‘We Are The Best!’ Headed To Screens In Six More Territories
Lukas Moodysson’s latest feature We Are The Best! has sealed a number of new distribution deals. TrustNordisk has added France (MK2), Russia (Caravella), Greece (One from the Heart), Mexico (Cannibal Networks), Hungary (Vertigo), Estonia (Estin Film) and Hong Kong (Edko) to the list of territories where the film will be released. The tale of three young outsiders in 1980s Stockholm who form a punk band debuted in Venice. Magnolia Pictures acquired it for the U.S. after it played in Toronto.

Latest Stop For Keshet’s ‘Rising Star’ Is Italy
Keshet International
has locked another deal for Rising Star, its hit interactive talent show. Sony Pictures Television Group production company Toro will adapt the format for Italy. This follows recent deals in France, Russia, Germany and the Nordics. Rising Star was one of the hottest properties at the recent Mipcom TV market and incorporates real-time voting by viewers via a free app that is fully integrated into the show.

Mark Thompson To Testify In BBC-Digital Media Initiative Case
In June, the BBC found itself in hot water over the handling of the Digital Media Initiative, a project to digitize archive content and make it easily accessible to production staff. The project cost the broadcaster and taxpayers nearly £100M before it was cancelled in May. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said at the time that it was misled over the status of the initiative during evidence given in 2011 by the BBC and its then-Director General Mark Thompson. Thompson, who now is CEO of the New York Times Company, has been recalled to give evidence before Parliament and is expected to appear in January, The Guardian reported, following the conclusions of a review commissioned by the BBC Trust into who knew what, and when. Earlier this year, Thompson said in a statement: “I answered all of the questions from Committee members honestly and in good faith. I did so on the basis of information provided to me at the time by the BBC executives responsible for delivering the project.” Thompson was before the committee on a separate matter just last month, when he was grilled by MPs over severance packages paid out to senior execs toward the end of his time at the public broadcaster.

Nigel Cole, Tim Firth Reteam For Action Comedy ‘Daylight Robbery’
Calendar Girls
director and writer Nigel Cole and Tim Firth are reteaming for action comedy Daylight Robbery. The story revolves around a group of feisty retirees struck by the pension crisis who hatch a plan to steal millions after the bank refuses to help their friend, leaving her on the brink of losing her home. Exclusive Media is producing in association with James Gay-Rees of Playmaker Films.

Watchever To Stream ‘Under The Dome’ In Germany
CBS Studios International has entered an exclusive multi-year licensing deal to stream Under The Dome on subscription VOD service Watchever in Germany. The deal starts in January and will cover the first and second seasons of the show. ProSiebensat.1 Group has first-window rights in the territory to the CBS drama from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.

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