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Telefilm Canada’s Outgoing CEO Talks Diversity Drive Amid a Racial Reckoning: “It’s About Reducing the Barriers”

As Christa Dickenson gets set to step down as executive director and CEO of Telefilm Canada after four years as head of the country’s biggest film financier, she looks back on a four year tenure rocked by a pandemic and protests. “For me, it meant 2020 was a catalyst for true cultural change at Telefilm,” […]

Author Salman Rushdie on Ventilator, Likely to Lose Eye After Attack, Agent Says

Salman Rushdie, whose novel The Satanic Verses drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York. A bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital and underwent […]

‘President’ Filmmakers on Zimbabwe’s Ban of the Doc and Long Fight for Democracy

From her home in Copenhagen, Denmark, director Camilla Nielsson is fighting for justice. Justice in Zimbabwe. The filmmaker has shot two acclaimed documentaries in the landlocked African nation: Democrats, which won the best documentary feature honor at Tribeca in 2015, and President, which premiered in Sundance in January, where it won the World Cinema Documentary […]

Venice: ’48 Hours,’ ‘Red Heat’ Director Walter Hill to Get Glory to the Filmmaker Honor

Walter HIll, the iconic director of such films as The Warriors, 48 Hours and Red Heat, will be honored for his life’s work at the 2022 Venice International Film Festival. He will receive the Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award. Hill will screen his new film, the Western Dead for a Dollar, starring Christoph Waltz, […]

Viaplay Signs Manchester City Star Erling Haaland to Multi-Territory Media Deal

Nordic media group Viaplay has signed up the hottest soccer player in the world at the moment, Manchester City and Norway striker Erling Haaland to an exclusive, multi-market partnership that will see Haaland star in Viaplay content and become the group’s media ambassador. Under the deal, which Viaplay announced Friday, the 22-year-old Haaland will star […]

Universal Music Teams With ‘Shrek,’ ‘House of Gucci’ Composer Harry Gregson-Williams on New Film, TV Score Label

Universal Production Music, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Music Publishing Group that produces and licenses production music for the entertainment industry, has teamed with prolific film and TV composer Harry Gregson-Williams for a new U.K.-based joint venture. Gregson-Williams’ impressive list of credits includes all four installments of Shrek, the first of which landed him a […]

Paramount+ Unveils Italian Launch Date, European Rollout Plans

Paramount+ will land in Italy on Sept. 15, Paramount Global confirmed Thursday, as it unveiled details of its new Italian service, one that could prove a major test of the studio’s streaming platform. The Italian version of Paramount+ will feature a library of more than 8,000 hours of programming, including original series such as video […]

Wall Street Bullish on Disney, With a Note of Caution

It has been a tough earnings season for Netflix and such Hollywood giants as Comcast/NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. Discovery as their streaming businesses have hit growth walls. Disney, however, lived up to its Magic Kingdom moniker, with Disney+ beating Wall Street estimates to add 14.4 million subscribers during its third fiscal quarter to reach 152.1 […]

Sam Mendes’ ‘Empire of Light,’ Starring Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward and Colin Firth, to Screen at London Film Festival

Oscar winner Sam Mendes’ next movie, Empire of Light, has secured a prime slot at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. The Searchlight Pictures film, marking Mendes’ first solo credit as screenwriter and starring Oscar winners Olivia Colman and Colin Firth alongside fast-rising talent Micheal Ward (Top Boy, Small Axe), will receive its European premiere […]

‘The Banshees of Inisherin,’ ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ Get Zurich Film Festival Gala Screenings

Irish drama The Banshees of Inisherin, from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri director Martin McDonagh; Edward Berger’s German-language adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front; and Cannes winners Triangle of Sadness and Broker are among the titles getting the gala treatment at this year’s Zurich International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 22 – Oct […]

Warner Bros. Discovery CFO Buys $500,000 in Stock

The stock of Warner Bros. Discovery dropped sharply on Aug. 5 after the recently merged Hollywood conglomerate cut its profit projections and CEO David Zaslav, CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels and their team outlined course corrections to entertainment business strategies pursued by WarnerMedia when it was owned by AT&T. Wiedenfels, who is working with Zaslav and the […]

Racism “Rife” in U.K.’s Film, TV Industry, According to Survey

Racism and the underreporting of racism is a major problem in the U.K.’s film and TV sector, according to a new survey by broadcasting union Bectu. After gathering the responses of hundreds of ethnic minority staffers in the industry, the Race to be Heard survey found that more than 60 percent had reported experiencing racism […]