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U.K. Visual Effects Shop Double Negative to Open L.A. Office for TV Work

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DNegTV, the television arm of London-based visual effects house Double Negative, is set to open a facility in Los Angeles. Andy Williams, formerly head of production at Stargate Studios, has been named executive producer at the new unit. DNegTV’s projects include NBC’s “Emerald City,” CBS’ “BrainDead,” Sky’s “Fortitude,” Marvel TV’s “Agent Carter,” and Sky/HBO’s “The… Read more »

Amazon Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights to Australian Drama ‘The Kettering Incident’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive U.S. rights from BBC Worldwide North America to season one of Australian drama “The Kettering Incident.” The show, which stars Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager”) and Matthew Le Nevez (“Offspring”), will be available to Amazon subscribers from Sept. 30. “The Kettering Incident,” which won the Special Jury Prize at… Read more »

‘Narcos’ Season 2: Executive Producer Wants to Continue Show After Pablo Escobar’s Death

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“Narcos” Season 2 promises to answer the question of who exactly killed the famed Pablo Escobar. Boyd Holbrook, who portrays DEA Agent Steve Murphy, thinks that Netflix and the show creators have a social responsibility to stick to historical facts. “This is going to sound cliche, but I think [executive producer] Eric Newman, Netflix, the writers did… Read more »

Busan Festival Honors Abbas Kiarostami, Unveils Project Picks

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The late Abbas Kiarostami was this week announced as Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival. The recently departed Iranian director will be represented at the festival’s opening ceremony by his son Ahmad Kiarostami. The festival will also line up nine Kiarostami directing efforts. The festival’s Asian Cinema Fund, which supports… Read more »

Film Factory Acquires Jonas Trueba’s ‘The Reconquest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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MADRID — In the run-up to September’s Toronto and San Sebastian festivals, Barcelona-based Film Factory has acquired world sales right to “La Reconquista” (“The Reconquest”), a nostalgia-laced love story marking the fourth feature from Jonas Trueba, one of the leading lights of Spain’s newest generation of filmmakers. Film Factory will introduce “The Reconquest” to buyers… Read more »

Gaumont Taps Alexis Cassanet, Adeline Falampin to Head International Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

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PARIS — French mini-major Gaumont has poached former SND exec Alexis Cassanet to co-head the company’s international sales team alongside Adeline Falampin. Cassanet and Falampin will report to Cécile Gaget, who previously ran international sales and was appointed boss of Gaumont’s international production and distribution in the run-up to Cannes. During his seven-year tenure at… Read more »

ITV Withdraws Its Bid to Acquire Entertainment One

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LONDON — ITV has withdrawn its bid to acquire Entertainment One, citing disagreement over what it thinks the Canadian-based company is worth. Entertainment One had rejected a $1.3-billion offer from ITV earlier this month, saying that the amount “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.” While some expected that ITV would increase its bid, the… Read more »

San Sebastian: Kormakur, Feng, Lee Compete for Fest’s Golden Seashell

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MADRID — Baltasar Kormakur’s “The Oath,” Lee Sang-il’s “Rage” and Feng Xiaogang’s “I Am Not Madame Bovary” will compete for the 64th San Sebastian Festival’s Golden Seashell, the Festival announced Thursday. The Spanish festival also confirmed that two more first features, “Playground,” from Poland’s Bartosz M. Kowalski, and Emiliano Torres’ “The Winter,” have also made… Read more »

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore on ‘Outlander,’ ‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick’

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EDINBURGH, Scotland — “Outlander” showrunner Ronald D. Moore told an audience at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival on Thursday that in Season 3 the show would start in Scotland but would then be making a sea voyage in the 18th century. “There’s an extended journey across the Atlantic and then the story eventually goes to… Read more »