Network Fires Director After How to Get Away with Murder's Karla Souza's Alleges Rape

Network Fires Director After How to Get Away with Murder's Karla Souza's Alleges Rape
How to Get Away with Murder star Karla Souza came forward on Tuesday alleging that she experienced sexual harassment and assault early in her career. The actress told CNN en Español that a director raped her while they were filming in her native Mexico. Although Souza didn’t identify her assailant, producer-director Gustavo Loza was terminated from Mexico’s largest television network Televisa a day later, and has asked the actress to clear his name.

The network released a statement Wednesday Feb.21 announcing that Loza was no longer an employee of the company, breaking all ties with the director and canceling all of his projects.
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Morelia: Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards Announces Winners and Nominees

Morelia, Mexico — At this year’s 15th Morelia International Film Festival, Cinema23 – a platform dedicated to the promotion of film culture in the 22 countries of Latin America plus Spain, Portugal and those that work closely with them – announced the nominees and winners of three awards to be given on Dec. 6 at Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards, to be held in Mexico City at the Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris.

In addition to press and industry professionals, Monday’s press conference at the Nespresso Atelier was attended by Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice president of Mexico’s Morelia Festival; Rodrigo Peñafiel, president of the Fénix Awards; Miguel Mier, Global COO of Cinépolis; and Ernesto Contreras, filmmaker and president-elect of the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Amacc).

Nominations for this year’s awards were pre-selected from a pool of 800 titles.

A committee of critics, programmers, festival directors and film academics were in charge of the
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15 Takeaways from Conecta Fiction

Santiago De Compostela, Spain — A higgledy-piggledy maze of cobbled streets, granite-stoned convents and white veranda towns houses, Santiago seems suspended in time. Over June 20-23, it bore witness at Conecta Fiction, an inaugural TV forum, to a revolution: That of scripted TV and nascent Latin America-Europe co-production. The two-and-a-half days were so packed with events as to make nigh impossible much on-site reporting. Following, in retrospect, 15 takeaways from the first-ever Conecta Fiction meet.

1.Latin America-europe TV Co-production: An Imperious Necessity

A boutique Latin America-Europe drama TV co-production forum, Conecta Forum brought together a swathe of high-caliber Latin America channel, broadcaster and fiction TV heads with producers and counterparts in Spain, plus a choice presence of largely French commissioning editors and producers from the rest of Europe. Many, maybe most, had never met. Nearly all sang the virtues, and necessity of international TV co-production. “A few years ago there were no international co-productions, now
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‘Sincronia,’ ‘Psi,’ ‘Cockfighter,’ ‘Guerra de Idolos’ Featured at MipDrama Latam Screenings (Exclusive)

‘Sincronia,’ ‘Psi,’ ‘Cockfighter,’ ‘Guerra de Idolos’ Featured at MipDrama Latam Screenings (Exclusive)
Televisa’s “Sincronia,” HBO Latin America’s “Psi,” Telefe’s “The Cockfighter” and Telemundo’s “Guerra de Idolos” feature at The Wit’s first MipDrama Latam Screenings, a 90-minute showcase of the new face of Latin American fiction.

That face is pretty much unrecognizable compared to the poor-girl-gets-rich telenovelas of old. The shows embrace new genres in a shakeup of form involving Latin America’s biggest broadcasters, Hollywood studios, pay-tv services, indies and emerging auteurs.

“The aim of these screenings is to show the new or next face or phase of the Latin productions coming onto the international market,” said Bertrand Villegas, co-founder of The Wit.

Crime thriller “Sincronia” is the eighth original series from Blim, Televisa’s 14-month-old Svod service, and runs just 12 episodes. Formally inventive, the 12 parts can be seen in any order, as they tell three stories from their four characters’ point of view, said director Gustavo Loza. One
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Fewer Juggernauts Push Mexico to All-Time Box Office Record (Exclusive)

Fewer Juggernauts Push Mexico to All-Time Box Office Record (Exclusive)
Guadalajara, Mexico — Barnstorming juggernauts are the key to boffo box office results, right? Not always. Presented at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival on March 12 by the Mexican Film Institute, Mexico’s record-breaking 2016 box office is a case in point, underscoring the complexity of calling final theatrical takings in any country.

All told, Hollywood, Mexican and other country movies earned a combined Pesos 15.25 billion ($782 million) box office at Mexican theaters last year, an all-time record, and 10.5% up on 2015. At 330.7 admissions, attendance in Mexico was another historic high, according to comScore stats.

But those records fell in a year when only two movies, “Captain America: Civil War” ($42.2 million) and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”($35.9 million) approached behemoth status in Mexico. Led by “Furious 7,” four movies punched those sort of numbers in 2015.

The top 10 titles in Mexico last year accounted for 30% of total box office, down from 38% in 2015, per comScore analysis.

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10 Things We Learned About Latin America’s New TV Scene at Ventana Sur

Buenos Aires — Rarely have so many major players, from Hollywood studios to Latin American TV kingpins, spoken so concisely and fast about their TV drama co-production interests. Kicking off Fiction Factory, and with it Ventana Sur’s inaugural TV market, a 90-minute carousel of execs from Disney, Sony, Fox, HBO, Turner, Viacom, Discovery, DirecTV, History Channel, Televisa and ClaroVideo drilled down Wednesday in Buenos Aires on their TV series production interests, priorities and needs to an audience of TV producers from all over Argentina. Orchestrated by Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute, the session proved illuminating. Here are 10 things we learned about how Hollywood and beyond will be linking with Latin America to produce often radically new series for the region and the world:

1. Yes, It’S A Revolution

“This is a historic moment. Two or three years ago, this didn’t exist: So many majors, companies trying to connect with
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Mexico taps 'Al Otro Lado' for Oscar consideration

MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences has selected drama Al Otro Lado for foreign-language Oscar contention and documentary Digna: Hasta el Ultimo Aliento as its submission for Spain's Goyas. Gustavo Loza's Al Otro Lado, a Matatena Films production, tells three separate stories that share a common immigration theme. Felipe Cazals' Digna won an Ariel Award, Mexico's top film prize, for best feature-length documentary. The indie film investigates the mysterious death of Mexican human rights advocate Digna Ochoa. Seven features were in the running for Oscar contention and eight vied for the Goya submission.

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