AI in Entertainment, Season Renewals and International Partnerships: Updates from Amazon, Pixar, and The CW’s

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IP Deals

Hottest IP Stories, Formats, Books, Games, Podcasts to be turned into the next big blockbuster

Production Deals

Sneak peak into recently announced production projects worldwide
  • Lionsgate has enlisted director Felipe Vargas to lead a fresh installment of the popular “Leprechaun” horror franchise. The film will be produced by Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Miri Yoon. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • TV3, ETB, and Banijay Iberia have joined forces to co-produce “Generaciรณn Porno,” a docu series on the influence of the porn industry on the lives of new generations ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Warner Bros Pictures Animation (WBPA) has announced the early development of a Flintstones origin story movie titled “Meet the Flintstones.” The film will be written by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, known for directing The Super Mario Bros. Movie ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 
  • Director Sofia Carrillo, producer Nicolas Celis, and writer Monika Revilla are collaborating on “Insectario,” a stop motion film. Produced by Pimienta Films, the film builds upon the aesthetic universe of “Cerulia” while introducing a unique and independent story ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
  • National Geographic has greenlit the documentary “The Last Frontier With Alex Honnold,” which will be produced by Plimsoll Productions. The film showcases the renowned climber Alex Honnold as he takes on one of North America’s most treacherous mountains ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Season Renewals

More episodes on the way! Season Renewal Announcements

Distribution Deals

Distributors securing worldwide content across different genres, languages and format types

Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world
  • HIDIVE has acquired the rights to Pony Canyon’s new horror-supernatural series “Dark Gathering”. The anime adaptation of Kenichi Kondo’s popular manga is set to premiere in July in Japan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
  • “The Ones You Didn’t Burn”, an occult thriller screened at the Chattanooga Film Festival and FrightFest, has landed international distribution deals with Jinga Films selling the film to Encripta for Latin America ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • The Turkish drama series “Kurt Seyit & Sura”, produced by Ay Yapim has been licensed to Mediaset Italia through Eccho Rights ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
  • Prime Entertainment Group has secured deals with broadcasters like HRT in Croatia and Estonia’s ERR for their animated specials including “Ariol”, “A Tiger With No Stripes”, and “The Pocket Man” ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Cream Productions’ “History of the Sitcom,” a show that reunites beloved sitcom friends, families, and co-workers, has been acquired by SBS in Australia through Cineflix Rights ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Partnerships/M&A

Cross-Border Collaborations, Joint Ventures, M&A and Partnerships!

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies
  • Iyuno has acquired Istanbul-based dubbing studio Ak’ Kara International, which will be renamed Iyuno Turkey and will expand Iyuno’s presence in the EMEA region ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ทย 
  • The North Road Company has acquired Turkish production company Karga Seven Pictures known for its English and Turkish dramas, including Netflix’s “Rise of Empires: Ottoman” and “Midnight at the Pera Palace ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Indian animation studio 88 Pictures, known for popular projects like “Trollhunters”, “Trilogy” and “Fast & Furious”, “Spy Racers”, is expanding its reach with the opening of its first international office in Toronto ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • Real Madrid has launched RM Play, a streaming service with approximately 700 hours of programming. It will include daily updates to its content lineup and subtitles in Spanish, English, and Portuguese ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

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Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain
  • Insight Tech Co. Ltd. based in Tokyo, headed by Tomohiro Ito, collaborates with Visual Voice Co. Ltd. in Shibuya, under the leadership of Tetsuya Bessho, to launch “AI Film Doctor.” This innovative solution aids Branded Movies with powerful video enhancement and empathetic communication ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
  • The UK government pledges $68 million for AI technology, with $39 million dedicated to creating a responsible and trustworthy AI research ecosystem. Funding supports industry advancements and research initiatives ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • CJP Broadcast Service Solutions is constructing a versatile XR demonstration facility at its headquarters, equipped with AOTO LED panels, Mo-Sys StarTracker camera tracking, and customizable graphics engines for immersive visual experiences and virtual production ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Localization & Post-Production

Latest updates in the world of content Localization & Post-Production
  • SyncWords, the leading provider of AI live captioning and dubbing, introduces a Unified Platform for In-player Delivery of real-time captions, subtitles, and voice translations in multiple languages ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • ElevenLabs, a text-to-speech company, offers high-compression models with “context understanding” for human-like speech synthesis. In partnership with Storytel, it aims to produce AI-narrated audiobooks, providing unique personalized listening experiences ๐ŸŒ
  • Meta introduces Voicebox, an AI model revolutionizing speech generation. It excels in various tasks and empowers content creators with personalized audio content, localized voiceovers, and interactive experiences ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Skylum launches Aurora HDR AI that revolutionizes HDR photography with advanced AI tech, automating the merging and enhancing process for stunning, true-to-life images ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 
  • Acolad, a global leader in content and language solutions, partners with Phrase, a market leader in cloud-based localization technology, to enhance their localization services with comprehensive language solutions and advanced technology ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

Latest global updates in Animation, Visual Effects VFX & Virtual Production

Fast Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves
  • Amazon to increase its lineup of FAST channels by adding 12 MGM channels and an additional 11 channels from Warner Bros. Discovery. These new channels will be included alongside the existing 280 ad-supported FAST channels offered through Freevee ๐ŸŒย 
  • LiveOne and MuxIP have teamed up to launch PodcastOne TV, a FAST channel focused on video podcasts. It will feature video content from popular podcasts like “The Adam Carolla Podcast” and “Nappy Boy Radio with T-Pain” ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 
  • Vialma launches Vialma TV, a classical music FAST channel on Samsung TV Plus in France and Switzerland, targeting a younger audience with a diverse range of content ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
  • Blue Ant Media has launched Drag Race Universe, its FAST channel, on The Roku Channel in the US. It offers global versions of the popular Drag Race series produced by World of Wonder, including international franchises and spin-offs celebrating drag culture ๐ŸŒ
  • The Seven Network and Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd have partnered to launch Shemaroo Bollywood on 7Plus, Australia’s first Hindi entertainment FAST channel. The channel offers a variety of Bollywood movies, including romance, action, comedy, and child-friendly films ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

New Global Arrivals

Recent biggest releases across the globe!
  • The recent installment of the Transformer franchise ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ which released worldwide has received a whopping $38.9 million at the Chinese box office for opening weekend ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
  • StarzPlay’s fifth Original production, “The Chamber”, a psychological thriller featuring a pan-Arab cast to launch on its platform ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • “Stan Lee” documentary on Disney+ celebrates the 100th birthday of the iconic writer and editor, showcasing his transformative leadership at Marvel Comics, shaping the comic and film industries ๐ŸŒย 
  • The blockbuster film “Battle on Buka Street,” directed by Funke Akindele and Tobi Makinde, to launch on Prime Video after its record-breaking success ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ ๐ŸŒย 
  • For the second consecutive weekend, the Korean crime action film “The Roundup: No Way Out” continued to dominate the South Korean box office, accumulating an impressive total of $60 million in earnings ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
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