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European Commission approves Ireland’s regional production strategy, Section 481 extension

Section 481 film tax credit worth up to 32% of qualifying spend extended to 2024.

The European Commission has approved Ireland’s Regional Film Development Uplift designed to support broader regional development of the audio-visual sector in Ireland, and the extension of the Section 481 film tax credit to 2024.

The Regional Film Development Uplift is a 5% increase on Section 481 worth up to 32% of qualifying spend. It will now be worth 37% to local and international productions that occur substantially in “assisted regions” areas designated as such under the regional aid map.

To qualify for the relief, producers must show training and skills development opportunities are
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Screen Ireland welcomes European Commission approval of regional production strategy

Section 481 film tax credit worth up to 32% of qualifying spend extended to 2024.

Screen Ireland has welcomed the approval by the European Commission on Wednesday (17) of the Regional Film Development Uplift deigned to support broader regional development of the audio-visual sector in Ireland, and the extension of the Section 481 film tax credit to 2024.

The Regional Film Development Uplift, announced as part of Budget 2019, is a 5% increase on Section 481 worth up to 32% of qualifying spend, which means it will be worth 37% to productions that occur substantially in “assisted regions” areas designated as such under the regional aid map.

To qualify for the relief,
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Stx Shows Off Chadwick Boseman-Starrer ’21 Bridges’, Dave Bautista’s ‘My Spy’ & More – CineEurope

  • Deadline
STXinternational today made its second-ever appearance on stage at CineEurope, repped by John Friedberg and Llewellyn Radley who were respectively promoted to President of International and Managing Director, UK & Evp International earlier this year. The pair presented a roster of upcoming titles that includes Chadwick Boseman-starrer 21 Bridges, horror thriller Countdown, the Jennifer Lopez-fronted Hustlers and Dave Bautista action comedy My Spy.

The latter got the most extensive look-in with a video introduction from Bautista who winked that the movie has it all, including an “immensely sexy, super-buff and undeniably charismatic lead.” In April, Bautista had told CinemaCon attendees this was the first time he was “fully hands on as a producer.” The Peter Segal-helmed pic, which also stars Kristen Schaal and Big Little Lies‘ Chloe Coleman, follows a hardened CIA operative who has been sent to surveil the family of a precocious 9-year-old girl. Several scenes were
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Allison Williams on How Her "Insane" New Horror Film, The Perfection, Connects to Get Out

Allison Williams on How Her
Do you trust Allison Williams? If you've seen her performance in Get Out, that question might cause you some hesitation. And that's Ok. In fact, now that her new horror film, The Perfection, is streaming, she's hoping that it does.

After playing Marnie Michaels for years on the HBO dramedy Girls, the 31-year-old actress has been working tirelessly to branch out into roles that prove she's capable of far more than portraying an uptight Wasp with a handful of frenemies. She's done everything from live theater (the titular role in Peter Pan Live!) to a clever and terrifying subversion of Marnie in Jordan Peele's Get Out, which sees her donning a mask of woke, white privilege before transforming into a straight-up monster as Rose.

Related: The Perfection's Logan Browning on Why Her Wild New Horror Film Made Her Feel "Like a Superhero"

Her latest stab at preventing any future
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Allison Williams on How Her "Insane" New Horror Film, The Perfection, Connects to Get Out

Allison Williams on How Her
Do you trust Allison Williams? If you've seen her performance in Get Out, that question might cause you some hesitation. And that's Ok. In fact, now that her new horror film, The Perfection, is streaming, she's hoping that it does.

After playing Marnie Michaels for years on the HBO dramedy Girls, the 31-year-old actress has been working tirelessly to branch out into roles that prove she's capable of far more than portraying an uptight Wasp with a handful of frenemies. She's done everything from live theater (the titular role in Peter Pan Live!) to a clever and terrifying subversion of Marnie in Jordan Peele's Get Out, which sees her donning a mask of woke, white privilege before transforming into a straight-up monster as Rose.

Related: The Perfection's Logan Browning on Why Her Wild New Horror Film Made Her Feel "Like a Superhero"

Her latest stab at preventing any future
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Sf Studios Preps Thriller ‘Line’ With Allison Williams

  • Variety
A young woman struggles in the water to free her bloodied former lover from the seat of a submerged small plane, perched precariously on the ledge of an underwater cliff descending into the abyss of the Indian Ocean.

It’s a scene — shot in the tank at Pinewood, with visual effects to be added by Double Negative — from forthcoming action-thriller “Horizon Line,” the first fully English-language movie to be produced by Sweden’s Sf Studios.

The film, produced with Stx, is the start of Sf Studios’ ambitious plunge into bigger-budget English-language films targeted at the global market, a move spearheaded by producer Fredrik Wikström Nicastro, Sf Studios’ senior VP, international production.

The idea is to work on these projects with Scandinavian IP or filmmakers — in this case Mikael Marcimain, a Swedish director who piqued the interest of Hollywood after the critical applause that greeted his political thriller “Call Girl.”

Horizon Line,
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Sf Studios Hits Cannes With ‘Grandpas,’ Eye on International Projects

  • Variety
As Sf Studios bulks up its pipeline with ambitious in-house productions, the company’s international sales division is now aiming to widen its scope through third-party pickups, with an eye on non-Scandinavian projects.

Spearheaded by Anita Simovic, Sf Studios’ international sales team will be bringing to Cannes a couple pickups: Santiago Requejo’s heartfelt comedy drama “Grandpas,” the company’s first Spanish-language acquisition, and Kasper Torsting’s Wwi-set Danish love drama “A War Within.”

Simovic says the company is now actively seeking projects from independent producers which have definite international potential. “These can be Nordic, but can be of any origin and in any language, as long as we find them commercial from an international perspective,’ says the sales exec, who added that Sf Studios is primarily looking for actioners, thrillers, crime tales, family animation and genre films.

A feel-good Spanish drama, “Grandpas” underscores this new mandate because it “will
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Swedish Major Sf Brings Fresh Ideas Into Its Next Century

  • Variety
Sf Studios — the Swedish major that’s turning 100 this year — is banking on the production of high-concept, talent driven English-language and local films, as well as TV series, to become a key European player and thrive in today’s ultra-competitive landscape increasingly dominated by deep-pocketed Ott services.

Once the home of Ingmar Bergman, Sf Studios has in recent years shifted its core model from being almost fully dedicated to distribution to becoming a prolific producer of premium films and TV shows aimed at the international market.

“Our goal is to be the leading studio in the Nordics and a leading studio in Europe, which means that across both TV and film we develop, finance, produce, distribute film in the Nordics and manage international sales,” says Sf Studios’ CEO Michael Porseryd, who’s been spearheading the strategic shift.

To meet that challenge, Sf Studios has significantly increased its production from two
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Sf Studios to sell its first English-language animation (exclusive)

Stockholm-based Sf Studios is starting pre-sales in Cannes for Pelle No-Tail.

In a further sign of its international ambitions, Stockholm-based Sf Studios is starting pre-sales in Cannes for Pelle No-Tail, its first animated feature that will be dubbed into an English-language version in addition to its original Swedish.

Screen can exclusively reveal a first image from the film above.

Sf Studios is selling world rights, excluding Scandinavia, to the animated family feature based on the classic Swedish children’s novels by Gösta Knutsson.

Christian Ryltenius directs and Jon Norstedt and Gila Bergqvist Ulfung are producing for Sf. Norstedt, whose credits include Borg/McEnroe,
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CinemaCon: Stars from Guy Ritchie’s 'The Gentlemen', Kelly Clarkson on stage for Stx

CinemaCon: Stars from Guy Ritchie’s 'The Gentlemen', Kelly Clarkson on stage for Stx
Company announces Alicia Keys dance film Work It, Bad Moms’ Moms in development.

Kelly Clarkson performed ’Broken & Beautiful’ from UglyDolls live on stage to round out an (2) Stx presentation at CinemaCon that included appearances by Charlie Hunnam and Henry Golding from Guy Ritchie’s newly titled crime caper The Gentlemen.

The session included news that Alicia Keys dance film Work It and Bad Moms’ Moms to star Cheryl Hines, Susan Sarandon and Christine Baranski are in development.

On-stage appearances by Diane Keaton, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, and Katie Holmes, as well as first footage from Stx’s first animation UglyDolls,
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Stars from Guy Ritchie’s 'The Gentlemen', Kelly Clarkson on stage for Stx CinemaCon presentation

Stars from Guy Ritchie’s 'The Gentlemen', Kelly Clarkson on stage for Stx CinemaCon presentation
Company announces Alicia Keys dance film Work It, Bad Moms’ Moms in development.

Kelly Clarkson performed ’Broken & Beautiful’ from UglyDolls live on stage to round out an (2) Stx presentation at CinemaCon that included appearances by Charlie Hunnam and Henry Golding from Guy Ritchie’s newly titled crime caper The Gentlemen.

The session included news that Alicia Keys dance film Work It and Bad Moms’ Moms to star Cheryl Hines, Susan Sarandon and Christine Baranski are in development.

On-stage appearances by Diane Keaton, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, and Katie Holmes, as well as first footage from Stx’s first animation UglyDolls,
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Stx Entertainment Promotes John Friedberg to Head International Division

  • The Wrap
Stx Entertainment announced on Monday that it has promoted John Friedberg to lead the international division for STXfilms.

Friedberg previously served as president of international sales of STXfilms since 2015. In his new role, Friedberg will oversee the company’s international film strategy, including leading Stx’s worldwide acquisitions efforts, building on producer and filmmaker relationships to increase the volume of acquired films, as well as running the direct theatrical distribution business in the UK and Ireland.

Friedberg will also maintain oversight over the company’s international sales operations including its extensive network of international output arrangements.

Also Read: Stx Acquires Us Rights to Guy Ritchie's Action-Comedy 'Bush' from Miramax

“I am tremendously excited to continue my long-standing relationship with Bob Simonds, Adam Fogelson, Tom McGrath and the Stx team in my new role leading the international division of STXfilms,” Friedberg said in a statement. “I’m also excited to
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Stx Promotes John Friedberg To Head Of International Following David Kosse Departure

  • Deadline
Stx has promoted head of sales John Friedberg to head of international following the departure of David Kosse to Netflix.

Friedberg will serve as President of the international division after previously serving as President of International Sales since 2015. In his new role, he will oversee the international film strategy reporting to Stx Chief Operating Officer Thomas McGrath and he will be based out of the company’s London office, which will continue to serve as headquarters for international sales and marketing, as well as the UK theatrical distribution business.

There has been uncertainty in recent months about the ongoing makeup of Stx’s international hierarchy with rumours swirling about potential departures. With Kosse heading to Netflix, the step up was seemingly a better fit for Friedberg than a move away.

“John has tremendous knowledge of the international market and an incredible eye for globally commercial content, and we are delighted
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Sf Studios Preps English-Language Sci-Fi Series on Artificial Intelligence (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Sf Studios, the Scandinavian company celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is developing an English-language series based on Max Tegmark’s 2017 New York Times bestseller “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.”

The science-fiction series will follow a group of young scientists working at a startup who discover the first sentient artificial intelligence and envision ways in which it could be used to create a better world, which leads to a clash of ideals and morals. The show is a fictionalized treatment of Tegmark’s exploration of the ramifications of AI, which was translated in multiple languages and published around the world.

Fredrik Wikström Nicastro, the senior VP of international production, said the “series will be character-driven as well as boasts a dramatic dimension and a tone similar to ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Her.'”

The series will also explore ways in which AI can affect news,
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Stxinternational Launching Constance Wu-Jennifer Lopez ‘Hustlers’ At Efm

  • Deadline
STXInternational is introducing the Constance Wu andJennifer Lopez project Hustlers at the European Film Market in Berlin.

The Wu topped project, which was first at Annapurna before it was acquired by STXfilms, is based on the New York magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler and follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Lorene Scafaria adapted and is directing for a March shoot in New York.

Deadline exclusively reported the news that Wu was attached and Stx scooped up the pic from Annapurna.

STXfilms is producing alongside Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina (who previously collaborated with STXfilms on the 2018 romantic-comedy Second Act) as well as Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum for Gloria Sanchez Productions. Kate Vorhoff and Catherine Hagedorn are overseeing the film’s production for the studio. STXfilms will distribute in the U.
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STXinternational adds Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez film 'Hustlers' to Efm slate

STXinternational adds Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez film 'Hustlers' to Efm slate
Lorene Scafaria directing film based on New York Magazine article.

STXinternational has added Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers, starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, to its European Film Market sales slate as the film gears up for production in March.

The project is based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article The Hustlers at Scores, about a crew of former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

The film was previously set up at Annapurna but dropped off that company’s slate during a shakeup in October last year. STXfilms, a production
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STXinternational adds Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu film 'Hustlers' to Efm slate

STXinternational adds Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu film 'Hustlers' to Efm slate
Lorene Scafaria directing film based on New York Magazine article.

STXinternational has added Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers, starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, to its European Film Market sales slate as the film gears up for production in March.

The project is based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article The Hustlers at Scores, about a crew of former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

The film was previously set up at Annapurna but dropped off that company’s slate during a shakeup in October last year. STXfilms, a production
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