ITV To Cut 120 Jobs As Brexit “Uncertainty” Knocks TV Ad Market

The effects of Brexit uncertainty are starting to rear their ugly heads: ITV is preparing to cut 120 jobs (out of 6,000 total jobs) in a bid to chop £25M ($30.6M) from costs in the next year, a move largely driven by the possible effects Brexit will have on the broadcasting and media buying business.
The announcement came on Monday, three months after ITV’s chief exec Adam Croizer, said the broadcaster would look to make these savings in a post-Brexit climate. ITV said…


Tokyo Festival Opens With Shinzo Abe and Meryl Streep Star Turns

There were Super Mario characters in the streets of Roppongi earlier in the day. But when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe descended on Tokyo’s entertainment district for the opening ceremony of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival he did not repeat his Mario stunt outfit worn for the Olympic Games in Brazil. Instead he wrapped up… Read more »

U.K.’s ITV to Ax 120 Jobs as Brexit Fears Mount

British commercial broadcaster ITV is to cut 120 jobs due the expected impact on the economy of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, known as Brexit. “At a time of political and economic uncertainty in our key markets, it’s important that we are in the strongest possible position to continue to invest in… Read more »

Discop Africa Expands Scope Via Strategic Partnership With New Joburg Film Fest

JOHANNESBURG — When the prospector George Walker stubbed his toe on a piece of gold-bearing rock in the South African highveld in 1886, he set off a gold rush on the site of what would one day become Johannesburg. Zulu miners who came to the mile-high settlement from their rural heartland called their new home eGoli,… Read more »

‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ Sequel in the Works at Aardman, Studiocanal

A sequel to the Oscar-nominated animated movie “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” which grossed $106 million worldwide, is in the works, with Aardman once again teaming with Studiocanal as producing partners. Richard Starzak, who directed the first pic, is on board once more, as is producer Paul Kewley. Pre-production will start in January. David Sproxton, Aardman’s… Read more »

Aardman, Studiocanal Reunite Flock For ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie 2’ – AFM

Aardman and Studiocanal are reteaming for another woolly adventure with Shaun The Sheep Movie 2. The sequel to 2015’s animated comedy will be directed by Richard Starzak who collaborated on the first film, and will be produced by that movie’s Paul Kewley. Pre-production is due to begin in January.
The Shaun character was first introduced via short film A Close Shave which debuted in 1995. Shaun then got his own stop-motion animated TV series that first aired on the BBC’s…


Morelia Talent: ‘Wild Flowers’’ Pablo Perez Lombardini Preps ‘El Kaiman’

MORELIA, Mexico –  Pablo Perez Lombardini, whose short “Wild Flowers,” bowed at the Morelia Int’l Film Fest last year, is ready to plunge into feature filmmaking. An honors graduate in film direction from Mexico’s prominent film school CCC, Perez has written and directed seven shorts, a docu and a medium-length film, among which his short… Read more »

Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ Wins Ninth Weekend

The Makoto Shinkai animation “Your Name” topped the Japanese box office for the ninth successive weekend. For the Oct. 22-23 frame the Toho release made $4.56 million, boosting its cumulative total to $157 million. This makes it the 9th highest earning film ever released in Japan, foreign or domestic. Highest ranking among new releases, at number two,… Read more »

Juan Manuel Zúñiga Develops First Feature ‘Mongo’

Juan Manuel Zúñiga, whose graduation short “Number Eighty” competes at Mexico’s Morelia’s Festival, is preparing his debut feature “Mongo.” An intimate emigration drama “Eighty” turns on Chano, a illegal Mexican immigrant deported back to his homeland after spending most of his life in the U.S. As he rebuilds an old motorcycle with a retired racer,… Read more »