History Preps Facebook Live Event for ‘World War True’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The History channel in the U.K. will launch a six-hour Facebook Live event next month as a curtain-raiser to a season of World War II programming being aired under the “World War True” banner. The Facebook video event, dubbed “WW2 House Live,” will be set in a 1940s home as wartime speeches and bulletins are… Read more »

Location Basque Country: Upcoming Basque Movies

SAN SEBASTIAN — The strength of the Basque industry as a potential co-production partner for Basque Country shoots will be seen, when push comes to shove, in its movies. Here, profiles of upcoming Basque movies whether playing this year’s San Sebastián Festival, in production or projects. ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELING BY TRAIN Pre-acquired by Entertainment One’s… Read more »

Tele München Buys into Georg Ramme’s Load Studios, Ramps Up Digital Efforts (EXCLUSIVE)

The Tele München Group has bought into Load Studios, the digital content business run by former Endemol Beyond chief Georg Ramme. TMG has been in M&A mode and the deal for Load follows agreements to take control of Munich-based producer Odeon Film and buy into Storied Media, the IP broker run by former ICM agent Todd Hoffman…. Read more »

San Sebastián: Film Factory Entertainment Acquires ‘Black is Beltza’ (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN — Spain’s Film Factory has acquired international rights to Fermin Muguruza’s adult animation feature debut “Black is Beltza.” The project will be offered to buyers at the Berlinale’s next European Film Market, Film Factory CEO Vicente Canales told Variety. A teaser will be screened at Berlin, where Muguruza has promised a “noteworthy” musical… Read more »

Location Basque Country: Some Key Locations

SAN SEBASTIAN — Bizkaia’s 10th century chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, built on a rock in the sea, served as one of the real-life locations for Dragonstone, the home to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Season 7 of “Game of Thrones.” Over July to October 2016, production teams at HBO and Spanish services company… Read more »

Location Basque Country: A Tale of Three Provinces

SAN SEBASTIAN — The three Basque provinces, Alava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, share green and mountainous landscapes and one of the more attractive tax credits in Spain: a 30% tax shelter for local film, TV and animated productions. Their respective film commissions are teaming to co-ordinate in joint actions for international promotion under the Film Basque… Read more »

San Sebastián: Milad Alami on ‘The Charmer,’ Outsiders, Challenging Audiences

SAN SEBASTIAN — “If I try to analyze my films, they are usually about characters who are outsiders to society in some sense,” says Irani-born, Sweden-bred and Denmark-based Milad Alami, whose “Charmer,” world premieres at San Sebastian as the opening night film of New Directors, its main sidebar. “Charmer” fits the bill to a tee…. Read more »