BritBox is launched in South Africa; “ Stories to Stay Awake ” on Amazon – Deadline

BritBox will launch in South Africa
BritBox, the UK’s ITV and BBC Studios joint venture streamer, is set to expand to South Africa in the second half of 2021. It follows previous launches in the US, Canada and Australia. Spitting image streamer aims to have a presence in 25 territories. Paul Dempsey, President of Global Distribution at BBC Studios, said: “We know South African audiences have a real connection to British television and we look forward to bringing them even more great shows, on demand, than we know they will love it. . “

VIS Defines ‘Staying Awake Stories’ on Amazon
Viacom International Studios has put together a Spanish horror series Historias Para No Dormir (Stories to stay awake) at Amazon Prime Video and the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE. The four-part series, co-produced by Prointel e Isla Audiovisual, is a reboot of Chicho Ibáñez Serrador’s iconic horror brand. Production began in Madrid with directors including Rodrigo Cortés (Buried), Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Mother) Paco Plaza (REC) and Paula Ortiz (The bride).

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UK sales company adds duo for EFM
London based film sales company Pute Fr Scène Company is offering two new titles to the European digital cinema market. The company will represent the international on The real Don Quixote with Tim Blake Nelson, Jacob Batalon, Brandon Stacy and Anna Mahoney. The contemporary adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic 1605 novel takes place in the Louisiana wilderness, where Nelson dons his makeshift armor and rides an old rusty vespa in place of a horse. Screenwriter Chris Poche is making his directorial debut. The company is also launching global sales on Triple threat, with Stacey Maltin, Margarita Zhitnikova, Jay Deyonker, Mark St. Cyr and Catherine Curtin. The film follows three best friends who are about to make their Broadway debut, but their relationship is put to the test when competing dreams meet the realities of adulthood. The film marks Maltin’s directorial debut.

Locarno launches a new program
The Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland is launching a new competitive short film program, Corti d’autore, reserved for short films by auteur filmmakers already established on the international scene. So far, the festival has mainly hosted short films from Switzerland and around the world by directors who have yet to make their debut. The new section will be the festival’s third competitive program. “The idea is for Corti d’autore to be a place where non-feature films by established directors find space and visibility,” said artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro. “A new competitive section dedicated to atypical views of cinema, without any kind of exclusion or priority, faithful to Locarno’s vocation mission to discover new voices turned towards the future.

Cinesite hires
The digital studio Cinesite has made two recruitments. Natasha Gould joined the company as the new West Coast Sales Representative, based in Los Angeles, and Martin Perkins joined the London studio as New Business and Bidding Manager. The duo will work closely with Drew Jones, director of visual effects business development at Cinesite. Recent Cinesite credits include Black widow, no time to die and Mulan.

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