All articles by Elisabeth Knowles – Page 2

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    Curse Of The Golden Flower closes Glasgow Film Fest


    The Glasgow Film Festival closed on Sunday Feb 25th with a coup - the sell-out UK premiere of Zhang Yimou's Curse of The Golden Flower. The festival, now in its third year, has reportedly seen an increase of 60 per cent in audience admissions, translating to approximately 14,000 ticket sales.The ...

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    World Circuit Records launches a film division


    The four-time Grammy Award-winning independent record label today announced the launch of World Circuit Films, an in-house production company dedicated to the creation of music-related films for theatrical, television, DVD and digital release.The company will be headed by Rosa Bosch, who was previously deputy director of the London Film Festival ...

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    FDA reports UK film industry is thriving


    According to figures released today by the Film Distributor's Association, an average of ten films a week were released in the UK last year (505 up from 467) with a print-and-advertising spend of $588.6 million (£300m) in 2006. The UK 's 2006 box-office return was equivalent to that of 2005 ...

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    BitTorrent goes legit, making deal with major movie houses


    BitTorrent Inc, the San Francisco based company that created the software used to download pirated blockbusters from the internet, has entered into a licensing agreement with some of America's top studios in an attempt to dramatically decrease blackmarket activity. Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Lionsgate are ...

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    Penketh High makes indie feature Days


    Over 500 teachers and students at an innovative high school in Warrington, England, combined talents to make a full-length feature film in eight months on a budget of about $11,700-$13,600 (£6000-£7000). Local businesses and organisations also got behind the production. Project co-ordinator Jonathon Kay said the project was the first ...

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    Cartwright joins Lionsgate UK home entertainment division


    Nicola Cartwright has been promoted to the newly created role of Commercial Director of the UK's Lionsgate Home Entertainment Division. Cartwright has worked in home entertainment since 2000, where she rose through the marketing ranks at MGM Home Entertainment (UK), where as Senior Product Manager she took on key releases ...

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    Thandie Newton launches Film Club for UK schoolchildren


    Chancellor Gordon Brown, Thandie Newton and film directors Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland) and Beeban Kidron (Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason) today launched Film Club, which aims to expose 10,000 primary and secondary schoolchildren in the UK to the joys of film. Funded and supported by the UK ...

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    The Hospital launches 2007 Audi Channel Reel Talent Awards


    Original screenplays are now being accepted for the Reel Talent short-film competition, which is the only incentive in the UK to finance and facilitate the production of its finalists' films.In conjunction with London-based creative community and member's club The Hospital, Audi's 24-hour digital television channel is hosting the awards in ...

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    Memorial service to be held for Andi Engel


    Renoir Cinema in London 's Brunswick Square will host a memorial service at 12 noon on Wednesday March 7, 2007, to celebrate the life and achievements of Andi Engel, who died aged 68 in Lubeck, Germany on December 26 last year. With his wife Pam, Engel founded Artificial Eye, the ...

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    Police raid pirate film factory, seize over 6000 DVDs


    A 42-year-old man has been arrested following a raid of a private house in Heywood, Greater Manchester. Police seized 40 DVD burners, three computers, printers, over 6000 counterfeit DVDs and £5000 in cash that were found on the premises. The operation was conducted by Greater Manchester Police in conjunction with ...

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    UK pirate DVD sellers given deportation notices


    Six Chinese nationals who were arrested on February 1 in Hackney, East London, on charges of film piracy and breach of copyright have since been identified as being in the UK illegally and served deportation notices.The two men and four women, who all pleaded guilty to charges related to selling ...

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    AAM signs digital download deal with Artificial Eye


    Digital film distribution service Arts Alliance Media has signed an exclusive three-year deal to release distributor Artificial Eye's product in the UK and Ireland as download-to-rent and download-to-own content. AAM will digitise, encrypt, and offer piracy protection for Artificial Eye's films, which will be available in the coming months from ...

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    Potsdam animation festival to present 41 films


    The Cartoon Movie 2007 business forum will present 500 participants with a selection of 41 features with an overall budget of almost $391m (Euros300m) in an attempt to boost finance and distribution for European animated films.In its ninth year, the festival convenes at Germany's Babelsberg Studio from March 7-9 and ...

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    Sky Anytime sees one million movie downloads in first year


    Europe's leading broadband video download service Sky Anytime showed phenomenal sales interest in its first 12 months with its one millionth movie, Flight Plan, downloaded on January 14.Sky Anytime offers its 250,000 registered customers on-demand access to product from Sky Movies, Sky One Entertainment, documentary series and events from Sky ...

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    UK industry veteran Jim Sturgeon dies after illness


    Creative Partnership founder Jim Sturgeon died January 10 after a long illness. Well-known and respected among his peers, Sturgeon co-founded the UK's Creative Partnership with Chris Fowler in 1979 as a 'one-stop shop' to produce trailers, posters, radio and TV commercials for the film industry.Says Fowler, 'Under his direction, the ...

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    John Burgess wins Haydenfilms online shorts awards


    Haydenfilms 2.0 Film Festival culminated in the presentation of a $10,000 prize to John Burgess for The Powderpuff Principle at New York 's Director's Guild Theatre on Jan 11. Writer-director Burgess graduated in 2005 from USC 's School of Cinema-Television then worked in sales and marketing and as a producer ...

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    Taichi Fukuda appointed to lead NBC Universal's strategic growth in Japan


    As NBC Universal International's new Managing Director, Japan Representative, Fukuda will be based in Tokyo and work with the heads of various divisions to maximise the company's growth potential. These divisions include home-entertainment arm Universal Pictures Japan, TV and New Media Distribution, Mobile Entertainment and CNBC. Fukuda holds an MBA ...

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    Germany's K5 Film expands reach with K5 International


    Film sales veteran Bill Stephens has partnered with production company K5 Film to form a new international sales company. K5 International promises four to six features per year with budgets up to $20m. In a joint statement by Stephens and his partners Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur, it was revealed ...

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    Shooting starts on Rise Of The Footsoldier


    Principal photography began December 10, 2006 on Rise Of The Footsoldier, a British crime epic about East London villain Carleton Leach. Written by Julian and William Gilbey, the film is scheduled for a six-week shoot on location at Three Mills Studios in East London and Essex. Its ensemble cast includes ...

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    Ewan McGregor signs on to Jackboots On Whitehall


    London 's Swipe Films has announced that Ewan McGregor will play the lead in their new indie comedy feature.Jackboots On Whitehall is a WWII spoof that tells what could have happened had the Germans won the Battle of Britain but were ultimately defeated by the Scots. 'Ewan will play a ...