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Global Showbiz Briefs: Pinewood Shepperton Inks Deal For New Studio In Wales; Felix van Groeningen Serves Up ‘Belgica’ As His Next Pic

By | Monday February 17, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

Pinewood Shepperton Inks Deal For New Studio In Wales
In a move that will bring much-needed new stages to the UK,  has entered an agreement with the Welsh government for a new studio near Cardiff Bay. Under the deal, the Welsh government will acquire and fit out the former Energy Centre in Wentloog with the facility to be renamed Pinewood Studio Wales. Four stages will be built, which Pinewood will lease for a minimum of five years; it also will contribute £800,000 over the period to pay for equipment. This is good news foPinewood_Studiosr Britain, which has suffered from a capacity crunch as more and more Hollywood movies and TV shows come to shoot in the territory, accessing lucrative tax breaks. Pinewood has submitted proposals to expand its flagship studio outside London but has been thwarted by local government in the past two years. An appeal is pending. Also under the agreement, Pinewood Shepperton will advise on, promote and market Wales’ new £30M TV and film investment fund. Pinewood Shepperton CEO Ivan Dunleavy said the deal is “another step forward for creating a sustainable UK film and television production center.” Further, the fund arrangement “builds on our success with Pinewood Pictures and managing the Isle of Man Treasury Film and Television Fund. Our combined advisory investment funds now total £55 million making them one of the largest investment portals for new British television and film content.” Read More »

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CAA Signs Belgian Helmer Felix Van Groeningen

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 9:16am PST
Mike Fleming

VAN_GROENINGEN_FELIXEXCLUSIVE: Belgian director Felix van Groeningen has signed with CAA, and also Management 360 and attorney Alan Wertheimer. van Groeningen co-wrote and directed The Broken Circle Breakdown, which was recently nominated for a Best Foreign Film Cesar Award and was Belgium’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language film.

The film, which got a slew of festival awards, was acquired for U.S. distribution by Tribeca Film.

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