Berlinale calls for acquittal of filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga after arrest in protest
The directors of the Berlin International Film Festival are calling on the Zimbabwean government to release filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga and journalist Julie Barnes or drop the case before an upcoming trial begins. Both women were arrested in Harare in July 2020 during a protest calling for the release of journalists and institutional reforms. Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian said that as “an institution that defends freedom of expression and freedom of artistic expression throughout the world”, they are calling on the government to drop the charges against women. “Both women have consistently campaigned for freedom in courageous and artistically appealing ways. The right to freedom of expression is anchored in Zimbabwe’s constitution, and denying these women that right would be unconstitutional,” they added in their statement. Both are out on bail but have been charged with inciting public violence, disturbing the peace and bigotry, as well as violating Covid regulations. They were subpoenaed 26 times. Dangarembga, an author, German Book Trade Peace Prize winner and filmmaker, was a member of the International Jury at the Berlinale earlier this year.
Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh Named ‘Distributor of the Year’ at CineEurope
Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh was named “International Distributor of the Year” at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona today. “Anna is a natural leader who has helped take Studiocanal – the European leader in the production and distribution of feature films and TV series – to the next level and could not be more deserving of this award,” said Andrew Sunshine, President of the Organizers of the Festival. CineEurope. the Expo Cinema Group. Laura Houlgatte, CEO of the Brussels-based Union Internationale des Cinemas (UNIC), also received the award. “Studiocanal remains a crucial partner in the exhibition of European cinema and has shown itself to be fully committed to bringing the best of European films to the big screen. This award recognizes Anna’s leadership, extraordinary dedication and extraordinary passion for our industry,” she said. New Zealand-born Marsh joined Studiocanal in 2008 and steadily rose through its ranks until being named CEO in 2019. “I share this award and this moment with my Studiocanal team, whom I would like to thank for their loyalty, dedication, tireless passion and motivation. I share this with our talent – our network of producers and filmmakers that we genuinely consider family. And I share this with everyone present at CineEurope,” she said.
Ted Sarandos courtes the next Israeli creative talent in Jerusalem
Before departing for Cannes Lions in France, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos landed in Jerusalem this week to meet students at Israel’s Sam Spiegel Film and Television School. The platform is supporting the school’s fledgling Series Lab initiative with the Netflix Series Development award for one of the shortlisted projects. “Your projects will change the world, it could take a year, it could take ten. But it will happen. That’s why we’re so proud of this affiliation,” he told students. Sarandos emphasized that programs in local languages remained at the heart of the platform’s offering. “That’s something we’re very proud of at Netflix – that we’ve taken the experience of watching something that’s not in your language into the mainstream. The biggest television show in the world last year didn’t come from Hollywood. It came from South Korea,” he said. Israel has delivered Netflix a string of hit series in recent years – from Shtisel for fauda for more recently Jerusalem beauty queen. It’s no surprise that Netflix is now courting its upcoming storytelling talents.
Richard Wallace Hired to Lead Piers Morgan Network TalkTV
British news channel TalkTV hired the man who succeeded presenter Piers Morgan as editor of The Daily Mirror newspaper in 2004 to change the network’s fortunes. Richard Wallace has taken over as head of TV for News UK Broadcasting, the parent company of TalkTV. He will oversee all editorial production for the channel and oversee its P&L. Former Senior Vice President of TV and Production at Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, Wallace became editor of British newspaper The Daily Mirror after Morgan was fired after publishing photographs that were later proven to be fake. TalkTV ratings are down after a strong start to the main series Piers Morgan uncensored on the channel’s opening night. News UK executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, who is reportedly divorcing wife Jerry Hall, is in the UK today, with The Guardian reporting that he is using the time to personally address the TalkTV ratings malaise. Wallace begins his new role next month.
Dating Smash ‘Love Island’ Has Two More UK Seasons on ITV2
ITV is getting deeper Love Island. The British broadcaster has ordered two more seasons of the show, which is a hit with UK young adult audiences. The new seasons will air on ITV2 and the upcoming ITVX streamer in 2023, with a new batch of island hopefuls heading to South Africa at the start of the new year, before a second set returns to the series’ main base in Mallorca. The current season of the show’s launch episode had 5 million consolidated, making it the biggest launch in three years. Lifted Entertainment, owned by ITV Studios, runs the show. Paul Mortimer, Director of Commissioning and Reality Controller, ITV2, said: “Love Island once again proved to be the country’s favorite talking point over the summer, and we are always impressed by the show’s continued impact and talkability among our younger audience. So instead of just serving up a ‘Summer of Love’, we thought we’d make 2023 the ‘Year of Love’ with two full seasons of the show.”