“Elvis,” which earlier this week dominated the craft prizes of Australia’s AACTA Awards, on Wednesday added four more. These included best film and best director for Baz Luhrmann. The film also claimed best lead actor (for Austin Butler) and best supporting actress (Olivia DeJonge). “Elvis” had already picked up seven previous awards at Monday night’s
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Prominent Arab talent management agency and film distribution company MAD Solutions is launching MAD Crew Celebrity, a new unit dedicated to boosting the careers of Arab directors and producers, as well as writers, cinematographers, costume designers, composers and editors. MAD Crew Celebrity comes after the company in 2020 formed its MAD Rising Celebrity division, dedicated
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TikTok may be one of the foremost social media platforms in the world, but the service still remains relatively opaque for much of the international TV industry. At Singapore’s Asia TV Forum, TikTok’s global head of sports and gaming Harish Sarma tried to connect the dots between the platform’s audience and how producers and distributors
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Prominent Arab film distributor MAD Solutions has forged a production partnership with Dubai-based broadcaster OSN, the Red Sea Fund, and the U.K.’s Global Screen Fund, plus U.K. companies Corniche Media and Caspian Films, on Saudi multihyphenate Ahd Kamel’s long gestating feature film debut “My Driver and I.” The production partnership for the feature was announced
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Tomorrow Studios has optioned rights to make a U.S. version of Japanese crime format “Connected: The Homebound Detective.” The original series about a man who is confined to his childhood bedroom, was produced by Envision Entertainment and Japanese broadcast group Nippon TV, and it its envisaged that the pair will co-produce with Tomorrow. The format
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Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is launching an SGD5 million ($3.6 million) Virtual Production Innovation Fund. The fund was announced by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, Tan Kiat How, at the opening of the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and Screen Singapore on Wednesday. It is designed to support
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Factual distributor TVF International has renewed its first-look deal with Singapore media giant Mediacorp, extending the distribution partnership for another two years, it was revealed ahead of the Asia Television Forum in Singapore. TVF has already had a four-year partnership with Mediacorp and currently distributes some 350 hours of Mediacorp’s factual programs to broadcasters and
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Singapore’s Asia TV Forum returns in person for the first time in three years, and like so many markets that have come back to form in 2022, it faces an industry forever altered by the pandemic and set for further disruption from macroeconomic forces. Known to the international TV industry simply as ATF, the December
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Sri Lankan auteur Vimukthi Jayasundara, whose “The Forsaken Land” (2005) won the Camera d’Or at Cannes, is readying his next project “Turtle’s Gaze on Spying Stars.” The film is set in a future ravaged by a mysterious pandemic caused by the over dependence of mankind on technology. The protagonist is a refugee from Sri Lanka
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Anna Kendrick’s “Alice, Darling,” directed by Mary Nighy, has released its first trailer. Nighy, the daughter of “Living” star Bill Nighy, brought her directorial debut to Toronto Film Festival back in September for its world premiere. The psychological thriller also stars Kaniehtiio Horn, Charlie Carrick and Wunmi Mosaku. Nominated for an Academy Award for “Up
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After 13 years of anticipation, James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” has finally been unveiled for members of the press following the movie’s world premiere in London. The first reactions to the film are overwhelmingly positive, with many journalists blown away once again by Cameron’s boundless imagination and pristine visual effects. “Happy to say
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Jenna Ortega has become an internet sensation thanks to Netflix’s “Wednesday,” which after two weeks is already the streaming giant’s third most-watched English-language series of all time. The show’s popularity was boosted by a scene in which Ortega’s Wednesday performs a wild dance set to The Cramps’ 1981 single “Goo Goo Muck.” Ortega’s dance scene
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Rob Tuck, the veteran ad-sales chief of the CW network, is leaving the outlet as it moves forward under new ownership, according to two people familiar with the matter Tuck has posted information about his coming retirement on social media. He has been with the CW and its antecedent, the WB, since mid-1995 — its
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Rimas Publishing, the publishing arm for the Puerto Rican-based Rimas Entertainment label, has signed Yensanjuan to a global publishing agreement. The musician, born Roberto Rivera Elias, has collaborated with several of Latin music’s biggest names including Alvaro Díaz, Feid, Rauw Alejandro, Sebastián Yatra, and Young Miko. He most recently appeared on Alejandro’s “Trap Cake, Vol.
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