Controversial Singaporean film Sex.Violence.FamilyValues has just been banned in Malaysia but the producers have sold the 47-minute pastiche of three comedies to a U.S. distributor and are close to finalizing a deal with iTunes. Writer-director Ken Kwek’s English-language triptych was due to screen next week at the Asean International Film Festival in Kuching but organizers informed him the Malaysian Film Censorship Board has banned the film. The film was banned in Singapore last October when censors deemed one segment in which a Chinese porn director played by Adrian Pang rants against an Indian actor “racially offensive”. After the scenes in question were deleted the film was allowed to open. Kwek says most shows are sold out at the single theater where it’s playing. He tells Deadline the full, unedited version has been acquired by U.S. distributor Virgil Films and Entertainment, which will release it VOD and online, and Singapore cable channel SingTel MioTV plans to show the censored version. – Don Groves
Apple TV Adds Video Streaming Service Watchever In Germany
Apple TV has added access to Vivendi’s streaming video subscription service Watchever in Germany. The move could open the door to more region-specific deals “where there is a strong localized offering that delivers content appealing to Apple TV owners there,” according to Next Web. Watchever offers access to whole seasons of U.S. series, movie blockbusters and international art house films for €8.99 ($11.99) per month. Purported “thousands” of available titles include AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad, early seasons of HBO shows such as The Sopranos and Sex and the City and films like Slumdog Millionaire and There Will Be Blood. Netflix is not available in Germany. Amazon-owned Lovefilm, which offers both streaming and physical DVDs, is available but as with Amazon Instant Video in the U.S., it’s not available on Apple TV.
A+E Names Sally Habbershaw International VP
Sally Habbershaw has joined A+E Networks as VP international programming, production and operations. Based in New York, Habbershaw will manage teams responsible for those areas and oversee the A+E Networks program catalog. She will also be expected to help boost ratings and launch new channel brands. Habbershaw reports to Christian Murphy, SVP international programming and marketing. Habbershaw joins A+E Networks from AMC Networks where she was VP of acquisitions, scheduling and promotions at Sundance and WE Global. Prior to that she worked for Viacom as director of development for VH1 in the U.S. and as VP general manager for VH1 UK in London.