In today’s bulletin, German cinemas remain closed; the documentary Marcus Rashford will be broadcast on BBC; Comedy Comedy Channel 4; Cineflix sells factuals to the Nordic; ViacomCBS hires Lost Art TV; 101 teams with YADC; SPTN encompasses “DinoCity”; and TVF sells miscarriage documents.
Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel declared late Wednesday that Germany’s partial lockdown would be extended to at least December 20 following a meeting with the prime ministers of the country’s 16 states. This means theaters will remain closed and new releases scheduled for December 3 and 10, incl Viggo Mortensen“Falling” (photo), Paul WS AndersonBarbara Ott’s “Monster Hunter,” “Kids Run,” Marc Meyers’ “All My Life,” and Ed Herzog’s “Kaiserschmarrndrama” will all be postponed.
Germany’s goal is to bring the number of new coronavirus cases in each region to below 50 per 100,000 population per week. Currently it averages 140 per 100,000.
That BBC has announced a 60-minute documentary about the English football player Marcus Rashford, For who Manchester United in the Premier League and for the England national team. The 23-year-old made a splash this year when his campaign against child food poverty forced the British government to undertake two embarrassing policy reversals and broadened support for his cause. Rashford was recognized as a Member of the Order of the British Empire earlier this year, and will be honored at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year event with a Special Award on December 20.
The documentary, which will open December 21 on BBC One, was commissioned by Clare Sillery, the BBC’s chief commissioner of documentary, history and religion and Charlotte Moore, The BBC’s head of content, and produced and directed by Jo McCusker, Colin Stone, and Claire Ryan.
British broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned “Big Boys,” a six-part comedy series from Roughcut Television, producer of BAFTA-win “Stath Lets Flats. “
Created, written, and narrated by Jack Rooke, and based on the live comedy shows “Good Grief”, “Happy Hour”, and “Love Letters”, the series will center on the unexpected friendship between the sweet, shy and introverted Jack (Dylan Llewellyn, “Derry Girls”) and boisterous, Danny (Jon Pointing, “Plebs”), a rather mature and somewhat mature student.
Cineflix rights has sold over 450 hours of factual content to broadcasters and platforms across the Nordic region. NENT has obtained “Coast Guard: Mission Critical” in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and “Building Hitler’s Supergun” for Sweden.
Danish TV2 has had several seasons of various “Property Brothers” series, and David Attenborough“Queen Green Planet”. “My Family and the Galapagos” has been purchased by SVT (Sweden) and YLE (Finland); The “Lost Pyramid of Egypt” has been sold to DR (Denmark), NENT (Sweden) and YLE (Finland); “Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o” has been purchased by DR and SVT; while “The Far Traveler” has been acquired by DR and YLE.
“Inside Taronga Zoo” has been sold to Viasat World, while SVT has purchased “Extreme Tribe: The Last Pygmies”, “Under Thin Ice”, and “Takaya: Lone Wolf”.
ViacomCBS‘WE MTV Entertainment Group has engaged a broadcast consultant based in the UK Lost Art TV to get fresh and new comedy formats and scripted formats from the international market for its portfolio of brands, which includes MTV, Comedy Central, and others.
Lost Art TV has teamed up with UKTV, NBCUniversal, ITV Studios, and NENT Group, helping to secure and launch brands of popular formats including “Island of Love, “” I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here “and” Come Eat with Me “.
Independent film distributor 101 Movies has collaborated with independent labels (However) Other Distribution Companies (YADC), for a line of feature releases for the home entertainment sector, including “Max Cloud’s Intergalactic Adventure”, “Cup of Cheer,” “Riot Girls,” “Paradise Z”, and “Last Moment of Clarity.”
The deal sees 101 Films handling sales, distribution and marketing, while YADC will handle the acquisition.
APC Kids, the children’s entertainment division of production and distribution company APC Studios, has secured a deal in the UK where the 2D animated series “DinoCity“Will be broadcast exclusively on Sony Pictures Television Networks’ Tiny Pop pre-school channel in the UK and Ireland.
The series is produced by the Riki Group, in collaboration with Animax Studio.
“Misconceptions about Miscarriage, ”A documentary from actor and filmmaker Tahyna MacManus (“ X-Men Origins: Wolverine ”), Neon Jane and This Film Studio marketed by TVF International following its debut at the Australian Booth in October for Pregnancy and Lost Moon Awareness.
This film captures an emotional four-year journey through pregnancy, birth, and multiple miscarriages for MacManus and her husband Tristan (“Strictly Come Dancing”) as they come to terms with their own loss and seek answers and support.
One in four pregnancies ends in a miscarriage and leaves the woman and her partner feeling guilty and angry, and without support from the workplace. MacManus connects with fellow actors Claire Holt, Teresa Palmer and Deborra-Lee Furness as well as with women from all over Australia to better understand and normalize the experience of miscarriage.
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