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Articles from June 2017

Boxing Drama 'Jawbone' Punches for US Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Grindstone nabs UK drama with Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane.Sales outfit Independent and US buyer Grindstone Entertainment Group have closed a deal for all North American rights on Johnny Harris and Thomas Napper’s...
China Box Office: 'The Mummy' Crosses $80M in Weak Frame
Hollywood holds top four spots as Alien: Covenant wins weekend but Chinese films remain weak.In another lacklustre frame (June 12-18), the Chinese box office dropped by approximately 19% week-on-week.Hollywood claimed the top four spots while Chinese...
Chinese Studio Chiefs Grapple with Slowdown
Alibaba chief describes tech giant as ‘provider of infrastructure’ rather than competitor to producers of Chinese films.China’s studio chiefs discussed the urgent need to develop infrastructure and invest in new talent at the Chinese Film Industry Summit...
CineEurope: Sony Launches Large Format Offering FINITY, Appoints 4K Exec
Damien Weissenburger confirmed as the business head of Sony Digital Cinema 4K.Sony Digital Cinema 4K has announced the launch of FINITY at CineEurope today [June 19].The new Premium Large Format (PLF) offering combines Sony’s Premium HDR-ready 4K dual...
Cristal Pictures Buys Original Pitch 'The Steward'
Project hails from John Wick screenwriter.Los Angeles-based film finance and production company Cristal Pictures continues to strengthen its initial roster of material and has picked up original pitch The Steward from Derek Kolstad.Cristal will fully...
Eros Teams with Pana for Indo-Turkish Co-Productions
Indo-Chinese productions are also in the works.India’s Eros International is joining forces with Turkish studio Pana Film, founded by actor Necati Sasmaz, on two Indo-Turkish co-productions.Shooting in both India and Turkey with crew from both countries,...
First Look at Zhang Yimou's 'Shadow'
Sneak peek was unveiled at Shanghai International Film Festival today [June 19].Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA) have released four first look images of Zhang Yimou’s Shadow.The movie, which started shooting in March, is his follow-up to the $135m...
Macao Fest Teams Up with Shanghai
Jeremy Renner announced as talent ambassador for this year’s festival.The International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) has announced a partnership with the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).At a press conference today [June 19], the...
NYAFF Top Brass Unveil Additional Honourees
As previously announced, Thailand’s Chutimon ‘Aokbab’ Chuengcharoensukying will receive Screen International Rising Star Award.The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announced on Monday the updated roster of honourees at the upcoming 16th...
Scandi Streaming Service Viaplay Appoints Head
Ira Gladnikoff replaces Jonas Karlén, who has led Viaplay since 2015.Ira Gladnikoff has become head of Viaplay, Modern Times Group’s (MTG) Nordic video streaming service. She takes over from Jonas Karlén, who has led Viaplay since 2015.Gladnikoff has...
Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler Team on 'In the Skin of A Lion'
Simon Beaufoy to adapt screenplay about immigrant workers in Toronto.Serendipity Point Films, Film4 and Potboiler Productions are partnering on a feature version of Michael Ondaatje’s novel In The Skin Of A Lion.Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning Slumdog...
'Step' Triumphs at AFI DOCS
15th Edition of AFI DOCS presents audience awards.Amanda Lipitz’s Step has won the AFI DOCS Audience Award for Best Feature.The selection premiered at Sundance and follows the Lethal Ladies step dance team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young...
Terence Chang’s Lucida Entertainment Signs Star Trio
Beijing-based company announces news at Shanghai International Film Festival.SHANGHAI: Terence Chang and Yang Xin’s Lucida Entertainment has signed three young Chinese stars to its fast-growing talent stable - Godfrey Gao, Huang Jingyu and Wang Chuanjun.The...
The H Collective Launches with Untitled 'xXx' Sequel
Production partners include Sid Ganis, Mark Johnson, Joe Roth.Chinese businessman Jian-hua ‘Kenny’ Huang is understood to be behind US-based finance, production, marketing and distribution company The H Collective.The venture claims to have an exclusive...
Trans Atlantic Partners Lines Up 2017 Platform
Junebug producer Mike Ryan and Phyllis Laing of Buffalo Gal Pictures among expert advisors.Training and networking programme Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) has unveiled the 2017 schedule of training modules connecting international producers with a special...
Tribeca Film Institute Unveils Third Annual Filmmaker Retreat
Camden/TFI Filmmaker Retreat presented by CNN Films to take place in Maine.Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) top brass on Monday unveiled the third annual Filmmaker retreat in partnership with Points North Institute and CNN Films.The event kicked off on Monday...
UK Box Office: 'Wonder Woman' Records Hat-Trick
Overall market suffers big drops due to the hot weather.(Note - Dollar conversions are based on today’s rates)UK TOP FIVERanking Film/Distributor Weekend gross Running total1 Wonder Woman (WB) $2.38m (£1.86m) $20.8m (£16.29m)2 The Mummy (Universal) $1.5m...
Wanda, Tencent Form IP Partnership, Unveil 27-Film Slate
Adaptation of internet novel Battle Through The Heavens in the pipeline.China’s Wanda Group has unveiled a strategic partnership with Tencent to develop IP across multiple platforms at the ongoing Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), along with...
Why New Technology Could Be Hurting the Film Business
Is the pace and range of innovation now stretching the supply chain to breaking point?Digital conversion is now largely complete across the world’s 163,000 screens, and manufacturers, studios and exhibitors are able to bring to market an unprecedented...
'Wonder Woman' Star Joins Anastasia Romanov Project
EXCLUSIVE: Feature marks second collaboration between Swen Group and Conglomerate.Emily Carey, who plays the young Diana in global smash Wonder Woman, will star in the live-action family feature Anastasia: Once Upon A Time.The feature is a retelling...
XYZ Films Boards Sales on 'The Dark'
EXCLUSIVE: Footage screened in Cannes buyers showcase.Los Angeles-based XYZ Films has swooped on US sales rights to Justin P. Lange’s horror project The Dark after 15 minutes of footage screened at the Cannes Marché last month.Lange’s feature directorial...
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