Christopher Lee To Receive 2013 BFI Fellowship
Sir Christopher Lee will be this year’s recipient of the BFI Fellowship. The organization’s highest honor will be presented October 19during the awards ceremony for the BFI London Film Festival. The Fellowship is in recognition of outstanding contribution to film or television. Last year there was a double recipient in the form of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. Lee, who was knighted in 2009, has more than 250 acting credits — from his feature debut in 1948 with Corridor Of Mirrors to Hammer Films’ Dracula and The Lord Of The Rings‘ trilogy. The BFI will screen several of Lee’s most iconic performances during its upcoming Gothic season. The BFI today also announced juries for the London Film Festival. The nascent competitive section will be judged by film critic and journalist Phillip French, director Lone Scherfig, visual artist Stan Douglas, actress Miranda Richardson, author Deborah Moggach, and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto.

FremantleMedia International Inks With China’s Youku
FremantleMedia International announced Monday a multiyear digital deal with the China-headquartered portal Youku. The agreement will see a variety of FremantleMedia’s premium entertainment and drama content available to online audiences averaging 14 million unique users a day. More than 200 hours of programming will be available on Youku in the first year including recent seasons of American Idol ,The X Factor USA, America’s Got Talent, Project Runway and The Celebrity Apprentice and season 13.

Tugg Co-Founder Set For AFM 2013 Keynote
Nicolas Gonda, film producer and co-founder of the crowd-sourcing distribution platform Tugg, which launched last year, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s American Film Market conference, which runs November 6-13 in Santa Monica. Gonda, who produced Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and To The Wonder, is also producing Malick’s upcoming Knight of Cups and untitled Austin-set film.

BFI Unveils Film Research & Statistics Fund
The BFI on Monday announced its new Film Research & Statistics Fund, supported by £4 million of Lottery funding until 2017. Its goal is to provide up-to-date research and information aimed at future-proofing UK film and informing the development of new business models to support the continued success of the sector. The new fund is an increase of more than £2.5m on previous funding available.