CEO Tim Davie Reveals Vision For Future Of BBC Worldwide
In an address to employees, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie today unveiled a new vision to build the BBC’s brands, audiences and commercial returns around the globe. It includes a £200M investment in premium content, the launch of three new core consumer brands propositions – spanning the genres of premium factual, factual entertainment and drama — and a greater focus on digital innovation to extend the company’s reach and routes to market. “BBC Worldwide has a good track record of taking British content to the world, benefiting international audiences, license fee payers and the wider industry alike,” he said. “But the time has come for a step-change, reflecting the rapid development in our markets.”

UK Culture Secretary Spends The Week Meeting With U.S. Showbiz Execs
During a visit to the U.S. this week, UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller met with senior executives at Disney, Warner Bros and other showbiz companies to discuss collaboration and hear suggestions on how UK filming conditions could be made more attractive to American productions. She also sought reaction to the UK’s recent extension of tax credits and talked with HBO about its Game of Thrones production model and with Lucasfilm about its plan to shoot the new Star Wars film in the UK and whether there could be other ways to help support the local film industry. 

‘Crossing Lines’ Premiere Draws 7.4M Viewers in France
Crossing Lines, the new crime procedural from Tandem Communications, Bernero Productions and TF1 Production, drew 7.4M viewers Thursday for its three-episode premiere on TF1 in France. The series, which NBC aired in the U.S. this summer, stars William Fichtner, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Richard Flood and Donald Sutherland.

Galen Tong’s ‘The Monkey King’ Takes Grand Prize At Beijing Screenplay Competition
Galen Tong’s The Monkey King was named Feature Film Grand Prize winner of the Beijing International Screenplay Competition. Tong’s screenplay is set in China’s Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the 20th century and follows a man who joins the Peking Opera to hide from foreign pursuers who have killed his friend and his efforts to seek revenge. Screenplays by four other writers — Tim Plaehn, Gary Shockley, Johnny Ma and Joshua Bantawere — named Feature Film First Prize winners. The contest drew more than 1,000 entries focused on Beijing as a film location. (David Bloom contributed to this report.)

Claude Lanzmann To Present German Premiere Of His Docu ‘The Last Of The Unjust’
The Berlinale and Deutsche Kinemathek said filmmaker Claude Lanzmann will present the German premiere of his latest documentary The Last of the Unjust on November 24 the Arsenal Cinema in Berlin. The docu, which Cohen Media Group acquired at Toronto, marks the fourth film in which Lanzmann has turned to outtakes from his landmark 1985 documentary Shoah. He received an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

‘The Seventh Walk’ To Close Rome Festival’s CinemaXXI
Amit Dutta’s The Seventh Walk (Saatvin Sair) will be the closing film of CinemaXXI, the Rome Film Festival‘s program section that’s dedicated to new trends in international cinema. The Indian director’s film, which follows a painter who has a life-altering experience as he wanders through the Kangra Valley, will screen Out of Competition on November 16 at the MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts. The Rome fest runs November 8-17.

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