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MovieBox Newsreel – April 2020
It’s been an extraordinary few weeks around the world, and the entertainment industry has certainly been hit very hard.
It is encouraging to hear that there are people out there still very busy with post production and adjusting to remote working to ensure they meet their deliverables’ deadlines.
But for the vast majority, productions have ceased, and hope of payment and future work in the short term has evaporated.
The Government is reacting as quickly as it can to address the needs of freelancers and we do hope people find suitable solutions in this difficult time.
We have pulled together some links and information on our Facebook Page which you might find useful. As things are changing very quickly we can’t promise the accuracy of these resources but by taking you to credible organisations’ resources we hope they will keep their content up to date on a regular basis.
We hope everyone stays safe during this difficult time and we look forward to the industry resuming in the not too distant future.
Best wishes from the team at Moviebox Premiere.
Moviebox & Lansdowne Capital Partners Announce Portuguese Complex, as Studio Plans Proliferate
29th February 2020
Moviebox & Lansdowne Capital Partners have announced a €60million ($66 million) investment in developing a state-of-the-art film and media complex in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, headed by former Pinewood director Dave Godfrey. Based in the municipality of Loulé, the “vast complex” will host streaming platform Moviebox Premiere itself and “world class production facilities,” Moviebox announced Friday.
In positing what it describes as a “vast complex,” Moviebox Premiere is hardly alone. A Berlinale trend this year was the escalation in new big studio announcements. Reasons cut various ways.
Incentives have proliferated given a “growing recognition among governments of the valuable effects that film and high-end television drama production can bring,” Leon Ford wrote in Olsberg-SPI’s November 2019 Global Incentives Index, which details 98 such schemes around the world.
In such a context, however, “Certain markets are becoming prohibitively expensive to produce in, which would include the U.S. and to a lesser extent the U.K.,” says Guy Bisson at Ampere Analysis. “International productions makes a lot of sense. You can make high-quality drama for much, much lower budgets.”
So relatively cost-efficient countries are trying to cash in, either building or expanding studio facilities (Madrid Content City, Italy’s Apulia Studios, Hungary’s Mafilm) or investing directly in content production (MediaNet Partners, backing El Estudio).
Just how many studio projects get across the finishing line s another question. An international studio surge is, however, most definitely game on.
Moviebox-Premiere a new online platform for independent filmmakers and producers to soft launch at the American Film Market
Moviebox, a UK based production company will be announcing at the American Film Market in California news about a new online platform for independent filmmakers and producers planned for 2020.
Julian Hicks MovieBox President said, “As film producers in the industry we see an opportunity to take control over the way film is financed and how the content is distributed. Moviebox-Premiere.com is the way forward for independent filmmakers and producers who are passionate about their stories, their films and the craft of filmmaking.”
The Moviebox team have been talking to producers worldwide about some of the frustrations of getting their films distributed. When pitching the concept behind the platform of Moviebox with filmmakers the response has been overwhelming. There is a mass of great unseen content out there which never sees the light of day. Moviebox is now working its way through all the offers of content by producers to show their movies and to be part of the full launch of the Moviebox-Premiere platform in 2020.
Julian Hicks said “Moviebox-Premiere.com is not just another distribution platform for online streaming it also aims to support the industry and the people who make films happen. Alongside the film content on the platform there will also be an interactive hub for all aspects of the film industry. The aim is to advertise jobs within the industry, connect crew with productions, help find the right locations and to build professional links in the UK and abroad.”