Lights, Camera, Cannes: Latest Global Sales, Acquisitions, Tax Incentives, and Partnerships

Lights Camera Cannes 2023

Lights, Camera, Cannes ๐ŸŽฌ

From the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera to vibrant metropolises around the globe, join us in this week’s edition of Entertainment Supply Chain Digest as we delve into the latest developments in sales, acquisitions, tax incentives, and partnerships.

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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
  • Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology initiates a co-production grant scheme, supported by the National Cultural Endowment Fund, to foster collaboration between Indonesian and international filmmakers, covering areas such as development, production, post-production, promotion, and distribution ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
  • Connekkt Media Network has partnered with AVS Studios to enter the content creation market as a full-fledged film studio in India. Connekkt Media will invest $36.5 million USD in three films produced in multiple languages as part of the initial phase of the partnership ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
  • Sunny Side of the Doc’s 34th edition scheduled in June 2023, will feature seven themed pitching sessions, showcasing 42 projects from 23 countries, with 46% directed by women. The event is a crucial opportunity for funding international documentary co-productions and programme circulation ๐ŸŒ
  • The Australian film industry is set to receive a boost with the Federal Budget’s decision to permanently increase the location offset to 30%. Ausfilm will also receive $6.9 million over the next 4 years to promote Australia as a production destination ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
  • Comedy “Honorary Male” is up for pre-sales by OneTwoThree Media at Cannes. The story follows Chip, a drag queen, who teaches disco at a retirement home and gets recruited by a Chinese American family to produce an heir. Filming will start in New York later this year and is produced by Bonachia Films’ Canete and Orpheus Group Casting/Liberty Film Group 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
  • EST Studios secures global sales rights, excluding South Korea, for the Korean horror thriller “Chabak โ€“ Night Of Murder And Romance,” showcasing it to potential buyers at Cannes’ Marchรฉ du Film ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Anthony Chen, the Camera d’Or winner for “Ilo Ilo,” brings “The Breaking Ice” to Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, with Nour Films acquiring French rights and Rediance handling global sales ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒ
  • New Europe Film Sales has announced new deals for Ulaa Salim’s sci-fi drama film “Eternal” with distributors like Kimbo Films, Cineart, Galapagos, Five Stars, and Mozinet ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ (ex-Yugoslavia)
  • Loco Films secures worldwide sales rights for Joanna Arnow’s comedy “The Feeling That The Time For Doing Something Has Passed,” starring Arnow as a disillusioned woman facing challenges in her job, BDSM relationship, and family life. The film premieres at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Cinephil secures global sales rights for Maciek Hamela’s “In The Rearview,” premiering at Cannes’ ACID program, that depicts Ukrainians seeking refuge during conflict ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world
  • The Africa Channel (TAC) and Demand Africa partner with MTV, BBC, and MNET, to feature shows like “Housewives,” “Queen Nanny,” and “The Rising,” alongside BBC’s news program “Focus on Africa” ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
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  • “The Ghastly Ghoul,” the Lupus Films and Dream Logic Animation Studios’ Halloween special, lands European sales with Canal+, KMBO, YLE, DR, and SVT securing distribution rights ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Latin American broadcasters Telefuturo, Imagen, Telemetro, and RPC acquire Turkish drama “Golden Boy,” produced by OGM Pictures and distributed by Eccho Rights ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • Israeli streamer HOT acquires the comedy series “Kid Sister”, produced by Greenstone TV, and the anthology series “Summer of Love”, produced by Gristmill, from Red Arrow Studios International ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
  • Thymos Media, creator of BTS’s animated series “Bastions,” partners with Crunchyroll, and grants global rights (excluding a few regions) for the show ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท


Cross-Border Collaborations, Joint Ventures, M&A and Partnerships!
  • Virgin Media UK and Amdocs’ Vubiquity have expanded their collaboration with the delivery of Amdocs’ cloud-native Entertainment Suite solution, enabling Virgin Media customers to access EST and future TVOD contentย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • Kidsโ€™ entertainment veteran Mevelyn J Noriega has launched Wonderworld.Fun, a LA based company that will collaborate with Kintop Pictures, ReDefine, and Prime Focus Studios to produce and distribute content specifically for children ๐ŸŒ
  • PikoTV which provides cloud-based streaming solutions, partners with MwareTV to deliver cost-effective live TV channel management on multiple devices ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
  • ERA partners with Tedial, expanding its IT workflow solutions with media supply chain automation and Asset Management services using Tedial’s platforms ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Spanish broadcaster RTVE has chosen LiveU to enhance its video coverage. RTVE will use LiveU’s IP bonding technology and cloud-based services to improve content gathering and production efficiency. The broadcaster has acquired multiple LiveU units to be deployed in major cities globally ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies
  • New York approves a $700 million tax incentive package for the film industry, highlighting the importance of promoting film production and its socio-economic advantages, while Brazil seeks a national incentive to attract more international productions besides Sรฃo Paulo’s $8 million program ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Bruce Berman (CEO, Village Roadshow Pictures) and Aditya Chand (CEO & Chairman, Through the Lens Entertainment) collaborate to establish a pan-Asian film ecosystem, combining East-West opportunities and creating a digital-age studio platform headquartered in Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
  • Content delivery provider STN expands its services to include MENAFLIX, enabling viewers worldwide to access the rapidly growing Arabic language OTT service on any internet-connected device ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Mo Abudu, renowned Nigerian media executive and founder of EbonyLife Media, launches Mo Abudu Films, dedicated to amplifying the voices of minority communities by creating “personal and intimate” films ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
  • SVF Entertainment’s Bengali streaming platform, Hoichoi, expands into the world of theatrical films with the launch of Hoichoi Studios ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain

Localization & Post-Production

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

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

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

Fast Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves
  • Rakuten TV expands its FAST channels lineup by introducing TED talks. It is now accessible on Rakuten TV in the UK, Netherlands, and the Nordicsย ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
  • A+E Networks EMEA has recently launched three new FAST channels on Amazon Freevee: Inside Crime, Mystery TV, and World War TV as a step to bring its factual content to Amazon’s AVoD platform
  • Hasbro’s Entertainment One (eOne) is preparing to launch a new FAST streaming channel for Dungeons & Dragons fans. It will feature original celebrity-focused unscripted series, catalog content including the 1980s animated series, and third-party content from internet creators and influencers, with a focus on live gameplay ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and AMC Networks have agreed to add 12 FAST channels. The channels will soon be available and can be accessed through the Redbox app on Roku, Samsung TVs, and many other devices ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • DraftKings introduces a FAST channel on Samsung TV Plus, showcasing original shows hosted by popular personalities and collaborating with Meadowlark Media

New Global Arrivals

Recent biggest releases across the globe!
  • Netflix’s highly anticipated K-Drama “Black Knight” releases globally ๐ŸŒ
  • The 10th installment of long-running Fast & Furious franchise “FAST X’” gets a grand release in theaters globallyย ๐ŸŒ
  • Experience the captivating debut of the Brazilian telenovela “Terra e Paixรฃo” as it graces the screens of Globoplay and Globo TV, transporting viewers into a world of love and intrigue ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Paramount’s 2022 psychological horror film “Smile” comes to scare the Australian viewers on Binge in May ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
  • Disney’s next live action spectacle “The Little Mermaid” comes to theaters across the globe in May ๐ŸŒ
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