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Daily Bite: Harvey Weinstein To Keynote At MIPCOM
05 Sep 2012 : By Eva Hall
Harvey Weinstein
In today’s Daily Bite, it is announced that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will give the keynote speech at MIPCOM in October; BFI London Film Festival introduces a number of new structures ahead of its October start date; BBC makes it easier to view BBC iPlayer content and a first look at Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘What Richard Did’.

Harvey Weinstein to speak at MIPCOM…Harvey Weinstein will give the keynote speech at next month’s MIPCOM event in Cannes. The respected producer, who is already linked to French shores having worked on multi Oscar-winning French film ‘The Artist’, will discuss the direction The Weinstein Company’s TV division will take in 2013. TWC, which Weinstein runs with his brother Bob, redesigned its TV sales division last year. It previously produced hit TV shows such as ‘Project Runway’, with Weinstein expected to announce a slate of new TV shows for 2013. MIPCOM takes place from October 8-11. Weinstein will address the attendees on Monday October 8.

BFI London Film Festival changes it up for 2012…This year’s BFI London Film Festival will feature a number of significant changes, including a new competitive section to the festival’s awards. Three new awards sections will be introduced, which are Official Competition, First Feature Competition and Documentary Competition. A separate award of £5,000 (€6,300) will be awarded to an emerging British director, producer, writer or actor. Other new changes include nine new themed strands which films will be screened under, as well as a number of new venues. Irish productions set to screen at the festival include Martin McDonagh’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’, which will make its European premiere. The festival runs from October 12-21.

BBC updates iPlayer app for mobile users…BBC has improved its iPlayer mobile and app so users can now watch BBC content while they are offline. Users can download shows via a wi-fi connection, and keep them on their mobile devices for up to 30 days, where they can view them without an internet connection. The update is currently available to iOS devices only, with Android accessibility to follow shortly. Kids TV and BBC Three comedy shows are the most watched BBC shows on mobile devices. It is expected audiences of these shows will benefit most.

If you watch one trailer today… Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘What Richard Did’ is released in cinemas on October 5 through Element Pictures:

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