Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest (February 2023 #1)

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Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest (February 2023 #1)

Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest (February 2023 #1)

The entertainment value chain globally is massive, fragmented, and complex! It begins with content stories & IP and ends with the theatrical, streaming, broadcasting, and inflight devices that deliver content to consumers. We keep a track of all the global action, in the supply chain across content development, production, post-production, VFX, animation, localization, promotions, distribution, and delivery… so you don’t have to!

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IP Deals

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

    • Leading Croatian broadcaster HRT has signed a multi-format & multi-series deal with ITV Studios. The deal includes commissioning of the quiz-show Beat The Chaser and singing sensation format The Voice 🇭🇷
    • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six to be adapted into a film by Paramount+. It will be a sequel to the 2021 action-thriller Without Remorse 🇺🇸
    • Argentina’s Pampa Films & Zeppelin Studios will be adapting the Spanish novel La novela de Perón by Tomás Eloy Martínez into a series named Juan Domingo 🇦🇷
    • French prod cos Box Productions and Entre Chien et Loup will adapt Camille Rebetez’s Swiss graphic novel into a series The Firebrands 🇫🇷
    • The cult Czech dystopian novel War with Newts is slated to get another adaptation for the big screen by Studio Zvon & In Film Praha. This modern adaptation will combine live action with 3D CGI and 2D animation 🇨🇿

New Global Arrivals

Recent biggest releases across the globe!

    • Frant Gwo’s big-budget sci-fi film The Wandering Earth 2 starts off the Chinese Lunar New Year with a bang in China 🇨🇳
    • Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s much awaited comeback film Pathaan released worldwide this month. It created history in Indian cinema by doing a record breaking box-office collection on day of release 🇮🇳
    • Turkish animated feature Rafadan Tayfa Galaktik Tayfa gets a UK theatrical release 🇹🇷
    • French film Les Cyclades got a worldwide theatrical release 🇫🇷
    • Much anticipated sci-fi horror film M3GAN released globally in Jan 2023 🌎

Production Deals

A sneak peak into recently announced production projects, worldwide

    • After a long wait Disney to go ahead with the production of Tron 3 with Jared Leto 🌎
    • Film makers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon owned prod co JuVee Productions signs a first-look deal with Entertainment One 🇺🇸
    • Filipino giants GMA Network and ABS-CBN Corporation come together in a historic partnership to co-produce the romantic drama series Unbreak My Heart, which will be filmed in Switzerland 🇵🇭
    • Bowfinger Int’l Pictures and Beta Fiction Spain to produce a film called Infiltrada. The film is based on a true story of a Spanish policewoman who infiltrated the Basque separatist group, ETA 🇪🇸
    • Nordisk Film & TV Fund will be funding (approx. € 1,116,100) 5 new fiction features, 2 documentaries and 3 drama series, which include key titles like There’s Something in the Barn, Stockholm Bloodbath, Cychosis, Laura and many other Nordic projects 🌎

Distribution Deals

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

    • Amazon Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures will be distributing Ben Affleck’s Nike movie Air globally for a theatrical release 🇺🇸
    • TF1 Studios owned Newen Content has been selling Denis Imbert’s hiking drama On the Wandering Paths and Philippe Lacheau’s wacky wedding comedy Alibi.com 2 to various distributors across the globe like Pathé Films 🇨🇭, CDC International, Vercine 🇪🇸, Spentzos Films 🇬🇷 and others
    • Sepideh Farsi’s La Sirène slated to open the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama stand will be distributed in the MENA region by Front Row Filmed Entertainment 🇫🇷
    • Sony Pictures Television will be handling the distribution of a new Untitled Wedding Reality Show which is being produced by American indie 360 PowWow in partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Sony Music’s Premium Content division. The companies will present the format to potential buyers at Content Americas event 🇺🇸
    • Swedish feature Karusell will travel to international markets with Norway’s TrustNordisk 🇸🇪 🇳🇴

Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world

    • Banijay continues the sale of their hit series Marie Antoinette to various platforms like Czech Television, DirecTV Latin America, Radio and Television of Slovakia, Viaplay, Sky Italia, CBC Canada, ANT1+ Greece amongst others 🌎
    • Television anime of Misaki Takamatsu’s Skip and Loafer has been acquired by Crunchyroll 🇯🇵
    • Apple TV steps into international co-productions and licensing with the acquisition of the Drops of God series, a show set in the world of fine wine and based on a Japanese manga property. The eight-part series is a collaboration between Legendary Television, Dynamic Television, France Televisions, Hulu Japan and Adline Entertainment 🌎
    • UK’s Channel 5’s drama series “Desperate Measure” has been bought by multiple broadcasters such as SBS (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Virgin Media Television (Ireland) and MTV3 (Finland). Swedish distributor Eccho Rights has closed these deals 🌎
    • RTE (Ireland), Czech Television and BBC have bought pre-school animated series The Game Catchers from Barcelona based distributor GoldBee 🇮🇪 🇬🇧 🇨🇿

Partnerships/M&A

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

    • Banijay Benelux further expands its scripted content production by acquiring majority stake in showrunner Philippe De Schepper prod co Jonnydepony, who are known for their critically acclaimed drama series Blackout, Transport and Aracadia 🇧🇪
    • RUSHWORKS, a professional production, playback, streaming and robotics for the broadcast has been purchased by tech firm ENCO 🌎
    • French production agency Puzzle Media which specializes in action, adventure and alternative culture content is now part of Endemol France. Together they plan to develop their brands in the sports content world for the YA audience 🇫🇷
    • Metro Puerto Rico partners with Spanglish Movies to launch a free, 100% Spanish AVOD platform SalaPR.tv to stream Latin movies and series 🇵🇷
    • Conductor Technologies, the developer of the conductor cloud-based task management service has been acquired by CoreWeave, which is a cloud provider built for large-scale GPU-accelerated workflows. With the Conductor service, CoreWeave plans to expand its offerings to deliver burst rendering solutions to VFX studios while removing difficulties in the setup process 🌎

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies

    • Vice Media is expanding their footprint in the Gulf by opening their regional HQ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦
    • Nordic giant Viaplay teams up with Canada’s Bell Media to get Viaplay Select’s content on its streaming service Crave 🇳🇴 🇨🇦
    • Kartoon Channel!, a digital network owned by Genius Brands International, has launched in South Africa and 46 other countries across Sub-Saharan Africa 🇿🇦
    • David Dastmalchian, a well-known character actor, has revealed the creation of his production company, Good Fiend Films, which aims to develop projects that focus on characters and include genres such as horror, science fiction, and fantasy across multiple mediums such as film, television, audio, and publishing 🇺🇸
    • Mas Ros Media, a new production banner launched by Marcos Santana (former President of Telemundo Global Studios), is touted to be the first Hispanic American prod co focused on content creation for the gaming and e-sports fraternity 🇺🇸

Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain

    • Nvidia’s Eye Contact feature is a tool that uses AI to monitor a user’s eye line during video conferencing or streaming and digitally alters the feed to make it appear as though the user is always looking directly into the camera. This feature is designed to improve the overall communication experience and make it appear as though the user is making eye contact with the people they are interacting with 🌎
    • MARZ Unveils Vanity AI VFX Solution for Hollywood. Vanity AI is a tool designed to aid VFX teams and the entertainment industry in creating high-quality 2D effects such as aging, de-aging, makeup, hair, and prosthetic adjustments 🌎
    • RED’s V-Raptor and V-Raptor XL cinema camera systems now come equipped with the ability to directly upload 8K RAW footage to Adobe’s Frame.io, streamlining the process for professionals and requiring only a high-bandwidth internet connection 🌎

Localization & Post-Production

Latest updates in the world of content Localization & Post-Production

    • After only 8 months into the Mexican market Wide Angle, EndemolShine Boomdog’s post production company plans to expand their capacity to accomodate 10 projects at a time in the Polanco building at their HQ in Huixquilucan, Mexico 🇲🇽
    • VEGAS Pro 20, a video editing software package for non-linear editing, has released the ONNX Runtime AI engine that allows the software to better use of the GPU power from a wider range of graphic cards. It results in significantly faster processing of AI functions in the VEGAS Pro workflow 🌎
    • Filmlight’s Flux Store storage has been installed at Electric Theatre Collective’s Whitechapel studio as the company expands to meet the demands for longform and episodic content 🌎
    • MarkersExtractor CLI, a tool for extracting and converting marker metadata, has been added to editing software Final Cut Pro. Currently in testing phase, the tool is designed to make it easy to create databases for VFX and editing using platforms like Notion or Airtable 🌎

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

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

    • The Mill’s ‘Playtime is Over’ campaign for Samsung won the Genie Award for Best Visual Effects in Advertising at the PIDS Enghien event. The event is devoted to digital creation in all of its forms, including VFX, Virtual Reality, Animation, 3D, and others
    • Visual effects company Alkemy X has opened a new office in Vancouver, Canada, led by Emmy-nominated head of 2D, Michael Porterfield. The company stated that the expansion is in response to the significant increase in demand for VFX services for streaming and feature films 🇨🇦
    • 60+ 2023 Sundance Film Festival projects have utilised Blackmagic Design’s technologies. Blackmagic Design’s digital film cameras, DaVinci Resolve Studio and Blackmagic Cloud have been part of the creation workflows 🌎

FAST Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves

    • Blue Ant Media and World of Wonder partner to launch the Drag Race Universe in the US on a new FAST Channel which will be available on VIZIO WatchFree+ 🇺🇸
    • Swiss-based AVOD and FAST channel provider WeDoItTV has expanded its line-up of channels in Europe, Africa and USA 🌎
    • US based Canela Media has launched a FAST channel Canela Kids catered for Hispanic kids 🇺🇸
    • YouTube is gearing up to launch FAST channels. They are currently testing suites with Lionsgate and A&E 🌎
    • German production and distribution company Splendid Film has launched an all Asian films FAST channel AMASIA on Amazon Freevee 🇩🇪

Cancelled Deal/Shows

Recently cancelled!

    • HBO Max has decided not to renew Gossip Girls for a third season. Season 2 of the reboot will be the last 🌎
    • Rat in the Kitchen, a cooking show that blended elements of The Masked Singer and Hell’s Kitchen, will not be returning for a second season. TBS has chosen to cancel the series after airing only one season 🌎
    • CNBC will not be renewing Jay Leno’s Garage, a series about classic cars that showcased the comedian’s personal collection, after seven seasons 🌎
    • Apple TV+ has decided to not renew The Mosquito Coast for a third season. The news comes two weeks after the Season 2 finale of the drama series that follows the story of Allie Fox and his family 🌎
    • Peacock, the streaming service from NBCU, has decided to end two of its young adult drama series, One Of Us Is Lying and Vampire Academy 🇺🇸
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