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  • Screen International unveils its UK Stars Of Tomorrow


    Screen International has unveiled its 2007 UK Stars Of Tomorrow, a comprehensive round-up of the brightest new talent in the British film industry.
  • Government closes UK tax schemes


    The UK Treasury has pulled the plug on tax schemes expected to raise hundreds of millions of pounds of film finance this year.
  • Screenwriters festival launches script market


    This year's international Screen Writers Festival is to launch a speculative script market.
  • The Queen and King win royal flush at the Baftas


    The Queen's royal progress in this year's awards season was matched at this year's Orange British Academy awards by the grand success of Last King Of Scotland.
  • United 93 named best film by London critics


    United 93 has been named best film and Paul Greengrass best director by the London Film Critics' Circle.But it was The Queen which dominated, winning best British film, best British director for Stephen Frears, best screenwriter for Peter Morgan and best British actress for Dame Helen Mirren.
  • Chinese censors approve Lost In Beijing with major cuts


    Li Yu's Berlin competition title Lost In Beijing was finally passed by China's Film Reviewing Committee this afternoon. However the approved film is 15 minutes shorter than the original version according to the film's producer Fang Li.
  • Lost In Beijing producer awaits final decision from censors


    Fang Li, the producer of Berlin competition title Lost In Beijing, is having a final meeting with Chinese film censors today (Feb 5) in a last-ditch attempt to win approval for the film to participate in the festival.
  • UK exhibitors pull Museum in row over DVD release window


    Some of the UK's biggest exhibitors are pulling Fox's Night At The Museum this weekend in a row over a shortened 13-week window between theatrical and DVD release. Odeon and Vue cinemas are amongst those taking action - though none of the chains involved was making a statement tonight.It follows a similar row in Germany last week where the leading cinema chains forced Fox into concessions over the DVD release for
  • Aardman and Dreamworks finally part ways


    DreamWorks andAardman have formally announced the premature ending of their five-film exclusive partnership that dates back to 1999.
  • Chinese box office to double by 2010, says report


    Chinese box office revenues will almost double over the next three years, according to analyst Screen Digest and Nielsen NRG, from last year's $336m to $720m by 2010.The rapid box office growth that has been driven by the opening up of the Chinese market and the fast development of modern multiplexes looks set to continue.The report predicts an increase in modern, or silver screen cinemas from 2,940 in 2005 to 5,000 by 2010.But ...
  • Multi-million dollar boost for Irish film


    The Irish government has pledged $188m (Euros 145) to support the Irish Film Board's work until 2013.The investment forms part of the $238bn seven-year National Development Plan, details of which were revealed yesterday.It will be allocated to the Irish Film Board to support its work, and particularly to support international objectives, such as marketing Ireland as a film location through the recently-opened Los Angeles office.
  • Sundance Film Festival 2007


    Reviews (A-Z)
  • Bond and The Queen head BAFTA longlist


    Casino Royale and The Queen top the Orange British Academy Film Awards longlist with 14.
  • China bans Summer Palace director for five years


    Following months ofspeculation, Chinese authorities have finally made a statement aboutcontroversial Cannes competition entry Summer Palace, banning both the directorLou Ye and producer Nai An from making films in China for five years.
  • Breaking News: Venice Line-Up Announced


  • Volver tops Screen's Cannes critics poll


    Ken Loach'sThe Wind That Shakes TheBarley may have captured the Palme d'Or, but by a notable margin Screen International's juryof critics voted Pedro Almodovar's Volver as thebest film in Cannes competition.
  • Elena Anaya joins cast of The Floating World


  • FilmFour gets on board for first Screenwriters Festival


  • Triple triumph for Adam's Apple at Brussels Film Festival


    Adam'sApple, by Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen (Flickering Lights, The Green Butchers), was the big winner of the24th edition of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festivalon Saturday. The film scooped the GoldenRaven (Grand Prize of the Festival), the Meliès d'Argent (Best European Fantastic Film)and the Pegasus (AudiencePrize).The International Jury made up of Chairman Michael Ironside,Philippe Nahon, Rob Schmidt and Matthew Robbinsdescribed ...
  • Pioneering launch of DVD quality human rights film on the Internet


    DerekWyatt MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Internet Committee, launched the firstever DVD quality human rights film on theInternet. The documentary film, Russia/Chechnya:Voices of Dissent, produced by Vanessa Redgraveand directed by Carlo Nero, was made in honour of Amnesty International.
  • The government link with creative industries for biggest ever UK crackdown on counterfeiting and benefit fraud


    The government and creative industries announced onMarch 16 the completion of the biggest crackdown on counterfeiters and benefitfraudsters ever seen in the UK.The operation was conducted by the Department forWork and Pensions (DWP) in conjunction with British record industry associationthe BPI, film industry anti-piracy body the Federation ...
  • Former President of UIP dies of a stroke


    Industryveteran, Pano Alafouzo,died of a stroke in London on March 10. Pano Alafouzowas born in Alexandria, Egypt, in ...
  • Sandrew Metronome picks up rights to Goodbye Bafana


    Sandrew Metronome has bought the rights and closed the deal, which coversall the Nordic countries Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, ...
  • Senator offers digital cinema copies of new films to exhibitors


    German independent distributor Senator is to offer digital cinema copies of its new films to allcinemas equipped with DLP Cinema Projectors.
  • Sandrew Metronome acquires rights to five feature films


    Sandrew Metronome acquired Scandinavian rights to five newfeature films following the Berlin Film Festival. Winners of the Silver Bearfor Best Director documentary, Michael Winterbottomand Mat Whitecross', The Road to Guantanamo is part dram andpart documentary and tells the tale of a trio of British Muslims, known as theTipton Three who were held at Guantanamo Bay for twoyears before being released without ...
  • Horror film Reverb to commence shooting in London


    Horror film Reverb will start shooting on February27th. This London-set film is based in a recording studio and starsa clutch of young British actors, Leo Gregory (Stoned), Eva Birthistle (Breakfast on Pluto) and Margo Stilley (9 Songs). The ...
  • Elementary Particles heads NonStop Entertainment's Berlin acquisitions


    Swedish distributor, NonStop Entertainmentbought a slate of films from the Berlin Film Festival. Leading the line-up is Oskar Roehler's, The Elementary Particles, the tale oftwo half-brothers struggling against sexual frustration and self-destruction. Particles, was sold to 23 countriesstraight after its Berlinale premiere and is one ofthe favourites to win a Golden Bear.
  • Bangkok International Film Festival honours Fortissimo Films


    The Bangkok International Film Festival is to award Wouter Barendrecht and Michael J.Werner, co-chairmen of Fortissimo Films, with a Golden Kinnareefor their contribution to Asian Cinema at the black tie Awards Gala to be held onFebruary 24th .
  • M.Night Shyamalan named ShoWest Director of the Year


    M. Night Shyamalan has beenmade ShoWest Director of the Year it was announced byMitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the eventthat will be held in Las Vegas, March13-16. Shyamalanwill be presented with the award on the closing night ceremony at Bally's andParis Las Vegas.Shyamalan's next ...
  • Kenneth Maidment memorial today


    Kenneth L. Maidment, a former VPof Columbia Pictures and the former president of the British Film ProducersAssociation (the predecessor to Pact), passed away on February 1 at Frimley Park Hospital in the UK.
  • Universal Pictures signs production agreement with Aronofsky and Watson


    UniversalPictures has entered into a first look production arrangement withdirector/writer Darren Aronofsky and his producer Eric Watson and theircompany Protozoa Pictures. The duo will also develop and produce feature filmsfor Universal's sister companies Focus Features and Rogue Pictures.
  • Michael London launches Groundswell Productions


    Producer MichaelLondon has teamed up with two new equity-based film funds, Lexington FilmFunding and Crescendo Independent Film Fund to establish GroundswellProductions, an independent financing and production company that aims to makefive films a year under the $20 million range. The new entity has access to $55million and aims over the next six months to raise additonal funds of $100 million."The ...
  • Aardman animations morph into mobile phones


    One of the first characters created byanimation studio Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton is to reappear on mobile phones.
  • TLA Releasing buys rights to El Calentito


    TLA Releasingacquired Alberto Rodriguez's Seville-set teen drama, 7 Virgins from Sogepaq at the Berlin Film Festival for itsBritish label and has further added to its Spanish slate by buying Chus Gutierrez' comedy ElCalentito for its American DVD label.
  • David Puttnam to receive Academy Fellowship at BAFTA


    On Sunday 19 February 2006, Lord Puttnamwill receive the Academy Fellowship at BAFTA's annualawards ceremony. The Award presented by Lord Attenborough, President of theAcademy, will be for outstanding contribution to world cinema. Luminaries toreceive the Fellowship Award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, SeanConnery and Stanley Kubrick. David ...
  • Cannes contenders queue up for the Croisette


    With the dust settling onthe Berlin line-up, all eyes are already on Cannes and films vying forselection there: Croisetteregulars such as David Lynch (InlandEmpire), Aki Karismauki (Lights In The Dusk), Ken Loach (TheWind That Shakes The Barley), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Scream ofthe Ants) and Kim Ki-duk (Time) seem ripe to be joined by Francis Ford Coppola, going back toFrance and his indie days with Youth Without Youth.
  • The European Film Market rebooks 100% for 2007


    With foot traffic yesterday noticeably down on previous days,the European Film Market is winding down after five days of business whichproved more productive for international buyers than the UScontingent.
  • Muerer, Grosch to keynote European Film Finance Summit


    Jens Meurer, partner in Germany's Egoli Tossell Film, and Andy Grosch, CEO ofFilm &Entertainment VIP Medienfonds Geschaftsfuhrun willkeynote Screen International's annual European Film Finance Summit, to be heldWednesday (February 8) at the Ritz Carlton in Berlin.
  • Pioneering film competition to encourage use of new technologies


    Screen International is holding a pioneeringfilmmaking competition at its Cinema Next conference on February 3rd.Three filmmaking teams will take part in The Cinema Next Mini-Movie Competitionwhere they will use mobile phone cameras to produce short films which will be shot,edited and screened at this London-based conference. The teams will be allowed to start ...
  • Potente debut among dozen surprises in German sidebar


    Billed as "a surprise package of recent German cinema", the first films in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme include the directorial debut of Franka Potente, the German actress who became an international star on the back of Run Lola Run and The Bourne Identity and its sequel.
  • Concorde acquires distribution rights for Candy


    Fortissimo Filmshas closed a distribution deal for Candy with German distributor Concorde Filmverleih. The deal was brokered by Fortissimoco-chairman Wouter Barendrecht andConcorde Filmverleih's managing director MarkusZimmer."This marks a first-time collaboration between Fortissimo and Concorde,a distributor with a universal reputation for high ...
  • Disney in 'serious' takeover talks with Pixar


    Walt Disneyis in serious discussions about a potential takeover of Pixar, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
  • International Jury for the 56th Berlinale is decided


    The eight-member international jury under the presidency ofCharlotte Rampling was announced today, January 17th.For the first time in 56 years of the Berlin International Film Festival, thejury will announce the winners during the awards ceremony on February 18.
  • 2006 Golden Globe winners


    2006 Golden Globe winners:Best Motion Picture - DramaBrokeback MountainBest Performance By An Actress In AMotion Picture - DramaFelicity Huffman - TransamericaBest Performance By An Actor In A MotionPicture - DramaPhilip Seymour Hoffman - CapoteBest Motion ...
  • The programme for Berlin's Kinderfilmfest and 14plus is finalised


    A diverse programme offilms has been finalised for Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest and 14plus. Of the twenty-one films chosen, fourwill have their world premieres. These include two German films Hänsel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) by director Anne Wild and GernotRoll's Der Räuber Hotzenplotz (The Robber Hotzenplotz) a film from India, Doodh ...
  • British Film Institute to refurbish its South Bank venue


    The British Film Institute (bfi)announced on Tuesday that a significantly refurbished and improved venue on theSouth Bank will open in Autumn 2006, intime for the Times bfi50th London Film Festival..
  • Transamerica is a big hit internationally for ContentFilm


    ContentFilm PLC announced a raft of sales for its newest acquisition, Transamerica, whose star, FelicityHuffman, received the nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Dramatic Actress, as did Dolly Parton for Best Original Song.
  • Korean film exports increase by 15%


    Korean film exportsincreased by 15% to $67m this year, according to a report from localinvestor/producer IM Pictures, with Japan a major buyer of star-powered Korean fare.
  • Typhoon set to hit North America through DreamWorks


    CJ Entertainment has announced thatK.T. Kwak's $14.5m action blockbuster Typhoon is set to hit North America throughDreamWorks' distribution network, marking the first Korean film to go through amajor distributor in the US."At a time when Korean films aregaining popularity around the globe, we are very excited to be able to expandthe market of high quality films such as ...
  • Breaking news: Golden Globe nominations


  • Klaus Haro's film, Mother of Mine, wins Golden Pyramid


    Mother of Minewas awarded last weekend both at the 29th Cairo International FilmFestival and at the Tallinn Black Nights Festival (PÖFF). In Cairo the film won: bestdirection (Klaus Härö), best lead actress (Maria Lundqvist) and the Golden Pyramid, the main prize for bestfilm.
  • Moment To Remember breaks Japanese record


    A Moment to Remember has broken the recordfor highest grossing Korean film in Japan. Surpassing rival 'KoreanWave' film April Snow, the film grossed$22m (2.7 billion yen) as of December 4, according to international sales agentCJ Entertainment.
  • Korean box office on course to beat 2004 record


    Korean box office admissionshit a ten-year high in November and are on course to set a new record byyear-end. In a monthly industry analysis report, multiplex chain CJ CGVprojects admissions for the year to total between 138 -141 million, up 3-4%from last year and bucking global trends.
  • Korean box office on course to beat 2004 record


  • Korean box office on course to beat 2004 record


  • Sympathy wins best picture at Korea's Blue Dragon Awards


  • Construction begins on film studio complex in Wales


    Work has begun on the construction on DragonInternational Studios - dubbed Valleywood - in Wales.
  • Cannes briefs: latest deals, announcements


    Shoreline Green with Coupland screenplay
  • Cannes briefs: latest deals, announcements


    Content spooks Aliens
  • Tax hope for UK Budget


    TheUK film industry is hoping the government will make an announcement today onthe future of tax incentives for productions.
  • UK Chancellor pledges new tax reliefs for film-makers


    Chancellor GordonBrown has said he will provide new tax relief for film-makers.
  • Warner ventures into Chinese DVD distribution


    Warner Bros has becomethe first US studio to establish an in-country DVD/VCD distribution andmarketing operation in China.Warner Home Videoannounced yesterday the formation of CAV Warner Home Entertainment Co., a jointventure with China Audio Video that is based in Shanghai and is nowoperational.The announcement followsextensive analysis by Warner Home Video of the dynamic Chinese home videomarket and its potential for continued growth. ...
  • Films Distribution scores sales on Berlin's Panorama opener


  • INTERNATIONAL 3 February


  • Napster mulls move into online film distribution


    Napster, the fast-growing US digital music service, isconsidering moving into films and video games in an ambitious drive to win newsubscribers.
  • UK's b.TWEEN festival unveils cross-platform development lab


  • Tokyo toasts Whisky


    Uruguay jointdirectors Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll's Whisky - a low-budget drama- won the Grand Prix at the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival,which wrapped Sunday. Mirella Pascual was awarded the Best Actress prize forher performance in Whisky
  • Beyond Films announces Cannes sales


    Beyond Films hasannounced sales as the Cannes Film Festival comes to an end.
  • Nexo takes on The Woodsman for Italy


    Nexo has taken Italian rights to The Woodsman, Nicole Kassell's directorial debut which is inDirectors Fortnight, from Lee Daniels Entertainment.The acquisition comes hard on the heels of Nexo's successwith Monster which has grossed over$2m after three weeks on release in Italy. Like Monster, The Woodsmanwill be distributed domestically in the last week of Dec by Newmarket Films.
  • UK/IRELAND 18 May


  • Focus takes int'l on Cronicas


  • Lord Of War cast rounds out


  • Tarantino to screen 'Japanese edit' of Kill Bill


  • Screen International's Review of the Year 2003


    2003 was the year that Old Europe, to steal from Donald Rumsfeld's war cry, took a reality check in preparation for the New. Local film support apparatuses were re-engineered, national boundaries questioned and distribution-led cinema more fully embraced. Vivendi finally surrendered Universal and with it Europe's ill-advised claim to studio status. It was Goodbye Lenin, but also hello to piracy after 770,000 counterfeit copies of Europe's best picture surfaced on Germany's streets ...
  • Leth parks bike doc in favour of opera opus


    Acclaimed Danish documentary maker and poet Joergen Leth, whose The Five Obstructions, his collaboration with Lars von Trier, is being shown as part of IDFA's special programme and which has been nominated for a European Film Award, has confirmed that he has put his Tour de France project on hold and will instead push ahead with a number of other projects, including one involving von Trier.
  • Dans Grozny Dans wins inaugural cph:dox


    Copenhagen's first international documentary film festival cph:dox, which wrapped this weekend, saw its major awards go to Jos de Putter's Dutch film Dans, Grozny, Dans and Jose Padilha's Brazilian Bus 174.
  • My Architect breaks theatrical record


    Growing evidence of the theatrical viability of documentary films came this week with the US performance of My Architect.
  • Killing Machine named as first EFA 2003 winner


  • More US critics protest MPAA screener ban


    The Chicago Film CriticsAssociation have joined their Los Angeles counterparts is suspending theirend-of-year critics awards in protest over the decision by the Motion PictureAssociation of American to prevent screener tapes from being seen at home by anyoneexcept Oscar voters.
  • UK Film Council supports int'l co-productions


    The UK Film Council is investing a total of £1.7m from its New Cinema Fund in five international co-productions.
  • Film20 assesses EU-expansion in the film industry


    In advance of the second part of its Euro Expansion Conference, to be held in Berlin on October 20 - 21, Germany's Film20 producer lobby group held a press conference in Berlin to set the agenda.
  • Spun, Shottas get UK premieres through ICA, Amnesty


  • Hitler's film-maker Riefenstahl dies at 101


    Leni Riefenstahl, the German filmmaker who became a favourite of Adolf Hitler, has died at the age of 101, the mayor of the town where she lived said on Tuesday.
  • 2003 festival winners list


    Venice 2003 - MainCompetition (Venice 60), feature films
  • Venice 2003 festival winners list


    Venice 2003 - MainCompetition (Venice 60), feature films
  • Venice festival winners list


    Venice 2003 - MainCompetition (Venice 60), feature films
  • Six-hour epic emerges as surprise Italian hit


    A six-hour long epic about the lives of two brothers between 1966 and 2002 has become a surprise sleeper hit in Italy.
  • French admissions in March show weakness


    French cinemaadmissions in March hit 15.47 million, a gain of 3.4% compared with the samemonth last year.
  • Venice star Nadia Zandegiacomo dies, age 35


    Nadia Zandegiacomo of the Venice Film Festival died last week at the age of 35, having succumbed to the cancer that kept her away from the 2002 festival - the first time in ten years that she had not given her invaluable all to the event.
  • Talk To Her triumphs at Bangkok


    Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her took both best film and best director prizes at the first competitive edition of the Bangkok international film festival.
  • UPI to launch video distribution arm in Mexico


    Universal Pictures International (UPI), the London-based international video distribution arm of Universal Pictures, has announced its plans to launch a wholly-owned video distribution operation in Mexico.
  • CineMart unveils 2003 projects


    The CineMart project market (Jan 26-30) held under the umbrella of the Rotterdam film festival, unveiled what its organisers claimed is one of its strongest ever line-ups.
  • Hong Kong film industry hammers out crisis proposals


    The creation of a Hong Kong Film Commission - centralising all of the territory's film support mechanisms - was one of the key proposals to emerge from a crisis conference held by the Hong Kong film industry yesterday (September 18).Conference delegates also suggested that the Hong Kong government underwrite bank loans for film production."We're not asking for subsidies or hand-outs," said John Sham, standing adviser to the Hong Kong Federation of Film Workers which ...
  • The Pornographer forced into double UK video release


    The UK's Tartan Video is to release Bertrand Bonello's The Pornographer on video in two different versions due to the restrictions of the British Video Recordings Act 1984.
  • Hong Kong's film industry appeals for government assistance


    Hong Kong's leading film organisations plan to appeal to the government for help following a sharp downturn in both production levels and box office for domestic films in the first eight months of the year.
  • Hong Kong exhibitors slash ticket prices


    Hong Kong cinemas are slashing ticket prices for the second time this year after a disappointing summer in which box office takings slumped by 36%
  • Deltamac is newest distributor to enter Hong Kong market


    Hong Kong's increasingly competitive distribution sector has a new player Deltamac (HK) Ltd, which will handle the Hong Kong theatrical release of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers in January next year.
  • China Star consolidates ahead of rights issue


    Hong Kong producer-distributor China Star is planning a rights issue to raise around $12m (HK$95m), of which $9.6m (HK$75m) will be pumped into production.
  • DreamWorks threatens legal action over web domain name


    Hollywood entertainment studio DreamWorks is threatening an India internet design firm with the legal action for registering the domain name
  • Iran acts on domestic film crisis


    The dire predicament of Iran's domestic film production and exhibition industry was highlighted this week when deputy minister of culture Hassan Pezeshk revealed a dramatic fall in domestic box-office which has reached such lows that Iranian citizens spent an average of just 40-minutes last year at the cinema.
  • Eschbach gets top sales job at TF1 International


    Didier Sapaut, TF1 International's chief executive has announced the appointment of Nicolas Eschbach as senior vice president, replacing Perrine Teze as top salesman at the French broadcast giant's film sales unit.
  • German pay-TV network attracts 20 takeover suitors


    Investment bank Morgan Stanley has sent out preliminary sales brochures on Premiere to over 20 as-yet-unnamed parties in a bid to secure take-over bids for the ailing German pay-TV platform.
  • Han Entertainment's The Touch shows eastern promise


    Despite stiff competition from Spider-Man, Han Entertainment's The Touch is continuing to perform strongly in China, where it has grossed $2.7m (RMB22m) after 18 days (August 1-18) from 162 screens.
  • AOL takes back full ownership of Warner Bros, HBO


    AOL Time Warner has taken full control of Time Warner Entertainment (TWE), the business that owns Warner Bros. studios and cable channels HBO, Court TV and Comedy Central, with a $9bn acquisition of the telecommunication giant AT&T's 27% stake.
  • Universal Studios faces merger with Malone's cable networks ahead of possible IPO


    John Malone's Liberty Media has reportedly begun exploratory talks with Vivendi Universal with a view to merging some of his cable TV interests with the US entertainment businesses of the beleagured French conglomerate. The combined operation, which would bring Universal Studios, Focus Films and USA Networks under the same roof as the Starz/Encore pay-TV group and the Discovery Channel, would then be spun off in a public float.
  • Canada's Telefilm announces management restructure


    Canada's film and television development agency Telefilm has appointed three new management executives as part of plans to improve its "decision-making, processes and overall performance" announced by executive director Richard Stursberg at Banff in June.
  • Veteran Indian film-maker appeals over 'ridiculous' censorship


    Indian documentary film-maker Anand Patwardhan is appealing to the country's Appellate Tribunal in a bid to overturn a decision by Indian censors that is insisting over 20 cuts be made to his anti-war film War and Peace before it can be shown in Indian cinemas.
  • PowerHouse/Steeple pact on The Sailmaker


    PowerHouse Studios has signed a deal with Steeple Distributions to co-produce two feature films in association with Arama/Zegna Pictures. Steeple will provide funding for the two projects via a $132m letter of credit issued by the Bank of New York.The first co-production will be Shimon Arama's The Sailmaker. To be directed by Sir Richard Attenborough it will star Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. Details of the second film are still under raps.
  • UK box office: best July for 31 years


    UK box office admissions in July were the highest for 31 years, according to the latest figures released by the Cinema Advertising Association.
  • Powerhouse, Steeple pact on The Sailmaker


    PowerHouse Studios has signed a deal with Steeple Distributions to co-produce two feature films in association with Arama/Zegna Pictures. Steeple will provide funding for the two projects via a $132m letter of credit issued by the Bank of New York.The first co-production will be Shimon Arama's The Sailmaker. To be directed by Sir Richard Attenborough it will star Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. Details of the second film are still under raps.
  • Japan plans $22m boost for local films


    The Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs is asking the government to double its spend on local film this year in a bid to boost domestic film production.
  • Fox lifts otherwise mournful News Corp


    Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation today reported widening full year losses of $6.26bn (2001: $445m) after the company was forced to write down the value of its stakes in ailing interactive TV company Gemstar, insolvent KirchMedia and Italian pay-TV broadcaster Stream.
  • Constantin exits Escape Artist deal


    Munich-based producer-distributor Constantin Film yesterday said it had prematurely terminated a two-year output deal with US producer Escape Artists as a result of changes to its product sourcing strategy.
  • Deauville announces line-up


    The Deauville Festival of American Film (Aug 30-Sept 8) unveiled a strong competition section of US independents and a starry line-up for its (French) premieres section.
  • San Sebastian announces line-up for Zabaltegi sidebar


    San Sebastian announces line-up for Zabaltegi sidebarCannes' Palme D'Or winner The Pianist and Berlin's Golden Bear success Bloody Sunday among 16 featured films for Festivals Top strandThe Donostia-San Sebastian Film festival has announced the line-up for this year's Festival's Top strand, part of its Zabaltegi sidebar.According to San Sebastian organisers, the Festivals' Top ...
  • Third consortium joins KirchMedia race


    A group that includes existing minority shareholders has become the third party to enter the bidding for the core assets of insolvent German media outfit KirchMedia.
  • Hong Kong's B&S to join growth enterprise market with 100 million shares


    Producer-distributor B&S Films has unveiled plans to join the long list of Hong Kong film companies listed on the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM).
  • Geisler/Roberdeau option McCain POW memoir


    Bobby Geisler and JohnRoberdeau, the New York producing duo who were last involved in TerrenceMalick's The Thin Red Line, haveoptioned the movie rights to Faith Of My Fathers, the best-selling Vietnam prisoner of war memoirwritten by John McCain, the high-profile US Senator for Arizona.Written with Mark Salter,McCain's book is the story of what he learned from his grandfather andfather - both four-star admirals in the US Navy ...
  • Japanese debut wins Paris festival's top prize


  • Microsoft readies new films on the net offensive


    Software giant Microsoft has set its sights on the movie and TV distribution business, backed by an enhanced version of its Windows Media Player that will allow feature films to be delivered via the internet.
  • EasyGroup promises price competition at UK BO


    Innovation in the form of price competition could be introduced to the UK theatrical market if Stellios Haji-Ioannou succeeds in expanding his Easy Group empire into cinema.
  • Losses pile up at fallen stars of Neuer Markt


    German companies' stars have waned with stunning speed in the last 12-18 months, making the Neuer Markt an ominous label today, when previously it was a badge that suggested dynamism and wealth.
  • Shaw to press on with Movie City studio project


    The venerable Shaw Brothers group is to press on with plans to build Movie City, a $109m (HK$850m) studio complex in Hong Kong's Tseung Kwan O district.
  • Middle East's Showtime buys package for PPV


    Middle Eastern pay-TV network Showtime has acquired a large package of Arabic films for broadcast on its new pay-per-view (PPV) channels.
  • Cannes, Positif to honour Alain Resnais


    The Cannes festival (May 15-25) is to honour one of its all time favourites and right a slight that dates back 34 years.
  • Nanni Moretti to give lecture at Cannes


    Last year's Palme d'Or winner, Nanni Moretti will return to the Croisette to give the Cinema Lesson (La Lecon Du Cinema) at this year's Cannes Festival.
  • A Rumor Of Angels


  • Danes grab limelight at Berlin's Kinderfilmfest


    Denmark has a strong presence at next month's 25th anniversary edition of Kinderfilmfest at the Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Fantasporto festival unveils genre selection


    Jack the Ripper story From Hell, Angel de la Cruz's Spanish 3D computer animation El Bosque Animado and German hit Das Experiment are amongst the films in the official section at leading European fantasy and genre festival, Fantasporto.
  • David Lynch to head Cannes jury


    David Lynch, whose Mulholland Drive is just starting a successful European release, is to head the jury of this year's Cannes film festival (15-26 May).
  • Parker, Kingsley knighted in UK honours list


    Alan Parker, the veteran film director, and actor Ben Kingsley were named as Knights Bachelor in the UK's New Year's honours list.
  • UK BO climbs in Q3, despite terror, economy


    Ronny Yu's The 51st State opened to a strong reception from UK audiences over the weekend. But it was unable to dethrone reigning box office king, Harry Potter.
  • Shrek sells $110m in three-day home video frenzy


  • EFA Watch: stars flock to Berlin award ceremony


    Stars newly confirmed to attend the European Film Awards in Berlin on December 1 include Germany's Maria Schrader whose latest film is Rosenstrasse; Maria Bonnevie (Sweden, I Am Dina, Dragonfly [aka Oyenstikker]); Joely Richardson (UK, The Affair Of The Necklace); Fabrizio Gifuni (Italy, L'Amore Probabilmente); Paul Rhys (UK, From Hell); Renee Soutendijk (Netherlands, Dial 9 For Love, With Great Joy [Met Grote Blijdschap]); Udo Kier ...
  • Pressman's ContentFilm hires Tulley, Roban


    Ed Pressman and John Schmidt's digital production and distribution outfit ContentFilm has hired Douglas Tulley as the company's chief financial officer and Michael Roban as head of business affairs.
  • Brenda Johns hired as Warner int'l distrib exec


    Brenda Johns has been named vice president, international distribution at Warner Bros Pictures.
  • UIP chiefs Oneile, Cripps sign for five more years


    United International Pictures (UIP) chairman Paul Oneile and president Andrew Cripps have both renewed their contracts with the company, taking them through to 2006.
  • Rave Macbeth shines for US' Constellation


    US indie distributor Constellation Entertainment has picked up Rave Macbeth, an all digital filming of Shakespeare's Macbeth transposed to the modern day rave dance scene.
  • BAFTA LA ceremony postponed five months


    Political events have caused the postponement of the BAFTA LA Britannia Awards until April 12.
  • Behind The Sun, Lagaan, Atanarjuat join Oscar race


    Walter Salles' Behind The Sun, Cannes Camera d'Or winner Atanarjuat The Fast Runner and epic cricketing film Lagaan have joined an increasingly promising line-up as India, Canada and four Latin American countries unveiled their Oscar hopefuls.
  • MIFED: UK's Film Company enjoys bumper sales


    Defying the economic and political gloom, UK foreign sales outfit The Film Company enjoyed a busy MIFED.
  • Film-makers protest Iran's treatment of Milani


    Film-makers' association Facets Multimedia, critics group FIPRESCI and dozens of film directors have voiced their support for jailed Iranian auteur Tahmineh Milani, who faces execution over her recent film The Hidden Half.
  • MIFED: Paradiso nets magnificent seven for Benelux


    Territories making themselves noticed this MIFED by the numbers and activity of their buyers included Benelux, Turkey and Russia. One company from Benelux was particularly busy.
  • Belgian Film Archive wins funding reprieve


    Belgium's federal government decided today to increase annual subsidies to the Royal Belgian Film Archives and Cinematheque by 70% to $1.7m (Euros2m). This comes into effect from 2002.
  • Canal Plus Group hires Parize, Jezequel


    Vivendi Universal subsidiary, Canal Plus Group has appointed Isabelle Parize as chief operating officer of Canal Plus Distribution and Jean-Francois Jezequel as senior vice president, technology.
  • Steve Golin files suit against Kinowelt


    A war of words has erupted between US producer Steve Golin and German powerhouse Kinowelt USA and Kinowelt Productions.
  • Cannes sales deals


    Skouras Films has picked up US rights to two pictures - Pavel Lounguine's The Wedding (La Noce) from Flach Pyramide International and Clara Law's The Goddess Of 1967 from Fortissimo Film Sales.
  • Cannes expands out-of-competition line-up


    Three more titles have been added to the Cannes festival sidebar Un Certain Regard while the organisers have also announced a special open-air screening of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie From Montmartre, which goes on French release tomorrow (Wed, April 25).
  • Nouvelle Vague meets New Vanguard on Croisette


    This year's Cannes Film Festival presents an intriguing clash between enfant terribles of world cinema past and present, as old guard auteurs take on a bevy of recent Croisette favourites plus a smattering of unknown quantities and the first ever Hollywood animation in competition.
  • Warner Bros. creates new position in marketing


    Diane Nelson has been promoted to senior vice president of family entertainment for Warner Bros. corporate marketing and planning. In her newly created position, she will report to Sandy Reisenbach, executive vice president of marketing and planning.
  • Zucker upped to senior exec VP at Columbia TriStar


    Mark Zucker has been promoted to senior executive vice president of distribution for Columbia TriStar Film Distributors Intl.
  • Village Cinemas Int'l appeals against ruling


    Cinema operator Village Cinemas International (VCI) is facing a possible multi-million dollar payout to Charles Wesoky, former consultant for the company in Europe for breach of contract, according to the Australian Associated Press.
  • Stolen Summer wins Damon and Affleck's Greenlight


    Dino De Laurentiis will be the chairman and keynote speaker at the Montreal World Film Festival's annual industry forum, the Film Market Conference.
  • UK cinema chain exploits uncertain climate


    Amid cinema consolidation in the US and a nine per-cent downturn in the UK television advertising market in the first seven weeks of 2001, UK exhibition giant Warner Village Cinemas has secured a proven vehicle for increasing brand awareness. The company has signed a $1,455,400 (£1m) deal to sponsor the London Weekend Television (LWT) regional weather slot for a 12 month campaign.


    SULLIVAN UNVEILS THREE PROJECTS FOR NEW FEATURE ARMToronto-based Sullivan Entertainment Group has put forward three projects,including an animated version of its Anne Of Green Gables franchise, for production through its newly-launched feature film division. The first project, the $8m Anne: The Animated Movie set for completion in September, is slated for a Christmas release this year or in 2002. Next up is Famous Last Words, based on the novel by Canadian author ...
  • Gladiator dominates Baftas, but Bell is best actor


    Jamie Bell, the young star of Stephen Daldry's featurefilm debut, Billy Elliot, has won the Bafta award for best leading actor- despite having been overlooked in the Oscar nominations.
  • Video keeps VCL profits on course


    While Germany's VCL Film + Medien has flagged ambitions to move into the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia and last year made a splash on the production finance scene, the company delivered on-target results powered by its German home entertainment business. Rated Germany's number two video distributor with a 12.2% market share, VCL saw its video and DVD grow 25% from Euros36.4m to Euros45.5m.
  • Additional Berlin Film Festival prizes


    Additional prizes at the 51st Berlin International Film Festival
  • Danny Boyle to speak at UK's Production Show


    Danny Boyle, whose credits include Trainspotting and The Beach and who is now editing two digital films for BBC2, will be discussing his career at the Production Show Movie Day on March 14 at London's Olympia.
  • Ozon rounds up femmes for next project


    Acclaimed French auteur Francois Ozon has unveiled a stellar cast for his next film Huit Femmes. Pitched as a femme whodunnit involving a murder committed on Christmas Eve, the film is set to star Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Beart, Virginie Ledoyen, Isabelle Huppert, Fanny Ardant, Danielle Darrieux, Vahina Goicante and Firmine Richard.
  • Vivendi Universal to withdraw from BSkyB board


    Vivendi Universal is reportedly planning to pull its board director from UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB next month, as the first move in a strategic exit from the company.
  • Belgian film to receive tax shelter boost


    Belgium's federal government will unveil plans next week for a tax shelter aimed at attracting private investors to participate in the production of feature films, documentaries and TV series. A press conference, during which Belgium's minister of finance Didier Reynders will outline the tax scheme, is scheduled for January 23.
  • European parliament to examine film policy


    Belgian MEP Luckas Vander Taelen has been assigned to draw up a parliamentary report looking at the European Union's policy towards film, as part of a broader debate on Europe's future audiovisual policy.
  • Ted Turner moves on stake in Russia's NTV station


    CNN founder Ted Turner has emerged as the front-runner to buy a stake in leading Russian independent TV station NTV after rival Rupert Murdoch decided not to pursue talks, according to wire reports on Wednesday.
  • Berlin Children's Festival readies global line-up


    Films from the US, Italy, Iran and Spain are understood to be joining titles from the UK and Scandinavia in next month’s Children’s Film Festival sidebar at the Berlin International Film Festival.
  • World-wide line-up set for Berlin's Panorama


    Films from Sweden, Germany, the UK, Thailand, Korea, Argentina and Switzerland are among the first titles understood to have been selected for the Panorama section of February's Berlin International Film Festival.
  • AOL, Time Warner merger faces regulatory delay


    AOL and Time Warner stocks slipped over the holiday period as investors tried to limit tax losses and the two would-be partners were left waiting for approval for their mega-merger from US regulators.
  • Tom Tykwer heads Brussels line-up


  • Peter Mullan heads to Rotterdam's CineMart


    Peter Mullan's Magdalene will be one of the projects seeking financing partners at CineMart, the industry market at January's International Film Festival Rotterdam.
  • Iranian culture minister Mohajerani resigns


    Iran's culture minister, Ataollah Mohajerani, has resigned in a move which observers claim will have serious consequences for the country's freedom of expression.
  • Meet The Parents charms German box office


    UIP's Meet The Parents began its international roll-out by shooting straight to the top of the German box office chart, with a four-day gross of $2.51m (DM5.54m) from 356 screens. The film's healthy opening screen average of $7,064 is the third highest of the year in Germany behind Mission: Impossible 2 ($8,804) and American Pie ($8,655), although both films opened on more screens (893 and 615 respectively).
  • E-M-S New Media acquires stake in Advanced


    Rapidly-expanding German video and DVD distributor E-M-S New Media has secured a flow of top-flight US and European product by acquiring a 24.7% stake in film licence trader Advanced Medien, with an option to buy an additional 13%.
  • Ajax documentary withdrawn from Dutch cinemas


    Arthouse cinemas in the Dutch cities of The Hague, Groningen and Utrecht have pulled Roel van Dalen's feature-length documentary Ajax: Where They Heard Angels Sings off their screens following anonymous threats from football hooligans.
  • UPC's Chello abandons merger with Excite


    Broadband internet supplier Chello, owned by Dutch cable giant UPC, has called off its plans to merge with the international arm of similar US group Excite@Home.
  • United invests $30m in Creative Planet


    UK-based United News & Media has acquired a $30m stake in Creative Planet, a web-based entertainment industry resource backed by several high-profile venture capital firms.
  • Russia calls in Interpol to track down Gusinsky


    Russian authorities have reportedly asked Interpol to put embattled Media Most chief Vladimir Gusinsky, who is currently living abroad, on an international wanted list, in connection with fraud charges.
  • Crouching Tiger sweeps Golden Horse Awards


    Ang Lee's Oscar-tipped Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon walked away with six awards including best picture at the Golden Horse Awards - Taiwan's equivalent of the Oscars - on Saturday night.
  • Kirch in talks to buy majority stake in EM.TV


    Germany's Kirch Group is in negotiations to acquire a majority stake in local family entertainment rights trader EM.TV & Merchandising, which earlier this year swallowed The Jim Henson Company and 50% of Formula One motor racing company SLEC.
  • UK's Skillset launches new entrants scheme


    UK training body Skillset's one-year-old Skills Investment Fund (SIF) is backing a new scheme to support film industry trainees in the craft and technical fields.
  • First Film Foundation launches Feedback initiative


    The UK's First Film Foundation and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation are launching a screenwriting programme, entitled First Feedback, which will provide development support for 12 writers.
  • Culture ministers greenlight Media Plus budget


    EU culture ministers have voted unanimously to accept a budget of Euros400m for the European Commission's audiovisual programme MEDIA Plus.
  • Dutch drama All Stars shines at Int'l Emmys


    Dutch TV series All Stars was the surprise winner in the drama category at this year's International Emmys in New York on Monday night (Nov 20), beating hotly tipped UK mini-series Warriors, which has already clinched several major awards so far this year.
  • Saudi prince in talks for Sky Global stake


    Saudi financier Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is in talks to invest in Rupert Murdoch's global satellite business, Sky Global Networks, according to the UK's Financial Times.
  • Taiwan's Eastern, Pacific team for digital TV


    A potent pay-TV rights buying force emerged in Taiwan this week after two of the country's most powerful communications groups announced they would combine to launch a $200m digital TV joint venture.
  • EIB set to unveil audiovisual fund


    Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture and Audiovisual Policy, has announced that the EU's European Investment Bank (EIB) will unveil details of a venture capital fund for film and TV production within the next two weeks.
  • Bertelsmann, EMI confirm merger talks


    Germany's Bertelsmann and UK music company EMI have confirmed that they are in talks about merging their music assets. Privately-owned Bertelsmann has reportedly proposed folding its music arm into EMI in return for a majority stake in the company, which is listed on London's Stock Exchange.
  • Contact 2000 co-production market unveils line-up


    Contact Europe 2000, a co-production market aiming to connect North American and European projects with potential financiers from both regions, has announced a line-up of 22 projects for its second edition, set to roll November 24-26 in Berlin.
  • Daldry renews pact with Working Title


    Hot UK director Stephen Daldry, whose debut Billy Elliot has become both a critical and box office sensation on home turf, has signed a three-year deal with Working Title Films to direct a minimum of two films.
  • Bertelsmann restructure prompts top execs to quit


    BMG Entertainment's top two executives - chairman Michael Dornemann and president and CEO Strauss Zelnick - are leaving their posts as part of a wide-ranging reorganisation of parent company Bertelsmann.
  • Blue Dolphin to reissue MGM library titles


    The UK's Blue Dolphin Film & Video is teaming up with Hollywood Classics and MGM to handle and distribute the MGM Library, which incorporates MGM/UA, Orion, PolyGram and Cannon for theatrical and non-theatrical distribution in the UK.
  • UK regulator appoints Morris as policy director


    The Independent Television Commission, which regulates private TV in the UK, has appointed Dominic Morris to the new position of director of policy. Morris has been controller, policy development at the BBC since 1996, where he was responsible for leading the corporate policy function of the public broadcaster covering both UK and European policy and new technologies.
  • Rosetta takes honours at Belgian Oscars


    Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's Rosetta took four Joseph Plateau Awards for Belgian Cinema at this year's 16th edition of the Night Of Cinema Musica, dubbed the Belgian Oscars. The Palme d'Or winning film picked up the prizes for best actress, best director, best film and top grossing Belgian film. Meanwhile, Dominique Deruddere's Everybody Famous was selected as this year's Belgian entry for the foreign-language Oscars.
  • Microsoft in talks for Sky Global stake


    Microsoft is in talks to take a small minority stake in Rupert Murdoch's global satellite platform Sky Global Networks, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Amores Perros takes top prize at Flanders


    Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's Amores Perros took the Grand Prize of the Flemish Community at the 27th Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent.
  • ONdigital postpones float; doubles subscribers


    UK digital terrestrial broadcaster ONdigital has reportedly postponed its planned flotation until next spring, due to unfavourable market conditions and parent company Granada Media's recent share slide.
  • UPC in talks to buy Germany's Tele-Columbus


    Dutch cable giant UPC has confirmed that it is in talks with Deutsche Bank to acquire Germany's second-largest cable TV company, Tele-Columbus, in a deal worth about $1.3bn.
  • Lachlan Murdoch rises at News Corp


    Rupert Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan Murdoch, has been appointed deputy COO at News Corp, making him the company's third highest ranking executive behind his father and president and COO Peter Chernin.
  • Leak bags four Golden Calves at Netherlands fest


    Jean van de Velde's Leak (Lek) grabbed four top awards, including the Golden Calves for best feature and best director, at this year's 20th Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht (September 20-29).
  • Vivendi reports 67% rise in first-half profits


    France's Vivendi, currently awaiting approval from the European Commission (EC) for its proposed merger with Seagram, has reported a 67% rise in first-half profit to Euros1.4bn on turnover up 16% to Euros19.4bn. The growth came mostly from Vivendi's SFR mobile phones unit.
  • News Corp unveils Liberty Media tie-up


    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has confirmed that it plans to strengthen ties with John Malone's Liberty Media by acquiring its 21% stake in Gemstar-TV Guide.
  • AtomFilms links with Jonze, DiCaprio


    Director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) has joined the advisory board of on-line distributor AtomFilms and will create three original shorts for exclusive distribution by the company.
  • InternetStudios ups McKean; completes merger

    27-Sep-2000, the LA-based web-site for licensing film and TV distribution rights and tracking entertainment industry data, has promoted Alex McKean to the position of vice president of finance. He was formerly director of finance for the company.
  • cancels $50m float

    27-Sep-2000, which offers movies for download over high-speed internet connections, has reportedly cancelled its planned $50m initial public offering due to unfavourable market conditions.
  • Tokyo festival bolsters Asian cinema selection


    Only days after actor-director Takeshi Kitano launched a rival festival of Asian and indie cinema, the region's leading film event the Tokyo International Film Festival is upping its focus on local films.
  • Star TV buys 26% stake in Indian cable operator


    Rupert Murdoch's Star TV is strengthening its position as a programme provider in the competitive Indian market by buying a 26% stake in local cable TV operator Hathway Cable and Datacom Private, according to wire reports.
  • Tom Sherak joins Roth's Revolution


    Tom Sherak has resigned as chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment's US film group to join former Walt Disney Co film chief Joe Roth at Roth's start-up production outfit Revolution Studios.
  • Film Consortium confirmed as partner on 51st State


    Canada's Alliance Atlantis and the UK's Momentum Pictures have confirmed that UK studio franchise The Film Consortium has boarded their $28m action comedy 51st State (ScreenDaily, August 17).
  • UA Theatres files for bankruptcy protection


    United Artists Theatres Company has become the latest US exhibitor to run into financial trouble, filing for protection from creditors under US bankruptcy law while it reorganises to reduce debt and expenses.
  • Merger talks between Ifilm, fizzle out


    On-line film company and long-delayed entertainment web-site have reportedly ended their merger talks which were first revealed last week.
  • KirchPayTV offloads stake in BSkyB


    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB's shares slid to a three-month low yesterday after Germany's KirchPayTV sold its remaining 3.1% stake in the company for $862m (£594.5m).
  • China reportedly to create cable TV giant


    China plans to merge its estimated 2,000 cable companies, which reach 90% of its 1.2bn population, into a singe entity according to a report in the China Daily newspaper.
  • Bleeder, Torowisko among Sarajevo winners


    Danish picture Bleeder, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, won the FIPRESCI prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival last week (August 18-26) while the Regional Programme jury gave their award to Poland's Urszula Urbaniak for Torowisko.
  • Fintage House to make InternetStudios e-safe


    UK-based Fintage House, which provides financial services to the entertainment industry, has reached an agreement with InternetStudios under which it will handle all financial transactions for the company's OnlineFilmSales web-site.
  • Goteborg fest launches fund for Bosnian producers


    The Goteborg Film Festival is playing a hand in rebuilding Bosnia-Herzegovina's film industry with the creation of the CineBosnia Film Fund, launched at this week's Sarajevo Film Festival (August 18-27).
  • German state of Hessen to launch production fund


    The German state of Hessen is planning to launch a $7m (DM15m) fund to support commercial film and television production in the region from next year.
  • Radcliffe revealed as the real Harry Potter


    UK actor Daniel Radcliffe has been cast as Harry Potter in Warner Bros' Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, scotching rumours over the weekend that fellow Brit Gabriel Thomson had clinched the role.
  • Leipzig documentary fest to open with Happiness


    A gala screening of a restored print of Alexander Medvedkin's silent classic Happiness (Stschastje) from 1934 will open this year's International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation Films (October 17-22).
  • UPC reports lower than expected losses


    Dutch cabler UPC's shares surged 11% today when it reported lower than expected second-quarter net losses of Euros368.2m against analysts' estimates of Euros440m. However the result was more than five times its losses of Euros72.9m in the same quarter last year.
  • Igel Media launches London-based sales arm


    German family entertainment rights trader Igel Media has opened a London-based international sales arm to be headed by current international sales chief Edward Galton.
  • News Corp set to acquire Chris-Craft


    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has outbid Viacom to acquire US TV station owner Chris-Craft Industries and its subsidiaries for $5.35bn.
  • Rotterdam ups den Hamer to co-director post


    Sandra den Hamer has been promoted to the position of co-director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, alongside current director Simon Field.
  • AtomFilms taps Shields to head European expansion


    AtomFilms has appointed Mikael Shields to the newly created post of senior vice president of entertainment - Europe, based at the company's European headquarters in London.
  • Endemol sells stake in Spanish internet portal


    Dutch production outfit Endemol Entertainment is to sell its 25% stake in Spanish-language internet portal to one of the company's major shareholders.
  • Tykwer makes it twice with Sony Classics


  • Winstar acquires US rights to A One And A Two


    New York-based Winstar Communications has acquired North American rights to Edward Yang's A One And A Two (Yi Yi), which picked up the best director award at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
  • Murdoch lines up Sky Global partners


    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is reportedly close to acquiring a minority stake in Kirch Media, raising speculation that the German media giant will in turn become a shareholder in Murdoch's proposed international pay-TV platform Sky Global Networks.
  • De Mol to remain Endemol chairman and CEO


    Endemol Entertainment chief John de Mol has decided to remain chairman and CEO of the Dutch production outfit alongside his new position as chief creative officer (CCO).
  • Crown Media launches Hallmark in Israel


    The US' Crown Media Holdings has launched 24-hour movie channel Hallmark Entertainment Network in Israel in partnership with local cablers Matav, Tevel and Golden Channels.
  • Locarno president Buffi dies suddenly


    Giuseppe Buffi, president of the Locarno International Film Festival and head of the local state government, has died of a heart attack. He was due to open this year's Locarno on August 2.
  • Vivendi, Seagram file merger for EC approval


    Vivendi, Canal Plus and Seagram have filed their planned merger for European Commission (EC) approval, an EC spokesperson confirmed today.
  • EC greenlights Telefonica's Endemol buy-out


    The European Commission has waved through Spanish telco Telefonica's proposed takeover of Dutch production company Endemol Entertainment which made headlines across Europe when it was first unveiled in March (Screendaily, March 20).
  • Messier threatens to veto Sky Global deal


    Vivendi chief Jean-Marie Messier is threatening not to contribute his 20% stake in UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB to Rupert Murdoch's planned digital distribution company Sky Global Networks, according to French reports.
  • Canal Plus shareholders oppose merger terms


    ADAM, a group of activists which lobby on behalf of minority shareholder rights in France, says it will oppose the three-way merger of Canal Plus, Vivendi and Seagram.
  • Shareholders back AOL, Time Warner merger


    America Online's merger with Time Warner took a step towards completion this autumn after shareholders at both companies voted on Friday in favour of the mega-deal.
  • Mechanic quits Fox


    Bill Mechanic, the veteran chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment who backed Titanic, has quit.
  • BT on the look-out for content companies


    UK telco British Telecommunications (BT) is mulling the possibility of acquiring media companies to supply its proposed broadband services, according to a report on Reuters.
  • Baker quits COO post at USA Networks


    Barry Baker has resigned from his post as president and COO of USA Networks. Baker joined the company in January 1999 to pull together its diverse assets, but said the time had come for him to run a company of his own.
  • Phoenix schedules float to fund expansion drive


    Chinese-language broadcaster Phoenix Satellite Television aims to raise up to $120m (HK$938m) from an initial public offering to fund ambitious expansion plans including the launch of three new channels, a new production base and an internet portal.
  • EM.TV completes Formula 1 offering


    German TV and rights group EM.TV & Merchandising has completed the secondary share offering it launched in connection with the acqusition of a 50% interest in Formula 1 (F1).
  • Karlovy Vary to feature Big Animal premiere


    Highlights in the international competition section for the 35th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 5-15) include the world premiere of Big Animal, directed by well-known Polish actor Jerzy Stuhr from the first script by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski.
  • James Murdoch to become chief of Star TV


    James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch's youngest son, has been named chairman and chief executive of News Corp's Asian television platform Star TV.
  • Miller signs up for Dimension's Dracula


    Jonny Lee Miller has signed to star in Dimension Films' Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000, joining Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Esposito and singer Vitamin C in the latest re-telling of the Bram Stoker classic.
  • High Point, Film Company expand team


    The UK's High Point & The Film Company Group has appointed Chris Bluett to the position of film sales executicve. Bluett, who was previously a senior researcher for Celador Productions' Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, has been working with the the group's sales team for the past year.
  • Artifical Eye snags four Cannes titles


    The UK's Artificial Eye picked up four films at Cannes, including Jury Prize winner Blackboards by Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf.
  • Metrodome, DBC launch Internet rights company


    The UK's Metrodome Group and pay-per-view broadcaster Digital Broadcasting Co (DBC) have teamed up to launch an Internet TV rights company called ProgramNet. Each of the partners will own 50% of the joint venture.
  • Gielgud dies aged 96


    Actor Sir John Gielgud, whose career spanned eight decades and roles as diverse as Lear and Hobson the butler in Arthur, died peacefully at his home in Buckinghamshire west of London yesterday. He was 96.
  • Fox trots with Roth again'


    The Fox Broadcasting network is believed to have acquired the US free TV rights to the package of studio-level films being put together by former Disney chief Joe Roth.
  • Endemol reports 36% increase in interim profits


    Dutch production giant Endemol Entertainment has reported an impressive 36.4% rise in profit, before extraordinary gains and losses, to $20.9m (NLG48.3m) in the first half of the 1999-2000 financial year, compared to $15.3m (NLG35.4m) in the corresponding period in 1998-1999.
  • Cannes competition tilts towards Asia


    Opening with Roland Joffe's French period drama Vatel and closing with Canadian Denys Arcand's highly-touted Stardom, this year's Cannes Film Festival line-up promises a cinematic showcase of truly international dimensions including an astonishing seven Palme D'Or contenders from the Far East.
  • MIP-TV: Japan's Tohokushinsha takes ITC classics


    UK-based TV distributor Carlton International Media (CIM) has sealed a $3m licensing deal with Japan's Tohokushinsha Film Corp covering broadcast, video and merchandising rights to a package of films and TV programming from the ITC library.
  • Schnedecker appointed to head up TCM France


    Turner Broadcasting-owned classic movies channel TCM Europe has appointed Eric Schnedecker as director of its French-language service, available in France, French-speaking Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Mauritius.
  • Telefonica delays media subsidiary float


    Juan Villalonga, president of Spanish multimedia giant Telefonica, announced at a shareholders meeting on Friday (April 7) that the company has postponed its planned flotation of audiovisual unit, Telefoncia Media, due to concerns over falling prices for media and Internet stock.
  • Jim Henson appoints Blake to US development post


    The Jim Henson Company, which was recently acquired by German powerhouse EM.TV, has appointed Juliet Blake as senior vice president, creative affairs at Jim Henson Television.
  • Pollock replaces Ashmore at UIP South-East Asia


    UIP has appointed Roger Pollock as vice president, sales for South-East Asia, replacing Steve Ashmore who left the company earlier this week - reportedly as part of a cost-cutting exercise following MGM's withdrawal from the joint distribution venture.
  • Bird swoops on top prize at Fribourg


  • Disney ups Johnson as de Villiers resigns


    The Walt Disney Co. has promoted Michael Johnson to the post of president of Walt Disney International while the overseas outfit's European chief Etienne de Villiers has resigned.
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  • Lyall named VP, Universal TV Australia


    Martin Lyall has been appointed vice president, Australasia, at Universal International Television.
  • Daily takes up Universal Video marketing post


    Universal Pictures International Video (UPIV) has appointed Mary Daily to the post of president of marketing.Daily will be based in London and report to UPIV president Peter Smith. She will be responsible for all marketing activity on Universal, DreamWorks and third-party acquisitions video product.Daily joins UPIV from 20th Century Fox where she was vice president, marketing for Europe. Previous to this she was marketing director for Fox Video's UK division.

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