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Thu 11:49  Senior Exec at Africa’s Kwese to Be Named CEO of Joint Venture With Iflix Africa
Mayur Patel, currently senior vice president of Africa’s Kwese Mobile Experience, will be named CEO of a joint venture between Kwese and iflix Africa, the regional offshoot of Asia-based streaming service iflix, Variety has learned. The announcement will be made next week. Patel’s appointment comes at a time of widespread turnover at iflix Africa, a turnover […]
Thu 11:15  ‘Fleabag’ Team to Develop Romantic-Comedy Series With Entertainment One
Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are developing a new series titled “Run” with Entertainment One (eOne). Jones and Waller-Bridge will produce under their DryWrite banner. It marks the first time DryWrite has produced a television series, having previously produced multiple theatrical productions. “Run” is described as a romantic-comedic-thriller about ex-lovers who made a pact 15 […]
Thu 10:29  Sony Prepares ‘The Launch’ for International Take Off
Sony Pictures Television has scooped the international rights to “The Launch” and is prepping a U.K. and other local versions of the singing format, which has fared well in Canada. Season one has just wrapped on free-TV network CTV. SPT will sell the finished Canadian version and the remake rights, with its London-based production company […]
Thu 08:34  Film Review: ‘Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk’
Warning: While watching “Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk,” a coming-of-age dramedy about the disillusionment of a hormonally inflamed young Jehovah’s Witness during the mid-1980s, you may periodically find yourself fearing that you nodded off, or blacked out, and missed key scenes of transition or contextualization. Making a disappointingly inauspicious debut as a feature filmmaker […]
Thu 07:34  Berlin: Asian Brilliant Stars Hands out Talent Awards
Israel’s Samuel Maoz was named as best director on Wednesday evening at the Asian Brilliant Stars Awards in Berlin. The event was a smoother presentation than the first edition, held on the margins of the Berlin Film Festival last year, but currently lacks obvious impact. Organizers, from China’s Movie View International publication, suggest that the […]
Thu 06:18  Korean Stage Director Lee Yoon-taek Accused of Rape
Lee Yoon-taek, artistic director of Yeonheedan, one of South Korea’s top theater groups, has been accused of sexual violence, including rape. The case is the latest scandal as the #MeToo campaign slowly gathers momentum in Korea’s art and culture sectors, which are deeply male-dominated. Lee held a press conference Tuesday. There he said he deeply […]
Thu 06:00  Norway’s ‘Home Ground’ Bows in Berlinale Series
In town for the Berlin Film Festival, Norwegian prod-co Motlys world premiered their Norwegian soccer drama “Home Ground,” on Tuesday Feb. 20. A day later, Norwegian broadcaster NRK announced they had recommissioned the series for a second season. Originally produced by Motlys for NRK, and set to premiere in Norway on March 4, DR is […]
Thu 04:02  Parkland Survivors, Parents of Victims Challenge NRA, D.C. Politicos at CNN Town Hall
One of the highlights of CNN’s Wednesday town hall on guns came when Cameron Kasky, a student survivor of the Florida school shooting, stood several feet away from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and challenged him, “Can you tell me you won’t take a single donation from the NRA?” Cheers erupted in the crowd, a gathering […]
Thu 02:15  HBO Renews ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Crashing’ for Season 3
The laughs will keep on coming at HBO. The cabler has renewed two of its half-hour comedies, “High Maintenance” and “Crashing,” for third seasons. “High Maintenance,” which is created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, returned for its 10-episode second season run on January 19. Providing a peek into the cramped apartments, grinding routines and urban […]
Thu 01:05  Kiersey Clemons to Star in Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Zorro’ Movie
“The Flash’s” Kiersey Clemons will star in Jonás Cuarón’s “Zorro” film “Z” opposite Gael Garcia Bernal. The film will be written and directed by Cuarón and financed by Lantica Media. Set in the near future, “Z” reimagines the classic legend based on the beloved masked swashbuckler. The movie is a co-production between Lantica Pictures and […]
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