The European VOD Coalition , which represents the likes of Netflix, Warner Bros Discovery and Paramount, claims a plan to create a 6% streamer levy in Denmark will devastate the country’s creative sector. A statement released today slammed the proposed to create a ‘Cultural Contribution Act’ and urged the new Danish government to “show leadership and true support for its production ecosystem by rethinking” it, and specifically dropping the streamer tax. Denmark has been beset by problems in its production and creative sectors this year, with a standoff between directors, writers and actors unions and streamers such as Netflix and Viaplay erupting earlier this year. That conflict, added to the proposed levy, had meant the SVoD services had collectively pulled back from all commissioning, though local broadcaster TV2 and Viaplay struck short-term agreement with Create Denmark and Netflix followed suit by striking a new deal last week. Prime Video and Disney+ deals … [Read more...] about European VOD Coalition Claims Denmark’s 6% Streamer Tax Will Be “Damaging For Whole Creative Ecosystem”
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Brad Pitt ’s Plan B Entertainment is selling a majority stake to Paris-based Mediawan , Deadline has confirmed, following news several months ago that the company was seeking a buyer. There are no financial details on the transaction, which could be announced as early as this weekend. The company, run by president Dede Gardner and co-president Jeremy Kleiner, recently produced She Said and its credits include The Departed, Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave. Plan B had hired investment bank Moelis & Co. to explore options. Mediawan owns a fleet of European production operations such as Lagardère Studios, Makever and the French TV division of EuropaCorp and has a majority of the UK’s Drama Republic through a deal struck through its Mediawan & Leonine Studios venture. It is best known as the company behind the producers of the original Call My Agent ( Pour Dix Cent ), although it doesn’t sell the rights internationally. Its Mediawan Rights division … [Read more...] about Brad Pitt Selling Majority Stake In Plan B To France’s Mediawan
Strange as it may seem, the Oscar for Best International Feature tends to go to movies that are universal rather than geographically specific. Last year’s winner Drive My Car spoke more about mankind’s default setting to loneliness than it did about the specifics of relationship dynamics in modern Japan, just as the Danish drunks in 2021’s Another Round got hammered in a way that was relatable to boozers in every country from Albania to Zambia. Maybe the Academy feels that real life is better left to docs, but a 2015 win for the harrowing Second World War drama Son of Saul suggests that the door is always open. And after a year that saw the whole world reeling from Vladmir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, this might be one of those years that addresses the fact. Clearly, the abrupt nature of Putin’s surprise maneuver on February 24 caught many unawares, especially in an industry that can be slow to react. Maryna Er Gorbach, however, had begun work on her film Klondike — … [Read more...] about Look Back In Anger: Will Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Set The Agenda For This Year’s International Oscar Race?
EXCLUSIVE : Nancy Daniels , who oversees the Turner networks and a number of Discovery channels, and Jane Latman , the HGTV veteran who is also in charge of Food Network, are the latest execs out at Warner Bros. Discovery . Deadline hears that Daniels and Latman’s exits come as part of the latest restructure within the David Zaslav-run company. Deadline has seen a memo from Chairman and Chief Content Officer, U.S. Networks Group Kathleen Finch outlining the changes, saying the company “needs to make additional adjustments for the future as we evolve to a more streamlined operating model”. Daniels was in charge of TNT/TBS/TruTV and Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. The D-Nets will now be overseen by TLC President Howard Lee. Content oversight for TNT/TBS/Tru will move to Jason Sarlanis, who oversees true-crime programming for ID and now HLN. Daniels took leadership of the Turner networks in May and has been at the company for 15 years, where … [Read more...] about Nancy Daniels & Jane Latman Out As Part Of Latest Warner Bros. Discovery Restructure
EXCLUSIVE: Universal and director Jon Chu have finalized their ensemble for its adaptation of the global hit Wicked with Marissa Bode , Bowen Yang and Bronwyn James joining the film. Also joining the cast are Keala Settle, Aaron Teoh and Colin Michael Carmichael. They join previously announced cast members Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo, Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Bailey and Ethan Slater. Bode will be playing Nessarose, Elphaba’s sister. The character is a wheelchair user, as is the Los Angeles-based Bode, who has been acting since the age of eight in a number of plays and musicals. Yang and James will play Pfannee and ShenShen, respectively, fellow classmates of Elphaba and Glinda at Shiz. As for Settle, she will play Miss Coddle, Teoh will play Avaric and Carmichael will play Nikidik. The film will be released in two parts as Christmas Day events in 2024 and 2025. Chu is directing the film based on the three-time Tony Award-winning stage musical that … [Read more...] about ‘Wicked’ Adaptation At Universal Rounds Out Inclusive All-Star Cast With Marissa Bode, Bowen Yang and Bronwyn James
“I’ve worked since I was 13 years old,” says Taylor Russell . “So many random things. Mostly restaurants, but I worked at a jewelry store, and I almost worked for Amazon, doing shipping and receiving.” She laughs. “Yeah, I’ve dipped my toe in a few different sectors.” Surprisingly, the job that probably proved useful in later life was a short stint in a butcher’s shop: handling all that raw meat must have come in handy when Luca Guadagnino came calling with the female lead for his stylish new horror project, an adaptation of Camille DeAngelis ’s acclaimed 2016 YA novel Bones and All . Set in ’80s America, the film stars Russell as Maren Yearly, a teenage misfit who comes to realize that her taste for human flesh makes her part of an underground subculture. On a quest to find a reason for this from her estranged mother, Maren meets another ‘eater’, Lee (Timothée Chalamet), and together they embark on a bloody but strangely tender killing spree. Russell didn’t know … [Read more...] about Close-Up: How ‘Bones And All’ Star Taylor Russell Got That Meaty Role In Luca Guadagnino’s Cannibal Romance
HBO Max is pulling Gordita Chronicles from its platform, the latest title to be scrapped following the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. Deadline broke the news exclusively in July that the company was slashing Live-Action Kids and Family programming including the freshman comedy series created by Claudia Forestieri. “Just got the very sad news that #gorditachronicles is being pulled from the @hbomax platform. Binge it one last time before our sweet little show is gone. Thank you to everyone who loved and supported our show,” Gordita Chronicles showrunner Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz shared via Twitter on Thursday. The title is currently still available on the streaming service, and it’s not known when it will be removed. A source close to the matter tells Deadline the streamer is working with production partners to find a new home for the series, which, as we previously reported , was canceled after one season. Created by Forestieri based on her real-life childhood … [Read more...] about ‘Gordita Chronicles’ To Be Pulled From HBO Max