News that television format kingpins FremantleMedia are to replace their chief executive, Hollywood’s loss of a landmark piracy case and a look at Irish actors Colin O’Donoghue and Antonia Campbell-Hughes forthcoming movie ‘Storage 24’ are amongst the international stories in today’s Daily Bite.
FremantleMedia chief executive to step down… FremantleMedia chief executive Tony Cohen, is stepping down from his position after 17 years with the company. Cohen is to be replaced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz who has been running the company's North American operation since 2005. FremantleMedia are the producer of a host of international format shows including ‘The X Factor’, ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘The Apprentice’.
Hollywood loses landmark Australian piracy case… Major Hollywood studios including Disney, Universal, Paramount, Sony, Warners and Fox, have lost an appeal in a landmark piracy case in Australia. They had hoped to stop customers of Aussie internet service provider iiNet from using BitTorrent software to illegally download movies. The High Court in Australia upheld previous rulings that iiNet wasn’t responsible for the piracy, dismissing the appeal unanimously. The studios initially filed suit in 2008 and were appealing earlier decisions and seeking damages including royalties on illegally downloaded movies, according to Bloomberg.
Cinedigm to buy distributor New Video Group for €15m…. Variety are reporting that Cinedigm Digital Cinema has agreed to buy New Video Group for as much as €15m ($20m) to create a “full-service digital releasing studio” for independent films. Cinedigm and New Video formed a distribution partnership in January and recently acquired Irish horror feature ‘Citadel’ for release in September.
If you watch one trailer today… Released in Ireland on June 29, here’s a look at sci-fi horror ‘Storage 24’, which stars Irish actors Colin O’Donoghue and Antonia Campbell-Hughes.