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Steven Spielberg Has COVID, Skips Gotham Awards

Steven Spielberg was set to present Michelle Williams with her performer tribute at Monday’s Gotham Awards but had to bow out because he has COVID. Variety learned “The…

Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2023

Pop quiz: What do the filmmakers who won this year’s top Sundance prize (Nikyatu Jusu, “Nanny”), Cannes’ Palme d’Or (Ruben Östlund, “The Triangle of Sadness”) and Oscar’s best…

Anna Katchko’s ‘Happiness’ Team Wraps ‘Hunger,’ Sets ‘Lynx’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The team behind Berlinale winner “Baqyt” (“Happiness”), which is at the International Film Festival of India, Goa, has a range of projects lined up. “Hunger,” by “Happiness” director…

‘It’s All Upside’: Hollywood Veteran David Madden Mines for Gold at Wattpad Webtoon Studios

David Madden has been a senior content executive in TV and film for top Hollywood’s top shops, from Fox Television Studios to AMC Networks, Fox Broadcasting Co., Paramount…

Ignore the Sitcom Title — ‘The Fabelmans’ Is the Rare Great Movie About the Ecstasy of Making Movies

When I saw Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” at the Toronto Film Festival in September, I absolutely loved it. And while I never expected the film to be some…

Mercedes Fernandez Alonso Talks About TorinoFilmLab’s Mission to Foster New Talent, TFL Italia, TFL Meeting Programs

Variety sat down with TorinoFilmLab’s managing director, Mercedes Fernandez Alonso, to talk through this year’s rich program of industry initiatives and its commitment to support new and established…

Dan Levy’s Big Idea Behind ‘The Big Brunch’: ‘Nothing Should Be Negative, Everything Should Be Supportive’

In October 2020, months into the pandemic’s decimation of the restaurant industry, Dan Levy got the idea for “The Big Brunch,” the uplifting HBO Max cooking competition that…

New Docs Boards ‘Long Distance Swimmer: Sara Mardini’ That Begins Where Toronto Opener ‘The Swimmers’ Ends (EXCLUSIVE)

Germany based New Docs, an international sales agency specializing in documentaries, has boarded sales on documentary “Long Distance Swimmer: Sara Mardini,” written and directed by Charly Wai Feldman…

How the Property Brothers Built a Billion Dollar Lifestyle Empire in Less Than 10 Years

Drew and Jonathan Scott, the siblings better known as HGTV’s “Property Brothers,” have built, rebuilt, renovated, redesigned and reimagined hundreds of spaces since their TV careers took off…

Palestinian Filmmaker Firas Khoury Talks Cairo Prize Winner ‘Alam,’ Teases Upcoming Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

Palestinian filmmaker Firas Khoury’s fiery feature debut “Alam” (The Flag), which won the top prize this week at the Cairo Intl. Film Festival, sent a charge through the…

Fiery Palestinian Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Alam’ Wins Top Prize at Cairo Film Festival

Palestinian filmmaker Firas Khoury’s fiery coming-of-age drama “Alam” (The Flag) took home the Golden Pyramid at the Cairo Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped with a glitzy award ceremony…

‘Young Royals’ Director Rojda Sekersöz Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

Swedish director Rojda Sekersöz has signed with CAA for representation. The writer and helmer most recently directed the Netflix coming-of-age series “Young Royals,” which debuted in July 2021…