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TV tax break brings £150m to UK

31 January 2014 3:03 AM, PST

The high-end drama tax breaks have helped attract £150m of foreign investment in the UK industry, according to the latest figures from the British Film Institute (BFI).

A total of £233m ($383m) was invested by both British and overseas companies in drama productions during the first nine months of 2013 following the launch of the government’s tax relief scheme.

CBS’ Elementary and HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Veep were among the 31 qualifying shows, with the £150m ($247m) foreign investment accounting for 64% of the total spend. 

The findings have emerged following a panel debate held at BAFTA to discuss the impact of the fledgling financial credit.

Carnival Films managing director Gareth Neame pointed to the growing number of content distribution platforms as driving the global appetite for UK drama.

“It is a golden age in my opinion. Three years ago there was a barrier across the Atlantic. There are no barriers at all now,” he said.

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Robocop, Llewyn lead buzz

31 January 2014 2:28 AM, PST

Robocop and Inside Llewyn Davis dwarf I, Frankenstein in the UK online buzz charts.

The update on the Frankenstein story, starring Aaron Eckhart, generated the most overall buzz online of films opening this week - but intent to view was low.

That honour goes to Zac Efron comedy That Awkward Moment, which generated three times as much ‘intent to view’ buzz as I, Frankenstein. A total of 59% of those who generated online buzz for the friendship comedy expressed an interest in seeing the film.

The film that generated the most online buzz in the UK this week was Robocop, the reboot of the 1980s action classic. Intent to view was also high.

Inside Llewyn Davis generated the most online interest of films already out, ahead of spy thriller reboot Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, proving word of mouth is strong on the Coens tale of a struggling musician in the early 60s.

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Adele, Guillaume lead César nominees

31 January 2014 2:06 AM, PST

Foreign film nominations for Biancanieves, Gravity and Great Beauty.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Guillaume Gallienne’s Me, Myself And Mum (Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!) and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) are the hot favourites in France’s upcoming Cesar awards.

The Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.

Actor Gallienne’s debut feature Me, Myself and Mum - a big screen adaptation of his autobiographical, one-man comedy show about his complicated relationship with his mother - secured 10 nominations.

They comprised best film, best first film, best director, best actor, best supporting actress, best adaptation, best editing, best sound, best set design and best costumes.

The film was produced and distributed by Gaumont, which also picked up another four nominations for The Young »


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Adele, Garcon lead Cesar nominees

31 January 2014 2:06 AM, PST

Adele and Me, Myself and Mum lead French Cesar nominations.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Abdellatif Kechiche’s Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table! (aka Me, Myself And Mum) are the hot favourites in France’s upcoming Cesar awards.

France’s Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.

The 39th Cesar ceremony, presided by Intouchables star Francois Cluzet, will take place on February 28.

Nominations (so far)Best FILM9 Month-Stretch (Neuf mois ferme)Me, Myself and Mum (Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!)Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du Lac)Jimmy P. (Jimmy P. Psychothérapie d’un Indien des Plaines)The Past (Le Passé)Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la Foururre)Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (La Vie d’Adèle »


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Buyers take to Salt's Borderlands

31 January 2014 1:25 AM, PST

Exclusive: Us, European and South American deals for Metrodome production.

Salt has sold British horror film The Borderlands to a number of key territories, including the Us (Grindstone); Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux (Pandastorm); the Middle East (Front Row); and in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia (Euro Films).

Metrodome will release in the UK on April 4.

Written and directed by Elliot Goldner, Frightfest premiere The Borderlands follows a team of Vatican investigators sent to the British West Country to investigate reports of paranormal activity at a remote church.

Ben Wheatley collaborator Robin Hill (Kill List, Down Terrace) stars in the horror, which is the first film from Metrodome’s production slate.

Deals were negotiated by Salt’s head of international James Norrie.

Metrodome’s upcoming theatrical slate includes Lukas Moodysson’s We Are The Best!, Venice entry Miss Violence, Gerard Johnson’s Hyena and Stuart Murdoch’s Sundance title God Help The Girl. »


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The Solution boards Saints

30 January 2014 4:38 PM, PST

Exclusive: Production is underway in New York on Archer Gray Productions and Maven Pictures’ drama Ten Thousand Saints starring Ethan Hawke. The Solution Entertainment Group will kick off international sales in Berlin

Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer round out the key cast on the multigenerational tale based on Eleanor Henderson’s novel. CAA represents Us rights.

Archer Gray ProductionsAnne Carey and Amy Nauiokas, Luca Borghese and Maven PicturesTrudie Styler and Celine Rattray serve as producers.

Ten Thousand Saints is set in New York City in the late 1980s as the son of diehard hippies embarks on an odyssey to the extremities of late 20th century youth culture.

Ten Thousand Saints is such an exciting project for us to be involved with featuring a high-calibre ensemble cast of Hollywood’s top actors working today,” said The Solution co-founders Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

“The shoot just started and with Bob and Shari »


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Frameline Completion Fund unveils winners

30 January 2014 1:45 PM, PST

The nation’s only non-profit designed to aid in the funding, distribution and promotion of Lgbt films will support seven films through the final stages of their production after receiving a record 112 submissions.

Winning narrative features are Appropriate Behavior directed by Desiree Akhavan and Awol directed by Deb Shoval.

Documentaries features receiving grants are The Joneses directed by Moby Longinotto, Kumu Hina directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, Out Run directed by Johnny Symons and S Leo Chiang, Radical Love directed by Hillevi Loven and documentary short Sticks And Stones directed by Silas Howard.

“These seven phenomenal projects feature exquisite filmmaking craft and refreshingly bold voices in Lgbt cinema,” said Frameline’s director of exhibition and programming Des Buford. “It is a thrill for the organisation to support such a talented crop of dynamic filmmakers which includes both new artists and veteran mediamakers in this cycle of funding.” »


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Qed’s Kasbah heats up

30 January 2014 1:19 PM, PST

Efm: Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia Labeouf and Zooey Deschanel have joined Bill Murray in Venture Forth and Shangri-La Entertainment’s comedy Rock The Kasbah. Qed International will represent the project at Berlin.

Barry Levinson will direct from a screenplay by Mitch Glazer about a has-been music manager who takes his last client on a tour of Afghanistan and guides a young girl through the local equivalent of American Idol.

Qed’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Mitch Glazer will produce and Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are the executive producers. Production is set to start in June.

Qed’s Efm slate includes Time Out Of Mind to star Richard Gere, Term Life starring Vince Vaughn and Hayley Steinfeld and set for release through Universal in autumn 2015 and The Family Fang starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman, the latter’s directorial follow-up to Toronto 2013 hit Bad Words. »


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Uni sets Tombstones release

30 January 2014 12:59 PM, PST

A Walk Among The Tombstones will open on September 19. Exclusive Media co-financed with Cross Creek Pictures and handled international sales on the Liam Neeson thriller.

In other dating announcements, Universal Pictures has set Legendary Pictures’ horror film As Above, So Below for August 15 and Ouija for October 24.

Turning to 2015, Everest in 3D and IMAX 3D will go out on February 27, Pitch Perfect 2 to be directed by Elizabeth Banks on May 15 and Legendary Pictures and Universal’s gothic horror Crimson Peak on October 16.

The working title for the Untitled Illumination Entertainment 2016 Project 1 is now The Untitled Pets Project, which will open in 3D on February 12 2016. »


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Fortitude to sell Foster Wallace drama

30 January 2014 12:45 PM, PST

Mark Manuel and Ted O’Neal’s Kilburn Media will fully finance fact-based drama The End Of The Tour to star Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Freshly minted Fortitude International will commence sales at the Efm.

David Kanter and Matt DeRoss will produce for Anonymous Content along with James Dahl of Modern Man Films and Manuel and O’Neal for Kilburn.

Paul Green will serve as executive producer and production is scheduled to commence shortly.

James Ponsoldt will direct the story about the acclaimed late author David Foster Wallace (pictured) on the 1996 supporting book tour for his masterpiece Infinite Jest accompanied by David Lipsky from Rolling Stone.

Segal will play Wallace and Eisenberg the reporter. Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008.

Playwright Donald Margulies adapted the screenplay from Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. »


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Kilburn to finance Foster Wallace drama

30 January 2014 12:45 PM, PST

Mark Manuel and Ted O’Neal’s Kilburn Media will fully finance fact-based drama The End Of The Tour to star Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Freshly minted Fortitude International will commence sales at the Efm.

David Kanter and Matt DeRoss will produce for Anonymous Content along with James Dahl of Modern Man Films and Manuel and O’Neal for Kilburn.

Paul Green will serve as executive producer and production is scheduled to commence shortly.

James Ponsoldt will direct the story about the acclaimed late author David Foster Wallace (pictured) on the 1996 supporting book tour for his masterpiece Infinite Jest accompanied by David Lipsky from Rolling Stone.

Segal will play Wallace and Eisenberg the reporter. Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008.

Playwright Donald Margulies adapted the screenplay from Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. »


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Nikki Reed joins Email

30 January 2014 12:33 PM, PST

The actress will star in Spj Enterprises, zgreen entertainment and Boku Films’ horror thriller. Highland Film Group handles world sales at the Efm.

Kelvin Tong will direct Email and Peter Poon and Zachary Green are producing along with Leon Tong and Kat Goh in Singapore. Jason Shuman serves as executive producer with Lauren Selig

Principal photography is set to begin May in Singapore on the story centres of a journalist who travels to Singapore to investigate her sister’s death and discovers a cursed email.

Highland’s Berlin sales slate includes The Wright Girls and Sanctuary, both from Atlas Independent. »


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Ken Schapiro named MGM Cso

30 January 2014 12:20 PM, PST

Schapiro joined MGM in 2011 as COO and becomes chief strategic officer.

Chairman and CEO Gary Barber made the announcement on January 30 and called Schapiro “an invaluable executive and a key player in many of the most pivotal negotiations for the company.”

As COO Schapiro was responsible for streamlining studio operations and improving financial performance of the library.

He also oversaw MGM’s 50th anniversary home video promotion of the James Bond catalogue and MGM’s interactive initiatives related to its content portfolio.

Schapiro worked as evp with Barber at Morgan Creek Productions where he was involved in the development, production, financing and distribution of more than 30 features including Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves and the Ace Ventura series.

Prior to joining MGM, Schapiro was the co-founder and a managing principal of Qualia Capital. »


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Xyz Films sells Killers to Lionsgate UK

30 January 2014 12:18 PM, PST

Exclusive: Xyz Films is tearing through sales on the eve of Efm on its recent Japanese-Indonesian Park City world premiere from the Mo Brothers.

Lionsgate UK snapped up rights to the Midnight selection in a deal struck between Richard Ashley-Cowan and Nate Bolotin of Xyz Films

In other deals, Vendetta has taken rights for Australia/New Zealand, Shaw Renters for Singapore and Ipa for Thailand and Vietnam.

As previously reported on Screendaily, Tiberius acquired the thriller for Germany, Wild Side for France, Calinos for Turkey and Sundream for Hong Kong. Talks are underway with a North American distributor.

Nikkatsu will release Killers in Japan on February 1 while Merantau will distribute in Indonesia on February 6.

Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel directed the story of a macabre rivalry between a murderous pair in Japan and Indonesia. Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya and Ray Sahetapy star.

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SXSW unveils 2014 line-up

30 January 2014 12:00 PM, PST

Headliners strand includes first screenings of the upcoming Universal comedy Neighbors (pictured) starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and Australian time-travel thriller Predestination with Ethan Hawke.

The 21st edition of the festival in Austin, Texas, runs from March 7-15. The new Episodics programme will include new upcoming television work including Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn for his El Rey Network, HBO’s upcoming Silicon Valley and Fox’s Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey.

The first ever SXsports section will include as previously announced an on-stage conversation with Jurgen Klinsmann, the former German international striker and current Us national team coach in the run-up to the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Among the Special Events is a screening of Berlinale opener The Grand Budapest Hotel followed by an extended Q&A with Wes Anderson.

The eight world premiere selections in the Narrative Feature Competition are:

10,000km (Spain) by Carlos Marques Marcet;Animals by Collin Schiffli;[link »


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Rebecca Hall joins Tumbledown

30 January 2014 11:13 AM, PST

Efm: Sierra/Affinity will commence international sales in Berlin on Bron Studios’ rom-com.

Hall recently wrapped production Transcendence and joins Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner and Joe Manganiello on the story of a woman who clicks with a young academic while attempting to write a biography about her famous late musician husband.

Sean Mewshaw will direct from a screenplay by Desi Van Til. Kristin Hahn is producing along with Aaron L Gilbert and Margot Hand of Bron Studios.

Production is set to begin in late March in Massachusetts. CAA represents Us rights to the project. »


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Canadian Academy names new members

30 January 2014 10:24 AM, PST

CBC executive director of studio and unscripted content Jennifer Dettman and Shaw Media vp of original content Christine Shipton have joined the board of the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television.

“The addition of two of the country’s most well-respected broadcast executives further strengthens the board’s industry relationships and expertise. Their proven record of creativity matched with fiscal strength will be a great addition to the Board,” said Academy chair Martin Katz.

The Academy board comprises Prospero Pictures president Katz as chair; Rogers Group Of Funds executive director Robin Mirsky as vice-chair; PriceWaterhouseCoopers retired partner Gabriel Nachman as treasurer; BT/A Advertising president  Barry Avrich; Bristow Global Media president and CEO Julie Bristow; Comweb Corp and William F White International Inc chairman and CEO Paul Bronfman; producer Don Carmody; and Dettman.

Remaining members are executive producer Jonas Diamond; Cineplex Entertainment chief legal officer Anne Fitzgerald; Gmp Capital Inc CEO Harris Fricker; Bell Media vp of communications »


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Canadian Academy anoints new members

30 January 2014 10:24 AM, PST

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television pleased to announce that

CBC executive director of studio and unscripted content Jennifer Dettman and Shaw Media vp of original content Christine Shipton have joined the board of the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television.

“The addition of two of the country’s most well-respected broadcast executives further strengthens the board’s industry relationships and expertise. Their proven record of creativity matched with fiscal strength will be a great addition to the Board,” said Academy chair Martin Katz.

The Academy board comprises Prospero Pictures president Katz as chair; Rogers Group Of Funds executive director Robin Mirsky as vice-chair; PriceWaterhouseCoopers retired partner Gabriel Nachman as treasurer; BT/A Advertising president  Barry Avrich; Bristow Global Media president and CEO Julie Bristow; Comweb Corp and William F White International Inc chairman and CEO Paul Bronfman; producer Don Carmody; and Dettman.

Remaining members are executive producer Jonas Diamond; Cineplex Entertainment chief legal officer Anne Fitzgerald; Gmp Capital »


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Sterling Genesis acquires Tla Entertainment Group

30 January 2014 9:32 AM, PST

New York-based investment firm Sterling Genesis International has acquired Tla Entertainment Group.

The deal covers direct-to-consumer brands and all digital properties, including tlamovies.com, tlavideo.com, tlagay.com, tlacult.com and tlaondemand.com.

Derek Curl [pictured], Chief Executive Officer and President of Sterling Genesis, will become CEO and President of Tlaeg.

Tla Releasing, owned separately by Curl, will be reintroduced into the Tlaeg as part of the acquisition.

G. Sterling Zinsmeyer, Chairman of Sterling Genesis International, will become Chief Operating Officer of Tlaeg. Zinsmeyer said: “Tla’s powerful worldwide brand awareness, together with fresh capitalization, will enable us as a company to continue to flourish, build upon a strong infrastructure, and seize new opportunities for digital expansion in the current marketplace.”

“With this acquisition’s potential for consolidation and global expansion, we will be able to realize even further the tremendous value Tla Entertainment Group has in the entertainment world,” added Curl.

Tla Entertainment »


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Gothenburg: Iceland's filmmaking challenges

30 January 2014 7:55 AM, PST

Icelandic film may be riding high creatively (it gets a special focus at this year’s Gothenburg Film Festival), but business is tough, according to Oscar nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson.

“We’ve only been making films for three decades, it’s getting worse and worse,” he said at a public conversation about Icelandic cinema in Gothenburg today.

He continued: “The Icelandic Film Centre’s film funding has a 40% cut for next year, it’s the second time [the government] has done that in four years. So the situation is really, really tough now. Especially for directors who are making their first films, it’s almost impossible. They don’t get funding from Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Eurimages. For old guys like me, it’s much easier. I think the government is trying to pull together a new concept about how Icelandic films will be produced in the future.”

Fridriksson bemoaned that sometimes only 1,500 people buy tickets to see »


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