Belgium’s Best Friend Forever Nabs Berlinale-Bound ‘Los Conductos,’ ‘Corsican Summer’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Brussels-based company Best Friend Forever acquired two debut features, Camilo Restrepo’s Berlinale-bound “Los Conductos” and Pascal Tagnati’s “Corsican Summer.” Both films are produced by up and coming outfit 5à7 fi…

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WTFilms’ Gregory Chambet on Riding the New Wave of French Genre Movies

French horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies – in large part generated by a younger generation of directors combining genre and arthouse styles – are a rising force on the international scene. Among the companies riding this genre wave is WTFilms. Fr…

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Hollywood’s Go-To Asian Dad Tzi Ma Dishes on ‘Mulan’ and Oscar Snub for ‘The Farewell’

One person who was not surprised that “The Farewell” bid goodbye to any chance of an Oscar earlier this week was actor Tzi Ma, who played Awkwafina’s father in the film.  “I didn’t expect it. There were exactly zero dollars promoting …

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Netflix Scoops Olivier Assayas’s ‘Wasp Network’ With Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix has acquired U.S. rights and several other territories for Olivier Assayas’ “Wasp Network,” the Cuban spy thriller headlined by Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez which world premiered at Venice last year, Variety has learned. Th…

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Israel, Poland & Colombia Partner on Comic Drama ‘My Neighbor Adolf’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Israel’s 2-Team Productions, Poland’s Film Produkcja and Vandalo Colombia are partnering on “My Neighbor Adolf,” an offbeat comic drama starring David Hayman (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”) and Udo Kier (“Armageddon,” “Blade”) that is set to begin f…

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U.K. Entertainment Industry Moves Beyond London

When Channel 4 launches its daytime current-affairs program “The Steph Show” this spring, it will mark a milestone in the U.K. broadcaster’s output.  Like most of the British film and TV industries, Channel 4 has been heavily London-centric. By contras…

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First Look Still of Kike Maíllo’s ‘A Perfect Enemy’ Unveiled (EXCLUSIVE)

The first still of “A Perfect Enemy,” the psychological thriller directed by popular Spanish filmmaker Kike Maíllo and based on Amelie Nothomb’s bestselling novel, has been unveiled by newly-launched sales company Pulsar Content. Pulsar Fil…

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TSF Recreates Paris on Former Air Base for Movie and TV Shoots

As French outfits move to expand their studio offerings, industry eyes have turned to a 20-hectare stretch of land 20 miles south of Paris. There, in the commune Plessis-Pâté, sits the TSF Backlot 217, a converted air base that has become one the Galli…

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What Natpe Says About Turner’s Ambitions in Mexico

MADRID  — Mexico is a magnet. Netflix produces near twice as many originals there (40) as in France (23) or Germany (23), according to Ampere Analysis. Among Latin America’s biggest cable powers with a 2019 24% audience share in Latin America, an…

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New Europe Film Sales Picks up Hamy Ramezan’s ‘Any Day Now’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales company has boarded Finnish-Iranian Hamy Ramezan’s debut feature “Any Day Now,” to be shown as a work in progress at Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market, WHICH RUNS Jan 30.-Feb 2. Ramezan’s drama, produced by Aamu Film Comp…

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How Shows Like ‘The Crown,’ ‘Outlander,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Driving Tourists to Locations

One of the unintended consequences of the boom in global production is a corresponding surge in film and TV tourism. A spate of research in recent years has shown that viewers of popular films and TV shows are increasingly deciding to visit their locat…

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Nordisk Film & TV Fond Boasts Record Budget for 2020

As the Nordisk Film & TV Fond prepares to celebrates its 30th anniversary, at this month’s Göteborg Film Festival, CEO Liselott Forsman has outlined her vision for the upcoming yearm which sees the fund boasting a record high budget of NOK 127 mill…

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‘House of Flowers’ Manolo Caro Confirmed as Iberseries Jury President (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID  — Mexico’s Manolo Caro, creator-director-writer of Netflix hit “La Casa de las Flores” (“The House of Flowers”), will preside the jury of the first Iberseries, one of the Spanish-speaking world’s first TV festivals to be clearly staged no…

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Brazil’s Globo Set to Launch Streamer Globoplay in the U.S.(EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID  — Brazilian TV giant Globo, the biggest media company in Latin America, will join the ranks of international streaming platforms on Jan. 19, launching its over-the-top Globoplay service in the U.S’s booming subscription video streaming ma…

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‘The Paradise’ Screenwriter Matti Laine on Riitta Havukainen, Ran Tellem, Finnish Drama

MADRID  — Following on 2019 MipTV hit “Invisible Heroes,” set in 1973 Chile, “The Paradise” marks the second time in under 12 months that Finnish public broadcaster YLE has reached out to set – and co-produce – a primetime drama in th…

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CNC Chief Outlines Plan to Update French Production Infrastructure

Speaking at an industry round-table at the Paris-based Production Forum on Thursday, Dominique Boutonnat, president of France’s National Film Board (CNC), announced a new plan to update local production studios in order to make them more internationall…

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ITV’s The Garden Hires Nicola Brown as Director of Programs, Promotes Ninder Billing

ITV Studios’ non-scripted outfit The Garden has appointed Nicola Brown as director of programs, the company announced on Friday. Brown will join chief executive Magnus Temple, chief creative officer John Hay and managing director Nicola Hill to help gr…

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‘Bait’ Director Mark Jenkin Sets Next Feature With Film4

Writer-director Mark Jenkin, whose feature debut “Bait” was nominated for two BAFTAs last week, has set his next project, “Enys Men” (“Stone Island”), with Film4. Jenkin will direct from his own script. Denzil Monk is producing for Bosena. Johnny Fewin…

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Salvador Calvo Joins Lagardere Studios’ Boomerang TV (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID  — Spanish film-TV director Salvador Calvo, who made his mark with his debut feature, 2016’s “1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines,” plus a string of admired TV series, is joining Madrid-based Boomerang TV, a bastion of Spanish scripted f…

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CineAsia Turns its Back on Hong Kong

CineAsia, the long-running convention for the film exhibition and distribution sectors, has ditched Hong Kong, its home for the past decade. It was forced to cancel the 2019 edition in December, due to the political unrest in the city. New York-based o…

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