Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest (January 2023 #2)

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Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest (January 2023 #2)

Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest (January 2023 #2)

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.

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 deliveryโ€ฆ 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

    • Apple TV+ to adapt best-selling picture book trilogy by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen for a series for kids and families named Shape Island ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Let’s Make a Deal (Game Show) to get a Portuguese version for broadcaster TVI. The show will be produced by Fremantle Portugal and distributed internationally by Can’t Stop Media ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
    • Half Yard Productions is producing four-part, true-crime docuseries based on the hit Cavalry Audio podcast The Devil Within for MGM+ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • After resigning from the senate Colombian Senator Gustavo Bolรญvar has teamed up with Colombia’s Canal RCN for the adaptation of the long-running telenovela Millonario sin amor into a film ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
    • France 3 is adapting the drama novel A Coeur Perdu by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, with a new title Adieuvinyl written by Sylvain Saada and co-written by Dominique Besnehard, and produced by Antoine Le Carpentier ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

New Global Arrivals

Recent biggest releases across the globe!

    • The internet is claiming this is the scariest movie ever! Skinamarink produced with a humble budget of $15,000 got a limited theatrical release in Jan 2023 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Tamil superstar Vijay’s 66th film Varisu was released in theaters recently. The film also stars well-known south Indian actress Rashmika Mandanna ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • Keramat 2: Caruban Larang, a sequel to the 2009 Indonesian horror film Keramat was released in theaters ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
    • Recently released Saudi Arabian comedy Sattar has become the top-grossing local film in the region. The film has kicked Avatar out of competition in the territory ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    • Italian comedy film Tre di troppo starring Fabio De Luigi, and Virginia Raffaele got a worldwide release in Jan 2023 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Production Deals

A sneak peak into recently announced production projects, worldwide

    • Richard Linklater’s ongoing ambitious project initiated in 2019 gets a casting change, Paul Mescal is replacing Blake Jenner to play broadway composer Franklin Shepard in the film adaptation musical Merrily We Roll Along. The story will be told in a reverse chronology starting with Mary criticizing Franklin and ending 20 years earlier when the characters were fresh aspirants ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Veteran Indian Actor Anupam Kher begins shooting for his 534th film, The Vaccine War. The film is directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the director of The Kashmir Files ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • Dutch broadcaster RTL4 along with Blue Circle A Fremantle Company is working on a new dating show Winter Vol Liefde. The show is scheduled to air later this year ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
    • Vietnam Feature Film Centre (VFC) under Vietnam Television producing a new family drama show Dฦฐแป›i Bรณng Cรขy Hแบกnh Phรบc (Under the Tree of Happiness) ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • UK’s Sky History has acquired rights to Libertรฉ a short film based on a female Muslim secret agent during World War 2. The new feature film will be written and co-produced by Sam Naz, anchor & journalist for Sky News ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Distribution Deals

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

    • Australian sci-fi film Monolith sold to sales agents Blue Finch Films Releasing (International Rights) and XYZ Films (North America rights) by Black Cat White Rabbit Productions ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Uruguay’s Coral Cine has closed deals with Spain’s A Contracorriente Films, Mexican sales agent Vendo Cine & LA-based international sales company Punctum for the documentary Benedetti, 60 Aรฑos con Luz ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Director Stรฉphane Marchetti’s debut feature film ร€ la frontiรจre has been sold to French distributor UFO Distribution & Belgian sales agent Be For Films by Blue Monday Productions ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • Leading distribution company Cinedigm has acquired 30 hours of live content from Cirque du Soleil for sale to AVOD, FAST and TVOD platforms across the USA ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Chinese sci-fi epic The Wandering Earth 2 will be traveling to the UK, Trinity CineAsia acquires the film for distribution ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world

    • HBO‘s game adaptation series The Last of Us has been acquired by South Africa’s leading network M-Net ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    • Paramount+ acquires Canadian rights for Harry: The Interview. In the 90-minute program, Prince Harry speaks about his memoir Spare and all the other issues revolving around his life with the royal family ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Netflix adds to its Norwegian slate by acquiring global rights for the crime series Gangs of Oslo (Blodsbrรธdre) ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
    • Bengali horror-comedy Ballabhpurer Roopkotha which is also a play adaptation has been acquired by Bengali streamer Hoichoi ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • Toho International struck a deal with a distributor of independent animation, Frederator Network Inc. As part of the deal, Toho has acquired a 50% ownership stake in 2 completed series, Bee and PuppyCat, and Bravest Warriors & another series in development, Catbug ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


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

    • Premium movie streaming platform ROW8 has acquired metaverse and web3 streaming platform Rad. The deal will see Rad’s web3 creator tools alongside ROW8’s content library, which will make it the ultimate destination for NFT collectibles & favorite movies ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • TATA Communications has acquired New York based live video production company The Switch Enterprises. The deal will see The Switch bring in live production resources to produce high-quality content in the most effective manner ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
    • Tag, the global production powerhouse for brands and agencies, announces the finalized of its acquisition of The Gate Films, a Manchester-based film production company. The acquisition will allow Tag to provide enhanced production services including virtual production capabilities to its global client base ๐ŸŒŽ
    • UK’s ITV and Scottish broadcaster STV have agreed on a partnership for exclusive access to ITV‘s original programming in Scotland ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด
    • Video game giant Gearbox Entertainment acquires 3D technology pioneer Captured Dimensions, which has prolific experience in movie development ย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies

    • Roku will start making its own TV sets! The streaming platform will be launching the Roku TV powered Television Sets – Roku Select & Plus series later this year ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • US-based Sling TV has launched 19 South Indian channels on the platform for the US audience. These 19 channels are part of the South Indian conglomerate Sun TV Network ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • Gamestream, a world leader in white-label cloud gaming solutions partners with JioGames, India’s leading gaming service, to announce a 10-year strategic partnership. This collaboration will provide 1.4 billion Indians with unlimited access to cloud gaming anywhere, anytime ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • Nvidia to work with automakers Hyundai, Polestar, and BYD to allow streaming of AAA Gaming titles in vehicles ๐ŸŒŽ
    • US-based tech firm BRELYON has raised $ 15 million for developing an immersive display technology. The funds will be used for product development and catering to the consumer’s increasing demand for their Ultra Realityโ„ข technology, a display monitor which replicates immersive and VR experiences without a separate headset ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain

    • DigiLens has announced a compelling new product for the Augmented Reality (AR) market with its lightweight, industrial-grade ARGO headset ๐ŸŒŽ
    • Avid has released updates to its MediaCentral workflow platform which will empower media companies in accelerating production on-premises and in the cloud
    • YRF‘s Pathaan becomes the first Indian film to release in Immersive Cinema Experience (ICE) theater format ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • Disney+ is adding high-fidelity audio via IMAX signature sound by DTS to a selection of Marvel films and other titles in 2023
    • First virtual studio with Sony Crystal LED display completed. The 90 sq m, 1.5mm, curved Crystal LED screen is combined with Sonyโ€™s Venice cinematography camera tech at the virtual production studio in France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Localization & Post-Production

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

    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is going to hit theatres next month, is going through some last-minute reshoots weeks before its release ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Golden Globe award-winning non-English film Argentina, 1985 was captured with ALEXA Mini LF and ARRI Signature Primes ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Most anticipated comic book adaptation film Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom has Digital District working on the post-production ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • Color grading services have been provided by Company 3 for HBO Original Branson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • US-based post-production company Light Iron (A Panavision Company) proudly partners to manage dailies for Amazon Prime Video‘s comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

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

    • The stylized 2D animation, Agent Elvis, a new Netflix Original is being produced by Emmy-winning studio Titmouse, Inc ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • 3Particle XR Stage is Malaysiaโ€™s first studio to offer XR-based virtual production services ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ
    • Pixomondo delivers VFX for Christian Bale’s period film The Pale Blue Eye ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Sony Pictures Imageworks uses the Unreal Engine Pipeline to deliver VFX for the 8th episode of Volume 3 of the Netflix series Love Death + Robots ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Rome-based Palantir Digital | Visual Effects’ visual effects supervisors work on the Italian graphic novel adaptation of Diabolik – Ginko all’attacco! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

FAST Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves

    • Viacom18 partners with Amagi to launch its first FAST channel Desi Play TV ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • Stingray Music, Stingray Naturescape and Stingray CMusic Stingray‘s FAST channels launch on Amazon Freevee & Samsung TV Plus ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    • Joyn, a streaming platform owned by Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1, has launched 16 new FAST channels which will feature true crime, action, and various other genres ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
    • Dutch distributor SPI International has signed a content distribution deal with content aggregator ScreenHits TV for their FAST Channel Filmstream, which is currently live in the UK, USA, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • German AVOD service Rlaxx has partnered with CTV solutions provider Wurl to enhance the FAST proposition ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Cancelled Deal/Shows

Recently cancelled!

    • HBO Max has pulled off the classic Looney Tunes (Seasons 16-31) and 3 seasons (Seasons 4-6) of the beloved Flintstones ๐ŸŒŽ
    • Netflix will not be renewing the mystery show 1899 (Season 1 was released in Nov 2022)
    • AMC cancels Fear the Walking Dead after 8 seasons ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, Hulu‘s The Handmaid’s Tale concludes after Season 6 ๐ŸŒŽ
    • Hunters will not be hunting anymore. Amazon Prime Video cancels audiences’ favourite after 2 seasons ๐ŸŒŽ
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