2004

    Belgium's foreign-languageOscar contender The Alzheimer Case (De Zak Alzheimer) has beenbought for English-language remake by Focus Features of the US.The Flemish-language thriller,directed and co-written by Erik Van Looy, sees an assassin with a failingmemory become caught in a web ...
  • Leading French producer Rene Cleitman dies

    16-Dec-2004

    Leading French producer ReneCleitman, who founded the Hachette Premiere empire, died yesterday aged 64.Specialising in large-budgetand event pictures, Cleitman produced over 20 features including the five-timesOscar nominee Cyrano De Bergerac, Tenue De Soiree, The Horseman On The Roof,Tango, Monsieur ...
  • CME acquires Czech broadcaster TV Nova

    15-Dec-2004

  • Six film-makers selected for Cannes 'Residence'

    14-Dec-2004

    The Cannes festival hasselected six young film-makers to join the next round of its "Residence"intensive training course.
  • German, Spanish pictures dominate European Film Awards

    12-Dec-2004

    Spanish and German pictureswere the big winners at this weekend's European Film Awards in Barcelona,although Spain's national hero Pedro Almodovar walked away empty handed.
  • Koch Lorber elopes with Syrian Bride in US

    10-Dec-2004

    Koch Lorber Films has acquired all US rights to The Syrian Bride, the political comedy that won prizes at Locarno and Montreal. World sales are handled by France's TF1 International.
  • 36 Quai Des Orfevres

    9-Dec-2004

  • Vera Drake shines at British Independent Film Awards

    1-Dec-2004

    Venice Golden Lion-winner VeraDrake took four of the top awards and scooped a total of six prizes at lastnight's British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).
  • French court breaks off Engagement

    26-Nov-2004

    A Paris court yesterdayruled that the company 2003 Productions falls outside regulations that wouldhave qualified it as French. The decision means that the Jean-PierreJeunet-directed film A Very LongEngagement(Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles) no longer qualifies underFrench nationality rules.
  • Seven Swords sells for Fortissimo

    25-Nov-2004

    Fortissimo Film Sales hasracked up a string of pre-sales on Tsui Hark's forthcoming martial arts epic SevenSwords.The film, which is now inproduction, has been sold to Village Roadshow for Australia, Pathe/DES forFrance, Sandrew Metronome for Scandinavia, Monopol Pathe for Switzerland,A-Film ...
  • VideoVision snaps up Karoo Boy rights

    25-Nov-2004

    Leading South African production house Videovision Entertainment hasacquired film rights to Karoo Boy, a 1970s set novel written by TroyBlacklaws.
  • Imavision buys Lelouch library for North America

    22-Nov-2004

    Canadian distributor Imavision has picked up North Americanrights to a collection of 23 films by iconic French director Claude Lelouch.
  • Lawyer Alberstat to join William Morris

    22-Nov-2004

    UK-based Canadian lawyer Philip Alberstat is to join WilliamMorris Independent as a talent agent. He will move from London to Los Angelesin January.
  • DV8 gets ten-picture slate backing

    18-Nov-2004

    Ster Kinekor, the SouthAfrican distribution and exhibition conglomerate, is to expand its commitmentto the DV8 digital film-making combine headed by Jeremy Nathan and Joel Phirie.
  • Bergman's Saraband to get theatrical premiere in France

    17-Nov-2004

    France's Rezo Films will be the first distributor to give IngmarBergman's Saraband a theatrical outing when it releases the film nextmonth (Dec 15). The release is hedged with conditions and marks the end of adance of seduction for the film which was once tipped to appear in Cannes orVenice 2003.
  • Cineart takes Belgian rights to Jarmusch project

    15-Nov-2004

  • Miramax to remake Korean Doll Master

    11-Nov-2004

  • Bunch goes Wild at AFM

    10-Nov-2004

    Wild Bunch rounded off theautumn AFM with a sales spree for its new American titles and for RegisWargnier's Cannes-tipped Man To Man.
  • Berlin battles with demand for February market

    7-Nov-2004

    Will Berlin be able toaccommodate the pent-up demand among sales companies here for a full-fledgedmarket next February'That's ...
  • Buyers snap up Shochiku sci-fi fantasy Casshern

    7-Nov-2004

  • Fortissimo boards Hedwig follow-up Shortbus

    7-Nov-2004

    Fortissimo Film Sales haspicked up international rights to Shortbus,the much-discussed sexually frank new ensemble piece from Hedwig AndThe Angry Inch director John CameronMitchell.
  • Happinet invests $1m in A Thousand Plateaux

    7-Nov-2004

    Japanese finance anddistribution company Happinet this week committed $1m for an equity stake andJapanese rights to A Thousand Plateaux.
  • Lorber Media acquires Luis Bunuel 1950s crime drama

    7-Nov-2004

    Lorber Media has picked up North American rights to TheYoung And The Damned (Los Olvidados), LuisBunuel's 1950s Mexican crime drama from France's Films SansFrontieres.Lorber plans a theatrical release starting in New York inFebruary 2005 and will distribute on a multi-disc DVD set next autumn. Lorberalso picked up Liquid Sky, SlavaTsukerman's 1982 drug-culture satire. The film, bought from Alex Massis,will also get a theatrical release.
  • Renaissance wraps Only Human sales

    7-Nov-2004

  • Tae Guk Gi director readies new action film

    7-Nov-2004

  • The Salon secures US deal with Avatar

    7-Nov-2004

  • Vampire thriller Perfect Creature enjoys strong sales

    7-Nov-2004

  • Celluloid Dreams enjoys AFM sales spree

    5-Nov-2004

    Powerhouse French sellerCelluloid Dreams has enjoyed a muscular start to the autumn AFM with strongsales in the US and Japan.
  • Wild Bunch in the Ascendant

    5-Nov-2004

    Wild Bunch, the ambitiousFrench sales and distribution group, has begun what it hopes is the beginningof a beautiful friendship with fast-rising US indie producer AscendantPictures.
  • Becker's Love secures female lead

    4-Nov-2004

    Canadianactress Sarah Gadon (Siblings, FastFood High) has been cast in the keyrole of Sabina opposite Armin Muller Stahl in the forthcoming Where LoveReigns, a drama about psychoanalystCarl Jung.
  • Fortissimo strikes first major sale on Seven Swords

    4-Nov-2004

    Fortissimo Film Salesclocked up its first sale on new Tsui Hark film Seven Swords that it picked up on the eve of the American FilmMarket.
  • MKB readies Shiri 2 and mega-budget Kang action flick

    4-Nov-2004

    A sequel to Shiri anda new action film by the director of Shiri and record-breaker Tae GukGi give Korean sales company MKB plenty of leverage on what is its marketdebut.
  • Moonstone wraps Chen Kaige's Promise

    4-Nov-2004

    EtchieStroh's Moonstone Entertainment has completed principal photography on ThePromise (Wu-Ji), a top-levelpan-Asian production in the hands of legendary Chinese director Chen Kaige.
  • Six suitors seek sales on sexy Shanghai Lady

    4-Nov-2004

    At least half a dozen of the world's top sales companies havejoined the frenzied chase for the next Wong Kar-wai film The LadyFromShanghai, which stars Nicole Kidman and Gong Li.
  • 2046 leads Golden Horse nominations

    4-Nov-2004

    Wong Kar-wai's 2046 came outas the favourite after nominations yesterday for Taiwan's 41stGolden Horse film awards.
  • Dragon launched as first production services company in China

    3-Nov-2004

    Underlining the growinginterest in China as a production location, the country's first productionservices company Dragon Studios was launched this week at the AFM.
  • Eurocine takes on international sales rights to El Rey

    3-Nov-2004

    VenerableFrench sales and production house Eurocine has picked up international salesrights on El Rey, the Colombiansubmission for the foreign-language Oscar.
  • Fortissimo enters martial arts arena with Tsui's Seven Sword

    3-Nov-2004

    Netherlands and HongKong-based Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up Seven Swords, the newfilm by celebrated Asian action director Tsui Hark.
  • France's ARP falls for Spanish Queens

    3-Nov-2004

    France's ARP has picked uplocal rights to star-studded romantic comedy Queens (Reinas) fromFortissimo Film Sales. The deal was struck over the phone on the eve of theAFM.
  • TF1 extends relations with Cattleya

    3-Nov-2004

    France's TF1 is to extendits relationship with Italian producer Cattleya by handling the next twoprojects from the thrusting talent shop.
  • Int'l buyers snap up Pobby & Dingan rights

    29-Oct-2004

    On the eve of the AFM,pan-European buying group Indie Circle has picked up its highest-profile filmto date. It snapped up multi-territory rights to Pobby & Dingan, thefantasy drama directed by The Full Monty's Peter Cattaneo.The picture is handled by UKsales and finance outfit Renaissance ...
  • One Last Dance begins in Singapore

    29-Oct-2004

    Production begins next week on One Last Dance,a Hong Kong-set gangster picture which is already attracting internationalinterest.The $2.5m film has an unusual cast of co-producersincluding Mediacorp Raintree Pictures of Singapore, China's Ming Productionsand A-Film of The Netherlands.Shot in Cantonese and directed by Brazilian-AmericanMax Makowski, One Last Dance is described by producer Peter Loehr ...
  • EU drops antitrust case against six Hollywood studios

    27-Oct-2004

    The European Commission (EC) has called on NBC Universal andParamount Pictures to drop what it regards as unfair conditions in their outputdeals with European broadcasters.
  • Romania's MediaPro takes on London

    18-Oct-2004

    Romanian film studioMediaPro Pictures has opened a representative office in London. The new branchis expected to increase the flow of footloose productions that make use ofRomania's low cost base and fast improving skills base.
  • Darclight plans slate of Australian genre movies

    14-Oct-2004

    Darclight, the specialist division of increasinglysuccessful sales and financing outfit Arclight, has committed to produce atleast two genre films per year in its native Australia.
  • MIFED briefs: deals from the Milan market

    13-Oct-2004

  • Trust takes on Hawaii, Olso sales

    13-Oct-2004

    Denmark's Trust Film Sales has picked up internationaldistribution rights to Norway's foreign-language Oscar hopeful, Hawaii,Oslo.
  • 'Judgement of Solomon' settles 9 Songs dispute

    11-Oct-2004

    The three month-long disputeover UK distribution of Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicitrelationship drama 9 Songs hasbeen settled with what aggrieved distributor Tartan Films described as "ajudgement of Solomon".
  • PriceWaterhouse highlights UK intellectual property concerns

    11-Oct-2004

    UK media companies have made little progress inthe last five years in their exploitation of intellectual property (IP) rights.Most problems identified by accountancy andconsulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) five years ago remain concernstoday and, with the exception of piracy, ...
  • Toubon re-elected as Eurimages chief

    7-Oct-2004

    JacquesToubon, the former French minister of culture, has been re-elected as presidentof film support body Eurimages.The re-election took place thisweek in Istanbul at Eurimages' 91st management board meeting.Toubon, who was first appointed in November 2002, now has another two-yearterm. Normal Eurimages rules only allow a president to be re-elected ...
  • Germany's Downfall proves a hit with buyers

    5-Oct-2004

    Germany's EOS Distribution saidthat Germany's Oscar hopeful The Downfall by Oliver Hirschbiegel has nowbeen sold in more than 25 territories and demand from buyers is still strong.Thefilm, which puts a human face on tyrant Adolf Hitler, was last week sold toSandrew Metronome for Scandinavia and to Best Hollywood for Hungary. EOS alsoconfirmed ...
  • ICA Projects picks up UK rights to Turtles, Cafe Lumiere

    28-Sep-2004

    ICA Projects, the distributionarm of the UK's Institute Of Contemporary Art, has moved quickly to pick up twoof the hottest films of the moment.Turtles Can Fly, the Iraqi-Kurdistani drama by Bahman Ghobadi, whichwon the top prize Golden Shell at San Sebastian, was acquired ...
  • Dutch film tax system gets reprieve

    27-Sep-2004

    Dutch producers have given a warm, but guarded, welcome tonews that the Dutch tax-backed support system for film is to be reprieved. Itseems that the system will benefit from Euros20m of tax money.
  • Rotterdam to focus on South East Asian cinema

    27-Sep-2004

    The forthcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)will feature a special section - SEA Eyes - dedicated to films from South EastAsia.
  • Fortissimo recruits Mackey to launch London office

    26-Sep-2004

    Veteran film sales executive Nicole Mackey is joiningFortissimo Film Sales to launch the company's new London branch office.
  • Barco to focus on digital cinema sector

    22-Sep-2004

    Belgian projector manufacturerBarco, one of the leading players in the growing digital cinema sector, hassold its home cinema activities to French company TEC.The company says that theoperation, part of its media and entertainment division, was its last activityto be focused on ...
  • Palm Pictures to launch Caribbean Goldeneye festival

    22-Sep-2004

    US-UK distributor and producer Palm Pictures is launching what it claimsis the world's most exclusive film festival at company founder ChrisBlackwell's home in the Caribbean.The Goldeneye FilmFestival (Dec 8-13, 2004) will invite about 100 VIP guests to Blackwell'sIsland Outpost property -- Goldeneye -- located in Oracabessa ...
  • Bavaria scores with pack of Bombon sales

    21-Sep-2004

    Bavaria Film International hada busy Toronto with its shaggy dog story Bombon - El Perro whichratcheted up a pack of high profile sales.The film was licensed to TF1for France, Cinequanon for Japan, Pathe for the UK, A Film for Benelux, LevFilms for Israel, Audiovisual for Greece and Hopscotch ...
  • Film Sales Company takes on Hidden Flaws

    21-Sep-2004

    Worldwide sales of Paulavan de Oest's Toronto film Hidden Flaws (Verborgen Gebreken) areto be handled by Andrew Herwitz's New York-based The Film Sales Company following a deal struckduring the last days of the festival.The film, adapted by Tamara Bos, from Renate Dorrestein's novel ...
  • Yesterday named as South African Oscar choice

    21-Sep-2004

    AIDS drama Yesterdayhas been selected as South Africa's official contender for the foreign-languageOscar nomination.Yesterday, directed by Darrell Roodt, follows a village woman(played by Roodt's Sarafina star Leleti Khumalo) who has contractedAIDS, ...
  • F For Film picks up Angola's The Hero

    17-Sep-2004

    French seller F For Film haspicked up international rights to Toronto festival film The Hero (O Heroi),directed by Zeze Gamboa. The film is a multilayered drama about four characters inan impoverished and war-torn Angola and stars Oumar Makena Diop, Milton Coelho,Patricia Bull, Neusa Borges. TheAngola-Portugal-France co-production was produced by David & Golias /Gamboa & Gamboa/Les Films de l'Apres-midi.
  • Pathe takes rights trio on Black Book

    17-Sep-2004

    In a rare pre-sale of aDutch-language film, Pathe has picked up French, Swiss and Belgian rights toPaul Verhoeven's forthcoming wartime drama Black Book.
  • Red Dust scores first Toronto sales

    17-Sep-2004

    South African film RedDust scored a clutch of international sales at the Toronto festival whereit had its world premiere.
  • Fortissimo sells Kidd's Love to Germany

    15-Sep-2004

    Fortissimo secured its first everlicence deal with leading German indie distributor Tobis Filmkunst with thesale of Dylan Kidd's romantic comedy PS ILove You.
  • Wild Bunch wraps up Howl load of deals

    15-Sep-2004

    Frenchsales house Wild Bunch has secured a couple of high profile Japanese and UKsales and a raft of Italian deals for its bulging Toronto slate.
  • Gaga, Momentum sign on for Rahtree

    14-Sep-2004

    Gaga of Japan leads an impressive list of buyers which have signedup for Rahtree: Flower Of The Night ahead of its North American premiere tomorrow (Sept 15).
  • Media Luna picks up four to launch at MIFED, AFM

    14-Sep-2004

    German sales house MediaLuna has picked up a quartet of new pictures which it will take to market atMifed and AFM later this autumn.Atlast week's Montreal festival it boarded Metallic Blues, a tragicomic road movie about a couple ofdim-witted Israeli car dealers. Directed by Danny Verete, it won best actor andbest script prizes at the Jerusalem festival.Itpicked up US indie drama Nine ...
  • Stephen Chow denied entry visa into Canada for Toronto fest

    14-Sep-2004

    Toronto is today to be denied the pleasure of the company ofStephen Chow (aka Stephen Chiau), who was today (Tues Sept 14) to havepresented his hugely anticipated directorial effort Kung Fu Hustle as a world premiere. Chow was refused avisa by Canadian immigration authorities.
  • A Film adds to acquisition firepower

    13-Sep-2004

    On the eve of Toronto TheNetherlands' leading independent distributor A-Film has beefed up its firepowerwith a $12m (Euros10m) working capital facility.
  • Beyond sells Cold & Dark to US

    13-Sep-2004

  • First Look picks up When Will I Be Loved

    13-Sep-2004

  • Fortissimo's Overture sings to Toho Towa

    13-Sep-2004

  • Private is a public hit with buyers

    13-Sep-2004

    Private, the film by Saviero Costanza that shines anunusually humanist light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been a hitwith buyers and a glittering start for Scalpel, the new sales company launchedat Toronto by Pierre Menahem.
  • Sony Classics swings for 3-Iron

    13-Sep-2004

    Sony PicturesClassics picked up North American rights to Kim Ki-Duk's 3 Iron this weekend as the Korean film grabbed a total of fourprizes in Venice including the best director and the FIPRESCI prize for bestfilm.
  • Element X take on international sales to Clara Law doc

    13-Sep-2004

    UK sales company Element Xhas picked up international rights to Letters To Ali, the first documentary by Australian-Chinese directorClara Law.
  • Fall, Clark, Pereira join Fortissimo's sales canon

    13-Sep-2004

    Jim Fall, director of Trick and The LizzieMaguire Movie, has signed on to direct the English-language remake of1999 Thai comedy 6IXTYNIN9. International sales are handled by FortissimoFilm Sales, which has also boarded the next pictures by Larry Clark and Spain's Manuel Gomez Pereira.The $10m film is to be produced by Fran Rubel Kuzui for Bohemian Filmsand Tom Gorai for ShadowcatcherEntertainment. John Patrick Nelson is currently writing ...
  • First Look takes on Cold & Dark horror

    13-Sep-2004

    British horror film Cold& Dark has found itself a USdistribution berth with First Look.
  • Latido sells key territories on Cabrera thriller

    13-Sep-2004

    Massimo Saidel'sMadrid-based sales outfit Latido has sold sexy Columbian-Spanish thriller TheArt Of Losing (Perder Es Questo De Metodo) to a slew of territories as a result of its world premiere as a midnightscreening in Venice and an official competition entry at the Montreal festival.
  • Luce picks up Italian rights to Venice first film winner

    13-Sep-2004

    Le Grand Voyage, which won its director Ismael Ferroukhi the prize for best firstfilm at Venice last week, also found itself a home in Italy. In a deal arrangedby sales house Flach Pyramide International (FPI), the Franco-Moroccan financedfilm Italian distribution rights were picked up by ...
  • Alzheimer named as Belgian Oscar contender

    10-Sep-2004

    Flemish-languagethriller The Alzheimer Case (De Zaak Alzheimer) has been selected to represent Belgium in the foreign-languageOscar category.
  • First Look asks When Will I Be Loved

    9-Sep-2004

    USsales and production outfit First Look Media has picked up international rightsto James Toback's When Will I Be Loved, which plays at the festivaltoday (Sept 9) and tomorrow. Sister-company First Look International will beginsales in Toronto this week.
  • First Look to sell Toronto's When Will I Be Loved

    9-Sep-2004

    USsales and production outfit First Look Media has picked up international rightsto James Toback's When Will I Be Loved, which plays at the festivaltoday (Sept 9) and tomorrow. Sister-company First Look International will beginsales in Toronto this week.
  • Spacey's TriggerStreet launches digital offshoot

    8-Sep-2004

    Kevin Spacey, who will be inToronto this weekend for the premiere of his Bobby Darin biopic Beyond The Sea,is adding to his producer credentials.
  • Cruise stirs up French industry with finance minister talks

    2-Sep-2004

    Tom Cruise was the talk of Paris on Monday. Not just becausehe was in town for the gala premiere of Michael Mann's Collateral, butbecause of a meeting he took earlier in the day.
  • Soda snaps up Untold Scandal for UK

    27-Aug-2004

    UK distributor Soda Pictureshas closed a deal with CJ Entertainment to pick up UK and Ireland rights tosumptuous Korean drama Untold Scandal. The film had previously been selected for the ongoing Edinburghfestival, but was recently upgraded to become the closing film. It will closethe festival on Sunday (29 Aug).
  • Celebrated cinematographer joins Verhoeven's Book

    24-Aug-2004

    Celebrated cinematographer Theo van de Sande has been set asdirector of photography on the forthcoming BlackBook, the new period drama by Dutch master Paul Verhoeven.
  • Video Island, ScreenSelect join forces

    23-Aug-2004

    UKmail-order DVD rental firms Video Island and ScreenSelect are to merge,creating what they claim will be the clear leader in the emerging marketsector.Thecompany will be headed by Saul Klein, currently CEO of Video Island, whileWilliam Reeve and Alex Chesterman, founders of ScreenSelect, will take on theroles of Chief Operating Officer ...
  • Wild Bunch takes most of Low Life rights

    19-Aug-2004

    Frenchsales house Wild Bunch has picked up most international rights to Low Life(Haryu Insaeng) which appears in competition at next month's Venicefestival.The film,directed by Korea's "living legend" Im Kwan-taek, was previously handled byCinema Service and had been presented under the working title Raging ...
  • Edinburgh replaces 2046 with Untold Scandal

    16-Aug-2004

    The forthcoming EdinburghInternational Film Festival (EIFF) is to change its closing night film, endingweeks of squabbling and speculation about Wong Kar-wai's2046.
  • Venice to host amfAR benefit on September 3

    6-Aug-2004

  • Paton named deputy chairman at DDA

    4-Aug-2004

    Well-known film publicist, Chris Paton has joined DennisDavidson Associates (DDA) as its deputy chairman.
  • China features to colour Pusan festival

    26-Jul-2004

    Ten new films from mainland China will colour this autumn'sPusan International Film Festival (7-15 Oct), while its burgeoning projectmarket Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) will expand to 23 titles, from 18 last year.
  • High profile Korean slate wins Happinet funding

    22-Jul-2004

    Korean distributor-turned producerChungeorahm Film has signed an investment deal with Japanese distributor HappinetPictures worth $1.7m of production finance.The deal spans all six films onChungeorahm's intial production slate including disaster movie The River, by Memories Of Murder-director Bong Joon-ho, Hong Sang-soo's untitledsixth ...
  • Venice chief gorges on feast of choices

    22-Jul-2004

    The Venice Film Festival'straditionally late announcement of its line-up means that other festivals suchas Edinburgh, Montreal and especially neighbour Locarno have had to secondguess which films the powerful Venice event will select. This year the MarcoMueller effect may be adding to that conundrum.Venice's Mueller appears to besuffering all the pains and pleasures of being the new kid on the block 'albeit one who seemingly ...
  • Six young directors chosen for Cannes Residence

    14-Jul-2004

    TawfikAbu-Wael, the Palestinian director who made a splash in the Cannes Critics'Week section this year with Thirst (Atash) is one of six youngfilm-makers selected by the Cannes festival for its residential trainingprogramme, Cannes Residence.Selectedby a committee headed by director Marion Vernoux, the other five interns ...
  • Unifrance re-elects Menegoz as president

    13-Jul-2004

    MargaretMenegoz has been re-elected president of Unifrance Film International, theFrench film export support body.Menegoz was appointed acting president in Februarylast year following the sudden death of Daniel Toscan Du Plantier. Unanimouslyelected, Menegoz now has a two year mandate.Theorganisation has three ...
  • DVD market to peak in 2007-08

    6-Jul-2004

    Home entertainment softwarerevenues will peak at $60bn in 2008 before sliding slightly to $57bn in 2010 asthe DVD sector replaces VHS then settles into a pattern associated with amature industry, according to forecasts released yesterday by Informa Media. The figures compare with a total home entertainment market worth $52bn in 2003.
  • Locarno to explore film and journalism

    1-Jul-2004

    The Locarno festival (4-14 Aug) will feature a sidebar onthe ever-changing relations between journalism and film, it was announcedyesterday.
  • Home entertainment to drive growth of film industry

    30-Jun-2004

    The global film business,driven by an expanding home entertainment sector, is set for annual growth of7.5% over the next five years. By 2008 it will be worth $108bn, compared with$75bn last year, according to consultancy and research firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers(PWC) in its annual Global Entertainment & Media Outlook (2004-2008).
  • FilMart news: Arclight wraps up fresh Beautiful Boxer sales

    24-Jun-2004

    Beautiful Boxer, the Thai sex change film which plays at next week's Outfest Lesbian and Gay festival, has wrapped up a string of new sales for sales agent Arclight Films.
  • FilMart news: FilMart opens with optimistic bounce

    24-Jun-2004

    Hong Kong's FilMart (23-25June) got off to a brisk start yesterday with organisers claiming a rise invisitor numbers matched by local industry spirits similarly on the up.
  • Tartan stirs up revolution over Nine Songs

    18-Jun-2004

    British distributor TartanFilms announced yesterday that it intends to sue UK producer Revolution Films over Nine Songs, the sexually explicit relationship movie directed byMichael Winterbottom.
  • Starz, RealNetworks team for internet PPV service

    16-Jun-2004

    UScable programming giant Starz Encore and software house RealNetworks havelaunched an internet-based pay-per-view (PPV) service.The service, dubbed Starz Ticket on Real Movies, willbe a subscription service allowing web users to legally download an unlimitednumber of films for a $12.95 monthly fee.Movielink, the download site launched by five of theHollywood studios, ...
  • French cinema admissions recover

    11-Jun-2004

    Theatrical admissions inFrance are running at levels 11% higher than last year according to latestfigures.According to the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC) some 83.5 millionstickets were sold in the five months to the end of May 2004. And over a runningyear the figures are 183 million, a 3% improvement on the previous 12 monthperiod.The figures represent a reversal of the decline in audience numbers whichaffected most territories in western Europe last year.The ...
  • Aaltra takes Transylvania audience prize

    7-Jun-2004

  • Canal Plus sells off Studio Expand companies

    7-Jun-2004

    CanalPlus has sold off five companies that previously made up the lightentertainment division of its Studio Expand, TV production group.ProductionsDMD, KM and CALT are being sold back to their founders; Adventure LineProductions is being taken over by JAP, a company representing Teleimages and agroup of private investors. ...
  • Babelsberg studio sale nears conclusion

    4-Jun-2004

    Thelong-drawn out process of selling the historic Babelsberg studios near Berlincould be drawing to a conclusion.VivendiUniversal, the debt laden French group which has owned the facility since 1992,has fielded bids and is understood to have whittled these down to two or three.The likely favourites are Studio Hamburg - the production arm ...
  • MIPCOM to launch DVD awards

    3-Jun-2004

    TheMIPCOM TV programmes market is to launch a series of awards for innovation inDVD content at its forthcoming show (4-8 October).Organisedin partnership with the DVD Association (DVDA, USA) and the International VideoFederation (IVF) the prizes will be awarded in seven categories: TV series(English-language); TV series ...
  • Tony Kane joins Video Island as advisor

    26-May-2004

  • NonStop Entertainment stocks up at Cannes

    25-May-2004

    Nordicdistributor NonStop Entertainment finished Cannes with a bagful of acquisitionsheaded by Agnes Jaoui's Comme Une Image, which scooped the Palme forbest script.NonStop will release the Paris-set drama, acquired from StudioCanal, inOctober this year.
  • BVITV strikes first ever Ukrainian deal

    24-May-2004

  • European Film Awards launch composer category

    24-May-2004

    The European Film Awards will this year carry a new prizecategory, for best European Composer.The award is presented jointly with the World SoundtrackAcademy (WSA) and EFA and the WSA will appoint a nominations committee. Votingfor the prize will be through the European Film Academy (EFA)'s 1,600 members.This year's EFA Awards are set to take place in Barcelona on11 December.
  • Moonlight acquires Night Falls for Benelux

    24-May-2004

  • Politics sways Cannes as 9/11 takes Palme d'Or

    22-May-2004

    Politics were in the air from the beginning of the Cannesfestival and it closed on a distinctly political note with the Palme d'Orawarded to Michael Moore's anti-George Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • South Korea's With Cinema takes two from Trust Film Sales.

    21-May-2004

    South Korea's With Cinema has bought a pair of pictures fromDenmark's Trust Film Sales.
  • Katapult signs Verhoeven's Blackbook

    21-May-2004

    KatapultFilms, the Los Angeles-based sales agency headed by Thomas Mai and JoniSighvatsson, is to handle international duties on Blackbook, the newfilm by Dutch master Paul Verhoeven.
  • Media Asia initials racing deal with Japan

    20-May-2004

    Hong Kong producer and seller Media Asia has struck one ofthe largest ever intra-Asian deals for its forthcoming car-racing thriller Initial D.
  • Mifed proposes compromise

    20-May-2004

    With the tide of industryopinion possibly beginning to flow against it, Mifed's chief executive CarloBassi yesterday put forward a proposal for autumn markets to alternate betweenMilan and Los Angeles.
  • Venice gets its own Directors' Fortnight section

    20-May-2004

    In another sign of change, the Venice festival will boastits own Directors' Fortnight section this year.
  • South Africa's Videovision stocks up

    19-May-2004

  • Euro tax financiers spread their wings

    18-May-2004

    Led by UK players, Europe’s tax fund managers are diversifying their operations into new territories and new spheres of activity.
  • Golden Harvest takes Grudge to Taiwan

    18-May-2004

  • Super sales for Fortissimo

    18-May-2004

    Fortissimo Film Sales is on course for its best ever market."If we close everything that we expect by the end of the month we will exceedlast year's annual turnover," said company co-chief Michael J Werner.
  • Dubai plans festival splash with royal backing

    17-May-2004

  • Laurel, Rosem, Onoma team for Chinese slate

    17-May-2004

    Beijing-based productionoutfit Laurel Films, French producer Rosem and French sales house OnomaInternational have struck a three-way agreement to produce and sell a slate ofChinese pictures.
  • Lorber buys classic titles for UK, US labels

    17-May-2004

  • Locarno to focus on Mekong Delta

    17-May-2004

  • Telepool snaps up Weeping Camel follow-up

    17-May-2004

    Germany's Telepool has picked up international sales on The Mongolian Dog, the follow up film tobreak-out hit documentary The WeepingCamel. The film shoots from next month, but has already been pre-sold toFrance's ARP Selection and to Ascot Elite for Switzerland.
  • Venice to close with bang

    17-May-2004

  • AFM increases stakes in autumn market battle

    14-May-2004

    The fight to be thepredominant autumn market stepped up a gear with the AFM's announcement that ithas over 200 companies committed to exhibit at the Loews in Santa Monica thisautumn (Nov 3-10).
  • Lakeshore, Screen Gems dig into Romanian Cave

    14-May-2004

    Romania again confirmed its attraction for footlooseinternational productions, with the start this week of principal photography onCave, the supernatural underground thriller from Lakeshore Entertainmentand Screen Gems.
  • Media Asia dials up Feng's Phone, Thieves

    14-May-2004

  • Cannes market bustles with attendees

    13-May-2004

    The Cannes Market, which opened its doors yesterday (Wed12 May), looks set to be busier than ever. According to its preliminary figuresregistered attendee numbers are up 11% at 7,225 from 63 countries.
  • Cannes market bustles with attendees

    13-May-2004

    The Cannes Market, which opened its doors yesterday (Wed12 May), looks set to be busier than ever. According to its preliminary figuresregistered attendee numbers are up 11% at 7,225 from 63 countries.
  • Cannes set for Surreal premiere

    13-May-2004

  • Cannes set for Surreal premiere

    13-May-2004

  • Europe given warning on internet piracy

    13-May-2004

  • Europe given warning on internet piracy

    13-May-2004

    Internet piracy was firmly identified as the bogeymanthreatening the future of the creative process and the livelihood of the filmindustry, at a high-powered conference organised by the Cannes film festival onTuesday.
  • Fortissimo's new Taiwan Formula

    13-May-2004

  • European film export body names directors

    12-May-2004

  • Fortissimo returns to roots with Hong Kong trio

    12-May-2004

    Leading art-house seller Fortissimo is returning to itsroots with the pick-up of three pictures from Hong Kong.
  • Hussein body double in Cannes to tout lifestory

    12-May-2004

    Latif Yuhia, the man who wasforced to be the body double of Saddam Hussein's son Uday will arrive in Cannesthis weekend in a bulletproof Mercedes that he recently bought from the UK'sQueen Elizabeth.
  • Politics colours Cannes

    12-May-2004

    Even if everything passes off peacefully this year's festival, as a result of a rapprochement with striking arts workers, Cannes will still be shaped by the invasive effects of politics - global politics, politics of the workplace and political films.
  • Politics colours Cannes

    12-May-2004

    Even if everything passes off peacefully this year's festival, as a result of a rapprochement with striking arts workers, Cannes will still be shaped by the invasive effects of politics - global politics, politics of the workplace and political films.
  • South Africa's DV8 takes a Flyer

    12-May-2004

  • French box office storms ahead in first quarter

    10-May-2004

    Admissions for the first four months of the year in Franceovertook those in the same period of 2003 by a thumping 16%.
  • Metropolitan takes Stratus Hostage

    10-May-2004

    Metropolitan Filmexport has bought French distributionrights to Hostage, the BruceWillis-starring action thriller financed by Stratus Film Company.
  • French video market suffers surprise drop

    7-May-2004

    The French video distributors' association(SEV) yesterday sounded the alarm, reporting that the home entertainment marketin France has dropped dramatically.
  • Breaking News added to Cannes line-up

    5-May-2004

    In a late addition to its official line-up, the Cannesfestival is to show Breaking News, the latest picture by legendary HongKong action director Johnnie To.
  • Breaking News added to festival line-up

    5-May-2004

    In a late addition to its official line-up, the Cannesfestival is to show Breaking News, the latest picture by legendary HongKong action director Johnnie To.
  • Justice enters new orbit with Lunar

    30-Apr-2004

    MatthewJustice, the producer who has headed production activities at the successful UKfinancier Invicta Capital, is to strike out on his own.
  • Strong Venice line-up taking shape

    29-Apr-2004

    Marco Mueller may onlyyesterday have received board approval for his planned changes to theinfrastructure of the Venice festival on Tuesday, but he has wasted no timecoming up with big plans for the programme.
  • Comcast turns its attention to MGM

    29-Apr-2004

    MGM, the venerable US studio, could be among the newacquisition targets being weighed up by Comcast, the US cable network giant.
  • Forman to be honoured at Cannes Europe Day

    29-Apr-2004

    Celebrated director, Milos Forman is to be the guest ofhonour for the "Europe Day" being organised by the Cannes festival on 18 May.
  • Forman to be honoured at Europe Day

    29-Apr-2004

    Celebrated director, Milos Forman is to be the guest ofhonour for the "Europe Day" being organised by the Cannes festival on 18 May.
  • Cannes Festival launches DVD label

    28-Apr-2004

    In an effort to build itself a year-round brand and keep up with moderntechnology the Cannes festival has launched a DVD label and a new prize.
  • Cannes launches DVD label

    28-Apr-2004

    In an effort to build itself a year-round brand and keep up with moderntechnology the Cannes festival has launched a DVD label and a new prize.
  • Mikhalkov to head Cannes short film competition jury.

    28-Apr-2004

  • Mikhalkov to head short film competition jury

    28-Apr-2004

    Russiandirector Nikita Mikhalkov is to head the jury that will judge the short filmcompetition at Cannes.Also on thejury are actress-director Nicole Garcia, actress Marisa Parades and directorsNuri Bilge Ceylan and Pablo Trapero.They willpreside over the short and medium films from film schools presented in theCinefondation section.Prizes forthe Cinefondation will be announced on Thursday 20 May and the OfficialSelection's short films revealed on Saturday 22 May.
  • Asian jewels to shine at Udine

    21-Apr-2004

    Udine's festival of Far Eastern Film (23-30 April) looks set to present many of the most commercially successful films of the year from Asia.
  • NEW Slimline Cannes hides its surprises in the detail

    21-Apr-2004

    Cannes' competition holds few surprises in that the line-up has been widely predicted. But it contains a number of innovations and presents a genuinely diverse panoply of film-making around the world.
  • Slimline Cannes hides its surprises in the detail

    21-Apr-2004

    Cannes' competition holds few surprises in that the line-up has been widely predicted. But it contains a number of innovations and presents a genuinely diverse panoply of film-making around the world.
  • Goddess Of Mercy

    16-Apr-2004

  • Fortissimo earns Forgiveness

    14-Apr-2004

    Hong Kong and TheNetherlands-based Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up international rights to Forgiveness,a timely South African drama from the DV8 stable.
  • Wild Bunch picks up Mar del Plata winner

    12-Apr-2004

    French sales house Wild Bunch has picked up international sales duties on Buena Vida Delivery, the Argentinian dark comedy which won last month's Mar Del Plata festival and the Toulouse festival of Latin American films.
  • BVIT to sell Miramax reality TV show

    7-Apr-2004

    Buena Vista International Television, Walt Disney's film and TV sales division, has picked up its first TV product from Miramax Television.
  • High Point strikes MIP-TV deals on feature slate

    5-Apr-2004

    At the recent MIP-TV, UK sales house High Point Films And Television secured a number of deals for its feature film slate.
  • Baober In Love (Lian Ai Zhong De Bao Bei)

    1-Apr-2004

  • BVITV closes raft of deals at MIP-TV

    29-Mar-2004

    Buena Vista International Television, the rights sales arm of Walt Disney, has announced a string of deals at this week's MIP-TV programmes market (29 Mar-2 Apr).
  • Viacom extends TV accords in China

    23-Mar-2004

    Viacom, the media conglomerate that owns Paramount, Blockbuster, MTV and CBS, announced that it had reached several new agreements with Chinese partners covering programming, production and information technology.
  • France Telecom and Canal Plus merge cable ops

    22-Mar-2004

    Canal Plus and FranceTelecom have signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to combine theirFrench cable networks in a sign of further upheaval in the troubled sector.
  • French production hits record levels in 2003

    19-Mar-2004

    All lights went green lastyear in the French production sector.
  • Mickie, Chesneau join Celluloid Dreams

    19-Mar-2004

    Charlotte Mickie and Sebastian Chesneau are to bolster the sales team of French film sales powerhouse Celluloid Dreams. Their arrival coincides with the forthcoming departure of long-standing Celluloid sales executive Pierre Menahem.
  • Rozier to be Critics Week patron

    19-Mar-2004

    Jacques Rozier, the Frenchdirector who was one of the founding fathers of the Nouvelle Vague, has beenappointed patron of the Critics' Week (13-21 May) sidebar for the forthcomingCannes film festival.
  • Parliament ratifies Belgian tax shelter

    18-Mar-2004

    Members of the Belgian parliament yesterday unanimously voted in favour of the country's proposed tax shelter scheme (see ScreenDaily.com 8 Jan 2004)
  • France's Spring cinema promotion attracts 2.5 million

    18-Mar-2004

    France's annual Spring promotional drive 'Printemps Au Cinema' clocked up 2.5 million spectators, who took advantage of the cut-price ticket offer at cinemas across the country.
  • Vivendi reduces its losses to Euros 1.1bn

    17-Mar-2004

    Vivendi Universal recorded a net loss of Euros1.14bn for 2003, down from the record breaking loss by a French company of Euros 23.3bn that it registered in 2002.
  • EU renews subsidy regime for three more years

    16-Mar-2004

    The European Commission has decided to extend for three more years the structures under which European governments are allowed to financially support their local film industries.
  • Good Lawyer's Wife wins Deauville Asian film fest

    15-Mar-2004

    The top prize at the Deauville festival of Asian film, the Lotus d'Or was yesterday (Sun 14 March) awarded to Korean film A Good Lawyer's Wife by director Im Sang-Soo.
  • Liberty Media to create cable giant in France

    15-Mar-2004

    UnitedGlobalCom, part of John Malone's Liberty Media, has confirmed that it is to buy the 50.1% controlling stake in leading French cable network Noos that is currently owned by the Suez group. The move could be the first step towards a major rationalisation of the still fragmented French cable sector.
  • Spring bounce for French cinema promotional drive

    15-Mar-2004

    France's annual Spring promotional drive 'Printemps Au Cinema' got off to a good start yesterday (Sunday 14 March) with 1.2 million tickets sold at the box office. That represents a 15% increase on the same day last year and is the biggest single day total in the five year history of the event.
  • Beyond sells Good Woman to Japan

    9-Mar-2004

    Beyond Films, the London-based, Australian-owned sales agent, has wrapped up a large number of deals on its AFM slate.
  • AFM: Gemini Films scores with Ma Mere

    5-Mar-2004

    French sales house GeminiFilms enjoyed strong sales at the American Film Market on its Christophe Honoretitle Ma Mere and on forthcoming Andre Techine picture Changing Times
  • Arclight drums up Lord Of War sales

    2-Mar-2004

    Arclight Films has had a busy time handling demand for its forthcoming espionage action film Lord Of War, starring Nicolas Cage.
  • Celluloid Dreams strikes US deals for Berlinale titles

    2-Mar-2004

    Top French sales house Celluloid Dreams managed two North American deals on its burgeoning art-house slate.
  • Renaissance strikes key Pobby And Dingan pre-sales

    2-Mar-2004

    On the strength of its screenplay and director, but as yet no cast attachments, Renaissance Films has struck pivotal pre-sales deals on Pobby And Dingan, a rites-of-passage story set in the Australian outback that is due to start shooting on location in July.
  • Cinema Service learns to speak Chinese

    2-Mar-2004

    Korean major Cinema Servicehas tied up a multi-picture deal with Thomas Leong's Hong Kong productionoutfit Lotus Entertainment.
  • AFM: Tartan Films in horror double bill

    1-Mar-2004

    The UK's Tartan Films has picked up The Park, the 3D horror film by Hong Kong director AndrewLau, better known for co-directing the sensational Infernal Affairs police trio with Alan Mak.Tartan has also picked up TheLast Horror Movie, the third feature fromWelsh director ...
  • Japanese arthouse market consolidates

    1-Mar-2004

    Japanese productionand distribution group Artist House has acquired Cinema Parisien, themicro-distributor that has specialised in French and other foreign-languagefilms in Japan.
  • US channel opens up for Asian films

    1-Mar-2004

    The chances of Asian films getting North Americandistribution are set to increase with the launch later this year ofImaginasianTV, one of the US' first dedicated Asian entertainmentchannels.
  • AFM: Cineclick Asia strikes Old Boy, Samaritan Girl deals

    1-Mar-2004

    Korean sales house Cineclick Asia has sold Park Chan-Wook's Cannes-tipped thriller Old Boy and Kim Ki-Duk's Berlin competition film Samaritan Girl to Film House for Mexico.
  • AFM: Media Luna sells Russian comedy to US

    1-Mar-2004

    Germany's Media Luna has wrapped a US deal for its Russian romantic comedy You I Love, which premiered in the Panorama section of last month's Berlin festival.Theatrical and video rights to the film, which was produced and directed by Olga Stolpovskaya and Dmitry Troitsky, were sold to Douglas Witkins' Picture This!.In addition, Media Luna closed a further deal on its Dutch picture Girl (Meisje) to Overseas Movies Distribution for Singapore.
  • Final February AFM says sayonara

    1-Mar-2004

    A handful of high value deals for Japan and a good flow into the US eased the pressure. But the curtain-closing February AFM is more likely to go down in history as one short on hot product or deals volume.
  • AFM: Eurocine picks up Czech Poets

    29-Feb-2004

    French sales houseEurocine has picked up Czech picture The Poets Never Lose Hope, a comedy about middle age.Directed by DusanKlein, the film is the fifth in a series of bittersweet titles and stars PavelKriz, Michaela Badinkova, David Matasek. It is produced by Bio Illusion andPluto Film & Video.
  • AFM: Fortissimo backs rising art-house stars

    29-Feb-2004

  • AFM: Latido enjoys Two Tough sellers

    29-Feb-2004

  • AFM: Strange Crime pays for Vision International

    29-Feb-2004

  • AFM: TF1 picks up Penn and Bardem's Face

    29-Feb-2004

  • Mirovision explores Antarctic

    29-Feb-2004

    Korean indieproduction and sales house Mirovision has put together a varied slate for2004-5, headed by a big-budget mountaineering chiller that will shot at PeterJackson's facilities in New Zealand.
  • Highpoint adds Advanced Warriors

    27-Feb-2004

  • AFM: E Pictures executive to run Korea Pictures' brand new sales outfit

    27-Feb-2004

    Korea Pictures, the indieproduction and distribution house behind many of Korea's most commerciallysuccessful pictures, is to strike out alone with its own sales venture.
  • AFM: Gaga buys Japan on PS I Love You from Fortissimo

    27-Feb-2004

    Fortissimo has reachedagreement with Gaga Communications for the sale to Japan of its Cannes-hopeful PSI Love You.
  • AFM: Irvin sharpens Knife for Vine International Pictures

    27-Feb-2004

    Dogs Of War and Hamburger Hill director John Irvin is to direct Knife Edge, a psychological drama about control of a familyfortune.
  • AFM: Shochiku unveils FX film Hinokio and three samurai flicks

    27-Feb-2004

    Shochiku, the fast movingJapanese major, has unveiled a forthcoming slate that includes a trio ofsamurai action flicks and a high-powered special effects film Hinokio.
  • Arthouse legends set for Cannes contention

    27-Feb-2004

  • Arthouse legends set for Cannes contention

    27-Feb-2004

    A look down thelist of festival-friendly films likely to be ready for Cannes (12-23 May)suggests that Thierry Fremaux and his selection team have an embarrassment ofriches to pick from - and that Quentin Tarantino's jury will be weighingup the reputations of numerous art-house legends (see below for full list).At least three former Palme d'Or winners will be ready plus a host ofother Cannes and Venice prize-winners. In addition to Pedro Almodovar, whobecomes the first Spaniard ...
  • TF1 Int'l embarks on Leconte's Cambodian voyage

    26-Feb-2004

    TF1 International has pickedup the new film by in-form French director Patrice Leconte.
  • AFM: Amuse buys android fantasy

    26-Feb-2004

    Korean thriller Natural City has finally been sold to Japan by its producer-sales agent Tube Entertainment.
  • AFM: France's Gemini does due Process

    26-Feb-2004

    France's Gemini Films has taken on international sales duties for Process, the experimental thriller by CS Leigh, which screened as a special event at this month's Berlin festival.
  • AFM: New Select prays on Belgian sex fantasy

    26-Feb-2004

    Japan's New Select was an early buyer for Belgian sexual fantasy film Praying Mantis.
  • AFM: Rohmer floats with Funny Balloons

    26-Feb-2004

    New French sales outfit Funny Balloons has picked up Latin American rights to Berlin competition film Triple Agent by Eric Rohmer and sold a raft of territories from its Berlin-AFM slate.
  • AFM: Strings ties up key pre-sales

    26-Feb-2004

    Danish film Strings, which is already being tipped as a contender for Official Selection at Cannes, has tied together a number of key pre-sales.
  • AFM: Sunflower takes root for Zhang

    26-Feb-2004

    Chinese director Zhang Yang starts production next week in Beijing on Sunflower, a family story set against the backdrop of China's 'Cultural Revolution' in the late 1970s. The film stars Joan Chen as a mother focusing on finding a larger apartment for her family.
  • AFM:Maria full of sales for HBO

    25-Feb-2004

    Maria Full Of Grace, the Spanish-language story about female drug 'mules', was one of Berlin chief Dieter Kosslick's first selection forcompetition and has proved a strong draw for buyers.
  • Shochiku crosses swords again with Yamada

    25-Feb-2004

    Shochiku is to produce andsell Kakushi Ken Oni No Tsume,the next picture by Yoji Yamada, director of this year's foreign language Oscarnominee Twilight Samurai.
  • AFM: Moviehouse strikes trio of US sales

    25-Feb-2004

    UK sales outfit Moviehouse Entertainment has secured US sales for three of its crossover art-house titles The Rage In Placid Lake, Live Forever and Dead Dog Blues.
  • Mercier re-appointed as Directors' Fortnight scout

    19-Feb-2004

    Chris Mercier has been appointed as the scout for English-language territories for Cannes' Directors' Fortnight sidebar (Quinzaine Des Realisateurs) for the second year.
  • Miramax snaps up Les Choristes

    17-Feb-2004

    The hottest title at the European Film Market in Berlin this year, Les Choristes has been snapped up by Miramax.
  • EFM chief examines market capacity

    16-Feb-2004

    Beki Probst, European Film Market (EFM) chief, has had more meetings during this year's edition of the market than in any other previous EFM.
  • Rohmer projects becoming 'unfinanceable'

    16-Feb-2004

    Europe's public sector film financiers got yet another skewering yesterday at the Triple Agent press conference, which was attended by actress Katerina Didaskalou .
  • Buyers sing to Choristes tune

    13-Feb-2004

    A deal for North American rights to French film Les Choristes is imminent.
  • F For Film goes South

    13-Feb-2004

    French sales agent F For Film has picked up international rights to The South (Het Zuiden), the film by Martin Koolhoven that featured in the main programme of the recent Rotterdam festival.
  • Arclight strikes Beautiful deal with GMM

    12-Feb-2004

    Australo-British sales company Arclight Films has picked up world sales rights to Beautiful Boxer, the Thai drama about a kickboxer who fought to earn money for a sex change that appears in Berlin's Panorama section. The deal is expected to be the beginning of a long-term relationship between Arclight and leading producer GMM Pictures.
  • Co-Production Office boards Jesus You Know

    12-Feb-2004

    Upscale French sales and production outfit The Co-Production Office has boarded Ulrich Seidel's, Jesus You Know, which last year won the best documentary award at Karlovy Vary.
  • Indie Circle finds Paradise

    12-Feb-2004

    Completed yesterday, one of the most interesting deals so far this European Film Market involved a film which may only be ready for Berlin 2005.
  • Jingzhe team stalks White Deer

    12-Feb-2004

    Chinese film The Story Of Er Mei (Jingzhe) that features in Berlinale's Panorama Special, could be a dry run for a big-budget epic that has eluded a number of China's top-name directors.
  • Paramount closes in on worldwide DVD rights to Metallica

    12-Feb-2004

    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is understood to be closing inon worldwide DVD rights for the hotly contested Sundance documentary Metallica:Some Kind Of Monster,which has reportedly got international buyers in Berlin lining up fortheatrical rights. A domestic theatrical deal is also ...
  • Golden Network sells Takien, unveils martial arts pic

    11-Feb-2004

    Hong Kong's Golden Network has had a busy time fielding sales started at the recent Bangkok Film Market, launching new Thai martial arts pictures and presenting a new Chinese project in Berlin's Co-Production market.
  • Romania unveils film commission

    11-Feb-2004

    One of the hottest destinations on the "soft money-low cost location" scene, Romania is to get its own form of film commission.
  • Strand falls for Thai ladies

    11-Feb-2004

    New York-based specialist releasing operation Strand releasing has picked up North American rights on Thai comedy Iron Ladies II.
  • Transit runs away with doc sales

    11-Feb-2004

  • European Film Market buyers afraid of the dark

    11-Feb-2004

    Talk to buyers at this year's market and you'll find that they like the films on offer - but find it difficult to rave about their commercial prospects.
  • Skull in 'brutal' financing struggle

    10-Feb-2004

    Producer Robert Chartoff emerged more battered and bruised from Berlin competition film The Country Of My Skull than he did from his breakout boxing picture Rocky.
  • Wild scores Bunch of sales

    10-Feb-2004

    French seller Wild Bunch's increasingly multinational line-up has scored a number of sales to distributors around the world.
  • British tax authority slams shut equity loophole

    10-Feb-2004

    Operations ofthe UK tax finance industry today (Jan 10) suffered a major blow when theInland Revenue (the UK's tax authority) closed down the burgeoning equityfunds sub-sector.
  • Besson's EuropaCorp raises Euros 25m

    9-Feb-2004

    EuropaCorp, the French studio created three years ago by Luc Besson and Pierre-Ange LePogam, raised Euros 25m on the Paris stock market, through the issue of a convertible corporate bond on Friday.
  • Film Italia launches with Mifed price cut promise

    9-Feb-2004

    Georgio Gosetti will today in Berlin (Monday) present Film Italia the new national promotional body that replaces Italia Cinema, and unveil the first concrete elements of Mifed's response to the challenge of an autumn AFM.
  • Japanese fall for My Girl

    8-Feb-2004

    Thai drama My Girl (Fan Chan), which screens in both Berlinale's Forum and the EFM, was scooped up by Japanese buyers Cinema Parisien and Artist Film.
  • Rezo says Yes to Men

    8-Feb-2004

    French seller Wild Bunch claimed one of the first deals of the EFM with the sale on Friday afternoon of recently picked-up documentary The Yes Men to Rezo Films for France.The film by Chris Smith, Dan Oldman and Sarah Price was quickly snapped up by Rezo buyer Laurent Danielou. Yes Men, about a group of corporate pranksters, premiered at Sundance and got its first screening in Berlin's Panorama section on Sunday.
  • European Film Market faces growing pains

    6-Feb-2004

    This year's Berlinale European Film Market (EFM), which opens today, is going to be bigger than ever before - but its chief is playing down its growth prospects once the American Film Market loses its February slot from 2005.
  • Film councils tell EC to leave subsidy rules alone

    6-Feb-2004

    Europe's national film funding agencies - including the UK Film Council, France's CNC and Spain's ICAA - have told the European Commission to keep its hands off local funding regulations.
  • South Africa set for Dreamworld studio

    6-Feb-2004

    Anant Singh's Dreamworld Film City has confirmed plans to build a film production complex in Cape Town, having finally received development permission from the state and city authorities.
  • Deveau named MK2 acquisition chief

    5-Feb-2004

    French mini-conglomerate MK2 comes to Berlin having recently appointed Jean-Francois Deveau as its new head of acquisitions.
  • Giles checks into Tartan as buying chief

    5-Feb-2004

    Tartan Films, the UK indie that recently changed its name from Metro Tartan, has appointed Jane Giles as its new head of acquisitions.
  • Hot docs swell Wild Bunch slate

    5-Feb-2004

    French sales house Wild Bunch has added another controversy-stirring documentary to the huge line-up it will present at the Berlinale and the AFM later this month. It has also added two films that look made for high profile slots at Cannes.
  • The Wooden Camera

    30-Jan-2004

  • The Wooden Camera

    30-Jan-2004

  • Cannes is set to be long on shorts

    28-Jan-2004

    The Cannes Market is toextend its operations with the launch this ear of a separate section for shortfilms.
  • Giannini tipped for Venice figurehead role

    28-Jan-2004

    Oneof the favourite betting games at the Rotterdam festival this week has beenspeculation about who will front the next Venice festival, with the smart moneynow riding on a split role between a figurehead chief and a chief selectoror artistic head.
  • Strong Paris sales for Wild Bunch

    26-Jan-2004

    French sales house WildBunch will go into Berlin and AFM buoyed by a raft of strong sales followinglast week's Rendez-Vous De Paris market.
  • Rotterdam debates the future of digital

    26-Jan-2004

    Independent cinema versus corporate America was the underlying theme of a big set-piece debate at the Rotterdam festival yesterday (Sun 25 Jan).
  • Business stirs at Paris Screenings

    22-Jan-2004

    Kiyonaga Nakagawa from Comstock was the only Japanese buyer present at the Rendez-Vous De Paris, the Unifrance organised screenings that are otherwise targeted at European distributors.
  • Motorcycle Diaries takes road to Cannes

    20-Jan-2004

    Walter Salles' highlyanticipated The Motorcycle Diaries looks set to make its internationalpremiere in Cannes, rather than at the forthcoming Berlin festival where it hadbeen expected to show in competition.
  • Cannes Market launches Producers Network

    16-Jan-2004

    The Cannes Market islaunching a new initiative intended to make its activities relevant toproducers, as well as the usual ranks of sales agents and distributors.
  • Lakeshore dives into Romania with Cave

    16-Jan-2004

    Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems have settled on Romania as the location for the shoot of their action-thriller Prime Evil aka Cave.
  • Belgian tax shelter ready to go live

    8-Jan-2004

    The new Belgian tax shelter for film investment is finally set to become operational, putting Belgium into the front-ranks of "hot" territories for film production.
  • Cold Mountain to open Berlinale

    7-Jan-2004

    Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain is to be the opening night film of this year's Berlinale (5-15 Feb).
  • Moscow fest set for revamp, appoints new artistic director

    6-Jan-2004

    The Moscow International Film Festival (18-27 June 2004) is to give itself a more business-like stance and a more Russian flavour and has appointed a new artistic director.
  • Berdugo named head of French film exporters

    24-Dec-2003

    Raphael Berdugo, head of Roissy Films, was last week unanimously elected president of the executive board of ADEF, the association of independent French film exporters.
  • Romania set to privatise state-owned cinemas

    24-Dec-2003

    Romania is expected this week to unveil details of the privatisation of a significant number of state-owned cinemas.
  • Sliding Dice wraps after Romanian, Irish shoot

    19-Dec-2003

    Production wraps today (19 Dec) on Sliding Dice, a caper movie with a serious subject set in Romania and Ireland.
  • Cannes festival outlines new selection teams

    18-Dec-2003

    Thierry Fremaux, artisticdirector of the Cannes festival, has realigned and clarified the selectionsystem for the next edition (12-23 May 2004).
  • Korean conglomerate boosts film investment

    18-Dec-2003

    Daesung, the Korean conglomerate that invested $510,000 (W600m) in Park Chan-Wook's hit thriller Old Boy, has decided to set up a media investment fund in partnership with the Korean Film Commission (KOFIC) and a trio of industrial groups
  • Locarno winner makes sales splash

    17-Dec-2003

    Pakistani film Silent Waters (Khamosh Pani), which was the surprise winner at Locarno earlier this year, has turned out to be a strong seller for French combine Les Films Du Losange.
  • Germany's BKN secures London Stock Exchange listing

    17-Dec-2003

    BKN, the Cologne-based animation firm, has become the first renegade company from Germany's discredited Neuer Markt to be listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
  • New Romanian studio complex to open next year

    16-Dec-2003

    Romania's growing attraction as a location for film production could increase still further with the arrival of a new studio complex next year.
  • BVITV strikes deal with Finland's Channel 4

    16-Dec-2003

    Finnish broadcaster Channel 4 (Nelonen) has agreed to buy a range of feature films and series from Buena Vista International Television (BVITV), the international TV licensing arm of Walt Disney.
  • BVITV strikes Finnish film deal

    15-Dec-2003

    Finnish broadcaster Channel 4 (Nelonen) has agreed to buy a range of feature films and series from Buena Vista International Television (BVITV), the international TV licensing arm of Walt Disney.
  • European Film Promotion launches sales support scheme

    10-Dec-2003

    European Film Promotion has launched a new scheme to help exports of European films. It will underwrite travel and print costs for sales companies attending Latin American, Asian and East European festivals.
  • SPI Int'l aquires Alexander rights

    10-Dec-2003

    Multi-national East European distributor SPI International has picked up all rights to Oliver Stone's forthcoming opus Alexander for the Czech Republic and for Slovakia.
  • Sellers sells well for HBO London

    8-Dec-2003

    IconEntertainment and Warner have teamed up to jointly buy The Life And Death Of PeterSellers, the big-budget drama about the quirky British entertainer. Theybought rights in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Trust ratchets up sales on Manderlay and Dear Wendy

    8-Dec-2003

    Denmark's Trust Film Saleshas filled out its list of recent licensing deals with strings of sales on LarsVon Trier's Manderlay and the Von Trier-scripted Dear Wendy,which is to be directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
  • CineMart unveils 'beautiful' 2004 line-up

    4-Dec-2003

    Projects by Catherine Breillat, Kim Ki-Duk and Dagur Kari are among the highlights of larger-than-ever CineMart co-production market (Jan 25-29, 2004).
  • Cinema Service extends Evil Lake deals

    3-Dec-2003

    Korean major, Cinema Service has completed a slew of post-Mifed deals toplined by its big-budget martial arts-fantasy romance Legend Of The Evil Lake.
  • Celluloid seals deals for Bellocchio's Buongiorno

    2-Dec-2003

    French sales house Celluloid Dreams has notched up a raft of sales on Italian kidnap drama Buongiorno Notte by Marco Bellocchio.
  • Blockbuster goes on the block

    2-Dec-2003

    Blockbuster Inc, the world's number one video rentals chain, may be sold in a leveraged buyout or through a share swap as early as next week.
  • Cine International sells Belgian Children to the US

    2-Dec-2003

    German sales house Cine International has licensed Belgian first film Children Of Love (Les Enfants De L'Amour) to specialist exhibitor-distributor Film Forum for a US release.
  • D-Cinema set to drive doc theatrical boom

    24-Nov-2003

    A group of European distributors is banding together to give documentaries wider theatrical play through use of digital exhibition technology.
  • Binger to announce Dutch doc training course

    21-Nov-2003

  • Former IDFA winner takes brutal look at war

    21-Nov-2003

    Today (Saturday)'s industry discussion 'Shooting In Warzones' will no doubt draw heavily on the recent war in Iraq. So too does Reporters At War, a new documentary mini-series by film-maker Jon Blair, who won an Oscar and IDFA's Wisselzak Prize for Anne Frank Remembered in 1995.
  • Mifed was good news for documentary sales

    21-Nov-2003

    Last week's Mifed film market will have brought financial cheer to a number of documentary producers who saw their works licensed for theatrical release. The annual market in Milan is normally focused of feature films and forthcoming projects, but this year also saw a growing emphasis on documentaries.
  • Constantin sees theatrical revenues dive

    17-Nov-2003

    Theatrical revenues at Germany's Constantin Film were halved in the third quarter of 2003, from Euros 14.2m to Euros 7.99m, a drop far in excess of the 5.8% decline at the overall German box office.
  • NonStop, Bright Angel pick up Mifed package deals

    17-Nov-2003

    NonStop Entertainment, partof Sweden's Millennium Media Group, swooped on packages of rights at Mifedincluding Hong Kong's Infernal Affairs and Oliver Stone's Looking ForFidel.
  • Zatoichi to open Rotterdam

    14-Nov-2003

    Cult Japanese film-maker Takeshi Kitano will make his third trip to Europe in four months when he returns to Rotterdam with his swordplay action vehicle Zatoichi, which has won major prizes ever since it premiered in competition at Venice. The film has now been set as the opening film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) (Jan 21 - Feb 1, 2004).
  • Fortissimo picks up Girl

    13-Nov-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales unveiled the pick-up of yet another title and the conclusion of a raft of sales on its diverse and expanding slate.
  • Mifed unveils subsidy package

    13-Nov-2003

    Mifed organisers confirmed yesterday (ed Wed 12) that they will offer a package of subsidies and incentives to buyers and sellers in an effort to retain business (see ScreenDaily.com, Nov 12).
  • Nordisk strikes multiple deals on Reconstruction

    13-Nov-2003

    Nordisk Film International struck a bundle of deals on its Cannes Camera d'Or winning picture Reconstruction.
  • Tartan Films signs five picture deal

    13-Nov-2003

    Tartan Films,which is carving out a new theatrical market for Asian films in the UK, has bought a five picture package from Korea's CineclickAsia.
  • Europe opens up to Tube

    12-Nov-2003

    Tube Entertainment's big underground action picture Tube has scored additional sales in Europe selling to AV Film for Italy and Pathe for France. Spain's Manga Entertainment bought both Tube and Jan Sun Woo's sci-fi fantasy Resurrection Of The Little Match Girl.
  • Europe opens up to Tube

    12-Nov-2003

    Tube Entertainment's big underground action picture Tube has scored additional sales in Europe selling to AV Film for Italy and Pathe for France. Spain's Manga Entertainment bought both Tube and Jan Sun Woo's sci-fi fantasy Resurrection Of The Little Match Girl.
  • Old Boy

    12-Nov-2003

  • Cineclick's Old Boy conjures up Euro deals

    11-Nov-2003

  • Film Library undergoes Cultural Revolution

    11-Nov-2003

    China's Cultural Revolution is the theme of three new films on the slate of Film Library, the Hong Kong and Los Angeles sales outfit.
  • First Look takes Perfect Strangers to US

    11-Nov-2003

    New Zealand's box office sensation Perfect Strangers has been picked up by First Look Pictures for North America.
  • Fortissimo improves English-language grasp

    11-Nov-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up world rights to More Than Scarlet, an Australian drama from the stable of Jan Chapman, producer of Lantana and The Piano.
  • Martian flies out of Office

    11-Nov-2003

    France's Co-Production Office may have only picked up the film in the hours before Mifed, but it is selling strongly on adult animation film Mercano The Martian from Argentina.
  • Martian flies out of Office

    11-Nov-2003

    France's Co-Production Office may have only picked up the film in the hours before Mifed, but it is selling strongly on adult animation film Mercano The Martian from Argentina.
  • MDC sells Spare Parts

    11-Nov-2003

    Berlin-based film and TV seller MDC International made a quick start to its Mifed campaign selling Slovenian picture Spare Parts, directed by Damjan Kozole, to Cinemart for the Czech Republic, Future Film for Scandinavia, Lumiere for Belgium and Neue Visionen for Germany.
  • Memories sparks sales for CJ

    11-Nov-2003

    CJ Entertainment, the powerful conglomerate which bestrides the domestic Korean scene, has struck a series of key deals with its true-life murder mystery Memories Of Murder.
  • NonStop takes on trio of titles

    11-Nov-2003

    Sweden's NonStop Sales has added a trio of high profile local titles to its Mifed slate.
  • Fortissimo learns to speak more English

    11-Nov-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales haspicked up world rights to More Than Scarlet, an Australian drama from the stable of Jan Chapman,producer of Lantana and ThePiano. The company is also poised topick up two other Aussie pictures in moves that underline its growing influencein the English-languagesector.
  • Becker blooms with Marigold, Osama

    10-Nov-2003

    Newly formed Becker Films International has picked up sales duties on Osama, the award-winning Afghan film, and has unveiled hot Bollywood fusion film Marigold.
  • Becker blooms with Marigold, Osama

    10-Nov-2003

    Newly formed Becker Films International has picked up sales duties on Osama, the award-winning Afghan film, and has unveiled hot Bollywood fusion film Marigold.
  • Fortissimo to sell Love worldwide

    10-Nov-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up world rights outside North America to PS I Love You, the second film by Dylan Kidd, director of the award winning Roger Dodger.
  • Fortissimo to sell Love worldwide

    10-Nov-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up world rights outside North America to PS I Love You, the second film by Dylan Kidd, director of the award winning Roger Dodger.
  • Jobson's Purifiers heads to Park

    10-Nov-2003

    Park Entertainment has taken on The Purifiers, a martial arts genre flick that is the second film by hot director Richard Jobson.
  • Lau, Wong quartet to rise at Fortune Star

    10-Nov-2003

    Hong Kong-based Fortune Star Entertainment makes its Mifed debut this year with a slate headed by two new pictures by Infernal Affairs co-director Andrew Lau.
  • Lau, Wong quartet to rise at Fortune Star

    10-Nov-2003

    Hong Kong-based Fortune Star Entertainment makes its Mifed debut this year with a slate headed by two new pictures by Infernal Affairs co-director Andrew Lau.
  • Miracle heralds Bavaria sales deals

    10-Nov-2003

    Germany's Bavaria Film International has struck a six picture deal with Israel's Orlando Film and has concluded further sales on its Berlin 2003 slate.
  • Renaissance has Big Plans

    10-Nov-2003

    The UK's Renaissance Films has added its first ever foreign-language picture to its slate and from this week is pitching an Australian romantic drama starring Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush.
  • Renaissance has Big Plans

    10-Nov-2003

    The UK's Renaissance Films has added its first ever foreign-language picture to its slate and from this week is pitching an Australian romantic drama starring Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush.
  • Diot's Onoma unveils debut slate

    10-Nov-2003

    Onoma International, the new sales company launched in September by Pascal Diot, former head of Pathe International (France), has unveiled a four film slate headed by new Chinese picture Day And Night (Riri Yeye).
  • Moviehouse gets to Work on beefed up slate

    10-Nov-2003

    London-based sales outfit Moviehouse Entertainment has picked up Adam Goldberg's debut feature I Love Your Work which was one of the last films to be backed by Fireworks Pictures.
  • Russian director cranks up The American

    7-Nov-2003

    Production got underway this week on acclaimed Russian director Alexei Balabanov's new film The American (Amerikanets).
  • Raggy Boy to find new home in Winchester

    5-Nov-2003

    The UK's Winchester Entertainment will be handling sales at Mifed on Aisling Walsh's Irish-set period drama, Song For A Raggy Boy, having taken over the sales mandate from Spain's Lolafilms.
  • Song For A Raggy Boy to find new home in Winchester

    5-Nov-2003

    The UK's Winchester Entertainment will be handling sales at Mifed on Aisling Walsh's Irish-set period drama, Song For A Raggy Boy, having taken over the sales mandate from Spain's Lolafilms.
  • Fortune Star opens doors with Leaving Me pickup

    4-Nov-2003

    Hong Kong-based Fortune Star has picked up the first third-party feature on which it will handle international sales.
  • Fortune Star takes on Leaving Me sales

    4-Nov-2003

    Hong Kong-based Fortune Star has picked up the first third-party feature on which it will handle international sales.
  • Dirty Pretty Things dominates BIFA prizes

    4-Nov-2003

    Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) this evening (Nov 4, 2003).
  • Hands off our subsidies, say Euro film agencies

    4-Nov-2003

    Europe's national film funding agencies have called on the European Commission to call off a major re-examination of the cobweb of national film support schemes that is scheduled to take place next year.
  • US films dominate French video market

    28-Oct-2003

    The French video market is more heavily dominated by US films than France's theatrical market.
  • Euro film industry savages screener compromise

    24-Oct-2003

    Brussels-based lobby group, the European Film Companies Alliance (EFCA) has torn into the Oscars' screening tapes ban, describing it as a "blow to cultural diversity", "evidence of arrogance" and a threat to the Oscars themselves.
  • Europe's film sector to grow at 7%

    23-Oct-2003

    Growth of the market forfilmed entertainment in Europe is set to more than double the average for thewider entertainment and media sectors over the next five years.
  • Sweden's TV3 strikes BVITV deal

    22-Oct-2003

    Entertainment channel TV3, part of Sweden's Modern Times Group, has struck a licensing deal with Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) for series, animated programming and a package of feature films.
  • Infernal Affairs II

    21-Oct-2003

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    21-Oct-2003

  • Indie Circle acquires first European title

    15-Oct-2003

    Celebrated Spanish film Take My Eyes (Te Doy Mis Ojos) has become the first European picture to be bought collectively by multi-national buying consortium Indie Circle.
  • MIPCOM closes with host of deals

    15-Oct-2003

    The studios were particularly active in using MIPCOM to announce film and made-for-TV film deals:
  • Video-on-demand gathers speed

    15-Oct-2003

    The way forward for video-on-demand (VoD) seems suddenly to be gaining momentum around the world - although pure VoD in which all content is always available at the click of a button still looks a very remote possibility.
  • French teacher sues documentary makers

    14-Oct-2003

    In an extraordinary about-face retired French schoolteacher Georges Lopez has begun legal proceedings against the makers of the documentary film Etre Et Avoir, which he dominated with his strict-but-fair handling of a junior school class in the Auvergne.
  • BVITV to handle Miramax rights in Spain

    13-Oct-2003

    Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has signed adeal to represent the TV rights in Spain to MiramaxFilms' feature slate.
  • MIPCOM bounces towards lively conclusion

    13-Oct-2003

    The MIPCOM internationaltelevision programmes market in Cannes has been a relatively lively affair. It saw theunveiling of few mega-deals, but it was distinctly more buoyant than recentevents.
  • Fortune Star set for MIPCOM debut

    9-Oct-2003

    Fortune Star, the Hong Kong film and television production arm of News Corp's Star TV, makes its debut as an exhibitor tomorrow at MIPCOM (Oct 10-13) with an emphasis on the DVD sector and high definition content.
  • Mirovision wanders into horror Park

    9-Oct-2003

    Korea's Mirovision has picked up international sales on the new picture by super hot Hong Kong director Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, one half of the team behind the Infernal Affairs sensations.
  • Shochiku lines up Mullan for jazz drama

    9-Oct-2003

    Expanding Japanese production and distribution group Shochiku is to unveil new historical drama Out Of This World by leading director Sakamoto Junji.
  • Oz industry launches Asian focused trade body

    8-Oct-2003

    A group of executives from the Australian industry have formed a new trade association to lobby their government for legislative support of their efforts to work within Asia.
  • Tartan swoops on ten pictures at Pusan

    8-Oct-2003

    Tartan Films of the UK has had a busy time at the Pusan festival and PPP market, picking-up ten pictures from Korean and Hong Kong sellers.
  • Vietnamese Buffalo rolls with Euro financing

    8-Oct-2003

    Filming on Buffalo Boy, a Vietnamese coming of age drama gets underway next week after having secured a raft of European financing.
  • Arclight engrossed by Chan's New Police Story

    7-Oct-2003

    Arclight Films has picked up international sales rights to the new Jackie Chan vehicle which currently goes under the working title of New Police Story.
  • CJ's Yoon moves over to Kang Je Gyu Films

    7-Oct-2003

    One of Korea's best known sales agents Mark Yoon has joined Kang Je Gyu Films, the production and sales boutique that is currently making the $13m war picture National Flag (Tae Guk Gi).
  • Celestial parent to float on Malaysian stock exchange

    5-Oct-2003

    Astro All Asia Networks, the Malaysian pay-TV operator that owns Hong Kong film studio Celestial Pictures, is to float on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange later this month.
  • Pusan gets surprise North Korean sidebar

    5-Oct-2003

    Ina late addition to its line-up South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival(PIFF) is to show a selection of seven films from North Korea. The move isbelieved to be the first time that films from the isolationist northern statehave been officially screened in public in the South.
  • Han, Arclight to fly with $15m Silver Hawk

    26-Sep-2003

    Hong Kong's Han Entertainment has completed finance on its $15m martial arts action film Silver Hawk through a gap finance deal and the appointment of Arclight Films as sales agent.
  • Jackie Chan vehicle revs up in Hong Kong

    25-Sep-2003

    Distant echoes of a successful franchise rang around Hong Kong this week as production got underway on a new Jackie Chan vehicle, currently titled New Police Story.
  • Egyptian Oscar nominee courts controversy

    12-Sep-2003

    Egypt has chosen a controversial relationship film as its first ever contender for the foreign-language Oscar nomination.
  • Rappeneau romance gets Oscar nod

    11-Sep-2003

    Veteran directorJean-Paul Rappeneau's Bon Voyage has been selected as France's contender for the foreign-languageOscar. Thefilm, which stars Isabelle Adjani, Virginie Ledoyen, Yvan Attal,Gregori Derangere andGerard Depardieu, is a romantic drama set against the period when France ...
  • Rome plays host to cloistered screening of Gibson's Passion

    11-Sep-2003

    Special projects require special tactics. And there can be few films requiring such an approach as Mel Gibson's $25m religious tract The Passion.
  • A Good Lawyer's Wife

    9-Sep-2003

    Dir: Im Sang Soo. Korea. 104 mins. 2003
  • Five Euro distribs form Indie Circle buying pool

    5-Sep-2003

    Five European distribution companies have pooled ther resources to create a jointly-owned film acquisition service. The pool, dubbed Indie Circle, will have its offices in Paris and be headed by Christophe Mercier (see Screen International Sept 05 edition for profile).
  • Revolver turns to Sayles' Casa

    5-Sep-2003

    John Sayles' drama Casa De Los Babys has been picked up for Italian release by new distributor Revolver.
  • Last Life joins Oscar contenders

    4-Sep-2003

    Thailand has selected Venice title Last Life In The Universe as its official foreign-language Oscar contender.
  • Benelux distributor falls for Kitano's style

    3-Sep-2003

    Start-up Dutch distributor Bright Angel achieved something of a coup by snatching Benelux rights to hot Venice competition title Zatoichi. The film is possibly director Takeshi Kitano's most commercial and accessible to western audiences for several years.
  • New Benelux distributor falls for Kitano's style

    3-Sep-2003

    Start-up Dutch distributor Bright Angel achieved something of a coup by snatching Benelux rights to hot Venice competition title Zatoichi. The film is possibly director Takeshi Kitano's most commercial and accessible to western audiences for several years.
  • Berlin festival sets first titles for 2004

    3-Sep-2003

    Mexican docu-fiction Digna Oaxa is the first film to have been selected for inclusion in next year's Berlin festival (5-15 February 2004).
  • Italy's Lady Pictures picks up Matrubhoomi

    3-Sep-2003

    Indian film Matrubhoomi - A Nation Without Women has been picked up for distribution in Italy by independent player Lady Films. In Scandinavia it has been acquired by local major Svensk Filmindustri.
  • EU calls for co-ordination not cash

    2-Sep-2003

    Better co-ordination of the public money available to European film, rather than a need for more cash, was one of the main conclusions to emerge from a four-day meeting that concluded in Venice this weekend.
  • The Return and Zatoichi light-up Venice

    2-Sep-2003

    Two films in the Venice competition have been logging strong buyer interest and notching sales even before their world premieres later this week.
  • Artificial Eye adds to Venice tally

    2-Sep-2003

    The UK's Artificial Eye has added to its stock of Venice titles by adding Last Life In The Universe, which appears in Venice's Controcorrente or Upstream section.
  • Artificial Eye adds to Venice tally

    2-Sep-2003

    The UK's Artificial Eye has added to its stock of Venice titles by adding Last Life In The Universe, which appears in Venice's Controcorrente or Upstream section.
  • ICA takes The Five Obstructions

    2-Sep-2003

  • Kitano edges into lead at quality festival

    2-Sep-2003

    Six days in and there has been no buying frenzy this year at the Venice festival. But both buyers and critics appearsatisfied with the quality and range of films on offer across the festival's different sections.
  • Kitano edges into lead at quality Venice

    2-Sep-2003

    Six days in and there has been no buying frenzy this year at the Venice festival. But both buyers and critics appear satisfied with the quality and range of films on offer across the festival's different sections.
  • Samurai drama has the edge at Venice festival

    2-Sep-2003

    Six days in and there has been no buying frenzy this year at the Venice festival. But both buyers and critics appear satisfied with the quality and range of films on offer across the festival's different sections.
  • Competition films fuel buyer action

    1-Sep-2003

    Two films in the Venice competition have been logging strong buyer interest and notching up sales even before their world premieres later this week.
  • Venice competition films fuel buyer action

    1-Sep-2003

    Two films in the Venice competition have been logging strong buyer interest and notching up sales even before their world premieres later this week.
  • The Return, Zatoichi score Venice sales on eve of premieres

    31-Aug-2003

    Two films in the Venice competitionhave been logging strong buyer interest and notching sales evenbefore their world premieres later this week. Russian first film The Returnby directed by Andrey Zvyagantsev, has added deals with France'sOcean Films and The Netherlands' Contact Films to previous licenceagreeements signed with Switzerland's Frenetic and Italy's Lucky Red.Sales agent ...
  • Gaumont lines up Reno for big-budget Empire

    29-Aug-2003

    France's Jean Reno is to star in The Empire Of The Wolves (L'Empire Des Loups), a big budget crime thriller in the vein of Crimson Rivers that should be one of the standout French pictures of next year.
  • EU acts to protect national film aid schemes

    29-Aug-2003

    Europe's film many national subsidy and support schemes for local film-making this week were given new protection following a joint initiative by the European Union's Culture and Monopolies Commissions.
  • EU acts to protect national film support schemes

    29-Aug-2003

    Europe's film many national subsidy and support schemes for local film-making this week were given new protection following a joint initiative by the European Union's Culture and Monopolies Commissions.
  • Stars come out to play at festival

    29-Aug-2003

    Johnny Depp yesterday did what so many visiting stars at the Venice festival simply don't do - he worked the crowds.
  • Stars come out to play at Venice

    29-Aug-2003

    Johnny Depp yesterday did what so many visiting stars at the Venice festival simply don't do - he worked the crowds.
  • Venice festival opens with tasty spread

    26-Aug-2003

    At a time when the usefulness of film festivals is becoming a topic of hot debate, Venice has a chance to blow everyone's socks off.
  • Venice festival opens with tasty spread

    26-Aug-2003

    At a time when the usefulness of film festivals is becoming a topic of hot debate, Venice has a chance to blow everyone's socks off.
  • Venice opens with tasty spread

    26-Aug-2003

    At a time when the usefulness of film festivals is becoming a topic of hot debate, Venice has a chance to blow everyone's socks off.
  • Istituto Luce buys Good Lawyer's Wife

    21-Aug-2003

    Istituto Luce has become the latest Italian distributor to grab itself a Venice competition title before the festival has started.
  • Istituto Luce buys Korea's Good Lawyer's Wife

    21-Aug-2003

    Istituto Luce has become the latest Italian distributor to grab itself a Venice competition title before the festival has started.
  • Euro video market booms to Euros11.2bn value

    19-Aug-2003

    The European video market grew last year by 27% to a retail value of Euros11.2bn according to trade body, the International Video Federation (IVF).
  • Vivendi muddles its way past auction deadline

    19-Aug-2003

    The sale of Vivendi Universal Entertainment, the company which ownsUniversal Studios, has become so confusing that the world's major businesspapers cannot agree who is left in the auction - even after this week's finaldeadline. The New York Times reportstwo companies still standing, TheFinancial Times says three on one page, four in its influential Lex column. And VUE's corporateparent, Paris-based Vivendi ...
  • Memories Of Murder (Salinui Chueok)

    6-Aug-2003

  • Memories Of Murder (Salinui Chueok)

    6-Aug-2003

    Dir: Bong Joon-Ho. Korea. 2003. 129mins.
  • Greenaway draws Venetian blind over missing Suitcase

    4-Aug-2003

    Ardent fans of PeterGreenaway must have been left scratching their heads in puzzlement last week afterthe Venice Film Festival announced that Episode 3 (Antwerp) would have its world premiere on the Lido as thenext instalment of his on-going Tulse Luper Suitcases project.
  • Hong Kong indies enjoy share surge

    30-Jul-2003

    The Hong Kong stock market is anticipating boom times for local companies following the signing of the recent free-trade agreement between the once freewheeling territory and mainland China.
  • The Stewardess (Fai Sheung Hung Tse)

    30-Jul-2003

  • Mutt Boy (Ddong-gae)

    28-Jul-2003

    Dir: Kwak Kyung-Taek. Korea. 2003. 101 mins.
  • Venice fest set for Italian showcase

    28-Jul-2003

    Italian films may be the ones to profit most from the absence of big-name auteur directors that looks set to afflict the Venice festival this year.
  • Vivendi Universal mulls Benelux pay-TV offers

    28-Jul-2003

    Vivendi Universal is reported to be considering two or three offers for its pay-TV operations in Benelux. But the bids are said to be considerably less than the conglomerate had hoped for and could see the break-up of the group into three separate operations.
  • Comcast mulls Vivendi Universal bid

    25-Jul-2003

    Comcast, the US cable giant, may be poised to join the race to buy the US entertainment assets being sold by Vivendi Universal. These include Universal studios, cable channels including Sci-Fi and theme parks.
  • Powell quits production for NFTS job

    24-Jul-2003

    Nik Powell, one of the most prolific producers in the UK, is to quit the production scene and take over as director of the National Film & Television School (NFTS).
  • Film industry 'disappointed' by European VAT ruling

    23-Jul-2003

    European film trade associations have reacted with "deep disappointment" to last week's European Commission (EC) ruling on value added tax (VAT), which keeps charges on DVDs and video cassettes at high levels.
  • Korea's Mirovision takes world rights to Doppelganger

    22-Jul-2003

    Korean independent group Mirovision has picked up world sales rights to Doppelganger, the next film by cult Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
  • Korea's Save The Green Planet wins PiFan festival

    20-Jul-2003

    Local Koreanpicture, Save TheGreen Planet took multiple honours at the closing ceremony of the 7thPuchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) this weekend.
  • Jeong to take over as COO at Showbox

    18-Jul-2003

    Jeong Taesung, known as the international face of thePusan Promotion Plan (PPP) projects market is to become chief operating officerof the major Korean film conglomerate Showbox.
  • Mirovision picks up Klockworx' Battlefield Baseball

    14-Jul-2003

    In a rare deal signed at Korea's Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan) Japanese sales and production house Klockworx marked its first licence agreement for Battlefield Baseball. The film was sold to Korean indie distributor Mirovision.
  • Euro film to benefit from EIB bank deal

    11-Jul-2003

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided Euros40bn of credits to Natexis Coficine and Cofiloisirs, two French banks specialising in film lending.
  • Phileine Says Sorry to open Netherlands film fest

    9-Jul-2003

  • Rising ticket prices to drive European box office

    9-Jul-2003

    Pan-European cinema admissions will reach 1 billion in 2005, rising from 910 million in 2002 - 20% over the three year period - according to a new report by research house, Screen Digest.
  • Field narrows in Vivendi Universal race

    7-Jul-2003

    A trio of companies from the original six which expressed an interest may now head the race to buy Vivendi Universal's US entertainment assets which include Universal Pictures film studio.
  • Global entertainment spend set to recover from 9/11 shock

    30-Jun-2003

    Global entertainment spending is set to grow from $1.1 trillion in 2002 to $1.4 trillion in 2007, a compound average growth rate of 4.8% per year.
  • Global film industry losing up to $3.5bn from piracy

    6-Jun-2003

    The global film industry is currently losing $3bn-$3.5bn per year to illegal piracy operations, according to a new report The Impact Of Piracy On The Film Industry, by UK based management consultancy firm Deloitte & Touche.
  • Cannes artistic director reflects on 'year of thorns'

    5-Jun-2003

    Thierry Fremaux, the man chiefly responsible for this year'sprogramming selections at the Cannes Film Festival, has hit back at the barrageof barbed criticism and hopes that a more level-headed assessment of the 2003 Official Selection will emerge over time.
  • Digital advertising far outstrips digital screenings

    4-Jun-2003

    According to a new report from Screen Digest the use of digital technology for pre-film advertising far outstrips full-on electronic cinema.
  • RCV wraps up a dozen Cannes buys

    2-Jun-2003

    Dutch distributorRCV Entertainment bought a dozen high profile English-language titles at Cannes.
  • French indie banks on next generation festival auteurs

    30-May-2003

    Independent French production label Aeternam Films unveiled a raft of art-house pictures produced by some of the world's edgiest talents.
  • Kitchen Stories sells like hot cakes

    29-May-2003

    Bent Hamer's kitchen-sink drama Kitchen Stories (Salmer Fra Kokkenet), which was one of the hits of the Cannes Directors' Fortnight section, has proved as popular with buyers as it has with critics and the public.
  • Mr Ibrahim goes to Japan

    29-May-2003

    Powerful French sales and production operation ARP Selection sold Japanese rights on Mr Ibrahim to Gaga Communications.
  • Osama is first title for five-strong buying alliance

    29-May-2003

  • Paradiso enjoys buying spree

    29-May-2003

    Paradiso Entertainment bought all Benelux rights to After The Sunset and Rush Hour 3. From the UK's Portman Entertainment it bought Intermission. From Odyssey Entertainment it picked up The Libertine. From Pandora it concluded a three picture deal including Casa De Los Babys, A Home At The End Of The World and Grid. From In-Motion it grabbed new George Romeros title The Ill. Prior to the market Paradiso renewed its annual output deal ...
  • Japan, UK welcome Barbarian Invasions

    28-May-2003

    Denys Arcand's double prize-winning Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares) was sold to Comstock for Japan and to Artificial Eye for the UK by French sales house Flach Pyramide International.
  • Japan, UK welcome Barbarian Invasions

    28-May-2003

    Denys Arcand's double prize-winning Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares) was sold to Comstock for Japan and to Artificial Eye for the UK by French sales house Flach Pyramide International.
  • Japan, UK welcome Barbarian Invasions

    28-May-2003

    Denys Arcand's double prize-winning Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares) was sold to Comstock for Japan and to Artificial Eye for the UK by French sales house Flach Pyramide International.
  • Rai Trade sells its Heart out

    28-May-2003

    Rai Trade did good business with Pupi Avati's competition film A Heart Elsewhere (Il Cuore Altrove), selling it in over 20 territories.
  • Sweden's NonStop is ceaseless buyer

    28-May-2003

    Sweden's NonStop Entertainment had a busy time in Cannes acquiring the Palme d'Or winner Elephant by Gus van Sant and a further seven other films.
  • Sweden's NonStop is ceaseless buyer

    28-May-2003

    Sweden's NonStop Entertainment had a busy time in Cannes acquiring the Palme d'Or winner Elephant by Gus van Sant and a further seven other films.
  • Elephant wins Palme d'Or in Cannes upset

    25-May-2003

    No prizes for the bookies' favourite Dogville was only the biggest of many surprises at a Cannes closing ceremony attended more by leathery old Cannois, than superstars, or the giants of auteur cinema.
  • Elephant wins Palme d'Or in Cannes upset

    25-May-2003

    No prizes for the bookies' favourite Dogville was only the biggest of many surprises at a Cannes closing ceremony attended more by leathery old Cannois, than superstars, or the giants of auteur cinema.
  • Fortissimo claims record breaking Cannes sales

    25-May-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales had a record breaking Cannes festival in a year considered generally morose for the market and disastrous for the competition.
  • Greenaway saddles up with erotic horsemen

    23-May-2003

    Peter Greenaway, the experimental British director whose Tulse Luper Suitcases screens in competition tomorrow, has set 55 Men On Horseback as his next film.
  • Africa Cinemas launched to promote local industry

    22-May-2003

    The lamentable state of the film industry in Africa is set to be addressed through the launch of a new organisation, Africa Cinemas, which will be bankrolled by a number of European organisations.
  • Mumbai meets Macbeth

    22-May-2003

    South African powerhouse Distant Horizon has picked up world sales rights to Fair Is Foul, an Indian version of Shakespearean classic Macbeth.
  • Mumbai meets Macbeth

    22-May-2003

    South African powerhouse Distant Horizon has picked up world sales rights to Fair Is Foul, an Indian version of Shakespearean classic Macbeth.
  • Universal to deliver Twins

    22-May-2003

    Universal Pictures International has picked up UK, Australian, German, Italian and Scandinavian rights to Hong Kong director Dante Lam's vampire thriller Twins Effect. The film is being handled by Arclight Films.
  • Universal to deliver Twins

    22-May-2003

    Universal Pictures International has picked up UK, Australian, German, Italian and Scandinavian rights to Hong Kong director Dante Lam's vampire thriller Twins Effect. The film is being handled by Arclight Films.
  • Bavaria busy with award winners

    22-May-2003

    Bavaria Film International has closed remaining territories on foreign-language Oscar-winner Nowhere In Africa selling to Korea's With Cinema, Finland's Kamras and Portugal's Ecofilmes.
  • Doug Chiang prepares his Robota

    22-May-2003

    Top visual effects supplier Doug Chiang is putting together Robota, a robot-action adventure which will mix live action and 3D animation.
  • Haut Et Court adds Cantet-connected pair

    22-May-2003

    Haut Et Court, the French production company behind competition film Tiresia and anticipated Un Certain Regard picture Who Killed Bambi, has cast Swimming Pool-star Charlotte Rampling in the new psychological drama by hot shot Laurent Cantet.
  • Locarno unveils jazzy innovations

    22-May-2003

    The top trio from the Locarno festival - artistic director Irene Bignardi, president Marco Solari and selector Teresa Cavani - were on hand yesterday to introduce the innovations of this year's festival.
  • Rai takes Heart Elsewhere

    22-May-2003

    Rai Trade, the film sales arm of Italian state broadcast-production and distribution group Rai, has had a successful time this year at Cannes.
  • Scott-Thomas steals Lupin role

    22-May-2003

    Kristin Scott-Thomas will co-star with Romain Duris in Arsene Lupin, a big-budget story of 19th century adventure, romance and burglary.
  • Italy's Eagle swoops on its first Korean title

    21-May-2003

    Korean mini-studio Mirovision has successfully sold its horror hit Phone, directed by Ahn Byung-ki, to Italy's Eagle Pictures. The film is the first ever Korean title for the Italian distributor.
  • Italy's Eagle swoops on its first Korean title

    21-May-2003

    Korean mini-studio Mirovision has successfully sold its horror hit Phone, directed by Ahn Byung-ki, to Italy's Eagle Pictures. The film is the first ever Korean title for the Italian distributor.
  • Italy's Eagle swoops on its first Korean title

    21-May-2003

    Korean mini-studio Mirovision has successfully sold its horror hit Phone, directed by Ahn Byung-ki, to Italy's Eagle Pictures. The film is the first ever Korean title for the Italian distributor.
  • Montage, Korea's Tube go hunting with Van Helsing

    21-May-2003

    Montage Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based company with strong Korean connections has become one of the two indie players to get a piece of Universal Pictures' mega-budget, monster hunter adventure Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale.
  • Brussels flexes tax muscles

    20-May-2003

    Testament to Cannes's growing role as a film financing arena, some 200 people turned up on Saturday afternoon to a presentation about Belgium's new tax-based film finance system.
  • Brussels flexes tax muscles

    20-May-2003

    Testament to Cannes's growing role as a film financing arena, some 200 people turned up on Saturday afternoon to a presentation about Belgium's new tax-based film finance system.
  • Miramax goes Dutch with Twin Sisters

    20-May-2003

    Miramax Films has acquired North American distribution rights from High Point Films to the Dutch local blockbuster Twin Sisters (De Tweeling) directed by Ben Sombogaart.
  • Miramax goes Dutch with Twin Sisters

    20-May-2003

    Miramax Films has acquired North American distribution rights from High Point Films to the Dutch local blockbuster Twin Sisters (De Tweeling) directed by Ben Sombogaart.
  • Paramount to remake Italian drama Three Wives

    20-May-2003

    Paramount Pictures is in final negotiations to acquire English-language remake rights to Italian drama Three Wives (Tre Mogli).
  • Paramount to remake Italian drama Three Wives

    20-May-2003

    Paramount Pictures is in final negotiations to acquire English-language remake rights to Italian drama Three Wives (Tre Mogli).
  • Bohemian takes delivery of Life

    20-May-2003

    Bohemian Films, the production, financing and distribution company formed last Cannes by Fran and Kaz Kuzui and Fortissimo principals Wouter Barendrecht and Michael J Werner, has taken delivery of its first film, Last Life In The Universe (pictured). It is expected to appear at a number of autumn festivals.
  • Cannes to host piracy summit next year

    20-May-2003

    Next year's Cannes festival will be host to a conference on anti-piracy issues it was announced after a meeting between MPA chief Jack Valenti and France's minister of culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon.
  • Egoli Tossell dives into cash pool

    20-May-2003

    Egoli Tossell, one of the leading German indie producers, has won itself a pool of fresh cash to boost its development slate.
  • Tube speeds to Shochiku

    20-May-2003

    A major Japanese deal for its top action title has crowned the return to market of Korea's Tube Entertainment.
  • Disney buys French animation Renaissance

    19-May-2003

    Emerging French production house Onyx Films has scored a notable coup with the sale of its first animated project Renaissance to Buena Vista for US distribution.
  • Flach Pyramide on a roll with Arcand's Invasions

    19-May-2003

    Denys Arcand's competition film The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares) has opened strongly in its native Quebec, notching C$1m in its first six days of release on a 120 print release handled by Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm, and giving a further boost to sales agent Flach Pyramide International (FPI).
  • Fortissimo strikes financing deal with Bank of Scotland

    19-May-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales has struck a new relationship with the film finance arm of Royal Bank Of Scotland (RBOS), allowing it to expand at a time when the sales market is getting tighter.
  • Fortissimo strikes financing deal with Bank of Scotland

    19-May-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales has struck a new relationship with the film finance arm of Royal Bank Of Scotland (RBOS), allowing it to expand at a time when the sales market is getting tighter.
  • Regis Wargnier finds his missing link

    19-May-2003

    Kristin Scott-Thomas will star in an epic 19th century adventure about the origin of the human species to be directed by Regis Wargnier, the French filmmaker perhaps best known for Indochine and East-West.
  • Regis Wargnier finds his missing link

    19-May-2003

    Kristin Scott-Thomas will star in an epic 19th century adventure about the origin of the human species to be directed by Regis Wargnier, the French filmmaker perhaps best known for Indochine and East-West.
  • Bright Angel buys Asian pair

    19-May-2003

    Bright Angel, the new Dutch distributor formed only at the beginning of the month, has picked up a further two films. From Cineclick Asia it bought Lee Chang-dong's drama Oasis and from Toei it grabbed Battle Royale II. Distribution head Patrizia Raeli describe the purchases as "old friends". In her previous incarnation at the UK's Metro Tartan Films she bought splatterfest Battle Royale and its sequel and had sought Oasis.
  • FAME targets third party pictures

    19-May-2003

    Film And Music Entertainment (F&ME), the UK independent production outfit, has launched a new division to service third party pictures, including the eight co-productions that have already been lined up alongside its own in-house pictures.
  • Korean war drama sold to Universal in Japan

    19-May-2003

    Korean powerhouse Kang Je Gyu has inked its long-anticipated first deal on war drama Tae Guk Gi, aftter. Japanese rights to the $12m picture was sold to Universal Pictures Japan (UPJ), for an undisclosed sum.
  • Low budget films ride Shotgun

    19-May-2003

    Low budget, low overhead and low risk are the watchwords of a new Stuttgart-based production outfit, Shotgun Pictures, which yesterday unveiled a plans for a ten-picture slate.
  • Rampling heads South with Cantet

    19-May-2003

    Haut Et Court, the French production company behind competition film Tiresia and anticipated Un Certain Regard picture Who Killed Bambi, has cast Swimming Pool-star Charlotte Rampling in the new psychological drama by hot shot Laurent Cantet.
  • Anglo-Korean co-production backs art thieves

    16-May-2003

    Expanding its production operations, Korean sales house E Pictures has put together one of the first British-Korean co-productions and acquired two key properties for adaptation.
  • Anglo-Korean co-production backs art thieves

    16-May-2003

    Expanding its production operations, Korean sales house E Pictures has put together one of the first British-Korean co-productions and acquired two key properties for adaptation.
  • Anglo-Korean co-production backs art thieves

    16-May-2003

    Expanding its production operations, Korean sales house E Pictures has put together one of the first British-Korean co-productions and acquired two key properties for adaptation.
  • Hadidas lord it up in production

    16-May-2003

    The Hadida brothers Samuel and Victor are the latest indie distributors to underline the notion that cash is king. Flush with the proceeds of handling Lord Of The Rings in France through their Metropolitan Filmexport label, they are now stepping up production activities through their other company Davis Films.
  • Hadidas lord it up in production

    16-May-2003

    The Hadida brothers Samuel and Victor are the latest indie distributors to underline the notion that cash is king. Flush with the proceeds of handling Lord Of The Rings in France through their Metropolitan Filmexport label, they are now stepping up production activities through their other company Davis Films.
  • Cannes claims higher attendance

    16-May-2003

    The Cannes market says that attendance is up 10% and registrations at new record levels.
  • Fortissimo on song with Camp, Eye sequel

    16-May-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales has announced a raft of sales on musical comedy Camp and the Pang Brothers' highly-anticipated sequel to horror hit The Eye.
  • Fortissimo on song with Camp, Eye sequel

    16-May-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales has announced a raft of sales on musical comedy Camp and the Pang Brothers' highly-anticipated sequel to horror hit The Eye.
  • Korea's CJ expands Cannes slate

    16-May-2003

    CJ Entertainment, the Korean major which yesterday received an official visit from French culture minister Jean-Pierre Aillagon, expanded its Cannes slate with the addition of supernatural thriller, The Uninvited.
  • MK2 acquires festival duo

    16-May-2003

    MK2, the French mini-major which controls the largest circuit of art-house cinemas in Paris, has added to its distribution slate with the acquisition of Un Certain Regard film Mille Mois by Faouzi Ben Saidi from Fortissimo Film Sales. Release is scheduled for October.
  • Cannes' 'Europe Day' flies diversity flag

    15-May-2003

    Cannes jury chief Patrice Chereau, Luc Besson and Wim Wenders are among the European talents who today join Gilles Jacob, EU culture commissioner Viviane Reding and a dozen ministers of culture to celebrate Cannes' first "Europe Day".
  • Cannes' 'Europe Day' flies diversity flag

    15-May-2003

    Cannes jury chief Patrice Chereau, Luc Besson and Wim Wenders are among the European talents who today join Gilles Jacob, EU culture commissioner Viviane Reding and a dozen ministers of culture to celebrate Cannes' first "Europe Day".
  • Distant Horizon buys remake rights to two Asian pictures

    15-May-2003

    South African studio group Distant Horizon has picked up remake rights to two Asian pictures, adding to its stable of international properties in development.
  • Distant Horizon buys remake rights to two Asian pictures

    15-May-2003

    South African studio group Distant Horizon has picked up remake rights to two Asian pictures, adding to its stable of international properties in development.
  • European indie sales agents fight their corner

    15-May-2003

    Under pressure from all sides, Europe's independent film sellers are to fight back through a new organisation, which launches today in Cannes as part of 'Europe Day.'
  • FAME strikes deal with Handprint

    15-May-2003

    Film and Music Entertainment Ltd (FAME) has signed an exclusive US representation deal with management company Handprint Entertainment.
  • FAME strikes deal with Handprint

    15-May-2003

    Film and Music Entertainment Ltd (FAME) has signed an exclusive US representation deal with management company Handprint Entertainment.
  • Wild Bunch cleans up with new Assayas

    15-May-2003

    Separation from StudioCanal has not dented the ability of Wild Bunch to pack a punch on the Croisette: not only does Vincent Maraval's French sales house boast a trio of films in competition, it also part-financing Olivier Assayas' reunion with his ex-wife Maggie Chung.
  • CJ shoots first fully financed film

    14-May-2003

    After years as a co-investor or distributor, Korean major, CJ Entertainment has begun production on its first fully financed picture.
  • Greenaway's Suitcases open for business

    14-May-2003

    Peter Greenaway's opus The Tulse Luper Suitcases, has secured a clutch of key sales ahead of the world premiere on the last day of competition (Sat 24) of the first instalment: The Moab Story.
  • New Benelux buyer grabs Shara

    14-May-2003

    Newly formed Dutch distributor Bright Angel Distribution has inked its first acquisition. It has bought all-Benelux rights to Cannes competition film Shara (Sharasoyju), which screens on the last Saturday of the festival. The deal was struck through French sales house Flach Pyramide International.
  • Twenty films compete for Camera d'Or

    8-May-2003

    Wim Wenders will head the jury that awards the Camera d'Or, the Cannes festival's prize for a best first film.
  • Twenty first films compete for Camera d'Or

    8-May-2003

    Wim Wenders will head the jury that awards the Camera d'Or, the Cannes festival's prize for a best first film.
  • Two offers made for UGC Cinemas

    6-May-2003

    Two venture capital firms have made takeover offers for UGC Cinemas according to French financial daily Les Echos.
  • HBO London Films trumpets first sale on Elephant

    2-May-2003

    HBO Films London has struckits first sales deal on Gus van Sant's Cannes-competition bound film Elephant. All rights in France were sold to mini-major MK2,which can be expected to support its launch at the festival.
  • HBO London trumpets first sale on Elephant

    2-May-2003

    HBO Films London has struckits first sales deal on Gus van Sant's Cannes-competition bound film Elephant. All rights in France were sold to mini-major MK2,which can be expected to support its launch at the festival.
  • EU says pay-TV broadcasters to blame for rise in piracy

    30-Apr-2003

    The European Union (EU) this week criticised Europe's pay-TV companies for creating the conditions that encourage piracy of their services.
  • Matrix computer game does record business

    30-Apr-2003

    Infogrames Entertainment said that it has done record business on Enter The Matrix, the video game tie-in with forthcoming film The Matrix Reloaded.
  • Heijl joins expanding Moonlight Films

    29-Apr-2003

    Dutch distribution veteran Jean Heijl has joined independent outfit Moonlight Films from Indies Entertainment Group.
  • Un Certain Regard takes on added lustre

    29-Apr-2003

    The Cannes Festival's Un Certain Regard sidebar is taking on the allure and scale of a fully-fledged festival to rival discovery events like Locarno or Rotterdam.
  • 1975 Palme d'Or winner Lakhdar-Hamina to return to Cannes

    28-Apr-2003

  • Algerian 1975 Palme d'Or winner to return to Cannes

    28-Apr-2003

  • On-line swap tech ruling angers studios

    28-Apr-2003

    Companies providing software that allows on-line swapping of film and music files were given permission to stay in business by a Los Angeles federal judge on Friday. The ruling is seen by studio groups as a greenlight to piracy.
  • Vivendi begins US asset disposal process

    28-Apr-2003

    Vivendi Universal looks increasingly like selling its US media assets which includes Universal Studios, various cable channels and the Universal theme parks.
  • New distributor, Bright Angel to shine over Benelux

    17-Apr-2003

    New Beneluxdistributor Bright Angel Distribution will launch from the end of this month.
  • Cannes Directors' Fortnight names first titles

    17-Apr-2003

    Under the management of Francois Da Silva, the new Cannes Director's Fortnight is beginning to take shape as an enlarged and experimental section with an emphasis on diversity.
  • Swedish Komedy to be remade by Columbia

    16-Apr-2003

    Swedish comedy Kopps is to beremade by Primal Pictures and Adam Sandler's companyHappy Madison for Columbia Pictures, under a deal signed this week. The film, originally directed byJosef Fares, is a tale about policemen who go on the rampage in a small town inorder to boost crime figures and keep their jobs. Primal Pictures is run by Amanda Klein and Michael Nash. Rights holder Lars Jonsson was represented by Anonymous Content.
  • Fear And Trembling (Stupeur Et Tremblements)

    16-Apr-2003

  • L'Homme Du Train joins Monsieur Hire for Leconte remake

    7-Apr-2003

    Not one, but two films by French director Patrice Leconte are set for English-language remake treatment.
  • Dobermann director plans eco-friendly documentary series

    4-Apr-2003

    Jan Kounen, the French director behind the stylish and hyper-violent 1997 comic-book adaptation Dobermann, is to show another side of his character with the launch of a new series of spiritual and eco-friendly documentaries.
  • CETV granted extra broadcast rights in China

    2-Apr-2003

    CETV, the Chinese-language entertainment channel majority-owned by AOL Time-Warner, has been granted additional broadcast rights in mainland China.
  • European competition watchdog to rule on Stream/Telepiu merger

    1-Apr-2003

    The competition watchdog of the European Commission (EC) is tomorrow expected to announce that the merger of Italian pay-TV companies Telpiu and Stream can go ahead.
  • HAF decision to be taken today

    31-Mar-2003

    Organisers of the Hong Kong Asia International Film Finance Forum (HAF) will today (Tuesday, Apr 1) take a decision as to whether to press on with the projects market scheduled to take place next week (Apr 7-9).
  • MIP-TV ends on comfortable note

    28-Mar-2003

    MIP-TV, the spring TV programmes market in Cannes, closed on a modestly positive note yesterday. Market chief, Rene Pires said that some 9,024 delegates had taken part. That was down 11% on last year's figure of 10,104, but was better than he had hoped for given the world's current political turmoil. Many delegates who did attend said it felt like a greater proportion was missing and many clearly cut short their stay to just two or three days.
  • BVITV strikes MIP-TV deals

    28-Mar-2003

    Buena Vista International Television (BVITV), the film and TV sales arm of Disney, struck a number of film deals in small territories during this week's MIP-TV market in Cannes.
  • Vien takes over Universal's international TV operations

    28-Mar-2003

    Patrick Vien is to take over management of Universal Television Group (UTG)'s international channel operations.
  • DVD comes to the rescue

    27-Mar-2003

    With TV markets seemingly as off-colour as the independent film sector, producers and broadcasters are increasingly turning to the fast-rising DVD sector for new revenue and profits.
  • Italy's DeAngelis Group picks up major classic library

    27-Mar-2003

    Italian production and distribution specialist DeAngelis Group has picked up a catalogue of some 200 classic feature films including Cinema Paradiso and Divorce Italian Style.
  • Shooting starts on Taviani bros' Luisa San Felice

    27-Mar-2003

    Production has got underway on Luisa San Felice, a Euros12.5m picture directed by the celebrated Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio.
  • Beta sells Manitou's Shoe to Japan

    26-Mar-2003

    German film and TV sales player Beta Film used MIP-TV to complete another deal on its hit comedy Manitou's Shoe (Der Schuh Des Manitou). The film was sold in an all rights deal to SPO for Japan.
  • MIP-TV celebrates muted 40th anniversary

    25-Mar-2003

    MIP-TV, the television programmes market, celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday with Champagne and a towering cake in front of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. But inside the Palais and the new Riviera complex the market was wearing a very gap-toothed smile. Corridor traffic was down on previous events and many stands remained empty.
  • Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group sets out its stall

    25-Mar-2003

    The changing face of Chinese media is one that looks increasingly familiar to Western eyes. But it will be some time before it is one that is fully open to outside investors.
  • TV-Loonland goes for Pettson & Findus hat-trick

    25-Mar-2003

    TV-Loonland, the German TV outfit that controls UK theatrical distributor Metrodome, is ramping up production of the third film in its successful Pettson & Findus children's franchise.
  • Warner deal helps TPS' share of kids market

    25-Mar-2003

    TPS, the French satellite broadcaster controlled by TF1, yesterday launched three new children's channels.
  • Nakata's Don't Look Up in remake deal

    21-Mar-2003

    South Africa-based Distant Horizon has picked up remake rights to Don't Look Up (Joyuu-Rei), a Japanese horror story originally made by Ringu-director Hideo Nakata.
  • Golden Screen Cinemas to open 16th Malaysian multiplex

    20-Mar-2003

    Exhibitor-distributor Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) is to open its 16th multiplex in Malaysia later this year.
  • US studio costs far outstripping revenues

    20-Mar-2003

    Jack Valenti's annual 'state of the union' speech at ShoWest earlier this month was notable for what it did not quite say, as much as what was explicitly uttered by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) president.
  • EU regulators suspend Canal Plus investigation

    20-Mar-2003

    The European Union's competition watchdog has suspended its investigation into French pay-TV group Canal Plus' deals with the Hollywood studios.
  • Carlton International sells film package to Showtime

    19-Mar-2003

    Steven Soderbergh's sex lies and videotape, The Tamarind Seed and The Big Easy will screen on US pay-TV service Showtime, following a major deal with Carlton International, the sales arm of UK broadcast group Carlton Communications.
  • CME wins damages from Czech government over TV Nova

    19-Mar-2003

    The Czech government was this week ordered to pay $353m of damages and interest to Central European Media Enterprises (CME) in a case concerning control of commercial broadcaster TV Nova.
  • Video rental windows face extinction

    14-Mar-2003

    Video rental windows around the world could soon be a thing of the past, home entertainment experts predicted this week after an eight-month stand-off in the UK between video giant Blockbuster and Warner Bros came to an abrupt end.
  • Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum to feature 24 new projects

    12-Mar-2003

    Top name directors including Taiwan's Tsai Ming Liang and Chang Tso Chi, Australia's Clara Law, Hong Kong's Mabel Cheung, Korea's Jang Sun Woo and Thailand's Nonzee Nimibutr are among the 24 artists unveiling their next projects at the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) next month (April 7-9).
  • Golden Network Asia arrives at AFM with expansive slate

    12-Mar-2003

    Golden Network Asia, one of only two specialist film sales companies from Hong Kong, has arrived at AFM with a busy slate and promise of further expansion following financial restructuring
  • Mirovision sells Sword abroad

    12-Mar-2003

    Mirovision has achieved record prices in several territories for its martial arts period piece Sword Piece to Nobelo & Partners in Scandinavia, Metro Tartan in the UK and A-Film in The Netherlands. The same three buyers all grabbed horror title Phone, which also went to Rapi Films for Indonesia. Older title Tell Me Something was also sold to Nobel and Bizarre Love Triangle went to ST Entertainment for Thailand.
  • Gary Oldman to star in Dead Fish

    11-Mar-2003

    Gary Oldman, one of the UK's most bankable stars, is confirmed to star in Dead Fish, an $11m thriller about a locksmith and a contract killer who accidentally switch mobile phones.
  • Jade Warrior finds finance after Screen International Summit

    11-Mar-2003

  • Blockbuster-Warner ceasefire spells change for UK film, video

    7-Mar-2003

    Video rental giant Blockbuster and Warner Bros this week announced that they had reached an agreement on video rental practices in the UK. The deal is likely to change the structure of the video sector, favouring "sell-through" video and new media at the expense of rentals.
  • Buyers shoot for UGC's Mike Blueberry

    7-Mar-2003

    UGC International has struck a number of key sales deals on its big-budget supernatural Western, Mike Blueberry, Expanded Reality.
  • Sumner Redstone eyes selected VU entertainment assets

    5-Mar-2003

    Paramount-owner, Viacom may have emerged as the new front-runner in the race to buy Vivendi Universal's US entertainment assets. Viacom is understood to have focused its interest on Universal Studios and the TV operations, but not Universal Music.
  • Cannes contenders take shape

    25-Feb-2003

    Cannes this year looks set to be a feast of high-art with stalwarts Lars Von Trier, Michael Haneke, Arturo Ripstein, Peter Greenaway and Ingmar Bergman all set to light up the Croisette with their latest films.
  • Keitel political thriller sells to Brazil, Portugal

    25-Feb-2003

  • Korean horror scares up French sale

    25-Feb-2003

    Cineclick Asia secured a "low six figures" pre-sale of Korean horror flick A Tale Of Two Sisters to France's Wild Side Films.
  • Korea's most expensive live-action film begins shooting

    25-Feb-2003

    Leading production house Kang JeGyu Films has just got underway on the largest ever live-action film - and possibly the country's most topical given current global tensions - ever made in Korea.
  • Movies phone home in Germany

    25-Feb-2003

    Having been one of the most depressed places around, German TV is set for a rebound thanks to last week's takeover of Premiere and the arrival of Deutsche Telekom as a video-on-demand (VoD) broadcaster.
  • Fortissimo Eyes up horror sequel

    24-Feb-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up world sales rights to The Eye II, the sequel to Danny and Oxide Pang's stylish horror hit The Eye.
  • US turns up the heat on Asian remakes

    24-Feb-2003

    Hollywood's fervour for remaking Asian genre titles is reaching fever pitch.
  • Arclight's Twins Effect secures multiple berths

    21-Feb-2003

    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has picked up North American and Latin American rights in all media on The Twins Effect, the made-in-Hong Kong martial arts vampire picture sold by sales newcomer Arclight Films.
  • Japanese director set for Grudge re-match

    21-Feb-2003

    Japanesedirector Takashi Shimizu is to remake his horrorflick The Grudge (Ju-On) for GhostHouse Pictures, the newly hatched genre label formed by Sam Raimi, Rob Tappertand Senator International.
  • CJ strikes early deals at AFM

    20-Feb-2003

    Korean major, CJ Entertainment sold German rights to two of its leading titles sci-fi fantasy Resurrection Of The Little Match Girl and cyber-thriller Unborn But Forgotten (pictured) to I-On New Media. The deals were struck at the end of last week's European Film Market in Berlin. An earlier Berlin deal saw France's Europa Corp take Unborn But Forgotten, which was previously sold to Nobel & Partners for Scandinavia, Lark Films for Hong Kong and Storm Pictures for Singapore.
  • Korea's Jail Breakers given new Dimension

    20-Feb-2003

    Miramax Films has agreed a "mid six-figure" sum to buy remake rights to Korean comedy Jail Breakers.
  • Buyers say yes to Noi

    19-Feb-2003

  • Berlin market climate offers guarded encouragement

    14-Feb-2003

    If Berlin's European Film Market was anything to go by, one thing is clear: the overall climate for buying and selling films is probably getting no worse.
  • Buyers catch The Last Train

    13-Feb-2003

    Max Saidel's new sales outfit Slav International has enjoyed good business with The Last Train (El Ultimo Tren, aka Corazon De Fuego).
  • Films Distribution beefs up slate

    13-Feb-2003

    French sales outfit Films Distribution, which is handling the Lucas Belvaux trilogy, one of the hottest properties at the EFM, has added four films to its Berlin-AFM slate.
  • Metacinema snaps up Berlinale titles

    13-Feb-2003

    Metacinema, the Italian production, distribution and communications outfit launched last year at Venice, has bought a three-picture package of Berlin festival films from Fortissimo Film Sales.
  • Waiting For The Clouds gets ready to shoot

    13-Feb-2003

    Behrooz Hashemian, co-producer of Michael Winterbottom's Berlin competition film In This World, is preparing a new film that looks tailor-made for Berlin director Dieter Kosslick's favoured themes of tolerance, diversity and multi-cultural understanding.
  • Bavaria embraces A Torn Hug

    12-Feb-2003

    Recent Rotterdam CineMart project, A Torn Hug, (Un Abrazo Partido) by Argentinian director Daniel Burmann has been picked up for world sales by Bavaria Film International.
  • Celluloid strikes Belleville deals

    12-Feb-2003

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  • Industry mourns Daniel Toscan Du Plantier

    12-Feb-2003

    Daniel Toscan Du Plantier Daniel Toscan Du Plantier, president of Unifrance Film International, died suddenly yesterday in Berlin.
  • Magnolia buys Amazing trilogy

    12-Feb-2003

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  • Arte reassures film-makers of continued investment

    11-Feb-2003

    Jerome Clement, (pictured) head of Arte, the Franco-German cultural channel, has plenty to crow about as he makes an annual good-will mission to the Berlinale. Arte was an investor in no less than twenty festival films, including four in main competition.
  • Bergman's TV drama heads for the big screen

    11-Feb-2003

    Svensk Filmindustri (SF) has notched up a raft of sales for Saraband, a TV drama from legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman that has now become a hot theatrical property.
  • Good Bye, Lenin! heads Bavaria's sales

    11-Feb-2003

    German sales outfit Bavaria Film International has done strong business on Berlin competition film Good Bye, Lenin!. Deals were closed on the spot with France's Ocean Films and Japan's Gaga Communications. It is in negotiations with distributors from the US, UK, Spain and Italy.
  • Metro Tartan takes UK rights on Black And White

    11-Feb-2003

    Metro Tartan, the UK distributor, has picked up Black And White, an Australian period drama by director Craig Lahiff.
  • Momentum joins in Fortissimo's Camp

    11-Feb-2003

  • Miramax thrilled by Salvatores in Berlin

    11-Feb-2003

    Miramax has grabbed multi-territory rights to Gabriele Salvatores' I'm Not Scared (Io Non Ho Paura) which plays in competition in Berlin.
  • Daldry throws weight behind FAME UK slate

    10-Feb-2003

    Stephen Daldry, in town to present today's competition screening of The Hours, is to executive produce two forthcoming films produced by the UK's Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME).
  • Sony Classics flies with Israel's Broken Wings

    10-Feb-2003

    In a deal signed yesterday, Sony Pictures Classics grabbed North American rights to Israeli first film Broken Wings, which plays in Berlin's Panorama section.
  • Sony Classics flies with Israel's Broken Wings

    10-Feb-2003

    In a deal signed yesterday, Sony Pictures Classics grabbed North American rights to Israeli first film Broken Wings, which plays in Berlin's Panorama section.
  • Wild Bunch enjoys early Berlin sales

    10-Feb-2003

    French sales agent Wild Bunch has kicked off the Berlin market in lively fashion with an early sale of Andre Techine's Strayed to Gaga Communications for Japan.
  • Wild Bunch enjoys early Berlin sales

    10-Feb-2003

    French sales agent Wild Bunch has kicked off the Berlin market in lively fashion with an early sale of Andre Techine's Strayed to Gaga Communications for Japan.
  • Flanders revamps support agencies

    10-Feb-2003

    The Belgian region of Flanders is using the Berlin festival to announce the rebirth and expansion of many of its support agencies.
  • Lovenheim appointed head of production at BVIP

    10-Feb-2003

    Robert Lovenheim has been appointed head of production to oversee a massive slate being ramped up by diversifying sales agent BV International Pictures (BVIP).
  • Malkovich to board Drunkboat

    10-Feb-2003

    John Malkovich is set to star in Drunkboat, the first feature to be made by Daniel Walker, a Paris-based lawyer who has now moved into production.
  • Paris Je T'Aime woos Cruise and Cruz

    10-Feb-2003

    Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz are expected to board an unusual project where the city of Paris is the star.
  • Paris Je T'Aime woos Cruise and Cruz

    10-Feb-2003

    Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz are expected to board an unusual project where the city of Paris is the star.
  • Screen International Summit assesses European issues

    7-Feb-2003

    Smarter thinking, savvier marketing and greater professionalism across the European film industry were recurrent themes at the Screen International European Film Finance Summit.
  • Screen International Summit assesses European issues

    7-Feb-2003

    The need for smarter thinking, savvier marketing and greater professionalism across the European film industry were recurrent themes at the Screen International European Film Finance Summit.
  • Soderbergh returns to remake trail

    7-Feb-2003

    Steven Soderbergh is behind a planned remake of Argentinian heist picture Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas).
  • Whale Rider riding high in Rotterdam

    30-Jan-2003

    Two thirds of the way through the Rotterdam festival, Niki Caro's Whale Rider was streets ahead in the polls for the Canal Plus public prize.
  • Dutch A-Film snaps up two Tigers

    29-Jan-2003

    A-Film Distribution, the independent distributor which last year enjoyed a market share of over 15% in The Netherlands, grabbed Dutch rights to two films showing in the Tiger competition section of the Rotterdam Festival.
  • Films Distribution enjoys its inheritance

    29-Jan-2003

    French sales house Films Distribution is doing good business with an unlikely clutch of films that it inherited from the now collapsed Mercure Distribution.
  • Ingenious taps Perry for co-productions

    28-Jan-2003

    Simon Perry, the former head of semi-private finance house British Screen Finance, has been appointed director of co-productions at major UK tax financier Ingenious Media.
  • Noi Albinoi strikes first sales deals

    28-Jan-2003

    Franco-German production and sales outfit The Co-Production Office snatched an early sale on Noi Albinoi, which is in the main Tiger Awards competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
  • Rotterdam festival incites 'Parliamentary' dissent

    27-Jan-2003

    The decision by the Rotterdam Film Festival (IFFR) to revive its Film Parliament format - first used 15 years ago - produced two of the sparkiest festival debates on film seen in recent years. By ditching the classical panel debates and opting instead for a confrontational set-up concluding in a vote the sessions on production of visionary cinema and the need for subsidy to the distribution sector provoked impassioned speeches and heart-felt points-of-view from the floor.
  • Rotterdam provokes 'parlaimentary' outcry

    27-Jan-2003

    The decision by the Rotterdam Film Festival (IFFR) to revive its Film Parliament format - first used 15 years ago - produced two of the sparkiest festival debates on film seen in recent years. By ditching the classical panel debates and opting instead for a confrontational set-up concluding in a vote the sessions on production of visionary cinema and the need for subsidy to the distribution sector provoked impassioned speeches and heart-felt points-of-view from the floor.
  • Rotterdam provokes 'parliamentary' outcry

    27-Jan-2003

    The decision by the Rotterdam Film Festival (IFFR) to revive its Film Parliament format - first used 15 years ago - produced two of the sparkiest festival debates on film seen in recent years. By ditching the classical panel debates and opting instead for a confrontational set-up concluding in a vote the sessions on production of visionary cinema and the need for subsidy to the distribution sector provoked impassioned speeches and heart-felt points-of-view from the floor.
  • Soft Money - The newcomers

    24-Jan-2003

    Like a Japanese ronin, independent film-producers are rarely able to settle down with a cosy financier for very long. Samurai warriors without a master, they are forced to roam the lonely planet in search of the ever-shifting treasure chests that will bankroll their good deeds.
  • Berlin completes competition line-up

    22-Jan-2003

    The remaining five films in competition add significantly to the Asian content of this year's Berlin festival and put increased emphasis on the Holocaust.
  • Fortissimo picks up Jackie Chan And His Lost Family

    21-Jan-2003

    Fortissimo Film Sales, the Hong Kong and Amsterdam based sales outfit, has picked up Traces Of A Dragon: Jackie Chan And His Lost Family (pictured), which opens the "Dokumente" documentary section of the Berlin festival's Panorama sidebar.
  • Rotterdam festival to revive 'Film Parliament'

    16-Jan-2003

    The Rotterdam festival is reviving the idea of the "Rotterdam Film Parliament", a forum which adopts the confrontational style of a legislative chamber to discuss the future prospects for visionary cinema. Under the banner "What is to be done'" it aims to deliver a clash of ideas and the development of concrete proposals.
  • Soft Money - Luxembourg

    14-Jan-2003

  • Geopolitics set to shape Berlin festival

    10-Jan-2003

    Against the background of a possible war in the Middle East in February, the forthcoming Berlin festival (Feb 6-16) looks to be shaping up as a selection of films about how individuals and humanity perform under pressure.
  • Berlin selections give clue to Cannes contenders

    9-Jan-2003

    While Dieter Kosslick and his fellow Berlin selectors have yet to finalise their various sections, there are a number of films by top art-house directors that look like hot contenders for a Cannes slot.
  • Soft Money - The Netherlands

    9-Jan-2003

  • France, Cuba sign co-operation deal

    7-Jan-2003

    Europe's most prolific film producer France and the Caribbean minnow Cuba have signed a co-operation deal intended to strengthen the links between their film industries.
  • The hard facts about soft money

    6-Jan-2003

    Hard cash may have heavyweight appeal and a sense of immediacy, but it is in increasingly short supply. Patrick Frater examines how soft money has become the currency of choice for the world's independent producers.
  • Bauer moves closer to Kirchmedia deal

    23-Dec-2002

    German publishing giant Bauer and Kirch Gruppe say that they are at long last agreed on the terms of a deal which sees KirchMedia's majority stake in broadcast group ProSiebenSAT1 sold to a Bauer-controlled consortium (see Screendaily, Dec 11).
  • Film tracking set to become easier with ID plan

    20-Dec-2002

    Films are set to get an unique identification number - which will function in similar fashion to ISO numbers for books and music - allowing easier tracking and better anti-piracy protection.
  • Jacob re-appointed as Cannes president

    19-Dec-2002

    Gilles Jacob was yesterday re-appointed as president of the Cannes Festival.
  • Rotterdam sidebars underline event's artistic integrity

    18-Dec-2002

    New sidebars featuring Indian film-makers and a back to its roots examination of digital film-making, underline the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)'s commitment to cinema at the artistic end of the scale.
  • Chicago set as Berlinale opening night spectacular

    13-Dec-2002

    Chicago, the star-studded musical based on the celebrated Broadway show of the same title, will open next year's Berlin festival on Feb 6 in an out-of-competition slot.
  • Van Warmerdam begins Grimm shoot

    12-Dec-2002

    Dutch filmmaker Alex van Warmerdam has begun filming Grimm, a fairytale-inspired tale of a young couple who travel to Spain for a fresh start in life. The picture shoots for ten weeks in Spain, Germany and The Netherlands. World sales are by Fortissimo Film Sales.
  • DirecTV open to new bids

    11-Dec-2002

    Satellite broadcaster EchoStar Communications yesterday formally gave up its $18bn attempt to buy Hughes Electronics from General Motors (GM), following regulatory objections. The collapse of the deal means that other media groups are free to re-enter the bidding for Hughes and its giant DirecTV broadcast subsidiary.
  • Talk To Her triumphs at European Film Awards

    8-Dec-2002

    The 15th European Film Awards were a huge triumph for Spanish maestro Pedro Almodovar and something of a let down for Europe's cherished diversity in a year that saw a wide array of international films score with both critics and audiences.
  • TiVo, Replay uptake threatening broadcaster revenues

    5-Dec-2002

    Within a few years television viewers will have little problem avoiding advertising thanks to the combination of video-on demand (VoD) and the spread of personal video recorders (PVRs) like TiVo or Replay. That is clearly a threat to the traditional broadcast model and ultimately for the film and TV productions that are funded by broadcasters.
  • Cineclick Asia unveils string of international sales

    28-Nov-2002

    Last week's Pusan festival was background for Cineclick Asia to unveil a string of English-language territory deals on its slate of high profile Korean movies.
  • Europa Cinemas recognises youth-oriented activities

    28-Nov-2002

    Film theatres in Barcelona, Spain and Liege, Belgium were presented with the inaugural Europa Cinemas awards for the quality and diversity of their programming and for in-house activities for young audiences.
  • France mulls Eurimages exit

    28-Nov-2002

    Europe's leading film producing nation, France is considering withdrawing from Eurimages, the Council of Europe-backed support body.
  • Europe's broadcasters exceeding minimum quotas by 50%

    27-Nov-2002

    For all the everyday complaints about imported programming, Europe's TV broadcasters are comfortably exceeding local content quotas set down by the Television Without Frontiers directive. According to a European Commission report broadcasters devote an average 62% of airtime to European works in 2000, up from 60.7% in 1999. The minimum quota currently stands at 40%.
  • Hong Kong project market set for revival

    22-Nov-2002

    The Hong Kong Asia Film Finance Forum (HAF) is set to make a return in 2003 after a two year hiatus.
  • Remakes take centre stage at Pusan

    22-Nov-2002

    The surge in the number Asian films being remade for western audiences was highlighted at this year's PPP projects market in Pusan.
  • Hong Kong's Filmko boards Floating Landscape

    21-Nov-2002

    Rising Hong Kong film-production indie Filmko has boarded romantic drama The Floating Landscape by director Carol Lai (pictured) and producer Stanley Kwan.
  • Pusan's problems reflect Asian industry's growing pains

    21-Nov-2002

    The inconsistencies at this year's Pusan International Film Festival and the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) reflect the uneven progress of the growing Asian film industry.
  • PPP wraps with attendance record

    21-Nov-2002

    Local Korean director Hong Sang-soo anda team of Taiwanese directors headed by veteran Hou Hsiao-hsien were named asprize-winners at the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) projects and co-productionmarket that is held parallel with the Pusan festival.
  • Deals overflow for Cinema Service's Volcano High

    19-Nov-2002

    Cinema Service has scored a series of notable deals on its sold sci-fi, action-comedy Volcano High.
  • The Touch adds sales, hits US delivery delay

    18-Nov-2002

    Big-budget Hong Kong action-adventure, The Touch has wrapped up a number of additional sales, but has hit a snag with delivery of the final version to Miramax for the US.
  • Korea, France sign preliminary co-operation agreement

    18-Nov-2002

    South Korea and France this weekend signed an agreement to increase co-operation between their two film industries, with the aim of expanding it into a full co-production accord.
  • Pusan festival gets off to a uneven start

    18-Nov-2002

    The Pusan festival, Asia's premier cinema showcase now in its seventh edition, got off to an uneven start with a mixture of charming details and logistical headaches.
  • Senator Entertainment issues profit warning

    13-Nov-2002

    Senator Entertainment today became the latest German film player to admit financial difficulties.
  • Internet video-on-demand system launched

    12-Nov-2002

    Movielink, the first internet video-on-demand (VoD) system backed by the Hollywood studios, got off to a "soft launch" yesterday.
  • Bavaria Film Int'l celebrates successful MIFED

    11-Nov-2002

    Leading German sales agent, Bavaria Film International had a successful MIFED selling all rights for Japan on its local hit Bibi Blocksberg to Gaga Communications.
  • Fortissimo lines up double Dutch treat

    11-Nov-2002

    Netherlands-Hong Kong-based sales outfit, Fortissimo Film Sales has struck an output deal with Benelux distributor A-Films and picked up a new Dutch picture which it expects to sell worldwide.
  • Senator's Boogeyman chased by int'l buyers

    11-Nov-2002

    Last week's MIFED saw Senator International strike its first deals on films from the genre-film label recently launched with Sam Raimi and Rob Tappert.
  • Four Nordic sales companies form Viking Export

    7-Nov-2002

    Four Nordic film sales companies have joined together to create an informal lobbying group, Viking Export.
  • Intermedia takes world sales rights on Suriyothai

    7-Nov-2002

    Los Angeles-based sales house Intermedia has picked up world sales rights on Suriyothai, the historical epic, which is the largest film ever to come out of Thailand.
  • Divided Asia may hold key to MIFED future

    7-Nov-2002

    Although London's pre-MIFED Screenings was undone by the power of a handful of US sellers, dislodging MIFED could depend on persuading one group which has traditionally found the Milan event a hit, Asian buyers and sellers.
  • Hard sell, soft money

    7-Nov-2002

    For many market players MIFED this year has been as much about putting together next year's films through international financing partnerships as it has been about selling the ones on their current slates.
  • Mirovision brims with top Asian talents

    6-Nov-2002

    Korea's Mirovision is enjoying a renaissance as an internationally-minded sales and production group, having spent much of the last year focussing on building its local distribution activities and its first theatre.
  • Atlas' Red Phone rings up international sales

    5-Nov-2002

  • Celestial signs huge video deals across Asia

    5-Nov-2002

    Celestial Pictures, the Hong Kong upstart which owns the Shaw Bros library of Chinese classic movies, has put in place a raft of key distribution partnerships across Asia.
  • Chan balloon adventure makes Malaysian pitstop

    5-Nov-2002

    Leading Malaysian exhibitor-distributor Golden Screen Cinemas has pre-bought Summit Entertainment's Around The World In 80 Days.
  • Europa acquires Chen Kaige's Together

    5-Nov-2002

    Europa Corp, the mini-studio headed by Luc Besson and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, has become the latest distributor to acquire Chen Kaige's father and son drama Together. The film was one of the biggest hits of the Toronto film festival and was picked up there for North America by United Artists after a bidding flurry.
  • I-Dream takes a slice of Bollywood Hollywood

    5-Nov-2002

    I-Dream Productions has picked up a slice of the US rights to Deepha Mehta's Indo-Canadian comedy Bollywood-Hollywood from Fortissimo Films Sales. The unique deal limits I-Dream's area of operation to specialist Indian cinemas, video outlets and TV channels. Fortissimo is days away from striking a second all-media US deal with another distributor which will release into mainstream outlets.
  • Killer pitches Camp at Fortissimo

    5-Nov-2002

    Fortissimo Film Sales has extended its relationship with Killer Films by picking up sales rights to musical comedy Camp.
  • Korean titles are champion sellers for Cineclick

    5-Nov-2002

    Cineclick Asia has had an electric start to MIFED inking several prominent deals on its slate of top Korean pictures in the first days of the market.
  • BV Int'l has busy start with Minotaur and Thunderstruck

    4-Nov-2002

    Norwegian sales outfit BV International has had a busy start to the market and even struck one deal while it was unpacking its boxes on Saturday.
  • BV Int'l has busy start with Minotaur and Thunderstruck

    4-Nov-2002

    Norwegian sales outfit BV International has had a busy start to the market and even struck one deal while it was unpacking its boxes on Saturday.
  • CJ steps up production, sales drive

    4-Nov-2002

    With no less than seven new pictures on its MIFED slate, Korean giant CJ Entertainment is dramatically stepping up production volume.
  • CJ steps up production, sales drive

    4-Nov-2002

    With no less than seven new pictures on its MIFED slate, Korean giant CJ Entertainment is dramatically stepping up production volume.
  • Constantin latest to dive into Celluloid's Swimming Pool

    4-Nov-2002

    Constantin Film of Germany has become the latest high profile buyer to sign on for Celluloid Dreams' Swimming Pool.
  • Constantin latest to dive into Celluloid's Swimming Pool

    4-Nov-2002

    Constantin Film of Germany has become the latest high profile buyer to sign on for Celluloid Dreams' Swimming Pool.
  • Dutch tax credit system grinds to bureaucratic halt

    4-Nov-2002

    Bureaucracy may have killed off The Netherlands' attractions for foreign producers and potential film investors alike.
  • Eros International reclaims sales on Devdas

    4-Nov-2002

    First-time MIFED exhibitor Eros International will be offering distributors the chance to buy Devdas, the Indian foreign-language Oscar contender, that was previously represented by Focus Features.
  • Eros International reclaims sales on Devdas

    4-Nov-2002

    First-time MIFED exhibitor Eros International will be offering distributors the chance to buy Devdas, the Indian foreign-language Oscar contender, that was previously represented by Focus Features.
  • European distributors form six way buying alliance

    4-Nov-2002

    Six European distributors have teamed up to form a buying alliance, that is the re-working of a similar deal announced this time last year.
  • European distributors form six way buying alliance

    4-Nov-2002

    Six European distributors have teamed up to form a buying alliance, that is the re-working of a similar deal announced this time last year.
  • Indian studio strikes US first-look deal with Lions Gate

    4-Nov-2002

    A multi-picture deal with Lions Gate Entertainment is first evidence of the ambitions of India's Ramoji Studios to become a world scale player.
  • Kim Ki-duk title springs to Bavaria

    4-Nov-2002

    Sales outfit Bavaria Film International has a growing number of reasons to be positive as it expands its slate of non-German titles.
  • Schoendorffer shoots Spybound for TF1

    4-Nov-2002

  • First Look takes My Kingdom to North America

    31-Oct-2002

    Specialist US distributor First Look Pictures has picked up My Kingdom, a modernistic re-telling of the King Lear story, that was the last leading role for acting legend Richard Harris who died last week.
  • Emperor's Wife prepares to shoot

    30-Oct-2002

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Max Beesley head the cast of The Emperor's Wife, an adult fairy tale directed by Julien Vrebos, which goes into production on Friday Nov 1.
  • Metro Tartan acquires Secretary

    30-Oct-2002

    UK independent Metro Tartan Distribution has acquired local rights to Sundance festival sensation Secretary (pictured) by Steven Shainberg.
  • Overseas' Emperor's Wife prepares to shoot

    30-Oct-2002

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Max Beesley head the cast of The Emperor's Wife, an adult fairy tale directed by Julien Vrebos, which goes into production on Friday Nov 1.
  • Crunch year for both MIFED and London Screenings

    25-Oct-2002

    A boycott by AFMA-affiliated sales companies has reduced London's pre-MIFED Screenings to a shadow of their former selves and given MIFED a major boost. But there is now mounting talk of the AFM challenging MIFED to be the premiere autumn film market.
  • Nordisk Film Sales takes on Science Fiction

    24-Oct-2002

    Nordisk Film Sales has taken on international sales duties for Belgian director Danny Deprez children's film Science Fiction.
  • Nordisk Film Sales takes on Science Fiction

    24-Oct-2002

    Nordisk Film Sales has taken on international sales duties for Belgian director Danny Deprez children's film Science Fiction.
  • Senator shares boosted by KirchMedia licence deal

    21-Oct-2002

    German distributor and licence trader Senator Entertainment has struck a "wide ranging deal" that will see its films licensed to the bankrupt KirchMedia group. The films will be shown on free-TV channels ProSieben, Sat 1 and Kabel 1.
  • John Maybury to take on Super-Cannes

    16-Oct-2002

    John Maybury, who previously directed experimental Francis Bacon biopic Love Is The Devil, is set to direct an adaptation of JG Ballard's futuristic thriller Super-Cannes.
  • Buena Vista Int'l TV signs deal with Portugal's SIC

    16-Oct-2002

    Buena Vista International (BVI-TV) has signed a new agreement with Portuguese free-TV broadcaster SIC.
  • Granada, Carlton announce details of merger plan

    16-Oct-2002

    Granada and Carlton, the UK's two largest commercial broadcasters, today announced details of the long awaited merger that will put most of Britain's free-TV under one management. But the impact for the film industry has yet to become clear.
  • 3DD, Lorber Media to sell classic AFT films package

    10-Oct-2002

    British programmes sales company 3DD Entertainment has picked up a package of classic films that have been out of circulation for nearly a decade.
  • Financial reprieve imminent for peppermint

    10-Oct-2002

    Peppermint, the Munich and Kuala Lumpur-based film and programme sales company, is set for an financial reprieve having been sideswiped by the collapse of rights trader and producer Helkon.
  • MIPCOM buyers go in search of value for money deals

    10-Oct-2002

    MIPCOM, the television programmes market in Cannes, is turning out to be more memorable for its publicity stunts than its high-profile deals. But behind the hoopla is a new-found emphasis on getting value for money.
  • Disney signs raft of output deals

    9-Oct-2002

    Declining advertising revenue and challenging times for pay-TV broadcasters have barely dented the sales prowess of Buena Vista International Television, the division responsible for selling feature films to TV and making and selling TV programming.
  • Mexico's Televisa takes film package from Universal

    9-Oct-2002

    Hit films including The Scorpion King, The Mummy Returns and Gladiator headline a package of feature films and made-for-TV programming licensed by Universal to leading Mexican broadcaster Televisa.
  • Jeunet to direct Very Long Engagement for Warner

    8-Oct-2002

    Warner Bros is extending its commitment to producing films in France with the agreement to make Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's next picture, A Very Long Engagement.
  • Production starts on The Sons Of Buena Vista

    7-Oct-2002

    Production started today (Mon, 7 Oct) on The Sons Of Buena Vista, a sequel to Wim Wenders'Cuban musical extravaganza Buena Vista Social Club, which was one of the most successful documentary features of all time.
  • Meheut appointment signals Canal Plus floatation

    4-Oct-2002

    Canal Plus Group, the Vivendi Universal off-shoot spanning its French television interests and StudioCanal, moved a step closer towards a separate stockmarket flotation with the appointment of Bertrand Meheut.
  • Dutch cable giant files for bankruptcy protection

    30-Sep-2002

    United Pan-Europe Communications (UPC), the Dutch cable giant, today (Mon, Sept 30) filed for bankruptcy protection allowing it to push through a Euros2bn recapitalisation programme.
  • Vivendi sale of Italian pay-TV network in jeopardy

    30-Sep-2002

    The shares of Vivendi Universal dipped 10% today after new bumps emerged in the road towards sale of its troubled Italian pay-TV operation Telepiu. At 1230GMT the shares traded at Euros11.64 compared with Friday's Euros12.20 close.
  • Creative Financing For European Films

    26-Sep-2002

    Lobby group, the European Film Companies Alliance (EFCA) this week published Creative Financing For European Films, a booklet containing papers and conclusions from its high-level conference on European cinema funding which took place in Cannes this year.
  • Germany's Neuer Markt to close

    26-Sep-2002

    Once home to a dozen upstart media companies which brazenly thought they could challenge the might of Hollywood, Germany's Neuer Markt is to close next year.
  • Vivendi's Telepiu sale delayed again

    26-Sep-2002

    Vivendi Universal was forced into retreat again today when chairman and chief executive Jean-Rene Fourtou had to admit that the sale of Italian pay-TV operation Telepiu to News Corp had been delayed.Only yesterday, as part of a major strategy announcement, Fourtou had proclaimed the sale for Euros1bn, a price already well below the Euros1.5bn the two groups had provisionally agreed earlier this year.Late on Wednesday, News Corp issued a statement to the Australian Stock ...
  • European media shares take a heavy pounding

    25-Sep-2002

    Even before a shot has been fired in what looks increasingly like Gulf War II, European media stocks have been taking a shelling.
  • Vivendi Universal sells Canal+ Technologies to Thomson Multimedia

    25-Sep-2002

    Vivendi Universal today (Wednesday, Sept 25) sold Canal Plus Group's 89% stake in set-top decoders company Canal Plus Technologies to French group Thomson Multimedia for Eu190m.
  • Disney, Modern Times launch channel

    24-Sep-2002

    The Nordic region is to get its own version of the Disney Channel, following an agreement between Walt Disney Television International (WDTV-I) and Swedish giant Modern Times Group ( MTG).
  • Russian leading man, crew members feared dead

    22-Sep-2002

    Sergei Bodrov Jr is missing, feared killed, after being caught in an avalanche in Southern Russia on Saturday.
  • London Screenings 'confident' buyers will come

    19-Sep-2002

    Far from being dead, London's pre-Mifed film market is attracting increased interest from buyers. That is the verdict of londonscreenings.com, a buyers' rep acting for the London Screenings (the market organised by Fusion Events), the Raindance independent film festival and the Kodak Vision Screenings. "We remain convinced the market will be a success especially for those sellers that see the non-attendance of a couple of major sellers as an advantage," said Alexis Bicat, co-founder ...
  • Hometown films fall under London festival spotlight

    18-Sep-2002

    Two British films will book-end the forthcoming edition of the Regus London Film Festival (RLFF) (Nov 6-21). Stephen Frears' provocative Dirty Pretty Things, which appeared in competition at Venice, is set as the festival's opening night film, while Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Helena Bonham-Carter starring The Heart Of Me will get its European premiere on the closing night."We're thrilled to be opening and closing the festival with films which offer two radically different ...
  • Hometown films fall under London festival spotlight

    18-Sep-2002

  • Vivendi Universal buys time with loan lifeline

    18-Sep-2002

    Financial pressure on Vivendi Universal, the group that controls Universal Pictures, Canal Plus and StudioCanal, is set to ease following a new agreement with banks and progress on asset sales.The group has brokered a new Euros3bn medium term credit line from a consortium including ABN Amro, BNP Paribas, CDC Ixis, Citigroup, Credit Agricole Indosuez, Credit Lyonnais, Credit Suisse First Boston, Natexis Banques Populaires, Royal Bank of Scotland, Societe Generale and Sumitomo ...
  • Springtime In A Small Town (Xiao Cheng Zhi Chun)

    13-Sep-2002

  • India's Madhu takes international rights on Mr And Mrs Iyer

    11-Sep-2002

    Mumbai-based sales company Madhu Entertainment & Media, which is fast becoming a regular at film markets, has picked up international rights to Mr And Mrs Iyer (aka Love In The Time Of Violence), an English-language film by Aparna Sen.
  • Warner Bros. to supply films to CinemaNow internet service

    10-Sep-2002

    Warner Bros. has signed up to supply films to internet movie service CinemaNow. This is CinemaNow's first deal with a major studio and Warner's entry into web-based video-on-demand (VoD).
  • Celluloid wraps additional deals on Kitano's Dolls

    9-Sep-2002

    Celluloid Dreams closed deals for Takeshi Kitano's competition film Dolls with Maywin Media for Russia, Artdo for the Baltic states, Cineplex for Columbia Seville for Canada and Imovision for Brazil.Celluloid had previously sold Dolls to Mikado for Italy, Cinelibre for Benelux, Frenetic for Switzerland, DEA Planeta for Spain, Atalanta for Portugal and Prooptiki for Greece. Kitano's own Office Kitano is handling sales within Asia.
  • Gong Li takes on Blake & Mortimer's M

    8-Sep-2002

    Chinese superstar Gong Li took time out from her duties as Venice jury chief, to announce her role in big-budget, English-language thriller M, being put together by French producer Charles Gassot for TF1.
  • Gong Li takes on Blake & Mortimer's M

    8-Sep-2002

    Chinese superstar Gong Li took time out from her duties as Venice jury chief, to announce her role in big-budget, English-language thriller M, being put together by French producer Charles Gassot for TF1.
  • Johan Padan launches Green Movie Group's animation aspirations

    8-Sep-2002

    Italian producer Giorgio Prandoni is hoping that Johan Padan, the closing night film at the Venice festival, will mark the start of a new force in European animation.
  • Johan Padan launches Green Movie Group's animation aspirations

    8-Sep-2002

    Italian producer Giorgio Prandoni is hoping that Johan Padan, the closing night film at the Venice festival, will mark the start of a new force in European animation.
  • Mullan's Magdalene Sisters wins Venice Golden Lion

    8-Sep-2002

  • Mullan's Magdalene Sisters wins Venice Golden Lion

    8-Sep-2002

  • UGC UK dives into Ozon's Swimming Pool

    8-Sep-2002

    UGC Films has picked up Francois Ozon's forthcoming Swimming Pool, marking its third buy since being formed earlier this year as the UK theatrical distribution arm of French exhibition giant UGC. International sales on the film are handled by Celluloid Dreams.
  • Taiwan's Dreamland favoured by Venice critics

    7-Sep-2002

  • Taiwan's Dreamland wins Critics Week prize

    7-Sep-2002

  • De Hadeln gets to choose if he stays on

    5-Sep-2002

    Discussion of whether stand-in artistic director Moritz De Hadeln will be allowed by Biennale organisers to keep the top job has been the favourite rumour throughout Venice this year. But the decision could be in his own hands.
  • De Hadeln gets to choose if he stays on

    5-Sep-2002

    Discussion of whether stand-in artistic director Moritz De Hadeln, will be allowed by Biennale organisers to keep the top job has been the favourite rumour throughout Venice this year. But the decision could be in his own hands.
  • Dearth in Venice

    5-Sep-2002

    As Venice approaches its climax, debate continues as to the value of a film market during the event. Both new Biennale head Franco Bernabe and current artistic director Moritz De Hadeln are in favour - while others remain dismissive.
  • Dearth in Venice

    5-Sep-2002

    As Venice approaches its climax, debate continues as to the value of a film market during the event. Both new Biennale head Franco Bernabe and current artistic director Moritz De Hadeln are in favour - while others remain dismissive.
  • Mifed anticipates expanded 2002 market

    5-Sep-2002

    "Mifed is going to be bigger than last year," said Giusepe Zola, president of Fiera Milano operator Rassegne, yesterday (Wed).
  • Bernabe adds voice to Venice modernisation calls

    4-Sep-2002

    Franco Bernabe, the new head of the Biennale, which operates all theVenice arts festival, yesterday added his voice to the calls for modernisationof the film event.
  • Bernabe adds voice to Venice modernisation calls

    4-Sep-2002

    Franco Bernabe, the new head of the Biennale, which operates all theVenice arts festival, yesterday added his voice to the calls for modernisationof the film event.
  • Battle of the delegations

    4-Sep-2002

  • BV International to work magic on Box

    3-Sep-2002

  • BV International to work magic on Box

    3-Sep-2002

    Norway's BV International has picked up world sales rights to RidhaBehi's drama The Magic Box (La Boite Magique), which appears out of competition in Venice and is one of the fewto have won consistently widespread praise on the Lido.
  • Trust enjoys Lilja sales success, buys Wilderness

    2-Sep-2002

    Trust Film Sales,the world sales offshoot of Denmark's Zentropa Entertainment has had a busystart to Venice, acquiring David Mackenzie's The Last Wilderness andstriking a number of sales deals on Venice competition picture Lilja 4-Ever.Trust bought Wilderness, adebut feature by noted British shorts director ...
  • Trust enjoys Lilja sales success, buys Wilderness

    2-Sep-2002

    Trust Film Sales,the world sales offshoot of Denmark's Zentropa Entertainment has had a busystart to Venice, acquiring David Mackenzie's The Last Wilderness andstriking a number of sales deals on Venice competition picture Lilja 4-Ever.Trust bought Wilderness, adebut feature by noted British shorts director ...
  • IT International Theatres reports first-half loss for 2002

    1-Sep-2002

    Half year results for multinational exhibition group IT International Theatres were hit by weak results in its home Israeli market and the strengthening of the US dollar against the currencies of its developing Central European operations.
  • Vivendi sells off Vizzavi - is Hollywood studio next'

    30-Aug-2002

    The possibility of a sale of Universal appeared to grow more real this week as Vivendi Universal confirmed a series of meetings between new chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou and senior US management.
  • UK's Home Entertainment Corp. reports increased profits

    29-Aug-2002

    Home Entertainment Corporation, the UK company that operates the Choices Video retail chain, reported half year pre-tax profits up 9% at $8.24m (£5.37m) on turnover that increased 24% to $158m (£103m).
  • Kirch film and TV assets could find different buyers

    27-Aug-2002

    Film investors around the world are hoping to be given the same kind of opportunity as is being dangled in front of TV groups.
  • Miller named MD Walt Disney Television Int'l (Asia Pacific)

    27-Aug-2002

    Doug Miller has been appointed managing director, Walt Disney Television International (Asia Pacific), having been senior vice president and general sales manager of Buena Vista International Television for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • Scorsese, Lynch, Coppola head for Morocco

    21-Aug-2002

    A jaw-dropping pageant of international stars is set to take the desert air at the forthcoming Marrakech International Film Festival (Sept 18-22) in Morocco.
  • Audiard, Felsberg, Kovacs join Venice jury

    20-Aug-2002

    French director and scriptwriter Jacques Audiard, Russian poet Evgenij Evtusenko, producer Uli Felsberg, Hungarian cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, Italian actress Francesca Neri and Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu have joined the official jury of the Venice film festival (Aug 29-Sept 8).
  • Audiard, Felsberg, Kovacs to decide competition winners

    20-Aug-2002

    French director and scriptwriter Jacques Audiard, Russian poet Evgenij Evtusenko, producer Uli Felsberg, Hungarian cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, Italian actress Francesca Neri and Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu have joined the official jury of the Venice film festival (Aug 29-Sept 8).
  • Lions Gate gets boost from Monster's Ball

    16-Aug-2002

  • Monster's Ball boosts Lions Gate

    16-Aug-2002

  • Plenus Entertainment unveils Korean exhibition plans

    15-Aug-2002

    Plenus Entertainment, the parent of Korea's Cinema Service, today detailed its plans to challenge the market leaders in the country's exhibition sector (see Screendaily, April 14).
  • European DVD software sales to jump 150% over next four years

    14-Aug-2002

    Western European consumer spending on DVD software is forecast to increase by more than 150% over the next four years, reaching Eu15.3bn ($15bn) by 2006 and accounting for 85% out of a forecast Eu18.4bn ($18bn) total spending on video software, according to researcher Screen Digest.
  • Korean festival delayed by success

    14-Aug-2002

    The third edition of Korea's indieKINO International Film Festival, due to have taken place later this month, has been postponed until December. Rather than spelling trouble, the reason appears to be the event's growing success.
  • Peppermint sold to management

    12-Aug-2002

    Peppermint, the TV licence trading arm of the beleaguered Helkon group, has been sold to its management.
  • Vivendi shares slide on asset valuation doubts

    12-Aug-2002

    Shares in Vivendi Universal slipped nearly 5% today (Aug 12) as fresh doubt emerged about its asset valuations.
  • Venice announces short film competition

    9-Aug-2002

    The Venice festival has unveiled a selection of nine short films to appear in its main Venezia 59 section. The mainly European and English-language titles will compete for a Silver Lion for the best short, the Premio UIP Venezia award for the best European short, and a Special Mention. The prizes will be decided by the main jury, presided over by Gong Li.
  • Venice announces short film competition

    9-Aug-2002

    The Venice festival has unveiled a selection of nine short films to appear in its main Venezia 59 section. The mainly European and English-language titles will compete for a Silver Lion for the best short, the Premio UIP Venezia award for the best European short, and a Special Mention. The prizes will be decided by the main jury, presided over by Gong Li.
  • Venice to host amfAR AIDS benefit

    7-Aug-2002

    The Venice festival (Aug 29 - Sept 8) will once again be home to an amfAR spectacular raising money for AIDS research.
  • Venice to host amfAR AIDS benefit

    7-Aug-2002

    The Venice festival (Aug 29 - Sept 8) will once again be home to an amfAR spectacular raising money for AIDS research.
  • Consumer-driven communications spending will drive industry growth

    6-Aug-2002

    Veronis Suhler Stevenson, the venerable media merchant bank, forecasts that communications spending will begin to recover in the second half of this year and continue at an annual rate of 5.5% until 2006.
  • Saban Entertainment offers top price in Kirch Media auction

    5-Aug-2002

    Saban Entertainment, the US television production and distribution group, is understood to have submitted the highest bid of around Euros2.6bn for the assets of the insolvent KirchMedia.
  • Michelle Yeoh's Touch passed untouched

    25-Jul-2002

    Peter Pau's The Touch, starring and produced by Michelle Yeoh, has been passed uncut by the China's national censor the Film Bureau.
  • Ormieres to shine for Moonstone

    25-Jul-2002

    Noted French producer Jean-Luc Ormieres has been appointed artistic director of Moonstone International, the Edinburgh-based training programme.
  • Fox 2000 takes remake rights to Denmark's Catch That Girl

    24-Jul-2002

    Denmark's Nimbus Film has sold English-language remake rights on its children's film Catch That Girl (Klatretosen) to Fox 2000.
  • Belgium ratifies new film tax shelter scheme

    23-Jul-2002

    Belgium is to become the latest European country attempting to use tax as a way of boosting film production, following the government ratification of a new tax shelter over the weekend.
  • Scorsese, Kiarostami to preside over Cannes' Cinefondation

    22-Jul-2002

    Directors Martin Scorsese and Abbas Kiarostami have agreed to be honorary presidents of the Cannes Festival's Cinefondation. As such they will preside over the twice yearly "Residence" internship, which helps young film-makers prepare for their first or second feature film.
  • Vivendi Universal sued, Canal Plus Group to be broken up

    22-Jul-2002

    Against the background of French newspaper reports suggesting that its Canal Plus division will now be broken up, Vivendi Universal and former chairman Jean-Marie Messier are to be sued by a group of US investors.
  • Brother wins top prizes at PiFan

    21-Jul-2002

    Clearly there was no World Cup animosity. German film Getting My Brother Laid (aka Mein Bruder Der Vampir) was the big winner at the 6th edition of the Pucheon International Festival of Fantastic Film (PiFan) in South Korea.
  • Mirovision opens arty theatre in Seoul

    18-Jul-2002

    Film sales and distribution company Mirovision this week became the latest outfit to move into the expanding Korean exhibition market. This week it opened its first cinema, the Insa Arts Theatre.
  • Puchon's porno challenge to censorship laws

    18-Jul-2002

    The line between erotic art and simple pornography has often troubled programmers of film festivals. But for the selectors at this week's Puchon International Festival of Fantastic Film (PiFan) (July 11-20) the idea was to pretend that they were having a serious discussion about censorship while in fact showing a collection of eight porno shorts from the 1920s - 1960s.
  • The Eye is eyed up for remake treatment

    15-Jul-2002

    Danny and Oxide Pang's chiller The Eye could be the next Asian picture lined up for Hollywood remake treatment.
  • Belt-tightening squeezes pre-Mifed screenings

    11-Jul-2002

    The pre-Mifed screenings in London this October look set to be a smaller affair than in previous years. Many film sellers, including some based in London, have decided to set up stall only once this autumn - in Milan.
  • Benelux's Paradiso expands into video via Laurus acquisition

    11-Jul-2002

    Growing Benelux distributor Paradiso is to move into video releasing following the take-over of well-established outfit Laurus Entertainment.
  • Korea's Shinabro gets $50m for acquisition and production drive

    11-Jul-2002

    Korean distribution company Shinabro Entertainment has secured a $50m cash pool for acquisition of rights to Hollywood movies and a drive into Korean production.
  • Vivendi subject to accounting probe as it secures Euros 1bn loan

    10-Jul-2002

    Vivendi Universal confirmed today (July 10) that it has obtained a Euros 1bn unsecured credit line from a group of international banks. But there are more problems for the group as the stockmarket opened a preliminary investigation into its accounting practices.
  • Champion

    9-Jul-2002

  • Messier leaves Vivendi in denial, Fourtou appointed

    4-Jul-2002

    Jean-Rene Fourtou, the former head of France's largest chemicals firm, was last night voted in as chairman and chief executive of Vivendi Universal. He replaces the Jean-Marie Messier, architect of the company's transition from water group into media mogul, but whose dash for growth cost the firm billions of Euro.
  • BBC approved for ITV Digital rescue

    4-Jul-2002

    State broadcaster BBC, which has frequently been criticised for its costly embrace of digital services, has won the licence to run channels on the UK's collapsed ITV Digital platform.
  • Polish media giant postpones major floatation

    3-Jul-2002

    ITI, the giant Polish media concern today (3 July) postponed its share flotation on the Warsaw stock exchange. It blamed difficult stock-market conditions.
  • Vivendi shares plummet amid accountancy queries

    2-Jul-2002

    Vivendi Universal shares crashed today (July 2) as the company became the latest to be tinged by questions over its accountancy policies.
  • AMW announces Lord Of The Rainy Season as Franco-Thai co-production

    30-Jun-2002

    AMW International, an independent Thai media group, used Hong Kong's FilMart to launch its new film Lord Of The Rainy Season.
  • China Central Television launches English-language channel

    30-Jun-2002

    State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) used president Zhang Zemin's visit to Hong Kong to mark the fifth anniversary of the territory's handover to China to launch its English-language channel CCTV-9 on Hong Kong Cable.
  • Singapore's Raintree strikes joint production deal with Media Asia

    27-Jun-2002

    Singapore's Raintree Pictures is planning a substantial production expansion after signing a deal with Hong Kong major Media Asia.
  • Vivendi prepares to sell set-top box maker

    18-Jun-2002

    Vivendi Universal is expected to put its Canal Plus Technologies (CPT) unit up for sale in the latest debt debt-reduction move.
  • Vivendi liquidates environment assets

    18-Jun-2002

    In another bid to cut its debt and raise its status with the financial community, Vivendi Universal is to sell 15% of Vivendi Environnement.
  • Canal Plus, Telenor settle long-running dispute

    17-Jun-2002

    Canal Plus Group and Telenor have finally settled their dispute and will now proceed with the deal that sees Nordic pay-TV platform Canal Digital sold to the Norwegian telecoms group.
  • Gilles Jacob decides against Canal Plus appointment

    14-Jun-2002

    Cannes Festival head, Gilles Jacob has decided not to join Canal Plus' supervisory board as had been announced earlier this week (Screendaily, June 10).
  • Bac Majestic to seek $12.2m cash lifeline

    12-Jun-2002

    Bac Majestic, arguably France's most admired distribution group, is to raise $12.3m (Euros13m) in a bid for survival.
  • Village Roadshow stock continues to tumble

    11-Jun-2002

    Shares in Village Roadshow continued to dive following an announcement last Friday that it would suspend payment of its stock dividend.
  • Piano Teacher is cleared for release in Singapore

    10-Jun-2002

  • RTL Belgium signs BVI output deal

    10-Jun-2002

    RTL-TVI, the Belgian free-TV broadcaster controlled by RTL, has struck a multi-year supply deal with Buena Vista International Television (BVI-TV).
  • Gilles Jacob joins Canal Plus Group board

    10-Jun-2002

    Cannes festival chief Gilles Jacob has joined the supervisory board of Canal Plus Group in a management reshuffle that reflects the agreed sale of Italian pay-TV operator Telepiu to News Corp.
  • News Corp to be Italy's pay-TV king following Vivendi deal

    10-Jun-2002

    News Corp is set to become the sole pay-TV operator in Italy following an agreement to buy Telepiu from Vivendi Universal's Canal Plus division for up to Euros1.5bn.
  • Australia's Palace furnishes itself with Raitrade slate

    7-Jun-2002

    Australia's Palace Pictures has picked up a package of ten Italian films from Italian sales house Raitrade.
  • Couture fashions seamless Canal Plus revolution

    7-Jun-2002

    Xavier Couture, who was plucked in dramatic circumstances in April from TF1 to head Canal Plus, has unveiled a management team that boasts only modest changes, but shorter lines of communication.
  • Pathe, FilmFour in holy alliance for Bulletproof Monk

    7-Jun-2002

    In a high profile move that underlines the growing co-operation between the two companies, Pathe Distribution and FilmFour have picked up UK rights to Bulletproof Monk. In another deal begun at Cannes, Filmax confirmed that it is to handle Spanish rights to the picture.
  • Distant Horizon takes world rights to Promised Land

    6-Jun-2002

    Anant Singh's Distant Horizon has picked up world rights to Promised Land, the directorial debut of Jason Xenopolous.
  • Highlight takes German-speaking rights for Tadpole

    6-Jun-2002

    Highlight Communications, the Swiss-based distributor and licensor, has picked up German-speaking rights to Tadpole, a low-budget coming of age drama directed by Gary Winick.
  • Italy's Adriana Chiesa seals Cannes deals

    6-Jun-2002

    Italian seller Adriana Chiesa Enterprises (ACE) had a busy Cannes.
  • Locarno announces two new prizes for expanded festival

    6-Jun-2002

    Sydney Pollack will be awarded a Leopard Of Honour at this year's expanded Locarno festival, while Portuguese-French-based producer Paulo Branco will be given the inaugural Raimondo Rezzonico prize for best independent producer.
  • News Corp's Fortune Star unveils first projects

    6-Jun-2002

    Fortune Star, the new production company housed at News Corp's Star TV group, has unveiled its first projects made for the ancillary markets.
  • Ruiz, Clark to get first Backup assistance

    6-Jun-2002

    A project by Raoul Ruiz and another executive produced by Larry Clark are the first pictures to be assisted by one of Europe's newest producer's representatives Backup Films.
  • Svensk Filmindustri boards Bergman's Saraband

    6-Jun-2002

    Svensk Filmindustri (SF) has boarded legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's new picture Saraband.
  • E Pictures adds Euro-Asian thriller One For The King

    5-Jun-2002

    E Pictures, the Korean sales house that was set up a year ago, is launching a new big-budget picture from Zenith Entertainment, the production outfit behind last year's $25m blockbuster My Boss, My Hero.
  • Filmalbatros spreads its wings

    5-Jun-2002

    Filmalbatros, the outfit set up for Italian director Marco Bellocchio's competition film The Hour Of Religion (L'Ora Di Religione), is branching out for a wider production slate.
  • Fortissimo strikes slew of sales on Cannes market slate

    5-Jun-2002

    Fortissimo Film sales has completed a clutch of sales on its Cannes market slate. Thai director Danny Pang's The Eye was sold to Europa Corp for France, Deaplaneta for Spain, Fu Works for Benelux and AudioVisual for Greece.
  • Karanovic shoots Loving Glances at F.A.M.E.

    5-Jun-2002

    Belgrade-based director Srdjan Karanovic's new picture Loving Glances, which gets underway next month, is the latest addition to the burgeoning slate of Film & Media Entertainment (F&ME).
  • Man Without A Past sells internationally for Bavaria

    5-Jun-2002

    In what was described as a "substantial deal" on the eve of its main competition screening Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without A Past was sold to BIM Distribuzione for Italy. The film is now handled by Bavaria Film International, having previously been sold by Orfeo/Christa Saredi.
  • South Africa's Mbalo happy with NFVF progress

    5-Jun-2002

    'Big strides have been made over the three years of the NFVF's existence,' said an upbeat Eddie Mbalo, chief executive of South Africa's National Film & Video Foundation for the last year.
  • Yeoh to get tough with French distributor M6

    28-May-2002

    Wearing her producer hat - rather than that of actress or Cannes juror - Michelle Yeoh is to start legal proceedings against French distributor M6/SND.
  • Irreversible wins shock value but no awards

    26-May-2002

    Anger and outrage followed the bombshell detonated by Gaspar Noe's Irreversible, a tale of rape and revenge that is depicted more brutally than any film that has been shown at the Cannes festival.
  • Polanski's Pianist tops list of Cannes winners

    26-May-2002

    A roar of approval, but applause that fell a long way short of a prolonged standing ovation, greeted Roman Polanski's Palme d'Or win at Cannes 2002 with The Pianist.
  • Belgium unveils film tax plan

    24-May-2002

    Belgium is to become the latest European country attempting to use tax as a way of boosting film production.
  • Dreamworks falls for Millennium Actress

    24-May-2002

  • DVD piracy panel calls for jail terms amongst penalties

    23-May-2002

    "If DVD piracy is allowed to continue it means the long term death of culture," boomed David Kessler, head of France's national cinema body the CNC, speaking in Cannes yesterday at a seminar on DVD piracy.
  • Golden Harvest reaps Cannes delicacies

    23-May-2002

    Golden Harvest, the powerhouse Hong Kong-based distributor has picked up a collection of the most in-demand indie titles on the Croisette.
  • Italy's Bim picks up nine Cannes titles - so far

    22-May-2002

    Italian distributor Bim Distribuzione bought three more official selection films yesterday, bringing its total haul to nine so far this market.
  • Swaraj: Bollywood ready to go global

    22-May-2002

    "There is more to Indian creative talent than snake charmers and monkeys, "said Sushma Swaraj, India's minister of information and broadcasting.on the eve of the screening of Devdas, the first "Bollywood" film to obtain a slot in Cannes Official Selection.
  • Bavaria takes over from Christa Saredi

    21-May-2002

    Bavaria Film International has taken over sales duties from World Sales Christa Saredi on a trio of Michael Haneke films and a library that also includes pictures by Hal Hartley, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Assi Dayan and Bakhtiyar Khudojnazarov.
  • Donaldson Polakoff looks to capitalise on Shimkent Hotel

    21-May-2002

    Paris-based producing duo Gil Donaldson and Carol Polakoff are moving quickly to capitalise on the anticipated success of their Directors' Fortnight film Shimkent Hotel.
  • Spanish thriller Intacto connects with Cannes' buyers

    20-May-2002

  • Korea's KM Culture launches first Cannes slate

    19-May-2002

    Korean investment group KM Culture has launched a new sales operation, boasting a slate of big budget pictures.
  • Korea's KM Culture launches first Cannes slate

    19-May-2002

    Korean investment group KM Culture has launched a new sales operation, boasting a slate of big budget pictures.
  • First Floor Feature merger leads to starry slate

    19-May-2002

    First Floor Features, the Dutch production house responsible for 1998 Oscar-winner Character, has put together a star packed production slate following its merger with Guy Walks Into A Bar.
  • Christopher Lee rides with The Last Unicorn

    18-May-2002

    Continent Film's Michael Pakleppa is assembling a starry cast for The Last Unicorn, a fantasy film billing itself as Europe's answer to The Lord Of The Rings.
  • Christopher Lee rides with The Last Unicorn

    18-May-2002

    Continent Film's Michael Pakleppa is assembling a starry cast for The Last Unicorn, a fantasy film billing itself as Europe's answer to The Lord Of The Rings.
  • Focus picks up Devdas sales duties

    18-May-2002

  • Heinzemann braves German market to launch new distributor

    18-May-2002

    Peter Heinzemann, former managing director of Kinowelt Filmverleih, could be one of the most popular men on the Croisette. He has set up a new German distributor, Solo Film Verleih as a joint venture with Helkon Media partners Martin Heldmann and Christian Halsey Solomon.
  • Studio Canal unveils Italian film production unit

    18-May-2002

    StudioCanal, the production and distribution subsidiary of Canal Plus and Vivendi Universal, has set up StudioCanal Urania, a new Rome based company that will produce up to three Italian films per year.
  • Cineclick strikes Asian sales deals

    17-May-2002

    Korean seller Cineclick Asia has secured two large package deals in the first few days of the Cannes market.
  • E Pictures launches Zenith's action thriller

    17-May-2002

    E Pictures, the Korean sales house that was set up a year ago, is launching a new big-budget picture from Zenith Entertainment, the production outfit behind last year's $25m blockbuster My Boss, My Hero.
  • Fortissimo and Kuzui team up for Bohemian Films

    17-May-2002

    Fortissimo and Kuzui Enterprises have joined forces to launch Bohemian Films, a fusion of Asian talent and European style financing and co-productions.
  • Paramount Pictures takes Korean Way Home

    17-May-2002

    Paramount Pictures has picked up Korean drama The Way Home (Jibeuro) from CJ Entertainment.
  • Paramount Pictures takes Korean Way Home

    17-May-2002

    Paramount Pictures has picked up Korean drama The Way Home (Jibeuro) from CJ Entertainment.
  • Rasa pitches indie Indian films

    17-May-2002

    Ashvin Kummar and Suran Goonatilake, founders of Rasa Pictures, are in Cannes drumming up interest in a slate of cross-over independent films with their roots in the Indian diaspora.
  • Tartan Films, F&ME team on James Elroy project

    17-May-2002

    Hamish McAlpine's expanding production outfit Tartan Films has teamed with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor's F&ME to board Killer On The Road.
  • Media Asia bolsters library, expands slate

    16-May-2002

    Regional powerhouse Media Asia (MA) is moving to corner the market in Hong Kong catalogue films and has expanded its slate of current pictures.
  • Media Asia bolsters library, expands slate

    16-May-2002

    Regional powerhouse Media Asia (MA) is moving to corner the market in Hong Kong catalogue films and has expanded its slate of current pictures.
  • Vivendi Universal hits out at bankruptcy claim

    16-May-2002

    Vivendi Universal lashed out yesterday at press reports that suggested the media conglomerate was technically bankrupt.
  • Moviehouse wraps Fear X, add two more

    16-May-2002

    Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn has wrapped Fear X, his John Turturro-starring psychological thriller after a shoot that took him to Winnipeg and Copenhagen.
  • Holland's Orange Worldwide Film Sales to launch at Cannes

    15-May-2002

    New Dutch sales outfit, Orange Worldwide Film Sales is to get its international launch this week at Cannes. Headed by Michael Berkel and Peter van Vogelpoel, Orange arrives on the Croisette with four films on its slate.
  • Larry Clark's Ken Park goes Fortissimo

    14-May-2002

  • Larry Clark's Ken Park goes Fortissimo

    14-May-2002

  • Cannes develops digital film screenings

    12-May-2002

    There is more to digital cinema than just Star Wars: Episode II at Cannes this year, with the festival planning a multitude of digital screenings.
  • Cannes develops digital film screenings

    12-May-2002

    There is more to digital cinema than just Star Wars: Episode II at Cannes this year, with the festival planning a multitude of digital screenings.
  • European Commission challenges French advertising laws

    12-May-2002

    France's film marketing and distribution sector could be in for a radical shake-up with a new aspect of the country's cultural exception coming under attack from the European Union (EU).
  • Cannes adds two heavyweights to special screening programme

    8-May-2002

    The Cannes festival filled out its special, out-of competition screenings programme with two heavyweight additions, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones and Brian De Palma's Cannes-set thriller Femme Fatale.
  • Cannes adds two heavyweights to special screening programme

    8-May-2002

    The Cannes festival filled out its special, out-of competition screenings programme with two heavyweight additions, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones and Brian De Palma's Cannes-set thriller Femme Fatale.
  • EU rules sales tax to be added to foreign online products

    7-May-2002

    The European Union (EU) today (Tuesday, May 7) approved rules that will require non-European firms to apply a sales tax (VAT) to films, games and software that are sold over the internet into the EU.
  • Fortissimo takes world rights for Bollywood Hollywood

    7-May-2002

    Fortissimo Film Sales, the Amsterdam and Hong Kong-based sales house, has picked up worldwide rights to Indian director Deepa Mehta's new picture Bollywood Hollywood.
  • European production, admissions & BO market share unite in growth

    3-May-2002

    The European film industry "flourished" last year on a number of levels, including an average 9% hike in local market shares for European films, according to new research.
  • The Repentant (La Repentie)

    3-May-2002

  • Vivendi Universal calls extraordinary general meeting for June

    30-Apr-2002

    Troubled media giant, Vivendi Universal has set a slot in June as the date for an extraordinary shareholder meeting after the results of last week's annual general meeting were thrown into doubt by suspicious electronic voting.
  • Directors' Fortnight line-up complete

    29-Apr-2002

    The Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine Des Realisateurs) wrapped up its 2002 line-up today (Monday Apr 29) when it announced the inclusion of Werner Schroeter's Franco-German production Deux and Romain Goupil's Une Pure Coincidence.
  • Fortissimo to handle remaining sales on Pau's The Touch

    26-Apr-2002

    Han Entertainment, Thomas Chung's nascent media empire, is to appoint fellow Hong Kong outfit Fortissimo Film Sales to handle outstanding territories on big-budget extravaganza The Touch.
  • Director's Fortnight unveils six more titles

    26-Apr-2002

    The Director's Fortnight (Quinzaine Des Realisateurs) came closer to completing its line up when it announced the selection of a further five films.
  • Annual amfAR AIDS research gala set for May 23 in Cannes

    25-Apr-2002

    Cannes jury president David Lynch and jury member Sharon Stone will join other celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Iman and Harvey Weinstein at the annual amfAR AIDS research gala.
  • Farrugia appointed chairman of Canal Plus SA

    25-Apr-2002

    Dominique Farrugia (pictured) has been appointed chairman of Canal Plus SA, the principal French channel within the Canal Plus and Vivendi Universal empire.
  • Cannes: A tale of two committees

    24-Apr-2002

    Cannes' selectors this year have opted for absolute simplicity: main competition is the home of the established names of the art-house, while Un Certain Regard gives room for experimentation, new directors and little seen schools of film-making.
  • Sweden's Strix unveils controversial Solidarity TV show

    23-Apr-2002

    Formats, the formulae under which game, reality and quiz shows are sold for adaptation in different countries, have been big business for the last few years. But at concept stage it is sometimes difficult to tell one from another - hence a high degree of unlicensed copying. But there will be no mistaking one, called Solidarity, unveiled by Strix Television, a division of Sweden's Modern Times Group.
  • MIP-TV receives general approval from mixed market

    19-Apr-2002

    The MIP-TV market (Apr 14-18) drew to an effective close yesterday as buyers scurried out of town and deal announcements dwindled from a trickle to something closer to a drip feed. But most participants gave the impression of having had a more useful market than they had envisaged.
  • Vivendi and Kirch troubles impact int'l film sales business

    19-Apr-2002

    Industry executives around the world were this week weighing up the impact of the unfolding crisis at Vivendi Universal.
  • The Garden Of The Finzi Contini to be remade

    18-Apr-2002

    A new version of Oscar-winning classic The Garden Of The Finzi Contini is to be produced by top Italian producer Carlo Degli Esposti under his Palomar label.
  • Universal strikes film supply deal with Greece's Star

    17-Apr-2002

    Universal has struck a long-term film supply deal with Greek commercial broadcaster Star. The exclusive contract spans films and made for television programming.
  • Grammer heads de Angelis big budget slate

    16-Apr-2002

  • Harmony Gold re-focuses on film sales

    16-Apr-2002

    Harmony Gold, the US independent best known for its children's and animation properties, is stepping back into feature film sales and is in the market for pick-ups.
  • Regent prefers TV movies, exhibition to feature production

    16-Apr-2002

    Regent Entertainment, best known for multi-award winner Gods & Monsters, is to shift the emphasis of its production division away from features in order to concentrate more on made-for-TV output.
  • Friends and foes fight for KirchPayTV

    14-Apr-2002

    Whether and when KirchPayTV will announce its insolvency has been a source of intense debate all week, since sister company KirchMedia filed for protection from its creditors on Monday (April 8).
  • Olivennes departure plunges Vivendi into crisis

    14-Apr-2002

    Denis Olivennes, Canal Plus' director general and director of Vivendi Universal, resigned on Friday in protest at the financial pressures being put on the company by its chief executive Jean-Marie Messier.
  • Oscar-winner Noe Productions files for insolvency

    14-Apr-2002

    Winning the Oscar for best foreign film came too late to bring much comfort to Noe Productions.
  • Take Care Of My Cat

    13-Apr-2002

  • Barbet Schroeder becomes Critics Week godfather

    12-Apr-2002

    Barbet Schroeder, the acclaimed international director responsible for Barfly Our Lady Of The Assassins and Reversal Of Fortune, is to be the godfather of the Critics' Week sidebar at Cannes.
  • Sharp slide in VCL shares

    12-Apr-2002

    Shares in VCL, the German video and production finance group, swung violently today. Having closed on Thursday (Apr 11) at Euros0.93, the shares dipped at one stage to Euros0.40. At 1300 GMT they had recovered to Euros0.73, a drop of 21% on the day.The company offered no explanation for the stock price turbulence. Two weeks ago the company was granted permission by the stockmarket to delay publication of its 2001 accounts.
  • Fireworks strikes output deal with TeleMuenchen

    11-Apr-2002

    Fireworks International, the London-based sales arm of Canadian film and TV group Fireworks Entertainment, has struck an exclusive output deal with Germany's TeleMuenchen (TMG) covering all its TV programming.
  • Ledoyen returns to host Cannes ceremonies

    10-Apr-2002

    French actress Virginie Ledoyen was this week confirmed as hostess for the opening and closing ceremonies at Cannes, reprising her role from 2000.
  • Scorsese to head Cannes Short & Cinefondation jury

    9-Apr-2002

    Martin Scorsese will preside over the Short Film and Cinefondation jury during the upcoming Festival de Cannes (15-26 May), the festival announced today (Apr 9).
  • Monrak Transistor first confirmation for Quinzaine

    8-Apr-2002

  • Kirch declares insolvency, seeks

    8-Apr-2002

    German media giant KirchMedia this morning (Monday April 8) filed for insolvency following the failure of weeks of refinancing talks.
  • Singing Horse strikes right note with China Star

    8-Apr-2002

    Singing Horse Productions, a company owned by director Joe Ma Wai Ho International Pacific Artists head Thomas Leong and producer Ivy Kong, has struck a deal to produce three pictures for Hong Kong powerhouse China Star Entertainment.
  • New Emperor chief sets out on twin-track course

    7-Apr-2002

    Taking over last week as chief executive of Emperor Multimedia Group (EMG) Carl Chang has set out a twin track strategy stressing regional Asian film-making and smaller Hong Kong productions.
  • German solution looms as Kirch prepares insolvency

    7-Apr-2002

    German media giant Kirch could file for insolvency today following the failure of weeks of refinancing talks. The company's bankers are expected then to outline details of a "German solution" that would keep parts of the company going and leave out Kirch's foreign minority investors News Corp, Mediaset and Kingdom Holdings.
  • NTL set to announce

    7-Apr-2002

    NTL, the UK's largest cable network operator, is expected this week to announce that it has reached terms with banks and major shareholders for a recapitalisation and rescheduling of its $17.2bn debt.
  • AOL Time Warner shrinks as shares hit record low

    7-Apr-2002

    Shares in AOL Time Warner hit $21.65 on Friday, a record low for the company since it was formed from the merger of internet service provider and entertainment giant Time Warner over a year ago.
  • Metro Tartan snares Fortissimo's Party Monster

    5-Apr-2002

    Marking one of the highest profile deals at the Hong Kong Asia Screenings, leading UK art-house distributor Metro Tartan has struck a three picture deal with Fortissimo Film Sales.
  • Hong Kong Asia Screenings gather momentum

    3-Apr-2002

    The inaugural Hong Kong Asia Screenings appeared to cement its status as a permanent fixture this week with an endorsement from influential local industry body the MPIA.
  • Korea's Cat takes care of international business

    2-Apr-2002

  • Asia Screenings open with Golden Network pick-up

    2-Apr-2002

    The first ever Hong Kong Asia Screenings, an industry companion piece to the Hong Kong Film Festival, kicked off this weekend with expanding world sales outfit Golden Network unveiling its latest pick-up, Girls' Friends.
  • Leo Kirch ready to face the inevitable handover

    27-Mar-2002

    A change of the guard is only hours or days away at the Kirch group, the media colossus that for so many years bestrode the German and European film and TV arenas.
  • Moulin Rouge, Amelie win alternative awards bash

    25-Mar-2002

    In a not entirely serious ceremony in Vilnius, Lithuania, Moulin Rouge came tops in the inaugural Golden Earring (Auskaras 2001) awards. In total it won four prizes: best director (Baz Luhrman), best actress (Nicole Kidman), best drama/ melodrama and best music.
  • Cannes Critics' Week adopts slimmed-down look

    21-Mar-2002

    Under its new chief Claire Clouzot, the Critics' Week sidebar of the Cannes festival is to present a tightened-up programme.
  • Kirch Group to unveil Premiereworld restructure

    18-Mar-2002

    The Kirch group is expected to unveil plans to restructure Premiereworld, its loss-making pay-TV division.
  • India's film & TV industry set to double by 2006

    17-Mar-2002

    India's entertainment sector is set to double in size within five years, according to data presented over the weekend at the Frames 2002 industry seminar in Bombay.
  • Advanced launches probe into E28m loss

    14-Mar-2002

    German licence trader Advanced Medien has launched an investigation into its 1999 and 2000 accounts and warned that it may have to re-state these years financial figures,
  • Perry, Poirier to scout UK films for Cannes fest

    14-Mar-2002

    Simon Perry and Agnes Poirier have been appointed as UK scouts for the Cannes Film Festival. The hirings were confirmed earlier this week by Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux during a short visit to London where he screened possible festival films and met leading industry figures.
  • MIP-TV market seeks relevance with dates switch

    8-Mar-2002

    MIP-TV, the Spring TV programmes market in Cannes, is to shift its dates from April to March as of next year.
  • Vultures circle as Kirch misses debt repayment

    8-Mar-2002

    Studios and other creditors are poised to pick choice morsels from the body of the Kirch group. The once glorious German media group this week also flirted with insolvency after it missed a loan repayment.
  • An uncertain regard at Cannes' Lynch-mob hopefuls

    27-Feb-2002

    While Cannes Film Festival selector Thierry Fremaux is said to have been given freer rein this year by festival president Gilles Jacob, there seems a good chance that many familiar, arthouse heroes will be strutting the Croisette than ever before.
  • MIFED plans two-day market extension

    25-Feb-2002

    Following a meeting with representatives of several AFMA-affiliated sales companies at the AFM, the organisers of MIFED are considering adding two days to the end of the autumn sales market.
  • Fortissimo celebrates strong AFM deals

    25-Feb-2002

    Fortissimo Film Sales celebrated a successful AFM with sales of Tsai Ming-liang's Cannes 2001 competition film What Time Is It There' to the ICA for the UK and Pegasos for Germany. The ICA also bought Iwai Shinji's All About Lily Chou Chou.
  • Hong Kong's Emperor reveals five-picture slate

    25-Feb-2002

    Hong Kong's Emperor Multimedia Group (EMG), which is on its way towards becoming one of the territory's major studios has unveiled a new five picture development slate.
  • Korea's Nabi Pictures launches with epic roster

    25-Feb-2002

    Jo Min-whan, the producer behind Korea's epic, Musa The Warrior, has launched a new production company and a slate that includes the most expensive Korean film of all time.
  • Shochiku fights back with Samurai epics

    24-Feb-2002

    After a production slowdown lasting 18 months, Japanese publicly-quoted movie powerhouse Shochiku is back in business, bringing to the AFM a new slate that includes a brace of high-profile Samurai epics.
  • Murdoch's Star goes theatrical across Asia

    24-Feb-2002

    Star TV, Rupert Murdoch's pan-Asian satellite broadcast group, is making a major play to become a theatrical film distribution and production player across Asia.
  • MGM joins Korean remake rush

    24-Feb-2002

    Korean seller Cineclick Asia has sold Hollywood remake rights on its hit martial arts comedy Hi Dharma to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
  • Klockworx girds for Iron Ladies' return

    24-Feb-2002

    Japan's Klockworx has become the first buyer to commit to Iron Ladies: The Early Years, the new picture to be handled by Fortissimo Film Sales.
  • Female Gangster flick clicks with Japan's KNACK

    24-Feb-2002

    Sales house Cineclick Asia has secured a major Japanese deal on one of its bigger titles and is now shooting to become a heavyweight player outside its native Korea.
  • Jackie Chan sci-fi actioner tops Media Asia slate

    22-Feb-2002

    Media Asia, under the new management of hotels andentertainment investor Peter Lam, has unveiled a far-reaching development slatefor 2002-3, headed by $40m Jackie Chan picture, Titanium Rain, a sci-fi action title.
  • UK's Medusa gets Ichi fingers for Miike

    21-Feb-2002

    HongKong's Emperor Multimedia Group (EMG) has struck a pan-European deal withthe UK's Medusa to handle Miike Takashi's ultra-violent Ichi TheKiller.
  • Till's Signpost points towards Larry Gordon pact

    21-Feb-2002

    StewartTill's fledgling Signpost Films, which kicked off its slate with the $55m Bulletproof Monk starring Chow Yun-fat, is now set to addto its pipeline through a pact with heavyweight producer Larry Gordon, theformer 20th Century Fox production chief.
  • UK sales upstart Moviehouse comes out smokin'

    20-Feb-2002

    New UK sales company, Moviehouse Entertainment has unveiled a $10m supernatural thriller, The Smoking Man, and satirical comedy The Rage In Placid Lake as the first pictures of its 2002 slate.
  • Berlinale's diversity favours documentaries

    13-Feb-2002

    The theme of diversity has been one of the most defining elements of this year's Berlinale, but it is the documentaries, rather than feature films, that seem to have made the biggest impression. Apart from Monster's Ball and 8 Femmes, the busiest sales agents are likely to be those handling documentaries such as Uncle Frank, Lost In La Mancha, animal doc Travelling Birds and Mika Kaurismaki's Moro No Brazil.
  • Korea's Volcano High to Amuse for $1.5m

    12-Feb-2002

    In a deal started at the Rotterdam film festival and completed in Berlin, Korea's Cinema Service has sold its futuristic Volcano High (pictured)to Japan's Amuse Pictures for whopping $1.5m (Y200m).
  • Wild Bunch adds Spirited Away, amongst others

    10-Feb-2002

    French sales agent Wild Bunch is poised to pick up world sales rights to animated feature Spirited Away during the Berlin Film Festival. The picture, which was a late addition to the Berlinale competition, is the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time.
  • Paris prefers Eight Women to Amelie

    7-Feb-2002

    French sales agency Celluloid Dreams has received a double confidence boost ahead of tonight's (Feb 8) competition film Eight Women (Huit Femmes).
  • Main Tiger for Sleeping Rough in Rotterdam

    3-Feb-2002

    Local Dutch favourite Sleeping Rough (Tussenland) has won the top prize, the VPRO Tiger award, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
  • NTL appoints advisers on $17bn debt burden

    31-Jan-2002

    UK cable network operator, NTL today (Jan 31) ended weeks of speculation by formally appointing financial advisers to help it renegotiate the debt burden that had become a concern within the investment community.
  • Argentina's filmmakers condemn govt inaction

    30-Jan-2002

    Argentinian film-makers have condemned the confusion that has reigned since their country's economic collapse and which has brought the local film industry to a standstill.
  • IFC takes US rights on Lost In La Mancha

    30-Jan-2002

    IFC Entertainment has bought North and South American rights to Berlin Panorama film Lost In La Mancha: The Un-Making of Don Quixote.
  • Veland, Playford-Denman reunite to expand BV Int

    29-Jan-2002

    In reunion worthy of the movies, sales agents Bjorg Veland and Heather Playford-Denman are to start working together again after a three year separation. The move appears to signal an expansion of the Oslo-based BV International sales and finance operation run by Veland.
  • Wild Bunch is crazy for Marceau's Love

    29-Jan-2002

    In a crowd-pleasing move made on the eve of the Rotterdam and Berlin festivals, French sales agent Wild Bunch has picked up Sophie Marceau's directorial debut Parlez-Moi D'Amour.
  • Orfeo's Helen Loveridge is Seattle-bound

    28-Jan-2002

    Helen Loveridge, who currently heads Cologne-based sales agency Orfeo Films, is to become managing director of a new Film Centre being developed in Seattle.
  • Three Euro training bodies set to merge

    28-Jan-2002

    In a bid to increase the efficiency of talent and project development, three of Europe's key film training organisations are to link together under the banner AMA.
  • Fresh talent on show at Rotterdam film festival

    24-Jan-2002

  • Rotterdam, Berlin launch production partnership

    18-Jan-2002

    The Rotterdam and Berlin festivals are to share projects from Rotterdam's Cinemart co-production market as the first step in a new round of co-operation.
  • Christa Saredi bows out of world sales sector

    11-Jan-2002

    Veteran film sales agent Christa Saredi is to shut up shop this Spring after more than two decades in the business.
  • Miramax buys North American rights to Samsara

    9-Jan-2002

    Miramax Films has bought US rights to Samsara (pictured), the German-Tibetan romantic drama that premiered at Toronto last year. Orfeo Films, which is handling world rights, sold other North American rights to Odeon Films for Canada.
  • British Telecom to be broadcaster within two years

    6-Jan-2002

    UK phones giant British Telecom (BT) is aiming to become a major power in Britain's television sector and seems on course to be a broadcaster within two years.
  • Cannes chooses six for residence programme

    20-Dec-2001

    The Cannes festival has selected six young directors to participate in the fourth running of its Residence training programme.
  • Vivendi Universal, USA Networks in $10.3bn deal

    17-Dec-2001

    Vivendi Universal has confirmed this morning that it is taking full control of the entertainment assets of Barry Diller's USA Networks (USA) in a deal valued at approximately $10.3bn and unanimously approved by both boards.
  • Echostar to sell 10% to Vivendi Universal

    17-Dec-2001

    Vivendi Universal is to buy 10% of the US's number two satellite broadcaster Echostar.
  • Celestial readies Hong Kong studio power-play

    12-Dec-2001

    Hong Kong, whose once famous studios now lurk like decrepit ghosts, is about to take Asian film and TV on new thrill ride.
  • Kirch woes increase as bank recalls $400m loans

    11-Dec-2001

    News Corp yesterday denied reports that it is planning a hostile takeover approach for Germany's Kirch group. But Kirch's problems increased when the Dresdner Bank group called in $410m (DM900m) of loans.
  • Kirch's mixed messages about News Corp bid

    10-Dec-2001

    Germany's Kirch Group is sending out mixed messages about a possible takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. But the fact that it is sending out any signals already suggests that the threat is real (Screendaily, Dec 5).
  • Canal Plus, UPC to merge Polish pay-TV platforms

    10-Dec-2001

    In a move that comes quicker than expected, Canal Plus and UPC have agreed to merge their pay-TV platforms in Poland (Screendaily Aug 12).
  • RTL issues fourth profit warning of 2001

    9-Dec-2001

    RTL, the pan-European broadcast giant, has issued its fourth profit warning of the year.
  • Vivendi in advanced talks over Telepiu, Stream

    9-Dec-2001

    Vivendi Universal said on Friday (Dec 7) that it was in advanced talks with News Corp concerning its Italian pay-TV platforms, Telepiu and Stream.
  • Murdoch considering Kirch Group takeover

    9-Dec-2001

    Rupert Murdoch is reported to be eyeing up a full takeover of Germany's Kirch group.
  • Bronfman to quit Vivendi Universal in March

    6-Dec-2001

    Edgar Bronfman Jr, one of the architects of the merger that created Vivendi Universal, is to stand down as executive vice chairman of the Franco-US group. Bronfman will remain vice chairman, but in a non executive role. He said there are no plans for him or the Bronfman family, which owned Seagram's, to scale back their shareholding.
  • Greenaway, Breillat, Seidl topline Cinemart

    5-Dec-2001

    New projects by art-house favourites Peter Greenaway, Catherine Breillat, Ulrich Seidl, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Alexandr Sokurov head a strong line-up at the forthcoming Cinemart co-production market in Rotterdam (Jan 27-31, 2002).
  • Chung, Yeoh launch multimedia Han dynasty

    4-Dec-2001

    A new film by Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau is set to head the slate of Han Entertainment, the new multi-media company established by Thomas Chung, the colourful former head of Media Asia, and Michelle Yeoh.
  • Festival heads criticise industrialisation, press

    2-Dec-2001

    At an unprecedented meeting of selectors and officials in Berlin, top film festival directors from three continents bemoaned the industrialisation of festivals and the increasing difficulty of getting press coverage they feel their events deserve.
  • Portugal becomes 15th int'l Disney Channel

    28-Nov-2001

    Walt Disney Television International (WDTV-I) yesterday (Nov 27) launched the 15th international version of its Disney Channel, when it started broadcasting in Portugal.
  • Europa Cinemas gets MEDIA thumbs-up

    25-Nov-2001

    Europa Cinemas, the support system for independent exhibitors which screen European films, closed its annual conference in Rome yesterday with the news that it had won a new two-year mandate from the Media programme.
  • Loehr's Ming dynasty aims to rule in Asia

    25-Nov-2001

    China's leading independent producer, the American-born Peter Loehr is to quit Beijing-based Imar Films and establish an international label focused on bigger and more ambitious pictures.
  • Catalan nationalists call for Harry Potter boycott

    19-Nov-2001

    Catalan nationalists have called for a boycott of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, which goes on release next week.
  • Media Asia loses second high-profile executive

    19-Nov-2001

    Peter Poon has quit Hong Kong studio, Media Asia where he was deputy general manager and took particular responsibility for international distribution.
  • Hong Kong's Singing Horse springs into production

    18-Nov-2001

    Leading Hong Kong comedy director Joe Ma has set up a new production label Singing Horse Productions to deliver a slate of youth-oriented pictures. The company is jointly owned with Thomas Leong's talent agency International Pacific Artists (IPA) and Ivy Kong, former managing director of Mei Ah's production arm B.I.G.
  • Re-cut Flower blossoms at blooming Pusan festival

    18-Nov-2001

    Local picture Flower Island (Kotsom), by first time director Song Il-gon, was the outstanding winner at the 6th Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea. It scooped the main prize, the FIPRESCI prize and the audience award.
  • Coppola to board recut version of Suriyothai

    16-Nov-2001

    Francis Ford Coppola is poised to board the recut international version of Suriyothai, the epic Thai historical drama directed by Prince MC Chatrichalerm Yukol.
  • Korea's MBC invests in PPP title: Cry Woman

    16-Nov-2001

    Korean broadcast giant MBC has set Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) title Cry Woman as one of the first pictures to benefit from its new feature investment arm. MBC Production Co, which benefits from a modest $13m (Won15bn) revolving fund put up by 16 of the channel's regional branches and Terasource Venture Capital, aims to invest in pictures which broaden the demographics of Korean cinema.
  • Pusan Promotion Plan rewards outstanding directors

    14-Nov-2001

    Chinese director Lin Cheng-sheng and Korea's Kim Ki-duk were the big winners at the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), Asian co-production workshop which wrapped on Wed, Nov 14 in Korea.
  • Japanese rights sold on Chinese classic remake

    13-Nov-2001

    Japanese powerhouse Daiei has picked up local Japanese rights to the high-profile remake of Chinese classic Springtime In A Small Town.
  • Hotshot trio make pan-Asian history

    12-Nov-2001

    Billed as a step up in pan-Asian co-operation, Fortissimo Film Sales unveiled details of Three, an omnibus film featuring three of the region's most commercially successful directors.
  • Pusan opens with atmosphere of regional growth

    11-Nov-2001

    The sixth edition of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) got underway on Friday with an air of self-confidence and regional prosperity.
  • Hong Kong's TVB to broadcast in China

    6-Nov-2001

    Sir Run Run Shaw's Hong Kong-based broadcast group Television Broadcasts (TVB) has become the third group to gain official permission to broadcast in China.
  • Fortissimo closes deals on a range of titles

    6-Nov-2001

    Fortissimo Film Sales enjoyed a busy Mifed having struck deals on its foreign-language Oscar hopeful La Spagnola and a range of other titles.
  • British Telecom applies for broadcast licence

    5-Nov-2001

    British Telecommunications (BT) has applied to the Independent Television Commission (ITC) for a licence to become a TV broadcaster.
  • MMG boards Palm Tree drama quartet

    4-Nov-2001

    Armi Artsi's Milestone Media Group (MMG) has boarded a slate of four period features being readied by Scottish development and production outfit Palm Tree Productions. The deal was finalised at last week's Mifed film market.
  • Rift between Kirch and BSkyB opens wider

    4-Nov-2001

    Relations between UK satellite giant BSkyB and Germany's Kirch appear close to breaking point.
  • MIFED: Cineclick's Gangster scores with new buyers

    1-Nov-2001

  • AFMA sees first revenue drop in six years

    31-Oct-2001

    The growth of the UK market last year helped indie film sellers to offset growing weakness in the world video markets.
  • Eight Euro distribs put Celluloid at core of pact

    30-Oct-2001

    Eight of Europe's best known independent distributors have pacted together to form an ambitious pan-continental buying and investment alliance.
  • China Star lines up $13m Books And Swords

    29-Oct-2001

    China Star has unveiled a big-budget period action-romance to be directed by veteran Tsui Hark.
  • Juliette Lewis to star in Desire And Search

    29-Oct-2001

    Juliette Lewis is set to star in Desire And Search, a quirky thriller being handled by Norwegian sales and finance outfit BV International.
  • Box office supports Capitol's sales frenzy

    28-Oct-2001

    Films that cinemagoers want to see have done wonders for business at the UK's Capitol Films, which is handling the breakout Woody Allen title The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion and horror hit Jeepers Creepers.
  • Regent rides with Media Asia's Unicorn

    28-Oct-2001

    Regent Entertainment has boarded Media Asia's English-language action flick, The Unicorn Hunt.
  • News Corp withdraws Hughes/DirecTV offer

    28-Oct-2001

    News Corp has formally pulled out of the race to buy US satellite pay-TV giant DirecTV, leaving Echostar Communications as the only other likely bidder. "We have no option but to withdraw immediately our fully negotiated and financed proposal,'' said chief executive Rupert Murdoch in a statement.
  • Jamie Bell heads supernatural WWII action drama

    25-Oct-2001

    Jamie Bell, the child star of international hit Billy Elliot, is to head the cast of The Great War Project (working title), a supernatural action drama which tops the slate of Film and Music Entertainment (F.&.M.E.).
  • Sexy Beast scores at British indie film awards

    25-Oct-2001

    Extolled by US critics, but cooly received in the UK, British gangster drama Sexy Beast was finally feted in its home market. It triumphed at last night's British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), winning in all four categories in which it had been nominated.
  • Salma Hayek eyes The Ground Beneath Her Feet

    23-Oct-2001

    Salma Hayek is in advanced talks to star in Raoul Ruiz's forthcoming adaptation of Salman Rushdie's novel, The Ground Beneath Her Feet.
  • Media Asia woos Cheung, Lau and Jackie Chan

    23-Oct-2001

    Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, leading local actor Leslie Cheung and popstar-turned acting sensation Andy Lau have joined Media Asia's 2002 slate as the film concern launches a drive to raise its talent profile following a management shake-up earlier this year.
  • Canton/Senator pact reduced to 24 Hours

    23-Oct-2001

    Luis Mandoki's $40m thriller 24 Hours is to be the only film produced under the high profile alliance between Germany's Senator Entertainment and Mark Canton's The Canton Co.
  • Intimate Scenes picked up by Flach Pyramide

    23-Oct-2001

    Catherine Breillat, the director who became a cause celebre with her sexually explicit Romance, is three weeks from starting production on Scenes Intimes, a picture about making films and, in particular, shooting nude scenes.
  • Cineart/Cinelibre restructures ownership

    22-Oct-2001

    Belgium's leading independent distributor, Cineart/Cinelibre, has restructured its ownership, with Eliane Du Bois buying outright control after a 25 year partnership with Thierry Abel.
  • Recession watch - Part VI

    22-Oct-2001

  • Fortissimo gets international rights on Springtime

    22-Oct-2001

    Fortissimo Film Sales, the Dutch-Hong Kong-based world sales group, has picked up international rights to the high-profile remake of Chinese classic Springtime In A Small Town.
  • Film Council to host UK's new MEDIA Desk

    21-Oct-2001

    London is to be host to the UK's new MEDIA Desk, the system of national outposts run by the European Commission's Media Plus support programme.
  • Justice joins Invicta Capital

    21-Oct-2001

    Producer Matthew Justice has been appointed as consultant to Invicta Capital, the recently-launched film investor and tax advisor.
  • The Phantom Menace takes latest DVD crown

    21-Oct-2001

    Twentieth Century Fox has claimed a new record for first day sales of a DVD with the release of Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace. The picture racked up $17m on Tuesday Oct 16 Oct, through traditional retail outlets.
  • UK's ITC argues for early Carlton/Granada merge

    19-Oct-2001

    The chairman of the Independent Television Commission (ITC), one of the UK's broadcast regulators, has called on the government to bring in urgent interim legislation that would allow the two largest commercial broadcasters to merge.
  • Latvia becomes 27th Eurimages member

    18-Oct-2001

    As from 1st January 2002, Latvia will become the 27th country to join Eurimages, the support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European films.
  • Maziya appointed CEO of African Broadcast Network

    18-Oct-2001

    Savannah Maziya has been appointed chief executive officer of the African Broadcast Network, a pan-African TV network launched in January this year.
  • Potter and Rings will deliver for AOL Time Warner

    17-Oct-2001

    "The worldwide premieres of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone next month and The Lord Of The Rings in December will lead our strongest-ever quarter for filmed entertainment," forecast AOL Time Warner chief Gerald Levin.
  • High Point sells Murder Rooms at MIP-COM

    15-Oct-2001

    High Point Films & Television used last week's MIP-COM TV market to secure further deals on its feature package Murder Rooms - The Real Mysteries Of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Former PolyGram boss Levy called on to head EMI

    15-Oct-2001

    Former PolyGram chief executive, Alain Levy has been tapped to head the world's number three music group EMI. He replaces Ken Berry, who leaves the company today, three weeks after issuing a surprise profits warning.
  • Myriad tests German market with teen comedy sale

    14-Oct-2001

    Myriad Pictures got the autumn film market season off to a bright start with the sale of its teen comedy Van Wilder: Party Liaison to Germany.
  • Recession watch - Part V: distribution, marketing

    14-Oct-2001

    In the fifth part of Screen International's analysis on the effect on the industry of the Sept 11 attacks on the US, the threat of recession on distribution and marketing is assessed.
  • MIP-COM 2001: attendance low, business high

    12-Oct-2001

    The MIP-COM television programme market which closed yesterday, exactly one month after the terrorist attacks in the US "were clearly affected" by the climate of political uncertainty.
  • China sets rules for foreign imports & investment

    12-Oct-2001

    Heading a major delegation of Chinese officials and programme makers at the MIP-COM television market, Zhao Shi, deputy minister of the State Administration of Radio, Film & TV (SARFT) said China welcomes outside input into the development of its broadcast industry. But she said that China is not about to accelerate openness for the sake of foreign companies.
  • Recession watch - Part IV

    10-Oct-2001

    In the fourth part of Screen International's analysis on the effect on the industry of the Sept 11 attacks on the US, the threat of recession on film and television markets is assessed.
  • Disney/Pixar titles sold to European free-TV

    10-Oct-2001

    Buena Vista International Television (BVI-TV) has licensed its Classic Treasure package, a bundle of Disney and Pixar animation features to free-TV broadcasters in Europe. Following a similar deal last week with the BBC (Screendaily Oct 1), Danmarks Radio of Denmark, SIC of Portugal, Cinenova in Benlux and RTE in Ireland became the latest buyers for the collection which was released into the free-TV sector for the first time at April's MIP-TV market.
  • Friedman sees AOLTV as interactive brand leader

    10-Oct-2001

    AOLTV will succeed because of the strength of the AOL brand and because its lead in the on-line market makes it able to federate many of its competitors. That at least was the message from Rob Friedman, newly installed president, worldwide interactive marketing TV at AOL, in his keynote address to MIP-COM delegates.
  • The latest MIP-COM deals round-up

    10-Oct-2001

    Beyond signs five picture deal with WeintraubAustralia's Beyond Films has signed a major five picture deal with US producer Fred Weintraub of Weintraub Kume Productions. The slate of genre features will be co-produced by German film fund MBP, with Beyond Films handling international sales.
  • Recession watch - Part III

    10-Oct-2001

  • Rai Trade shows first fruit of production branch

    10-Oct-2001

    Rai Trade, the sales arm of Italian public broadcaster RAI, has added a new strategic dimension to its sales and distribution activities and become a co-financier of European and international co-productions. The first fruits of this new branch were on display this week at MIP-COM.
  • Hallmark acquires 15 features from Paramount

    9-Oct-2001

    The Hallmark Channel has acquired a package of 15 features from Paramount International for its Taiwan service. These include Mission: Impossible, Days Of Thunder, The Hunt For Red October, Nick Of Time, The Saint and five films in the Star Trek series.
  • Universal TV & Networks seals MIP-COM deals

    9-Oct-2001

    British channel packager and distributor Zone Vision has acquired a wide ranging deal to deliver films and TV movies from Universal Television & Networks to Turkey. The films will be shown on basic cable channel, Showtime Turkey, which was launched in February 2000 as a direct-to-home channel carried on the DigiTurk satellite platform.
  • Encore buys 300 hours of film & drama for China

    9-Oct-2001

    Entertainment programmer and channel packaging group Encore International (EI) is to buy over 300 hours of feature films and drama series for resale into China.
  • Real TV dominates MIP-COM television market

    9-Oct-2001

    MIP-COM organisers are putting a brave face on a television programmes market that is competing against the scariest and most compelling kind of reality TV - war.
  • Recession watch - Part II

    7-Oct-2001

  • Optimism emerges from industry gloom

    4-Oct-2001

  • Inch'Allah Dimanche wins top Marakesh award

    3-Oct-2001

  • Garland leaves Universal Studios Networks

    3-Oct-2001

    Tony Garland has left Universal Studios Networks (USN), where he was president, in order to concentrate on other interests.
  • Drought and political conditions halt Indian fest

    26-Sep-2001

    The 32nd edition of the International Film Festival of India has been cancelled due to a combination of worsening local weather conditions and the international political situation.
  • BSkyB goes all-digital as Vivendi sells 23% stake

    25-Sep-2001

    Vivendi Universal has handed over its 23% stake in Europe's richest pay-TV group BSkyB to an unnamed investment firm, believed to be Deutsche Bank.
  • M6 grabs CJ's Musa, holds onto Yeoh's The Touch

    21-Sep-2001

    Korean blockbuster Musa (aka Musa The Warrior) has been picked up for French release by M6 and heads a growing Asian slate that, despite rumours to the contrary, continues to include Michelle Yeoh's The Touch.
  • Germany gains digital accord, loses Puffer

    21-Sep-2001

    German broadcasters yesterday (Thursday 20 Sept) put aside their differences and reached agreement on new standards for digital TV. But that came too late to save Manfred Puffer, who was replaced by Peter Mihatsch, as head of Premiere World.
  • Pusan Promotion Plan features Imamura pitch

    19-Sep-2001

    Confirming the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) as one of the world's leading co-production workshops, two-time Cannes Palme d'Or winner Imamura Shohei is to submit his latest project for scrutiny and international funding at the forthcoming event (Nov 12-14).
  • RTL results herald European media market woe

    19-Sep-2001

    As the largest and most international broadcast group in Europe, RTL's results and market view had been eagerly awaited by financial analysts as indicators of the outlook for the European media sector. What they got was not pretty.
  • Disney most bruised as media stocks get beaten up

    17-Sep-2001

  • 3-way merger creates international PR powerhouse

    17-Sep-2001

    Three of the UK's leading film public relations companies are merging to form an international publicity powerhouse with offshoots in Los Angeles and a new reach into television.
  • ...as European merger & acquisition activity dives

    13-Sep-2001

    Merger and acquisitions (m&a) activity in Europe's media sector boomed during 2000, but is set to halve in the current year, being replaced by traditional alliances and joint-ventures.
  • Latest updated Venice film festival deals

    12-Sep-2001

  • European Commission reveals film reform strategy

    9-Sep-2001

    The European Commission today kicked off a year of negotiations between film-makers and law-makers when Viviane Reding unveiled a three point plan for reform. Her main objectives are the rationalisation of national film support systems, new protection for film heritage and a reworking of tax systems.
  • Monsoon, Time Out head surprising Venice winners

    8-Sep-2001

    Puzzling critics who had expected something more meaty to win, Mira Nair's lighthearted and thoroughly entertaining Monsoon Wedding took the top prize, the Golden Lion, in Venice's traditionally auteur dominated competition section. Meanwhile Laurent Cantet's Time Out (L'Emploi Du Temps), the story of a man who invents a fictional life for himself after losing his job, took the Golden Lion in the newly elevated Cinema Of The Present Section.
  • French films dominate early awards at Venice fest

    8-Sep-2001

    While the results of the main Venezia 58 and Cinema Del Presente sections were awaited with a sense of bewilderment by some critics, the Venice festival began to unlock some of its secrets.
  • Abel Ferrara's R-X'mas to open Turin

    6-Sep-2001

    Abel Ferrara's R-X'mas has been set as the opening night film of the next edition of the Turin festival (Nov 15-23).
  • Scorsese to present Sokurov's Waterloo

    6-Sep-2001

    Martin Scorsese is to lend his name to the hugely ambitious new production by Russian auteur Aleksandr Sokurov.
  • Huppert to head Schroeter's next project

    6-Sep-2001

    Isabelle Huppert, the acclaimed French actress who won the acting Palme at Cannes earlier this year for Austrian film The Piano Teacher, is to head the cast in iconic German director Werner Schroeter's next project.
  • Mifed to have US and Asian flavour

    6-Sep-2001

    Italy's autumn film market, Mifed (Oct 28-Nov 1) is set to be a heavily US and Asian dominated affair, according to the latest registrations.
  • Bollywood hopeful to get unprecedented release

    6-Sep-2001

    India may have delivered yet another in a growing trend of critical and commercial hits with Asoka, the latest Bollywood film to break onto the festival circuit.
  • Miramax grabs Warrior, Paramount loves Triumph

    6-Sep-2001

    Attesting to the slow pace of deal-making at the festival, Miramax made the highest profile acquisition during Venice, with a film that is not even screening at the event. And Paramount Classics grabbed competition film The Triumph Of Love.
  • Monte Carlo launches comedy film festival

    6-Sep-2001

    Undaunted by the closure of its TV market, Monte Carlo is to launch its first ever film festival. The first edition, dedicated entirely to comedies, will run from November 19-24, 2001.
  • Gitai's Kedma may receive first Israeli funding

    6-Sep-2001

    Israeli film-maker Amos Gitai is turning to French and Italian finance once again for his next film, Kedma. But he also hopes that the new picture will become the first of his oeuvre to gain official funding from his native Israel.
  • Venice plays host to the critics

    5-Sep-2001

    After the recent public dissent by members of the jury at Locarno, first time director Irene Bignardi must have been feeling a little let down. But the feeling is well known even for more experienced selectors, such as Venice's Alberto Barbera.
  • Venice to launch new TV festival in 2002

    5-Sep-2001

    Venice, famous for its film festival is now set to become one of the highlights of the television calendar.
  • Huge losses stoke Kinowelt bankruptcy talk

    2-Sep-2001

    Six month trading figures published by Kinowelt on Friday evening (Aug 31) after the stockmarkets closed served only to heighten film industry and finance sector speculation about the possible insolvency of the stricken German distributor.
  • Portugese producer Branco courts controversy

    19-Aug-2001

    Paolo Branco, the prolific Paris-based Portuguese producer, is attracting attention for all the wrong reasons these days.
  • Leading German broadcaster issues profit warning

    14-Aug-2001

    Germany's broadcast leader, ProSiebenSat1 has become the latest casualty of the advertising slowdown that has spread from the US to Europe.
  • Dot-bombs be damned: entertainment biz is surging

    14-Aug-2001

    The message from media merchant bank and industry forecaster Veronis Suhler is that things will soon get better in the US communications sector. The upbeat message comes despite the bursting of the internet bubble and pressure on consumer and institutional spending. Those sectors such as network television and newspapers, which are currently suffering, are forecast to pick up again in 2002, which in turn will have a positive impact in international markets, where the entertainment sector ...
  • Capitol heads for Hollywood Hong Kong

    14-Aug-2001

    UK sales house Capitol Films has boarded Hong Kong art-house star Fruit Chan's forthcoming Hollywood Hong Kong, picking up rights outside Asia. Within Asia the film continues to be sold by Carrie Wong's Golden Network.
  • Schneider quits UPC as results disappoint again

    14-Aug-2001

    Mark Schneider is to stand down as chairman and chief executive of UPC, the troubled company that is Europe's largest cable network operator. His move follows the announcement of second quarter results that sent the shares on another slide.
  • Canal Plus gets 75% of Polish sat-TV platform

    12-Aug-2001

    Canal Plus is to end up owning three quarters of a new Polish satellite-TV platform, according to the terms of an agreement signed today (Aug 10) with Dutch cable empire UPC.
  • Aardman's Tortoise vs Hare back on track

    8-Aug-2001

    Aardman Animations is to appoint Rob Sprackling and John Smith, two of the UK's hottest script talents, to write the next draft of its DreamWorks SKG-backed Tortoise Vs Hare.
  • Hong Kong's Emperor to focus on film production

    6-Aug-2001

    Shareholders in Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG) have approved the takeover of Emperor Multimedia Group (EMG), one of Hong Kong's most ambitious production and distribution outfits.
  • Canal Plus, UPC merge Polish pay-TV platforms

    6-Aug-2001

    Vivendi Universal and Dutch cable operator UPC are this week expected to merge their pay-TV platforms in Poland.
  • Fantastic fiction emerges from Puchon

    2-Aug-2001

    Puchon is a city that lives in a cloud of fantasy. A town situated uneasily between the metropolis of 10 million souls that is Seoul and the thrusting seaport of Incheon which boasts Asia's newest international airport, new town Puchon fears being overshadowed. Culture is the tool it has chosen to keep itself in the spotlight.
  • China threatens red card for Chow's Soccer hit

    1-Aug-2001

  • Highbinders gets off to flying start

    31-Jul-2001

    Production has got underway in Ireland on The Highbinders, the Jackie Chan starring action-comedy that is the biggest budget film ever to emerge from Hong Kong.
  • Hollywood studios go bananas over internet piracy

    30-Jul-2001

    Twentieth Century Fox has sent letters to internet service providers (ISPs) asking them to disable the accounts of people showing Planet Of The Apes (pictured left) on the world wide web.
  • RTL sees share value slide after profit warning

    30-Jul-2001

    Shares in RTL crashed today after the broadcasting giant joined the long list of companies warning of ad-related slowdowns.
  • Vivendi Universal reports robust first half

    23-Jul-2001

    Vivendi Universal differentiated itself from rival media conglomerate AOL Time Warner when it today announced first half results that were better than expectations.
  • The Price Of Milk scoops top Fantastic award

    20-Jul-2001

    Prizes were widely spread on the closing night of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan). The big winner on the night was Harry Sinclair's New Zealand film The Price Of Milk which scooped the Best of Puchon award.
  • Korea seeks to thwart Hollywood invasion

    17-Jul-2001

    "Hollywood domination is dangerous for world cinema" declared leading Korean actor, Moon Seong-keun today as he led a call for the establishment of a new international organisation to protect cultural diversity and promote film from outside the Hollywood system. "We have yet to determine which is the best means to combat it effectively" added Moon, a veteran who has long been the figurehead of Korea's Coalition for Cultural Diversity in Moving Images (CDMI).
  • Q&A with Columbia Pictures' Barbara Robinson

    16-Jul-2001

    Barbara Robinson, managing director of Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia says that a studio can act like a local player.
  • Moviesystem gets Pathe, Besson library for VoD

    16-Jul-2001

    Moviesystem, a new company which spans conventional video distribution and video-on-demand (VoD), has picked up VoD rights to Pathe and the Luc Besson-headed Europa Corp.
  • China takes major steps in consolidation march

    13-Jul-2001

    China this weekconfirmed a major step in its programme of building media conglomerates andalso unveiled the country's first approved video-on-demand (VoD) service.Xu Guangchun, minister at the State Administration of RadioFilm & Television (SARFT), unveiled the details of a three-way merger thatwould combine the giant China Central TV (CCTV) with both China National Radio(CNR) and China Radio International (CRI). "The blueprint for regroupingand integrating ...
  • TEAM teams with France's TII and GTV

    12-Jul-2001

    TEAM Entertainment, the US-German production and sales group, is to partner with France's Tele Images International and GTV to produce English-language TV movies and mini-series.
  • European sales outfits protest MIFED price hikes

    12-Jul-2001

    A number of European sales companies have protested to the organisers of the MIFED film market about price hikes being forced on exhibitors for this year's Milan event (Oct 28-Nov 1).
  • Chinese facility animates Singapore stock exchange

    10-Jul-2001

    Chinese company Colorland Animation has raised $1.4m from a share listing on the Singapore stock exchange.
  • Avignon festival awards three international prizes

    3-Jul-2001

    The Avignon Film Festival, which last year expanded its Franco-US axis to become truly European, closed July 1 with prizes for Spain's Pellet (El Bola), France's Stand-By and How To Kill Your Neighbour's Dog from the US.
  • StudioCanal acquires 45% of Sogepaq for $36m

    2-Jul-2001

    StudioCanal, the European film division of Vivendi Universal, is buying into its Spanish partner Sogepaq.
  • Hong Kong's FilMart struggles to sell itself

    2-Jul-2001

    For all the enthusiastic efforts of its organisers, FilMart, Hong Kong's annual film and television programmes market continues to fight for its place in the calendar. The fifth edition of FilMart, ended on Friday with a whimper, rather than a bang.
  • E Sun group grabs power at Media Asia

    29-Jun-2001

    Ending a period of intense speculation and rumour-mongering about the direction of Media Asia, one of Hong Kong's most ambitious production and distribution operations, it has emerged that investment group E Sun has become the largest shareholder.
  • Toho Towa, TV Asahi invite Korean Friend to Japan

    28-Jun-2001

  • Chow Yun-fat in Waiting for Chan's Applause

    26-Jun-2001

    Chow Yun-fat, the Hong Kong superstar who headed the cast of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is set to star in Waiting, a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the Cultural Revolution. The film is to be directed by Peter Chan for his novice production company, Applause Pictures.
  • Shanghai set to expand theme park

    26-Jun-2001

    The Shanghai Film Studio is pressing ahead with an expansion of its movie-driven theme park.
  • AOL Time Warner, Toshiba unite for digital push

    25-Jun-2001

    AOL Time Warner and Japanese electronics giant Toshiba are to team up to develop and push digital cinema distribution.
  • $17m Hero to bring together top Asian talent

    21-Jun-2001

    Of all the film projects floated at last week's Shanghai International Film Festival, the most mouthwatering had to be Zhang Yimou's $17m Hero, a 'wuxia'-inspired historical adventure that is set to bring together many of Asia's top talents, both in front and behind the camera when shooting starts as early as next month.
  • Gong Li climbs aboard Sun Zhou's Train

    18-Jun-2001

    Chinese superstar actress Gong Li is to star in the new film by Sun Zhou, re-uniting her with the director of Berlin 2000 competitor Breaking The Silence. That film just won her the runner-up prize for Best Actress at the recently completed Seattle Film Festival.
  • Shanghai rewards Antitrust with Golden Urn

    17-Jun-2001

  • Zhang Yimou to direct Chinese Olympic bid promos

    15-Jun-2001

    Controversial Chinese director Zhang Yimou has begun work directing a series of short films for China as part of its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2008.
  • Shanghai fest's AFMA pact boosts market plans

    14-Jun-2001

    The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) yesterday struck a pact with the American Film Marketing Association (AFMA).
  • China opens up local distribution to competition

    13-Jun-2001

    China Film Group Corporation is to lose its dominant position in the handling of foreign-produced films in the People's Republic of China, opening up the local distribution system to internal competition.
  • UK film school unveils China fund

    13-Jun-2001

    The UK's National Film and Television School (NFTS) has set up a new scholarship programme for Chinese students to study in Britain.
  • RKO plans to unfurl wings in China, Asia

    13-Jun-2001

    RKO, the once glorious Hollywood studio, is planning to resurrect itself as a foreign-language producer with outposts in China and other parts of Asia.
  • Chinese industry ready to take on the world

    11-Jun-2001

    After a decade in which admissions have collapsed from 16 billion a year to some 2.1 billion, the Chinese film industry is now facing up to the challenges of globalisation.
  • Cyprus becomes focus for multiplex builders

    7-Jun-2001

    Mediterranean sunspot, Cyprus is to get its second multiplex next month with the opening in Larnaca of a six-screen theatre operated by K Cineplex.
  • 10 year forecast: int'l box office keeps growing

    4-Jun-2001

    The latest ten-year outlook for the worldwide theatrical exhibition sector looks stagnant, but increasingly focused on international and developing markets.
  • Visible Secret spooks HK railway, scares up big BO

    1-Jun-2001

    Hong Kong major Media Asia has been forced to cut a key scene from its new film Visible Secret. But the company looks like ending up with the last laugh.
  • Ster Kinekor backs out of Zimbabwe exhib sector

    30-May-2001

    South African exhibition giant Ster-Kinekor is to pull out of neighbouring Zimbabwe by the end of June.
  • Bronfmann family cut Vivendi stake by a third

    30-May-2001

    Vivendi Universal this week bought in 16.9 million of its shares after the Bronfman family sold off approximately a third of its holding in the media giant.
  • Reitman to be honoured at Cinema Expo

    30-May-2001

    Ivan Reitman, director of Ghostbusters , Twins and Dave, is to receive the "award of excellence in filmmaking" at the forthcoming Cinema Expo convention (June 25-28).
  • UPC loan gives Malone more control

    30-May-2001

    Beleaguered cable giant United pan-Europe Communications (UPC) has completed a series of transactions that gives it a Euros1bn loan and sees US entrepreneur John Malone take effective control of UPC's American parent UnitedGlobalCom.
  • Hallmark grabs major terrs on mini-series pair

    28-May-2001

    The Hallmark Channel has bought exclusive pay-TV rights to two big budget min-series stuffed with theatrical talent from Alliance Atlantis Television.
  • IFC satellite, cable deals ensure wider coverage

    22-May-2001

    The Independent Film Channel (IFC) has struck a rash of carriage deals that extend the number of households that can watch it.
  • The Warrior production outfit launches fresh slate

    21-May-2001

    Sidus, the Korean production house behind Musa The Warrior, has unveiled a five-picture slate, including Musa director Kim Sung-soo's new project.
  • Moretti wins Palme d'Or, Haneke wins three prizes

    21-May-2001

    For all that this year's Cannes festival had been billed as the year of Asian cinema, the winners turned out to be largely European.
  • Cannes: Marche death reports greatly exaggerated

    17-May-2001

    Predictions of a Cannes with no sales have not lived down to the pessimists' gloomiest predictions. But buyers and sellers alike describe a market that has been at best patchy.
  • Mifed pulls the plug on Milan Selected Screenings

    17-May-2001

    Mifed has cancelled the Milan Selected Screenings in response to industry pressure.
  • Fortissimo picks up two more titles

    15-May-2001

    Already one of the busiest sellers this Cannes, Fortissimo Film Sales has added two more films to its slate, including its first US investment.
  • Premiere Kino signs with Capitol, Franchise

    15-May-2001

    Russian group Premiere Kino Holding has secured a clutch of A-grade all rights deals which bolster the company's position as a powerhouse distributor and underline the country's recovering potential as a film market.
  • Cinema Service takes on trio of big budget pics

    14-May-2001

    Expanding the tide of Korean sci-fi and gangster pictures, Korean major Cinema Service has added a trio of big-budget pictures to its forthcoming slate.
  • Tokuma mounts new project from Kiyoshi Kurosawa

    13-May-2001

    Tokuma International has moved quickly to capitalise on the intense heat surrounding Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, following the acclaimed Un Certain regard screening of his Pulse (aka Kairo).
  • Chan, Hung replace Hudlin on EMG's Highbinders

    13-May-2001

    Hong Kong star directors Gordon Chan and Sammo Hung are to jointly replace Reggie Hudlin behind the camera on The Highbinders, a $35m sci-fi action adventure that breaks the international financing mould by being structured as a Hong Kong-Irish co-production.
  • Thai cinema kickboxes Cannes as Miramax buys Tiger

    10-May-2001

    In the first pre-emptive purchase of this year's Cannes, Miramax Films has bought North American, Latin American, Scandinavian and South African rights to super-hot Un Certain Regard film Tears Of The Black Tiger (Fata Lai Jone). The swoop comes amid surging international buying interest in Thai cinema here at the market.
  • Venice chief downplays festival rivalry

    10-May-2001

    Venice festival chief Alberto Barbera yesterday moved to play down suggestions of difficult relations between the three major festivals Cannes, Berlin and Venice.
  • Fortissimo clinches string of pre-Cannes deals

    8-May-2001

    Hong Kong-Dutch sales powerhouse Fortissimo has clinched a string of pre-market sales on its roster of festival films.
  • Amelie dropped for surprise Cannes film

    7-May-2001

    A surprise film is to replace the outdoor screening on Sunday (May 13) of local hit Amelie From Montmartre, which has been cancelled.
  • Film Co adds pair to Cannes starting line-up

    4-May-2001

    On the eve of Cannes, UK sales outfit The Film Company has added titles from Rob Green and John Luessenhop to its slate.
  • Fortissimo strike early sales for Taiwanese pair

    3-May-2001

    Indie distribution powerhouse Fortissimo yesterday scored a trio of sales on each of its two Cannes competition films from Taiwan, Millennium Mambo and What Time Is it There'
  • Universal Studios launches short films initiative

    3-May-2001

    Three British film critics were today (May 3)given a taste of their own medicine. Kim Newman, Nick Bradshaw and Jessica Mellor were each given a producer, a film crew and just 24 hours to come up with a short film lasting not more than 100 seconds.
  • USA Films to unleash Pandaemonium in America

    2-May-2001

    Barry Diller's USA Films has picked up US rights to Julien Temple's Pandaemonium, a romantic drama about 19th Century English poets Coleridge and Wordsworth.
  • French exhibs raise cost of loyalty cards

    1-May-2001

    French exhibitors MK2 and Gaumont are to increase the price of their cinema loyalty card Le Pass from $13.48 (FF98) to $16.23 (FF118) as of June.
  • Admissions climb in EU, but Europe's share tumbles

    1-May-2001

    Overall cinema admissions in Europe grew by 36 million or 4.4% last year. That contrasts with the trend in the US last year where admissions fell by 3%.
  • Columbia buys Shiri for North and South America

    1-May-2001

  • Les Visiteurs cause heavy losses at Gaumont

    27-Apr-2001

    Beleaguered French major, Gaumont announced plans to produce some ten films over the next 18 months as it concentrates its efforts on production and distribution. But two of its big productions forced the company into massive losses for last year.
  • Amelie charms French audiences across Europe

    26-Apr-2001

    UGC International's Amelie From Montmartre opened well in French-speaking Europe, making Cannes selector Thierry Fremaux's decision to programme the film as a special open-air screening a popular one.
  • New talent finds its home in Directors Fortnight

    25-Apr-2001

    Marie-Pierre Macia in her second year as chief selector of the Directors' Fortnight (La Quinzaine Des Realisateurs) has picked an eclectic mixture with very few well-known directors.
  • TEAM weaves web of distribution deals

    25-Apr-2001

    Shares in beleaguered film and TV group TEAM Communications climbed 20% to Euros1.27 today after it announced two distribution deals.
  • Tele+/Stream deal hands Italian pay-TV to Vivendi

    24-Apr-2001

    Vivendi Universal boss Jean-Marie Messier today forecast swift regulatory approval for the Italian pay-TV venture with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that he announced today.
  • Bac Majestic misses profit targets

    23-Apr-2001

    Bac Majestic, the French distribution and exhibition group headed by Jean Labadie, reported profits below the target announced at the time of last year's flotation.
  • Vivendi grabs control of Canal Plus Poland

    23-Apr-2001

    Vivendi Universal has obtained majority control of Canal Plus Poland, its Polish pay-TV venture. The move is expected to smooth the path towards a full merger of the service with Wyzja, the UPC-owned group of channels.
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin

    23-Apr-2001

  • Korea's Myung launches own sales operation

    22-Apr-2001

    Myung Film, the company behind Korean box office breakaway Joint Security Area, is to expand its production capacity and launch its own sales outfit in time for Cannes.
  • Critics' Week selection takes to the road

    20-Apr-2001

    The Critics' Week, which earlier this week unveiled its line-up of films by first and second time directors, is to reach a public beyond Cannes by going on tour.
  • Hong Kong legends light up Filmko's debut slate

    18-Apr-2001

    New films by leading Asian directors Tsui Hark, Ann Hui and Stanley Kwan top a debut slate unveiled by Hong Kong-based production newcomer Filmko Pictures.
  • Shore, Fridriksson top debut UK slate for F.&.M.E.

    17-Apr-2001

    New films by Get Real director Simon Shore and Icelandic maestro Fridrik Thor Fridriksson head the debut slate of F.&.M.E. (UK), the new British outpost of German group F.A.M.E.
  • Online spending overtakes cinema ads in UK

    17-Apr-2001

    For all the predictions of dotcom gloom and doom, the UK's on-line advertising sector overtook cinema advertising last year.
  • Hong Kong's Pay-TV market in turmoil

    3-Apr-2001

    They cannot both be right. On the one hand, Television Broadcasts (TVB) says it's now ready to pull out of Hong Kong's pay-TV market, joining two other companies that have already abandoned the highly competitive Chinese harbour colony, Rupert Murdoch's STAR TV and also the Hong Kong Network (NETV).
  • French government tries to sell SFP group again

    3-Apr-2001

    The French government has pressed ahead once again with the privatisation of Societe Francaise de Production (SFP), the massive studios and facilities group that has been a cash-swallowing albatross around its neck.
  • Germany's free TV applauded at MIP-TV

    2-Apr-2001

    Although the notion may not be applicable in every economic sector, public-private partnership was put forward as an explanation for the recent success of Germany's free TV market. "Partnerships between public and private sectors in Germany have helped improve quality and increase programme exports," said Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of RTL Television, yesterday at a conference on the eve of the Cannes MIP-TV programmes market. "It has allowed [Germany] to catch up with other major players such ...
  • Vivendi to give up BSkyB for more of USA Networks

    2-Apr-2001

    French media giant Vivendi Universal has informed analysts at a behind-closed-doors briefing that it is seeking to increase its 43% stake in Barry Diller's USA Networks to 63% by acquiring a 20% shareholding from John Malone's Liberty Media.
  • Viacom relents over Blockbuster business

    29-Mar-2001

    In the week when Disney slashed 4,000 jobs or 3% of its workforce, Viacom has ditched plans to sell video rental giant Blockbuster, after reporting improved business and a boost from DVD.
  • Japan's Cine Canon prepares kidnap

    29-Mar-2001

    Japanese production house Cine Canon is to make a film chronicling the 1973 kidnapping of South Korean president Kim Dae-jung in Tokyo. The picture is to be directed by Junji Sakamoto, who previously directed Face. The incident, was alleged to have been organised by then president Park Chung-hee, in an attempt to keep Kim from taking office.
  • Cable giants UPC and PrimaCom merge in Germany

    29-Mar-2001

    UPC, Europe's troubled cable giant is to combine its German operations with those of PrimaCom, creating the third largest cable player in the country.
  • French politico tipped to succeed Hoss as CNC boss

    26-Mar-2001

    The well-connected political aide David Kessler is tipped to replace Jean-Pierre Hoss at the head of the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC), France's national film centre. His appointment is expected to be confirmed by the end of the week.
  • Zhang Ziyi to star in Wong Kar-Wai's 2046

    23-Mar-2001

    Zhang Ziyi, the newcomer who stole the plaudits as rebellious princess Jiao Long Yu (Jen) in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo Hu Zang Long), is to star in Wong Kar-Wai's forthcoming 2046.
  • UPC cable giant fights watchdogs as shares slide

    22-Mar-2001

    UPC, Europe's largest cable group, hit back at Dutch regulators which have promised to bring in competition to the broadband market. But that was not enough to prevent its shares hitting a record low for the second day running.
  • Executive Suite

    20-Mar-2001

  • Solomon restates TEAM's losses, takes equity stake

    18-Mar-2001

    Michael J. Solomon, the company doctor attempting to resuscitate TEAM Communications, has taken an equity stake in the stricken US-German film and TV group and restated the losses incurred under the recently departed management.
  • Beauty, Lights for Non Stop Films

    14-Mar-2001

    The 52nd Berlinale has announced the names of the eight members of the Official Competition's International Jury which will be headed this year by Indian director Mira Nair.
  • UK's year-end cinema admissions below par

    13-Mar-2001

    Admissions in the last quarter of 2000 slid 13% to 32.2 million, compared with 37.1m in the last three months of 1999, according to data from government agency National Statistics. If the data is seasonally adjusted the fall was 14%, from 37.7 million to 32.4 million.
  • Blockbuster, Enron divorce creates VoD rivals

    12-Mar-2001

    Blockbuster Video and Enron are to set up rival video-on-demand (VoD) services, having ended their year-old partnership.
  • Sonet couples with Trust

    9-Mar-2001

    Denmark's Trust Film Sales has struck an output deal with prolific Swedish production and distribution outfit Sonet.
  • Costly Costa! campaign pays off

    7-Mar-2001

    Costly Costa! campaign pays off
  • Fortissimo announces robust sales

    6-Mar-2001

    Dutch-Asian sales agent Fortissimo Film Sales enjoyed a strong AFM ahead of what is expected to be a busy Cannes.
  • Harvey Keitel joins Sicilian Mafia thriller

    27-Feb-2001

    Harvey Keitel is continuing his love affair with European cinema and is now shooting Ginostra, a Sicilian-set Mafia thriller by French director Manuel Pradal.
  • Zelezny's French chateaux besieged by CME

    27-Feb-2001

    Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has been awarded damages of $27.1m by a Czech court in its long running dispute with businessman Vladimir Zelezny.
  • Cannes 2001: Apocalypse maintenant

    26-Feb-2001

    Twenty seven years after Francis Ford Coppola walked away with a Palme d'Or for The Conversation and then repeated the feat five years later with Apocalypse Now, the festival is to dedicate a sidebar tribute to the filmmaker that will be crowned by an extended director's cut of Apocalypse Now.
  • Woody Allen project trio Bac in business in France

    25-Feb-2001

    VCL Film + Medien has secured a new French distributor for its trio of forthcoming Woody Allen pictures and confirmed Spanish and Italian releases.
  • Europe ready to roll its costliest cartoon feature

    23-Feb-2001

    Europe's most expensive animated feature, Simsala Grimm, is finally poised to go into production in May under the direction of cartoon veteran Gerd Hahn.
  • Wild Bunch hits the road with The Red Siren

    22-Feb-2001

    French super-mini Wild Bunch has boarded its second English-language picture The Red Siren (La Sirene Rouge) by rising French filmmaker Olivier Megaton Fontana, a director rated by compatriot Luc Besson as one of the hottest emerging talents in Europe.
  • Fortissimo serves up spicy Thai dish

    22-Feb-2001

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up a trio of new pictures including Jan Dara, by Nonzee Nimibutr, the Thai director behind last year's pan-Asian blockbuster Nang Nak.
  • Hudlin to direct Chan in $35m martial arts fantasy

    22-Feb-2001

    Emperor Multi-media Group (EMG) has signed Reginald Hudlin to direct its Jackie Chan film The Highbinders which, at a suggested budget of $35m, is the most expensive film ever to be financed from Hong Kong.
  • EuroArts snaps up New York partner

    21-Feb-2001

    German sales agent EuroArts Entertainment and the New York-based production house Snapper Films have formed a development and production alliance.
  • Universal unspools webcast deals

    16-Feb-2001

    Universal Studios has signed a deal with broadband network Intertainer to deliver its films in pay-per-view (PPV) and video-on-demand (VoD) format. It is believed to be close to a similar deal with Blockbuster and Enron.
  • Founders quit as AlloCine expands online ticketing

    16-Feb-2001

    Jean-David Blanc and Patrick Holzman, the two founders of film ticketing business AlloCine, quit Vivendi Universal subsidiary CanalNumedia on Thursday.
  • Solomon steps in at stricken TEAM Entertainment

    13-Feb-2001

    TV industry veteran Michael Jay Solomon has joined struggling production and sales group TEAM Communications as its new chairman and chief executive. He replaces Drew Levin who has resigned with immediate effect.
  • Kieslowski Awards to be rolled out across Europe

    13-Feb-2001

    Young European talent is to get a new chance to break into the movies thanks to an extension of the Kieslowski Awards.
  • UK DVD sales quadruple to 16 million

    7-Feb-2001

    UK retail sales of DVDs last year were more than four times higher than in 1999, according to the British Video Association.
  • Euro quartet team up for feature-length docs

    5-Feb-2001

    Tapping into the growing demand for feature-length documentaries, four European producers have launched a joint venture to produce a slate of creative docs.
  • Kinowelt bags $78m by offloading Alliance shares

    30-Jan-2001

    German major Kinowelt has sold half of its shares in Canada's Alliance Atlantis Communications (AAC), but says that the strategic alliance between the two groups will continue.
  • Sky Global float dependent on merger talks

    29-Jan-2001

    News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch said that he may not press ahead with the proposed flotation of his satellite operations under the Sky Global Networks banner.
  • TEAM profit warning sends shares on 25% slide

    22-Jan-2001

    TEAM Communications, the German-US film and TV licensing group, saw its shares plunge 25% to Euros2.7 on Frankfurt's disaster strewn Neuer Markt after it put out a profit warning.
  • Star to launch Hindi PPV service in the UK

    18-Jan-2001

    News Corp's Asian satellite platform Star TV, which this week launched two channels in the UK, is months away from setting up a British pay-per-view (PPV) service for Hindi movies.
  • ABN Amro downgrades European media stock

    18-Jan-2001

    While their technology cousins have been staging a modest recovery, there was more bad news yesterday (Wed, Jan 17) for media shares. ABN Amro, the giant Dutch owned investment bank, downgraded its investment ratings for the shares of most of Europe's media industries.
  • Time Warner, AOL merge with new media conditions

    12-Jan-2001

    Controversial new media conditions hit Time Warner and America Online as the price for the last piece of regulatory approval for the two company's proposed merger.
  • Murdoch readies float for Global Networks

    11-Jan-2001

    News Corp is reported to be moving ahead again with plans to float off its satellite holding division, Sky Global Networks.
  • Helkon's Peppermint appoints Daniel Otto as buyer

    11-Jan-2001

    High-profile film buyer Daniel Otto is to become head of acquisitions at Helkon-backed sales and finance outfit Peppermint.
  • AOL, Time Warner poised to get merger greenlight

    10-Jan-2001

    Time Warner shares rose 8% this week as market expectations grew that the last piece of the regulatory jigsaw delaying America Online (AOL)'s takeover of the media giant is about to fall into place.
  • Latin American admissions on the rise

    9-Jan-2001

    Cinema admissions in Latin America grew by 7% last year thanks to the influence of multiplex building, according to figures from UK consultants Dodona Research.
  • DVD future has Vegas video conference in a spin

    8-Jan-2001

    How to exploit the potential of DVD divided delegates at this week's Las Vegas Video Software Dealers' Association after Blockbuster Video pushed for creating a rental window for the format.
  • Carlton, New Select partner on trio for Japan

    4-Jan-2001

    London-based sales house Carlton International has signed a three-picture deal with Japan's New Select for star-driven TV action films.
  • German shares slashed, Intertainment battered

    3-Jan-2001

    German film stocks continued to fall despite stockmarket bouyancy over the recent holiday period as four companies lost at least a quarter of their value in the three weeks after December 15.
  • Festival calendar gets FIAPF re-write

    22-Dec-2000

    After a year which saw changes amongst top staff at many leading festivals, 2001 seems set to be the year of changes to the festival calendar.
  • EC greenlights Universal, NTL pay-TV film service

    21-Dec-2000

    The European Commission has approved plans for The Studio Channel, a UK pay-TV joint venture between cable giant NTL and Universal Studios Networks.
  • EIB unwraps Euros500m audiovisual fund

    19-Dec-2000

    Upwards of Euros500m of new loans will be made available to Europe's audiovisual industries under a new scheme launched Tuesday (Dec 19) by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
  • CanalNumedia makes English-lang ticketing debut

    18-Dec-2000

    CanalNumedia, the internet subsidiary of France's Canal Plus, has made its first move into Ireland, with the acquisition of a new-technology ticketing group Filmline.
  • Bouffard appointed Unifrance general manager

    14-Dec-2000

    The French free-tv broadcasters will have to increase their compulsory investment in French film production (through pre-buys, co-productions and theatrical distribution) to 3.2% of their revenues (against 3% previously) according to new broadcasting legislation.
  • All systems go for AOL Time Warner after FTC nod

    14-Dec-2000

    The most arduous legal obstacle facing the biggest corporate merger in US history was swept away on Thursday after Washington's five-member Federal Trade Commission gave its unanimous approval to America Online's $111bn takeover of Time Warner - but with stringent conditions attached in the form of a consent decree.
  • StudioCanal shares leap by 20%

    13-Dec-2000

    The shares of StudioCanal have become the latest part of the Vivendi Universal galaxy to suddenly shine. In heavy trading on Wednesday the shares surged 20% from Euros9.39 to Euros11.20.
  • Carlton rethinks European internet alliance

    12-Dec-2000

    The UK's Carlton Communications has scaled back its plans for an internet "Grand @lliance" with France's TF1 and the Epsilon trio of Kirch, Mediaset and Telecinco.
  • Vivendi Universal down on first day of trading

    11-Dec-2000

    Arbitrageurs wasted little time in getting to grips with the shares of the new Vivendi Universal group and the markedly downsized Canal Plus outfit.
  • Snapper options McNally's Perfect Ganesh

    6-Dec-2000

    New York-based production outfit Snapper Films has acquired the film rights to Terrence McNally's award-winning play A Perfect Ganesh.
  • EM.TV fall from grace typifies Neuer Markt agonies

    6-Dec-2000

    At a Wednesday morning price of Euros8.30, EM.TV & Merchandising's shares are so far below their peak as to be almost unrecognisable. They are 93% below their 2000 peak of Euros119.5.
  • Splendid signs distribution deal with Fox

    21-Nov-2000

    German video distributor and licence trader Splendid Medien has struck a distribution deal with 20th Century Fox which will market Splendid's burgeoning slate in the German theatrical and pay-TV sectors for the next two years.
  • Europa Cinemas plays to youth audience

    20-Nov-2000

    Taking a leaf out of the well thumbed book written by Hollywood Stock Exchange, European exhibition support organisation Europa Cinemas has launched an on-line film game.
  • Sinapi's Uneasy Riders wins two London fest prizes

    17-Nov-2000

    The 44th Regus London Film Festival, which closed last night with the screening of David Kane's highly-anticipated Born Romantic, has announced this year's prize-winners.
  • SBS appoints Tellenbach as COO

    15-Nov-2000

    Markus Tellenbach, whose departure from KirchPayTV was announced only two weeks ago, has been appointed chief operating officer of SBS Broadcasting.
  • Vivendi to break links with News Corp

    15-Nov-2000

    Vivendi has called off its attempt to establish a long-term alliance with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
  • Kinowelt takes control of Village's German circuit

    13-Nov-2000

    Proving that its taste for acquisitions has not yet been satiated, Kinowelt has taken control of Village Roadshow's German theatrical circuit.
  • FTC delays decision on AOL-Time Warner

    12-Nov-2000

    US anti-monopoly regulator, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has taken the rare action of "stopping the clock" on its review of AOL's takeover of Time Warner. Having waited so long for the deal to be given the green light, another delay may not hurt anyone. But the latest hold-up seems to have got investors and stock market analysts in a tizzy.
  • MTG buys worldwide rights to Crown Film Library

    7-Nov-2000

    Modern Entertainment, part of Sweden's Modern Times Group, has acquired worldwide distribution to the Crown Film Library.
  • Kinowelt sells Warner package to ZDF

    7-Nov-2000

    Kinowelt, the German distribution, licensing and production giant, has sold a package of films from its famously hard to shift Warner Bros catalogue to state broadcaster ZDF. The deal should help defuse some of the recent criticism of the group.
  • Advanced boosts slate with Paradise, Killers

    6-Nov-2000

    Adding to a string of MIFED deals, German distributor Advanced Medien has added two more titles to its 2001 release slate: Majid Majidi's award-winning film The Colour Of Paradise and Dito Tsintsadze's Lost Killers.
  • Cine-International sells eight to E-M-S

    6-Nov-2000

    Veteran German sales house Cine-International Filmvertrieb clinched a number of MIFED deals on its new and library titles.
  • EU gives aid to third-world film-makers

    6-Nov-2000

    The European Union (EU) has launched an aid programme to support production and distribution of films from the crisis hit African, Caribbean and Pacific regions.
  • Japan, Korea lunge after Hark's Legend

    3-Nov-2000

    China Star has secured a Japanese release through Twins Distribution for its big budget Tsui Hark movie, The Legend Of Zu.
  • Paradiso fills shopping basket at MIFED

    3-Nov-2000

    Belgian distributor Paradiso Entertainment closed a series of package deals at MIFED with New Line Cinema, Good Machine International and Beyond International.
  • Puffer replaces Tellenbach as KirchPayTV boss

    3-Nov-2000

    The Kirch group has dropped KirchPayTV boss Markus Tellenbach. The operation will be taken over from January by Manfred Puffer, who is currently Kirch Holding finance director.
  • TF1, Beyond share sales on Yu's Revolver

    1-Nov-2000

    TF1 International and Australia's Beyond Films are to share sales duties on Revolver, the next film by Bride Of Chucky-director Ronny Yu, after his forthcoming 51st State.
  • RAI Trade picks up Taviani duo, Mikado trio

    1-Nov-2000

    RAI Trade, the film sales division of the Italy's state-owned RAI broadcast giant, has picked up a trio of new features from producer-distributor Mikado and added the next two pictures from the Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio.
  • Media Asia sells packages to Miramax, Medusa

    1-Nov-2000

    Hong Kong's Media Asia has struck two key deals - one a 20-picture North American deal with Miramax, the other a five-year European DVD distribution deal with the UK's Medusa Communications - that together ensure an explosive presence in international markets.
  • Kinowelt still in the hunt for films; targets RCV

    31-Oct-2000

    Rainer Koelmel, co-chief of Kinowelt, has insisted that his expansion-minded German outfit is in good financial health and still on the acquisitions trail, for both product and companies - contradicting persistent talk around the MIFED halls that his company is facing a liquidity crunch.
  • Orfeo adds Samsara to cross-cultural slate

    31-Oct-2000

  • Keitel, Warren head up Mai's US debut

    31-Oct-2000

    Harvey Keitel and Leslie Ann Warren head the cast of Snatch, the first film to be produced in the US by Denmark's Thomas Mai.
  • Fortissimo capitalises on Asian cinema boom

    30-Oct-2000

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up a trio of new films from Thailand and China, the hottest producing countries in Asia. And a string of top sales shows that buyers are now lapping up the Asian resurgence.
  • Pandora, Warner show literary bent

    30-Oct-2000

    Pandora Pictures, the new Los Angeles incarnation of what was formerly Paris-based Pandora Cinema, has unveiled the first two films to come through its co-financing arrangement with Warner Bros. Both are literary adaptations that represent a significant step up in budgets for the company.
  • Scanbox unveils slate despite takeover

    30-Oct-2000

    Sales operation, Scanbox International continues to demonstrate rude health despite the troubles of its parent Denmark's Scanbox Entertainment, once the largest independent distributor in the Nordic region and now in the process of being sold to Germany's VCL Film + Medien after suffering through three years of losses.
  • Paramount Classics guns for Schroeder's Assassins

    29-Oct-2000

    StudioCanal has sold Barbet Schroeder's Our Lady Of The Assassins to Paramount Classics for the US. Paramount has also taken rights for Colombia, the country where the hard-hitting gay-themed film that takes place within a culture where human life is dirt cheap was secretly filmed.
  • Korea's Cinema Service makes sales debut

    24-Oct-2000

    One of Korea's largest producer-distributors, Cinema Service, is making its market debut as a film seller this week with a slate of nine pictures including local box office hit Bichunmoo.
  • Emperor kicks off $100m film push with Highbinders

    24-Oct-2000

    Emperor Group CEO Gordon Chan is to put his directing career on hold while he powers up the wealthy Hong Kong company's $100m drive into film.
  • Filmax seeks partners for Fantastic fare

    24-Oct-2000

    Spanish mini-studio Filmax plans to open its genre division Fantastic Factory, co-founded two years ago by director Brian Yuzna and Filmax president Julio Fernandez, to co-production partners.
  • Good Machine adds some Latin Backbone

    23-Oct-2000

    Good Machine International has picked up Latin American rights to Guillermo del Toro's thriller The Devil's Backbone, which is currently in post-production. Other territories are sold by Wild Bunch.
  • Intermedia puts Heaven into expanding line-up

    23-Oct-2000

    Intermedia has added Jeroen Krabbe's new picture The Discovery Of Heaven to its already expanding London and MIFED line-up.
  • Germany picks No Place To Go for Oscars

    20-Oct-2000

  • Asian, US titles lead EFA non-European film nods

    19-Oct-2000

    Three Asian titles - Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood For Love and Edward Yang's Yi Yi - are among the six films to be nominated for the Screen International Award for non-European film at the European Film Awards (EFA).
  • South Korea to relax Movie Promotion Law

    16-Oct-2000

    South Korea is to open a chain of adult film theatres and add a fifth classification - "restricted" - to the film classification system.
  • Wild Bunch picks up R-Xmas, Mischka

    15-Oct-2000

    Wild Bunch, the increasingly independent auteur label within France's StudioCanal, has picked up sales duties on Abel Ferrara's newest picture R-Xmas and grabbed the directorial return of Jean-Francois Stevenin.
  • Pusan emerges as production force

    10-Oct-2000

    South Korean port city Pusan is making a bid to become the production capital of the reviving Korean film industry by constructing state-of-the art facilities and seeking to attract foreign infrastructure investment.
  • Germany's MediaFonds 1 launches 'back-end' fund

    6-Oct-2000

    European film projects in need of urgent gap finance have a new source of cash to turn to following the establishment of "back-end", a fund being created by Munich-based MediaFonds 1.
  • Helkon adds UK plank to European platform plans

    6-Oct-2000

    German production and distribution group Helkon Media has bought a 51% stake in UK distributor Redbus Films Distribution (RFD) as part of its plan to build a pan-European studio akin to PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.
  • Time Warner, EMI call off merger plans

    5-Oct-2000

    Time Warner and EMI said today (October 5) that they have called off their planned $20bn merger because they have not been able to meet the concerns of the European Commission's competition regulators.
  • Jacob appoints twin assistants to head up Cannes

    4-Oct-2000

    Veronique Cayla and Thierry Fremaux are the two new names for every producer and director to watch following their appointment to top roles at the Cannes Film Festival under president Gilles Jacob.
  • Horwits poised to boost Contantin's American dream

    4-Oct-2000

    Bernd Eichinger's Constantin Film has hired high-profile US producer Mitch Horwits as president of its stateside development and production division, Constantin Development.
  • Kinowelt seeks to buy Village's German cinemas

    27-Sep-2000

    Kinowelt, Germany's fast-moving licensing and distribution conglomerate, is poised to become one of the country's leading exhibitors.
  • EC extends deadline on Vivendi-Seagram probe

    25-Sep-2000

    The European Commission (EC) has extended its deadline for examining the proposed Vivendi-Canal Plus takeover of Seagram.
  • Gilliam, Scott support genre shorts competition

    22-Sep-2000

    Terry Gilliam and Ridley Scott have lent their support to a new competition for short films, backed by the Sci-Fi Channel and the First Film Foundation.
  • Carlton scores $1m DVD deal with Spain's Filmax

    19-Sep-2000

    Carlton International has scored a $1m DVD deal with Spanish distributor Filmax.
  • Europe ready to block AOL and EMI deals

    19-Sep-2000

    The European Commission (EC) is proposing to reject America Online (AOL)'s $113bn takeover of Time Warner (TW), having already warned that it is likely to ban the related merger of TW and EMI.
  • Iran's The Circle wins the Golden Lion at Venice

    10-Sep-2000

    Iranian film, The Circle (Dayereh) grabbed the top honours at the 57th Venice film festival.
  • Deluxe to open Italian facility

    8-Sep-2000

    Laboratories group Deluxe is to open a new processing facility in Rome, which will be only its second site in Europe.
  • Kitano sets up rival Tokyo festival

    7-Sep-2000

    Office Kitano, the production, distribution and promotion team built around offbeat Japanese actor-director (Beat) Takeshi Kitano, has launched a new festival of Asian and independent film.
  • Festivals feel impact of global releasing

    5-Sep-2000

    Global releasing is only now being adopted by Hollywood studios, but it is already having an impact on the timing and programming of festivals. Felice Laudadio this week announced that he will move next year's Taormina festival by a couple of weeks - from mid July to the last week of June - in order to better fit in with the summer releasing schedule of blockbuster movies.
  • MIFED expands with related events

    5-Sep-2000

    Mifed is to defend its claim to be the autumn's leading film sales market by improving its technical facilities and creating a network of linked events.
  • Venice: Unimpressed under the umbrellas

    4-Sep-2000

    The violent, shocking or merely technically advanced have become such staples of top festival line-ups that it has become difficult to impress jaded critics and only slightly less cynical audiences.
  • UIP and EFA expand short film co-operation

    4-Sep-2000

    The European Film Academy (EFA) and international distributor United International Pictures (UIP) are to extend their co-operation in supporting short films.
  • Korean screen quota campaign hits Venice

    3-Sep-2000

    Having two years ago shaved their heads in protest, Korean activists belonging to the Coalition for Cultural Diversity In Moving Images (CDMI) are now seeking more pragmatic means of combating Hollywood domination of their local film industry.
  • Stone sparkles at Amfar's Venice premiere

    1-Sep-2000

    Sharon Stone was the undoubted star of the first ever amFAR benefit event to be held in Venice.
  • Renaissance/Clear Blue Sky mount first two of five

    1-Sep-2000

    Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney will headline an impressive cast in Rose Troche's The Safety Of Objects, a tale of suburban angst which is one of five pictures being co-financed by the UK's Renaissance Films and investor Paul Allen's Clear Blue Sky Productions. It will be quickly followed by Paul McGuigan's Morality Play, a medieval murder mystery.
  • Kinowelt strikes content deal with Germany's Onyx

    25-Aug-2000

    Ever-expanding Kinowelt is understood to have struck a film sales deal with German music channel Onyx Television. The move could transform the sleepy station which rates third behind the reviving MTV Deutschland and home-grown music channel Viva, which recently floated on the Neuer Markt.
  • EC outlines concerns over AOL-Time Warner merger

    23-Aug-2000

    The European Commission has sent out a formal set of objections to the proposed merger between America Online (AOL) and Time Warner and the linked merger between Time Warner and EMI.
  • Intermedia pacts with Cage's Saturn

    23-Aug-2000

    UK and US-based film packager and financier, Intermedia, has struck an first-look deal with Nicolas Cage and Norm Golightly's Saturn Pictures, which is expected to cover two films per year in the $30m-$60m budget range.
  • UPC claims lead in Polish digital market

    23-Aug-2000

    Dutch cable giant UPC has claimed the lead in the race to deliver digital services to Poland. It has also unveiled plans for the roll-out of broadband services in the territory later this year.
  • Carlton sells film package to China's CCTV

    21-Aug-2000

    The UK's Carlton International has sold a package of 15 films to Chinese broadcaster CCTV6. Titles include both classic and contemporary fare and range from Boys From Brazil, Sophie's Choice and Great Expectations from Carlton's ITC library to Often Running and Night To Remember from its Rank collection and Fire Over England from the recently acquired Rohauer catalogue.
  • MGM snaps up package of Allen titles

    3-Aug-2000

    Bolstering its position in the library film sector, MGM has bought a package of 11 Woody Allen films.
  • Pathe launches loyalty card scheme

    2-Aug-2000

    French exhibition giant Pathe today launched a loyalty card scheme at its multiplex in Nantes. The scheme, which appears to be a response to the launch of a controversial card scheme by rival exhibitor UGC, is expected to be rolled out nationally.
  • Romance director turns to period piece

    2-Aug-2000

    With a penchant for dealing in subjects sexual there always was a danger of wide exposure for French auteur Catherine Breillat.
  • Big Brother no longer hangs over Helkon

    1-Aug-2000

    Endemol Entertainment, the Dutch TV production giant responsible for the worldwide Big Brother phenomenon, has sold its 25% stake in Helkon Media, setting the German producer-distributor free to pursue its own international expansion.
  • Media Asia unveils flotation plans

    31-Jul-2000

    Hong Kong-based Media Asia is on course for a stockmarket flotation at the end of the year following last week's cash injection from hotels to internet group eSun. The new finance will underwrite expansion of the group's distribution and production operations.
  • Vatel pushes Gaumont into the red

    31-Jul-2000

    The poor box office performance of Roland Joffe's Cannes opener Vatel has sent French major Gaumont spinning into the red with a pre-tax loss of $12.5m (FF89m) in the first half of 2000 compared to profits of $5.1m (FF36m) in the first half of 1999.
  • CSA clears Vivendi Seagram merger

    26-Jul-2000

    French broadcast regulator, the CSA, has today given its approval to the three-way merger between Canal Plus, Vivendi and Seagram. It was previously concerned that the full takeover of Canal Plus would breach the country's regulations on media ownership.
  • Messier changes merger terms to win CSA approval

    25-Jul-2000

    In a move that potentially clears the way towards clearance of the Vivendi-Canal Plus merger, Vivendi appears to be ready to keep more assets within the part of Canal Plus that will retain a separate identity.
  • Hong Kong's eSun buys stake in Media Asia

    21-Jul-2000

    Ambitious Hong Kong producer and distributor Media Asia has found itself a major new backer in eSun Holdings, formerly Lai Sun Hotels International.
  • Carlton names new boss as UK TV battle begins

    21-Jul-2000

    Thanksgiving records collapsed over the five-day holiday weekend led by the phenomenal holdover success of Universal Pictures' Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The family adventure took an estimated $73.8m from Wednesday to Sunday - about $52.4m over the Friday to Sunday period - bringing its ten day total to a quite astonishing $137.4m. That means that The Grinch is headed to $200m in super-fast time and is likely to end up as the biggest grossing film of 2000.With ...
  • Brussels approves Vizzavi portal, with conditions

    20-Jul-2000

    The European Commission's competition division has given its blessing to the establishment of Vizzavi, the multi-platform Internet portal launched last month by Vivendi and mobile phone group Vodafone Airtouch. However, approval came with conditions.
  • Kosslick confirmed as head of Berlin Festival

    17-Jul-2000

    After months of rumours, Dieter Kosslick was today confirmed as the new artistic head of the Berlin Film Festival.
  • Advanced, Europool team to back big-budget pics

    17-Jul-2000

    In a bid to increase its production financing firepower, German distributor Advanced Medien has acquired a 40% stake in local sales agent Europool.
  • Europe to streamline media, telecoms regulation

    13-Jul-2000

    The European Commission yesterday announced plans to replace sector specific regulation of media, telecoms and the internet with a single set of rules covering all forms of electronic communication.
  • Jiang banned for seven years by China

    13-Jul-2000

    Chinese actor-director Jiang Wen has been banned from making films for seven years by the Chinese Film Bureau. His film Devils At The Doorstep (Guizi Lai Le), about China during the time of Japanese occupation, was judged as insufficiently patriotic.
  • Regulators vie for Vivendi Universal action

    10-Jul-2000

    Such is the enthusiasm to get a piece of the Vivendi Universal deal that a spat appears to be developing between Europe's competition regulators. But Vivendi still believes that the deal will be greenlit sooner rather than later.
  • Kinowelt expands into Poland with Best Film

    10-Jul-2000

    German mini-studio Kinowelt has launched a joint distribution venture with Poland's Best Film, confirming the company's intention to set up its own distribution operations across Eastern Europe (Screendaily, January 19).
  • Vivendi-Seagram: EC extends Vizzavi probe

    5-Jul-2000

    The European Commission has extended by two weeks its probe into the creation of Vizzavi. It was scheduled on July 10 to announce whether it thinks there is a competition question to be answered (Screendaily, June 15). It will now make the announcement on July 20. This kind of delay often indicates that the companies involved have offered some kind of concessions.
  • Policies, not personalities, spark Clark's exit

    4-Jul-2000

    Differences of style and strategy - rather than a personality clash or ugly fights over issues - appears to have provoked Duncan Clark's decision to quit his job as president of Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI).
  • Avignon hands out prizes beyond US, French borders

    4-Jul-2000

    The Avignon film festival - for the first time expanded to include films from Europe, beyond France - awarded its prestigious Prix Tournage to Elias Merhige (US) for Shadow Of The Vampire, Virginie Wagon (France) for Le Secret, Giacomo Campiotti (Italy-France-UK) for A Time To Love (Il Tempo dell'Amore) and Nana Djordjadze (Germany-Georgia) for 27 Missing Kisses. Each receives a prize package including film stock from Kodak and free subtitling from LVT and ...
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  • Phone rivals hit at Vizzavi

    2-Jul-2000

    Vizzavi - one of the key planks on which the merger of Seagram, Vivendi and Canal Plus is built - was reportedly dealt a blow this weekend when two phone giants secured an injunction preventing the portal from operating in France.
  • Kinowelt makes first direct move into broadcasting

    28-Jun-2000

    German film giant Kinowelt has bought a 10% stake in satellite broadcast start-up B.TV Television.
  • China Star confirms Star TV output deal

    28-Jun-2000

    China Star Entertainment has confirmed that it has struck a three-year output deal with regional broadcast powerhouse Star TV covering the 100 features produced under its 100 Years Of Cinema banner (Screendaily, May 16).
  • Kirch, Axel Springer create German TV giant

    28-Jun-2000

    A new German TV giant is to be born following the merger of SAT1 and ProSieben (Pro7) Media which was announced today.
  • Kirch set to take over SAT1

    26-Jun-2000

    The Kirch group is poised to take full control of Germany's populist commercial channel SAT1 in a deal worth upwards of $700m, according to local reports.
  • ONrequest signs supply deal with Universal

    22-Jun-2000

    UK pay-per-view service ONrequest has signed a film supply deal with Universal Studios International.
  • CSA to probe Vivendi Seagram merger

    22-Jun-2000

    French broadcast regulator, the Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA), announced today that it plans to investigate the proposed merger of Vivendi, Canal Plus and Seagram.
  • VCL snaps up Woody Allen trio outside US

    21-Jun-2000

    Rapidly establishing itself as a "must know" rights owner, Germany's VCL has bought international rights to the next three comedies by Woody Allen.
  • Murdoch's Sky Global Networks files for IPO

    21-Jun-2000

    Apparently unmoved by the prospect of links with Vivendi Universal, Rupert Murdoch yesterday filed details of Sky Global Networks with the US Securities & Exchange Commission ahead of a float in the US.
  • Lescure to head Vivendi Universal film activities

    20-Jun-2000

    Vivendi staff are to get the top jobs in the new Vivendi Universal combine, but Canal Plus' boss Pierre Lescure will oversee all film and TV activities.
  • Champagne flows in Paris as European giant is born

    20-Jun-2000

    The Paris media elite broke open the champagne on Monday night and partied away within sight of the Eiffel Tower after the boards of Canal Plus, Vivendi and eventually Seagram all agreed to a three-way merger between their companies in a $40.2bn deal including debt that creates Europe's first truly global entertainment conglomerate.
  • Advanced Medien sells DVD package to EMS

    19-Jun-2000

    Advanced Medien has sold a package of DVD rights to E-M-S new media for Austria and Switzerland.
  • Germany's H5B5 acquires stake in Unapix

    19-Jun-2000

    Boutique German TV producer H5B5, has bought a 25% stake in fast-moving US mini-conglomerate Unapix Entertainment.
  • Intertainment to raise $163m for production push

    15-Jun-2000

    Fast-expanding German rights broker Intertainment plans to raise more than $163m (Euros170m) to fund its drive into film production.
  • CineMedia grabs stake in Watch! Entertainment

    13-Jun-2000

    German film services group CineMedia has given itself a further leg-up into production and new media through the acquisition of a stake in Watch! Entertainment.
  • Kinowelt acquires stake in media[netCom]

    13-Jun-2000

    Kinowelt Medien has bought a 10% stake in emerging German video-on-demand (VoD) player media[netCom].
  • UPC turns attention to video-on-demand

    12-Jun-2000

    Dutch cable giant United Pan-Europe Communications (UPC) is positioning itself to become a major supplier of content to third generation mobile phone operators and as a video-on-demand (VoD) wholesaler.
  • UPC in talks to acquire major stake in Noos

    12-Jun-2000

    Dutch cable giant United Pan-Europe Communications (UPC) confirmed that it is in the running to buy a major stake in Noos, the French cable network operated by the Suez-Lyonnaise combine.
  • Dutch gov't to open cable networks to rivals

    12-Jun-2000

    The Dutch government has ruled that local cable networks must be open to rival internet suppliers, but partly allayed cable operators' fears by delaying the introduction of "open access" for at least two years.
  • Yes strikes content deal with Warner Bros

    12-Jun-2000

    Yes Television, the UK video-on demand (VoD) supplier that was to have floated this month on the London stock market, has added a new content supply deal with Warner Bros.
  • Kopelson shifts slate from Fox to Intertainment

    8-Jun-2000

    Germany's Intertainment has stepped up to fully finance a $1bn slate of films being prepared by Oscar-winning producer Arnold Kopelson, who is poised to quit his production deal at 20th Century Fox.
  • Constantin grabs Hyde Park slate

    8-Jun-2000

    German distributor Constantin Film has struck an output deal that gives it theatrical and video/DVD rights to a slate of films flowing from US producer Hyde Park Entertainment.
  • BSkyB shares hit by Vivendi, Kirch sales

    7-Jun-2000

    Shares in BSkyB remained highly volatile today after two of its key shareholders yesterday sold stakes.
  • Canal Plus to sponsor Deauville fest

    7-Jun-2000

    Canal Plus is to become the principal sponsor of the Deauville Festival of American Film.
  • Chello puts back flotation for second time

    7-Jun-2000

    Mark Schneider, chairman and chief executive of Dutch cable network giant UPC, said on Wednesday (June 7) that the flotation of its Chello Broadband division would not go ahead as planned on Friday, June 9.
  • EC extends deadline on AOL/Time Warner probe

    6-Jun-2000

    The European Commission (EC) has ruled that it needs more time to adjudicate on the competition issues raised by America On-Line (AOL)'s proposed takeover of Time Warner (TW). But it kept quiet on whether it would link its investigations into Time Warner's takeover of music group EMI.
  • Vivendi in talks to offload AOL France stake

    6-Jun-2000

    French media and utilities giant Vivendi has started talks with America On-Line (AOL) about selling its stake in AOL France.
  • EC probe could help Vivendi's up-Stream battle

    6-Jun-2000

    Today's decision by the European Commission (EC) to investigate the takeover of Italian digital TV platform Stream may help French facilities group Vivendi negotiate the terms on which it would cease hostilities with News Corp and join Platco.
  • BKN swallows France's Studio Arles

    6-Jun-2000

    German animation producer and distributor BKN International (BKNI) has acquired specialist French cartoon house Studio Arles Animation. Arles' boss Daniel Schwall is to join BKNI as its head of production.
  • EC to investigate Pearson, CLT-Ufa merger

    5-Jun-2000

    The European Commission (EC)'s competition regulators have decided to probe the proposed merger of Pearson Television and CLT-Ufa.
  • Das Werk expands overseas with En Efecto merger

    5-Jun-2000

    German facilities group Das Werk is to merge with En Efecto, a Barcelona-based post-production and animation group.
  • Star TV, HKT scrap pay-TV, Internet venture

    2-Jun-2000

    Star TV, News Corp's Asian broadcast subsidiary, and Cable & Wireless HKT have called off their plans to set up a joint venture pay-TV and Internet service in Hong Kong.
  • Chello delays stockmarket flotation

    31-May-2000

    Chello, the Dutch broadband Internet group, has delayed its proposed flotation until at least next week while it enters into "strategic discussions" with UK cable operator Telewest, according to the UK's Financial Times.
  • Ambergate to give UK's 2 Days US outing

    31-May-2000

    US boutique distributor Ambergate has acquired British film 2 Days, 9 Lives for theatrical distribution. The film, which details 48 hours in the life of a group of people in rehab, is the first feature by commercials director Simon Monjack, who also takes co-writing and music composing credits. Ambergate plans to give the film a release this autumn in a fashion similar to its handling of Todd Solondz' Happiness.
  • Helkon takes majority control of Newmarket

    30-May-2000

    Adding to its flurry of US production deals Germany's Helkon Media has taken majority control of US film finance boutique Newmarket Capital Group.
  • Bulgaria set to join EU's Media Programme

    26-May-2000

    The European Commission today gave the green light for Bulgaria to become the first Eastern European country to join the European Union (EU)'s MEDIA Programme, which provides financial support for film distribution, development and training.
  • Loews gets rolling with Technicolor

    26-May-2000

    Exhibition giant Loews Cineplex has agreed to carry some $60m of rolling stock advertisements supplied by Technicolor in its 1,800 US screens starting from July.
  • Carlton extends Internet pact to Epsilon trio

    25-May-2000

    The UK's Carlton Communications may seek to develop corporate links with continental Europe's top broadcasters, having this week enlarged its Internet deal with TF1 to include the Epsilon trio of companies.
  • CLT-Ufa acquires stake in Antena 3

    24-May-2000

    CLT-Ufa is to buy an 11% stake in Spanish free broadcaster Antena 3 in a move that further tightens an emerging European TV production and distribution network.
  • Gregor to quit post as Forum head

    22-May-2000

    Ulrich Gregor, head of the Forum section of the Berlin film festival, is to resign after next year's event. His departure will co-incide with the less amicable departure of the festival's chief selector Moritz De Hadeln.
  • Yes takes private route after cancelling IPO

    22-May-2000

    UK video-on-demand (VoD) pioneer Yes Television is to seek private finance having today called a halt to its London stockmarket flotation for the second time.
  • Stockmarket turbulence halts UPC takeover of SBS

    22-May-2000

    The creation of a European cable, Internet and free TV giant was halted today when UPC said that it could no longer afford the share issue it planned for the acquisition of SBS Broadcasting.
  • Highlight grabs pics from Miramax, Nu-Image

    22-May-2000

    Switzerland's Highlight Communications has extended its relationship with Miramax International and grabbed a ten-picture deal with Nu Image.
  • Von Trier dances away with Palme d'Or

    21-May-2000

    Danish director Lars von Trier, always prepared to experiment with genre, technology and his own reputation, took the Palme d'Or with Dancer In The Dark at Cannes.
  • Miramax takes four from Media Asia

    18-May-2000

    Hong-Kong powerhouse, Media Asia has struck a four-picture deal with Miramax Films for North American distribution.
  • Liberator set to line up Zentropa France slate

    17-May-2000

    Liberator Films, the Paris-based arm of the expanding Zentropa Entertainment empire, is seeking to develop a slate of films that go beyond the titles associated with Dogme95 and Lars Von Trier.
  • Arsenal set to exit Kinowelt

    17-May-2000

    Germany's Kinowelt is set to offload one element of its rapidly-expanding empire - specialist distributor Arsenal Filmverleih - which is expected to seek an independent existence.
  • InterCom in $25m boost

    17-May-2000

    Andy Vajna's distribution and exhibition concern InterCom has received a $25m cash injection that will help finance expansion beyond its roots in Hungary and Romania.
  • Atlas racks up sales

    16-May-2000

    Atlas International has scored a raft of sales on teen comedy Ants In The Pants (Harte Jungs), Regina Ziegler's three latest Erotic Tales and its US sci-fi action picture Star Force.
  • Bertolucci, others sign up for Atomfilms shorts

    15-May-2000

    Top theatrical directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Nicolas Roeg, Jim Jarmusch, Chris Marker and Aki Kaurismaki have signed up to make a collection of short films that will be screened on the Internet by webcaster and short films boutique Atomfilms.
  • Malkovich goes Latin on Dancer

    12-May-2000

    John Malkovich's directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs, has been sold to Mexican distributor Nu Vision for all of Latin America. The deal was signed with sales agent and financier Lolafilms UK on the day that the film went into production.
  • Saredi, Pandora launch joint sales outfit

    9-May-2000

    Leading art-house film seller World Sales Christa Saredi and Germany's Pandora Films are to set up a new outfit Orfeo Films International.
  • Kinowelt makes exhibition move

    9-May-2000

    Germany's fast expanding Kinowelt group has made its first move into exhibition by acquiring a 50.1% stake in the Theile Hoyts Kinopolis group. It has also taken control of a ticketing service and clarified its plans for a move into broadcasting.
  • German lobby group rallies round De Hadeln

    9-May-2000

    German film industry lobby group SPIO (Spitzenorganisation de Deutschenfilmwirtschaft) has mounted a stern criticism of the Berlin festival organisers and their handling of Moritz De Hadeln's recent dismissal.
  • Senator first up for Roth slate

    9-May-2000

    Germany's Senator Film has become the first international distributor to sign up to the highly anticipated package of studio-level films being put together by former Disney chief Joe Roth.
  • Constantin adds Propaganda to production stable

    8-May-2000

    Bernd Eichinger's Constantin Film has unveiled its third US venture inside a week, setting up a production joint venture with Propaganda Films.
  • Constantin, Impact team for US-based venture

    4-May-2000

    Bernd Eichinger's distribution and production group Constantin Film has set up a Los Angeles-based joint venture with Anglo-US production group Impact Pictures.
  • Co-Production Office passes Takashi's Audition

    4-May-2000

    Philippe Bober's boutique production and sales outfit The Co-Production Office has picked up world sales duties to Miike Takashi's psychological horror picture Audition.
  • Advanced, Petersen form joint producing venture

    4-May-2000

    Advanced Medien, which earlier this week announced a $34m rights issue, is committing some of that cash to a new joint venture with Wolfgang Petersen, director of Das Boot, In The Line Of Fire and Air Force One.
  • CLT-Ufa unveils English-language quintet

    3-May-2000

    European powerhouse financier CLT-Ufa International has unveiled a slate of five new English-language pictures for Cannes, including films by Yves Simoneau, Claire Denis and Bob Spiers.
  • Advanced to raise $34m for acquisitions spree

    2-May-2000

    Readying itself for a raft of acquisitions, German distributor, producer and licensor Advanced Medien is to raise more than $34m (euros37m) through a rights issue.
  • CineMedia strikes output deal with Buena Vista

    28-Apr-2000

    Germany's CineMedia has secured an output deal for theatrical distribution in German-speaking territories of its film titles with Buena Vista International.
  • Cannes unveils Directors' Fortnight

    26-Apr-2000

    Bulging with the most titles to ever screen in the section, Cannes' Directors' Fortnight unveiled its 32nd edition on Wednesday.
  • Intermedia, Pacifica bare flotation teeth

    26-Apr-2000

    Despite the recent stockmarket storms, International Media, the newly-renamed German company formed from the merger of the UK's Intermedia Film Equities and Los Angeles-based Pacifica, is pressing ahead with flotation plans. The aggressive sales process could see the company triple its share capital.
  • Twelve Nights

    26-Apr-2000

  • Urbanchillers.com to finance short films

    25-Apr-2000

  • VCL issues shares for buying spree

    20-Apr-2000

    Germany's VCL Film+Medien is raising an estimated euros54m ($51.4m) through a placing with institutional investors today, which it intends to spend on purchasing "extensive film packages" and restarting its TV licensing business.
  • Cannes Critics' Week mirrors main competition

    20-Apr-2000

    Confirming the European and Asian-heavy weighting of the Cannes main competition, the Critics' week boasts two Far Eastern films - one from Korea, one from Taiwan - and two from France.
  • Kinowelt buys digital, Trebitsch stakes

    18-Apr-2000

    Germany's aggressively-expanding Kinowelt group has acquired a clutch of old and new media companies to add to its production and technical stables and underlined the strength of this strategy by reporting better than forecast profits.
  • Fortissimo picks up Wen's Foreign Devils

    18-Apr-2000

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up world rights to highly anticipated Chinese title Foreign Devils At The Door (provisional title), the second picture from actor-turned-director Wen Jiang.
  • Pyramide, Arc Light team up for Chinese collection

    18-Apr-2000

    France's Pyramide group plans to co-produce a collection of six films by some of the hottest young directors in the greater China market, with Peggy Chiao's Taiwan-based Arc Light Films.
  • China Star adds talent to Hundred Years venture

    17-Apr-2000

    China Star Entertainment has fleshed out its ambitious One Hundred Years Of Film production project, through which it plans to invest $150m a year in Asian production in a bid to woo local audiences back to Hong Kong films.
  • Golden Network makes first foray into production

    17-Apr-2000

    Hong Kong-based international sales agent Golden Network is making its first move into production with a three-picture slate which it will co-finance with Korea's NeGa Corporation.
  • Ordinary Heroes triumphs at Hong Kong Film Awards

    17-Apr-2000

    Ann Hui's Ordinary Heroes, a drama about a love triangle and political activism, was the surprise winner of the best film prize at the annual Hong Kong Film Awards.
  • Applause sets Hur's Spring Day as first project

    14-Apr-2000

    Applause Pictures, the ambitious start-up pan-Asian production company, has unveiled its first project, One Fine Spring Day, a co-production with Korea's Uno Films and Japan's Omega Projects, to be directed by Christmas In August director Hur Ji-Ho.
  • CineMedia shuffles pack for digital future

    13-Apr-2000

    German film services group, CineMedia Film is re-shuffling its board of directors in order to best position the company for a high tech future.
  • VCL commits titles to Germany's first VoD service

    11-Apr-2000

    Munich-based video distributor VCL Film + Medien is backing the launch of Germany's first Video-on-demand (VoD) television service.
  • BSkyB says Yes with Buena Vista, Warner

    10-Apr-2000

    BSkyB could be the next major player to invest in UK video-on-demand (VoD) pioneer Yes Television.
  • Rosetta director to head short film jury at Cannes

    10-Apr-2000

    Belgian director Luc Dardenne, who directed last year's Palme d'Or-winning feature Rosetta, will this year head the Cannes jury for the short film and Cinefoundation sections.
  • Redbus hoards rights ahead of VoD launch in UK

    7-Apr-2000

    The fast-surging UK media concern Redbus Film Group has accumulated a number of studio-level films for its upcoming video-on-demand service through a television package deal struck with German rights broker Intertainment.
  • New Euro TV powerhouse eyes US broadcasting stake

    7-Apr-2000

    Pearson TV (PTV) and CLT-Ufa are to join forces, creating Europe's largest integrated production and broadcast group that now has its eye on North American broadcasting.
  • Universal takes Kinowelt package

    6-Apr-2000

    German sales and distribution group Kinowelt Medien has sold a package of 70 films to Universal Studios Networks Deutschland and a further four titles to state-owned free broadcaster ZDF.
  • Yes claims $1bn value in run-up to float

    4-Apr-2000

    UK video-on-demand pioneer Yes TV yesterday said that it believes it is worth more than $1bn, although it has less than 1,500 subscribers.
  • Witt joins cast of PlesWin's Hollywood Sign

    4-Apr-2000

    Germany's controversy-courting former ice-skating champion, Katarina Witt, is poised to return to the big screen in The Hollywood Sign.
  • GERMANY: Financial Briefs

    4-Apr-2000

  • CLT-Ufa reports turnaround in earnings

    4-Apr-2000

    European broadcast giant CLT-Ufa reported an impressive turnaround in earnings for the 1999 financial year, delivering a euros415m profit compared with a loss of euros14m in 1998. Revenue for the period was up 5% to euros3.21bn
  • Noiret to receive Cannes Festival Award

    3-Apr-2000

    French actor Philippe Noiret is to receive the Festival Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The festival said it is making the award in order to "pay tribute to the richness, diversity and everlasting life of an extraordinary career."
  • German Film Prize nods for Buena Vista, Hotel

    3-Apr-2000

    An unhappy week for German film closed on a more conciliatory note on Friday night with nominations for the German Film Prize evenly spread.
  • Crane World wins top honours at Toulouse

    29-Mar-2000

    Upwards of Euros500m of new loans will be made available to Europe's audiovisual industries under a new scheme launched Tuesday (Dec 19) by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
  • Intertainment sells eight to Italy

    29-Mar-2000

    German rights broker Intertainment has sold eight films to Italy and unveiled the beginnings of a long-term relationship with Silvio Berlusconi's film and TV group Mediaset.
  • EM.TV unveils plans for virtual market

    29-Mar-2000

    The violent, shocking or merely technically advanced have become such staples of top festival line-ups that it has become difficult to impress jaded critics and only slightly less cynical audiences.
  • Kinowelt takes flight with Entertainment takeover

    29-Mar-2000

    Kinowelt, Germany's fast growing mini-major, claims to have become the world leader in in-flight entertainment after completing the take-over of in-flight content provider Entertainment Concepts.
  • Yes inks VoD supply deal with u-direct

    28-Mar-2000

    Yes Television, the UK's pioneering video-on-demand (VoD) group, has signed its second content supply deal within a week of announcing plans to float on the stockmarket (Screendaily, Mar 21).
  • Splendid profits surge on back of library titles

    28-Mar-2000

    German rights trader Splendid Medien improved its profits last year thanks to the performance of its library and video titles.
  • VCL takes 25% stake in next two Terminator films

    27-Mar-2000

    Germany's VCL Film+Medien is to take a 25% stake in the next two Terminator films being produced by Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna's C2 Productions and Japan's Toho Towa.
  • Kinowelt posts 159% increase in pre-tax profit

    24-Mar-2000

    Kinowelt, the fast expanding distribution and production group, underlined its growing strength by reporting a 159% increase in pre-tax profit, from $9.9m (DM20.1m) in 1998 to $25.6m (DM52m) in 1999.
  • German pics break BBC drought

    24-Mar-2000

    Marking a break with the recent buying drought, the BBC is back in the market for German-language films. Digital channel BBC Knowledge is buying a package of six contemporary German films which it intends to screen from May.
  • EC probes Microsoft, Telewest deal

    23-Mar-2000

    The European Commission has today opened a full investigation of the proposed acquisition of a 29.7% stake in UK cable network Telewest by Microsoft.
  • Mixed fortunes for Kirch as BSkyB deal approved

    23-Mar-2000

    It was a mixed day yesterday for German media giant Kirch which saw its pact with BSkyB waved through by Europe's competition authorities, albeit with significant conditions attached. It lost the latest round in its battle with Universal over film channels, but cemented its alliance with Italy's Mediaset by giving their deal a permanent new name.
  • Fortissimo picks up Sabu's Monday

    23-Mar-2000

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up world sales rights to Monday, the Japanese film which scooped the FIPRESCI critics award at last month's Berlin festival.
  • EC expected to greenlight BSkyB, Kirch deal

    22-Mar-2000

    UK satellite TV operator BSkyB is expected to get the green light to buy into Germany's KirchPayTV today (March 21).
  • Buena Vista, Warner Bros commit to Yes flotation

    21-Mar-2000

    UK video-on-demand (VoD) pioneer, Yes Television, is to float on the London Stock Exchange. By the end of the year it may be followed by rival Video Networks.
  • UPC set to float broadband division

    21-Mar-2000

    Dutch cable giant, UPC is to float chello, its broadband Internet subsidiary. The move is expected to herald rapid expansion of its services in Europe and Latin America.
  • Bertelsmann exits AOL joint ventures

    20-Mar-2000

    European media giant Bertelsmann and America Online (AOL) have decided to patch up their differences over AOL's expansion strategy. Under a deal heralded as a $250m "strategic global alliance" Bertelsmann has secured an outlet for its on-line content and has agreed to sell its interests in AOL Europe and AOL Australia.
  • Quiero secures output deal with Universal

    20-Mar-2000

    Quiero Television, the Spanish group which is poised to launch Europe's second digital terrestrial broadcasting operation, has struck its first output deal with a major studio. The outfit, previously known as Onda Digital, is poised to unveil a wide-ranging supply deal with Universal Studios.
  • Iosseliani appointed head of Camera d'Or jury

    17-Mar-2000

    Veteran Georgian director Otar Iosseliani has been appointed as head of the Camera d'Or jury as the Cannes festival begins to take shape. The prize, given during the closing ceremony of the official selection, is awarded to the best first feature in any section of the festival.
  • Midem confirms no MIP Asia for 2000

    16-Mar-2000

    The MIP Asia TV programme market will not take place this year in the December slot that it has occupied for the last six years.
  • Thomas The Tank Engine movie racks up sales

    16-Mar-2000

    With a head of steam at the AFM, family film Thomas And The Magic Railroad has been sold by Kathy Morgan International to a raft of territories including Germany where it has been picked up by Telemunchen.
  • Critics' Week confirms Bellyful premiere

    16-Mar-2000

    The Critics' Week section of the Cannes film festival has confirmed that Melvin van Peebles film Bellyful (Le Conte Du Ventre Plein) will get its world premiere at a special screening.
  • Strand Releasing wins US rights to Suzhou

    15-Mar-2000

  • Eurimages unveils new funding round

    13-Mar-2000

    Eurimages, the European production finance body, has made its first round of funding decisions since changing its rules at the beginning of the year.
  • UPC creates Euro giant with SBS takeover

    12-Mar-2000

    Europe is to get its first pan-European broadcast and Internet giant following the announcement that Dutch cable giant UPC has agreed terms for the acquisition of SBS Broadcasting.
  • Senator adds Le Studio titles to shopping basket

    8-Mar-2000

    Germany's recently floated distributor Senator Films has revealed that it bought rights to 13 features with a total production value of $150m during the recent American Film Market and Sundance and Berlin festivals, including the highly sought after Nicole Kidman-starrer The Others from Le Studio Canal Plus.
  • European Film Awards touch down in Paris

    7-Mar-2000

    The European Film Awards are on the move again. This year the awards will move from their traditional home in Berlin to Paris for a ceremony on December 2.
  • Cannes 2000 veers towards larger scale pictures

    3-Mar-2000

    Although Gilles Jacob is still six weeks away from announcing his Cannes competition selection, the line-up in all the Cannes festival sections is already looking heavily skewed towards high-profile, large-scale films, with a particular bias towards English-language titles, many of the them sizeable international co-productions.
  • AFM: Roissy-Celluloid slate gets animated

    29-Feb-2000

    Newly formed French sales house Roissy Films-Celluloid Dreams is poised to become one of Europe's biggest players on the animation scene having added two animated features to its slate - The General And Bonapart and Three Old Ladies (Les Triplettes De Belleville).
  • Blair Witch 2 scares up big numbers

    29-Feb-2000

    In the fashion of a documentary pieced together from found fragments of footage, the story of The Blair Witch Project 2 is beginning to emerge. Buyers are being given plot snippets to help them commit to the chunky prices being asked by seller Summit Entertainment.
  • AFM: China Star goes on $150m content binge

    28-Feb-2000

    Chinese media conglomerate China Star is poised to invest $150m a year in Asian film production as it pushes its film-making and broadcasting efforts into a new dimension. The company is also in the market as a buyer and is putting together a massive library.
  • Korea's CJ unveils production drive

    25-Feb-2000

    Encouraged by economic recovery in the region, DreamWorks backer CJ Entertainment is stepping up production in its native Korea to 10-12 pictures a year. The company has produced only 10 pictures to date.
  • AFM: Kinowelt snaps up Lolafilms trio

    25-Feb-2000

    German mini-conglomerate Kinowelt International has bought all German-speaking rights to three films from Spain's Lolafilms - That Girl From Rio, The Dancer Upstairs and Gaudi Afternoon.
  • AFM: Eastwood to be feted by Venice festival

    25-Feb-2000

    Clint Eastwood will be awarded a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at this year's Venice Film Festival (Aug 30-Sept 9).
  • Kidman, Norton lift UGC's $32m Veil

    25-Feb-2000

    Gillian Armstrong's long-gestating adaptation of Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil has re-surfaced as a $32m project on the sales slate of France's UGC International, with actors Nicole Kidman and Edward Norton the targeted leads.
  • AFM: Breillat's Fat Girl sexes up FPI slate

    24-Feb-2000

    Flach Pyramide International (FPI) is once again at a film market selling sex. After the hugely controversial Romance, FPI is at the AFM handling Catherine Breillat's next picture, Fat Girl, an explosive examination of female sexuality set on the slopes of Mount Etna.
  • Korea lures co-producers with incentive funding

    18-Feb-2000

    Korea's newly-galvanised film commission, KOFIC, is courting international partners to rebuild the country's recovering film industry with $3m in government cash.
  • Notting Hill, East Is East win at Empire awards

    17-Feb-2000

  • Sales companies in line for MEDIA boost

    17-Feb-2000

    Europe's film sales companies are to get a cash boost under a new scheme to include them in the distribution section of the European Union's next MEDIA Programme.
  • EU challenges assumptions behind box office growth

    15-Feb-2000

    Media Salles, the European Union-financed exhibition research and support operation, has called into question the widespread assumption that multiplex growth in Europe is responsible for the growth in admissions seen over the last ten years.
  • Le Studio unveils Schroeder's shrouded Virgen

    14-Feb-2000

    A Cannes competition hopeful by Barbet Schroeder and two European pictures with $20m-$30m budgets are among half a dozen new additions to the Berlin and AFM sales slate of French production powerhouse Le Studio Canal Plus.
  • Inaugural Mexican fest mines for Pan-American gems

    14-Feb-2000

    Pan-American films are to be at the heart of a new festival in Zacatecas, only Mexico's second festival of international standing.
  • Fortissimo expands slate with Wong's Mood For Love

    11-Feb-2000

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up sales duties on seven new pictures including Cannes competition hopeful In The Mood For Love, directed by Wong Kar Wai.
  • Schroeder unveils plans for Franco-German academy

    11-Feb-2000

    German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced the creation of a German-French film academy today at the Berlin film festival.
  • Vodafone, Mannesmann deal rewrites media rules

    11-Feb-2000

    With the Vodafone Airtouch merger with Mannesmann overtaking AOL's previous record-breaking takeover of Time Warner, investment bankers are rubbing their hands with glee. Media moguls and sector analysts, however, are looking for synergies between the two monster communications combines.
  • Bombo acquires Panorama title Shadow Boxers

    11-Feb-2000

    Bombo Sports & Entertainment has picked up world sales rights to feature-length documentary Shadow Boxers, which is screening in the Panorama section of the Berlin film festival.
  • European Commission seeks tax on internet movies

    8-Feb-2000

    The European Commission (EC) is specifically targeting media products as it seeks to extend its tax net to goods sold on the Internet.
  • Brussels loses FIAPF status

    8-Feb-2000

    The recently-wrapped Brussels International Film Festival has been stripped of its approved status, by the Paris-based International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF).
  • Canal Plus reports 16% turnover increase

    7-Feb-2000

    Canal Plus, the European pay-TV giant which has seen its shares more than double since November, reported 1999 turnover up by 16%.
  • Lucas adds Sega to games franchise

    1-Feb-2000

    George Lucas' games company LucasArts Entertainment is to produce a series of games for the Sega Dreamcast platform. First off will be Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer, a game derived from the pod race sequence in The Phantom Menace, which is already available for PC and Nintendo. The Sega version will be released this spring.
  • Sony, Starz Encore unveil multimedia tie-up

    31-Jan-2000

    In a wide ranging tie-up with Starz Encore Media, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has made one of the most dramatic moves by any studio to push its content into new on-line media.
  • Tele Images to back Gaumont Television buyout

    31-Jan-2000

    French production and TV sales operation Tele Images International is to back the buyout of GTV from integrated French major Gaumont.
  • NATPE 2000: DOTCOMS TAKE CENTRE STAGE

    28-Jan-2000

    NATPE organisers said that despite bad weather delays, attendance at the New Orleans programme market exceeded last year - 17,520 had checked in after two days. But it was unclear whether record amounts of sales were being conducted.
  • Cologne Conference to host programming market

    28-Jan-2000

    North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), the region which likes to think of itself as the electronic capital of Germany, yesterday unveiled details of plans for the Cologne Screenings (June 4-7), a new programming market to be held during the Cologne Conference.
  • Wiser to drive Modern Times int'l expansion

    27-Jan-2000

    MTG Media Properties, part of Sweden's Modern Times Group conglomerate, has upped its international expansion drive by appointing Michael Wiser as its new chairman and CEO.
  • Video Networks boosts film slate with studio deals

    27-Jan-2000

    Video Networks, the UK company that operates video-on-demand (VoD) service Homechoice, has struck feature film deals with Buena Vista International Television and Columbia TriStar International Television.
  • NATPE: ONDA set to march to different drummer

    26-Jan-2000

    ONDA Digital is a broadcaster that wants to do things differently. And in doing so it is likely to bring a sigh of relief to film sellers who have recently seen prices plateau.
  • MGM wins back German pay-TV rights

    26-Jan-2000

    MGM has regained further control of its extensive film library by renegotiating a deal with Degeto, the rights trading associate of German public channel ARD. Titles returning to MGM include Raging Bull, Moonstruck and Midnight Cowboy, as well as some Rocky and Pink Panther pictures.
  • NATPE: Film Co expands slate with Palm Pictures

    26-Jan-2000

    UK sales and finance boutique The Film Co has picked up international sales duties to a package of films from Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures.
  • NATPE: Beresford boards Coote/Hayes' Fatal Shore

    26-Jan-2000

    Coote/Hayes Productions has added two high-profile TV movies to its expanding slate of film and TV productions and has confirmed Bruce Beresford as director of its four-hour miniseries The Fatal Shore.
  • NATPE: Carlton picks up world rights to Wilderness

    26-Jan-2000

    Carlton America has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Wilderness Love, a TV movie which stars Valerie Bertinelli.
  • Beyond ups Fletcher to head distribution

    21-Jan-2000

    Richard Fletcher has been confirmed as the new distribution manager for Beyond Films, the theatrical releasing arm of the diversified Australian film and TV group that is best known as a sales agent.
  • Belgian industry to hold UK showcase

    20-Jan-2000

    Belgium's sometime divided film communities are teaming up in an effort to win over the British public and UK distributors.
  • Screen siren dies

    20-Jan-2000

    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.
  • Netherlands gets new sales outfit

    20-Jan-2000

  • Internet fever propels Telefonica

    18-Jan-2000

    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.
  • Obituary

    18-Jan-2000

    Alain Poire, one of France's leading producers, died this weekend at his home near Paris. Aged 82, he died of cancer.
  • Golden Globes spin for Beauty

    17-Jan-2000

    DreamWorks SKG's American Beauty heads the list of nominations for the Golden Globes with a total of six nods.

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