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Articles from October 2012

Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Bill Gates Says Media Can Be 'Conscience of the World'
Bill Gates discusses the media's role in eradicating poverty and disease, Microsoft as a platform for the creation and distribution of filmed entertainment, his "friend" and "competitor" Steve Jobs, and says he won't be running for president any time...
Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Media Growth Seen in Region
Al Mubarak says 3000 new jobs in media sector have been created in last four years."We have made significant progress in the last 4 years," declared H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak at the opening of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2012, which in its third...
Abu Dhabi Media Summit: WME's Emanuel Says Now Is 'Greatest Time' for Content Creators
Ari Emanuel says range of distribution options opens up more money for content creators. He says Silicon Valley is now taking steps to work more closely with Hollywood, and Madison Avenue also needs to come into the mix.The boom in digital platforms...
Asian Film Market Opens with Sales Announcements
Busan's Asian Film Market kicked off yesterday (Oct 8) with a patter of business including Thai sales company Gmm Tai Hub (GTH) selling thriller Countdown to Indonesia and Taiwan.The film went to Taiwan's Cai Chang Inc and Indonesia's PT Inter Solusindo...
Beardsall and Minghella's Island Pictures Goes on Road Trip with Kirk Jones
Island Pictures, the new London-based film and TV production company set up by Sarah Beardsall and Dominic Minghella, will partner with director Kirk Jones on Are We Nearly There Yet?.Adapted from Ben Hatch's travelogue, the comedy is about a road trip...
British Film Commission Welcomes New Sponsors, BFI Funding Boost
The British Film Commission has announced three new commercial sponsors: Double Negative, MPC and Working Title Films.This comes as the British Film Institute's Forward Plan outlines an additional £200,000 for the Commission for total annual backing...
FCCE's User-Generated Movie Format Entertainment Experience Heads to China
Amsterdam-based crossmedia company FCCE debuted user-generated movie format with Paul Verhoeven last year to make thriller Tricked. Format also optioned for Sweden and the Middle East.Innovative Dutch production company FCCE is joining forces with Chinese...
Halflife by Al Smith Wins Inaugural Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize
Al Smith has won the first ever Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize for Halflife, a coming-of-age love story about two brain-damaged teenagers on a road trip.The £20,000 prize was announced Monday night in London by Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film...
Harvey Weinstein to Keynote as Part of LFF's Industry Programme
Ben Roberts, Roger Michell, David Kosse, Andrew MacDonald, Julia Wrigley, Paul Brett also among speakers.The BFI London Film Festival is ramping up its industry programme this year, with Harvey Weinstein set to deliver a keynote address (Thursday 11),...
Kosovo Makes Strides to Develop Film Industry
The fourth edition of the international film festival PriFest in Kosovo's capital city of Prishtina, from Sept 24-Oct 1, was the right platform to survey the state of film scene in Europe's youngest country.PriFest features an industry segment called...
MIPCOM CREATIVE TALKS: Jane Campion on Top of the Lake
Haunting six-part detective mystery set in remote part of southern New Zealand due to hit screens later this year and early 2013.Oscar-winning director Jane Campion was at MIPCOM on Tuesday to discuss the making of her upcoming six-part detective drama...
MIPCOM Day 1: Canadian Co-Production Talk; Big Hitler Project Announced
MIPCOM kicked off on Monday with the conference programme focused on this year's honorary country Canada as well as digital developments and Russian period drama "18*12" opening the screenings.Central Partnership presented 19th century drama "18*12",...
MIPCOM: Harvey Weinstein Launches World Dance Awards
Weinstein was joined by Michael Flatley in making the announcement and said the event would be in the vein of the Grammy Awards and would take place around April or May. Harvey Weinstein is joining forces with the Irish American dance impresario to launch...
MIPCOM: Harvey Weinstein Talks TV
Upcoming TWC television productions include big budget Marco Polo, reality show Supermarket Superstar hosted by Stacey Keibler and Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden.Harvey Weinstein put in an appearance at MIPCOM on Tuesday to give a Media Mastermind...
MIPCOM: YouTube Kick-Starts 60 European Channels
Google/YouTube global head of content Robert Kyncl delineates content "catalyser" strategy in MIPCOM keynote speech.Google/YouTube global head of content Robert Kyncl [pictured] talked through the company's plan to invest in 60 new European channels...
Ostlund's Play Wins Nordic Council Film Prize
Ruben Ostlund and producer Erik Hemmendorff will receive the $61,000 award.For the second year, the Nordic Council's Film Prize - the largest in Scandinavia, which comes with a $61,000 (DKK 350,000) cheque for the writer, director and producer - goes...
Perfect Number
Dir: Pang Eun-Jin. South Korea. 2012. 119minsPerfect Number, which premiered at the Busan Film Festival, is a worthy adaptation of The Devotion Of Suspect X written by popular Japanese novelist Keigo Higashino, which should perform well domestically,...
Production Underway on the Sea
John Banville's adaptation of his Man Booker Prize winner set to shoot for five weeks in County Wexford, Ireland; Independent are handling international sales and will distribute in UK and Ireland.Principal photography has commenced on John's Banville's...
Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury
Dir/scr: Luiz Bolognesi. Brazil. 2012. 75minsA bold and striking adult animated film that traverses 600 years of Brazilian history - past and future - the ambitious Rio 2096: A Story Of Love And Fury fuses old-fashioned animation style with computer...
Rome's Alice in the City Becomes Autonomous, Part of Bigger Initiative
Programme includes Kirikou trilogy finale and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 [pictured].Alice in the City, the children's film programme that was formerly part of the Rome Film Festival, will now run as an autonomous and parallel section to the...
The Interval
Dir: Leonardo Di Costanzo. Italy-Switzerland. 2012. 80minsA reluctant Neapolitan underworld gaoler and the 15-year-old girl he's been set the task of watching over build a fragile, tough-but-tender rapport over the course of one day in Leonardo Di Costanzo's...
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