Oscars, Tinopolis, Netflix, Super League – Deadline

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The Oscars, but not as we know them

Soderbergh’s vision: It’s the Oscars this Sunday, and in the hands of producer Steven Soderbergh, you can expect Oscars like no other. Working within the confines of Covid, the movie gongs will be staged at the art deco Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, which will be spiced up (see render above) and dotted with stars. There will also be satellite locations for international nominees, including the BFI Southbank in London. Soderbergh has a cinematic “manifesto” for the ceremony, promising to film the action cinematically and ask the actors to “play versions of themselves.” Everything is pretty abstract right now, but it certainly promises to be a new perspective for new times.

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Here’s the catch: Besides the obvious logistical issues, there is a big problem for Soderbergh and his broadcasting lords at ABC: Viewers are not watching the awards ceremonies. The Golden Globes and BAFTAs have had record audiences, and you can probably expect more of the same for the 93rd Academy Awards when the top marks drop on Monday. The pandemic has dampened the glamor of these events, and many of the heavily nominated films have failed to generate a buzz with theaters closed. All in all, it’s a tough gig for the man who made Contagion.

Predicted winners: So what about runners and runners? Well, as we discussed last week, you can probably expect a good performance from six nominees. Nomadland after Chloe Zhao’s feature film was cleaned up elsewhere. Our chief film critic Pete Hammond believes he will win Best Picture and Best Director, while also planning a good showing for some international feature films. Pete predicts that Promising young woman The first Carey Mulligan is shortlisted for Best Actress, while Emerald Fennell will win for the original screenplay. He thinks Thomas Vinterberg Another round will claim the prize for best international film. Read his full predictions.

Revolt of Tinopolis

Hell's Kitchen

Tinopolis feels the heat: It’s an argument that turned as volcanic as Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen after Hell’s Kitchen Studio Tinopolis wrote off £ 50million ($ 70million) in IOU promised to producers when they acquired their businesses. The British super-producer says financial restructuring is needed to keep their heads above water after being ravaged by the pandemic. Furious former producers, who have unusually expressed their anger, say the coronavirus has been a useful smokescreen in erasing debt. We took a deep dive into the whole saga.

A trial is on the cards: It’s a rift between former colleagues that I had never seen before in my 10 years of writing on television. Thomas Dey, the influential TV industry M&A broker who facilitated the sale of five companies to Tinopolis, summed up the anger of his former clients: “What happened is completely outrageous. This is not in line with the agreement reached many years ago. Today, around 15 producers implicated in the scandal are in talks with litigation funds about starting a lawsuit. They also drew up a bombshell statement, which could sound the alarm in the industry about doing business with Tinopolis, which owns Premier League producer Sunset + Vine and Question time Mentorn outfit. This story has a way to unfold.

Netflix feels a pandemic pinch

The witcher

Pandemic issues: The coronavirus crisis returns to Netflix, but also wins. This is probably the easiest way to explain why the streaming giant missed its target of having 210 million subscribers by two million by the end of the first quarter of 2021. As new members flocked to With the streamer locked out and gorged on its offerings, Netflix’s pipeline of new content began to dry up a bit in the early months of the year due to widespread production shutdowns. Here’s how Netflix puts it: “We believe paid membership growth has slowed due to the big advantage of Covid-19 in 2020 and a leaner content roster in the first half of this year, due to production delays. of Covid-19. ” Here is the full financial data.

The cavalry arrives: The witcher and You, two of Netflix’s biggest series, will return in the final three months of 2021. Brit hit Sex education and Spain La Casa de Papel will also return this year. They will be joined by the fourth season of Cobra Kai, the first season produced specifically for Netflix, and the feature films Red Notice and Escape Spiderhead. “We’ll be back to a much more stable state in the second half of the year, certainly in the fourth quarter where we have the return seasons of some of our most popular shows,” said Co-CEO and Director of Content Ted. Sarandos. Netflix has also pledged to keep spending at $ 17 billion this year. To put that in some context, Disney is increasing its budget for Disney + to $ 9 billion by 2024.

Some evaluations: As always during earnings season, Netflix has lifted the curtain on top performing shows – and that was good news for the international streamer roster. Mexican Thriller Who killed Sara? has become Netflix’s most popular non-English language series in the United States, with around 55 million tuned subscribers. Below zero, from Spain, was watched by 47 million, while Korea Space sweepers and Poland Love squared attracted 26M and 31M respectively.

Not so great league

European Super League

A momentary nightmare: It was over almost as soon as it started, and for many football fans (sorry American readers, I don’t call it football) it will already seem like a bad dream, but this week will be forever remembered. for owners of rapacious clubs who go far beyond their vision of a European Super League. A lot of clever things have been written about this absurd project, but I will say this: The Separatist League did this rare thing in a time of endless culture wars – it united tribal groups of people, politicians, members royalty, TV stars and billion dollar corporations in the condemnation. It’s something we can all celebrate.

How the television reacted: It is also worth remembering who was on the right side of the debate among the rights holders of live football in the world of television. BT Sport, a leading UK sports broadcaster, came out early with a statement calling ESL a prospect “damaging” to the ecology of football. Amazon, which broadcasts the Premier League in the UK, was initially reluctant to say anything but eventually admitted it had “concerns” about the plans. DAZN, the emerging force chaired by Kevin Mayer in live sports streaming, said it was not “involved or interested” in the launch of ESL. Meanwhile, European broadcasting giant Comcast, Sky, which broadcasts the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A in the UK, Germany and Italy, declined to criticize the proposals in a studiously neutral statement released. Tuesday. The farthest Sky had said he had “not participated in any discussions” with ESL.

Interview with Vidyut Jammwal

Vidyut Jamwal

The Indian Arnie: Tom Grater spoke to Indian action movie star Vidyut Jammwal, who in a decade has gone from glorified additional roles to becoming one of the biz’s most beloved action stars, with credits including the Commando series. He talked about playing the ‘guy next to the bad guy’, the lockdown in Mumbai, his martial arts skills and his move into production through his new company Action Hero Films. Check out the full interview.

The essentials

The French dispatch

🌶️ Hot one of the week: The Boy George movie biopic, which must be called Karma Chameleon, has moved from MGM to Millennium Media and is planning an early summer 2021 in London and Bulgaria. Andreas Wiseman had the scoop.

🍿 International ticketing: Godzilla vs. Kong Approaches Global $ 400 Million Bar After Surpassing Principle as the highest grossing film of the pandemic era in the United States earlier this month. Nancy Tartaglione has the details.

🎬 Cannes lineup is coming: Cannes chef Thierry Frémaux has confirmed Wes Anderson’s latest film The French dispatch (photo) and the drama of Paul Verhoeven Benedetta will be selected for this year’s festival. More here.

🎥 And action: Production is underway on the sequel Downton abbey film, which is slated for release on December 22. Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West will join the cast. Go further.

💰 BFI Wallpapers: UK government and CIB announced the UK Global Screen Fund of £ 7m ($ 9.7m), a one-year pilot fund designed to help close the huge gap left by Creative Europe’s MEDIA funding after Brexit. Full story.

👑 Goodbye Philippe: Prince Philip’s funeral took place last weekend and was attended by more than 13 million Britons. You can reflect on our coverage here.

🚚 Moving: The BFI has announced Mia Bays as the new director of the BFI Film Fund for an initial term of three years. Read our story.

🎦 Trailer dashboard: Here Is The Lovely First Full Musical Romance Trailer Annette, which was announced as the opening night photo of the Cannes Film Festival. Check it out.

And finally…

Peaky Blinders

Mourning McCrory: Team Deadline has joined the business to mourn the shock loss of Helen McCrory last week. the Peaky Blinders The actress died aged 52 after being diagnosed with cancer – a disease that only a few of her closest friends and colleagues were aware of. The tributes were numerous and wonderful, especially from the Peaky Blinders the team, who continued to film in his absence but immortalized “Aunt Pol” on a clap. The most moving words came from McCrory’s husband, the Billion and Country actor Damian Lewis, who wrote in The Sunday Times about being a “meteor” that lit up his life. It’s her thoughts on McCrory’s sense of humor that linger in mind – and it’s clear she was mischievous until the end, telling her family, “I want daddy to have girlfriends, a lot of them, you all gotta love again, love ain’t Not possessive, but you know, Damian, at least try to go through the funeral without kissing someone.

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