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Global Showbiz Briefs: Pulse, Fremantle Teams With HBO Nordic, ‘Denmark ’92′, Locarno Film Festival

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 11:45pm PDT

Anna Sissons To Run New Distribution Division For Pulse
Production outfit Pulse is launching an in-house distribution arm with Anna Sissons appointed film distribution manager. The new division aims to create a dynamic distribution pipeline by exploiting social media and leveraging brand partnerships, as well as staging events around film releases. Sissons was formerly outreach coordinator at Dogwoof. Pulse CEO Thomas Benski calls this a “strategic move to take control of the promotion and distribution of the slate of fan and event-based projects that Pulse has been producing for the last few years. These films require a different type of release strategy and we feel more suited to fully leverage those audiences.” The first film to be released under the new banner will be Shut Up And Play The Hits. A full slate will be announced in the fall. The company has offices in New York, LA, Paris and London and is planning further international expansion.

Fremantle Is Launch Partner For HBO Nordic
FremantleMedia Enterprises will supply content to HBO Nordic, the paybox’s channel that launched last week. Among the titles to go out will be drama Hit And Miss starring Chloe Sevigny; Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy and two factual series from Morgan Spurlock, A Day In The Life, which looks into the lives of such personalities as Richard Branson and Will.i.Am and New Brittania, which dissects the eccentricities of British culture. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Great Expectations’, HBO Goes Nordic, ‘Touch Of The Light’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 10:45pm PDT

‘Great Expectations’ To Close London Fest
In addition to screening next month in Toronto, director Mike Newell’s version of Great Expections has been selected as the closing night presentation of the 56th BFI London Film Festival. The Dickens classic adapted by David Nicholls will screen October 21 at the Odeon Leicester Square. It stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine as Pip, the orphan who’s given a chance to rise from humble beginnings owing to a mysterious benefactor. It also stars Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins, David Walliams and Tamzin Outhwaite. Great Expectations is produced by Number 9 Films partners Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley. Producers for Unison Films are Emanuel Michael and David Faigenblum. The movie was financed by BBC Films, the BFI Film Fund, Lipsync Productions, Unison Films and Hart/Lunsford Pictures.

HBO Launches Web-Only Service In Nordic Markets
HBO will launch a streaming service in Nordic countries that won’t require customers to be signed up with a cable or satellite pay TV. HBO Nordic, a joint venture between Time Warner’s HBO and Parsifal International, will roll out both a premium TV service and the Web service in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland from mid-October. compete with with Netflix which is expected to launche its own Nordic streaming service soon. All of HBO’s shows including Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire will be available on the HBO Nordic streaming service for less than 10 euros (about $12.50) a month. In the U.S. HBO has resisted consumer calls to offer HBO Go online without requiring subscriptions to cable or satellite packages. Meanwhile the company is roling out HBO Go on-demand movies to subscribers in nine European countries.
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