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'Cartel Land' tops iTunes charts in LatAm

20 January 2016 4:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary picked up an Oscar nomination last week.

Cartel Land, the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated documentary about two vigilante groups who tackle murderous Mexican drug cartels, has topped the doc charts in Argentina, Columbia, Mexico and Paraguay simultaneously on iTunes.

Dogwoof, the film’s international sales agent and UK distributor, launched the film on iTunes on Jan 15 across 17 Latin American countries - including Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Columbia, Paraguay, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela.

Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman said: “It was always incredibly important to me that the film reach audiences throughout Latin America, especially Mexico.

“I made Cartel Land to give voice to those trapped by senseless cycles of violence, suffering and corruption. I’m grateful for the response we’ve received thus far and I hope that - through these new distribution channels - we will continue the conversation.”

Daniel Green, home entertainment sales manager at Dogwoof, said the documentary “marks one of our first ventures »

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Here Are the 2015 DGA Awards TV Nominees

13 January 2016 11:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

After announcing the nominees for best film direction yesterday, the Directors Guild of America revealed the slate for TV direction in dramas and comedies today.

"Game of Thrones" seeks to add to its trophy haul for David Nutter's direction of the season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy," which won an Emmy last September. But HBO's epic fantasy series will be challenged by the series finale of "Mad Men," directed by creator Matthew Weiner.

On the comedy side, "Transparent" will vie with the usual suspects, "Veep" and "Silicon Valley." Here is the full list of nominees:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Michael Engler

Downton Abbey, "Episode 8" (PBS)

Lesli Linka Glatter

Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality" (Showtime)

David Nutter

Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy" (HBO)

Steven Soderbergh

The Knick, "Williams and Walker" (Cinemax)

Matthew Weiner

Mad Men, "Person to Person" (AMC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Chris Addison

Veep, "Election Night" (HBO)

Louis C.K.

Louie, »

- Kelly Woo

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‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ Score DGA Nominations

13 January 2016 10:26 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “The Knick” and “Mad Men” have scored Directors Guild of America nominations for the top television drama.

Louis,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent” and “Veep” were nominated for top comedy series.

The DGA also announced its feature film documentary nominations had gone to “Amy,” “Cartel Land,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Meru” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

All five documentary nominees are among the 15 titles shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Laura Poitras took the documentary trophy last year for “Citizenfour” at both the DGA and the Oscars.

Last year’s winners of the DGA TV awards — Leslie Linka Glatter for Showtime’s “Homeland” in drama series and Jill Solloway for Amazon’s “Transparent” in comedy series — received nominations again.

Bessie,” “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” “Show Me a Hero,” “Whitney” and “The Wiz Live!” took nominations in the TV movie-miniseries category. »

- Dave McNary

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