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Indian incentive; Korea Management – Deadline

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Welcome to another edition of International Insider. This week you have me, Jesse Whittock, telling you the great stories from beyond America’s shores.

Indian incentive

Draw them into: Indian television production is one of the big developing international narratives of 2022, and the country is desperate to attract more foreign actors to its shores in the wake of a difficult pandemic. Our Asia Editor, Liz Shackleton, looked at a new 30% cashback that the country’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has rolled out in recent months. Here’s the science part: the incentive will reimburse up to 30% of eligible expenses up to around INR 20 million ($260,000). An additional 5% (INR 5 million/$65,000) is available for productions with larger Indian crews. To be eligible, productions must obtain I&B approval and spend a minimum of INR 25 million ($325,000). There are several other caveats, but Liz explains it better than me, so read more here. Sources say the (relatively moderate) incentive will come in handy for independent projects looking for the final financial piece of the jigsaw. As is often the case, nothing is completely straightforward in India and several points are still unclear – including how each project is assessed, how long reimbursement and script approvals will take, as well as the daily logistical problems for international productions. But make no mistake: India is going international and you’ll be seeing a lot more of this beautiful country on the big and small screen very soon.

Also in Asia: Liz reported on the 29 projects selected for this year’s Asian Project Market (AMP) at the Busan International Film Festival. New works from Thai Aditya Assarat, Chinese Wang Qi, Vietnamese Le Bao and Myanmar’s Maung Sun, whose producing partner Ma Aeint is currently in prison, sentenced to three years of hard labor by the country’s hardline military junta. Ma Aeint is still attached as a producer on Maung Sun’s project Future Laoban and we will wait to see how things develop. For a full list of APM selections, click here.

Under Korean management

Soyoung Lee

From ‘Squid Game’ to super-agent: Soyoung Lee is a South Korean talent agent you need on your radar. Founder of one of the biggest agencies in the country, Saram Entertainment, she is the face of the company which represents squid game Apple TV+ star Hoyeon, Kinha Kim Pachinko and Oscar nominee Yeri Han minari. Like Netflix squid game has conquered the entertainment world, and its biggest stars are signing with major US agencies, Soyoung quietly tends to the interests of its voluminous book of Korean stars. Unlike losing her clients to rivals in the United States, she told Max in an extensive interview that she even thinks the explosion of Korean TV means she could eventually find American actors working in his country. What a truly intriguing turnaround for TV and film that would be. With Paramount Global’s Chief Honcho, Bob Bakish, recently designating Korea as a key territory for Paramount+, and content budgets in the country have grown significantly, we’ll be watching developments closely.

On site in Locarno

Matt Dillon

In the “TGV”: Let’s move on to Zac Ntim, who wrote this missive after a trip to the fashionable film festival in Switzerland. Locarno drew big crowds and big stars for its 75th edition, which kicked off last week with a lengthy opening ceremony followed by the international premiere of the action comedy festival High-speed train. The crowded opening night took place in Locarno’s famous Piazza Grande square and was a return to form for the festival after a full cancellation in 2020 and a slimmed down version last year. Despite mixed critical response, High-speed train was well received by festival-goers, who gave the film a warm applause as it was introduced by a surprise video call from star Brad Pitt.

Awards Season: Although Pitt didn’t make it to Locarno in person, his co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson did drop by the Piazza, where he received the festival’s Davide Campari Excellence Award. Shows what just showing up can do for you. In fact, Taylor-Johnson was the first of several high-profile names to land at the festival to receive awards, with Jason Blum, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Matt Dillon taking home the festival award for lifetime achievement. accomplishments, an honor which he told Deadline comes with a comedic balance of positives and negatives. “I’m too young,” he joked. “But I’m doing this because I hope there’s a director here who says, ‘Good job,’ because I’m only as good as the directors I work with.” The festival has yet to award any prizes for its official competition section, but German filmmaker Lukas Nathrath took home the top prize in the First Look sidebar for unfinished projects with a feature debut. one last evening. The award comes with €50,000 ($51,500) in post-production services from Swiss and German production house Cinegrell. The festival ends on Monday. For more information about Locarno, read here.

Depp Impact

Johnny Depp in Jeanne du Barry

Johnny is Louis: Johnny Depp finally made a headline this week that had absolutely nothing to do with his ongoing court drama. Melanie got this big scoop as she unveiled a first look at Depp as France’s King Louis XV in director Maïwenn’s historic love story Jeanne du Barry. Predictably, social media exploded when news of the image, which shows a side profile of a heavily made-up Depp, spread like wildfire. Production company Why Not also confirmed that filming for the film began quietly on July 26, with the resulting feature marking Depp’s first film role in three years and coming shortly after winning his savage libel lawsuit. , rambunctious and often disturbing against ex-wife Amber Heard. Read Mel’s full story here.

Racism runs rampant in UK TV and film

Betu

Damning report: In Britain, there is a lot of talk about how the film and television industry can eradicate – or at least begin to genuinely combat – racism. Sadly, many believe these words are rarely matched by action and a Bectu survey published this week found that 61% of ethnic minority respondents experienced racism at work. Similar numbers had witnessed racism and/or said it had impacted career progression. Systems for reporting racist incidents proved totally ineffective and there was a crushing lack of confidence in the ability of broadcasters and unions to deal with complaints. Really depressing stuff. “It is now the job of industry leaders to listen to our demands and formulate a racism reporting body,” said Philippa Childs, head of Bectu. “It’s not too late to tackle racism in broadcasting, and we’ll keep the pressure on until we see real progress.” With the Edinburgh TV Festival fast approaching, now is the time for action. Read on to find out more.

Lars Von Trier’s diagnosis

Director Lars Von Trier poses for photographers as he arrives at the premiere of the film ‘The House That Jack Built’ at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday May 14, 2018. (Photo by Vianney The Caer/Invision/PA)

” In good spirits ” : Sad news as longtime Lars Von Trier producer Louise Vesth has revealed the Oscar-nominated director and Cannes Palme d’Or winner has Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis was made public ‘to avoid speculation’ ahead of the premiere of Von Trier’s next series Exodus from the Kingdom, which was unveiled as a selection from the TIFF Primetime program on Wednesday. Von Trier will continue to work on the show and Vesth said the Dane was “in good spirits and being treated for his symptoms”. Deadline wishes him good luck.

The essentials

Cary Grant and Jason Isaacs

🌶️ Hot : Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) will portray Hollywood royalty Cary Grant in a dramatic biopic for ITV and BritBox International, Max wrote on Monday.

🌶️ Another: Baz scored a scoop by revealing 61st Street star Tosin Cole landed the lead in the blue story the Netflix series from creator Rapman Supacell.

🌶️ A third : Season two of Capturinguh, captured the coveted August holiday slot on BBC One in the UK, previously occupied by ratings hits Bodyguard and Vigil.

🧑‍💼 New Job: Former Bron Studios head David Davoli joins Anonymous Content as president of International. Andreas broke this one.

🎤Address: British news broadcasting heavyweight Emily Maitlis will deliver the influential James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival later this month.

🤝 Deal concluded: Nancy was the first to announce the news Universal International Pictures has reached a deal that will see Majid At Fattaim Distribution release its films in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.

🏆 Latest rewards: Park Chan-wook’s Decision to leave will represent Korea in next year’s International Feature Film category at the Oscars, a first opportunity for the acclaimed author.

🏆 Box office: Black comedy about domestic violence by Alia Bhatt darlings got Netflix’s highest global opening for a non-English Indian film, by Caroline Frost.

🇺🇦 Ukraine 1: Max has revealed that Oscar-nominated producer Den Tolmor is creating a feature film based on a Canadian “lone wolf” sniper who fought the Russians during the first months of the invasion, tentatively titled The good fight.

🇺🇦 Ukraine 2: A series of anthologies documenting the early days of the Russian invasion, Those who stayedis forthcoming from Red Arrow International Studios and FILM.UA.

🇺🇦 Ukraine 3: I reported that the Organization of Ukrainian Producers has completed filming its latest film inside the war-torn country, in the form of a doc Mariupol. Hope not lost.

Max Goldbart and Zac Ntim contributed to this week’s International Insider