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Canal Plus & Tandem’s London-Set Drama Series ‘Spotless’ Casts Up

Canal Plus & Tandem’s London-Set Drama Series ‘Spotless’ Casts UpEXCLUSIVE: Canal Plus and Tandem Communications‘ 10-episode one-hour crime drama Spotless starts principal photography July 2 in London. Co-created by Shameless UK producer and writer Ed McCardie, and Corinne Marrinan (CSI, Crossing Lines), the series was announced at Mip-TV in April and has now set its main cast. Canadian actor Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y) and France’s Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds) lead the coyle-brendandrama with British actress Miranda Raison (24: Live Another Day) and Downton Abbey’s Mr Bates, Brendan Coyle, also in the mix. Billed as a darkly humorous and irreverent family drama, the London-set story follows a troubled man whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother crash lands into his world, and gets both of them involved in the deadly dynamics of organized crime as their dysfunctional family struggles to gain control over life, business and shared destiny.
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R.I.P. Jim Miller, Former Longtime Warner Bros Exec

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 11:46am PDT

Longtime Warner Bros executive James (Jim ) R. Miller who worked at the studio for 20 years and guided many of its financial deals and joint ventures, died June 6 at age 72. He was battling pancreatic cancer but was undergoing a surgery on Monday and was expected out. He died suddenly and no exact cause of death is known yet.

Miller initially joined the studio in 1979 and was instrumental in creating off balance-sheet financing and financial joint ventures that propelled slate after studio slate. Simply put, he was the financial brains behind the studio to get movies financed and produced — the financial architect, if you will. He began at the studio as VP of business affairs and left in 2000 as president of worldwide theatrical business operation. He set the entire financial course for all of the studio’s motion picture operations.

Miller helped establish long-term relationship with Village Roadshow, helped with the PolyGram deal to acquire CastleRock Entertainment, and also  set up the joint venture between such companies as Arnon Milchan’s New Regency Enterprises; Jim Robinson’s Morgan Creek; producer Jerry Weintraub; producers Joel Silver; and Jon Peters.

“Jim was an extraordinary executive,” said Bob Daly (former Warner Bros. co-chair) in a statement, “and the way Warner Bros. approaches deals today reflects the creativity and strategic thinking he instilled during his long tenure at the studio.” He was known as a smart guy in structuring deals but also known as a tough guy and negotiator for the studio. And … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Rescued ‘Ripper Street’ Filming Season Three’; AMC Networks Ups Elana Mandelup To VP; More

Production Gets Underway For Season 3 Of ‘Ripper Street’
The 3rd season of Ripper Street started shooting today in Manchester, England. Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg are reprising their roles in the Victorian-era Ripper Streetdrama that was rescued by Amazon Prime Instant Video after a fan petition for its return after the BBC cancelled the show. MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) also is returning. In February, Amazon commissioned producers Tiger Aspect and Lookout Point with an eight-episode third season that will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video members in the fall. The complete first season of Ripper Street is available on Amazon Prime now, with season 2 launching on the service on June 2. The series is filming in the UK for the first time, in Manchester and Loughborough, before moving to its traditional production base in Dublin, Ireland. It will continue to be co-produced in the U.S. by BBC America and will screen on BBC One a few months after it is available on Amazon in the UK. BBC Worldwide is distributing globally. Read More »

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Cannes: Critics’ Week Awards Top Prizes To ‘The Tribe’, ‘Hope’

Critics Week Winners CannesThe Critics’ Week section of Cannes can sometimes appear a bit obscure to non fest-heads, but it’s important to remember that such groundbreaking talent has been discovered here as Guillermo del Toro, Gaspar Noé, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Jeff Nichols. The sidebar is made up of first and second features and just announced a near-sweep for Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe. The film won the Nespresso Grand Prize, the Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award. I’ve heard great things about this film from Ukraine. Told in Sign Language, it’s set in a specialized boarding school for the deaf and mute. There, a young man Critics Week Winners Canneslearns to navigate the school’s organized crime syndicate, The Tribe, until he breaks all of the unwritten rules by falling for the chief’s girl. The film is understood to be difficult to watch in parts, but makes the director one to keep an eye on. The Society of Authors, Directors and Composers Award for best screenplay went to Boris Lojkine for Hope. The French pic is set in the Sahara desert where a young man from Cameroon rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman, as they attempt to make it to Europe. The UK’s Gaëlle Denis won the Canal Plus Award for best short film with Crocodile and the new Sony Read More »

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Cannes: More Domestic Activity Than Expected; Offshore Soft; Russia In A “Panic”

Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1)Heading into Cannes, the refrain was roundly the same as the one we heard going into the last big market, February’s EFM in Berlin. Whether it be from sales people, buyers or producers both foreign and domestic, there was a lament that the big projects had failed to materialize and that despite hopes to the contrary, this would be a very soft sojourn on the Croisette. One buyer called the situation a “catastrophe.” It is simply harder to pull together exciting packages, execs said, as talent attachments take longer and numbers are harder to hit. Still, if international dealmaking was in line with expectations, there was a jolt in domestic deals from the get-go. On the eve of the market, Paramount spent a record $20M on Story Of Your Life. The deal for the Denis Villeneuve-directed sci-fi pic starring Amy Adams was brokered by Lava Bear’s David Linde with WME Global’s Graham Taylor and FilmNation’s Glen Basner. Basner was also in the middle of The Weinstein Co’s landmark $7M Berlin deal for The Imitation Game. That acquisition was the real news out of Berlin, but it did not have a knock-on effect of jump-starting what ended up to be a pretty tepid EFM.

the-weinstein-company-logo-1__140502172505-275x153On the contrary, the sunny skies in Cannes, after two years of non-stop downpours, were matched by a solid … Read More »

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Netflix To Enter France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland & Luxembourg

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 1:18am PDT

netflix-logoNetflix has officially announced its intention to significantly expand in Europe. The move had been expected, and will be welcome news to international sales folk here in Cannes who roundly told me before the market that they were anxious for services like Netflix to penetrate further. The streaming service did not provide a time frame, but said it will move into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg later this year. Netflix is already in the UK and this expansion will notably move it into Germany which has the world’s fourth biggest population of broadband users. However, Enders Analysis’ Ian Maude told the BBC this morning, “Germany potentially could be quite a difficult market as it has low pay-TV penetration and seemingly low willingness to pay.” Meanwhile, in France Netflix has been having conversations with the government and the local industry for months on how it will enter the market. Its European base will be in Luxembourg which could help it skirt French regulations that require TV providers to invest heavily in local production. Moving into the fiercely protected territory is ornery in part due to a complex film-windows chronology that prohibits movies from appearing on monthly SVOD services until three years after a theatrical release. There is no such protection for TV series, but Netflix’s House Of Cards already airs on local pay-TV leader Canal Plus, which would see the service’s arrival as competition. Netflix said … Read More »

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StudioCanal Teams With ‘The Killing’ & ‘Borgen’ Creators In SAM Production Co

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 2:47am PDT

StudioCanal logoStudioCanal and its parent Canal Plus Group are partnering with key Scandinavian talent to produce TV series for the international market. Together, they have created SAM Productions which is named after its three principals: Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price, and Meta Louise Foldager. Each of the three comes with significant credits. Sveistrup is creator and writer of the original Danish series borgenThe Killing and exec producer of the U.S. version. He will create and write his own series and executive produce other projects. Price created Denmark’s Borgen and is also the host of a TV cooking show and author of several cookbooks. He will be a partner in the same capacity as Sveistrup. Foldager, whose feature producing credits include A Royal Affair and Melancholia, will be CEO of Copenhagen-based SAM and a producer and exec producer on upcoming projects. She will also still run her own production shingle Meta Film.

the killing danishThe plan is for SAM to work with strong Scandinavian creative talents across television and film. Canal Plus will also work with SAM to develop premium content for its pay channels. Studiocanal will act as iinternational distributor for the output. On announcing the deal, Price said, “The modern TV series is going through a golden period and it is great to find that also … Read More »

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MIPTV: Canal Plus Greenlights ‘Spotless’ Drama From ‘Shameless’ & ‘CSI’ Vets

TC-Spotless-FINAL-A4Canal Plus has given an 10-episode order to one-hour crime drama Spotless. Co-created by Shameless UK producer and writer Ed McCardie and Corinne Marrinan (CSI, Crossing Lines), the series is produced by Studiocanal’s Tandem Communications in association with Rosetta Media for Canal+ Original Programming. The London-set drama is billed as irreverant, sexy and dangerous. It’s the story of a troubled man whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother crash lands into his world, and gets both of them involved in the deadly dynamics of organized crime as their dysfunctional family struggles to gain control over life, business and shared destiny. Principal photography is targeted to begin this summer in London. The first two episodes will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker) and casting is underway.

mip tv logo 2McCardie is head writer and Marrinan is writer and co-executive producer. Executive producers include Tandem’s Rola Bauer, Jonas Bauer and Suzanne Berger, who first brought the project to Tandem. Producing for Tandem is Moritz Polter. Spotless is produced by Hugh Warren, most recently producer of the UK drama series, Call The Midwife.

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‘House Of Cards’, ‘Scandal’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Bridge’, ‘Key & Peele’, ‘Orphan Black’, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Win Peabodys

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 7:08am PDT
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Netflix and BBC America each has two scripted series on the list PeabodyAwardsof a record 46 programs to receive Peabody Awards this year. Joining Netflix’s Washington drama House Of Cards and prison comedy Orange Is The New Black is another DC drama, ABC’s soapy Scandal; BBC America’s clone thriller Orphan Black and Broadchurch, which is being remade by Fox as an event series; FX’s The Bridge, which itself is a remake of the Danish-Swedish series; Danish political drama Borgen; acclaimed French zombie drama The Returned; AMC’s Breaking Bad, awarded a second Peabody for its final season; Comedy Central’s hit sketch comedy Key & Peele; CNN’s travel docu-series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; as well as Burka Avenger, the Pakistani animated series about a girl superhero; and two documentaries from newcomer Al Jazeera America. Additionally, former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, who recently announced he is battling cancer, will receive an individual Peabody Award. Here is the full list of recipients of the 73rd Peabody Awards, bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism. They will be presented May 19 at a luncheon ceremony hosted by Ira Glass at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. A special on the Peabodys will air later on Pivot, which recently inked a rights deal through 2016: Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels; ‘Peaky Blinders’ Tops BAFTA TV Craft Award Noms; More

Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels
Jesus of FoxFox International Channels President of Europe and Africa Jesus Perezagua has announced his departure. The exec has been at the company since 2003. He joined as managing director of FIC Spain and Portugal and in 2005 took over the company’s expansion plan in Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Greece. Perezagua became President of FIC Europe and Africa in 2011. He will step down from the role on April 30 but will continue to consult FIC. The search is on for a successor. Prior to FIC, Perezagua held posts at Iberian Channels and Online for Fox Kids Entertainment Espana and was Managing Director of Bandai Espana, a Japanese toy company specializing in TV marketing concepts. Read More »

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‘Borgia’ Producer Klaus Zimmermann Joins Dynamic Television; Opens Euro Branches

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 6:37am PDT

klaus zimmermannFormed by Daniel March, LA-based Dynamic Television launched at Mipcom last October. Ahead of the upcoming Mip-TV market, the company has appointed Borgia and Transporter: The Series producer Klaus Zimmermann as Managing Partner. In tandem, Dynamic is opening offices in Paris and Berlin. Zimmermann left his previous post as co-chief of France’s Atlantique Productions in September. There he helped drive large scale English-language drama series for European outlets that include the BBC, Canal Plus, ZDF, TF1, RTL, M6 and SAT 1, among others. Zimmermann will transfer his international production model to Dynamic, with a focus on the scripted commercial fare that is so hot right now with European broadcasters. Prior to Atlantique, Zimmermann was co-founder of Zen Productions and is also an exec producer on Bobby Moresco’s serial killer series 100 Code for Sky Deutschland and Red Arrow.

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Global Showbiz Watch 28: The Oscars/Cesars Wrap-up Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch ep 28In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom wrap up the overseas perspective on the last big awards shows of the 2013-14 season, beginning with Foreign-Language Oscar winner The Great Beauty, which lifted spirits throughout home country Italy even as director Paolo Sorrentino called for more investment in Italian cinema.

Related: Italian Exhibitors Blast TV Airing Of ‘The Great Beauty’; More

At France’s Cesar Awards, the big winner was Les Garcons et Guillaume a Table, though the potential scandale around one nominee proved far more muted than the French press or awards show broadcaster Canal Plus might have hoped. Nancy and David also take a look at the potential global bump in box office for Oscar’s two biggest champs, Best Picture 12 Years a Slave and seven-time winner Gravity.

Related: OSCARS: The Complete Winners List

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Gemma Arterton Treads Boards In ‘Made In Dagenham’; Dave Heuten Joins FremantleMedia’s Belgium Arm; More

Gemma Arterton Coming To West End With ‘Made In Dagenham’
Gemma ArtertonFormer Bond girl Gemma Arterton is set to star in a West End musical version of 2010 film Made In Dagenham. She’ll play Rita O’Grady, a role originated by Sally Hawkins in the Nigel Cole-directed movie. The show is a musical comedy about women who battled for equal rights at a Ford factory in Essex, England, in 1968. The BBC reports that Richard Bean, who wrote One Man, Two Guvnors, is penning the script for the show, which opens November 5 at the Adelphi Theater. Rupert Goold (Enron, American Psycho) is directing. Arterton recently starred onstage in The Duchess Of Malfi. Read More »

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César Awards: ‘Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!’ Wins Best Film, Actor & Other Key Prizes; ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Nearly Shut Out In Surprising Ceremony

Cesar Award WinnersUPDATE, 3:00 PM PT: This was a big night for Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table! The Gaumont-backed comedy led the night with 10 nominations coming in and picked up five key prizes: Best Film, Best Debut Feature, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. It was heavily favored, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a bunch of surprises in the mix. Blue Is The Warmest Color walked away nearly empty-handed, taking only the Best Female Newcomer prize for Adèle Exarchopoulos. On accepting, she thanked director Abdellatif Kechiche, who was not present at the ceremony. She also called co-star Léa Seydoux, “My most beautiful love story… on film.” Seydoux ultimately lost out on the Best Actress trophy to 9 Mois Ferme‘s Sandrine Kiberlain. That film won one other prize, for director and co-star Albert Dupontel’s original screenplay. Also notable is Roman Polanski‘s win as Best Director for Venus In Fur. The helmer was visibly surprised, “I really, really didn’t expect this,” he said in his very concise thank yous.

les-garcons-et-guillaume-a-table-guillaume-gallienneGallienne’s Les Garçons is a virtual one-man show that also stars and is written by the director. In the autobiographical coming-of-age tale, he plays the two lead roles — himself and his mother, a woman for whom his love is boundless and by whom he has always … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Pushes Back Previews; Quentin Tarantino To Present Honorary Cesar To Scarlett Johansson; More

‘X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Delays Previews By Two Days
I Can't SingPreviews of Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor musical, I Can’t Sing, have been postponed by two days at the London Palladium. Stage Entertainment and Syco Entertainment are producing the show and say they’ve decided to start previews on March 1 as opposed to February 27 due to “technical issues caused by the ambitious staging of the new musical comedy.” Rebecca Quigley, producer for Stage Entertainment, said, “As audiences will soon see, the production is hugely ambitious, and the volume of installation and scale of the set means that technical work has taken slightly longer than could have been anticipated to make the show audience-ready.” Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Downton Abbey) is playing a character based on Cowell in the musical that’s directed by Olivier Award-winner and Tony nominee Sean Foley. British comedian Harry Hill wrote the show.

Quentin Tarantino To Present Scarlett Johansson’s Honorary Cesar
Quentin Tarantino has been enlisted by France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma to present Scarlett Johansson with this year’s honorary César Award. The director will hand the award to Johansson this Friday at the 39th César Awards ceremony in Paris. Tarantino himself received the prize in 2011. Read More »

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SXSW: Marc Webb Keynote, Jason Bateman, Mike Myers Set For Film Conference Chats; Full Lineup Set

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

SXSW 2014 moviesA keynote session with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 helmer Marc Webb leads the final lineup for the 2014 SXSW Film Conference slate which also includes chats with filmmakers Jason Bateman (Bad Words), Mike Myers (Supermensch) moderated by Jon Favreau, Ralph Steadman (For No Good Reason), and actors Robert Duvall and Tilda Swinton. The SXSW Film Festival runs March 7-15:

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UPDATE: Stephen Colbert At Head Table For White House State Dinner; JJ Abrams, Bradley Cooper, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & CNN’s Jeff Zucker Also Attend

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 3:52pm PST

white_house-300x168UPDATE: 7:01 PM: Michelle Obama could have turned to the guy seated next to her at the head table during tonight’s White House State Dinner and asked if he’s heard any good jokes lately. That would be none other than The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert. Could it be that French-sounding surname earned him some juice with the protocol folks? Meanwhile, according to the White House pool report, Bradley Cooper was seen chatting with Secretary of State John Kerry, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus was asked her what her favorite part of the dinner was. “Look who I’m sitting next to,” she said, pointing to Vice President Joe Biden. The real veep swiftly jumped in with: “Hey, stop screwin’ around, she’s my date!” He promptly burst out laughing and said, “Just kidding.” Meanwhile, Mindy Kaling was tweeting and Instagraming her evening.

PREVIOUSLY: We knew a good grasp of French would come in handy for Bradley Cooper one day. The American Hustle actor will be one of the many Hollywood guests attending the State Dinner tonight at the White House that President Obama and the First Lady are hosting for French President Francois Hollande. Among the cabinet members and government officials joining the sparkling gathering on the South Lawn will also be CNN chief Jeff Zucker, HBO’s Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, HBO CEO Richard Plepler, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, and Star Wars director JJ Abrams and … Read More »

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International Box Office: ‘Robocop’ Stomps Into Asia; ‘Monkey’ Is King In China; Russian ‘VIY’ Breaks Records; ‘Smaug’ Hits $600M

By | Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 7:46pm PST

cinemaworld1There are strong debuts and holds for Hollywood in the international marketplace this week, despite a drop of about 25% from the similar frame last year when Django Unchained was the top film overseas. (Last week, international box office was off about 50%, so that’s an improvement of sorts.) Still, a fair few movies are making, and breaking records — especially in China. While Monday-morning quarterbacks have been gearing up for today’s Super Bowl, in the rest of the world where football is played without shoulder pads and where the Big Game isn’t due til this July, audiences flocked to movies in such diverse places as China, Russia, Germany, Korea and France. Notably, the Chinese New Year began on January 31 and with it came The Monkey King. The film took $46M in seven territories, and broke records at home, while TV reality series transfer Dad, Where Are We Going? grossed $34M (more below).

roboopThe only new studio entry on the international scene this week was MGM and Columbia Pictures’ Robocop which blasted its way into three territories in Asia. The movie, starring Joel Kinnaman, strategically bowed in Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore – taking advantage of the Chinese Lunar New Year – and scored a strong opening with $5.5M and a No. 1 trifecta. Robocop does not yet have a China date, although that’s expected to be clarified shortly. … Read More »

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French Presidential Scandal Spills Over To Local Oscars: Have The César Awards Suddenly Become A Must-Watch?

quai-d-orsay-afficheThis morning’s César Award nominations set Twitter and the media ablaze in France, but not for the usual who’s in/who’s out debate. The reason for today’s increased gusto was that listed amongst the noms for the Césars, the local equivalent to the Oscars, is a supporting turn for Julie Gayet in Bertrand Tavernier’s political satire Quai D’Orsay. The accomplished actress and producer has famously been linked to an alleged affair with France’s president, François Hollande, since earlier this year. That alone, it’s been suggested, could give Canal Plus its best-ever ratings for the César ceremony when the kudofest airs February 28. Last year’s César ceremony drew 2.58M viewers, one of Canal’s top three scores since it started broadcasting the show in 1994. But let’s be honest, the Césars are usually a snoozefest, and even sometimes an embarrassment. I’ve been attending or following the show for more than 15 years and there have been plenty of groan-worthy moments including fumbling attempts to “Oscarize” the proceedings with the host being inserted into clips of the nominated films à la Billy Crystal. One French exec I spoke with today said of Gayet’s nomination, “Well in that case, I’ll definitely watch!”

julie gayetHere’s some background on why: The French are soaking up a sort of delicious ironie of Gayet picking up her first ever César nomination for a role in a politically themed movie set inside the Foreign Affairs Ministry (see the trailer here). What’s more, as France’s Premiere magazine pointed out this morning and, as Twitter keeps tweeting, her character’s name is Valérie — the first name of President Hollande’s longtime companion, Valérie Trierweiler, who moved into the Elysée Palace with him post-election and from whom he has now split. Read More »

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