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Global Road targets $1bn production war chest

Company aiming for 15 annual Us releases by 2020.

Global Road Entertainment aims to amass a $1bn production war chest over the next three years as it targets 15 annual Us releases by 2020, eight or nine of which are anticipated to be developed and produced in-house.

The $1bn goal was announced to buyers at a private presentation in Berlin yesterday and it is understood the provenance of that funding could combine capital from Global Road owners Tang Media Partners (Tmp) and a cash raise.

The presentation at the Sony Center in Berlin on Thursday by president of worldwide theatrical marketing Jack Pan was accompanied by a sizzle reel of films by Global Road’s senior executive suite from their time at other studios, and hinted at the type of content CEO Rob Friedman wants to make.

Speaking to Screen on the eve of the Efm along with his president of international Rodolphe Buet, Friedman said he was
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Best of Bergman

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Above: 1960 Us first release one sheet for A Lesson in Love (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1954).Starting on February 7, The Best Show in Town may well be Film Forum’s Centennial Retrospective of the gargantuan six-decade oeuvre of Ingmar Bergman. 47 films over five weeks, 40 of them brand new digital restorations. Usually in these circumstances I gather as many posters as I can find from a filmmaker's career, but collecting posters for all of Bergman’s work would be a monumental task. And so I’ve decided to cut to the chase and select my ten favorite posters for his films.Most American posters for Bergman’s films—especially those from the 60s and 70s—are unusually wordy and quote-heavy, relying on critical acclaim to sell the latest product from the master. But, as much a visual stylist as a cerebral provocateur, Bergman has inspired many poster artists to great heights over the years.
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Global Road Signs Co-Development Deal With Reginald Hudlin, Byron Phillips (Exclusive)

Global Road Entertainment has signed Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips to a a co-development deal through their company New Nation Networks. Under the agreement, Hudlin and Phillips will develop and produce original content across all platforms for Global Road.

Hudlin and Phillips have a longstanding relationship with Global Road unscripted and alternative president Phil Gurin, having produced the NAACP Image Awards with him for the last five years.

“Reggie and Byron are not only great creative thinkers, they bring a wide range of skills, interests and relationships to tap into for content creation,” Gurin said. “Through this relationship we hope to identify comedy, reality, factual, live events and documentary projects with a unique voice and a global appeal. Plus, they are great guys and I have loved working with them over the years as we have together produced the annual NAACP Image Awards telecast. I am excited to see what they come up with!”

A writer
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Global Road Boards Documentary Recounting Plan to Avenge the Holocaust

Global Road Entertainment has boarded Holocaust documentary “Avenging Evil,” part of the recently rebranded company’s push into television, particularly unscripted projects.

Co-produced with London-based Caravan, the hourlong documentary tells the little-known tale of a group of Holocaust survivors who vowed to kill 6 million Germans after the war in retribution for the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis. Calling themselves the Avengers, the group planned to poison the water supply of several major German cities and hunt down former SS officers.

Britain’s Channel 4 is set to broadcast the program as part of its “Secret History” series. Global Road will handle distribution for the rest of the world.

Global Road was formed last October by China’s Tang Media Partners, which owned both Im Global and Open Road Films and decided to have all divisions operate under a single banner. The rebranded company is headed by Rob Friedman, a former film executive at Lionsgate, Summit and [link
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Kiernan Shipka to Play Sabrina the Teenage Witch in Netflix’s New Series

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The role of teenage witch Sabrina Spellman has been cast for Netflix's new series, although there's still no word on who will voice her talking cat Salem...

Numerous sources, including Archie Comics confirm the news that Kiernan Shipka (The Blackcoat's Daughter, The Silence) is set to play Sabrina Spellman on the new Netflix series based on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book, which features chillingly atmospheric artwork by Robert Hack.

The new show, currently untitled, has been given a 20-episode order by Netflix. Aguirre-Sacasa, who developed the Riverdale TV series, will write and executive produce the new Sabrina series, with Lee Toland Krieger (Riverdale) directing and executive producing. Also on board as executive producers are Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater, all of whom executive produce Riverdale as well (although it's not yet known if Riverdale and the Sabrina series will exist in the same
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Dark Renewed for a Second Season by Netflix

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Did you fall in love with the time-twisting mysteries of Netflix's new series Dark this year? If it cured your post-Stranger Things blues, then you'll be pleased to know that the supernatural series has been renewed for a second season by the streaming service:

Press Release: Berlin -- Netflix has renewed its first German original production, Dark, for a second season. The acclaimed drama created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. Dark, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.

Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: "When we first heard about Dark, we realized very early on
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The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project competes at Transilvania International Film Festival

The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project, a film directed by Srinivas Sunderrajan is one among the 12 films that will contend for the Transilvania Trophy at the tenth edition of Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff).

Presented by Romanian Film Promotion, 10th Tiff will take place from June 3-12, 2011 in Cluj- Napoca and June 15-19, 2011 in Sibiu, Romania. The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project will compete with films from Spain, Iceland, Sweden, USA, Germany, Denmark, Argentina, Belgium, Uruguay, Israel and Russia.

The film belonging to meta fiction genre stars Kartik Krishnan, Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, Swara Bhaskar and D Santosh. A Hindi-English drama-thriller film shot in Mumbai, it was screened in Mumbai International Film Festival, 2010, South-Asian International Film Festival New York 2010 and Asian Hot Shots International Film Festival Berlin 2010.

The films in competition are:

A useful life / La vida util

Dir: Federico Veiroj, Uruguay – Spain, 2010

Innocent Saturday / V subbotu

Dir: Alexander Mindadze, Russia – Germany – Ukraine, 2011

King
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English Subtitled Trailer For Baran Bo Odar's Serial Killer Thriller The Silence

We first came across word of Baran Bo Odar's The Silence (Das Letzte Schweigen) back in February. Immediately drawn in by the atmosphere of the German language trailer this seemed to be the arrival of a significant new talent, a gut feeling borne out when I had the chance to see the completed film a few months later. And now with the picture being presented at the Locarno Film Festival we have the chance to present an English subtitled version of the trailer so that you can get a better sense of what's happening.

On a hot summer day, a bicycle is found in a wheat field - the exact scene of a crime committed 23 years ago. This time 13 year-old Sinikka is missing. While the investigator of the unresolved case and a young colleague start their inquest, for Sinikka's parents an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty begins. The
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Baran Bo Odar's German Thriller Das Latzte Schweigen Impresses.

Mmm, very nice indeed. Baran Bo Odar's Das Letzte Schweigen not only continues the odd trend of Danish actors appearing in German thrillers - Mads Mikkelsen in The Door, Ulrich Thomsen in this one - but also just plain impresses with its impeccable atmosphere and slowly building dread.

With a story revolving around kidnappings and killings of young girls over a span of decades it's hard not to compare to recent UK effort Red Riding but this looks to go far more for arthouse chills than Red Riding's crime-noir vibe.  Here's the synopsis from the IMDb:

13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.
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