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French Film and TV Business Braces for Fallout as Possibility of Far-Right Wins Loom in Upcoming Elections - variety.com - France - Paris
variety.com
14.06.2024 / 20:17

French Film and TV Business Braces for Fallout as Possibility of Far-Right Wins Loom in Upcoming Elections

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent The historic gains of the French far-right party Rassemblement National (National Rally, or RN) during the European elections on June 9 and French President Emmanuel Macron‘s shock decision to dissolve the National Assembly have not only propelled the country’s film and TV industry into a state of panic but are causing ripples across the economy. Boasting the second-biggest economy in Europe, France saw its stock exchange take a hit this week amid talks that Marine Le Pen‘s far-right party had a solid chance of performing strongly in the parliamentary elections set for June 30 and July 7.

International Insider: Animation Nation; Deadline Travels Around Europe; Remembering John Balson - deadline.com - Australia - France - Japan
deadline.com
14.06.2024 / 12:27

International Insider: Animation Nation; Deadline Travels Around Europe; Remembering John Balson

Good afternoon Insiders. We’ve been all over Europe this week, so here’s Max Goldbart, back in the London-shaped saddle, to walk you through the major stories of the past seven days. Scroll on. And sign up here.

International Disruptors: Fabian Gasmia Of Seven Elephants On Making Lena Dunham & Stephen Fry Starrer ‘Treasure’, His “Special Relationship” With France & Why German Cinema Is Having A “Renaissance” - deadline.com - Britain - France - USA - Germany - Berlin
deadline.com
13.06.2024 / 14:07

International Disruptors: Fabian Gasmia Of Seven Elephants On Making Lena Dunham & Stephen Fry Starrer ‘Treasure’, His “Special Relationship” With France & Why German Cinema Is Having A “Renaissance”

Welcome to Deadline’s International Disruptors, a feature where we shine a spotlight on key executives and companies outside of the U.S. shaking up the offshore marketplace. This week we’re talking to leading German producer Fabian Gasmia, whose credits include Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper, Leos Carax’s Annette and, more recently, Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry starrer Treasure, which has its North American premiere at Tribeca last weekend. Gasmia, who set up production banner Seven Elephants in 2018 with directors Julia von Heinz, Erik Schmitt and David Wnendt, talks us through building that outfit, his “special relationship” with France and why he thinks German cinema is having a “renaissance.”

Crunchyroll Exec Talks “Huge” Growth Potential For Global Anime Market As Platform Gears Up For ‘Blue Lock The Movie’ Release – Annecy - deadline.com - France - China - Japan
deadline.com
13.06.2024 / 08:17

Crunchyroll Exec Talks “Huge” Growth Potential For Global Anime Market As Platform Gears Up For ‘Blue Lock The Movie’ Release – Annecy

Crunchyroll Senior Vice President of Global Commerce Mitchel Berger was in ebullient mood as he gave a talk on the growing global reach of anime at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this week.

Kinology Boards Buzzy Animated Musical ‘Ogresse’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - USA - Belgium - city Kabul
variety.com
13.06.2024 / 07:39

Kinology Boards Buzzy Animated Musical ‘Ogresse’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Ben Croll Paris-based Kinology will handle international sales for “Ogresse,” a musical directed by Grammy-winner Cecile McLorin Salvant and acclaimed animator Lia Bertels. Spearheaded by Miyu Productions and adapted from a stage show that Salvant has toured since 2019, the animated fable mixes digital 2D and stop-motion alongside a wealth of musical styles ranging from ballads to jazz waltzes to baroque lamentos, setting to song the plight of a misunderstood outsider living alone in the woods and the heartache of young knight sent to fatally win her heart. After claiming two prizes out of the Annecy Animation Festival’s Mifa pitch session last year, the international co-production has emerged as an industry buzz title, winning support from the likes of Claude Barras, who will co-produce and provide stop-motion assistance through his Lausanne-based Helium Films banner.

Folivari Backs Sherlock Holmes Spinoff ‘The Baker Street Four’ Amidst Wider International Expansion (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - USA - Chile
variety.com
13.06.2024 / 07:39

Folivari Backs Sherlock Holmes Spinoff ‘The Baker Street Four’ Amidst Wider International Expansion (EXCLUSIVE)

Ben Croll In a sign of Folivari’s widening ambitions, the French animation powerhouse will handle world sales of the Sherlock Holmes spinoff “The Baker Street Four” through its newly launched distribution branch Folivari International. Adapted from a local comic book series that pairs Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective with four streetwise urchins, the title was developed in-house, with Folivari and Blue Spirit (“Blue Eye Samurai”) tackling creative duties and Canal+ set as commissioning broadcaster.

‘Wakfu’ Creator Ankama Expands Scope With Minority Stake in French Animation Studio InTheBox - variety.com - France
variety.com
12.06.2024 / 18:25

‘Wakfu’ Creator Ankama Expands Scope With Minority Stake in French Animation Studio InTheBox

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Ankama, the French company behind the cult favorite adult animated feature “Mutafukaz” and video game franchises such as “Dofus” and “Wakfu,” has acquired a minority stake in Inthebox, a thriving Annecy-based animation studio. The alliance will allow Ankama to “fast-track its production pipeline and benefit from Inthebox’s expertise with different techniques, such as 3D animation,” Ankama’s co-founder Anthony Roux told Variety in a conversation with Inthebox’s co-founders Mathieu Marin and Madjid Chamekh (pictured).

Françoise Hardy, French Singer and Actor Who Became International Icon in 1960s, Dies at 80 - variety.com - France - USA - county Hardy
variety.com
12.06.2024 / 00:21

Françoise Hardy, French Singer and Actor Who Became International Icon in 1960s, Dies at 80

Chris Willman Senior Music Writer and Chief Music Critic Françoise Hardy, a French singer, actor and model whose classical beauty and often melancholy music combined to transfix fans internationally in the 1960s and beyond, has died at age 80. Her son, Thomas Dutronc, also a musician, reported the death on his Instagram account, posting a baby photo of himself with his mother and writing: “Maman est partie.” Or, mom is gone.

Public Support Drives Animated Innovation in France - variety.com - France
variety.com
11.06.2024 / 21:37

Public Support Drives Animated Innovation in France

Ben Croll Since 2019, 98 animated titles have benefited from France’s tax-rebate on international productions (TRIP) scheme, representing 27% of all projects and reflecting a wider industry desire to make the country a global toon boom hub. This year’s Annecy Animation Festival will share the fruits of that program – which offers an across-the-board 30% tax rebate for international productions, with an additional 10% bonus to projects that partner with local VFX houses — showcasing internationally funded, made-in-France projects like Illumination’s “Despicable Me 4” and Studio Ponoc’s anime fantasy “The Imaginary.” Meanwhile local artists are currently hard at work bringing Illumination’s “The Super Mario Bros.

Mediawan Kids & Family President Reveals Hunt For Next ‘Miraculous’ As Division Gives Update On Animation Slate At Annecy - deadline.com - France
deadline.com
11.06.2024 / 14:17

Mediawan Kids & Family President Reveals Hunt For Next ‘Miraculous’ As Division Gives Update On Animation Slate At Annecy

It has been a high-profile 12 months for Mediawan Kids & Family thanks to subsidiary Method Animation’s involvement in the Ladybug & Cat Noir franchise, which has been enjoying box office success worldwide with a first feature film adaptation.

Mediawan Kids & Family Unveils Feature Projects by Louis Clichy, Lino DiSalvo at Annecy (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Los Angeles - USA - Italy
variety.com
11.06.2024 / 12:57

Mediawan Kids & Family Unveils Feature Projects by Louis Clichy, Lino DiSalvo at Annecy (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Mediawan Kids & Family is unveiling a raft of prestige animated feature projects at the Annecy Film Festival, including “Meow-woof” by Louis Clichy (“Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion”) and “Twisted” by Lino DiSalvo (“Playmobil”). Emmanuel Jacomet, who worked for over a decade alongside Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam on high profile IP’s such as “The Little Prince,” “Miraculous Ladybug” and “Playmobil,” took over the film division of Mediawan Kids & Family under a year ago with the ambition to develop a mix of mainstream franchise-based projects and auteur-driven 2D titles.

Banijay Kids & Family Unveils Deals on Cartoons on the Bay Winner ‘Froggie’ with Spain, France (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France
variety.com
11.06.2024 / 07:29

Banijay Kids & Family Unveils Deals on Cartoons on the Bay Winner ‘Froggie’ with Spain, France (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent ANNECY, France — Banijay Kids & Family, behind hit “Totally Spies!” and “Mr Bean: The Animated Series,” has unveiled first deals on “Froggie,” crowned best TV pilot at early June’s Cartoons on the Bay Pulcinella Awards. In deals which suggest one way much Annecy-announced business will go, Spanish pubcaster RTVE and top French kids channel Gulli, have acquired rights to Spain and France respectively. Both are among the biggest and most established players in Western Europe’s children’s entertainment.

Former Netflix EMEA Exec Alexi Wheeler Launches Wheel In Motion With France’s Superprod Group – Annecy - deadline.com - Britain - France
deadline.com
10.06.2024 / 09:11

Former Netflix EMEA Exec Alexi Wheeler Launches Wheel In Motion With France’s Superprod Group – Annecy

EXCLUSIVE: Former Netflix EMEA Head of Animated Series Alexi Wheeler is launching UK-based production company Wheel In Motion under the auspices of burgeoning French content conglomerate Superprod Group.

‘Poirot’ Actor David Suchet To Retrace Agatha Christie’s Steps In Doc Series From Soho Studios, Two Rivers Media & Abacus Media Rights; Channel 4 & BritBox On Board - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - New Zealand - Hawaii - Canada - South Africa - Belgium
deadline.com
10.06.2024 / 09:11

‘Poirot’ Actor David Suchet To Retrace Agatha Christie’s Steps In Doc Series From Soho Studios, Two Rivers Media & Abacus Media Rights; Channel 4 & BritBox On Board

EXCLUSIVE: Iconic Poirot actor David Suchet will replicate an international expedition crime writer Agatha Christie took in the 1920s in a five-part doc series.

France’s Far-Right Party Gains Historic Ground in European Vote; Prompts French President Emmanuel Macron to Call Early Parliamentary Elections - variety.com - France - Paris - Jordan
variety.com
09.06.2024 / 23:04

France’s Far-Right Party Gains Historic Ground in European Vote; Prompts French President Emmanuel Macron to Call Early Parliamentary Elections

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent The French far-right party Rassemblement National (National Rally, or RN) made historical gains on June 9, dominating the European elections by a landslide with 31.5% of votes. Fronted by the Rassemblement National’s 28 year-old lead candidate Jordan Bardella, the victory prompted French President Emmanuel Macron — whose party Renaissance came in second with 14.5% of votes — to dissolve the National Assembly and call early Parliamentary elections.

Gainax, Japanese Anime Firm Behind ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ Files for Bankruptcy - variety.com - Japan
variety.com
09.06.2024 / 09:31

Gainax, Japanese Anime Firm Behind ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ Files for Bankruptcy

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Gainax, the iconic but latterly tarnished, Japanese animation producer behind anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” has filed for bankruptcy. It had been in operation for nearly 40 years. The company made the announcement on Friday, via its own website, and said that it had filed its petition with the courts on May 29.

Warner Bros. Discovery Snares U.S. Rights to French Open (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
variety.com
07.06.2024 / 19:09

Warner Bros. Discovery Snares U.S. Rights to French Open (EXCLUSIVE)

Brian Steinberg Senior TV Editor The Warner Bros. Discovery sports portfolio has long been grounded in offerings from the major U.S. leagues.

How Catalonia Became One of Europe’s Fastest Growing Animation Hubs - variety.com - Spain - France
variety.com
07.06.2024 / 16:57

How Catalonia Became One of Europe’s Fastest Growing Animation Hubs

Jamie Lang Catalonia‘s animation scene is flourishing thanks to a motivated and well-trained base of artists, generous government backing and early involvement from public broadcasters. One need look no further than this year’s Annecy Animation Festival for proof of the Catalanimation boom.

Gaumont Ramps Up Animation Division With Creative Director Role for Sebastien Rossi; New Slate of Shows (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
variety.com
07.06.2024 / 11:25

Gaumont Ramps Up Animation Division With Creative Director Role for Sebastien Rossi; New Slate of Shows (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent In the run up to Annecy Animation Film Festival, French studio Gaumont has appointed Sébastien Rossi as creative director for its Kids & Family division, and unveiled a flurry of new shows. Rossi, who was previously head of CG at the company, will take part in the development and production of internationally-driven series and movies from France and Europe under his new role.

Sydney Film Festival Adds Eight Titles From Cannes – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - state Maryland - Japan - Tokyo - county Patrick - Nepal
variety.com
03.06.2024 / 07:53

Sydney Film Festival Adds Eight Titles From Cannes – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The imminently upcoming Sydney Film Festival has added eight titles that premiered at Cannes to its lineup. They are: Guan Hu’s “Black Dog”; Mohammad Rasoulof’s “The Seed of the Sacred Fig”; Francis Ford Coppola’s passion project “Megalopolis”; Guy Maddin, Evan and Galen Johnson’s “Rumours,” starring Australia’s Cate Blanchett; documentary “Ernest Cole: Lost and Found,” Jia Zhangke’s “Caught by the Tides”; “The Girl with the Needle”; and revenge thriller “Ghost Trail.” Due to demand, the SFF organizers have also added additional screenings of “The Substance,” the Demi Moore-starring film already set as the festival’s closing night title. The festival runs June 5-16.

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