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Sundance Theater Lab to Develop New Plays by Pulitzer Winners Annie Baker, Doug Wright

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New plays by Pulitzer winners Annie Baker and Doug Wright are among the nine in-development stage projects tapped for the Sundance Institute’s 2014 Theater Lab. Baker, who just picked up the Pulitzer for her play “The Flick,” both writes and directs “The Last of the Little Hours,” about the quotidian life of Benedictine monks. Wright,… Read more »

Discovery Exec Julian Bellamy to Head ITV’s U.K. Production Unit

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LONDON — Discovery exec Julian Bellamy has been tapped to lead the U.K. unit of ITV Studios, the production arm of British commercial broadcaster ITV. ITV Studios U.K. is Britain’s largest commercial production company. Bellamy, creative director and head of commissioning at Discovery Networks Intl., takes up his role as managing director of ITV Studios… Read more »

Egypt Film Censorship Spat Sparks National Controversy

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Controversy is mounting over film censorship in Egypt where the military-backed government has pulled steamy pic “Halawet Rooh,” Arabic for “Sweetness of Spirit,” from movie theatres, overruling the head of the country’s censorship board who resigned in protest sparking outrage. Ironically the spat comes just after Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” got the green light to be… Read more »

AMC Adds German-language Channel KinoweltTV to Global Network

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LONDON — AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international channels division of AMC Networks, has inked a deal to buy KinoweltTV, a basic pay TV channel distributed throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The linear channel airs a range of classic and contemporary films. The acquisition expands AMC/Sundance Channel Global’s European presence with full distribution across all platforms… Read more »

Cannes: ‘The Salvation’ Finds Home In France, Greece and Estonia

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PARIS– TrustNordisk has sold Kristian Levring’s western “The Salvation” to France, Greece and Estonia, in the run-up to Cannes Film Festival, where the movie will world-premiere in the Midnight section. Pic was acquired by Jour2Fête and Chrysalis Films for French distribution, Hollywood Entertainment in Greece and Estin Film in Estonia.  A North America-set revenge tale penned by Anders… Read more »