BBC’s ‘Great British Bake Off’ Cooks Up Launch Record; Beats Rio Olympics

Season 7 of BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off got cooking on Wednesday with a sweet new record. Watched by an average 10.4M viewers in the 8PM slot, it drew a 47.5 share. The peak audience for the cooking competition that has risen to phenomenon status in the UK was 11.2M last night. That tops the network’s most-watched moments of the Rio Olympics, which peaked at 11.1M viewers. The Games had delayed the start of Bake Off which last year began earlier in August (check…


Busan Festival Honors Abbas Kiarostami, Unveils Project Picks

The late Abbas Kiarostami was this week announced as Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival. The recently departed Iranian director will be represented at the festival’s opening ceremony by his son Ahmad Kiarostami. The festival will also line up nine Kiarostami directing efforts. The festival’s Asian Cinema Fund, which supports… Read more »

Germany Picks ‘Toni Erdmann’ As Its Oscar Candidate

LONDON — German industry insiders did the obvious and chose Marin Ade’s breakout feature “Toni Erdmann” as their country’s entry in the race for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards, it was announced Thursday. The choice, made by an independent jury Wednesday night, seemed a foregone conclusion after the Intl. Federation of Film Critics… Read more »

Film Factory Acquires Jonas Trueba’s ‘The Reconquest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID — In the run-up to September’s Toronto and San Sebastián festivals, Barcelona-based Film Factory has acquired world sales right to “La Reconquista” (The Reconquest), a nostalgia-laced love story marking the fourth feature from Jonas Trueba, one of the leading lights of Spain’s newest generation of filmmakers. Film Factory will introduce “The Reconquest” to buyers… Read more »

ITV Withdraws Proposal To Acquire eOne

Earlier this month, Toronto-based media conglomerate Entertainment One rejected a takeover approach from UK broadcaster ITV. The British company today says it is withdrawing its bid altogether. Its proposal valued the global film and TV indie at about £1B ($1.3B) and eOne at the time said the offer “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.” ITV evidently disagrees.
In a statement, the company said today that it “continues to believe in the strategic logic…