U.K. Extends COVID Insurance Scheme; Inside Amazon's 'El Cid'; China Pre-Christmas Box Office Stumbles

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December 21, 2020

U.K. Extends COVID Insurance Scheme, Adds Coverage for Actors Over 70; Distributes $21 Million in Cinema Grants

The U.K. has made a sweeping round of investments in film and TV, with an extended insurance scheme and $21 million in grants for cinemas.

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Inside Amazon's 'El Cid,' Headlining 'Money Heist' Star Jaime Llorente: True History, Big IP and a Rebel With a Cause

Launched worldwide by Amazon on Dec. 18, “El Cid” marks the latest, ambitious step up in series with scale from Spain.

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Saudi Arabia Picks Female Empowerment Drama 'Scales' as its Oscar Candidate

Saudi Arabia has selected female empowerment drama 'Scales' as its candidate for the Oscar in the international feature film category.

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Anthony Chen's 'Wet Season' Acquired by Strand Releasing For North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Anthony Chen’s "Wet Season" which represents Singapore in the Oscar race.

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Netflix, HBO and DAZN Unveil New Spanish Originals - Global Bulletin

The three global platforms each announced their own new original series set to launch in 2021.

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Locarno Appoints Markus Duffner as Head of Locarno Pro Industry Program

The Locarno Film Festival has appointed Markus Duffner as head of its Locarno Pro industry side.

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Canada's Oscar Entry 'Funny Boy' Pulled From International Feature Film Race

Deepa Mehta's "Funny Boy" is ineligible for the Oscars' international feature film category and will now be submitted for best picture.

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Brett Hogg to Head Film and TV for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Asia

Brett Hogg is to head film and TV for Sony in Asia after unifying two previously separate roles.

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China Box Office Sees Lowest Pre-Christmas Weekend Since 2014 as 'The Rescue' Defeats 'Wonder Woman 1984'

This weekend pit the best of Hollywood’s action tentpole rolodex against China’s — and found that fresh local content has …



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