Netflix Anime Ventures, Screen Australia’s A$10 Million Allocation, TelevisaUnivision’s Akta Partnership, and Zee Entertainment’s FAST Channels

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IP Deals

Hottest IP Stories, Formats, Books, Games, Podcasts to be turned into the next big blockbuster
  • Netflix is partnering with Studio Mir and director Adi Shankar to produce an anime adaptation of the beloved video game “Devil May Cry.” The eight-episode series chronicles Dante, a demon hunter, in his battle to thwart the opening of a portal between the human and demon realms.ย  (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต)
  • Urban Myth Films, backed by StudioCanal, secures TV adaptation rights for Lucy Clarke’s thriller book, “The Hike.” Two of Clarke’s novels, “The Castaways”, andย  “No Escape” have already been adapted for Paramount+.(๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง)
  • Danish broadcaster DR to collaborate with Banijay Nordic to produce the first international version of “Your Body Uncovered”, a medical format originally developed by Banijay UK for the BBC. Hosted by the multi-talented Peter Qvortrup Geisling, the show features patients discussing their illnesses and treatment. (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ)
  • ERT1 in Greece will air Lineup Industries’ gameshow “Switch.” VCM Production will produce 80 episodes, following a recommission of 100 episodes by Game Show Network in the US, enhancing “Switch’s” global reach.(๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท)
  • JioCinema to produce an Indian adaptation of “Temptation Island”, a reality format produced by Banijay Asia. In the show, couples test their relationships in a tropical paradise, with the drama unfolding as the show progresses. (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ)

Production Deals

Sneak peak into recently announced production projects worldwide
  • Screen Australia is allocating A$10 million to various projects, including a television spin-off of “Ladies in Black” by Bunya Productions. The six-part drama, airing on ABC, delves into the story of women launching a 1960s clothing store. The project is supported by ABC, the South Australian Film Corporation, and Screen NSW. (๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ)
  • Secuoya Studios showcased its ambitious projects, notably the 10-episode series “Zorro,” at Madrid’s Florida Park. The series will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in early 2024, later airing on Spain’s TVE. International distribution will be managed by Mediawan, marking a significant milestone for Secuoya Studios in the global entertainment landscape. (Latin America, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น )
  • Toonz Media and Epic Story Media join forces with chef Aliya LeeKong for “Issaโ€™s Edible Adventures”. The series features seven-year-old chef-in-training Issa, accompanied by her Basque pig and magical bird friends, on a heartwarming quest for ingredients. (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ)
  • Kiwi film “Tinฤ,” directed by Miki Magasiva, in production in Auckland, follows Samoan teacher Mareta Percival, who becomes a substitute teacher at an elite school after her daughter’s loss in the Christchurch earthquakes. The movie is backed by the NZ Film Commission, NZ Screen Production Rebate, and NZ On Air, with support from Kiwibank Limited. (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ)
  • Storyboard Media ventures into series production with “Habitaciรณn 205,” a historical fiction series inspired by the investigation into the death of Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva. The collaboration marks their entry into historical drama.(๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ)

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Season Renewals

More episodes on the way! Season Renewal Announcements
  • SNL” is back for Season 49 with the full cast from the end of Season 48, and a new additionโ€”Chloe Troast. Hosts like Pete Davidson and Bad Bunny will grace the stage for what promises to be another season of laughter (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • Swedish network TV4 has greenlit two more seasons of “The Sunny Side” (Solsidan). The upcoming seasons will be co-produced by FLX and Jarowskij for TV4 Play, with Jon Mankell serving as the executive producer at TV4. (๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช)
  • WildBrain and Mattel are preparing for the 16th season of “Fireman Sam,” an animated children’s television series about a fireman named Sam, slated for completion in spring 2024. Additionally, “Polly Pocket” is gearing up for its sixth season, set to be delivered in summer 2024 in the USA and Canada. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ)
  • “Family Fortunes”, hosted by Gino D’Acampo, is making a return for its fourth season on ITV1 and ITVX. Produced by Thames, the show has become a weekend prime-time favorite since its revival in 2020, with Gino D’Acampo as the host. (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง)
  • Shudder has greenlit Season 5 of “The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs”. Known for its engaging Friday night double features that spark lively discussions among horror fans, it is produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)

Distribution Deals

Distributors securing worldwide content across different genres, languages and format types
  • Finecut, a Korean sales agent, has acquired international rights for the dance drama film “Victory”, set to launch at the film market during the Busan Film Festival. The story follows a high-school dance duo and an underdog soccer team on a remote island. Initially forming a cheerleading club, the girls become passionate supporters of the soccer team, becoming a source of inspiration for the entire island. (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท)
  • Vertigo Releasing has secured UK rights for “The Peasants,” Poland’s Oscar entry for Best International Feature. Adapted from a Nobel Prize-winning novel, the animated film explores a rural community where a young girl, married to an older farmer, navigates love. (๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง)
  • Red Arrow Studios International to handle pre-sales at MIPCOM for “The Continental Method,” a spy comedy by Ireland’s Deadpan Pictures and France’s Thalie Images, which unfolds against the backdrop of the 1968 Paris riots.(๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท)
  • Johnny Depp’s animated film, “Johnny Puff: Secret Mission,” has secured distribution deals with Little Brother, AK Entertainment, Melies, NOS Audiovisuais, FrontRow and Wediacorp ahead of the upcoming AFM in LA. Directed by Nestor F. Dennis and inspired by the Puffins series, the movie features Johnny Depp as the titular character, Johnny Puff. ( ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Middle East ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท)
  • M-Appeal, based in Berlin, seals multiple deals for Cannes Film Festival title “Power Alley” by Lillah Halla. Set in Brazil, the film, part of Cannes Critics’ Week, revolves around talented volleyball player Sofia, who discovers she’s pregnant on the eve of a crucial game. The film secures distribution deals with Njuta Films, September , Cineworx and Leopardo Filmes. (๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
    Beneluxย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Portulgal)

Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world
  • Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) acquires rights for Poland’s international feature Oscar submission, “The Peasants.” The animated film is directed by DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman, known for “Loving Vincent.” (๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • German broadcaster ZDF, acquires “Mysteries of the Ancient Dead” in a deal with UK distributor BossaNova. The factual series explores what happens when we die, using forensics and advanced imaging techniques. The acquisition is part of an 80-hour content package for German clients. (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง)
  • DeaPlaneta Entertainment secures new global deals for the preschool series “Milo,” co-produced with Fourth Wall. The series, broadcasted in 170 countries and dubbed into numerous languages, is expanding its reach to New Zealand on TVNZ and Israel on Noga.ย  (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ)
  • BBC Two and iPlayer have secured the Emmy-nominated series “Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico” from CNN Original Series. In six episodes, Eva Longoria explores the diverse and exciting cuisine of Mexico, blending ancient and modern influences across different regions. (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ)
  • The Mandarin sci-fi series “Venus On Mars”ย  which follows Julia, a student who finds herself in a parallel world where she’s the only woman among men has been acquired by Hami Video, Singtel TV GO, CAST.sg, PNN TV, and PNN Plus, expanding the series’ availability to viewers in. The distribution is handled by CJ ENM. (๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ)

Partnerships/M&A

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

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies

Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain
  • Audiomovers has launched its Binaural Renderer plugin, allowing creators to sample Dolby Atmos mixes on Apple Music within their DAW. Simplifying workflows, it offers features like Mute/Solo for channels and rendering profile switching. Engineers can monitor multichannel audio in any DAW, enhancing the binaural rendering process without complex exports between platforms.(๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง)
  • Retouch4me focuses on automation, utilizing AI-powered plugins to transform the editing process. Their innovative software solutions empower photographers and videographers to achieve professional-quality results efficiently. (๐ŸŒ)
  • Sony Electronics broadens its microphone lineup with the ECM-W3, ECM-W3S wireless microphones, and the wireless streaming microphone ECM-S1. These offerings promise outstanding sound quality, lightweight design, and exceptional portability, empowering video content creators to capture superior audio in diverse shooting scenarios. (๐ŸŒ)
  • Sirui introduces the Rapid SVT-75 tripod for filmmakers, featuring a “one Step” height adjustment design for quick leg adjustments. Paired with the SVH15 fluid head offering stepless pan and tilt adjustments, it supports loads from 4 to 15kg, accommodating various camera rig weights. (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ)
  • Qube Wire and Goldenduck have joined forces to revolutionize movie delivery in Thailand, Vietnam, and The Philippines. Their partnership aims to establish an electronic delivery network spanning these countries. By connecting theaters to Qube Wire’s cloud delivery network, they ensure effortless distribution of content, benefiting both Hollywood studios and local distributors.(๐ŸŒ)

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Localization & Post-Production

Latest updates in the world of content Localization & Post-Production
  • Descript’s “Studio Sound” leverages AI to fill in missing frequencies in voice recordings, transforming dynamic microphones or poor-quality POTS recordings into studio-quality sounds.
  • Dubformer, an AI dubbing startup, unveils its AI video dubbing service supporting 70+ languages with 1000+ voices. Utilizing advanced technologies like Speech Recognition and Generative Voices, Dubformer ensures broadcast-level quality. (๐ŸŒ)
  • Vidby, a video production solutions leader, partners with Grass Valley, a prominent media tech provider, aiming to transform the broadcast media industry by enhancing translation workflows and bridging language gaps for multilingual content. (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ)
  • Videolinq, a top live video captioning tech provider, introduces an innovative automated translation service to complement EDIT, an AI-driven closed captioning tool generating captions in multiple languages. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • LOVO AI unveils Genny, a cutting-edge AI voice generator featuring text-to-speech and video editing capabilities. With over 500 AI voices in 20+ emotions and 150+ languages, Genny offers professional-grade, human-like voices. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

Latest global updates in Animation, Visual Effects VFX & Virtual Production
  • Anything World’s new tool, Animate Anything, simplifies the labor-intensive process of rigging and animating static 3D models. Users upload a model, follow simple steps to assess rig, mesh, and rotation, resulting in an effortlessly animated 3D model, revolutionizing animation creation. (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง)
  • Chroma-Q releases Vista 3 lighting and media control software, R4 version, featuring 200+ improvements, catering to rental companies, production houses, and lighting designers globally. (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง)
  • Blackmagic Design has unveiled the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K G2, an upgraded version of the popular model. Retaining its compact design, the G2 features a 4K digital film sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range and dual native ISO up to 25,600, ensuring exceptional low-light performance.( ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ)
  • EAW introduces SM12 Stage Monitor, featuring concentric driver, 2-way design, and versatile mounting options for precise and flexible stage monitoring. The SM12 can function as a stage monitor, fill speaker, or mounted on a flat surface with various orientations, providing versatility in any setup. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • Asus unveils the ProArt Station PD500TE, powered by 13th Generation Intel Core processors and up to 128 GB DDR4 3200 MHz memory. Designed for resource-intensive tasks like photo and video editing, 3D modeling, rendering, and animation, it features pro-grade 16GB NVIDIA RTX A4000 or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics. With up to 4 TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD and 4 TB HDD, it offers substantial, high-speed storage for creative projects. (๐ŸŒ)

Fast Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves

New Global Arrivals

Recent biggest releases across the globe!
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc”, “Vinland Saga” Season 2, and “Jujutsu Kaisen” will receive Telugu dubs and are set to release in October on the Chrunchyroll platform. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • Prime Video premieres “All the Silence” , a film that follows Miriam, whose life revolves around her passion for sign language. By day, she teaches it, and in the afternoons, she delves into the world of theater.ย  (๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ)
  • “Beckham” docuseries unveils unseen footage, tracing David Beckham’s journey from humble beginnings to global football icon releases on Netflix in Oct 2023. (๐ŸŒ)”
  • “Loki’s” return in Season 2 on Disney+ triumphantly continues his complex journey in a fractured timeline. (Global)
  • “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” has finally arrived on OTT (Prime Video) for the subscribers to experience the action pact film franchise at the comfort of their home. (๐ŸŒ)
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