Karlovy Vary kick-off; broccoli on liaison; BritBox; French Fee Strikes – Deadline
Good afternoon, insider team. Max Goldbart is back from Glastonbury with all the news, analysis and sunburn you need as we look back on the last week of June. Continue reading.
Karlovy Vary kick-off
Czech: The film festival calendar is in full swing this summer and the picturesque Czech festival in Karlovy Vary kicks off today and ends next Saturday. On the ground for Deadline are Diana Lodderhose and our new senior international film correspondent, Melanie Goodfellow, who are attending the Prague festival, which will see 33 films from five continents compete in three sections. The relationship drama of Italian director Paolo Genovese Super hero will open, while the Cannes title of George Miller Three thousand years of Longinusg is about to end, and A-listers Liev Schreiber, Geoffrey Rush and Benicio del Toro are all in attendance. Diana prepared two excellent introductions for us, as she explained how KV continues to be a ‘cutting edge’ and culturally significant film destination and took a closer look at the Eastern Promises strand. The latter is in its infancy compared to KV’s rich 50-plus-year history and she’s looked at how distributors, sales agents, producers and festival programmers are preparing.
Controversial: No current festival is without controversy and KV has failed to counter this particular trend. Festival president Jiří Bartoška, executive director Kryštof Mucha and artistic director Karel Och were forced to defend the event after inviting a Russian film, Captain Volkogonov escaped, to participate in the Horizons sidebar, despite promises to ban Russian state-sponsored films due to the war in Ukraine. A number of Ukrainian directors who have also been invited to show films at the festival published an open letter on Tuesday protesting the decision. “By screening the film, we can generate a public discussion that will draw attention to the overlap of the film’s main theme with current events,” said the trio of festival directors. The tricky question has been one nearly every festival has wrestled with over the past few months, as the war in Ukraine seems close to ending and approaches have varied. Deadline will be available to gauge reaction throughout the week.
Baz Bonds With Broccoli
two more years: Intrepid Deadline International Editor-At-Large Baz Bamigboye scored the scoop of the week after a turn james bond legend Barbara Broccoli at a star-studded private event honoring her and her brother Michael G. Wilson with BFI scholarships. Barbara told Baz that the Daniel Craig-spy post is being “reimagined” and is two years away from production. She wouldn’t give away on Craig’s replacement (“Nobody’s in the running,” she said) but as of this writing, various betting companies are pushing Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy and Bridgerton star Régé-Jean Page. Elsewhere in the evening at Claridge’s Hotel, personalities like Ralph Fiennes paid tribute to the Broccoli/Wilson duo, two big names in cinema. More here.
BritBox’s big bargain
“Transatlantic puddings”: No one can deny that the Streamer Wars are at their peak, but one platform that may have dipped slightly under the radar in recent years is BritBox International, quietly amassing 2.6 million subscribers mostly in South America. Nord with its mix of inherently British mystery, thriller and factual programming. Unveiling of a Death in paradise (pictured) spin-off this week, Reemah Sakaan, CEO of the BBC and ITV-owned streamer, and Diederick Santer, creative director, addressed a room full of some of the Kingdom’s most celebrated theater producers United, in particular It’s a sin executive Nicola Shindler and sherlock producer Sue Vertue, delivering a commissioning brief as they announced they were very active. No “transatlantic puddings” (where international partners with different agendas push and pull productions in different directions and everyone ends up with a mess) for Santer and Sakaan, who want around 30 shows a year, mostly co-produced with the BBC and ITV, British at heart. Deadline spoke to several producers who were impressed by the strategic simplicity of the brief and want to work for BritBox, which, while it may have failed to catch fire in the UK, could become a bigger player across the pond and elsewhere in the years. come.
French fee strikes
Fighting for public broadcasting: Thousands of television and radio workers took part in a demonstration outside the parliament building of the National Assembly in Paris on Tuesday to protest against Emmanuel Macron’s plan to phase out the €138 license fee ($146 ) per year. This plan emerged during Macron’s successful(ish) presidential campaign in March and unions say it will leave a 3.7 billion euro ($3.9 billion) funding hole for France Télévisions, which is currently preparing to face competition from a commercial broadcasting giant combining TF1 and M6 and increasingly daring streaming rivals. William Maunier, general secretary of France’s SNRT-CGT Audiovisuel union, said Macron’s plan threatens independence, plurality and cultural diversity. Mel and Nancy had the report.
Dani De La Disruptor
Take note: Dani de la Torre is one of many Spanish authors who are forcing the world to sit up and take notice. Launching his International Disruptor account for Deadline, my colleague Jesse Whittock sat down for a long chat with the creator of Movistar+ La Unidad (Unity). The Galician screenwriter spoke about the rise of Spanish drama and how an American showrunner model transformed the local industry. Read here; You know you want it.
🌶️ Hot: Boy Top director Brady Hood will direct a feature film in the UK The Clink, about a young delinquent who is lucky enough to work in an upscale prison restaurant.
🌶️ Another: Paramount’s Channel 5 continued its renaissance by hiring British TV legend Stephen Fry to host a dinosaur documentary.
🌶️ Another: Nancy got the scoop on Paramount Pictures’ remake of the acclaimed South Korean crime thriller The gangster, the cop, the devil.
🌶️ Damn I’m hot: Our very own Rosy Cordero brought news from Starzplay Yellow (working title), a Spanish-language comedy-drama going into production in Mexico City on Monday.
🏪 Setting up shop: British football pundit Copa90 set up studio production company Copa90 Studios. Jesse broke this one.
🤝 Big signings: Two major Asian appointments took place this week in the form of Endemol Shine India CEO Rishi Negi and Nippon TV Chairman and CEO Akira Ishizawa.
🖼️ Foundry: Ancient America’s Got Talent contestant Yuriyan Retriever heads Netflix Japan tentpole The Queen of Villains.
✈️ To relocate: NATPE – From Miami to the Bahamas. Anyone fancy a trip?
🎥 Trailer: Mel got the first images of Lars Von Trier Exodus from the Kingdom.