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Spain’s Biz Faces Global Forces

  • Variety
Spain’s Biz Faces Global Forces
Only a decade ago, Spain was on the periphery of world production, making movies that, as with Pedro Almodovar’s 2019 Cannes competition contender “Pain and Glory,” occasionally sold worldwide.

Now, thanks to an Ott and digital TV revolution, Spain has become a burgeoning global production center.

Take, for instance, Oriol Paulo’s drama “Durante la Tormenta” (“Mirage”), in which a young wife and mother faces the loss of her beloved or the birth of her daughter.

Released in Spain on Nov. 30 by Warner Bros. Pictures, “Mirage” earned a quite modest $867,593. Yet in China, it opened No. 3 on March 27 and grossed $15.9 million.

A Netflix acquisition, the Atresmedia-Think Studio production has moreover gone on to be the only foreign-language movie singled out by Netflix in its April first quarter results, having “seen broad viewing across the world.”

Signs of success were spotted in 2011, when “Gran Hotel,” an original Spanish series, made a
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Netflix Reveals Just How Much British People Love ‘Our Planet’ With Top 10 List

Netflix is famously tight-lipped when it comes to revealing how many people are tuning in to its endless supply of movies and TV series, though the streaming giant does occasionally toot its own horn when one of its titles does especially well. Now the company is experimenting with a weekly list of its most-watched offerings in the UK, with nature docuseries “Our Planet” topping the first edition.

In a Twitter thread, the company announced that it will be releasing such lists on a weekly basis from here on out. To compile them, “we look at the most-watched individual season of a show, film or special (regardless of when it launched). ‘Watched’ means members finished at least 70% of one episode.”

“It’s a test as we want to make sure this information is useful for you,” Netflix added. “So we may tweak it in the weeks ahead. eg. we’re not including kids right now.
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Cannes: Cinema Republic Takes ‘h0us3’ as Spanish Smart Genre Builds (Exclusive)

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Madrid — David Castellanos’ Cinema Republic has acquired international sales rights to “h0us3,” a sci-fi horror thriller which instances the renaissance of Spanish smart genre with theatrical, Chinese and platform potential.

Castellanos will introduce the film to buyers at the Cannes Film Market which kicks off next Tuesday, May 14.

“h0us3” marks the feature debut of Spain’s Manolo Munguía, who studied Telecommunications Engineering in Santander.

It shows. The movie kicks off with a reunion of former university friends, all geeks and hackers, in the country home of Rafa, set in the idyllic rolling hills of Cantabria, northern Spain. There, Rafa, the group’s leader at university, reveals that he hacks into his neighbors’ email accounts – “I like to to be God,” he admits – and claims that he’s uncovered a secret Augmented Reality Wikileaks application allowing them to glimpse the future. That future, when extended just a few days,
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Miptv's French showcase reveals tale of two industries

France’s broadcasters are struggling with SVoD rivals, but producers are taking advantage of a seemingly insatiable demand for content.

The French TV industry was out in force at this year’s Miptv which put France front and centre as its country of honour.

The showcase laid bare the opposing realities of France’s broadcasters, which are undergoing deep change in response to the rise of the global platforms, and the country’s producers, who are riding the wave of a seemingly insatiable demand for content.

Delphine Ernotte Cunci, president of state broadcaster France Télévisions, kicked off a showcase of French broadcasters on Monday,
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China box office: 'Song Of Youth' takes surprise top spot in slow week

Ticket sales dropped 35 percent week-on-week.

The last week of March (March 25-31) suffered a heavy drop in ticket sales of 35% week-on-week making it the second-quietest week in 2019 so far, behind the traditionally slow pre-Chinese New Year week only.

Although February was the biggest single month in a single market, overall the first quarter of 2019 turned out to be a sluggish one at the China box office. Gross box office receipts fell by 8% to $2.8bn compared to the same period in 2018. The months of January and March were each down 20% year-on-year.

In such a slow week, Song Of Youth emerged as
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China Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ Falls Short of Nostalgic Local Fare

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Despite a lack of blockbuster competition, Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” didn’t fly all that far in its China opening, failing to soar past a nostalgic Chinese drama already in its second week as sentimental human-interest dramas filled many of the top spots.

Er Dong Pictures’ “Song of Youth” was the weekend’s top performer, taking in $11.7 million over the three-day period, according to figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway. The Maoyan online ticketing platform predicts that the film will earn $46.2 million (RMB310 million) over the course of its monthlong run in China – nearly double Maoyan’s prediction for “Dumbo.” Directed by newcomer Zhang Luan, “Song of Youth” tells the story of a teacher who changes the lives of his 1985 class of middle school students.

The Tim Burton-helmed “Dumbo” made only $10.8 million, in spite of a star-studded Hollywood cast including Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Thandie Newton’s daughter Nico Parker.
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European Pubcaster Alliance Revs Up With New Dramas ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ ‘Mirage’ (Exclusive)

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The Alliance, the new partnership formed by leading European pubcasters to counter the growing power of Netflix and other players, is revving up with two new international dramas, “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Mirage.”

The Alliance was formed last year by France Televisions, Germany’s Zdf and Italy’s Rai. The partners unveiled their two new ambitious shows Wednesday at Series Mania in Lille, France.

For France Televisions in particular, the series are part of a wider move into high-end international drama that also includes French series like “Germinal,” based on Emile Zola’s classic novel, and the adaptation of Guillaume Musso’s bestseller, “La jeune fille et la nuit,” both of which France Televisions is developing outside of the Alliance.

The French pubcaster’s push has been spearheaded by Nathalie Biancolli, an industry veteran who helped created Snd, the commercial division of M6 network, and worked at
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Movies New to Netflix in March: ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Movies New to Netflix in March: ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Wet Hot American Summer’
By March 1, the Oscars will be over, and we can finally stop pulling our hair over the fact that Rami Malek’s dentures beat out Ethan Hawke’s bottle of drain cleaner. When that day comes, Netflix will be able to offer an eclectic mix of reliably quality fare to cleanse our palates of what will surely go down in history as one of the oddest Oscar seasons ever. The streaming giant could also very well have earned its first Best Picture statue by then, but its users won’t be able to hear the champagne bottles popping over the hum of their preferred watching device.

Damien Chazelle’s finely crafted Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” may have been snubbed in almost every major category, but audiences looking to revisit the original space tearjerker can countdown with “Apollo 13,” which hits Netflix at the beginning of the month. ’90s babies
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Frank Spotnitz Developing Series Depicting Leonardo da Vinci as Gay Outsider (Exclusive)

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Frank Spotnitz Developing Series Depicting Leonardo da Vinci as Gay Outsider (Exclusive)
U.S. showrunner Frank Spotnitz (“The Man in the High Castle”) and British writer Steve Thompson (“Sherlock”) have been recruited by Italy’s Rai and Lux Vide to develop “Leonardo,” an English-language TV series that will portray the Renaissance genius as a gay outsider.

“He was a real outsider for those times. He was an illegitimate child, gay, vegetarian and left-handed,” said Rai Head of Drama Eleonora Andreatta, echoing a description found in “Leonardo da Vinci,” a new biography of the Italian polymath by U.S. author Walter Isaacson.

The new eight-part show, which Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions is co-producing with Lux Vide, is expected to be the first project to hit the airwaves from The Alliance, the co-production group formed by continental Europe’s top pubcasters: Rai, France Televisions, and Germany’s Zdf. The broadcasters announced in May that they were joining forces to counter the growing force of
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‘Gomorrah’ Writers To Adapt WWII Crime Novel ‘The Butchers Of Berlin’ For Series

  • Deadline
Connect3 Media, Racine Media, and Canadian production and distribution outfit Cineflix Media have attached Gomorrah series writers Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli to lead the book-to-tv adaptation of WWII crime story The Butchers Of Berlin.

Connect3 Media and Racine Media recently scored the rights to the murder mystery novel, written by Chris Petit, which is set in war-torn Nazi Germany 1943 and centers on financial crime investigator August Schlegel, who is assigned to a homicide case and finds himself immersed in a murky world. The book is the first in a developing series following Schlegel through the plotting and paranoia of the Third Reich. Fasoli and Ravagli are also currently writing crime series ZeroZeroZero for Canal+, Sky, and Amazon.

“Collaborating with the creative duo of Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli, and the forces at Racine Media and Cineflix Media to develop a premium drama series for global audiences is incredibly exciting,
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