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Former Disney France Boss Jean-François Camilleri Joins Echo Studio As President

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Former Disney France Boss Jean-François Camilleri Joins Echo Studio As President
Respected former Disney France chief Jean-Francois Camilleri has been named President of Paris-based Echo Studio, an international production firm dedicated to creating content with social impact. The move comes about three months after Camilleri announced his departure from Disney where he had spent 30 years in various roles both in France and Los Angeles.

In his new post, Camilleri will develop Echo Studio’s activities including content production, distribution, social impact campaigns, digital and experiences.

At Echo, he reteams with Yves Darandeau and Emmanuel Priou of Bonne Pioche who are also partners in the company. The trio previously worked together on 2005 Oscar winner March Of The Penguins while Camilleri was running Gaumont Buena Vista where he developed local co-productions and acquisitions. Following the success of Penguins, Camilleri created Disneynature in 2008 and became General Manager and Executive Vice President for the label, dedicated to producing theatrical wildlife films. Credits include Oceans (2010), African Cats
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‘Penguins’ Review: Disney’s Nature Doc Celebrates Our Furry Flightless Friends

‘Penguins’ Review: Disney’s Nature Doc Celebrates Our Furry Flightless Friends
A new Disneynature documentary from directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson — they also collaborated on the studio’s bless-the-beasts-and children docs Monkey Kingdom and ChimpanzeePenguins puts the focus on Steve, an Adélie penguin coming of age during a freezing Antarctic spring. Yup, there is a cute overload; penguins are as adorable as hell. Steve’s 100-mile journey from his natural ocean habitat to the breeding grounds on shore does not skimp on trials and travails, which include nest building and making a life for himself. It’s no easy ride.
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Disneynature’s Penguins Movie Review

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Disneynature’s Penguins Movie Review
Title: ‘Penguins’ Directors: Alastair Fothergill (Disneynature’s ‘Monkey Kingdom’ and ‘Bears’) and Jeff Wilson Embarking on a quest to find a life partner, build a suitable home together and start a family is an alluring dream that not only humans strive to achieve. In the upcoming Disneynature documentary, ‘Penguins,’ which Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is […]

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Veteran Disney France Chief Jean-François Camilleri Announces Departure

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Long-serving Disney executive Jean-François Camilleri has announced his departure from the company. In social media posts Tuesday morning, Camilleri, whose most recent title was Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company, France, Benelux & French-Speaking Africa, said, “After 30 extraordinary years, I have decided to leave Disney. It’s a family that I love and that I will never forget… The journey was in every way exceptional.”

This is a big move in French industry circles, and comes just a week after Disney officially acquired Fox, although it is unclear if Camilleri’s departure was impacted by the merger. A Disney France spokesperson said there was no further information; we have reached out to Camilleri for comment. In his social media postings today, he noted, “It is time for me to invest myself fully in order to contribute to a meaningful future.”

Camilleri, who was closely associated with 2005 Best Documentary Oscar winner March
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Channel 4 Developing UK Remake Of NBC’s Songwriting Competition Reality Format ‘Songland’

Channel 4 is developing a UK version of NBC’s songwriting competition reality series Songland.

The British broadcaster is remaking the unscripted format with NBC-backed producer Monkey Kingdom, the company behind hits including Made In Chelsea, producing.

The move is C4’s first entry into the talent contest genre in a number of years, having previously dipped its toe in the area with 2014’s The Singer Takes It All.

The show, which debuts at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the U.S., originally hails from The Voice executive producer Audrey Morrissey, Eurythmics co-founder and producer Dave Stewart, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and his 222 Productions and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.

The show which is produced by Universal Alternative Television Studio in the U.S., aims at giving talented up-and-coming songwriters the opportunity to collaborate with three music producers per episode who are responsible for today’s biggest hits.

In each
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ITV-Backed Tall Story Pictures Developing TV Adaptation Of Natasha Solomons’ Euro Banking Dynasty Novel ‘House Of Gold’

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Exclusive: ITV-owned Tall Story Pictures is developing an international TV series based on European banking dynasty novel House of Gold after optioning Natasha Solomons’ book.

The company, which is behind Mike Bartlett’s forthcoming drama The Man, is working with the author herself to adapt the series.

The book is set on the eve of World War I and is a family epic that draws back the curtain of the opulent life of banking dynasty the Goldbaums, a Rothschilds-style family whose world is about to shatter.

The Goldbaum’s influence reaches across Europe; they are the confidantes and bankers of governments and emperors. Little happens without their say-so and even less without their knowledge. But Greta Goldbaum has no say at all in who she’ll marry. Greta’s union with cousin Albert will strengthen the bond between the Austrian and the English branches of the dynasty. It is sensible and strategic,
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‘Hollywood Game Night’ Heads To The UK After Viacom’s Channel 5 Picks Up NBC Entertainment Format

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Exclusive: Let the games begin in the UK. Viacom’s Channel 5 is remaking long-running U.S. entertainment show Hollywood Game Night.

The British commercial broadcaster has ordered a UK version of the NBC Universal format from Monkey Kingdom, the Made In Chelsea and Newlyweds producers that it owned by the Hollywood studio. The UK version will have a different title.

In the U.S., the summer show is hosted by Glee star Jane Lynch and is in its sixth season.

The show features two contestants who are transported from their everyday lives into a night of fun as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite stars and compete for the chance to win up to $25,000. The network said the upcoming season will feature new challenges and the return of the supersized backyard games.

In the UK, the show will feature two teams
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Crosses $20 Million at Indie Box Office

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Focus Features’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” hit a big milestone this weekend, crossing the $20 million mark.

Earning rave reviews at Sundance and going on to find success with “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” fans worldwide, Morgan Neville’s documentary now sits among the top 15 highest grossing non-fiction films of all-time after two months in theaters. While its theatrical run has never exceeded 900 screens, “Neighbor” has outgrossed four Disneynature documentaries like “Oceans” and “Monkey Kingdom,” all of which opened to more than 1,000 screens.

Also Read: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Sneaks to No. 1 at Box Office With $61.5 Million Opening

While the life and times of Fred Rogers continues to charm audiences, a new documentary, “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” had a big start from its single-screen release at the Arclight Hollywood. From that one venue, the documentary made $30,941, putting it second behind “Three Identical Strangers” for per screen
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15 Top Grossing Documentaries at the Box Office, From ‘Monkey Kingdom’ to ‘Sicko’ (Photos)

Documentaries are rarely big money makers, but we talk about them as having the power to influence change and motivate people to action in a way even narrative films cannot. So when a documentary does make a splash at the box office, it’s an even bigger surprise. This summer, “Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” are big hits when it comes to documentaries. And the Mister Rogers doc is well on its way to cracking this list of the top 15 grossing documentaries at the box office. This list is an interesting mix of political, nature and concert documentaries, and several of them likewise went on to win Oscars and critical acclaim. All numbers are domestic totals via Box Office Mojo.

15. “Monkey Kingdom” (2015) – $16.4 million

You’ll see a lot of Disneynature documentaries on this list. The newest of the bunch to crack the Top 15 is
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Jeff Wachtel Named President NBCUniversal International Studios

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Jeff Wachtel is moving on up — and over. The NBCUniversal Cable executive and producer has been named president of NBCUniversal International Studios, meaning that he will relocate from Los Angeles to London next summer to take on the new role. Wachtel is a longtime NBCUniversal vet, who has acted as chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and head of Universal Cable Productions since 2013. Upon his arrival in London, Wachtel will manage all aspects of television development, production, formats, and strategic content partnerships for NBCU International, including overseeing U.K.’s Carnival Films (“Downton Abbey”), Working Title Television, Monkey Kingdom and.
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'Furious 8' Tops $900 Million Worldwide as Disney's 'Born in China' Bests All Newcomers

'Furious 8' Tops $900 Million Worldwide as Disney's 'Born in China' Bests All Newcomers
The top of this weekend's box office looks a lot like last weekend as the top three films remain the same, once again headlined by The Fate of the Furious as it closes in on $1 billion worldwide. As for the weekend's new releases, Disney's Born in China topped the list with the best start for a Disneynature title since the $10.6 million opening for 2012's Chimpanzee. Otherwise, WB's Unforgettable, Open Road's The Promise, Cinelou's Phoenix Forgotten and A24's Free Fire all under-performed. At #1 for a second weekend in a row is Universal's The Fate of the Furious, which performed mostly as expected, dropping 61% in its second weekend and bringing in an estimated $38.6 million as its domestic cume now climbs to $163.6 million. Internationally, the film continued its impressive overseas run bringing in an estimated $163.4 million from 65 territories as its overseas total balloons to $744.8 million for a global cume that stands at $908.4 million.
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Why the Oscar-Winning Producer of ‘Big Hero 6’ Made Big-Screen Nature Documentary ‘Born In China’

Why the Oscar-Winning Producer of ‘Big Hero 6’ Made Big-Screen Nature Documentary ‘Born In China’
After winning the Oscar for 2014’s “Big Hero 6,” producer Roy Conli was lured to what seems to be a far-flung project: a Disneynature doc, “Born in China,” which explores the life cycles of wild pandas and other native Chinese wildlife. However, he said that it was less about the animals and more about their collective capacity to communicate complex emotions and ideas.

“I’ve always loved the structure of multiple stories,” said Conli, a longtime Disney Animation executive who famously mounted the premiere of “Angels in America” at the Mark Taper Forum in 1992. “There are multiple characters that you need to fall in love with, and they will add up to one story. That was the same with this. You had five species, but you concentrated on three animal families.”

Other Disneynature movies have had more singular topics (“Bears,” “Monkey Kingdom”), but director Lu Chuan’s “Born in China
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Born In China – Review

Here’s something to remember next time you go to a big trivia fund-raising night. If there’s a movie or Oscar category, one of the questions may be: “What film maker (or producer) has won the most Academy Awards?”. The answer is (and will be for a long time to come) Walt Disney. Now, as you jot down that name, you may think that all that gold was netted by his animation work, the classic features and short subjects. Well, a lot of it, but not all. From 1948 to 1960 Disney dominated the Best Live-Action Short Subject category with his “True-Life Adventures” series. Lots of baby boomers may be familiar with them, not from theatrical showings (usually paired with the re-release of those animated features), but from that NBC Sunday night staple, “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”. Several shorts would be edited together for the hour-long shows. The
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'Fate of the Furious' Set to Repeat at #1 as Five New Releases Hit Theaters

'Fate of the Furious' Set to Repeat at #1 as Five New Releases Hit Theaters
Saturday Am Update: The Fate of the Furious is right on pace with expectations, bringing in an estimated $11.2 million on Friday, en route to a $35-38 million second weekend. Meanwhile, the film will remain the #1 film in the world this weekend as its international total as of last night is $636.3 million and the international weekend estimate is currently $171 million from 65 territories as it looks to top $910 million by Sunday and will cross $1 billion worldwide next week. Of the new releases, it looks like Disneynature's Born in China will lead the way after it brought in $1.59 million on Friday, on its way to an opening weekend three-day around $4.6 million or so. Opening day audiences gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore, which is pretty much typical for these features. Warner's Unforgettable is proving to be anything but as it brought in a meager $1.67 million on Friday and is looking at a $4.4 million opening weekend.
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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Will Be Another Week Leading the Box Office

‘The Fate of the Furious’ Will Be Another Week Leading the Box Office
No dramatic tension here: “The Fate of the Furious” (Universal) again will be the top box-office performer in its second weekend, continuing its worldwide push to over $1 billion. Even with a steep fall (likely 55% to 60%), it could end up grossing double what we expect from the five new releases combined.

The next two weeks will see eight new mainstream releases, an unusually high number, and all are standalone, non-franchise entries. That’s rare these days. But unlike “Get Out,” “Hidden Figures,” and “La La Land” — three original movies that grossed $150 million or more at home in the last five months — none of the upcoming titles should do more than minor business.

Read More: ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Breaks ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ International Box Office Records — But Not So At Home

“Fate” virtually tied “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in worldwide box office (of note: only
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‘Born In China’ Review: Disneynature Animal Documentary Is A Sweeping & Majestic Treat For Any Age

Disneynature revived the true-life documentary tradition of Walt Disney in 2009 and faithfully has delivered a new, and increasingly wondrous, adventure around every Earth Day — from Earth, Oceans, African Cats and Chimpanzee to Bears, Monkey Kingdom and now Born in China. Some of the proceeds from the first week’s box office for these films goes right back into the cause, a nice and rare gesture from a major studiom where it all seems to be about money these days. In the…
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Win A Family Four Pack Of Passes To The Advance Screening of Born In China In St. Louis

Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

Featuring stunning,
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Channel 4 reigns at Broadcast Awards 2017

Television industry awards crowned Warp’s This Is England ‘90 as best drama series.

Channel 4 has retained its Channel of the Year crown at this year’s Broadcast Awards, where it picked up seven awards.

The broadcaster won Best Drama Series for Warp’s This Is England ‘90, Best Single Drama for Touchpaper Television’s Ellen and Best Entertainment Programme for Open Mike’s The Last Leg.

It also landed Best Daytime Programme for Monkey Kingdom’s The Question Jury, Best Documentary Programme for ITN Productions’ Interview With A Murderer and Best Sports Programme for its coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

C4 received praise across its output and its Paralympics coverage was highlighted as the most ambitious live broadcast in the channel’s history. The judges described it as “sporting and production excellence in tandem - bold, relevant and inspirational”.

Elsewhere, less than a year after moving online, BBC3 won two awards, thanks to [link
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NYC Weekend Watch: Robert Aldrich, Eric Rohmer, Philip Seymour Hoffman & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


A Robert Aldrich retrospective has begun and is rich with pleasures.

The Howard Hughes-produced Cock of the Air and Visconti‘s Sandra screen on Sunday.

Chantal Akerman‘s masterpiece News from Home plays this Friday and Saturday. The Disney documentary Monkey Kingdom shows on the latter day and Sunday.

Museum of Modern Art
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Where Are the Women?: crunching the numbers

• only 22% of 2015’s movies had female protagonists

• best and worst representations of women on film in 2015 (and the average Watw score for the year)

• critics are slightly more likely to rate a film highly if it represents women well

• mainstream moviegoers are not turned off by films with female protagonists

• movies that represent women well are just as likely to be profitable as movies that don’t, and are less risky as business propositions

The Where Are the Women? project was designed to drill deep down into the films of 2015 in order to determine how well — or how poorly — they represented women. The project has now come to its end, and you can examine the final ranking here. The ranking includes 270 films released in the Us, Canada, and the UK, in both limited and wide release (including every wide-release North American film and most of the UK wide-release films). The
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