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IQiyi, Chinese Streamer, Loses Subscribers but Records First Annual Profit - variety.com - China - USA
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28.02.2024 / 13:15

IQiyi, Chinese Streamer, Loses Subscribers but Records First Annual Profit

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief IQiyi, the Chinese streaming platform that is part of Baidu, revealed its first full year net profits, in 2023, even as its subscriber total dropped by more than 10%. The company enjoyed a 10% increase in revenue to RMB31.9 billion ($4.5 billion) in the year to December, it said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. Net income was RMB1.9 billion ($271 million), compared with a loss of RMB136 ($19 million).

The 3 A.M. Handshake: How the American Federation of Musicians and AMPTP Came to Terms on Streaming Residuals and AI Protections - variety.com - USA - Canada
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27.02.2024 / 23:29

The 3 A.M. Handshake: How the American Federation of Musicians and AMPTP Came to Terms on Streaming Residuals and AI Protections

Cynthia Littleton Business Editor The contract talks finally reached the handshake point at 3 a.m. PT on Feb. 23.

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.

Hybe Revenue and Profit Growth Are Propelled by Booming Album Sales, Concerts - variety.com - USA - city Seoul - Japan - North Korea - Hong Kong
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26.02.2024 / 12:15

Hybe Revenue and Profit Growth Are Propelled by Booming Album Sales, Concerts

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Hybe, the Korean entertainment group behind BTS, saw revenues and profits both grow by more than a fifth in 2023 as album sales doubled and post-COVID conditions allowed more concerts. The company Monday reported annual revenues of KRW2.17 trillion ($1.63 billion), up 23% compared with 2022. Net profits reached KRW187 million, more that three times 2022’s depressed result and exceeding 2021’s figure.

China Box Office: ‘Article 20’ Goes Top After Third Weekend, as ‘Argylle’ Flops - variety.com - China
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26.02.2024 / 04:47

China Box Office: ‘Article 20’ Goes Top After Third Weekend, as ‘Argylle’ Flops

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The four strongest Chinese titles that launched over the Lunar New Year holidays continued to dominate the mainland China and global office charts for a third successive weekend, albeit with a change of order that put Zhang Yimou’s “Article 20” in top spot. Global box office tracking service ComScore showed “Article 20,” “Pegasus 2,” “YOLO” and “Boonie Bears: Time Twist” as ranking first, second, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the world over the latest weekend. Within mainland China, the quartet’s numbers were sufficiently solid that the year-to-date aggregate is now closely comparable to 2023’s.

‘Black Tea,’ Abderrahmane Sissako‘s African-Chinese Romance From Gaumont, Sells Wide Ahead of Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Italy - Norway - Austria - Germany - Portugal - Denmark - Ivory Coast - Indonesia - Berlin - Hungary - Israel - Albania - Cape Verde - Taiwan - Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia
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21.02.2024 / 15:51

‘Black Tea,’ Abderrahmane Sissako‘s African-Chinese Romance From Gaumont, Sells Wide Ahead of Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent “Black Tea,” Abderrahmane Sissako‘s lushly lensed romance drama set in China, has been bought by major distributors in key territories ahead of its world premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. Gaumont, which co-produced the film, has sold it to Caramel (Spain), Academy two (Italy), Pandora Films (Germany, Austria), Cineart (Benelux), Films4you (Portugal), Provzglyad (CIS), Mozinet (Hungary), Another World Entertainment (Norway), Film Bazar (Denmark), MCF Megacom (Former Yugoslavia, Albania), Filmstop (Latvia, Estonia), MB Taip Toliau (Lithuania), Imovision (Brazil), AV Jet (Taiwan), Falcon (Indonesia), Pathé BC (Sub-Saharan Africa, Maghreb) and New Cinema (Israel).

Korean Hit Film ‘12.12: The Day’ Sets North American Digital Release – Global Bulletin - variety.com - USA - South Korea - North Korea - Philippines
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21.02.2024 / 09:51

Korean Hit Film ‘12.12: The Day’ Sets North American Digital Release – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief North American digital distributor Echelon Studios has come on board “12.12: The Day,” the highest grossing film from Korea last year. The film has been on theatrical release in North America, through 815 Pictures since last year and grossed over $1 million.

Remembering ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ and ‘Macario’ Actress Pina Pellicer 60 Years After Her Death - variety.com - USA - Mexico
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19.02.2024 / 22:01

Remembering ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ and ‘Macario’ Actress Pina Pellicer 60 Years After Her Death

Steven Gaydos Executive VP of Content Just as she emerged as one of the brightest lights of Latin American cinema, actor Pina Pellicer died by her own hand 60 years ago. Only 30, she had in a short time co-starred opposite Marlon Brando in his only directing effort, the epic Western “One-Eyed Jacks,” and also appeared in one of the most important films in Mexican cinema’s illustrious history: “Macario,” based upon the classic B.

European Film Market Sees Dealmaking Rebound Post-Strikes for Splashy U.S. Packages and Select International Titles: ‘Everyone Needs Movies Again’ - variety.com - USA - Berlin
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19.02.2024 / 11:19

European Film Market Sees Dealmaking Rebound Post-Strikes for Splashy U.S. Packages and Select International Titles: ‘Everyone Needs Movies Again’

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent As the European Film Market starts to unwind, the verdict is already in: Even if global economics are rocky, buyers are back and on the lookout. This week, dealmaking has been happening on both star-driven packages as well as arthouse and foreign-language movies.

Ted Hope, Bobby Allen, Beki Probst Join New Locarno Film Festival Industry Advisory Board - variety.com - USA - Switzerland
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19.02.2024 / 10:27

Ted Hope, Bobby Allen, Beki Probst Join New Locarno Film Festival Industry Advisory Board

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent The Locarno Film Festival has formed an advisory board for its industry side and recruited a roster of top indie industry figures including former Amazon Studios film executive Ted Hope, Bobby Allen, who is senior VP of content at Mubi, and former European Film Market chief Beki Probst as members. Locarno’s industry advisory board will be headed by Nadia Dresti, the former head of the prominent Swiss indie cinema event’s market side who has been with Locarno intermittently for roughly 30 years with an interlude for a few years as head of marketing for Fox Switzerland.

China Box Office: Four Chinese Films Dominate Global Cinema Revenues as Lunar New Year Haul Tops $1.1 Billion - variety.com - China
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19.02.2024 / 10:27

China Box Office: Four Chinese Films Dominate Global Cinema Revenues as Lunar New Year Haul Tops $1.1 Billion

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Four Chinese films dominated the mainland China and global box office charts over the latest weekend. “YOLO,” a comedy drama about weight loss and self-discovery, was crowned as the top earning film worldwide for a second weekend running. “YOLO” took $86.5 million (RMB614 million) between Friday and Sunday, giving it a 9-day cumulative total of $402 million (RMB2.85 million), according to data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway. The second film by Jia Ling, who previously directed 2021 Lunar New Year smash hit “Hi, Mom”, “YOLO” released on Saturday, Feb.

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Embraces $80M Global Bow; ‘Madame Web’ Musters $52M WW – International Box Office - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - France - Brazil - London - China - Mexico - Italy - Germany - Japan - Jamaica
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18.02.2024 / 23:57

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Embraces $80M Global Bow; ‘Madame Web’ Musters $52M WW – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love brought folks together around the world in its opening frame, singing up a sweet estimated $80M global bow. After coming on strong in early overseas play this week, and as audiences turned a deaf ear to critics, the international box office portion of that is $29M, landing well ahead of expectations.

‘TransMexico,’ ‘Edge of Everything,’ ‘Andragogy’ Among Santa Barbara Film Festival Winners - variety.com - USA - Indonesia - Santa Barbara - Antarctica
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17.02.2024 / 18:19

‘TransMexico,’ ‘Edge of Everything,’ ‘Andragogy’ Among Santa Barbara Film Festival Winners

Diego Ramos Bechara editor “TransMexico,” “Edge of Everything” and Andragogy” are among the winners of the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The SBIFF, whose mission is to discover and showcase the “best in independent and international cinema,” has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting roughly 100,000 attendees for a packed week slatted with screenings of over 200+ films. A panel of jury members selected the winners, which included Lesley Chilcott, Alex Keledjian, Chris Landon, Lael Loewenstein, Jacqueline Lyanga, David Magdael, Gail Mancuso, Greg Nava, Pituka Ortega Heilbron, Carla Renata, Gil Robertson, Ondi Timoner, Clay Tweel and Ali Wolfe.

Franz Rogowski Starrer ‘Lubo’ Lands U.S. Sale For True Colours (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Brazil - USA - Italy - Portugal - Switzerland - Indiana - Taiwan
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16.02.2024 / 06:29

Franz Rogowski Starrer ‘Lubo’ Lands U.S. Sale For True Colours (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent U.S. specialty distributor Shadow Distribution has taken North American rights to Italian director Giorgio Diritti’s ethnic cleansing drama “Lubo,” toplining Franz Rogowski, from Italy’s True Colours.

Berlinale-Bound Chinese Title ‘Brief History of a Family’ Sells to International Markets (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - China - Italy
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15.02.2024 / 11:39

Berlinale-Bound Chinese Title ‘Brief History of a Family’ Sells to International Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Films Boutique has closed a raft of deals on the Chinese movie “Brief History of a Family,” which will play at the Berlinale in the Panorama section. Chinese filmmaker Lin Jianjie‘s feature debut, “Brief History of a Family” premiered at Sundance and will be screening for buyers at the EFM as well. Films Boutique has sold the movie to Benelux (September Films), Italy (Movies Inspired) and Spain (Karma Films).

Hong Kong Box Office Stumbles at Lunar New Year - variety.com - China - Japan - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
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14.02.2024 / 12:23

Hong Kong Box Office Stumbles at Lunar New Year

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Cinema box office in Hong Kong failed to live up to expectations over the Lunar New Year holidays, even as local films led the chart. Movie theatre takings between Feb. 9-13 in Hong Kong weighed in at just HK$48.6 million ($6.23 million), according to data provided by Hong Kong Box Office Limited, a joint venture between Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA) and the Hong Kong Theatres Association.

Paolo Bertolin Set as Artistic Director of New Zealand Film Festival Following Programming Exodus - variety.com - New Zealand - China - city Sandra
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14.02.2024 / 11:01

Paolo Bertolin Set as Artistic Director of New Zealand Film Festival Following Programming Exodus

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The New Zealand International Film Festival has appointed veteran programmer Paolo Bertolin as its new artistic director. The festival, which travels around the country, will return in July and August, but stop in just four places.

‘YOLO’ Thrives In Chinese New Year Bow; ‘Wonka’ Nears $600M Worldwide – International Box Office - deadline.com - China - Japan
deadline.com
11.02.2024 / 20:43

‘YOLO’ Thrives In Chinese New Year Bow; ‘Wonka’ Nears $600M Worldwide – International Box Office

The international box office was generally muted this weekend, save for in China which ushered in the Year of the Dragon on Saturday, and with it the lucrative Chinese New Year moviegoing period. According to early figures from Maoyan, the first two days of Spring Festival 2024 amassed RMB 2.44B ($339M), just a touch below the comparable days in 2023. 

‘Talk to Me’ Leads Australian Academy Awards, Including Wins for Best Picture, Director and Actress: Full List - variety.com - Australia - USA
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10.02.2024 / 10:55

‘Talk to Me’ Leads Australian Academy Awards, Including Wins for Best Picture, Director and Actress: Full List

J. Kim Murphy “Talk to Me” was the runaway winner at this year’s main awards from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Sony Pictures Acquires ‘YOLO,’ Chinese Comedy Film From ‘Hi, Mom’ Director Jia Ling, for Global Release (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain - China - USA
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10.02.2024 / 01:57

Sony Pictures Acquires ‘YOLO,’ Chinese Comedy Film From ‘Hi, Mom’ Director Jia Ling, for Global Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Sony Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to “YOLO,” a mainland Chinese comedy film that releases in China on Saturday, the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday. The film is written, directed by and stars Jia Ling, China’s top-grossing female filmmaker. She portrays Le Ying, an unemployed woman in her thirties who still lives with her parents until one day, she meets a boxing coach (portrayed by Lei Jiayin), who just may change her life.

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