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TV Review: ‘Nightingale’

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One-person shows represent a formidable challenge on stage, and the intimacy of the screen only magnifies those hurdles. David Oyelowo and director Elliott Lester have done a creditable job of clearing them in “Nightingale,” an HBO movie pickup that charts one man’s isolation and madness within the claustrophobic confines of a single house. Uncomfortably stretched even… Read more »

Odyssey Taps ‘Sharknado’ Exec Karen O’Hara

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Odyssey Media has hired Karen O’Hara as executive in charge of U.S. East Coast production and development, Variety has learned exclusively. O’Hara has worked for seven years as VP of original movies at Syfy Channel, where she developed and supervised production on over 150 movies, including “Sharknado,” in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria… Read more »

Murdoch’s Sky Paybox Sets Up Dedicated Sky Arts Production Hub in Milan

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ROME — Rupert Murdoch’s pan-European Sky paybox is establishing a dedicated Sky Arts Production Hub in Milan to increase commissioning of arts programming available for its 21 million subscribers across Europe, in a move bound to have a major impact on European arts content creators and producers, and also for discerning TV audiences. Concurrently the… Read more »

Lionsgate, Tribeca Tap Jeff Bronikowski to Head Film Subscription-VOD Service

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Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have hired digital-media vet Jeff Bronikowski as president of Tribeca Shortlist, a subscription video-on-demand service aimed at film buffs. Bronikowski most recently was COO of IAC’s DailyBurn subscription-based streaming fitness service. He previously spent 12 years at Universal Music Group, leading digital content strategy as SVP of business development. Bronikowski also has held senior management positions at Yahoo and AOL Entertainment, and… Read more »

Viacom Renews Carriage Deal with Mediacom

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Viacom has renewed its broad-based carriage agreement with Mediacom, the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator. The pact covers 19 basic channels and pay cabler Epix. The deal comes at a time when Viacom has parted ways with other smaller cable operators over cost issues and a reluctance from operators to continue carrying the company’s entire suite… Read more »

Cannes: U.S., China Drive Cannes – Market Update

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Originally written as a Cannes market closer for Variety’s last print daily, on May 19, this article has been updated through Tuesday, May 26:   CANNES – Five years ago, Cannes biz was powered by movies selling out worldwide. U.S. distribution pick-ups were something of a sideshow. Now it’s the U.S. and China that are… Read more »

Cannes: Pyramide Kicks Off Sales on Colombian Camera d’Or Winner ‘Land and Shade’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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France’s Pyramide has initiated early sales on Colombian Cesar Acevedo’s “Land and Shade,” Cannes 2015 Camera d’Or and Critics’ Week winner, closing Italy with Claudia Bedogni’s Satine Pictures and Latin America with Elba McAllister’s Cineplex. Pyramide will distribute “Land and Shade” in France. Lead produced by Diana Bustamante’s Burning Blue, “Land and Shade” also won… Read more »

TrustNordisk Sells Cannes’ Directors Fortnight Pic ‘The Here After’ to U.K., Korea

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PARIS– Scandi house TrustNordisk closed a bunch of territories on Swedish helmer Magnus von Horn’s feature debut “The Here After,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight. Sales closed at Cannes include the U.K. (Soda Pictures) and Korea (Atnine Film Co.). Nour Films will distribute the movie in France. The drama follows John, a man… Read more »

Fremantle Takes Global Sales On Paolo Sorrentino’s Jude Law-Starrer ‘The Young Pope’

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ROME – Fremantle International has taken global sales on Oscar-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s TV series, “The Young Pope,” toplining Jude Law as an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history. As previously announced, shooting is set to start this summer on the promising skein which Rupert Murdoch’s paybox Sky and France’s… Read more »