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Oscars: Germany Selects ‘System Crasher’ for International Feature Film Award

Germany has chosen Nora Fingscheidt’s “System Crasher” as its entry for the newly re-branded International Feature Film award at the 92nd Academy Awards, it was announced Wednesday by promotional body German Films. Produced by Kineo Filmproduktion and …

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Walter Presents Takes ZDF’s ‘Stockholm Requiem’ for U.K., Australia

Walter Presents has acquired Swedish thriller “Stockholm Requiem” for the U.K. and Australia from ZDF Enterprises. It marks the fourth Swedish drama series the global on-demand service, which specialises in non-English language drama, has p…

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Shochiku Backs U.K.’s Number 9 Films With First-Look Deal

Number 9 Films has signed a first-look distribution deal for its films in Japan with Japanese studio Shochiku, the British independent announced Wednesday. As part of the multi-year deal, which will focus on Number 9’s slate of theatrical films, …

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BBC Boards ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment,’ Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’

The BBC has acquired FX’s “American Crime Story: Impeachment” and Ken Burn’s upcoming PBS documentary series “Country Music,” the broadcaster announced Wednesday at the Edinburgh TV Festival. “American Crime Story: Impeachment” will air on BBC Two in t…

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Channel 5 Beefs Up Scripted Slate in U.K.

U.K. broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of original dramas, marking the latest step in the Viacom-owned broadcaster’s push into scripted content. The new dramas include a two-hour ghost story from Awesome Pictures and Two Rivers Media called “T…

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Pinewood Group to Exit Atlanta Studios Joint Venture

The Pinewood Group is pulling out of its Atlanta facility as it refocuses its international strategy. The group announced Wednesday that it has sold its equity in Pinewood Atlanta Studios to River’s Rock, its joint venture partner in the facility. The …

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BBC Studios to Explore ‘The Edge of Science’ for YouTube Originals

The BBC’s production division, BBC Studios, has won its first YouTube Originals commission, “The Edge of Science.” Starring presenter and science enthusiast Rick Edwards and YouTuber Colin Furze, “The Edge of Science” will carry out a range of stunts a…

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Yellow Bird U.K. Developing ‘Spotify Untold’ Limited Series

Yellow Bird U.K. has optioned the screen rights to tell-all book “Spotify Untold” with plans to develop it into a limited series for television. Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud’s novel details the story behind the Swedish start-up which became one…

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Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ Sells to KKR’s New Distribution Company in Germany

Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” has been picked up for Germany by the newly established distribution company owned by New York-based private equity group KKR. Fred Kogel’s rapidly growing, but still unnamed, German independent produ…

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Johnny Flynn is David Bowie in First Look at ‘Stardust’

Salon Pictures has unveiled a first look image of Johnny Flynn as David Bowie in its upcoming feature “Stardust.” Rising star Flynn, who recently starred in Michael Pearce’s BAFTA-winning debut feature “Beast” and co-starred in the ITV and Amazon Studi…

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Harriet Walter Joins ‘Killing Eve’ as Third Season Begins Production

British actress Harriet Walter has joined the cast of BBC America’s multi-award winning “Killing Eve” for its third season, which began production this week. Danny Sapani has also been announced to join the cast of the show, which sta…

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Dan Stevens Joins Netflix Comedy ‘Eurovision’

“Legion” star Dan Stevens has joined the cast of Netflix feature “Eurovision,” alongside Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan. The British actor, who made his name in “Downton Abbey” and recently finished …

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BBC Receives Regulatory Approval to Extend iPlayer Catchup Window

The BBC has received approval from British media regulator Ofcom to go ahead with plans to extend the time that content is available on its streaming service, the BBC iPlayer. Under the plan, first proposed in April, the catchup service will offer cont…

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Netflix, Amazon Generate Twice as Much Revenue in U.K. as Broadcasters’ Streamers

The combined revenues for Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.K. amounted to more than double the total revenue generated by the streaming services of Britain’s five biggest broadcasters in 2018, a new report has found. Meanwhile, fellow digital giants G…

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Sky Draws Massive 3.8 Million U.K. Viewers to ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

British “Game of Thrones” fans flocked to Sky on Monday to deliver the pay-TV service overnight viewing figures for the season eight finale that surpassed the record numbers set by the season opener last month. “The Iron Throne,” which aired on Sky Atl…

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‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ to Return to London for Third Year

“The Late Late Show With James Corden” will return to London for a third year of specials from the host’s home city, broadcaster CBS announced Tuesday. The show will once again broadcast four special episodes from London’s historic Central Hall Westmin…

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Netflix Begins Production on Part-Yiddish Series ‘Unorthodox’

Netflix has announced the start of production on its Yiddish- and English-language German series “Unorthodox,” which is shooting in Berlin. The streaming giant is partnering with “Deutschland 83” creator Anna Winger on the original four-part miniseries…

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Mip Founder Bernard Chevry Dies at 96

Bernard Chevry, the founder of international TV markets MipTV and Mipcom, has died at 96. A statement from Reed Midem, the company Chevry created to organize such industry events, called the French exec a “visionary.” Created by Chevry in 1963, MipTV w…

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Trailer: ‘The King and Queen Are Coming to Downton!’

The first full trailer for “Downton Abbey,” the much-anticipated movie spin-off of the hit TV series, has been released, showing the Crawley family girding themselves for a royal visit. The trailer for the Focus Features title was released on the film’…

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National Geographic Takes International Rights to ‘U.S.S. Indianapolis’ Documentary From U.K.’s Drive

National Geographic has acquired international rights to a documentary about the fate and discovery of the U.S.S. Indianapolis from U.K. independent Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency announced Friday. The hour-long special “U.S.S. I…

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