Variety 7 April 2018

The State of Lionsgate TV

Lionsgate Television has been riding the peak TV wave for the past few years with a growing slate of shows produced for myriad outlets. Now that the Starz pay-TV group has been acquired by Lionsgate, the TV division’s roster is expanding still more with the goal of using Starz as the launch pad for programs […]

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Michelle Dockery Discusses ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Good Behavior,’ ‘Godless’ at Cannes Masterclass

British actress Michelle Dockery, who receives the Variety Icon Award at TV drama festival Canneseries in Cannes, Southern France on Saturday, spoke at a masterclass earlier in the day about her career and roles in TV series like “Downton Abbey,” “Good Behavior” and “Godless.” Dockery said that even when she was a child she was […]

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MIP: How Latin America’s Free TV Fights Against Streaming Erosion

The networks in Latin America’s biggest markets — Globo, Telefe and Televisa — are fighting back against long-term digital erosion. Last year in Brazil, Globo delivered its best all-day performance in eight years, averaging 14 rating points, according to market research shingle the Wit. Argentine Telefe’s “Sandro” is a ratings phenomenon. But the big question […]

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MIP: Latin American TV Producers Look for Partners

Adapting to an ever-more digital world, if Latin America’s scripted series industry could choose an early 2018 mantra, it might well be “co-production.” Co-produced by Fox Networks Groups Latin America (FNGLA) and Mexico’s La Corriente del Golfo, Gael Garcia Bernal’s “Here on Earth” is competing in Canneseries, the Cannes Intl. Series Festival, which is unspooling its […]

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Canal Plus’ Fabrice de La Patelliere on ‘Versailles’ 3, What’s Next

Head of fiction programming at Canal Plus since 2002, Fabrice de la Patelliere has been a driving force behind the French pay TV’s channel’s push into ambitious French and English-language drama series, notably “Versailles,” whose third season world premiered at Canneseries on Wednesday, opening the new TV festival. The French TV maven spoke to Variety […]

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Caribbean and Central American Films Flourish Despite Headwinds

Hurricanes be damned. Film production is surging in the Caribbean and Central America despite natural – and some political – turmoil. “The region’s film industry indeed feels more effervescent,” said IFF Panama artistic director Diana Sanchez. Puerto Rico was the hardest hit by Hurricane Maria last September but that didn’t stop some projects from resuming […]

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Sony Music Iberia Taps Sergi Reitg as Media Content Director

Sergi Reitg, one of the most experienced and respected animation business executives in Spain and founder of Imira Entertainment, has been tapped as media content director at Sony Music Iberia. Adding Reitg to its executive team, Sony Music Iberia aims to develop the company’s audiovisual business area for both in-house and third-party projects across digital […]

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