Sky Studios to Produce Series by Italy’s Berlin Prize Winners D’Innocenzo Brothers (EXCLUSIVE)

Italy’s Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo, who just scooped screenwriting honors at the Berlin Film Festival for their dark drama “Bad Tales,” are set for their first TV series — a project that will also mark the first Italian original produced … Read more…

Berlin: European VODs Innovate, Create to Stay Afloat in Global Streaming Wars

Netflix and other streaming giants might be setting the pace for a global TV landscape upended by video-on-demand technology, but European players are shaking up domestic markets by ramping up investment in original production, forging unlikely partnerships, and looking to … Read more…

Berlin: Orange Studio Launches ‘The Last Film Show,’ ‘Old Fashioned, ‘Love Song For Tough Guys’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Under the new leadership of industry veteran Kristina Zimmermann, Orange Studio, the film/TV division of the French telco group Orange, is launching three new projects at Berlin’s European Film Market: “Last Film Show,” “Old Fashioned” and “Love Song for Tough … Read more…

Hot Berlin Package: Olivia Wilde To Direct Kerri Strug Biopic ‘Perfect’ About Olympic Gymnast Who Battled Injury To Win Gold; FilmNation, CAA, Riverstone & Pulse Aboard

EXCLUSIVE: Booksmart filmmaker Olivia Wilde is set to direct Kerri Strug biopic Perfect, which will be among the hottest packages at the EFM in Berlin next week. The film, based on the book Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of … Read more…

Berlin: Picture Tree Intl. Takes on Sales Rights to Simon Verhoeven’s ‘Nightlife’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Picture Tree Intl. has secured global sales rights of Berlin comedy “Nightlife,” directed by Simon Verhoeven, following his last film “Welcome to Germany,” which was Germany’s comic relief to the refugee crisis. The film sold to more than 60 territories … Read more…

Berlin Film Festival Competition Film ‘Hidden Away’ Debuts Clip (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety has been given an exclusive clip from Berlin Film Festival competition film “Volevo Nascondermi” (Hidden Away) by Giorgio Diritti. The film stars Cannes award-winner Elio Germano (“La nostra vita”) as the 20th century Naïve artist Antonio Ligabue. Diritti describes … Read more…

Telepool Acquires Will Smith’s ‘King Richard’ in Germany, Reveals Berlin Market Premieres (EXCLUSIVE)

German film and TV company Telepool, jointly owned by Hollywood actor-producer Will Smith and Swiss investor Elysian Fields, is moving forward in multiple areas of the entertainment business, CEO André Druskeit tells Variety. Druskeit reveals a major new acquisition for … Read more…

Berlin Film Festival Review: Fatih Akin Loses His Touch with Brutal, Punishing The Golden Glove

Of all the movies playing in competition here at the 69th Berlin Film Festival—officially known as the Berlinale—Fatih Akin’s The Golden Glove was the one with the most potential to make a splash Stateside. That was until people actually saw … Read more…