Norway Narrows List Of Foreign Language Oscar Contenders
The Norwegian Oscar committee has shortlisted three films as possible submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Arild Østin Ommundsen’s It’s Only Make Believe, Iram Haq’s I Am Yours and Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Pioneer. The latter film is getting a special presentation in Toronto. Set during the oil rush, it tells the story of a professional deep-sea diver who begins to investigate the oil companies and their relationship with the government after a colleague dies. Magnolia Pictures has U.S. distribution. It’s Only Make Believe follows the return of a young woman who has spent 10 years in prison for murder. I Am Yours also bows in Toronto and tells the story of a young, single mother looking for love. Last year, Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning’s Kon-Tiki was the Norwegian representative and scored an Oscar nomination. The final decision on which film to send to the Academy for consideration will be made on September 20.

Canadian Filmmaker Jailed In Cairo Has Hearing Thursday
Canadian filmmaker John Greyson, who was arrested in Egypt on August 16, will have a court hearing Thursday in Cairo. Greyson was traveling to Gaza with Dr. Tarek Loubani when the pair was detained. According to reports, they were accused of being part of a group of people carrying explosives and ammunition in a plot to attack a police station. Canada’s Foreign Affairs minister John Baird has demanded their release. Neither man is understood to have been charged. Greyson is known for such films as Fig Trees and Zero Patience.

Report: 55-Country TV Ad Spend To Hit $219B In 2018
A new report from Digital TV Research has found that TV advertising spend will hit $219B in 2018 across 55 countries. That’s an increase of 32% on 2012. Of the $52.6B TV ad spend to be added between 2012 and 2018, $18.2B will hail from the U.S., followed by an extra $5.6B from China, $4.6B from Brazil and $3.7B from Japan. Argentina, Brazil and Indonesia will record the fastest growth over the same period. However, growth for 2013 is only projected to be 2.8%, hindered by the financial crisis in several European territories. Spurred on by the upcoming 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympics, ad spend in Latin America is expected to double by 2018 from its 2008 figures. But in Western Europe, spend will only be 11% higher in 2018 compared to pre-recession 2008. Eastern Europe, save for Russia, will have lower ad spend in 2018 than it did in 2008.

Bristol Global Media Enters Content-Creation Business
Former CBC exec Julie Bristow is launching Bristow Global Media, a specialized content creation-company to be based in Toronto. The plan is to produce all genres of content across traditional and digital platforms. BGM will partner with GroupM Entertainment to co-create content and also will team with the UK’s Fresh One Productions, the outfit owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Bristow was previously executive director of studio and unscripted programming at the CBC.

Dynamic Television To Launch At Mipcom With ‘Conan’, Telepics
Daniel March, former President of Echo Bridge Entertainment International, has launched Dynamic Television. The company will debut at Mipcom with 200 hours of content available for licensing in all territories. Its offerings will include 160 hours of TBS’ Conan and telefilms including Invasion Roswell, Dragon Throne and five of UFO International Productions’ Masters of Disaster-branded pics.

TV Veteran Remi Abayomi Tapped For A+E Networks Post
A+E Networks UK has named Remi Abayomi as Senior Director of Broadcast Operations. The exec has has held positions at Viacom, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Fox Kids Europe and created his own consultancy. In his new role, Abayomi is responsible for A+E Networks UK’s expanding broadcast operations infrastructure across the company’s channels in the UK, Central Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Greece and Africa.