Facebook Exec Defends Australia News Blackout as ‘Legally Necessary,’ Claims It Will Pay at Least $1B to News Companies Over Three Years

Facebook’s top policy exec said the temporary ban of sharing news links in Australia was a difficult but “legally necessary” step for the social giant to protect itself. And, doing some damage control, the company has pledged to invest at least $1 billion over the next three years in payments to news media companies. The…

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Music Industry Moves: BMG Goes Green, LiveXLive Partners With Former Avicii Manager on Music Competition

Wednesday, Feb. 24 In its pursuit of carbon neutrality, BMG has committed to offsetting all of its global site and employee-related greenhouse gas emissions, the company announced. In defining a long-term strategy to avoid, reduce, and offset CO2 emissions, BMG revealed it had offset over 3,000 tons of CO2 produced in 2019 by investing in Verified…

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Catherine Deneuve Drama ‘Peaceful’ from Emmanuelle Bercot Heads Studiocanal Berlin Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Starring Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel and Cécile de France, “Peaceful,” directed by Cannes best actress winner Emmanuelle Bercot, will head Studiocanal’s 2021 Berlin slate. “Peaceful” is produced by Les Films du Kiosque, whose credits include “La Belle Epoque” and Bercot’s own “Standing Tall.” Introduced to buyers from Feb. 27, the movie marks the latest from…

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New Europe Film Sales Takes International Rights to Alvaro Gago’s ‘Matria’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales has picked up international sales rights to “Matria,” the awaited feature debut of Spain’s Alvaro Gago, a Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance in 2018 for his same-titled short. Produced by Galicia’s Matriuska and Madrid’s Avalon, in co-production with Catalonia’s Ringo Media, “Matria” has been selected for the…

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