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Chinese Online Merger

China’s largest online video company Youku.com has agreed to acquire second-ranked Tudou Holdings in an all-stock deal valued at more than $1 billion. The deal between the companies, which have been engaged in legal battles focused on alleged copyright infringement, … Continue reading

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Louisiana Film Prize

In the last few years of the economic downturns, states have been offering strong incentives to producers and filmmakers to come to their communities to shoot and even post-produce their films. Louisiana has been particularly aggressive in attracting these on … Continue reading

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IDFA DocLab At SXSW

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), certainly one of the major players in the world of documentary film, will have an influential presence at the South By Southwest Conference and Festival (SXSW) this week. IDFA is presenting Interactive Doc Showcase: … Continue reading

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AMC/Sundance Global Reach

AMC/Sundance Channel Global, which represents both the American cable networks American Movie Classics and the Sundance Channel, has signed a series of deals with subsidies of John Malone’s cable giant Liberty Global that will add a further 1.4 million homes … Continue reading

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When Verizon Met Redbox

Two industry players are joining forces to create a new digital platform for feature films, shorts, animation and other forms of visual entertainment. Mobile telephone giant Verizon is mixing with Redbox to create a new content-rich video on-demand streaming and … Continue reading

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Dreamworks Deal With China

Dreamworks Animation has agreed to form a joint venture with China Media Capital to establish a China-focused family entertainment company. Oriental DreamWorks will develop original Chinese animated and live-action content for distribution both within China and around the world. Its … Continue reading

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American Indies In Berlin

After almost a decade with an official contact point, American indies are back at the European Film Market, the professional sidebar event of the Berlin International Film Festival, which opens this Thursday, February 9. While American indie films have always … Continue reading

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Focus Forward Challenge

Focus Forward, a partnership between General Electric and Cinelan, the leading publisher of short non-fiction films, has announced at an intimate breakfast at the Sundance Film Festival the launch of the Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge, an online competition that will … Continue reading

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Harvey’s Sundance Shopping Spree

In case you have not noticed, Harvey Weinstein is back. A year after a bruising and ultimately unsuccessful fight with Disney to regain control of Miramax, the celebrated company he and his brother Bob founded in the 1980s, Harvey is … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Black List

For the past seven years, Franklin Leonard, a former Universal Pictures executive who now works with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, publishes his Hollywood Black List of the best unproduced scripts of the year. Each year, Leonard asks several hundred film … Continue reading

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