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12 items from 2017


Berlinale: Larrain Brothers Unveil First TV Series (Exclusive)

10 February 2017 9:35 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fabula TV, the new television company headed by “Jackie” director Pablo Larrain and his producer-brother Juan de Dios Larrain, has unveiled its first international projects: “Ni Una Menos” and “Reinas,” two series focusing on women in Latin America.

Documentary “Ni Una Menos” (“Not One Less”) charts the dramatic rise of the women’s movement in the region, while fictional drama “Reinas” (“Queens”) looks at the crimes that women still suffer there.

Juan de Dios Larrain is expected to promote the series at the Berlin Film Festival, where he is presenting competition title “A Fantastic Woman,” which he and his brother produced. The film was directed by Sebastian Lelio (“Gloria”) and just sold to Sony Pictures Classic.

The Larrains rank among South America’s best-known moviemakers. Their foray into TV is yet another sign of the international film industry’s dramatic TV makeover, which is changing the economics of the business and even the focus of film fests »

- John Hopewell

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Saban Renews President Bill Bromiley’s Contract Through 2020

9 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films has renewed the contracts of president Bill Bromiley and chief financial officer Shanan Becker for a further four years, it announced Thursday. Bromiley and Becker will remain with the U.S. distributor through at least 2020.

“Bill and Shanan have exhibited the financial discipline necessary to guide the company to its second year of profitability in its short history. This extension shows our confidence in what they have built and their ability to guide the company into its next stage of growth,” said Haim Saban, chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group.

Before joining Saban Bromiley and Becker worked together as Rlj Entertainment, where Bromiley was responsible for content acquisition and Becker oversaw finance, planning, and analysis.

Saban acquires films for U.S. distribution across theatrical and various digital platforms. It has released 21 films since its creation in 2014, starting with Tommy Lee Jones’s western “The Homesman.” Other titles »

- Robert Mitchell

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Beta to sell X Filme drama, TV series 'Babylon Berlin' inks deals

9 February 2017 5:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

X Filme board Josef Bierbichler’s adaptation of his 2011 novel Mittelreich.

Berlin-based X Filme Creative Pool Entertainment has recruited Beta Cinema to handle international sales on veteran Bavarian actor-director Josef Bierbichler’s adaptation of his 2011 novel Mittelreich.

The chronicle of a rural Bavarian community facing the challenges of technological and social change during the last century began shooting in Thuringia a week ago with Bierbichler directing as well as playing the central role of the village innkeeper.

The cast includes Bierbichler’s son Simon Donatz who plays the innkeeper character as a young man and had appeared with his father in Tom Tykwer’s Winter Sleepers 20 years ago as father and son, as well as Martina Gedeck, known to international audiences from The Lives of Others and last year’s Original Bliss.

On the eve of this year’s Berlinale, X Filme and Beta Film announced a strategic partnership between the two companies as they unveiled the first »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Beta to sell X Filme rural drama, 'Babylon Berlin' to continue

9 February 2017 5:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

X Filme board Josef Bierbichler’s adaptation of his 2011 novel Mittelreich.

Berlin-based X Filme Creative Pool Entertainment has recruited Beta Cinema to handle international sales on veteran Bavarian actor-director Josef Bierbichler’s adaptation of his 2011 novel Mittelreich.

The chronicle of a rural Bavarian community facing the challenges of technological and social change during the last century began shooting in Thuringia a week ago with Bierbichler directing as well as playing the central role of the village innkeeper.

The cast includes Bierbichler’s son Simon Donatz who plays the innkeeper character as a young man and had appeared with his father in Tom Tykwer’s Winter Sleepers 20 years ago as father and son, as well as Martina Gedeck, known to international audiences from The Lives of Others and last year’s Original Bliss.

On the eve of this year’s Berlinale, X Filme and Beta Film unveiled the first footage of the 16-part high-end TV series Babylon Berlin which »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Germany’s Beta Film and Tom Tykwer’s X Filme Partner Up

9 February 2017 5:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin-based X Filme is restructuring its operations and partnering with Jan Mojto’s Beta Film on a new division, X Filme Holding GmbH, that will oversee development, production, distribution and sales.

The new unit will be headed by X Filme’s Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott and Andreas Brey, who joins from Dz Bank. Brey will also be responsible for finances and business development in particular. “The move is an effort to “adjust to the increasingly complex audiovisual industry,” the company said.

“In partnering up with Beta Film, X Filme will profit even more from the interlocking of production and national and international sales,” Schott and Brey said in a joint statement. “We are very happy that, together with Beta, we will be able to further position and establish German filmmaking with national and international productions on the national and international market as a force in the industry to be reckoned with. »

- Ed Meza

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Berlin: Beta Film Takes Stake in Tom Tykwer's X Filme

9 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

German sales and production group Beta Film (Babylon Berlin) will take a strategic stake in X Filme, the German production and distribution company behind Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas and Good Bye Lenin!

X Filme, founded in 1994 by producer Stefan Arndt and directors Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker and Dani Levy, will be restructured to merge all production, distribution and sales operations under a single entity, X Filme Holding. Beta will become a strategic partner in X Filme Holding.

Beta teamed with X Filme on Tom Tykwer's upcoming TV series Babylon Berlin, with Beta co-financing and handling international sales on »

- Scott Roxborough

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Berlin: Beta Film Takes Stake in Tom Tykwer's X Filme

9 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

German sales and production group Beta Film (Babylon Berlin) will take a strategic stake in X Filme, the German production and distribution company behind Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas and Good Bye Lenin!

X Filme, founded in 1994 by producer Stefan Arndt and directors Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker and Dani Levy, will be restructured to merge all production, distribution and sales operations under a single entity, X Filme Holding. Beta will become a strategic partner in X Filme Holding.

Beta teamed with X Filme on Tom Tykwer's upcoming TV series Babylon Berlin, with Beta co-financing and handling international sales on »

- Scott Roxborough

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'Babylon Berlin': How the German Series Could Change High-End TV

9 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Is the world ready for Babylon Berlin?

The German TV series, a crime drama set in pre-World War II Berlin, is crazily ambitious. With a reported budget of $45 million, the period epic, co-writen and directed by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten, can lay claim to being the most expensive non-English language series ever made. If it works, it could change how Europe makes TV.

“It’s never been done before,” says producer Jan Mojto, whose Beta Film is co-financing Babylon Berlin with German public network Ard and pay TV group Sky and is selling the series worldwide. »

- Scott Roxborough

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Berlin: Tom Tykwer, Beta’s Jan Mojto Unveil ‘Babylon Berlin,’ Germany’s Biggest-Ever TV Series

8 February 2017 2:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin  The makers of Germany’s biggest-budgeted TV series ever unveiled on Wednesday the first trailer for “Babylon Berlin,” an adaptation of the first book in German author Volker Kutscher’s bestselling series about a police inspector in 1920s Berlin.

The press conference at Berlin’s legendary but slightly dilapidated Clärchens Ballhaus (which first opened its doors in 1913) drew a packed crowd as writer-directors Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten discussed their work on the €40 million ($42.7 million), 16-episode series and offered a first glimpse of the highly-anticipated show.

Produced by Sky Deutschland, Ard Degeto, X Filme and Beta Film and overseen by Tykwer, the lavish historical drama explores not only the glorious roaring 20s heyday of the German capital, but also the dark underbelly of the original sin city in all its brutal debauchery.

Volker Bruch (“Generation War”) and Liv Lisa Fries (“Zurich”) lead the cast.

The series, »

- Ed Meza

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Sky U.K., Sky Italy Take German Period Series 'Babylon Berlin'

8 February 2017 8:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Sky U.K., Sky Italia and public broadcasters across Scandinavia are among the first to board Babylon Berlin, the hotly anticipated German series from directors Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten.

Beta Cinema, which is producing the series alongside Sky Deutschland and public network Ard, screened the first footage of the series to a packed audience at Clarchens Ballhaus in Berlin on Wednesday.

Svt Sweden, Nrk Norway, Dr Denmark, Yle Finland and Ruv in Iceland are among the channels that have pre-bought the period drama, a crime thriller set in Berlin in 1929, on script basis. Spanish pay TV »

- Scott Roxborough

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Berlinale: Airport Strikes in Berlin Cause Headaches on Eve of Festival

8 February 2017 6:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – Visitors hoping to land in the German capital ahead of the start of the Berlin International Film Festival may have to wait a day after a six-hour strike Wednesday by ground personnel at the city’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports resulted in the cancellation of 137 flights.

The industrial action affected both arrivals and departures, with Tegel canceling 115 flights and Schönefeld 22, Daniel Tolksdorf, a spokesman for Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (Fbb), the company that operates both airports, told the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel.

Among the airlines directly affected were nearly all flights operated by Lufthansa, Air Berlin, Germanwings and Eurowings.

Fbb warned passengers on its website that, although the six-hour strike over pay had concluded, “due to delays and flight cancellations…there are continued disruptions to air traffic. We strongly advise all passengers to consult their airline on their flight’s status before departure.”

Airlines also sought to notify passengers of the delayed and canceled flights. »

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German Network Rtl Exits High-Profile Hitler Series

2 January 2017 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Seems the Fuhrer can't catch a break.

Leading German commercial network Rtl has dropped plans to back an ambitious 10-part limited series on the life of Adolf Hitler.

The project, from Berlin-based Ufa Fiction — producers of Deutschland 83 and Generation War — and Beta Film, whose credits include hit Italian mafia drama Gomorrah and Tom Tykwer's upcoming period series Babylon Berlin, has been one of the most talked-about series since it was unveiled at TV market Mipcom in 2015.

The 10-hour series is based on Thomas Weber's biography Hitler's First War, which traces the Nazi leader's life from his »

- Scott Roxborough

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