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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Skyfall’ China B.O., Alberto Sciamma’s ‘Bite’ & More

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 10:10pm PST

‘Skyfall’ On Track To Beat ‘Quantum’s China Cume In 7 Days
As of Thursday night, Skyfall’s 4-day cume in China was $17.9M, handily breaking the coveted 100M yuan mark. The film opened Monday and is playing on 8,079 screens in the country’s widest release ever. Sony says the 23rd James Bond film that has already broken the $1B mark internationally, is on track to outgross the last Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, in its first seven days in China. The movie’s release on Monday, at $5.1M, was almost three times that of Quantum. It came out amid reports of some tweaks by the local censors and calls by film industry insiders for reforms to the movie review system. Shi Chuan, a professor at Shanghai University’s school of film & TV arts and technology, proposed laws be put in place for censors to follow and said, “Movie regulators should respect the producers’ original ideas, rather than chopping scenes arbitrarily.”
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BBC And Shine’s Dragonfly Partner On ‘Hurricane Sandy’ Documentary Film Probe

After The Plane Crash and Terror At Sea: The Sinking Of The Concorida, the UK’s Dragonfly Film and Television will turn its forensic spotlight on another disaster with Sandy: Anatomy Of A Superstorm. The fast-turnaround documentary commission comes from BBC Two with an air date of November 18 in the UK. Using science-based analysis, the program will attempt to decipher how Hurricane Sandy happened while examining the consequences on the infrastructure of New York City. Dragonfly is part of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group. Exec producers on the project are Dragonfly’s recently appointed managing director Simon Dickson and Tamara Abood. Something of a specialist in the arena, the BBC commissioned a quick-turnaround doc on another Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: CAA’s Frank Jung Joins CAPE Board, Foxtel Launches Foxtel Go, Youku, Sony, Shine’s Dragonfly

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 8:00pm PST

CAA’s Frank Jung Joins CAPE Board Of Directors
CAA’s Frank Jung has joined the board of directors for the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). Jung, a television and digital packaging agent at CAA, joins YouTube’s Bing Chen and Dancing With The Stars’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba as new CAPE board members. Jung’s clients include Mike Sussman, co-creator of TNT’s Perception, Sang Kim, writer/producer of The Walking Dead and Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum. In September CAPE, in partnership with NBCUniversal, hosted the 12th Annual New Writers Awards. Other executives and artists on CAPE’s Council of Advisors and Board of Directors include Ang Lee, John Woo, Dean Devlin, David Henry Hwang, Lou Diamond Phillips, B.D. Wong, Janet Yang, and Teddy Zee.

Foxtel Launches Mobile Service Foxtel Go
Australia’s biggest TV platform Foxtel today launched Foxtel Go, enabling subscribers to watch 21 live channels including A&E, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Sky News, Disney and Fox Sports on iPads. The mobile service also includes hundreds of catch-up episodes of series such as The Walking Dead, Gossip Girl, Magic City, Vampire Diaries, Gravity Falls, Spooks and Haven. The initiative is part of Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein’s strategy to introduce new services to reduce churn and to grow pay TV penetration from 34% to 50% over the next five years. “The TV landscape has changed, viewers are not just watching TV in the living room, they’re watching TV on the way to work, at the beach or in another room of the house,” he said. “Foxtel Go is the biggest thing we’ve launched since digital and (the PVR) iQ.”- Don Groves. Read More »

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