Cannes 2021: What’s Ahead for Specialty Distribution?

Specialty film executives reveal what they learned during the pandemic, the role of Cannes, and the changing distribution game. The 2021 Cannes Film Festival was a celebration. Buyers and sellers were genuinely delighted to see each other in the sunshine on the Croisette after a two-year absence, and to watch great films with their vaccinated … Read more

UK Global Screen Fund unveils second round of production and distribution awards | News

Eighteen projects have been awarded a total of £931,656 from the UK Global Screen Fund (UKGSF) through its international coproduction and international distribution financing strands. The £7m fund was launched in April by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as a one-year pilot initiative to boost international development and distribution opportunities for … Read more

Zurich Summit Mulls the Future of Film Distribution

Senior producers and distributors took to the stage at the Zurich Summit to debate the future of film distribution. Amid the rise of the streamers, collapsing theatrical windows and the shuttering of cinemas during the pandemic, they stressed the need for flexibility when planning the best way to release movies. More from Variety Danny Perkins, … Read more

Cartoon Digital asks: “What are the new distribution and co-production opportunities for animation producers?”

CARTOON 2021 Cartoon Digital by Davide Abbatescianni 31/05/2021 – Gaumont’s Karen Vermeulen and Sola Media’s Solveig Langeland shared their takes on the topic during a panel hosted by the online event A screen grab from the panel Just as multi-channel and satellite players changed the TV landscape, the new digital platforms and other newcomers are … Read more

France’s Memento Boss Discusses Distribution Strategy & Production Slate Including Farhadi, Audiard, Ceylan, Saleh (EXCLUSIVE)

Although the pandemic has pole-axed many independent distributors, some like Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Distribution have managed to weather the storm. The company has had prestige auteur films playing in the festival circuit this year; at Cannes with multiple films in competition, including Jacques Audiard’s “Paris, District 13th,” Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s “A … Read more

Why some US sales agents are getting into direct distribution | Features

Faced with collapsing windows and an expanding array of digital releasing options, sales agents are moving into US distribution to better serve their filmmaker partners. Unlike mini-majors Lionsgate, Miramax and STX, whose distribution and sales arms have co-existed for years, companies such as XYZ Films and Highland Film Group developed their sales, production and finance … Read more

France’s Memento Boss Discusses Distribution Strategy & Production Slate Including Farhadi, Audiard, Bilge Ceylan, Saleh (EXCLUSIVE)

Although the pandemic has pole-axed many independent distributors, some like Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Distribution have managed to weather the storm. The company has had prestige auteur films playing in the festival circuit this year; at Cannes with multiple films in competition, including Jacques Audiard’s “Paris, District 13th,” Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s “A … Read more

Johnny Depp’s ‘Minamata’ Sets U.K., Ireland Distribution

In today’s Global Bulletin, Johnny Depp’s “Minamata and “Crock of Gold” get U.K., Ireland release; a brace of Princess Diana TV documentaries in the works; and MTV debuts short form series. Vertigo Releasing has acquired U.K. and Ireland distribution rights from HanWay Films for Berlin Film Festival title Andrew Levitas’ “Minamata,” starring Johnny Depp, Hiroyuki … Read more

Film4 appoints new head of distribution and sales (exclusive) | News

The UK’s Film4 has appointed Universal Pictures executive Stefanie Fahrion to its newly-created post of head of distribution and sales. Fahrion will take up the role later this month, joining from London-based Universal Pictures Content Group (UPCG) where she is currently director, acquisitions and production. Her new remit includes overseeing sales and distribution strategy on … Read more

Apple’s Foundation vs Warner Bros.’ Dune: An epic sci-fi clash of content distribution

The Protagonists of Dune (Paul Atreides/Chalamet) and Foundation (Salvor Hardin/Leah Harvey) Warner Bros/Apple Inc. This afternoon, for the technology industry, all eyes will be on Apple’s “California Streaming” virtual event, during which this year’s models of iPhones — and possibly iPads — are set to be unveiled to an awaiting public. The new smartphones and … Read more