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Movistar Plus+ Nabs ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ for Spain (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain
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29.02.2024 / 08:57

Movistar Plus+ Nabs ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ for Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

Ed Meza @edmezavar Spain’s Movistar Plus+, the pay TV/SVOD service of telco giant Telefónica, has picked up the Sky and Peacock original series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” starring Harvey Keitel and based on the bestselling novel by Heather Morris. The six-part limited series is one of the key draws on the sales slate of All3Media International, which hosts a showcase at the London TV Screenings on Feb.

Amazon Studios’ James Farrell Outlines Strategy for Original Content in Spain, Globally Following ‘Red Queen’ Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain - Spain - Mexico - Madrid - Argentina
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28.02.2024 / 10:59

Amazon Studios’ James Farrell Outlines Strategy for Original Content in Spain, Globally Following ‘Red Queen’ Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios, and James Farrell, the L.A.-based VP of international originals at Prime Video, flew to Madrid this week, with the world premiere of “Red Queen” (“Reina Roja”), the series adaption of the first book in Juan Gómez-Jurado’s hit trilogy, taking place on Monday night. The streamer is rolling off the record-breaking finale of its first weekly live entertainment show “Operación Triunfo,” and has revealed that the top three of the the ten most-watched Spanish Originals of 2023 – “My Fault,” “Awareness” and “Los Farad” – have received on average 80% of streams outside of Spain, reaching a milestone for the international reach of Prime Video’s non-English language content.

Sundance Queer Drama ‘Sebastian’ Finds U.S. and International Distribution (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain - Spain - France - Brazil - London - Germany - Poland
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27.02.2024 / 14:34

Sundance Queer Drama ‘Sebastian’ Finds U.S. and International Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent The Sundance queer drama “Sebastian,” directed by up-and-coming Finnish-British director Mikko Mäkelä, has been bought by Kino Lorber for U.S. distribution, along with a string of international buyers. Represented in international markets by LevelK, the film made its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

‘Fallen’ Star Sofia Helin on Swapping Clothes With Her Director, Reuniting With Scribe Camilla Ahlgren and Creating a Lighter Noir Than ‘The Bridge’ - variety.com - Britain - France - Sweden - city Stockholm
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27.02.2024 / 12:02

‘Fallen’ Star Sofia Helin on Swapping Clothes With Her Director, Reuniting With Scribe Camilla Ahlgren and Creating a Lighter Noir Than ‘The Bridge’

Annika Pham One of Banijay’s scripted centrepieces at the London TV Screenings, the Swedish crime drama “Fallen” (“Sanningen”), sees the first reunion of star actor Sofia Helin, writer Camilla Ahlgren, and Stockholm-based Filmlance International since the multi-season hit crime show “The Bridge” (2011-2018). Their collaboration has paid off again as “Fallen” has wooed a first batch of global sellers – including MHz Choice for the U.S.

New Zealand Drama ‘My Life Is Murder’ Sees Brand New Season Widely Pre-sold by DCD Rights (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - New Zealand - Canada - Japan - Denmark - Czech Republic - Finland - Hungary - Israel - Singapore - Slovakia
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27.02.2024 / 08:05

New Zealand Drama ‘My Life Is Murder’ Sees Brand New Season Widely Pre-sold by DCD Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

Emiliano De Pablos U.K.-based distributor DCD Rights has pre-sold the fourth season of New Zealand’s mystery drama “My Life Is Murder” to a raft of territories ahead of its Feb. 27 official launch at the London Screenings. Starring Lucy Lawless (“Top of the Lake,” “Spartacus,” “Xena: Warrior Princess”), the series’ brand new season rights have been secured by YLE Finland, TV2 Denmark, Quebecor Content Canada and Yes DBS Israel.

‘Catch Me a Killer,’ with ‘Game of Thrones’’ Charlotte Hope, Sells Widely as Abacus Media Rights Rolls Out Its Crime Drama Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - Ireland - Canada - South Africa - Japan - Greece - Poland
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26.02.2024 / 17:47

‘Catch Me a Killer,’ with ‘Game of Thrones’’ Charlotte Hope, Sells Widely as Abacus Media Rights Rolls Out Its Crime Drama Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Underscoring the enduring popularity of crime drama, Abacus Media Rights (AMR), an Amcomri Entertainment company, has announced a slew of sales on two titles, led by Showmax Original “Catch Me a Killer,” a true crime drama with “Game of Thrones’” Charlotte Hope playing South Africa’s first and most famous serial killer profiler. Hope also headed “The Spanish Princess,” as Catherine of Aragon. AMR has moreover closed further deals on fiction drama “Scrublands,” a scripted drama about the real reasons for a country town massacre.

Ross and Rocky Lynch of the Driver Era Plot North American Tour (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Los Angeles - Los Angeles - USA - Netherlands - Belgium - New Jersey - Egypt - Greece - county Rock - Wisconsin - city Indianapolis - city Pittsburgh - city Omaha
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26.02.2024 / 15:13

Ross and Rocky Lynch of the Driver Era Plot North American Tour (EXCLUSIVE)

Thania Garcia Los Angeles-based duo the Driver Era is hitting the road for a 17-city tour across North America. With over three albums to date, brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch will again begin touring on April 2 in Pittsburgh’s Roxian Theatre and hit venues in New York, New Jersey, Quebec and more before wrapping in Toronto on May 8.

Berlin Competition Title ‘La Cocina,’ Starring Rooney Mara, Sells Nearly Worldwide for HanWay (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - France - New Zealand - New York - China - USA - Mexico - Italy - Manhattan - Ireland - South Korea - Ukraine - Austria - Germany - Japan - Switzerland - Indonesia - Greece - Poland - Czech Republic - Berlin - Israel - Singapore - Taiwan - Romania
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26.02.2024 / 12:15

Berlin Competition Title ‘La Cocina,’ Starring Rooney Mara, Sells Nearly Worldwide for HanWay (EXCLUSIVE)

Alex Ritman “La Cocina,” the Rooney Mara-starring drama that recently bowed in competition at the Berlinale, has been acquired for most international territories. HanWay Films has closed sales for France (Originals Factory), Australia and New Zealand (Vendetta), Spain (Avalon), Italy (Teodora Film), Benelux (Cherry Pickers), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Scandinavia (Mis.

Fox Orders Presentation For ‘The Kumars’ Revival & Script From ‘Workin’ Moms’ Duo In International Content Strategy Expansion To Comedy - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - USA - Canada
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23.02.2024 / 16:21

Fox Orders Presentation For ‘The Kumars’ Revival & Script From ‘Workin’ Moms’ Duo In International Content Strategy Expansion To Comedy

EXCLUSIVE: The Kumars are plotting a return — this time on American television. Fox has ordered a presentation for multi-camera comedy Meet The Kumars, a followup to the award-winning 2001 BBC series The Kumars At No. 42. Most of the original cast is back for the U.S.-flavored revival of the family sitcom/talk show.

Ray Yeung’s LGBT Bereavement Tale ‘All Shall Be Well’ Sells to Several Territories Following Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Switzerland - Berlin - Hong Kong - Israel - county Ray - city Hong Kong
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22.02.2024 / 17:55

Ray Yeung’s LGBT Bereavement Tale ‘All Shall Be Well’ Sells to Several Territories Following Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Hong Kong director Ray Yeung ‘s “All Shall Be Well” has sold in several key markets following its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Represented in international markets by Films Boutique, “All Shall Be Well” is playing in the Panorama section at the Berlinale and is eligible for the Teddy Award.

42 Taps Former Universal International Studios Exec David O’Donoghue as Chief Operating Officer (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain
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20.02.2024 / 16:31

42 Taps Former Universal International Studios Exec David O’Donoghue as Chief Operating Officer (EXCLUSIVE)

Alex Ritman 42, the L.A.- and London-based management and production company behind titles including “The Silent Twins,” “The Girl Before” and “The Flatshare,” has appointed former Universal International Studios exec David O’Donoghue to the position of chief operating office with immediate effect. O’Donoghue will run the company’s operations and business development globally, in addition to having oversight of business affairs and production across the portfolio. He’ll work from 42’s London office.

Latido Films, ‘Ane’ Director David Perez Sanudo Clinch Two-Picture Deal (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Madrid
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20.02.2024 / 07:43

Latido Films, ‘Ane’ Director David Perez Sanudo Clinch Two-Picture Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent In a coup for the Madrid-based sales agency, Latido Films has cliched a two picture deal with David Pérez Sañudo whose debut feature, “Ane,” repped by Latido, swept three Spanish Academy Goya Awards in 2021. Latido will take world sales rights on both titles. The move comes as Spanish sales companies battle to retain top-flight talent, increasingly in the crosshairs of international counterparts.

Filmax Closes ‘The Teacher Who Promised the Sea’ with Italy’s Officine Ubu (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Italy - India - Berlin - state Oregon - Israel
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19.02.2024 / 20:25

Filmax Closes ‘The Teacher Who Promised the Sea’ with Italy’s Officine Ubu (EXCLUSIVE)

Anna Marie de la Fuente Spanish indie film studio Filmax has sold sleeper hit “The Teacher who Promised the Sea” to Italy’s Officine Ubu following sales to Nachshon Films in Israel, Angel Films Scandinavia, India’s BookMyShow and airline rights to Encore Inflight. “The Teacher…” is based on the real story of Antoni Benaiges, an instructor from Catalonia who, back in 1935, was assigned to teach at a little village school in the province of Burgos.

‘The Devil’s Bath,’ Berlinale Competition Thriller From ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Duo, Sells to Key Markets for Playtime (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - Italy - Ireland - Ukraine - Russia - Austria - Japan - Berlin
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19.02.2024 / 11:19

‘The Devil’s Bath,’ Berlinale Competition Thriller From ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Duo, Sells to Key Markets for Playtime (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Playtime has had a busy EFM, where it’s locked a raft of major deals on “The Devil’s Bath,” a period psychological thriller in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. “The Devil’s Bath” is directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the Austrian filmmaking duo behind “Goodnight Mommy.” Set in rural Austria in 1750, “The Devil’s Bath” stars Anja Plaschg, the up-and-coming singer and composer known as Soap & Skin. Plaschg plays Agnes, a young married woman who feels oppressed in her husband’s world, which is devoid of emotions and limited to chores and expectations.

Le Pacte, Film Factory Join Movistar Plus+ Title from ‘Marshland’ Director Alberto Rodríguez (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Berlin - county Buena Vista
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18.02.2024 / 07:45

Le Pacte, Film Factory Join Movistar Plus+ Title from ‘Marshland’ Director Alberto Rodríguez (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte and sales agency Film Factory have joined Spanish pay giant Movistar Plus on the next film from Alberto Rodríguez (“Marshland”), which is shaping up fast with as one of the biggest packages from Spain this year at the Berlinale’s European Film Market. Le Pacte will co-produce the thriller out of France and handle French distribution rights. Film Factory is launching international sales at Berlin.

‘Sons of the Clouds’’ Alvaro Longoria Preps ‘The Sleeper’(EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - London - Italy - Madrid - Rome
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17.02.2024 / 17:53

‘Sons of the Clouds’’ Alvaro Longoria Preps ‘The Sleeper’(EXCLUSIVE)

Emiliano De Pablos Spain’s Morena, Mediacrest and Estrategia Audiovisual are joining forces with Italy’s Fandango on “The Sleeper,” a thriller doc following an alleged Caravaggio painting, directed by producer-helmer Álvaro Longoria. Rome-based Fandango also handles international sales rights.

Brad Fuller-Produced Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Astronaut’ Starring Kate Mara Sells to U.K., Oz, Germany, Italy and More (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - Italy - Ireland - South Africa - Germany - Portugal - Greece - Berlin - Israel
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17.02.2024 / 14:19

Brad Fuller-Produced Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Astronaut’ Starring Kate Mara Sells to U.K., Oz, Germany, Italy and More (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Highland Film Group has locked key territory deals for sci-fi thriller “The Astronaut” from “A Quiet Place” producer Brad Fuller Pic stars Kate Mara (“A Teacher”), Laurence Fishburne (“John Wick” films) and Gabriel Luna (“Terminator: Dark Fate”). The film wrapped shooting late last year in Ireland. “The Astronaut” has sold to Signature Entertainment for the U.K., Capelight Pictures for Germany, Blue Swan Entertainment for Italy, Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais for Portugal, DeAPlaneta for Spain, Spentzos Film for Greece, Cinemania Group for former Yugoslavia, Shoval Film Production for Israel, Falcon Films for the Middle East, Filmfinity for South Africa and Roadshow Films for Australia and New Zealand.

Saban Buys Brit Thriller ‘Kill’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain - Scotland - USA
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17.02.2024 / 14:19

Saban Buys Brit Thriller ‘Kill’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Alex Ritman Saban Films has acquired North American rights to the British thriller “Kill,” starring Paul Higgins (“Slow Horses,” “Line of Duty”), Brian Vernel (“Star Wars: Episode VII – the Force Awakens,” “Dunkirk”), Daniel Portman (“Game of Thrones, The Angel’s Share”), Calum Ross (“Wednesday”), Anita Vettesse (“Outlander,” “Guilt”), James Harkness (“Darkest Hour,” “Phantom Thread”) and Joanne Thomson (“The Victim”). The film, which explores the history of violence, the power of family and the dangers of revenge, marks the feature directorial debut of Rodger Griffiths, who devised the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Rob Drummond. “Kill” follows a hunting trip that turns deadly when three brothers plot to murder their violent, abusive father.

Filmax Secures ‘My Friend Eva,’ From ‘Truman’ Director Cesc Gay (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Rome - Berlin
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17.02.2024 / 08:59

Filmax Secures ‘My Friend Eva,’ From ‘Truman’ Director Cesc Gay (EXCLUSIVE)

Callum McLennan Filmax has taken global distribution rights for “My Friend Eva,” the latest from Spanish director Cesc Gay whose ‘Truman’ proved a notable hit overseas, scoring substantial theatrical returns in several territories. Set against the backdrops of Barcelona and Rome, this romantic comedy boasts Nora Navas (“Libertad”) Juan Diego Botto (“The Suicide Squad”) and Rodrigo de la Serna (“Money Heist”). The film marks the ninth collaboration between Gay and producer Marta Esteban of Imposible Films, dating back to Gay’s breakout “Nico and Dani” and taking in “Truman.” The new film turns on Eva, 50, a married woman on the quest for passion whose life takes a dramatic turn after a serendipitous encounter in Rome.

FilmSharks Sells Wide ‘Lobo Feroz,’ Ines Paris’ ‘Olvido’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - France - Russia - Germany - Japan - county Jones - Israel - Uruguay - Taiwan
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17.02.2024 / 08:59

FilmSharks Sells Wide ‘Lobo Feroz,’ Ines Paris’ ‘Olvido’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Holly Jones Buenos Aires-based sales outfit FilmSharks has closed major territories on dark comedy “Lobo Feroz,” from director Gustavo Hernández (“La Casa Muda”), and on “The Forgotten Killings,” the latest from Ines Paris (“Miguel and William”). Produced by Uruguay’s Mother Superior and Spains’ Bowfinger Intl. Pictures, “Lobo Feroz” is a remake of Israeli film “Big Bad Wolves” from Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.

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