Fox Buys Chinese Series ‘To Be A Better Man’ From Linmon

Fox Network Group has acquired international rights to Chinese TV series “To Be A Better Man” from producer Linmon Pictures. The move underlines Fox’s recent expansion into local-language production and series broadcast. Fox will carry the 42-part romantic drama on its own STAR Chinese Channel and will resell rights to broadcasters outside its channels group…. Read more »

Angelina Jolie Has a New Job Title: Professor

LONDON — Angelina Jolie — Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian activist…and now a visiting professor at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities. The London School of Economics has named Jolie one of four new professors in its novel master’s-degree program focusing on women in conflict zones and on issues of sexual violence. The program, which begins in… Read more »

Netflix Japan Greenlights Second Drama Series

Netflix Japan has greenlighted a new drama series produced by veteran TV comedian and host Sanma Akashiya. The currently untitled series has backing from talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo and Dentsu Digital Holdings, a fund management company that is part of the Dentsu ad agency. Shooting will begin this summer and streaming is scheduled to start next spring…. Read more »

Arrow Films Nabs U.K., Ireland Rights To Tribeca-Playing Docu ‘Magnus’

PARIS– Arrow Films have acquired the rights for UK and Ireland for Benjamin Ree’s chess documentary “Magnus,” which opened Tribeca. Repped in international markets by TrustNordisk, “Magnus” turns on the life of chess player Magnus Carlsen, who went from being bullied by his classmates to becoming World Chess Champion. Tom Stewart, Arrow Films’ acquisitions topper,… Read more »

Spotify Sees Revenues Skyrocket 81-Percent, Losses Widen

PARIS — Leading music streaming service Spotify saw its revenues skyrocket 81% to 1.94 billion Euros ($2.17 million) in 2015, but its losses also grew 6.7% to 173 million Euros due to the company’s increased investment. This pattern of revenue growth and losses has been going on since 2013, as the outfit keeps beefing up… Read more »

Cisneros Media Distribution To rep Brazil’s Movie Royalty, the Barretos (EXCLUSIVE)

Miami-based Cisneros Media Distribution (CMD) has snagged exclusive worldwide representation rights to the award-winning slate of Brazil’s first family of cinema, the Barreto clan. Deal follows a similar pact recently unveiled at the L.A. Screenings with Brazilian indie production powerhouse, Medialand. “We are extremely proud to represent these unique work of art that reflect so many… Read more »

Shaken by Quake, Sony Forecasts Weaker 2016 Net Profit

Sony said Tuesday that it will deliver higher operating profits, but lower net profits in the current financial year. Forecasts for its movies division were unchanged. The company was making its annual forecasts that had been delayed by earthquakes in the Kumamoto region in April. Sony now predicts that net profit for its 2016 fiscal year,… Read more »