Charlotte Rampling will officially open the 2001 Cannes Film Festival on May 9, fest prexy Gilles Jacob announced Wednesday. She will also present the final awards on May 20.
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Expanding its presence in the international broadcasting market, MGM is establishing a 24-hour digital branded movie channel in New Zealand.
Reality formats are once again hot on the Croisette.
Gerard Depardieu and his son Guillaume are set to star in the 35 million franc ($4.8 million) "Honor Thy Father," a feature film about a complex father-son relationship.
Lions Gate Intl. has inked a pre-sale for the two-part actioner "Superfire" to German commercial web ProSieben.
Buena Vista Intl. Television has sold "Wingspan," the feature length doc on Paul McCartney's post-Beatles career, to the U.K.'s Channel 4.
The budget for French TV production rose 13% to 7.6 billion francs ($1.03 billion) in 2000, with a total 3,892 hours made, the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC) said at Mip.
Britain's Wall to Wall has announced its biggest production with the $8.5 million factual series "Ancient Egyptians."
The World Wrestling Federation continued its hype assault on Mip TV for the third day running with the announcement of yet more programming sales, this time to Australia.
Granada Intl. and Off the Fence, a subsidiary of Munich-based kidvidder RTV Entertainment, have concluded a co-production agreement spanning more than 100 hours of nonfiction programming. The…