Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios has given a vote of confidence to the current leadership of MGM Television, extending the contracts for Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital; Chris Ottinger, President, International Television Distribution and Acquisitions; Steve Stark, President, Television Production and Development; and John Bryan, President, Domestic Television Distribution until 2016. Khanna continues to report directly to MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber, while Ottinger, Stark and Bryan will report to Khanna. “MGM television, under Roma’s direction, is stronger than ever, and is an important producer and distributor of content for television and digital platforms worldwide,” said Barber. MGM TV’s portfolio includes series Vikings and Teen Wolf, upcoming limited series Fargo as well as syndicated Paternity Court, Right This Minute and Let’s Ask America. Projects in development include a re-imagining of Fame with Nigel Lythgoe and Marta Kauffman.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Deauville Fest Sets Pair Of Prizes; Universal Pics Int’l Entertainment; Smithsonian Channel; More
Deauville Fest Taps ‘Les Garcons Et Guillaume’ For D’Ornano Prize
The Deauville Festival of American Film has announced Les Garçons Et Guillaume A Table! as the winner of this year’s Michel d’Ornano prize, which will be awarded during the festival on September 7. The d’Ornano prize is given to a debut French film and comes with a purse of €3,000 for the director – in this case Guillaume Gallienne — €3,000 for the producer and €10,000 for the distributor to use in promoting the film. (Full disclosure, I am a member of the jury that selects the winner.) Les Garçons debuted in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, where it scooped the Art Cinema award and the SACD prize. Gallienne also wrote the film, a transfer of his autobiographical stage show about a young man who isn’t exactly what his family perceives him to be. Deauville, which runs from August 30-September 8, also announced that Richard Ford will be given the Prix Littéraire Lucien Barrière for his novel Canada.
Roberto Paris Tops UPIE’s Italian Operation
Universal Pictures International Entertainment has hired former Sony Pictures Home Entertainment exec Roberto Paris to lead its Italian operations as managing director. Paris will assume his new role on August 1. The nine-year Sony vet most recently was country manager and managing director for SPHE Italy. Last month, Universal and Sony announced they had reached an agreement to distribute SPHE’s physical home entertainment product slate through the UPIE operation in Italy, starting in October. Universal Pictures Italy have also distributed Paramount home entertainment product since 2011.
Beijing, China. (June 24, 2013) – MGM Television and Jiaflix Enterprises announced a multi-year licensing agreement that includes new MGM theatrical releases for Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) and more than 200 classic library films primarily for Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD). Jiaflix/M1905 is an internet-delivered programming service operated in partnership with M1905.com, the official internet subsidiary of China Movie Channel/CCTV6. The announcement was made today by Chris Ottinger, President of International Distribution & Acquisitions for MGM Television and Jiaflix Enterprises principals Sid Ganis, Marc Ganis and Kenneth Huang.
New MGM film releases including the upcoming “RoboCop” with Columbia Pictures and “Hercules” with Paramount Pictures, will become available on the Jiaflix/M1905.com website beginning in 2014 on a TVOD basis. Over 200 MGM classic films including “Midnight Cowboy,” “Dressed to Kill,” and “The Thomas Crown Affair,” will be available to Jiaflix subscribers who can watch these films at their convenience.
NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2013, Tribune Broadcasting and MGM Television (MGM) have joined forces on a new programming operations relationship for THIS TV, the 24/7 free digital network that features movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s vast library of over 4,000 titles. Effective this Fall 2013, Tribune Broadcasting will oversee all programming operations for the digital network.