Slate

The top-to-bottom rebrand of Epix into MGM+ under Amazon’s ownership means an increase in not only scripted series but also documentary content. R.J. Cutler’s “Murf the Surf: Jewels, Jesus and Mayhem in the USA” is the first of five docuseries that will stream on the new platform in 2023. About…

Pay TV operator Sky has revealed the recruits joining its new two-year assistant commissioner program, which is designed to attract fresh talent from outside the traditional pool of commissioning executives. The program will bring 30% more commissioners to Sky’s teams across Sky Studios and Sky U.K., growing the number from…

Note: This article is an expansion of Variety Intelligence Platform’s special report “The New Face of Content Piracy,” available exclusively to VIP+ subscribers. Tom Cruise may have ruled the box office in 2022, but Maverick was no match for the superheroes when it came to illicit film viewing last year.…

APX Group has snapped up production company Burning Wheel’s development slate for a six-figure sum, Variety has confirmed. The exact figure was not disclosed. As part of the deal, Burning Wheel, who recently produced Danny Boyle’s biopic “Creation Stories,” will effectively be fully absorbed into APX. Altogether, the slate includes…

Taipei- and Hong Kong-based sales agency Distribution Workshop heads to Berlin with a rich slate that includes one of the mainland Chinese hits from the recent Lunar New Year season and an anticipated supernatural horror film from Taiwan. The company will present to buyers in person at Berlin’s European Film…

Los Angeles and London-based management and production company 42 has acquired OB Management, an integrated director management and production firm for commercials and music videos. OB founder Otis Bell will stay on to helm the company alongside COO Frida Nilsson. The company will be rebranded as “OB/42” and continue to…

Spoiler alert: Plot points from “Infinity Pool” are discussed below. One of the most indelible images from Sundance 2023 came at the end of Brandon Cronenberg’s luxury-vacation-gone-wrong film “Infinity Pool.” The protagonist, James (Alexander Skarsgård), is bruised and battered, physically and emotionally, after killing a feral clone of himself with…

The Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival celebrates movies and the people who make them.  One essential element of SBIFF is its focus on film education. With a carefully curated program, executive director Roger Durling says, “We’re educating your average filmgoer that comes to the festival.” Every event — from panels…

Three years into BAFTA’s radical overhaul of its voting system at the nomination stage, this year’s slate of nominees isn’t quite as rogue as it has been in the past two years, which saw many a heavily hyped front-runner booted in favor of homegrown underdogs and arthouse outsiders. But if…

From a Muhammad Ali doc to a “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” behind the scenes, here’s the must-watch programming for Black History Month.

Cineflix Productions has promoted executive producer Jeff Vanderwal to VP, scripted, reporting into J.C. Mills, president and head of content. Based in Toronto, Vanderwal sources, develops and oversees the production of scripted series and movies for the division. Since moving to the scripted team in 2018, Vanderwal has developed and…

Andrew Gumpert is departing his role as COO of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios. CEO and president Brian Robbins confirmed the news in a memo to staff on Thursday night, writing that Gumpert has “decided to leave” the studios. “Since joining Paramount as COO in 2017 and expanding his responsibilities…