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How ‘Icarus’ Oscar win persuaded Turkish intelligence to help on Sundance hit ‘The Dissident’

’I want my films to play like a global narrative scripted feature thriller.’When Bryan Fogel set out to make The Dissident, his searing documentary about the murder in Istanbul of the Saudi Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, he knew the feature hinged on the cooperation of Khashoggi’s fiancée, a young Saudi dissident-in-exile, and the Turkish […]

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After Oprah Exit, Impact Partners Speak Up on Russell Simmons Doc: It’s Ready for Sundance

Impact Partners, a financier of independent documentaries that most recently funded Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s documentary about former music executive Drew Dixon’s accusations of sexual assault against producer Russell Simmons, has released a statement to media following the January 10 exit of Oprah Winfrey as executive producer and Apple TV+ as distributor.“Impact Partners has […]

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Documentarians Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch New Production Company — Exclusive

With documentaries on the rise and multiple backers and outlets for non-fiction films, two veteran filmmakers — married producer-financier Dan Cogan and producer-director Liz Garbus — have decided to launch their own production company, Story Syndicate. Clearly, it’s a propitious time: The public’s appetite for non-fiction stories has never been greater, as movies ranging from […]

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Rome Mia Market Wraps Positively With Bigger U.S. Presence, Strong Product

Rome’s Mia market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped on a positive note Sunday after 4 days of intense dealmaking and presentations which saw some 2,000 executives, including 400 buyers, sample a substantial offering of select new top notch mostly European product.“We still don’t generate the big announcements like Mipcom,” said market director […]

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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Last Year’s Winner: “13th”Still Eligible: No.Hot Streak: After earning its first nomination in 2014, Netflix is riding a two-year win streak with “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (2016) and “13th” (2017).Fun Fact: Since the category morphed from Outstanding Informational Special in 1998, HBO has won eight of the 20 trophies and landed multiple nominations 11 times.In […]

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Golden Trailer Awards: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among Nominees

Netflix and Warner Bros. topped the nominations, announced Wednesday, for the Golden Trailer Awards with 61 each.Winners will be announced May 31 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles with Michelle Buteau (“The Tick”) hosting.Netflix was represented by work on “Stranger Things” Season 2, “The Crown,” “Icarus,” and “Mudbound,” while Warner Bros. […]

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Steven Spielberg Says Netflix Films Shouldn’t Be Eligible for Oscars

The increasing ubiquity of Netflix has posed a serious issue for the Academy Awards and the industry at large, and thus far the Oscars have been reluctant to acknowledge Netflix’s increasing output of original films. Beasts of No Nation was the first Netflix film in awards contention, but it failed to score any Oscar nominations. […]

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Netflix’s ‘Take Your Pills’ Trailer: Watch How Adhd Drugs Became the Currency of College Campuses

Netflix won its second-ever Oscar Sunday for the doping documentary “Icarus,” and the site wasted no time readying its next exposé on performance-enhancing drugs. “Take Your Pills” will be a Day One premiere at SXSW this Friday. The 87-minute feature unpacks the $13 billion industry that exists for cognitive enhancements like Adderal and Ritalin.Director Alison […]

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2018 Oscars Winners List: Sam Rockwell, ‘Icarus,’ and More — Updating Live

The 2018 Academy Awards are taking place on March 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The 90th annual ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and “The Shape of Water” is the frontrunner headed into the ceremony with 13 nominations.The full list of nominees is below, and the list will be updated live […]

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