BE Exclusive: Chase Consumer Banking CEO Thasunda Duckett Offers Strategies For Building and Preserving Black Wealth

Thasunda Duckett is on a mission. In addition to overseeing the retail banking arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. — a 5,000-plus branch network with more than $ 800 billion in deposits and investments — the driven CEO of Chase … Read more…

Beta Film to Stage Live Virtual Beta Brunch, ‘La Unidad’ Q & A with Movistar Plus (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID — In one of the first detailed breakdowns from a major European company of marketing strategies in the Series Mania/MipTV online marketplace, Germany’s Beta Film has announced that it will stage a virtual Beta Brunch on March 31. Nobody … Read more…

Exclusive: Support for Hong Kong protesters’ demands rises even as coronavirus halts rallies: poll

Support for the demands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong has grown even as rallies have paused due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a survey conducted for Reuters that also showed a widespread lack of confidence in the government’s … Read more…

Exclusive: Adrian Cheng launches LoveWithoutborders; donates 1.5 million surgical masks to Europe; develops nanotechnology masks

Adrien Cheng has launched a new campaign: #LoveWithoutborders, through which he will be donating 1.5 million surgical masks to France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Plus, he is developing new NanoTechnolgy masks. News – FashionNetwork.com USA BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Hollywood Landmark Magic Castle Lays Off 189 Employees After Coronavirus Closures (EXCLUSIVE)

Los Angeles landmark Magic Castle has laid off almost all of its staff, as the spread of coronavirus affects businesses nationwide, Variety has learned. The members-only club pink slipped 189 employees on Saturday, insiders said, and will operate on a … Read more…

Quebec’s Datsit Sphere Buys Kew Media’s ‘Cardinal’ Producer Sienna Films (EXCLUSIVE)

French Canadian producer-distributor Datsit Sphere has made its second acquisition of a Kew Media Group business, swooping in to buy “Cardinal” producer Sienna Films from the embattled production group. The Montreal and Toronto-based Datsit Sphere, which previously acquired BGM, picked … Read more…

Marvel Picks Quebec’s Squeeze for Disney Plus Animated Series ‘What If…?’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Marvel Studios has commissioned Québec City-based animation studio Squeeze to create five episodes of “What If…?,” its new animated series set for release on the Disney Plus platform in summer 2021. The first animated series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, … Read more…

Childcare Drive for Film & TV Gains Traction With First Nursery at Warner Bros. Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

The movement for an effective childcare infrastructure for workers in the U.K. film and TV industry is taking a major leap forward with the opening of the first dedicated, on-site childcare facility at a U.K. studio. Variety can reveal that … Read more…

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…

‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’ Producer Buys Back Company from Embattled Kew Media Group (EXCLUSIVE)

“Baroness Von Sketch Show” producer Frantic Films has bought back the company from embattled parent Kew Media Group. Frantic Films founder Jamie Brown has personally financed the deal to reacquire 100% ownership of the firm, which was bought by Kew … Read more…

TF1 Studio Sells Most of the World on Freddie Highmore Starrer ‘Way Down’ (EXCLUSIVE)

BERLIN — Handled by TF1 Studio, Freddie Highmore heist thriller “Way Down” has pre-sold most of the world’s key distribution territories. At Berlin, TF1 Studio licensed Latin America with Joao Worcman’s Rio de Janeiro-based Synapse Distribution, which will release the … Read more…

Watch Mary Hart and John Tesh’s Emotional Entertainment Tonight Special Reunion (Exclusive)

It’s been quite a while since iconic Entertainment Tonight hosts John Tesh and Mary Hart sat together behind the ET desk, so their reunion during Tuesday’s episode was something truly memorable. Tesh … news entertainment – BingNews BEST ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE:

Europe-China Co-Prod ‘The Italian Recipe’ Immune to Coronavirus (EXCLUSIVE)

With production in China suffering a coronavirus-imposed slowdown, “The Italian Recipe” is one co-production between Europe and China that is poised to potentially capitalize on the resulting dearth of Chinese content. It is positioned to advance European cinema’s efforts to … Read more…

Federation Entertainment Acquires Alejandro Amenabar’s ‘Thesis’ for Series Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris and Los Angeles-based Federation Entertainment has acquired the TV format and remake rights to Alejandro Amenábar’s debut feature, “Thesis.” It’s a prime example of the value of key older movie … news entertainment – BingNews DEAL UPDATE:

Federation Entertainment Acquires Alejandro Amenabar’s ‘Thesis’ for Series Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris and Los Angeles-based Federation Entertainment has acquired the TV format and remake rights to Alejandro Amenábar’s debut feature, “Thesis.” It’s a prime example of the value of key older movie … news entertainment – BingNews BEST ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE:

Charades Scores Flurry of Sales Across Prestige Animation Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Charades, the Paris-based sales company behind the Oscar-nominated “I Lost My Body” and “Mirai,” has closed a raft of deals on high-profile animated features, including “Little Nicholas” and “Marona’s Fantastic Tale.” Anca Damian’s “Marona’s Fantastic Tale,” which world premiered in … 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…

Red Sea Festival Chief Mahmoud Sabbagh on Attracting Movies, Execs to Saudi (EXCLUSIVE)

Saudi Arabian film director Mahmoud Sabbagh, who made a splash with groundbreaking romcom “Barakah Meets Barakah” and black comedy “Amra and the Second Marriage,” roughly a year ago became president of Saudi’s Red Sea International Film Festival, the kingdom’s first … Read more…

EXCLUSIVE: Christelle Kocher Talks Pucci Collaboration and Taking Her Brand Global

PARIS — Christelle Kocher’s Paris-based brand is gaining an Italian accent. Between her collaboration with Emilio Pucci, set to bow in Milan today, and her recent alliance with entrepreneur Renzo Rosso’s fashion group OTB, the French designer is leveraging her connections … Read more…

‘Jungle Cry,’ With Abhay Deol and Emily Shah, to Receive Multi-Territory Theatrical Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Bollywood Hollywood Production will give rugby film “Jungle Cry” a theatrical release in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa next month. The film screens for buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin … Read more…

Film Factory Boards Fernando Trueba’s ‘Forgotten We’ll Be’ (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID — Swooping on one of the buzzed-up high-profile Spanish-language titles at Ventana Sur, Film Factory Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to “El Olvido Que Seremos” (“Forgotten We’ll Be”), starring Javier Cámara (“Talk to Her”) and directed by Academy … 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…

Eleanor Catton Talks ‘The Luminaries’ As It Initiates Its Global Rollout (EXCLUSIVE)

Lead produced by Working Title Television, distributed internationally by Fremantle and coming soon to BBC Two, period thriller “The Luminaries” has initiated a global roll-out, closing pre-sales to Australia, France, Russia, Poland and Greece. Given the freshness of the sales, … Read more…

Heyday Films Teams With Studiocanal on ‘Shackleton’ Starring Tom Hardy (EXCLUSIVE)

David Heyman’s Heyday Films, the company behind this year’s hot Oscar contenders “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Marriage Story,” is set to produce “Shackleton,” the long-gestating biopic of legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, with Tom Hardy on … 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…

‘Young Wallander’s’ Jens Jonsson Lines Up ‘Eight Months’ Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Swedish helmer Jens Jonsson, who is currently editing Netflix’s “Young Wallander,” is set to direct the political thriller “Eight Months” (“Åtta månader”), based on acclaimed Swedish author Magnus Montelius’ suspense eponymous novel. Swedish scribe Erik Ahrnbom (“The Bridge,” “Stockholm Stories,” … Read more…

‘Before Midnight’ Star Julie Delpy Sets First TV Project ‘On The Verge’ with Netflix, Canal Plus (EXCLUSIVE)

Canal Plus Group is joining forces with Netflix for the first time on an original series with “On The Verge,” a daring L.A.-set comedy created by Julie Delpy, Variety has learned. The series is being co-developed by Netflix and the … Read more…

Imperative Entertainment, ‘Broken Harts’ Creator Team on ‘Baron of Botox’ Podcast (EXCLUSIVE)

Imperative Entertainment’s podcast division and “Broken Harts” creator Justine Harman are teaming up on “The Baron of Botox,” a new 10-part weekly series about the late “dermatologist to the stars,” … news entertainment – BingNews BEST ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE:

Lucia Puenzo Unveils ‘Impactados,’ Courts Mariana Di Girolamo, Marcelo Alonso (EXCLUSIVE)

BUENOS AIRES  — Argentina’s Lucía Puenzo, one of Latin America’s most sought-after writer-directors, is in talks with Mariana di Girolamo, star of Pablo Larraín’s “Ema,” and Marcelo Alonso (“Neruda,” “The Club,” “Araña”) for both to star in feature “Impactados.” Both … Read more…

Film Bazaar: Rinkel Film Boards Tamil Western ‘The Tempest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Netherlands production outfit Rinkel Film (“Rafiki”) has reteamed with India’s Stray Factory (“Nirvana Inn”) for Tamil language Western “The Tempest” (aka “Aasaimugam”). It is to be directed by emerging Indian filmmaker Arun Karthick. The two companies previously co-produced Karthick’s communal … Read more…

BE Exclusive Interview With Tapestry’s Jide Zeitlin, The CEO Who Controls Coach And Kate Spade

Jide Zeitlin controls some of the world’s most recognized luxury brands. As chairman and CEO of Tapestry Inc., Zeitlin helms the $ 5.9 billion luxury fashion holding company that designs, manufactures, and markets products from Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman. … Read more…

Cinephil Acquires AI-Themed Political Thriller Documentary ‘iHuman’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Tel Aviv-based Cinephil has acquired worldwide rights to Tonje Hessen Schei’s (“Drone”) “iHuman,” a political thriller documentary about artificial intelligence, power and social control. U.S.-based sales agent ro*co films is representing North America on the film, which will have its … Read more…

HG Exclusive: Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks on the ass-kicking, feminist AF Charlie’s Angels

HG Exclusive: Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks on the ass-kicking, feminist AF Charlie’s Angels The new Charlie’s Angels opens with a violent aerial yoga routine, Kristen Stewart in a “high school hot girl” wig, and both the quotes, “I think … Read more…

Jan Guillou’s ‘The Great Century’ Being Adapted as Epic Drama Series (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Great Century” is being adapted as an epic drama series by Dramacorp-Pampas Studios, which has landed the rights to Swedish author Jan Guillou’s book series. Guillou is known for his “Hamilton” spy-thriller novels, which Dramacorp-Pampas Studios has brought to … Read more…

EXCLUSIVE: Acne Studios Teams With Russell Westbrook for Men’s Capsule Collection

TEAM PLAYER: According to Acne Studios creative director Jonny Johansson, the inspiration for the label’s capsule collection with basketball player Russell Westbrook was simple: “Denim and Russell — nothing more, nothing less.” After casting the Houston Rockets point guard in … Read more…