Documentary directed by Martin Scorsese
Abacus Media Rights to distribute documentary The Oratorio, hosted by Martin Scorsese, several Oscar winners. The 66-minute TV movie on the immigrant experience will tell the story of a long-forgotten event that helped shape New York’s cultural landscape. In 1826, a single performance at Old St Patrick’s Cathedral introduced Italian opera to New York City. Careful research has uncovered stories of personalities involved, including Mozart librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, in debt and selling groceries; Maria Malibran, a young singer considered the first diva of opera and Pierre Toussaint, freed slave and main benefactor of the construction of the church. The film is directed and produced by Mary Anne Rothberg and Jonathan Mann, co-founders of the production company Provenance Productions (Do not duplicate) and director Alex Bayer. The feature film also includes contributions from parishioner and church comedian Jim Gaffigan and members of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and conductor Donato Renzetti also share their experiences reenacting an opera performance last seen there. is 200 years old.
Starz Picks Up Eve Hewson & Eva Green Drama ‘The Luminaries’ & Sets Premiere
Pluto TV Sets France Launch Date
ViacomCBS Networks International has announced the launch date of the ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV in France. As of February 8, the service will offer 40 original and organized channels. Its library will include content from both ViacomCBS brands and third parties through partnerships with “a large number of major international and French publishers, broadcasters and distributors”. Genres will include Film, TV Series, Children, Animation, Reality TV, Lifestyle, Crime & Investigation, Comedy, Sports, and Documentaries. It will be available on most major streaming devices through the Pluto TV browser, through an app on Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and the iOS and Android apps available on the Apple Store and Google Play. Viacom acquired Pluto TV in early 2019.
Walter Presents Teams with Oz Streamer Stan
International drama brand Walter Presents is partnering exclusively with Australian streamer Stan to deliver a pipeline of foreign series. As part of the “long-term” deal, Walter Presents will launch eight shows on Stan this month, including Peacemaker, Devil’s throat, First responders, Hide and seek, Sløborn and Rocco Schiavone: frozen murder. Other titles will go live in February, such as The pleasure principle, Hassle, Perfect places and Angel of Death.
Lionsgate Play expansion in Indonesia
Global streamer Starz is planning an expansion in Indonesia with its premium OTT platform Lionsgate Play, which was launched to deliver Hollywood content to Indian consumers. The company hired Guntur Siboro as Managing Director and Gene Tamesis as Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships to lead operations within the regional team led by Managing Director South Asia and Networks – Emerging Markets Asia at Lionsgate, Rohit Jain. Starz’s global footprint has now reached 55 countries. “Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies with a very young and globally connected population, and it has experienced tremendous growth in its digital economy due to the boom in High speed internet, ”Jain commented. “Millennials across the land are enthusiastic about blockbuster Hollywood movies and premium television. Against this backdrop, we saw a great opportunity for Starz to launch premium global content for Indonesian viewers, especially given the scarcity of premium OTT platforms in the market.