San Sebastian: Wide Takes ‘Pretenders,’ Sells ‘The ‘Glory,’ ‘Alone,’ Ups Latin America Titles (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN — Loic Magneron’s Paris-based Wide Management has acquired world sales rights to “Pretenders,” which world premiered at San Sebastian, as Wide cuts more sales on Locarno hit “Glory” and Berlin Teddy winner “Alone” and drives ever more into movies from Spain and Latin America. “A cool, cutting debut” from Estonia’s Vallo Toomla, the… Read more »

Viacom Promotes Executive Trio in Asia

Viacom International Media Networks unveiled a series of executive promotions and appointments across its Asia-Pacific footprint. They take effect from Oct 1. Paras Sharma, previously senior VP of MTV, Comedy Central & Paramount Channel brands, and digital media for Asia, has been promoted to senior VP & General Manager for Southeast Asia. He will continue to report… Read more »

Herc’s Seen The New Ivy On Tonight’s GOTHAM 3.2!!

Herc’s Seen The New Ivy On Tonight’s GOTHAM 3.2!!

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I am – Hercules!!
Gotham 3.2 FAQ
What’s it called? “Burn The Witch … .”
Who’s responsible? Teleplay is credited to “Mentalist” vet Ken Woodruff.
What says Fox? “Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith) takes matters into her own hands to locate Hugo Strange (guest star BD Wong), forcing Gordon to reluctantly team up with journalist Valerie Vale (guest star Jamie Chung) to find her. Penguin rises in popularity after criticizing the work of the GCPD and Bruce’s investigation of the Court of Owls is compromised. Meanwhile, Ivy Pepper (Maggie Geha) is reintroduced into Gotham city.”
Is Dr. Strange still taking orders from The Court of Owls? He’s in government custody, in a cage fit for a Lector or Magneto.
Does Morena Baccarin’s Leslie Tomkins return? That would be telling.
Why isn’t Bruce Wayne dead already? He makes a deal.
How does it start? The Kato-looking guy takes off Bruce’s blindfold.
Does Tabitha Galavan kiss Barbara Kean? No. But Barbara does ask for a kiss from someone else.
What’s doing with The Riddler? Nygma sits the episode out.
Any sign of Harvey Dent, Crispis Allen or Renee Montoya? Not this week.
The big news? Fish uses a kiss to make old boyfriend Harvey Bullock into her slave, Poison Ivy-style.
What else is Fox not telling us? Catgirl is namechecked but never turns up.
What’s good?

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Unifrance to Open Office in Seoul

UniFrance Film International, the French film industry’s promotion body, is to open a new office in Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul outpost is the organization’s third in Asia — after Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China — reflecting the importance of Asia which is now the leading export market for French films. The office will be headed by… Read more »

Tokyo Festival: Six World Premieres in Competition

The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled six world premieres in the competition section of its upcoming 29th edition. Among the six in the 16-film competition section are Chris Kraus’s Holocaust-themed drama “The Bloom of Yesterday” (Germany/Austria), Jun Robles Lan’s transgender drama “Die Beautiful” (Philippines), Mei Feng’s wartime drama “Mr. No Problem” (China) and Roy Szeto’s comedy… Read more »

Korea Box Office: ‘Shadows’ Holds Off ‘Ben Hur,’ ‘Magnificent Seven’

Kim Jee-woon’s foreign-language Oscars contender, “The Age of Shadows,” remained on top of the Korean box office for the third consecutive weekend. It suffered a steep decline of 78% following the holiday period. The Warner Bros. release earned $3.49 million from 459,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. After three weekends, the period espionage drama has… Read more »

Live TV Declines Have Slowed, but Homes With Netflix and Hulu Watch Fewer Channels

Even with more outlets and devices competing for audiences’ attention, viewers aren’t moving away from live TV as much as they did a year ago, according to Nielsen’s second-quarter 2016 Total Audience Report released today.

The report found that live TV declines are starting to level off. In the second quarter of this year, adults spent an average of four hours, nine minutes watching live TV, which is down two minutes from the same period a year ago. But there was an eight-minute decrease from Q2 2014 to Q2 2015.

Nielsen’s reports examine a new theme each quarter, such as the viewing habits of millennials. This time around, the report focused on the extent to which consumers are using all the options available to them.

    

Among all adults, average DVR/time-shifted TV usage increased one minute for the quarter, to 30 minutes per day, after being flat the previous year.

During the same period, smartphone usage jumped an average of 34 minutes a day, to one hour, 43 minutes overall. A year earlier, the increase was just nine minutes. Tablet usage for apps and the web also surged, from 20 minutes in the second quarter of 2015 to 32 minutes this year. (The 2014-to-2015 increase was seven minutes).

Elsewhere, Nielsen  found that viewers now have an average of 205.9 channels available to them and watch just 9.6 percent of them (19.8) per month. That’s down from 208 channels in the second quarter of 2015 due to factors like cord shaving. African Americans receive an average of 218 channels and watch 24.6 percent of those per month (11.3 percent), while Asian Americans have 185.2 channels on average and watch 13.8 (7.4 percent) per month.

    

A year ago, the overall average was three channels more, but the average number of channels viewed per month was almost the same—19.9 compared to 19.8—which indicates that viewers are engaging in cord shaving and getting rid of networks they don’t watch.

Homes with access to SVOD services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime watch an average of one channel less a month than the national average—18.6 compared with 19.8—but homes with SVOD access, which now represent half of all U.S. households, also are younger and have higher incomes, a demographic that tends to watch less television (and therefore has fewer channels). 

    

Radio continues to be the second-most-popular medium—adults spend one hour, 52 minutes listening to the radio each day.

The full Total Audience Report will be available today.