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CHINA, the world's second largest movie market, plans to introduce more measures to combat fraud at the Chinese box office.China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) says it will introduce more technical...

Cannes- MIPTV 2015: Gaumont Television Europe announced plans Tuesday March 14 to co-produce 1001, a 12xone hour English language modern day thriller. Created by Lars Lundstrom (Real Humans), 1001 will be produced by Gaumont Television Europe and...

IN a MIPTV 2015 border breaking co-production deal, NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production (NBCU-ITVP), French commercial broadcaster TF1 and German broadcasting network Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, have partnered to produce original US style TV...

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the US streaming service has plans to become the largest producer of original content in the world. Netflix will launch 20 original series a year, Sarandos announced this week at the UBS Global Media...

RUSSIAN lawmakers have shelved a plan to introduce movie quotas after President Vladimir Putin came out in opposition to the measure. Members of the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, parked the bill which would have imposed a 50% limit on...

HONG KONG filmmaker Ann Hui , a pioneer in Hong Kong's New Wave Movement  and at the front lines of the golden era of Hong Kong cinema, will receive the 2014 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival...

Thunderbirds Are Go!, the relaunch of the iconic children's show which debuted on British screens 50 years ago, will bow as the inaugural #MIPJunior World Premiere TV Screening October 11 in Cannes.  Thunderbirds Are Go! is produced by...

WOMEN will come up short once again on the Emmys playing field if nominations for drama series scribe and directing categories are any barometer. Not one woman has been nominated in the drama series directing race and Moira Walley-Beckett is the...

Will TWC sell off its TV division?  Maybe. Maybe not.   Variety quotes a source close to The Weinstein Company as saying it is investigating opportunities for a possible spinoff of its TV division. Same source says it is also looking...

BETA Film kicked off MIPTV with sales for Velvet, the 50's set Spanish fashion house series by Bambu Producciones, to both RAI in Italy and M6 in France. The deal comes on the heels of Velvet, created by Ramon Campos,  co-owner of Bambu, and...

UK CRIME writer Lynda La Plante has launched La Plante Global, a new company that  will control all the author's future TV, film and book deals. One of its first moves is to announce a TV adaptation of La Plante's new novel Tennison, a prequel...

TRADITIONAL TV viewing still massively trumps viewing on tablets, computers and smartphones in the UK. Reports from the UK commercial marketing body Thinkbox and linear TV measurement firm BARB found that 98.5% of average daily viewing in the UK in...

AUSTRALIAN viewers still prefer watching traditional TV on conventional sets, according to the latest Australian Multi-Screen Report. Some 93% of all TV viewing is live and for the most part watched on conventional TV sets, the report noted. Catch-...

BBC's Director of Television Danny Cohen has said there will be no more all male comedy shows on the British public broadcasting network. Cohen, in an interview with The Observer, said he was determined to see more women appearing on what is seen...

JANE Campion has been named president of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival jury. The New Zealand filmmaker is the only woman director to have ever won the prestigious Palm d’Or, the festival’s grand prize, in its 67-year history. Campion, who took home...

PROLIFIC film producer and co-producer Peter Possne will step down from his position as CEO and producer at Sonet Film after 29 years. Possne, during his career, has produced more than 70 feature films, among the more recent, current box office hit...

AUSTRALIAN public broadcaster SBS is taking a page from Netflix by making the entire first series of conspiracy drama Utopia available immediately following its terrestrial debut. SBS2 will premiere the cult series December 18, after which it will...

CAPTAIN Phillips and The Hunger Games scribe Billy Ray is teaming with HBO to pen a new TV series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon. Ray will also executive produce and direct the pilot, should it move forward, with Chris Keyser (Party...

UK public broadcaster BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide has inked a three year deal with China’s Central Television (CCTV) to set up a centre for story development. The aim is to bring together UK and Chinese creative talent to develop...

CHINESE regulators have issued a decree that will severely limit foreign formats and cut back on entertainment and drama imports coming into the territory. China is expected to be the biggest pay TV market by the end of 2018, with 313 million...

CHINATOWN Oscar winner Robert Towne has come onboard the writing staff of Mad Men. The veteran screenwriter,  who picking up an original screenplay Oscar for Chinatown, has been serving as a consulting producer for the multiple Emmy and Golden...

ACCLAIMED novelist Harper Lee has settled a suit filed in a Manhattan federal court aimed at protecting the copyright to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird. In the film version of the novel, Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch,...

UK based Carnival Films plans to take another look at the Edwardian age with a TV drama series based on the early adult years of former British prime minister Winston Churchill. Carnival, the company that produced the Emmy award winning Downtown...

THE European Commission (EC) wants to scrap mobile phone roaming charges as part of an ambitious set of measures aimed at harmonizing regulations in the telecoms market across the 28 EU member states. The reforms will need to be approved by...

SCANDINAVIA’S near century old film and TV production, distribution and sales outfit Svensk Filmindustri (SF) has taken a majority stake in Swedish film and TV producer Tre Vanner. SF’s parent company Bonnier Growth Media acquired a 90% share in...

INTERNET streaming provider Netflix has signed a groundbreaking pay TV output deal with The Weinstein Co. (TWC) that gives Netflix exclusive US subscription TV service for TWC first run films starting in 2016. The pact, the biggest in the history...

IN a groundbreaking agreement on several fronts, DreamWorks Animation has signed a multi-year pact with Netflix, the world’s largest internet television outfit. The deal will make Netflix the premiere home of new original series from DreamWorks...

NETFLIX'S content chief Ted Sarandos has charged the BBC with stifling the potential of UK home-grown children’s shows. Netflix is the primary player in the move to make-over the TV business model of drip feeding series and staggering launches in...

SWEDISH production company Sonet Film, a subsidiary of 95-year-old Svensk Filmindustri (SF), has launched a new high quality drama shingle titled Sonet Television. Veteran of the industry and Sonet Films CEO Peter Possne will head up the new TV...

TO Kill A Mockingbird novelist Harper Lee has filed suit in a Manhattan federal court against her former literary agent’s son-in-law Samuel Pinkus to regain the copyright to the novel which won her a Pulitzer Prize.  The suit charges Pinkus...

SIR Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, the world’s largest advertising company, has told an FT Digital Media Conference that Google, Facebook and Twitter are “media owners masquerading as technology companies.” “Google sells Google, Facebook...

HOUSE OF CARDS author Michael Dobbs is working on what he’s calling “a very major project” with Adam Price, the creator of Danmarks Radio’s (DR) hit political drama Borgen. The project is expected to be on the BBC next year. Dobbs’ political...

FRESH from winning a Peabody Award for MLK: The Assassination Tapes, 1895 Films and US cable network the Smithsonian Channel have given the greenlight to a new documentary titled 9-11: The Heartland Tapes. This one-off project will use footage and...

EVERYTHING Is Copy, an HBO documentary about the late acclaimed novelist, director, playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nora Ephron, is currently being developed by journalist Jacob Bernstein, Ephron’s son. The Hollywood Reporter says...

NEW MEXICO has signed into law it’s so-called Breaking Bad tax bill. The measure ramps up the state’s rebate for television production to 30% of a producer’s qualified spend in New Mexico. The bill was named after AMC’s Breaking Bad, which is being...

THE BBC’s 13-part fantasy series Atlantis is set to begin shooting in Wales and Morocco next month. The drama about the legendary island that sank into the sea is being written by Howard Overman (Misfits, Merlin).  Series will star Juliet...

A study by the US literary organization Vida over the last three years has found that little is changing when it comes to bias shown towards men in the literary world. The study found that male authors take a disproportionate share of the literary...

DIRECTOR Steven Spielberg has announced he will turn the late Stanley Kubrick’s unfinished screenplay about the life of Napoleon into a TV mini-series. Kubrick originally intended the screenplay to be for a movie but Spielberg, who will head up...

SCRIBES Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson, whose biopic work includes Oliver Stone’s Nixon and Michael Mann’s Ali, have come aboard the QED International and Groundswell Productions Bruce Lee project Birth Of The Dragon. THR reports the...

THE value of tax relief for investment in films and TV in Ireland will increase after 2015 from 28% to 32%. Ireland’s minister for arts Jimmy Deenihan announced the hike February 15 on the Dublin set of Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank. Section 481, a tax...

BBC FOUR has picked up rights for the third season of Borgen, the Danish political drama starring Sidse Babett Knudsen as moderate coalition prime minister Birgitte Nyborge. Produced by Danish state broadcaster DR with Camilla Hammerich on board as...

FRENCH  president Francois Hollande signed an historic agreement February 1 with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, settling a dispute that was threatening to escalate between French media and the internet giant. The dispute is a long running one...

FRENCH culture minister Aurelie Filippetti will begin a series of meetings starting January 23 on the financing of French cinema following criticism over the salaries of some of France’s leading actresses and actors. It all began when Le Monde...

JACQUES Tardi, one of France’s best-known comic book creators, says he will refuse the Legion d’Honneur medal, the country’s highest honour. Tardi is best known for his Adele Blanc-Sec fantasy series and his work on the horrors of war. He says he...

PAN-ARAB news network Al-Jazeera has acquired Current TV, the US cable channel co-founded by US vice president Al Gore. Al-Jazeera will close Current TV and replace it with new network Al-Jazeera America. Gore will stay on as a member of the...

US PRODUCERS got a lift from the passage of fiscal cliff legislation in the US Congress January 1. Attached to the legislation was a rider that includes a tax deduction valued at as much as $430 million. Section 181 allows producers to expense the...

GANGNAM Style, the video by South Korean singer Psy, has become the first in the history of YouTube to rack up one billion viewers. The video, which pokes fun at the rich socialites living in the Gangnam area of Seoul, has not only inspired a new...

ROGER Moore and Ian Ogilvy have joined the cast of The Saint, the reboot of the popular 60’s and 70s British TV series based on Leslie Charteris’s 70-book franchise The Saint. Moore originated the role in the early 1960s and is a co-producer on the...

KERRY Stokes Seven Group Holdings is reported to be quietly selling some of its sharemarket investments in China in order to consolidate profits. Stokes has an array of business interests in Australia but is well known internationally as the...

INDIA’s Reliance ADA Group has announced plans to team up with China’s Wanda Group to create long-term joint ventures in cinema exhibition in the US and India. The Wanda Group has some 1000 screens in China and plans to spend $10 billion in North...

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