$8.5B Disney-Reliance TV Merge, MIPTV Titles, AI in Dubbing, UK VFX Boost, Avatar Live-Action on Netflix

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$8.5B Disney-Reliance TV Merge, MIPTV Titles, AI in Dubbing, UK VFX Boost, Avatar Live-Action on Netflix

$8.5B Disney-Reliance TV Merge, MIPTV Titles, AI in Dubbing, UK VFX Boost, Avatar Live-Action on Netflix

Join us in this week’s edition of the Entertainment Supply Chain Digest. From the groundbreaking $8.5 billion Disney-Reliance TV merger to the exciting MIPTV titles, we’ve got you covered. Explore the cutting-edge Generative AI advancements revolutionizing dubbing, witness the UK VFX sector surge with new incentives, and anticipate the eagerly awaited live-action debut of ‘Avatar’ on Netflix.

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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
  • ITV’s 2024 weekend morning lineup debuts “Jimmy and Shivi’s Farmhouse Breakfast,” hosted by Jimmy Doherty and Shivi Ramotaur, offering food and lifestyle from Suffolk, alongside “The Chris McCausland Show,” featuring celebrity guests and live performances, produced by Cactus TV. (🇬🇧)
  • Endemol Shine Brasil is creating a digital documentary titled “Elas Nas Telas” for International Women’s Day. Directed by Ana Julia Travia, the film highlights the lives of four women working behind the camera in the audiovisual industry. The production team consists entirely of women. (🇧🇷)
  • Mzansi Magic is producing a new drama series titled “Code 13,” focusing on Johannesburg detective Bheki Ndlovu and his team as they track down six dangerous criminals who have escaped from police custody. The series explores themes of crime, corruption, and betrayal in the heart of Jo’burg. (🇿🇦)
  • Netflix is set to produce “La Dolce Villa,” a romantic comedy directed by Mark Waters, following a businessman’s journey to Italy to prevent his daughter from squandering her savings on renovating a dilapidated villa, only to find himself enchanted by the country’s allure of beauty, magic, and romance. (🌐)
  • Screen Australia is providing story development funding for a fresh animated series named “Willy,” created by Ludo Studio. The series delves into the coming-of-age experience of a 15-year-old closeted gay teenager navigating puberty and emerging attractions. Mad Ones Films and Sad Man Studio as co-producers.(🇦🇺)

Season Renewals

More episodes on the way! Season Renewal Announcements
  • Netflix has renewed the live-action series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” for seasons 2 and 3, paving the way for the show to conclude the story of Aang’s journey to become the Avatar. (🌐)
  • Mzansi Magic’s beloved dating show “Date My Family” returns for its twelfth season with an intriguing twist involving Driver Bae, promising viewers unexpected surprises throughout the season. (🇿🇦)
  • CAPA España and RTVE Play have renewed 2nd season of their acclaimed documentary series ‘Lucía en la web’ at the Malaga Film Festival. The show is known for shedding light on untold stories and has been awarded for its investigative journalism. (🇪🇸)
  • Amazon has renewed “Upload” for its fourth and final season. A futuristic series set in a world where people can upload themselves to a virtual afterlife, it offerrs a glimpse into a technologically advanced future where death is redefined. (🌐)
  • BBC Two and iPlayer have commissioned the second season of “Inside Our Minds.” Presented by Chris Packham, it will delve into the experiences of living with dyslexia and ADHD through the perspectives of four contributors in two episodes. (🇬🇧)

Distribution Deals

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

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Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world
  • BBC and Australia’s SBS have acquired Viaplay’s “Rebus” reboot, starring Richard Rankin as a young John Rebus in Edinburgh, a detective sergeant who becomes embroiled in a personal conflict when his brother turns to crime. (🇬🇧 🇦🇺)
  • Pre-bought by OCS, Disney+, and TF1, ‘Hear Me Love (Joli Joli)’ by Diastème follows the story of Elias, a struggling writer in 1977 Paris, who unknowingly crosses paths with Léonore, a rising star of French cinema, leading to a year-long journey of misunderstandings, jealousy, and romantic entanglements orchestrated by Elias’s devoted maid, Myrette. (🇫🇷 🇺🇸)
  • Fox has secured second-window rights for Amazon Prime Video’s US remake of the UK gameshow “The 1% Club.” Each episode will premiere on Prime Video in the US and Canada before an exclusive airing on Fox in the US. (🇺🇸 🇨🇦)
  • Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, ‘A New Kind of Wilderness’ tracks Danish screenwriter Lars K. Andersen’s search for a lost Apache tribe in Mexico. The film intertwines his journey with archival footage from Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad’s 1937 expedition. It was pre-purchased by Scandinavian broadcasters NRK, Yle, and SVT. (🇸🇪 🇫🇮 🇳🇴)
  • Tubi has acquired exclusive U.S. and Canada rights to the comedy series “Big Mood,” starring Nicola Coughlan and Lydia West as best friends navigating life’s challenges. Written by Camilla Whitehill, directed by Rebecca Asher, it is produced by Fremantle’s Dancing Ledge Productions. (🇺🇸 🇨🇦)

Global Entertainment Leaders Speak

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Moses Babatope – Co-Founder, MD at FilmOne Entertainment, Group Deputy MD at Filmhouse Group
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Angela Colla – Head of Business Unit | International Licensing | Content Distribution & Partnerships

Partnerships / M&A

Cross-Border Collaborations, Joint Ventures, M&A and Partnerships!
  • Disney and Reliance plan to merge their digital streaming and TV assets in India, creating a leader in entertainment and sports. The deal values the joint venture at $8.5 billion, with Disney holding about 37%. (🇮🇳)
  • Nikon is set to acquire RED, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary, aiming to boost its presence in the professional digital cinema camera market. (🌐)
  • Animation studio Panic, celebrating its 10th anniversary, expands into Canada through a strategic partnership with Hestyreps, opening new opportunities for creative collaborations. (🇨🇦 )
  • Little Dot Studios, a digital content studio and media network, has expanded its partnership with Cineverse Entertainment to include long-form content licensing and Digital Copyright Management (DCM) services. Little Dot Studios will license hundreds of hours of Cineverse’s long-form scripted and unscripted content for publishing on the Little Dot Studios Network. (🇬🇧)
  • Mometu, a free VoD and live TV streaming service, partners with V Channels for a three-film deal, bringing independent horror features like “Stupid Games” and “The Box” to its platform.(🇺🇸)

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies
  • Ionart Studios, a leading animation and VFX studio, has expanded from a boutique studio to a recognized full-service entity. Partnering with Mark Nazal, they aim for North American expansion, focusing on delivering innovative solutions and world-class visual effects. (🇭🇺)
  • Hackman Capital Partners and its affiliate The MBS Group will develop and operate the Basin Media Hub, a $250 million purpose-built film studio on an 8.9-acre waterfront site in Toronto. The studio will feature eight sound stages, production office space, and production support facilities. (🇨🇦)
  • Auckland Film Studios, renowned for hosting productions such as Netflix’s “Sweet Tooth” and Amazon’s “The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power,” has inaugurated two additional sound stages, totaling around 2,000 square meters each. The new stages are already booked, with productions scheduled to commence in early 2023. (🇳🇿)
  • The Pinewood Group has assumed full ownership of Pinewood Toronto Studios, a production facility in Canada, after providing sales and marketing services to the studio since 2009. Pinewood Toronto Studios recently completed an expansion, adding 170,000 square feet of production space and five soundstages, making it the largest film and TV studio in Ontario. (🇨🇦 )
  • Leonine Studios, a leading German producer and distributor, is expanding its production division with the launch of Leonine Documentaries. The new label will focus on developing and producing projects for Leonine Documentaries. The goal is to create premium commercial documentaries for a broad audience, combining information, entertainment, and high production value. (🇩🇪)

Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain
  • Dalet Flex integrates into Veritone’s AI Digital Media Hub, fostering a seamless workflow from creation to distribution, empowering media monetization. (🇬🇧)
  • Eyevinn Technology launches Open Source Cloud, a pioneering managed media service with a unique revenue-sharing model, facilitating quick open source integration for media companies. (🇸🇪)
  • Telestream unveils DIVA 9 middleware content archive system, enhancing accessibility, reliability, and efficiency of digital video archives with advanced features, including smart storage policies and cloud integration. (🇺🇸)
  • Interra Systems will showcase advanced innovations, including upgrades to the BATON solution, ORION monitoring suite, and VEGA media analyzer. These solutions ensure end-to-end quality assurance for the evolving media landscape across IP and OTT workflows, covering content preparation to delivery. (🇺🇸)
  • Topaz Labs has revamped Photo AI’s user interface, introducing new features for enhanced photo editing and upscaling. The updated workflow promises easier and more effective results for photographers, leveraging AI for automatic detection and correction of common image quality issues. (🇺🇸)

Localization & Post-Production

Latest updates in the world of content Localization & Post-Production
  • Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies (MARZ) has introduced LipDub AI™ software in private beta for professional content producers. The platform automatically dubs and lip-syncs videos, delivering high-quality and photorealistic results, making it suitable for Hollywood studios, advertising agencies, marketing teams, and large social media influencers.
  • Dubbing company Deepdub introduces Accent Control technology, utilizing custom generative AI models to manipulate and control characters’ accents in dubbed content, providing flexibility in preserving or modifying accents during language localization. (🇮🇱)
  • Sony’s Ci Media Cloud incorporates Dolby Atmos support, allowing upload and playback of Dolby Atmos audio files with support for ADM BWF Atmos audio through Dolby.io integration. Users can access binaural or stereo audio proxies directly in Ci. (🌐)
  • Vaudeville Sound Group collaborates with Google to develop 3D audio models and creative sound design for the Immersive Audio Model and Formats (IAMF) specification. IAMF enables the creation of immersive audio applications and experiences, from broadcasting to extended reality. (🇬🇧)
  • VITEC has unveiled the MGW Diamond-H 4K HDMI encoder, expanding its range of HEVC encode and decode products. The compact encoder is designed to offer powerful 4K HDMI encoding capabilities, seamless integration features, and support for Power over Ethernet.(🌐)

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

Latest global updates in Animation, Visual Effects VFX & Virtual Production
  • UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announces improvements to film and high-end TV incentives for visual effects in the 2024 Budget, stimulating an estimated £175 million additional VFX work in the UK. The changes include lifting the 80% cap on eligible expenditure for VFX spend and increasing the Audio Visual Expenditure Credit (AVEC) rate to 39%, leading to potential job growth.(🇬🇧)
  • The Ultimate Farming asset pack for Unreal Engine 5 introduces a comprehensive collection featuring 300+ Meshes, 134 Materials, and 200 Textures. It enhances digital farming environments with advanced customization and utilizes Unreal Engine 5’s Lumen and Nanite technologies for improved visual fidelity.(🌐)
  • Avid introduces updates to its MediaCentral workflow platform, including the Blueprint Builder in MediaCentral | Collaborate for tailored planning workflows and the Collections app to streamline content gathering for accelerated production in on-premises and cloud environments.(Global)
  • Alfalite has introduced the Alfalite UHD Finepix AlfaCOB fixed installation LED panels with pixel pitch ranging from 0.6 to 1.8mm. Designed for use in broadcast and virtual production XR, the panels feature a new mechanical and electronic design compared to their predecessors, Alfalite UHD Finepix. (🇪🇸 )
  • DreamWorks Animation’s proprietary production renderer, MoonRay, has received an update that includes support for the VFX Reference Platform and Rocky Linux 9. MoonRay, a ray tracing renderer used in animated features like “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” was open-sourced last year along with Arras, its distributed rendering framework.(🌐)

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