Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest

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 deliveryโ€ฆ so you don’t have to!

Vitrina AIย is the global sourcing hub for the entertainment supply-chain marketplace. Our mission is to enable worldwide partner and content discovery with our proprietary AI-powered search, daily market intel, and business platform.

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 ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • 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 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Argentina’s Pampa Films & Zeppelin Studios will be adapting the Spanish novel La novela de Perรณn by Tomรกs Eloy Martรญnez into a series named Juan Domingo ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • French prod cos Box Productions and Entre Chien et Loup will adapt Camille Rebetezโ€™s Swiss graphic novel into a series The Firebrands ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • 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 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

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 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • 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 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
    • Turkish animated feature Rafadan Tayfa Galaktik Tayfaย gets a UK theatrical release ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
    • French film Les Cyclades got a worldwide theatrical release ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • Much anticipated sci-fi horror film M3GAN released globally in Jan 2023 ๐ŸŒŽ

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 ๐ŸŒŽ
    • Film makers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon owned prod co JuVee Productions signs a first-look deal with Entertainment One ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • 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 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
    • Bowfinger Intโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Nordisk Film & TV Fund will be funding (approx. โ‚ฌ 1,116,100) 5 new fiction features, 2 documentaries and 3 drama series, which include key titles like Thereโ€™s Something in the Barn, Stockholm Bloodbath, Cychosis, Laura and many other Nordic projectsย ๐ŸŒŽ

Distribution Deals

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

    • Amazon Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures will be distributing Ben Affleckโ€™s Nike movie Air globally for a theatrical release ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • TF1 Studios owned Newen Content has been selling Denis Imbertโ€™s hiking drama On the Wandering Paths and Philippe Lacheauโ€™s wacky wedding comedy Alibi.com 2 to various distributors across the globe like Pathรฉ Films ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ, CDC International, Vercine ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ, Spentzos Films ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท and others
    • Sepideh Farsiโ€™s La Sirรจne slated to open the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama stand will be distributed in the MENA region by Front Row Filmed Entertainment ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • 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 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Swedish feature Karusellย will travel to international markets with Norway’s TrustNordisk ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world

    • Banijay continues the sale of their hit series Marie Antoinetteย to various platforms like Czech Television, DirecTV Latin America, Radio and Television of Slovakia, Viaplay, Sky Italia, CBC Canada, ANT1+ Greece amongst others ๐ŸŒŽ
    • Television anime of Misaki Takamatsu’s Skip and Loafer has been acquired by Crunchyroll ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
    • 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 Entertainmentย ๐ŸŒŽ
    • 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 dealsย ๐ŸŒŽ
    • RTE (Ireland), Czech Television and BBC have bought pre-school animated series The Game Catchers from Barcelona based distributor GoldBee ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

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 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช
    • RUSHWORKS, a professional production, playback, streaming and robotics for the broadcast has been purchased by tech firm ENCO ๐ŸŒŽ
    • 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 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    • Metro Puerto Rico partners with Spanglish Movies to launch a free, 100% Spanish AVOD platform SalaPR.tv to stream Latin movies and series ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท
    • 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 ๐ŸŒŽ

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 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    • Nordic giant Viaplay teams up with Canada’s Bell Media to get Viaplay Select’s content on its streaming service Crave ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    • Kartoon Channel!, a digital network owned by Genius Brands International, has launched in South Africa and 46 other countries across Sub-Saharan Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    • 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 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • 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 fraternityย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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 ๐ŸŒŽ
    • 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 adjustmentsย ๐ŸŒŽ
    • 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 connectionย ๐ŸŒŽ

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 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
    • 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 ๐ŸŒŽ
    • 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 contentย ๐ŸŒŽ
    • 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 Airtableย ๐ŸŒŽ

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 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
    • 60+ 2023 Sundance Film Festival projects have utilised Blackmagic Design’s technologies. Blackmagic Designโ€™s digital film cameras, DaVinci Resolve Studio and Blackmagic Cloud have been part of the creation workflows ๐ŸŒŽ

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+ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • Swiss-based AVOD and FAST channel provider WeDoItTV has expanded its line-up of channels in Europe, Africa and USA ๐ŸŒŽ
    • US based Canela Media has launched a FAST channel Canela Kids catered for Hispanic kidsย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    • YouTube is gearing up to launch FAST channels. They are currently testing suites with Lionsgate and A&E ๐ŸŒŽ
    • German production and distribution company Splendid Film has launched an all Asian films FAST channel AMASIA on Amazon Freevee ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Cancelled Deal/Shows

Recently cancelled!

    • HBO Max has decided not to renew Gossip Girlsย for a third season. Season 2 of the reboot will be the last ๐ŸŒŽ
    • Rat in the Kitchen, a cooking show that blended elements of The Masked Singer and Hellโ€™s Kitchen, will not be returning for a second season. TBS has chosen to cancel the series after airing only one season ๐ŸŒŽ
    • CNBC will not be renewing Jay Leno’s Garage, a series about classic cars that showcased the comedian’s personal collection, after seven seasons ๐ŸŒŽ
    • Apple TV+ has decided to not renew The Mosquito Coastย 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 familyย ๐ŸŒŽ
    • Peacock, the streaming service from NBCU, has decided to end two of its young adult drama series, One Of Us Is Lyingย and Vampire Academy ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest

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. 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!

Vitrina AIย is the global sourcing hub for the entertainment supply-chain marketplace. Our mission is to enable worldwide partner and content discovery with our proprietary AI-powered search, daily market intel, and business platform.

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

Partnerships/M&A

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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Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest

Global Entertainment Supply Chain Digest (January 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 deliveryโ€ฆ so you don’t have to!

Vitrina AIย is the global sourcing hub for the entertainment supply-chain marketplace. Our mission is to enable worldwide partner and content discovery with our proprietary AI-powered search, daily market intel, and business platform.

IP Deals

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

  • Paramount+ to adapt Jane Casey’s book The Killing Kind, an international bestseller, for their next series ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Element Pictures, a Fremantle company, has acquired rights to the book, Bellies (A Queer Love Story) after a heated auction for the book which will be published in 2023 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Muck Media announced adapting Miguel Angel Vega’s memoir ‘El Fixer’ which is about fixers who escort foreign journalists into the darkest corners of the Mexican drug traders ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment to produce the film adaptation of the stage musical Beautiful starring Daisy Edgar-Jones as Carole King ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Reality format The Island to get a Danish version. Warner Bros Discovery Denmark has commissioned The Island Denmark (ร˜en VIP) for their Danish networks Kanal 4 and Discovery+. This local version is being produced by Banijay’s Nordik Film TV ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

New Global Arrivals

Recent biggest releases across the globe!

  • Critically acclaimed, Indian National Award-winning Marathi film Goshta Eka Paithanichi released in theatres in Dec 2022 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
  • French Documentary Par Coeurs Un Film Benoit Jacquot starring French actors Isabelle Huppert and Fabrice Luchini get a theatrical release in France in Dec 2022 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Tom Hank’s much awaited movie, A Man Called Otto, based on a Swedish novel, releases at the end of 2022 ๐ŸŒŽ
  • South Korean film, Broker (Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (Song Kang-ho)) released in theatres in the US ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Samuel Goldwyn Award winning screenplay based film Inspector Sun y la maldiciรณn de la viuda negra comes to the theatres in Dec 2022 ๐ŸŒŽ

Production Deals

A sneak peak into recently announced production projects, worldwide

  • Hombale Films well known for KGF is producing their next venture in Tamil with Raghu Thatha, starring Indian National award-winning actor, Keerthy Suresh ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
  • Pro-wrestler Ric Flair teams up with Peacock for the biographical documentary Woooooo! Becoming Ric Flair ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • NBCU commissions DreamWorks Africa for Inspiration Station Africa, the first live-action series set in Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • On Stan Lee’s 100th Birthday, Disney+ announces a documentary based on the legendary artist which is scheduled to release in 2023 ๐ŸŒŽ
  • UK’s Channel 4 commissions 2 shows with indie Spirit Studios: a 6-part comedy series named Fundraiser and a 10-part true crime series Outsmarting ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Distribution Deals

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

  • Finnish sales agent The Yellow Affair closes multiple deals with distributors around the globe for Welby Ings’ directorial debut Punch ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
  • German distribution company Global Screen closes deals with Bir Films (Turkey), and Sena(Iceland) among other distributors across the globe for Sky’s animated film The Amazing Maurice ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Rom-Com ‘The Threesome’ scores multiple Pre-Sales deals by Mister Smith Entertainment ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • Dutch distributor, Fortissimo Films, sells the German film We Might As Well Be Dead which has done well in the film festival circuits, to global distributors ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
  • UK-based distributor TVF International renews its first-look deal with Singaporean media giant Mediacorpย  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world

  • Mehdi Fikri’s first feature film Avant que les flammes ne sโ€™รฉteignent is pre-bought by leading broadcaster & streamers such as France TV, OCS Network and Netflix ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Abacus Media sells 400 hours of programming to several broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. The varied set of programming spans across scripted as well as unscripted shows. Buyers include Foxtel, SBS, Madman Entertainment, Warner Discovery New Zealand, TVNZ, and Acron TV ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • The Media Pioneers UK take the Portuguese animated series Boris & Rufus to Hong Kong and the Nordic region ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
  • Reality show RuPaulโ€™s Drag Race picked for production of Brazilian, German, and Mexican versions by MTV ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Netflix acquires Season 2 of the Japanese reality show Old Enough ๐ŸŒŽ

Partnerships/M&A

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

  • Fremantle acquires majority stake in Israeli Documentary production studio Silvio Productions ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
  • Banijay Americas strengthens its footprint in Brazil by acquiring a major stake in A Fabrica, the company which produces trending TV sitcoms ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Brad Pittโ€™s Plan B Entertainment, the producer behind Moonlight and The Big Short, has been bought by Franceโ€™s Mediawan in a rare transatlantic deal that values the US group at more than $300mn in cash and shares ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • London & Singapore based 108 Media has acquired a stake in film and TV financing company Piccadilly Pictures (UK) ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • UK giant BBC Studios buys stake in premium indie company Turbine Studios, producers of Munich: The Edge of War (Netflix) ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies

  • Netflix to build one of the largest fully integrated production facilities worth $848M in New Jersey ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Global VFX Studio The Mill announced the next step in its international expansion with a new studio in Seoul, South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • DNEG opens VFX Studio in Sydney Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
  • OTT platform ITVX, launches with 10,000 hours of programming and has replaced ITV Hub as the home of all ITV content ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • Amazon Studios debuts AWS-Powered Virtual Production Mega Stage. It announced the opening of Stage 15, its new virtual production stage, and the formation of the new Amazon Studios Virtual Production (ASVP) department ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain

  • In the movie Avatar, Wฤ“tฤ FX adopted a global illumination system called Spherical Harmonics for lighting. This innovative service pre-calculates the lighting contributions for a scene and allows characters and environments to be placed within it, while also enabling the ability to move the light around them dynamically ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • Unreal Engine 5.1 – With over 300 LED VP stages, of which 50 are high-end VFX stages and another 50 that are high-end Broadcast stages, the UE5.1 release offers some serious improvements ๐ŸŒŽ
  • The new major feature of the new MetaHuman Plugin for Unreal Engine, is Mesh to MetaHuman. This enables users to take their own custom facial mesh and convert it into a MetaHuman, fully rigged and ready to animate. Characters in Death Stranding 2 will be developed with Unreal Engine 5 MetaHumans ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Toon Boom is celebrating the release of their latest software versions, Storyboard Pro 22 and Harmony 22, by commissioning Mercury Filmworks to produce an animated project using these updated tools ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • DNEG is an early adopter of TPN+, a new platform launched by the Motion Picture Association (MPA)โ€™s Trusted Partner Network, the worldโ€™s leading content security program ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Localization & Post-Production

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

  • Shark Tank Season 14 gets dubbed in South Indian languages by Treasure Tower for streaming platform Voot ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
  • Urban Post Production Canada provides complete post-production services for TIFF screened film Alice, Darling ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • CD Cine Dubbing Italy dubs the second season of Attack of the Giants (Amazon Prime Video Show) for the Italian audience ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
  • Formosa Group concludes post-production for season 1 of Netflix’s series BEEF ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Hiventy Media (Poland) delivers the first Ukrainian dubbing of Jack Ryan, Season 3 for Amazon Prime Video ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

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

  • DNEG delivers 502 VFX Shots and 179 assets for the iconic show Doctor Who ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • BeloFX is working on VFX for much awaited HBO show The Last Of Us ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • Famous Studios India delivers its first regional film music video via the Unreal Engine pipeline ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
  • 14Kalidor Media Group, Viskatoons, Xentrix Studios, and virtual world/social platform Netvrk have announced their partnership to release the animated series called Jungle Freaks โ€“ The Animated Series on the Metaverse. The series is based on the NFT project Jungle Freaks ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Rodeo FX Animation, the new animation division of the award-winning visual effects company, has provided animation services for the film Canary using Houdini software ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

FAST Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves

  • UK-based broadcaster Da Vinci Media launches its FAST Channel. The same named FAST channel has been launched with SLING and TLC Channel ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • German production & distribution company Splendid Film launches its first FAST Channel on Freevee ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Fuse Media partners with OUTtv, the world’s first LGBTQ+ network to launch a FAST channel OUTtv Proud on their platform. OUTtv Proud will cater to the audience with some original programming with the top as well as up-coming talent ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • German streaming service waipu.tv and sports platform DAZN come together to launch a new DAZN-branded FAST channel. Named DAZN FAST, the channel is the sports streamerโ€™s first free channel ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Video API and infrastructure platform Zype assists WMX to launch its first FAST Channel exclusively on the Roku Channel ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Cancelled Deal/Shows

Recently cancelled!

  • The WarnerMedia and Discovery merger which may lead to one streaming platform for the company, has seen multiple shows being cancelled from HBO. A few cancelled shows are Raised by Wolves, Made for Love, Time Traveler’s Wife, Gentleman Jack, Close Enough, Gordita Chronicles, Chad, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Camping, Vinyl, Mrs. Fletcher, Run, and Here and Now ๐ŸŒŽ
  • DC Extended Universe (DCEU) cancels Wonder Woman 3 Man of Steel 2 and Aquaman to revamp and recast the franchise movies ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Acclaimed show As We See It Canceled After One Season on Amazon ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Starz has canceled Dangerous Liaisons after one season โ€” despite that the historical drama was renewed in Nov 2022 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Netflixโ€™s The Midnight Club has been canceled after one season. The cancellation comes on the heels of executive producers Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy exiting their overall deal at Netflix for a new pact with Amazon Studios ๐ŸŒŽ
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