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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Gone With The Bullets’ Gets China Release Date; ‘Samba’ Hitting French Theaters In October; More

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

‘Gone With The Bullets’ Sets China Release Date
Gone-with-the-BulletsJiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets has secured a December 18 release date in China. The film is the follow-up to Jiang’s blockbuster Let The Bullets Fly, which made $140M worldwide in 2010. Based on a true story, 3D comedy Gone With The Bullets is set in 1920s Shanghai. Ma Zouri (Jiang Wen) and Xiang Feitian (Ge You) establish a notorious beauty pageant called the Flowers Competition. All of the city’s elite attend the gala event, but when an unexpected winner is crowned, it sets into motion a series of tragic events that change their destinies. Per FilmBizAsia, Jiang’s Buyilehu Film told local media that it hopes the title will represent China at the Oscars next year. The film will be handled internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International. December is a hot time locally for Chinese films with U.S. movies often out of the frame. FBA says other films believed to be eyeing a December release include Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem and Chen Kaige’s Taoist Mountain. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Sitcom Showcase, ITV ‘Celebrity Splash’, HBO Go Asia & More

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 8:21pm PDT

BBC Comedies Vie For Commissions At Salford Sitcom Showcase
The BBC is taking a shot at remaking It Takes A Village, the 2010 ABC pilot by Casey Johnson & David Windsor that starred Leah Remini. Whether the UK version actually goes forward, however, will be in the hands of a live studio audience next month. For the second year in a row, the BBC is testing a crop of potential shows in front of a live audience at the Salford Sitcom Showcase, a three-day event during which six comedy pilots are performed onstage to a packed house as execs take notes. The first edition spawned commissions for family sitcoms Citizen Khan, which BBC One just picked up for a second season, and Hebburn which debuted on BBC Two this month. On deck at this year’s showcase with It Takes A Village are the battling-neighbors show 1987, from Sherlock producers Beryl and Sue Vertue; Just Us, about a couple forced to downsize from London that’s exec produced by Don Taffner for DLT Entertainment and stars Downton Abbey‘s Samantha Bond; The Gatekeeper, from exec producers Gareth Edwards and Saurabh Kakkar about a 40-ish man who works the nightshift as a security guard; the Pete Thornton exec produced Chain Gang about life in a Bristol coffee bar and family show Homeboys from exec producer Mario Stylianides for Lucky Giant. This year, the Salford Showcase runs from Nov 21-23.
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MIPCOM Briefs: More ‘MasterChef China’, HBO Asia’s ‘Serangoon Road’, Ex-Fremantle Asia CEO’s New Shingle

By | Wednesday October 10, 2012 @ 8:37am PDT

‘MasterChef’ Renewed In China, ‘Minute To Win It’ Goes Local
Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group and the Shanghai Media Group have pacted for the second series of cooking reality competition show MasterChef China and for a local take on the beat-the-clock themed Minute To Win It. Both will go out on SMG’s Dragon TV. The first series of MasterChef China ends next week after so far reaching an audience of 118M. Pre-production is to start immediately on the new season and on Minute To Win It with both to air next year. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Australia Update; San Sebastian Fest, HBO Asia Series

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 11:01pm PDT

Vastly Different Profit Picture For Oz Movie, TV Biz
What many have suspected about the poor batting average of Australian films is confirmed in a new study. Only about one in 15 reaches break-even financially or pays returns to investors. That’s according to IBISWorld’s Australian Film and Video Production report. TV fares much better. Miniseries and telemovies usually offer a return of 20% or more, especially if they are well-received in the U.S. The report, which excludes in-house productions by Oz TV networks, forecasts film and TV production and post-production revenues will grow by 1.2% to $A2.43 billion ($2.5 billion) in 2012-13 after an average drop of 0.4% in the past five years when there was a marked decline in film production. Production and post industries are expected to achieve modest profits of $138.3 million in 2012-13. Village Roadshow has the largest market share with 10.8%, followed by Endemol Southern Star (8.6%), Fremantle Media Australia (5.2%) and Beyond International (3.6%). Production has been stimulated by the greater availability of risk film capital and the government’s rebate scheme for film and TV productions. Industry revenue is forecast to grow by 1.9% per year, reaching $2.67 billion in 2017-18. Read More »

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