Misfortunes of Disney France; 42’s Splash; Banff Incoming – Deadline

Afternoon insiders, this is Max Goldbart. I’m heading to Banff on Sunday for World Media Fest, but before I go, here’s our roundup of the week’s biggest news and analysis.

The misfortunes of Disney France

Shut up window : A violent argument broke outs deep-pocketed American streamers are diving deeper and deeper into European production ecologies and Disney+ was taking no prisoners this week. France has long been the battleground for arguments around the activity and regulation of local streamers and it was Disney’s decision to circumvent the recently overhauled French windowing system with an animated action adventure. strange world, moving it straight to Disney+, which caused consternation in film circles. In a forceful statement to Deadline, a studio spokesperson described France’s windowing system, which was recently overhauled to allow Netflix to take movies after 15 months instead of 36 in exchange for additional spending in the country. like “bulky” and “anti”. -consumer.” Charming. The National Federation of French Cinema responded with a note of “firm protest”, describing Disney’s decision as a “losing choice for everyone”.

just the beginning: This particular debate could be just the beginning. As streamers plant their flags in the local ecologies of more European nations (see my map of European streamers for the very latest) and do more broadcasts, competing voices will want the flood of content that best meets their needs. Disney has poured millions of dollars and a lot of marketing muscle into growing Disney+, which by any measure has been a huge success, and you can certainly see the argument that if it’s paying for local content, he should be able to do whatever he wants with this. Netflix had to be very careful when negotiating the revised windowing system, which was widely welcomed. On the other hand, countries like France have a rich cinematic heritage and fear of the decline of cinema could spread like wildfire. See this timely article by Deadline editor Peter Bart, whose column this week was titled Opportunity & Disaster Loom Side By Side For Indie Film Launches, Especially In Theaters.

Timely analysis:Timelier was still the fascinating report by British media consultancy Ampere Analysis examining the impact of the 30% European content quota, which requires that 30% of all streamer shows be produced locally in the countries in which it is ‘applied. Ampère concluded that it seems to work. The research found that Netflix is ​​at or above the 30% mark in “almost all” European markets, having been just over halfway six months ago. Serious progress. Ampère said Netflix was “just a ’rounding error’ away” from meeting the requirements across its entire European footprint. I’ve said many times that 2022 looks like the year of the streamers in Europe and, with analysis like this, something of a sea change seems to be in the air. During the week when news of Peter Rice’s firing dominated the US news cycle, the eyes of the French industry turned to Disney for a different reason.

Splash of the 42

Ralph Fiennes Ciarán Hinds Indira Varma Matthew Goode Simon Russell Beale

The meaning of life: Andreas brought big consolidation news this week as Dalzell and Beresford, the UK talent and literary agency which represents Ralph Fiennes, Sir Simon Russell Beale, Ciarán Hinds and Indira Varma, was bought by 42. The agent British veteran Simon Beresford has joined the Los Angeles and London-based management and production company as partner and director and his roster is growing with him. UK-based Dalzell and Beresford is a well-respected, centuries-old company, launched in 1966, and the move signals even greater consolidation in the talent agent space, just weeks after we revealed that the acquirer 42 had received a minority investment. from Liongate. More likely to come on this one.

Near Banff O’Clock

Jenn Kuzmyk

A Rockie ride: The latest TV festival to finally return in person after a troubled few years is the scenic Banff World Media Festival, taking place in the Canadian Rockies, and myself and Dom Patten from Deadline are going there on Sunday. I caught up with Jenn Kuzmyk (pictured), General Manager of Banff, last week, who told me that this year should reflect the world of global television by being the most international yet. “Going virtual during the pandemic has broadened our reach and that’s certainly reflected in the scale of attendance,” Jen told me, while saying the festival won’t shy away from addressing the most important topics and to promote diversity as its “point of difference”. With Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, Universal’s Pearlana Igbokwe and Participant’s David Linde all set for the main keynote addresses, plus huge stars in attendance, this year’s festival is set to be a cracker. Stay tuned for Deadline’s coverage Sunday through Wednesday.

‘Lady of Heaven’ Drawn

“Disrespecting the most esteemed individuals in Islamic history”: Film censorship is a thorny issue and it came to a head at UK Cineworld this week. All screenings of Eli King’s The Lady of Heaven, which is about the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter, were pulled by the cinema to “ensure the safety of our staff and customers” after reports of several verbal attacks on leaders. The Bolton Council of Mosques said the feature “disrespects the most esteemed individuals in Islamic history”, but executive producer Malik Shlibak criticized the cinemas for “collapsed under pressure and taking these decisions to drown out the noise”. Even the UK’s top government minister, Sajid Javid, has weighed in to make the case for freedom of speech and expression.

Remember blue story: The debate has shades of the controversy surrounding Rapman’s blue story end of 2019. This film, about a gang war in south London, was removed from Vue and Showcase after a mass brawl in a Birmingham cinema, only to be reinstated after triggering an immense amount of soul-searching and debates. This lady of the sky the saga could work the same way.

Animation Nation


Netflix’s Last Piece: The past few weeks have been anything but easy for Netflix and, with ideas to turn its fortunes flying left, right and center, the latest is an eight strong mega Euro animated slate. On stage some of the genre’s most celebrated creators, including Oscar-winning Klaus designer Sergio Pablos with Spain ember (Photo), love in fact Richard Curtis and At Wallace and Gromit Steve Box to resurrect fortunes, while Stephen Donnelly prepares a musical version of A Christmas Carol adaptation with an Oscar-winning composer attached. The slate will premiere at the Annecy International Animation Festival next week and represents Netflix’s latest push for new eyeballs and subs.

The essentials

🌶️ Hot: Big exclusive from Andreas this week on Borat star Maria Bakalova joins Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

🌶️ Another: Maddie Ziegler and Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire to lead coming-of-age ‘trauma’ Bloody hell.

🌶️ More heat: Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow celebrates Britain’s best up-and-coming comedians with a live broadcast/sketch for UKTV’s Dave.

🏆 Latest Awards: When they see us Author Ava DuVernay will receive this year’s International Emmys’ Founders Award.

🤝 Deal done: The American marketing giant Trailer Park Group has established itself in India by acquiring White Turtle Studios in Mumbai.

🖼️ Foundry: Loving Pablo Star Julieth Restrepo to play Colombian politician and women’s rights pioneer Esmeralda Arboleda in Spanish-language feature film Estimados Señores (Dear sirs). Andreas had this one.

🚪 Exit: Thomas Daley (not that one) is leaving Universal International Studios after two years as SVP/Head of UK Creative.

⛵ For sale: Jesse brought us exclusive news from Salvage Hunters producer Curve Media is bringing in advisers to assess its financial options.

🍿 Ticket office: Jurassic World Dominion climbed to $325 million worldwide according to Nancy and Anthony’s analysis.

🎥 Trailer: first look at Dark “The Visually Stunning Odyssey” by creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar 1899.

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