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Netflix’s Erik Barmack on Ramping Up International Production, Creating Global TV

  • Variety
Madrid — Erik Barmack, Netflix vice president, international originals, sits on a sofa in an elegant, but discreet, uptown Madrid hotel. He looks rather tired, which he should do. The night before saw the premiere of “Elite,” Netflix’s newest Spanish original series, a murder thriller set at a posh co-ed high school plumbing the depths of adolescent insecurities and Spain’s gaping social divide. Self-respecting Spaniards party until other people are getting up.

Barmack also has, however, one of the most demanding jobs at Netflix: Overseeing its ramp-up of original series outside the U.S. This has been a rapid revolution. Netflix only bowed its first fully foreign-language original, Gaz Alazraki’s now International Emmy-nominated Mexican comedy “Club de Cuervos” in August 2015. It will launch 30-35 non English-language originals this year, aims to hit 100 in two years time.

What’s worrying for Netflix rivals, however, is not only the scale
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Studiocanal Acquires Library of ‘The Intouchables’ Producer

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Studiocanal has acquired the library of Quad, the Paris-based production company behind Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s French comedy blockbuster “The Intouchables.”

Besides “The Intouchables,” Quad’s library includes other films by Nakache and Toledano, such as “Samba” with Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg and “Nos Jours Heureux,” as well as Alexandre Coffre’s “Eyjafjallajökull” starring Dany Boon. The library acquired by Studiocanal comprises 12 titles in total.

Studiocanal boasts a vast library of more than 5,500 movies covering 100 years of film history. These titles include “Terminator 2,” “Rambo,” “Total Recall,” “Voyage au Bout de l’Enfer,” “Mulholland Drive,” “The Pianist” and “A bout de souffle.”

“We’re very happy about this acquisition which allows us to enrich further Studiocanal’s library, one of the world’s most prestigious, with 5,500 titles from 60 countries,” said Didier Lupfer, Studiocanal’s managing director.

“We also have some of the most successful French films of
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French mid-year box office report: admissions down amid heatwave and World Cup

Preliminary figures show admissions were down 1.9% for first six months of 2018.

A heatwave and World Cup fever, as the French team secured its place in the semi-finals of the World Cup, taking place in Russia throughout June and July, have dented France’s box office for the first half of 2018.

Preliminary figures released by the Cnc on July 6 showed admissions were down 1.9% for first six months of the year, coming in at 103m entries against 105m in the same period for 2017. On a sliding year basis, admissions for the 12-month period to end-June stood at 207.4m against 211m for the period in the previous year,
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Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton Join Netflix’s ‘Murder Mystery’

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Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton Join Netflix’s ‘Murder Mystery’
Netflix’s “Murder Mystery” is rounding out its cast.

Gemma Arterton, Terence Stamp, and John Kani have joined the comedy, starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.

Workaholics” co-creator Kyle Newacheck is directing from a script by James Vanderbilt. The story follows a New York cop (Sandler) and his wife (Aniston), who become prime suspects in the murder of an elderly billionaire while vacationing in Europe. Arterton is starring as an actress with a secret, while Stamp is playing the billionaire tycoon who is murdered, and Kani will portray his best friend.

Also joining the cast is Shioli Kutsuna (“Deadpool 2”), David Walliams (“Little Britain”), Adeel Akhtar (“The Big Sick”), Olafur Darri Olafsson (“The Meg”), and Dany Boon. As previously announced, Luke Evans and Luis Gerardo Mendez are also on board.

Sandler and Aniston previously worked together on the 2011 comedy “Just Go With It,” which grossed $215 million globally. “Murder Mystery” marks
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Adam Sandler’s new Netflix film Murder Mystery begins filming, full cast announced

Netflix has announced that production is now underway on Adam Sandler’s latest feature for the streaming service, Murder Mystery, which reunites Sandler with his Just Go with It co-star Jennifer Aniston as well as Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast).

The official synopsis for the film reads:

When a NYC cop (Adam Sandler) finally takes his wife (Jennifer Aniston) on a long promised European trip, a chance meeting on the flight with a mysterious man (Luke Evans) gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the Super Yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. When Quince is murdered, they become the prime suspects in a modern day whodunit.

Murder Mystery is being directed by Kyle Newacheck from a script by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and also stars Gemma Arterton (The Girl With All The Gifts), Luis Gerardo Mendez (Time Share), Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2), David Walliams (Little Britain), Adeel Akhtar
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‘Murder Mystery’: Gemma Arterton, Dany Boon Join Sandler/Aniston Netflix Pic

  • Deadline
Netflix’s Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston whodunit, Murder Mystery, has rounded out cast as production starts in Montréal. Joining the Just Go With It stars, and the previously set Luke Evans, is a host of global talent that includes Gemma Arterton, Terrence Stamp, Olafur Darri Olafsson and French hitmaker Dany Boon.

Kyle Newacheck is directing the comedy that sees a New York City cop (Sandler) and his wife (Aniston) take a long promised European trip. A chance meeting on the flight with a mysterious man (Evans) gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the super yacht of an elderly billionaire. When he’s murdered, they become the prime suspects.

Also joining the cast are Luis Gerardo Mendez (Nosotros Los Nobles), Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2), David Walliams (Little Britain), Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick) and John Kani (Black Panther).

Boon (Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’Tis) and Mendez are already in business with Netflix.
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Dany Boon, Gemma Arterton join Netflix comedy 'Murder Mystery'

Dany Boon, Gemma Arterton join Netflix comedy 'Murder Mystery'
Shooting commences in Montreal ahead of 2019 launch.

French comic Dany Boon and Gemma Arterton are among a raft of talent to join Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Luke Evans on the Netflix comedy Murder Mystery, which commences production this week.

The ensemble cast includes Luis Gerardo Mendez, Shioli Kutsuna, David Walliams, Adeel Akhtar, John Kani, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, and Terence Stamp.

Filming has kicked off this week in Montreal and will take place in locations throughout Europe ahead of a 2019 worldwide release.

Murder Mystery stars Sandler as a New York police officer who takes his wife (Aniston) on a long-promised European trip.
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Illegal Streaming, Mobile Piracy Surged in France in 2017

  • Variety
As France’s film and TV industries push for a tougher anti-piracy law, a study released Tuesday shows that streaming of illegal content increased by 15% and piracy via smartphones skyrocketed by 50% in 2017.

The study, which was conducted by French anti-piracy group Alpa, Mediametrie and the National Film Board, says that an average of 7,845 users watched illegal content every month in 2017, while 2.9 million smartphone users (8% of all mobile users) accessed pirated content.

Overall, 372 million videos were streamed illegally last year in France, and 81% of all illegal consumption occurred via 20 websites, out of more than 2,000 websites dedicated to piracy which have been identified by Alpa. The use of social networks to access streaming sites increased significantly last year.

Perhaps contrary to expectations, the average consumer of pirated content is 37 years old, and so not a “millennial,” and a third are considered upper class.

U.S. movies are traditionally the hardest hit by piracy in France.
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Playtime boards sales on Fred Cavayé comedy ‘Nothing To Hide’ (exclusive)

Playtime boards sales on Fred Cavayé comedy ‘Nothing To Hide’ (exclusive)
The film is a remake of Italian hit Perfect Strangers, and stars Bérénice Béjo, Suzanne Clément and Roschdy Zem.

French sales company Playtime has acquired international rights to Fred Cavayé’s dinner party-set comedy Nothing To Hide, on the eve of the Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film next week.

A remake of Paolo Genovese’s Italian hit Perfect Strangers (Perfetti Sconosciuti) which grossed more than $22m at the box office and became a major talking point in Italy, its starry French cast features Bérénice Béjo, Suzanne Clément, Roschdy Zem and Vincent Elbaz.

The picture, entitled Le Jeu in French,
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Colcoa Keeps the French Flag Flying in L.A.

  • Variety
At the start of April, a spattering of American and French journalists gathered, Champagne in hand, at the home of French consul general to Los Angeles Christophe Lemoine for the lineup announcement of the 22nd City of Lights, City of Angels film festival, which kicks off tonight with Eric Barbier’s Romain Gary biopic “Promise at Dawn.” It was the perfect setting to announce a film about the French writer, a former Los Angeles consul general himself, who managed to keep one foot in his native land and another in Hollywood, through both his diplomatic appointment and his marriage to Jean Seberg. Colcoa has been striving to strike a similar balance for the past two decades.

Initially commissioned as the flagship project of the Franco-American Cultural Fund — a joint project among the MPAA, DGA, WGA and France’s Sacem — Colcoa provides a week’s worth of French film premieres in the middle of L.
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Colcoa French Film Festival Opens with Eric Barbier’s ‘Promise at Dawn’

  • Variety
Eric Barbier’s “Promise at Dawn” will headline the 2018 Colcoa French Film Festival on April 23, the Franco-American Cultural Fund announced Tuesday.

Promise at Dawn” is an adaptation of French author Romain Gary’s autobiography that stars Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film will kick off the screenings of 37 new features and documentaries competing for the Colcoa Cinema Awards at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The event will present a record total of 86 films, TV shows, digital series, and virtual reality programs, 75 of which will be considered for the Colcoa awards throughout the week’s festivities, which will culminate on May 1.

Colcoa executive producer and artistic director Francois Truffart also announced that this year’s festival will set aside a day exclusively for screening first films made by female writers and directors. The day, titled “Focus on a Filmmaker Day,” will honor writer, director, and actor Melanie
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'Bpm' ('Beats Per Minute') triumphs at French Césars

'Bpm' ('Beats Per Minute') triumphs at French Césars
Politically-charged annual celebration of French cinema highlights female rights, fight against Aids and plight of refugees.

Robin Campillo’s AIDS activism drama Bpm topped the awards at the 43rd edition of the French Césars on Friday evening (March 2), with the director clinching best film, editing and screenplay.

The film won in six of its 13 nominated categories, with additional awards for best original music for Arnaud Rebotini, best supporting actor for Antoine Reinartz and best male newcomer for Nahuel Pérez Biscayart.

The César triumph follows an award-winning run in France for the film charting the activities of the Paris branch of
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'Bpm (Beats Per Minute)' leads 2018 French César award nominations

'Bpm (Beats Per Minute)' leads 2018 French César award nominations
Other leading contenders include See You You There, Barbara and Bloody Milk.

Source: Cannes

‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’

Robin Campillo’s Aids activism drama Bpm (Beats Per Minute) leads nominations in France’s 2018 César awards which were announced in Paris on Wednesday morning (Jan 31).

Scroll down for the key nominations

The feature drama took 13 nominations including best film, best director and best screenplay and best male newcomer for its co-stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois.

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations at its traditional news conference at the Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs-Elysées.

The popularity of Campillo’s film among the academy’s members came as little surprise. Although ignored by Oscar and Golden Globe, the Cannes Grand Prix winner has been a critical and box office success in France where the film has drawn more than 800,000 spectators for Memento Distribution.

It also leads the nominations in the upcoming
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​French cinema drew 80.5m international spectators in 2017

Lack of EuropaCorp hit sees number dip below 100m.

The international box office for French films recovered some of its élan in 2017 after a difficult 2016, although the absence of a big hit from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp meant admissions remained well below the 100m of recent years.

According to preliminary annual figures released by export body UniFrance on Friday evening (January 19) as part of its Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris programme, French films drew 80.5m spectators internationally in 2017 for a total box office of €468m ($572m).

The international box office also generated more admissions for French cinema than France, where local pictures sold 78.2m tickets in 2017. Unifrance said the 2017 international box office figure represented a 98% rise on 2016 figures, when French films drew 34m spectators worldwide.

Breaking the box office figure down, majority French productions accounted for 60.7m, or 76%, of these admissions. French-language productions generated 38m entries, accounting for 47% of the international box office.

UniFrance noted that French-language
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Jews in the News, Cannes

Resistance” the story of the famed mime Marcel Marceau and how he learned to mime in order to survive and to save the lives of Jewish orphans in World War II France, written and to be directed by “Hands of Stone” director Jonathan Jakubowicz and produced by Claudine Jakubowicz and Carlos Garcia de Paredes, will star the curly haired and fast talking Jesse Eisenberg who played Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film “The Social Network”. Baptiste Marceau, the oldest son of Marcel, has been closely involved in the research for this European coproduction that CAA is packaging and representing in Cannes. Marceau the artist of silence gave his first major performance to 3,000 American troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944.

Michael Jackson and Marcel Marceau

The producers of last year’s Norwegian hit, “The Wave”, have turned their attention to Marius Holst’s “Betrayed”, the story of the Norwegian Jews
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Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé

Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé
Pathé does brisk business across Cannes slate.

Pathé International saw brisk business on its Cannes slate, highlighted by a previously announced multi-territory deal with Focus for Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming chiller The Little Stranger.

Also among sellers were Gurinder Chadha’s drama Viceroy’s House, which scored a Us deal with IFC, and Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Silvio Berlusconi movie Loro, which will reunite the director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo.

The movie, due to start production in July, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute the film in France and Switzerland.

Dany Boon’s La Ch’tite Famille scored pre-sales in Germany (Concorde), Italy (Rai Cinema), Spain (Tripictures), Greece (Feelgood), Poland (Kinoswiat), Netherland (Paradiso) and Canada (Az films).

The film goes into production next month and is scheduled
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'Raid: Special Unit' starring Danny Boon heading to China

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Exclusive: Chinese buyer Apollo are hungry for European movies.

Beijing and La-based distributor Red Apollo Group is lining up a Chinese theatrical release for French action comedy Raid: Special Unit (Raid Dingue), starring Dany Boon, at the end of August, 2017.

The company has secured a non revenue-sharing quota slot for the recent French hit, which Pathe is handling internationally.

The film played at the Beijing International Film Festival last month with Boon and his co-star Alice Pol in attendance. Red Apollo is also in talks with Boon about Chinese co-productions.

While Red Apollo has focused on digital distribution in recent years, Raid: Special Unit kicks off a drive to increase its slate of Chinese theatrical releases to around three to four titles a year.

The company is also hoping to secure a quota slot for Snd’s Family Heist (Mes Tresors), starring Jean Reno, before the end of 2017.

“We believe French comedies have a lot of potential
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French comedy 'Penny Pincher!' set for Chinese remake

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Exclusive: Ge You to star in project for Emperor Motion Pictures.

Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp) has acquired remake rights to TF1 Studio’s 2016 box office hit Penny Pincher! (Radin!), which it is setting up as a project for leading Chinese actor Ge You.

Produced by Paris-based JericoFilms, the original film [pictured] starred Dany Boon as a miserly music teacher in a small town, whose life is turned upside down when he falls in love. Directed by Fred Cavaye, the film was the fourth biggest local release in France last year, grossing €17.7m.

Emp’s Chinese-language remake is scheduled to go into production at the end of the year for a wide release in 2018. It will mark the first project under a three-picture deal between Emp and Ge You, who won best actor in Cannes in 1994 for Zhang Yimou’s To Live. He is also known for droll comedies such as Be There Or Be Square and recently
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French comedy 'Penny Pincher!' set for Hong Kong remake

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Exclusive: Ge You to star in project for Emperor Motion Pictures.

Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp) has acquired remake rights to TF1 Studio’s 2016 box office hit Penny Pincher! (Radin!), which it is setting up as a project for leading Chinese actor Ge You.

Produced by Paris-based JericoFilms, the original film [pictured] starred Dany Boon as a miserly music teacher in a small town, whose life is turned upside down when he falls in love. Directed by Fred Cavaye, the film was the fourth biggest local release in France last year, grossing €17.7m.

Emp’s Chinese-language remake is scheduled to go into production at the end of the year for a wide release in 2018. It will mark the first project under a three-picture deal between Emp and Ge You, who won best actor in Cannes in 1994 for Zhang Yimou’s To Live. He is also known for droll comedies such as Be There Or Be Square and recently
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Springtime in L.A.: Colcoa

City of Lights: City of Angeles. The largest French film festival in the world and one of the largest festivals in L.A.!

Colcoa French Film Festival, “9 Days of Premieres in Hollywood” takes place April 24 to May 2 in the prestigious theaters of the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood (3 theaters (600, 160 and 37 seats), a 210 capacity lounge and a 1,500 capacity lobby).

Colcoa is the acronym of “City of Light, City of Angels” the original name of an event celebrating relationships between filmmakers from two capital cities of cinema. In 2015, the festival’s name was officially changed to Colcoa French Film Festival. Colcoa was founded in 1997 by The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaborative effort of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors Composers and Publishers of Music (Sacem). Colcoa is also supported by l’Association
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