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Starline Seals TV Deals in U.K., Germany, Spain for Jonas Kaufmann Concert Film (Exclusive)

Starline Entertainment has closed a raft of international television and VOD deals for “Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini,” a concert event film produced by Arts Alliance that played in cinemas worldwide earlier this year.

Sky has taken U.K. broadcast rights for the La Scala opera production featuring the acclaimed singer, with Sky Arts additionally taking rights in Germany and New Zealand. Starline has also closed a deal with DTS (CanalXtra) in Spain. Further rights have been to sold to Hrt for Croatia, Czech TV for Czech Republic, Yle for Finland and Svt in Sweden. Air Emirates has secured the film for in-flight broadcast.

“We’re delighted with the work Starline has put into ensuring this excellent film, of which we’re immensely proud, enjoys continued success across TV and VOD platforms,” said Nick Varley, CEO of Arts Alliance.

Directed by classical music veteran Brian Large (“The Metropolitan Opera Presents”), the film’s centerpiece is a
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‘Great Performances’ David Horn To Direct Broadway’s ‘She Loves Me’ Revival For Live Telecast

Update 3 Pm: The filming and broadcast will be directed by David Horn, executive producer of public television’s Great Performances. Earlier: The Roundabout Theatre Company’s lauded Broadway revival of the musical She Loves Me will be telecast live June 30, bringing Broadway a step closer in line with popular pay-per-view ventures as NTLive, produced by the UK’s National Theatre, and Live From the Met, produced by the Metropolitan Opera. The cost to stream the show…
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Starline Pacts With Arts Alliance on Jonas Kaufmann Concert Film (Exclusive)

London — Starline Entertainment has partnered with producers Arts Alliance to distribute TV and VOD rights internationally to concert film “Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini,” which is on theatrical release worldwide.

Directed by classical music veteran Brian Large (“The Metropolitan Opera Presents”), the film’s centerpiece is a performance of Puccini arias given by Jonas Kaufmann, widely considered to be the world’s greatest living tenor, at Milan’s famous home of Italian opera, La Scala. After five encores and 40 minutes of applause, the event has gained legendary status. Complementing the concert, Kaufmann offers his own personal profile of Puccini, a composer with whom he has established a special affinity.

While Arts Alliance is handling the film’s global theatrical event release, including North America, the U.K., France, Italy, Spain and Germany, Starline has been appointed to negotiate all sales for TV and VOD.

Julie Delaney, Starline partner and director of worldwide distribution,
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Arthouse Audit: 'Carol' Scores Big, 'Legend' Gets Decent Start

Arthouse Audit: 'Carol' Scores Big, 'Legend' Gets Decent Start
Averaging over $60,000 — not record-breaking, yet above all but a handful of 2015 releases, and reduced a little by capacity issues — "Carol"'s (TWC) stellar performance adds to the smaller-than-usual awards titles needed to fill arthouses in coming months. Among the earlier strongest openers, both "Spotlight" (Open Road) and "Brooklyn" (Fox Searchlight) showed continued crossover promise and traction to maintain presence in the incredibly competitive period ahead, although neither is yet the kind of breakout success that often appears by this time in November. But continued careful handling and positioning to ride the awards track suggest that both have only taken in a small fraction of their eventual haul. Outside the usual mix of grosses, a couple of offbeat entries scored, including Fathom's Saturday-night-only "Live from the Met" presentation of "Lulu," which grossed $637,000 yesterday. Meanwhile, Jacques Rivette's 13-hour, 1974...
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Julie Taymor Made a Movie of Her Acclaimed Midsummer Night’s Dream Production

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Julie Taymor Made a Movie of Her Acclaimed Midsummer Night’s Dream Production
Director Julie Taymor has finished the film version of her widely acclaimed, visually stuffed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (which ran earlier this year at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn). “Many people wanted to tour, but it’s completely impractical,” Taymor told Vulture this week at a screening of Boyhood at BAMcinemaFest. “There were 17 children and 15 principals. It will probably never see the light of day again as a live production, so I feel very good about the film."Taymor says this project is similar to her 1992 TV film Oedipus Rex, shot during a Japanese production of Stravinsky's opera-oratorio. Like on Oedipus, Taymor directed the Midsummer film, shot by Frida cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto during the last four performances of the play. “It’s not like Live From the Met,” Taymor says. “This is even more thorough. We shot all performances straight through, putting cameras in different positions
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Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley dies at 74

Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley, whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, has died of cancer at 74, NBC said Friday.

Utley began at NBC News in 1963, and for three decades handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated Meet the Press.

In between, Utley anchored Weekend Today and the Sunday Nightly News, as well as two different newsmagazines in two different decades with four different titles.

“I may have been the only person at NBC News who did every type
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Longtime NBC News Reporter Garrick Utley Dead at 74

Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley, whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, died of cancer in New York on Thursday. He was 74.

Utley began at NBC News in 1963, and for three decades handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated “Meet the Press.”

In between, Utley anchored “Weekend Today” and the Sunday “Nightly News,” as well as two different newsmagazines in two different decades with four different titles.

“I may have been the only person at NBC News who did every type of programming as host or anchor,” he told the Associated Press in 1993, adding that his versatility may have led to the network taking him for granted. “There’s a risk in being the utility infielder.”

That was shortly after he had left NBC to be the chief foreign correspondent for ABC News.
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Garrick Utley of NBC News Dies of Cancer at 74

NBC News says veteran reporter Garrick Utley has died of cancer. He was 74. Utley began at NBC News in 1963, where for three decades he handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated Meet the Press. In between, Utley anchored Weekend Today and the Sunday Nightly News, as well as two different newsmagazines in two different decades with four different titles. "I may have been the only person at NBC News who did every type of programming as host or anchor," he told the Associated Press in 1993, adding
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Opera in cinemas takes off – and joins the 3D revolution

Lights, camera, arias! Sell-out shows bring in new audiences and serious cash for leading opera houses

Tonight, most British cinema audiences will be settling down with a Coke and a carton of popcorn for the weekend's big movies: the latest in the Narnia franchise, perhaps, or Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist.

But not all of them. In around 80 UK cinemas, audiences will instead be preparing themselves for a performance, beamed in live by satellite from New York's Metropolitan Opera, of Verdi's Don Carlos.

You'd be lucky to get a ticket though, despite the £25 price tag (reflecting the double cinema slot occupied by these often lengthy works). Tickets are sometimes snapped up in just two hours for a screening nine months away, according to Lyn Goleby, managing director of the independent cinema chain Picturehouse. "Opera in cinema is," she says, "a phenomenon."

The Royal Opera House, eager
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