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UK distributor Trafalgar Releasing reveals structure and growth plan

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Theatre moguls launch UK group Trafalgar Entertainment; exclusive interview with distribution CEO.

Fledgling UK distribution outfit Trafalgar Releasing is eyeing growth in the gaming and international distribution markets.

Little has been publicly known about the structure and growth plan of the new player until now but the company is officially launching today after theatre impresarios Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE acquired Lyn Goleby’s Picturehouse distribution assets in a multi-million-pound deal earlier this year.

Former Picturehouse MD Goleby had previously bought out Picturehouse’s distribution assets from Cineworld, taking a number of key staff in the process.

Panter and Squire, »


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Locarno to honour 'Sicily!' director Jean-Marie Straub

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French auteur premiered his most recent feature, Kommunisten, at the festival in 2014.

French director Jean-Marie Straub will be presented with the Leopard of Honor at the 70th Locarno Film Festival (August 2-12).

Born in France but having worked primarily in Germany, Italy and Switzerland, his filmmaking career has spanned more than sixty years.

Straub, who regularly collaborated with his partner Danielle Huillet (who died in 2006), was known for radical and political films, including From The Clouds To The Resistance in 1968 and Sicilia! in 1999, both of which premiered in the Un Certain Regard strand at the Cannes Film Festival.

His full »


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Paris Co-Pro Village 2017: the buzz projects

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12 projects are seeking European partners at this year’s event.

Colombian director Simón Mesa Soto - whose 2014 short film Leidi was a Palme d’Or winner - is causing buzz at this year’s edition of the Paris Co-Pro Village (June 20-22) with his debut feature Amparo.

The film, about a mother’s struggle to keep her son out of military service, is one of 12 upcoming productions being presented at the event.

Organised by the team behind the Les Arcs European Film Festival, the three-day Co-Pro Village is aimed at connecting international filmmakers and their producers with French and European partners. »


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Blackfin partners launch sales outfit Rediance at Shanghai fest

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Exclusive: Indie-focused company debuts at festival with four films on slate.

Blackfin Productions’ Xie Meng and Wang Zijian have launched a Beijing-based sales company, Rediance, to grow the international market for Chinese independent films.

The new outfit is launching at the Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff) with a debut slate of four projects, including Geng Jun’s Manchurian Tiger, which has been selected for Siff’s film financing platform, Siff Project.

Produced by Blackfin, the film is a dark comedy about a man seeking revenge against people who owe him money. Geng previously directed Free And Easy, which won a »


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Tika Sumpter, Ben Tavassoli, Jamie Lee Curtis join 'The Pages'

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Joe Chappelle wrote and directs thriller that starts production in Chicago this week.

Us-based producer CorradoMooncoin announced on Wednesday that Tika Sumpter, Ben Tavassoli and Jamie Lee Curtis will star in political thriller The Pages.

Joe Chappelle wrote and will direct the female-driven story of obsession, betrayal and regret that begins production in Chicago this week.

Colleen Griffen is producing for CorradoMooncoin and Candy Straight is executive producer.

CAA handles sales on the story of a former Us security advisor played by Sumpter who is threated by associates from her dark past. Sumpter was recently seen as Michelle Robinson (Obama »


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Netflix acquires world streaming rights to 'Small Town Crime'

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Exclusive: John Hawkes stars in SXSW premiere as alcoholic ex-cop on trail of killer.

Netflix has picked up exclusive worldwide streaming rights outside North America to Small Town Crime.

The license deal, which will not be branded as a Netflix film and is characterised by sources at the online platform as a regular programming acquisition, follows the world premiere at SXSW last spring.

John Hawkes plays an alcoholic former police officer who endangers his family when he investigates the case of a murdered woman.

Rounding out the key cast are Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins Jr, and Caity Lotz. »


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Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman drama 'Boy Erased' lands at Focus

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Russell Crowe also set to star in gay conversion therapy story.

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Boy Erased, the coming-of-age drama from Joel Edgerton that will star Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

The project is based on Garrard Conley’s book Boy Erased: A Memoir Of Identity, Faith, And Family and Anonymous Content is producing the adaptation, which is expected to begin production this autumn for a 2018 theatrical release.

Lucas, who earned a suporting actor Oscar nod this year for Manchester By The Sea, will play Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, »


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Picasso to be subject of Nat Geo’s second season of 'Genius'

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First season starring Geoffrey Rush as Einstein ended on Tuesday night.

National Geographic announced on Wednesday the second season of its scripted anthology series Genius will chronicle the life and work of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

The new season from Fox 21 Television Studios is expected to commence shooting later this summer in time for a 2018 debut. Casting will get underway shortly.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is once again on board as executive producer alongside Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment and Eue/Sokolow.

National Geographic said more than 45 million people worldwide watched the first season, »


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IFC Films picks up 'Love After Love'

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Chris O’Dowd, Andie MacDowell star in family drama.

IFC Films has acquired Us rights to Russell Harbaugh’s Tribeca premiere Love After Love.

Chris O’Dowd and Andie MacDowell star in the tale of a college professor played by MacDowell whose family attempts to deal with the death of her college professor husband, played by Gareth Williams.

The couple’s two sons – a successful book editor played by O’Dowd and a struggling artist played by James Adomian – react in wildly different ways as the family lurches towards acceptance. Harbaugh and Eric Mendelsohn wrote the screenplay.

Juliet Rylance and »


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Constantin, Prime Universe sign first-look pact

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Two-year deal with producer of Hitman: Agent 47 to cover film, TV.

Constantin Film has struck a two-year first-look deal with Prime Universe Films run by Hitman: Agent 47 producer Adrian Askarieh.

Askarieh will submit feature and television projects to Constantin and takes an office in Constantin’s West Hollywood hub.

The company’s last English-language production was Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2016 and it is eager to boost the pipeline, betting on Askarieh’s track record of generating IP based on video games and graphic novels, among other sources.

His credits include Hitman: Agent 47 [pictured] at Fox, as »


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Cinema chains launch global body

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Founding members of Global Cinema Federation include AMC, Wanda and Cineworld.

An 11-strong group of high-profile cinema chains have teamed to launch a new global body that will represent the exhibition industry’s interests around the world.

The founding members of the Global Cinema Federation are AMC, Cinemark, Cineplex, Cinépolis, Cineworld, Cj-cgv, Event Cinemas, Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé, Regal Entertainment Group, Vue International and Wanda Cinemas.

They are joined by two existing trade associations, the National Association of Theatre Owners in the Us (Nato) and The International Union of Cinemas (Unic) in Europe.

The Global Cinema Federation has been established »


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Cinema chains launch global body to tackle industry challenges

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Founding members of Global Cinema Federation include AMC, Wanda and Cineworld.

An 11-strong group of high-profile cinema chains have teamed to launch a new global body that will represent the exhibition industry’s interests around the world.

The founding members of the Global Cinema Federation are AMC, Cinemark, Cineplex, Cinépolis, Cineworld, Cj-cgv, Event Cinemas, Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé, Regal Entertainment Group, Vue International and Wanda Cinemas.

They are joined by two existing trade associations, the National Association of Theatre Owners in the Us (Nato) and The International Union of Cinemas (Unic) in Europe.

The Global Cinema Federation has been established »


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UK cinemas failing deaf audiences, says Ico report

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Findings suggest exhibitors are not meeting demand from deaf audiences.

New research suggests that UK cinemas are failing to cater adequately for deaf audiences.

The report, produced by the Independent Cinema Office, reveals that less than 10% of deaf people surveyed consider their cinema provision as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, with 67% of respondents citing it as ‘poor’.

Statistics suggest that cinemas are falling behind demand, with 97.5% of respondents agreeing that they would attend more often if the experience was improved.

Less than 9% of respondents believe there are an adequate amount of subtitled screenings in their local area, with 23% saying that these screenings are non-existent. »


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Phoebe Waller-Bridge spy series 'Killing Eve' gets international sales deal

21 June 2017 4:30 AM, PDT

BBC America producing eight-part female-led thriller.

Img, the sports and media brand owned by Wme, will handle international sales on BBC America’s upcoming thriller series Killing Eve.

The eight-part spy drama is lead-written and co-executive produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of the hit BBC and Amazon series Fleabag.

It is being produced by Sid Gentle Films, Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris are also executive producers.

Killing Eve is based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and focuses on two woman – a psychopathic assassin and the woman hunting her down. The title role will be played by Sandra Oh. »


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21 Century Fox, Sky merger decision looming

21 June 2017 3:55 AM, PDT

Karen Bradley to make decision by 29 June.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley is to make a decision on 21st Century Fox’s £12bn takeover of Sky by the end of the month.

Bradley has received a report from Ofcom detailing whether the deal is in the public interest as well as a separate report from the regulator as to whether the directors of Fox were “fit and proper”.

She has also received a report from the Competition and Markets Authority (Cma).

Bradley will now make a decision by 29 June as to whether the deal can go ahead, with or without certain conditions, »


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'Grey Gardens' family, Andy Warhol to feature in archive documentary

21 June 2017 3:33 AM, PDT

Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson is directing project with Sfi backing.

Göran Hugo Olsson (The Black Power Mixtape) is working on feature documentary That Summer, which will include long-lost archive footage of the stars of the Maysles brothers’ 1975 doc Grey Gardens,

Olsson is reviving a project first initiated by artist Peter Beard, which chronicles his family of friends and creative collaborators in Montauk, Long Island in the 1970s.

Beard set up the project with Lee Radziwill, a relative of eccentric duo Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Eddie), who were depicted in Grey Gardens and »


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Comedy-horror 'The Night Of The Virgin' sells to North America

21 June 2017 2:55 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Cleopatra Entertainment picks up title from Jinga Films.

Genre specialist sales agent Jinga Films has closed a series of territory deals on its black comedy-horror The Night Of The Virgin.

Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired rights for North America, while Alamode Entertainment has taken Germany and Austria for its genre label Pierrot Le Fou, Njuta has taken Scandinavia, and MovieCloud has acquired Taiwan.

The Night Of The Virgin stars Javier Badola as a lonely young man who attends a New Years Eve party with the intention of losing his virginity.

After midnight he finds himself alone and rejected until a »


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Edinburgh thriller 'The Marker' scores UK deal

21 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Kaleidoscope picks up Justin Edgar-directed movie.

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (Khe) has taken all UK rights to writer-director Justin Edgar’s thriller The Marker and plan to release across all formats later in the year.

The dark thriller charts the story of a criminal who seeks redemption by tracking down the daughter of the woman he killed.

Cast includes Frederick Schmidt (Starred Up), Ana Uluru (Inferno) and John Hannah (The Mummy).

Supporting cast includes Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Struan Rodger (Kill List), Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa), Lara Peake (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), Ian Sharp (Pleasure Island »


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Cannes title 'The Prince Of Nothingwood' secures UK deal

21 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Well-received Directors’ Fortnight doc charts Afghan actor-director.

Vertigo Releasing has picked up Sonia Kronlund’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title The Prince of Nothingwood from Pyramide International.

The well-received feature follows Salim Shaheen, the most popular and prolific actor-director-producer in Afghanistan, as he shoots his 111th film. Movie buff Shaheen and his troupe of eccentric actors have been making ‘z’ movies tirelessly in a country at war.

The deal was concluded between Ed Caffrey from Vertigo and Agathe Valentin of Pyramide. Vertigo is planning to release in late 2017.

Producers are Laurent Lavolé, Maud Huynh and Mélanie Andernach.

French radio journalist »


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French film magazine announces free 'Okja' theatrical screenings

20 June 2017 4:47 PM, PDT

Netflix-backed title to hit big screen in Paris and Nantes on June 28, coinciding with global online launch.

French film magazine SoFilm has announced seven one-off, free theatrical screenings in France for South Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s Netflix-backed Okja following its controversial premiere in Competition at Cannes this year.

“These will be the only theatrical screenings in France,” magazine editor Thierry Lounas, who is also  a co-founder of film production, distribution and sales house Capricci, said. “We’re really happy to be showing it on the big screen in Paris, Nantes and Bordeaux. Bong Joon Ho is a great film-maker and we think this is the best the way to see such a film.”

Lounas added the deal had only recently been concluded with Netflix.

“After the controversy in Cannes, Netflix was cool about the idea but we managed to convince them that in spite of the controversy, it still made sense to try to show »


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