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FilmSharks Gets Nacho G. Velilla’s ’A Stroke of Luck’ From Atresmedia Cine (Exclusive)

FilmSharks Gets Nacho G. Velilla’s ’A Stroke of Luck’ From Atresmedia Cine (Exclusive)
FilmSharks Intl. has acquired “A Stroke of Luck,” a Warner Bros. Spain release from director Nacho G. Velilla.

“Luck,” which was released on Dec. 2, 2016, grossed $10.8 million, making it the second-biggest Spanish release of the year. It’s Velilla’s follow-up to his hit “No Manches Frida,” which grossed $11.5 million in the U.S. and Canada for Lionsgate’s Pantelion last year, making it the second biggest foreign-language release in the U.S. in 2016. “No Manches Frida” also earned $11.8 million in Mexico.

Headed by Guido Rud, Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks will introduce “A Stroke of Luck” to buyers at Berlin.

Deal is also the first between FilmSharks and Atresmedia Cine, the production-acquisitions arm of broadcast network Atresmedia Group, which produced “Luck” with Aparte Producciones.

Starring Carmen Machi (“Talk To Her”) and Arturo Valls (“Caiga Quien Caiga”), “A Stroke of Luck” turns on near-bankrupt village in the sticks that wins millions in Spain’s lottery.
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'Homeland', 'Star Trek', 'Popstars': 50 most influential TV shows

A list has been compiled of the 50 most influential TV shows since 1963.

Swiss ratings company The Wit compiled the list to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Mip TV trade show.

However, because the BBC refused to make clips of its shows available - its shows were excluded from the rundown.

Virginia Mouseler of The Wit told the Daily Mail: "We included shows that had a huge impact around the world by being distributed to many different countries.

"Secondly, we picked shows that may be less well known internationally, but that had a big impact in their own country."

She added: "We really wanted to put Doctor Who top of the list. But as the BBC wouldn't give us the rights to show a clip on the website, we had to replace it with Astro Boy, which was created in the same year.

"It was a great shame. UK
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Mipcom TV Gathering Salutes Argentina

Mipcom TV Gathering Salutes Argentina
Madrid – It is not too surprising that Argentina on Monday was named for the Mipcom 2013 Country of Honor.

Mipcom will be held in Cannes Oct. 7-10. In making the announcement, Mipcom execs cited the “diversity and richness of content produced across Argentina.” And as the vast world of Spanish-speaking TV audiences shifts its taste, Argentina was pioneering these shifts before anyone else.

For example, one new TV trend is Latin America’s robust diversification from selling telenovelas and into formats and docus. At the current MipTV in Cannes, Mexico’s Televisa is unveiling its first formats (thanks to a new output deal with La Competencia in Spain). Brazil is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for formats.

But Argentina was there first. It also was at the forefront of another trend that is moving rapidly across Latin America: youth novelas, such as Argentina’s “Rebelde Way.” Other non-novela
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International Emmy noms' range lauded

International Emmy noms' range lauded
CANNES -- The nominees for the International Emmy Awards reflect a commitment by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to widen the range of programming in the awards beyond English-language programming, academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner said. At a news conference Monday at MIPCOM unveiling the nominees, he highlighted the fact that Latin America garnered a record number of mentions for its region this year, with nominated programs from Argentina, Chile and Mexico. He added that Argentine political satire Caiga Quien Caiga broke the record for most nominations ever for a single show with five. Additionally, the Danish Broadcasting Corp. distinguished itself by becoming the first non-U.K. broadcaster to receive three nominations in a row in a single category. Paisner also noted that South Africa received its second nomination in the history of the awards. Britain's Channel 4, Granada and the BBC all received multiple nominations.

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