UK Broadcasters Shake-Up; CinemaCon envelope; Cannes – Deadline

Happy Friday readers, Tom here at the helm of the International Insider ship, read on for the week’s headlines.

UK Broadcasters Reshuffle

Crack down: The UK government unveiled a landmark white paper this week that touched on everything from regulating global streamers operating in the country to the future of Channel 4. SVoD services will be hit with fines of up to 5% of their local revenue if found guilty of broadcasting harmful content, according to the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The rules still need to get parliamentary approval and will likely come into force in 2024, meaning Netflix and co have a few more years to press government buttons without fear of reprimand – if they choose. Max had the truth, as well as analysis of several other elements of the government’s vision.

Channel 4 on the block: The government’s controversial and often confusing plan to sell the public service broadcaster to a private buyer came one step closer to reality this week. The white paper confirmed that a sale would proceed to enable Channel 4 to “diversify its sources of revenue and improve its long-term sustainability”. Essentially, the government is arguing that Channel 4’s business model, which prevents it from taking on significant debt to fund programs and technology and makes it highly dependent on advertising sales, will fail in a global streaming environment. A private Channel 4 would be able to take on more financial risk and, much to the chagrin of the independent production sector, would be legally allowed to do their shows in-house for the first time – benefiting from their international sales. Basically, nobody on UK TV thinks selling is a good thing, but the writing on the wall is there for everyone to see.

Drama at CinemaCon

You have been served: It was CinemaCon’s annual big-screen exhibitor event in Las Vegas this week, and there were plenty of juicy headlines. You can catch up on all of our coverage here, but here are a few choice nuggets: Robert De Niro’s politically charged speech accepting his Cinema Verite award; Nancy’s interview with Cineworld COO Renana Teperberg; and Disney adding the Bollywood epic Brahmastra Part One: Shiva on his slate. Perhaps the most eye-catching moment was when Olivia Wilde was handed a surprise envelope onstage during a presentation, the contents of which turned out to be custody papers from Jason Sudeikis. Reps for the actor later said he was unaware the incident would play out so publicly.

Cannes warms up

Decision to leave

And they left: Cannes doesn’t kick off until May 17, but business is already underway ahead of the festival. This week, Andreas got the scoop on the first major package and first major contract to drop this year: Russell Crowe and Liam Hemsworth are set to star in an action-thriller movie land of evilwhich seems to be a commercial success, and Mubi caused a stir by buying several territories, including the United States and the United Kingdom, on the title of Park Chan-wook’s Cannes competition Decision to leave.

Polansky: It looks like a new photo by Roman Polanski will join the list of titles on sale at this year’s Cannes market. Andreas had the scoop that John Cleese and Gomorrah actor Fortunato Cerlino has joined the cast of The palacewhich is in production in Switzerland.

Legal Department: Elsewhere in Cannes news, the festival unveiled Vincent Lindon as president of its Competition jury. the Titanium will be joined by Rebecca Hall, Noomi Rapace, Jeff Nichols, Asghar Farhadi, Deepika Padukone, Jasmine Trinca, Ladj Ly and Joachim Trier. The jury of Un Certain Regard (which unveiled its opening film father and soldier) will be starring Italian actress and director Valeria Golino.

Change of title: Finally, the French festival supported a name change for Michel Hazanavicius Z, which is expected to open the event this year. The title took on a new meaning after Russia invaded Ukraine, and as such the picture will henceforth be called Cut! (Cut!)while the international title remains final cut.

Fireworks? What fireworks?

Drop in grades: Piers Morgan has partially succeeded in his bid to drum up interest in his Talk TV interview show Uncensored teasing a huge argument with former President Donald Trump, but the fireworks turned out to be mostly hot air. After the first part of the interview at Talk TV’s Monday launch party didn’t provide an answer, the following night revealed that the “squabble” was just a disagreement. Morgan claimed Trump was “boiling with anger,” but never-before-seen footage of the rumored “walkout” appeared to show nothing more than a frustrated former president walking away after a long and sometimes tense conversation. Still, the bluster worked — sort of. Piers Morgan UncensoredThe first night of drew 300,000 viewers in the UK, but lost 100,000 the following night as the drama waned. More history here.

Amazon’s Mega India Slate

Sushant Sreeram and Gaurav Gandhi

Salke in Bombay: In the same week, Amazon made significant changes to MGM in the US, the streaming giant launched a huge listing in India. Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke and Prime Video International VP Kelly Day joined the local Amazon team to present the 40-person slate at a fancy party in Mumbai. A confident Salke told the audience, “Talents want to be part of the Amazon Prime family and put on amazing shows for people to enjoy, not just in India but all over the world. We stand out in this respect. With Indian reports claiming Netflix is ​​cutting up to 90% of its original slate and Amazon is in growth mode in India, you can understand his optimism.


Matt Brodlie and Jonathan Kier

Local for global: LA-based Matt Brodlie and Jonathan Kier’s Upgrade Productions launched late last year with the aim of creating local language content from around the world. This week, I got the scoop on the duo’s first three projects, which hail from Japan, Spain and Australia. In an interview, the duo discuss which territories they are most passionate about.

heroes and villains

Grégory Ouanhon & Laurent Zeitoun

Take the plane: This week, Deadline revealed the first project of Good Hero, the New York and Parisian production company supported by Mediawan: animated feature film Wings of Freedom: Operation Rebirth. I caught up with founders Laurent Zeitoun and Gregory Ouanhon to discuss their unique development process.

The essentials

Andy SerkisNick Hornby

🌶️ Here’s a hot one: Andy Serkis is set to direct a feature film The Giant’s HouseNick Hornby’s adaptation of Elizabeth McCracken’s 1996 novel, for Wildgaze Films.

🌶️ Another: David Harbor will lead the cast of The Trackers from Cha Cha real smooth director Cooper Raiff.

🌶️ Surely not oneanother: The bridge star Sofia Helen and writer Camilla Ahlgren team up for chill drama Fallen.

🤝 Deal concluded: Netflix has signed a multi-picture partnership with Japanese animation studio Studio Colorido.

🤝 Another case: Wasserman Music has acquired Paradigm UK’s live music performance business.

🍿 Box office: Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets broke the $200 million mark at the international box office last weekend, taking its worldwide gross to $280.3 million

👀 First look: Here’s a first image of Jodie Comer making her West End debut in At first glance.

Jesse Whittock contributed to this week’s International Insider.

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