Moneypenny Services contracted for feature

Moneypenny Services, a niche financial service provider to the film and entertainment industry, has been contracted to handle the payroll on the independent film,The Bird Can’t Fly, which is being filmed in Atlantis, just outside Cape Town in South Africa.

Gauteng Film Commission launches new marketing drive

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has launched a new marketing campaign to promote the province as a production hub of choice. The campaign, launched under the sassy slogan of "Big ideas, Perfect locations', seeks to reinforce the province as a mature international film centre; one where the creative ideas are as big as the mine-dumps, and the weather and locations perfectly pitched, year-round.

MIPTV keynote speaker announced

Reed MIDEM today announces that Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer of leading European entertainment network, RTL Group, will give a keynote speech at MIPTV/MILIA 2007.

Durban gets to savour “Bunny Chow’

The award-winning South African film "Bunny Chow’ had its Kwa Zulu Natal premiere at the Kwa Mashu Film Festival on Friday, 8 December. Director John Barker and three of the movie's stars, David Kibuuka, Joey Rasdien and Kagiso Lediga attended the screening.

Middle East broadcasters boost supplier turnover

Middle Eastern broadcast markets are growing in importance in the broadcast and media technology industry and are now the third most active regional market, behind Europe and North America, according to the latest quarterly IABM Industry Trends analysis. This is up from fifth place in the first quarter survey overtaking Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe.

China protects local TV Production houses

China has reversed a 2004 ruling which allowed international companies to take minority stakes in local production houses. The Financial Times reports that Chinese authorities have banned any new foreign investment in television and film companies.

Media & Entertainment in rapid transition

Advances in mobile technologies and increasing public expectations mean that the "consumer is king’ in the content on demand marketplace, according to a new survey...

New British Film Commissioner announced

The UK Film Council announced on Tuesday, 5 December that Colin Brown has been appointed British Film Commissioner.

Independent Spirit Awards announced

The nominees for the annual Independent Spirit Awards (the "Oscars' for the international "indie' film industry) were announced last week.

Winners at European Film Awards

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz won the Best Actress Award at the European Film Acadmey European Film Awards held in Warsaw, Poland on 2 December, for her role in Pedro Almadovar’s Volver. Almodovar won the Best Director award for the same film, which was the People’s Choice winner.
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