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Monday, June 27, 2022

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonio Banderas Set Up Production Company Amigos Para Siempre by John Hopewell

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Antonio Banderas are teaming to create a joint company Amigos Para Siempre (APS) aimed at producing musicals, stage plays and live entertainment for major markets in …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:57AM
Monday, April 12, 2021

Disney Plus Takes Latin America, RTVE Snags Spain on Filmax-Sold Animated Feature ‘Turu and the Wackies’ (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

Disney Plus has acquired Latin American broadcast rights to animated musical “Turu and the Wackies,” a 26-episode CGI spin-off series from the hit 2019 toon movie “Turu, the Wacky Hen,…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:10AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lisa Valencia-Svensson on the ‘Personal Passion’ to Push Diversity by John Hopewell

TORONTO–Who is telling whose stories in the world of documentary filmmaking today? Why are they telling those stories, and to what audience? And why do those questions matter? Those are so…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:03PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man’ Vie for Prize at EnergaCamerimage by John Hopewell

The EnergaCamerimage fest’s main lineup, its competition for best cinematographer, covers a vast range of styles, and honors several fresh visual stylists along with many legends in the fi…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:17AM
Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘Broadway’ Breathes Fresh Life Into Post-Crisis Greece by John Hopewell

A band of young street performers and pickpockets in Athens find an unlikely refuge in an abandoned shopping mall. But when their former leader is released from prison, his return threatens …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:18PM
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Antoine Fuqua on Clearing Paths for Black Filmmakers, Taking Denzel International by John Hopewell

LOCARNO, Switzerland — Originally announced as a movie re-teaming, post “Southpaw,” Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “The Man Who Made It Snow” is now set up at Epix a…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:24PM
Friday, February 9, 2018

Elisabeth Moss to Star as Rosemary Kennedy in Ritesh Batra Film (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

Award-Winning actress Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is set to star for director Ritesh Batra (“The Lunchbox,” “The Sense of an Ending,” “Our Souls at Night”) in hi…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:05PM
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Nabil Ayouch Set to Direct Realist Hip Hop Musical ‘Positive School’ (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

Moroccan-French writer-director Nabil Ayouch, one of the most prominent film voices in the Arab World, is set to direct “Positive School,” a hybrid, realistically-shot hip hop musical wh…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:28AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ventana Sur: Subterranea Links to Novelo, Hechos Imaginarios for ’The Eternal White’ (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

For any fanboy in Latin America working in genre filmmaking, Ventana Sur’s Blood Window is one of the main highlights of any year. It bodes well then for Cristoph Behl and the team beh…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:20AM

Ventana Sur: Disney Takes Joaquin Furriel’s ‘Dark Buildings’ (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

BUENOS AIRES — In one of the keystone deals on a high-profile new Argentine title at Ventana Sur, Disney’s Buena Vista Intl. has acquired the rights to Argentina and Uruguay and also…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:03AM
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Morelia: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Opens Wide in Mexico Before the U.S. and the World by John Hopewell

A week after “Coco,” Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead-themed toon, marks its world premiere at the Morelia Int’l Film Festival on Oct. 20, it rolls out across Mexico to coincide with t…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:55PM
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mipcom: New Ricardo Darin Production Co Teams with Patagonik, Disney, FilmSharks on Juan Vera’s ‘Love at Last Sight’ (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

CANNES — Ricardo Darin and Mercedes Moran  (“Neruda,” “La Cienaga”) are attached to star in “Amor a ultima Vista” (Love at Last Sight”), directed by Patagonik produc…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:35AM
Monday, October 16, 2017

Mipcom: Walt Disney International Announces Expanded Role for SVP Mark Endemaño by John Hopewell

CANNES — Walt Disney International Chairman Any Bird announced Monday morning that Mark Endemaño will be taking on an expanded role as Senior VP of Media Distribution for the company.…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00AM
Monday, September 25, 2017

San Sebastián: Film Constellation Rolls Out Rory Kennedy’s Laird Hamilton Portrait ‘Take Every Wave’ (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

SAN SEBASTIAN — Suggesting the pull of major documentaries on extreme sports legends, London-based Film Constellation has rolled out Rory Kennedy’s weighty “Take Every Wave: the Li…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00AM
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Toronto: Disney Takes Constanza Novick’s ‘The Future Ahead’ in Argentina, Latin America (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

Disney, one of Argentina’s most decisive movie players, has acquired rights to Argentina and the rest of Latin America to Constanza Novick’s “El futuro que viene” (The Future Ahead),…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:33AM
Monday, August 7, 2017

Locarno: ‘Good Manners’ Creators on Latino Genre, Walt Disney, Fairy Tales by John Hopewell

LOCARNO, Switzerland — Grounded in an only-half fantasy Sao Paulo of Pharaonic high-rises tower rearing into the sky, gigantic malls and aseptic homes, but awash with the palette of fa…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:10AM
Friday, July 21, 2017

Disney’s ‘10 Days Without Mom’ No. 1 Argentine Movie of 2017 by John Hopewell

Disney, the most dominant of all Hollywood studios last year in Latin America, has another Argentine hit on its hands: Ariel Winograd’s “Mamá se fue de viaje” (“10 Days Without Mom…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:41PM
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Annecy: Disney TV Animation’s Eric Coleman on 4 Guiding Principles of Animation by John Hopewell

ANNECY, France — “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” Disney executives aren’t that well known for phrasing verities in French, so Disney Television Animation’s Eric…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:14PM
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Annecy: Disney Channels Unveils ‘101 Dalmatian Street,’ ‘Gigantosaurus,’ ‘Space Chickens In Space’ by John Hopewell

ANNECY, France — Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Disney Channel France, Disney Channels EMEA used France’s Annecy Festival to unveil three brand new series: Disney heritage serie…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:45PM
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MipTV: Disney Media Distribution Talks Up Marvel, Shonda, Marc Cherry Shows by John Hopewell

CANNES —  More than anything else, the Disney Media Distribution showcase at the first MipTV Pre-L.A Screenings gave a tantalizing glimpse of mouth-watering series, though often no mo…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:39AM
Sunday, April 2, 2017

MipTV: Cottonwood, ZDF’s ‘Find Me In Paris’ Closes with Disney, FT, ABC Australia (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

CANNES — Sealing anchor TV partnerships as it gears up for production, “Find Me in Paris,” one of the first attempts to make a premium international series for teens, has closed a …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00AM
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Berlinale: Canales’ Film Factory Presents Musical Comedy ‘Holy Camp!’ at the European Film Market (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Spain to Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi’s offbeat musical comedy “Holy Camp!,” the f…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:13PM
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ventana Sur: Argentina’s Magma Cine Boards Jorge Navas’ Musical Action Movie ‘Buenaventura Mon Amour’ (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

Buenos Aires’ Magma Cine, a pioneering company on the pan-Latin American co-production scene, has boarded Jorge Navas’ musical action movie “Buenaventura Mon Amour,” adding f…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:59AM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tom Espinoza Unveils ‘Harpoon,’ Readies Disney-Inspired ‘You Won’t Grow Up’ by John Hopewell

Unveiling a rough-cut of his buzzed-up feature debut “Arpón” (Harpoon) at Ventana Sur, Caracas-born Tom Espinoza is developing his second directorial outing, “No crecerás” (“You …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:41AM
Monday, November 28, 2016

HBO Launches in Spain, Adds Content from Disney, Nickelodeon by John Hopewell

MADRID – HBO España, HBO’s video streaming service for Spain, launched on Monday, offering not only its most popular shows such as “Game of Thrones” but also content from re…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:25PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

‘La La Land’ Comes to Morelia Fest as it Hosts Top Festival Winners and Demian Bichir’s Helming Debut by John Hopewell

World-class festival winners are bowing at the 14th Morelia Int’l Film Festival, including Damian Chazelle’s Oscar-buzzworthy “La La Land,” Nate Parker’s controversial Sundance hit…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:32PM

Mipcom: Disney-ABC’s Ben Sherwood on Local Production and the Unifying Power of Storytelling by John Hopewell

CANNES, France – Where will Ben Sherwood take Disney-ABC TV?  One answer: abroad. Another: further into the digital realm. Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:46AM
Monday, October 17, 2016

Disney’s ABC Studios International Eyes Production Around the Globe by John Hopewell

CANNES, France — Disney’s ABC Studios International looks set to drive significantly more into local production outside the U.S. as it seeks to leverage the distribution muscle of Di…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:13AM
Thursday, September 22, 2016

San Sebastian: Disney, Santiago Segura, FilmSharks, Está Por Venir Team On ’Legends’ (EXCLUSIVE) by John Hopewell

SAN SEBASTIAN — Santiago Segura, a driving force of Spanish comedy, is teaming via Bowfinger Int. Pictures with Argentina’s Está Por Venir on “Casi leyendas” (“Almost Legends…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:19AM
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Venice: Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle Talk ‘La La Land’ on the Lido by John Hopewell

At the Venice Film Festival Wednesday, “La La Land” star Emma Stone and director Damien Chazelle talked about Ryan Gosling, delivering a modern take on old-fashioned musical, chasing you…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:34AM

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Wow Venice by John Hopewell

VENICE — Stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone  and director Damien Chapelle wowed the Venice Festival Wednesday morning with “La La Land” – and it took just 10 minutes. And the Venice…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:03AM

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