BritBox Launches In South Africa; ‘Tales To Keep Awake’ At Amazon – .

BritBox starts in South Africa
BritBox, ITV and BBC Studios’ joint venture UK Streamer, will expand into South Africa in the second half of 2021. It follows earlier launches in the US, Canada and Australia as the Spitting Image Streamer seeks a presence in 25 territories. Paul Dempsey, President of Global Sales at BBC Studios said: “We know that the South African audience has a real connection to British television and we can’t wait to bring them more great shows upon request that we know about that you will love her. ”

VIS defines “stories to stay awake” on Amazon
Viacom International Studios has discontinued the Spanish horror series Historias Para No Dormir (Stories to Stay Awake) on Amazon Prime Video and the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE. The four-part series co-produced by Prointel e Isla Audiovisual is a reboot of the legendary horror brand by Chicho Ibáñez Serrador. Production in Madrid has started with directors such as Rodrigo Cortés (buried), Rodrigo Sorogoyen (mother) Paco Plaza (REC) and Paula Ortiz (The Bride).

Jim Broadbent plays the lead role in the adaptation of a successful novel “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” for the director “Normal People”; Embankment starts sales – EFM

UK distributor adds Duo for EFM
Film sales company based in London Mise in the The Scène Company brings two new titles to the European digital film market. The company will be represented internationally on The True Don Quijote with Tim Blake Nelson, Jacob Batalon, Brandon Stacy and Anna Mahoney. The contemporary adaptation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes from 1605 takes place in the wilderness of Louisiana, where Nelson puts on his layered armor and rides a rusty old Vespa instead of a horse. The screenwriter Chris Poche makes his directorial debut. The company also launches World Sales on Triple Threat with Stacey Maltin, Margarita Zhitnikova, Jay Deyonker, Mark St. Cyr and Catherine Curtin. The film follows three best friends about to make their Broadway debut, but their relationship is put to the test when divergent dreams meet adulthood reality. The film marks Maltin’s directorial debut.

Locarno starts a new program
With Corti d’autore, the Swiss Film Festival Locarno is launching a new competition program for short films, which is reserved for short-term works for auteur films that are already established on an international level. So far, the festival has mainly shown short films from Switzerland and around the world by directors who have not yet made their full debut. The new section is the third competition program of the festival. “The idea is that Corti d’autore is a place where films by established directors without a feature film find space and visibility,” said Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro. “A new, competitive area devoted to the non-standard looks of filmmaking without excluding or prioritizing any genre. It remains true to Locarno’s professional mission to discover new voices for the future.”

Cinesite settings
The digital studio Cinesite has hired two employees. Natasha Gould has joined the company as a new West Coast corporate representative based in LA and Martin Perkins has joined the London studio as New Business and Bidding Manager. The couple will work closely with Drew Jones, Cinesite’s chief VFX business development officer. Recent Cinesite credits include Black Widow, No Time To Die, and Mulan.

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