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Producers Guild Awards postponed until March

Producers Guild Awards postponed until March

Written by Joe Jackson on Jan 14, 2022. Posted in Awards and Festivals

The global rise in Omnicron cases has caused the Producers Guild of America (PGA) to delay its 33rd Producers Guild Awards ceremony. Originally scheduled for 26 February, the event will now take place on 19 March. While the venue - Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel - remains the same, the postponement represents another calendar change for the movie awards season. Attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination and booster (if eligible) as well as a recent negative COVID-19 test.  

Berlinale to remain in-person as European Film Market goes virtual

Berlinale to remain in-person as European Film Market goes virtual

Written by Joe Jackson on Jan 12, 2022. Posted in Awards and Festivals

Officials have confirmed that the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will remain an in-person event. Although the European Film Market (EFM) - which typically runs alongside the Berlinale - is now taking place as fully virtual event, organisers have told the global film community that the core festival will continue as planned from 10th to 20th February. Strict protocols will be put in place to protect delegates from Covid-19, with the precise terms to be revealed shortly.

France's infrastructure boost generates private investment worth EUR160 million

France's infrastructure boost generates private investment worth EUR160 million

Written by Joe Jackson on Jan 11, 2022. Posted in Production News

France’s Centre National du Cinema (CNC) launched an ambitious funding initiative in July 2021. Buoyed by the global popularity of works such Lupin and Emily in Paris on Netflix, the Gallic national film body invested approximately EUR10 million into eight studios and 12 digital facilities. An estimated EUR160 million in private investment has since been drawn into France thanks to the CNC’s initial funding boost, which was designed to “shock and modernise” the country's media production infrastructure.

Ten global cities announced for Gerety Awards 2022

Ten global cities announced for Gerety Awards 2022

Written by Joe Jackson on Jan 10, 2022. Posted in Awards and Festivals

The Gerety Awards has announced the ten international cities that its ambassadors will meet in 2022. London will feature alongside New York, São Paulo, México city, Copenhagen, Moscow, Brussels, Vienna, Manila and Tokyo. The full executive jury from each city will be revealed very soon. As well as defining the overall shortlist, these juries will choose the agency and production company of the year from their respective countries.

British Film Commission develops Production Guild of Great Britain partnership with GBP100,000 training investment

British Film Commission develops Production Guild of Great Britain partnership with GBP100,000 training investment

Written by Joe Jackson on Jan 7, 2022. Posted in General Interest

The British Film Commission (BFC) is extending its partnership with The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) through a secondary injection of funding. Under a campaign to support the government-backed Stage Space Support and Development Strategy, the BFC will invest a further GBP100,000 towards targeted PGGB training courses. The collaboration is designed to increase access opportunities for experienced and diverse crew as new stage space continues to expand in the UK.

Sony Pictures Networks India merges with Zee Entertainment Enterprises

Sony Pictures Networks India merges with Zee Entertainment Enterprises

Written by Joe Jackson on Jan 6, 2022. Posted in General Interest

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) have signed an agreement to combine the two groups. ZEEL will merge with and into SPNI, combining their linear networks, digital assets and production operations. After closing the deal, SPNI are set to boast an estimated cash balance of USD1.5 billion. The new combined company will be publicly listed in India.

Showmax reveals second original series from Kenya

Showmax reveals second original series from Kenya

Written by Joe Jackson on Jan 5, 2022. Posted in Production News

A new Kenyan original series is scheduled to premiere on streaming platform Showmax. Produced by Insignia Productions, Single-ish is a 13-part drama series adapted from the popular South African series Unmarried. This new adaptation follows three Nairobi women – Sintamei, Mariah and Rebecca – as they negotiate the challenges generated by commitments to marriage, relationships and their careers. The first episode will debut on 20th January 2022.

Studio Babelsberg acquisition completed by TPG Real Estate Partners

Studio Babelsberg acquisition completed by TPG Real Estate Partners

Written by Joe Jackson on Jan 4, 2022. Posted in General Interest

TPG Real Estate Partners – otherwise known as TREP – has unveiled its acquisition of Germany’s Studio Babelsberg. TREP is the dedicated real estate equity investment platform of alternative asset firm TPG, and Studio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale film studio complex in the world. Dr. Carl L. Woebcken and Mr. Christoph Fisser (CEO and COO of Studio Babelsberg, respectively) are set to maintain a minority stake in the business.

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