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Past articles by Tom:

Are Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Poised To Shake Up The Media Space? — Deadline Disruptors

Special purpose acquisition companies—known as SPACs—have been all the rage in the world of investment for the last two years, and they’ve made a mark in the media space, but is the trend slowing down? Known as ‘blank check companies’, SPACs are publicly traded investment vehicles that raise capital solely to acquire existing companies. They […] → Read More

International Insider: UK Broadcaster Shake-Up; CinemaCon Wrap; Cannes Latest

Happy Friday readers, Tom here steering the International Insider ship, read on for the week’s top headlines. UK Broadcaster Shake-Up Cracking down: The UK government unveiled a landmark White Paper this week that addressed everything from regulation of the global streamers operating in the country to the future of Channel 4. The SVoD services will […] → Read More

Netflix Strikes Multi-Pic Deal With Japanese Animation Company Studio Colorido

Netflix has signed a multi-picture partnership with Japan’s Studio Colorido, including the previously-announced feature Drifting Home, which will debut on the service September 16. Below is a new trailer for the anime movie, which is an original story about two childhood friends that drift into a mysterious sea alongside an entire housing complex. The partnership […] → Read More

Cannes Un Certain Regard To Open With Omar Sy-Starring World War One Pic ‘Father & Soldier’

Cannes Film Festival section Un Certain Regard, part of the Official Selection, will open with Mathieu Vadepied’s World War One film Father & Soldier. The movie is the latest addition to Cannes Official Selection, which revealed the bulk of its lineup for this year two weeks ago, with a few further additions last week. Father […] → Read More

Protagonist Pictures Hires Alice Vail As Creative Executive

UK sales company Protagonist Pictures has named Alice Vail as Creative Executive. Vail joins from Number 9 Films where she was Development Editor, working on pics including Eva Husson’s Cannes Official selection Mothering Sunday, and Oliver Hermanus’s Sundance pic Living. She began her career at Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. Reporting to Head of Development Len […] → Read More

Saura Lightfoot Leon, Hayley Squires & Joseph Quinn Starring In UK Debut ‘Hoard’

EXCLUSIVE: Cast has been set on Hoard, the UK indie from debut feature director Luna Carmoon which is being funded by the BFI and BBC Film. Leading the pic will be Saura Lightfoot Leon (Life After Life, Masters Of The Air) and Deba Hekmat, alongside BAFTA-nominated Hayley Squires (Adult Material, I, Daniel Blake) and Joseph […] → Read More

Rocket Science Names Patricia Arias As Director Of Sales

UK sales outfit Rocket Science has hired Patricia Arias as Director of Sales. Arias joins from Voltage, where she was Vice President of International Sales and Distribution. Previously, she was VP of Film Mode Entertainment, and had roles at Global Road and AMC Networks’ Sundance TV. For Rocket Science she will be relocating from Los […] → Read More

Jacques Perrin Dies: ‘Cinema Paradiso’ Actor Was 80

French actor and filmmaker Jacques Perrin has died at the age of 80. His family confirmed the news to Agence France Presse, no cause of death was given. The Paris-born performer was known for playing Salvatore ‘Totò’ Di Vita in Giuseppe Tornatore’s Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso. His career saw him rack up more than 70 feature […] → Read More

SXSW Premiere ‘Hypochondriac’ Boarded By Reel Suspects

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Reel Suspects has acquired international sales right to Addison Heimann’s horror thriller Hypochondriac. The pic is billed as an elevated genre film and recently premiered in the Midnighters section at SXSW. XYZ is releasing the film in the U.S. later on in July. Written and directed by first time director Heimann, the pic […] → Read More

ACE Selects 17 Producers For Animation Workshop

EXCLUSIVE: European organization ACE Producers has unveiled the 17 producers who will participate in the third edition of its ACE Animation Special workshop. Scroll down for the list. The initiative is deigned to provide extensive knowledge of how to diversify by developing and producing long-form, feature film and series animation for international audiences across cinema, […] → Read More

Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani & More To Voice Netflix Animation ‘My Father’s Dragon’

Netflix has confirmed the full cast for its upcoming animation pic My Father’s Dragon. Voicing the film will be: Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno, Chris O’Dowd, Judy Greer, Alan Cumming, Yara Shahidi, Jackie Earle Haley, Mary Kay Place, Leighton Meester, Spence Moore II, Adam Brody, Charlyne Yi, Maggie Lincoln, Jack […] → Read More

Cannes Critics’ Week: Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘When You Finish Saving The World’ To Open 2022 Selection

Cannes Film Festival’s parallel sidebar Critics’ Week has unveiled the 11 features and 13 shorts that will comprise its 2022 edition. Scroll down to see the full lineup. Opening the event will be Jesse Eisenberg’s comedy-drama When You Finish Saving the World, which premiered at Sundance this year and has its international premiere in Cannes. […] → Read More

Tribeca Competition-Selected Animation ‘My Love Affair With Marriage’ Boarded By New Europe Film Sales

EXCLUSIVE: Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has signed My Love Affair With Marriage, Signe Baumane’s second feature animation which today was confirmed to premiere in Tribeca Film Festival’s competition program. In the movie, from an early age, songs and fairytales convinced Zelma that Love would solve all her problems as long […] → Read More

Jayne Allen’s ‘Black Girls’ Novel Trilogy Getting TV Adaptation With AGC Studios

AGC Television, the TV wing of Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios, is optioning a trio of books written by American author Jayne Allen. The first two novels in the series – Black Girls Must Die Exhausted and Black Girls Must Be Magic – will be followed by an as-yet unnamed third book in the trilogy. A […] → Read More

Shah Rukh Khan Starring In ‘Dunki’ For Rajkumar Hirani

One of the biggest names in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, is teaming with director Rajkumar Hirani on upcoming feature Dunki. The project’s title was revealed via a comedic video showing Khan asking Hirani if he has any projects the actor could star in, to which the director proposes Dunki (misheard in the vid as Donkey). […] → Read More

Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2022 Lineup Unveiled: Alex Garland, Mia Hansen-Løve, Alice Winocour On List

Cannes Directors’ Fortnight has unveiled its line-up for 2022. Scroll down to see the ful list. The selection include Alex Garland’s Cannes debut Men, the Jessie Buckley-starring movie from the surreal sci-fi master. The film will play as a Special Screening in Cannes before A24 releases in June. Opening the selection will be Pietro Marcello’s Scarlet. […] → Read More

Cannes Film Festival: Number Of Female Filmmakers In Competition Drops, But Percentage Remains The Same

The number of female filmmakers selected for Cannes Film Festival’s Competition program dipped this year, with three of the 18 titles unveiled this morning helmed by women. However, because the selection is smaller this time, the percentage remained consistent. There could yet be one or two late additions, though festival chief Thierry Frémaux suggested at […] → Read More

AGC Studios Hires Jill Jones As EVP Of Marketing & Publicity

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has named industry veteran Jill Jones as EVP of Marketing and Publicity. Jones has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing campaigns, festival, market and launch strategies. She was most recently in-house at Mister Smith Entertainment, where she worked on more than 50 feature film campaigns. Prior to then she was […] → Read More

‘No Time To Die’ Director Cary Joji Fukunaga Documenting Humanitarian Relief Effort In Ukraine

Cary Joji Fukunaga, the director and showrunner whose credits include No Time To Die and True Detective, has been documenting humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine via his Instagram. The filmmaker has posted several posts over the last few weeks from on the ground, chronicling how the non-profit org World Central Kitchen (WCK), founded by famed […] → Read More

Canada’s Sphere Buys Local Distributor MK2 Mile End

Sphere, the Montreal-based production and distribution outfit, has acquired fellow Canadian company MK2 Mile End. Leading film distributor MK2 Mile End, which was launched in 2017 by Charles Tremblay with French outfit MK2, will be absorbed into Sphere, with Tremblay appointed as president of the division. Sphere continues to operate in the international film distribution […] → Read More