Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Patrick Frater

Australia’s Victoria State Unveils $95 Million Screen Transformation Strategy

Australia’s Victoria state has set out a four-year plan to capitalize on the country’s post-COVID boom in film and television production and give the region a sustainable, long-term future as an entertainment hub. The announcement was made by state...

Korea Box Office: ‘The Croods’ Gets Boost From Children’s Day Public Holiday

Newly released “The Croods: A New Age” jostled with two previously-released titles to form a triumvirate at the top of the South Korean box office over the weekend of May 7-9, 2021. But after a sprightly Wednesday, which was...

Toei Animation to Release Second ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Movie  

Toei Animation, a leading Japanese animation house with a seven-decade history, has announced the release of a new “Dragon Ball Super” movie in 2022. Based on a comic by Toriyama Akira that debuted in the “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine...

Why China Holds Lessons for Soccer’s Next European Super League

Chinese state broadcaster CTGN may have declared the scuppered plans for a European Super League (ESL) as an “own goal for football,” but, in fact, many Chinese soccer fans and broadcasters would have loved the ESL. As the ESL...

Cinemas Unhappy as State of Emergency Is Extended in Tokyo

The Japanese government has formally extended the state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo Prefecture, which was originally scheduled to end on May 11, until the end of the month. It has also added Aichi and Fukuoka...

Paramount Plus Sets Australia, New Zealand Launch Date

The Paramount Plus streaming service will be launched in Australia and New Zealand in August. It joins an increasingly crowded marketplace, but claims local traction through ViacomCBS’s ownership of Australian linear channel Channel Ten and a handful of local...

Cinemas Cut Capacity as Singapore Increases COVID Restrictions

Cinemas in Singapore are once again cutting the capacity of their venues following a government order that raises the national anti-coronavirus restrictions. So far there are no plans to halt film releases. The move follows a Ministry of Health...

End of the World Comedy ‘Preppers’ Now Filming in Australia

Production in and around Sydney, Australia has started on “Preppers,” a comedy series about the end of the world. Directed by Steven McGregor (“Black Comedy”), “Preppers” follows a young Aboriginal woman whose world crumbles around her after experiencing a personal, cataclysmic event....

Good Move Media Picks up Rights to ‘Ancient Soul’ Ethno-Fiction From the Sulphur Mines of Java

Specialist sales agency Good Move Media has picked up international rights to “Ancient Soul,” which had its world premiere in March at the Berlin Film Festival. The film, aka “Mbah Jhiwo,” is a Spanish-produced docu-drama about life in the...

Disney Plus Hotstar to Launch in Malaysia With Local Content Component

Walt Disney Company is set to launch its Disney Plus Hotstar streaming service in Malaysia from June 1. The platform will boast a significant local content component in addition to the mainstay Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National...

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