Universal Channel Launches September 5 In Germany Universal Networks International today unveiled Universal Channel Germany, its first launch of a flagship channel in the country. Fresh from a rebranding that includes a new look, logo and tagline — “100% Character” — the channel goes live September 5 on Sky Deutschland and Deutsche Telecom. A core channel brand for NBCUniversal International Television channels unit, Universal Channel is seen in 103 countries and delivered in 16 languages around the world. French And English Film Chiefs Renew Partnership Olivier-René Veillon, Executive Director of the Ile de France Film Commission, and Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London, renewed the partnership agreement between the two capital cities at the Cannes Film Festival. The partnership will bring together production and post production talents from London and Ile de France to attend two major film industry events either side of the Channel, laying the foundation for collaboration to develop their common goal of promoting their respective regions to national and international productions.
Related: WGA Sets Thursday Rally For Striking ‘Fashion Police’ Writers The upcoming CW series The Hunt doesn’t premiere until July 31st, but its producers are already in trouble with the Hollywood unions. The Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, sent an email to its members and sister IATSE locals today calling for a Thursday picket against Renegade 83 Productions’ Sherman Oaks offices doing post-production. The union claims that production subsidiary Triple Ridge Entertainment “has improperly interfered with its employees’ free exercise of their right to organize”. MPEG took to its Facebook page to put out a call for picketers. The Hunt is a wilderness competition in which 12 teams compete in a physical game for a $25,000 prize. It is executive produced by David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Greg Goldman.
Robert Redford may not be eligible for any awards at Cannes this year where his new film, All Is Lost premiered to strong response out of competition on Wednesday night, but if the reaction on the Croisette is any indication he could be headed for the Oscars. The film, in which Redford is the only actor playing a man stranded at sea when his sailboat springs a huge leak, is a tour de force for the star and it won a 9 minute standing ovation at its debut tonight where even the return of the rain that has plagued this festival could not put a damper on the mood of the filmmakers , Universal International (releasing overseas) and Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions (releasing domestically on October 18th.) It is clearly an awards season play , not only for Redford in a role unlike any he has played but also Oscar nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) who proves his first film was no fluke and shows a remarkable ability to pull off this one-man show with real filmmaking skill. Most reviews that came in after the afternoon press screening were very upbeat, making it even more of a head-scratcher as to why this film wasn’t put in competition. Redford certainly would have given the top notch list of Best Actor contenders at this year’s Cannes a ... Read More »
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity shrank for the first time in seven months in May as new orders fell, a preliminary survey of purchasing managers showed, adding to concerns that a recovery in the world's second-largest economy is sputtering.
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