Graeme Mason Tapped As Screen Australia CEO
National film body Screen Australia has named Graeme Mason as its new CEO. Mason has over 20 years of international experience in film, television and multimedia. He was formerly the CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission and was selected from a field of over 250 international candidates. He begins his tenure in November as former CEO Ruth Harley’s five-year term comes to an end.

Despicable Me 2 Release Barred By Chinese Government
Universal’s Despicable Me 2 has been denied release in China. The film, which has made $592M, will not be seeing the inside the country’s theaters. However, it’s worth noting that the original Despicable Me was not released in China either. There’s a feeling that China is wary of Hollywood animation taking too big a chunk out of the local box office; in June, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods was pulled from release two weeks ahead of its scheduled stop date. Universal has also had four other films approved for release in the territory this year.

Bollywood’s Salman Khan To Face Homicide Charge In Old Hit-And-Run Case
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been charged with “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” by a Mumbai court for a hit-and-run incident that occurred 10 years ago. He pleaded not guilty, but if convicted would face a 10-year prison sentence, the BBC reported. The trial will begin August 19, though the court said it does not as yet require his appearance. In 2002, Khan allegedly drove his car into a bakery in Mumbai, killing a man who was sleeping on the street. He was previously tried for the lesser offense of “death caused by negligence.”

Production Starts On Post-Nuke-Scenario Film ‘War Book’
Shooting has begun on director Tom Harper’s War Book. The Sixteen Films/Archer’s Mark co-production is a chamber piece that stars Adeel Akhtar, Nicholas Burns, Ben Chaplin, Shaun Evans, Kerry Fox, Phoebe Fox, Sophie Okenedo, Antony Sher and Nathan Stewart Jarrett. The movie explores the likely aftermath of an international nuclear attack, through a war game played out in the political backrooms of London. Jack Thorne wrote the script. Lauren Dark and Harper are producers.

Film London Add Three To Board of Directors
Film London has added three new members to its Board of Directors: Paramount UK’s Ian George, Film 4.0’s Anna Higgs and ITV’s Angela Jain. Film London, responsible for supporting London as a shooting destination, said that with the expansion of its remit to include attracting high-end TV productions to the capital, the additional television expertise is timely in ensuring the new sector can be successfully reached and serviced.

Gustavo Lopez Tapped For VP Post At AMC/Sundance Channel Global
AMC/Sundance Channel Global has appointed Gustavo Lopez to the newly created position of VP Global Distribution and Business Development for Latin America. The news follows last month’s agreement with DIRECTV Latin America to launch Sundance Channel in September. Lopez will be based in Miami and oversee the distribution of Sundance Channel throughout Latin America. He was previously VP and regional counsel for Discovery Communications for the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets.

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