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Netflix presents its local content from the Netherlands and Belgium

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Netflix unveiled details and assets for new and returning series and films

Netflix is amplifying local voices to bring new and never-before-seen stories from Belgium and the Netherlands to its members.

Earlier this month the streaming service shared a sneak-peek of its upcoming and growing Dutch and Belgian slate at the virtual Looking Ahead event. It also gave insight into the making of the first Dutch Netflix Feature film Forever Rich in a panel led by Marieke Eyskoot including panelists Shady El-Hamus (Forever Rich, De Libi), Annemieke van Vliet (Fiction Valley) and Janey van Ierland (Netflix).

Janey van Ierland, Manager Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Netflix, says:

“We are thrilled to expand our slate of Dutch and Belgian films and series. After the big success of hit series and films like Undercover and The Claus Family, we are  proud to present some of our upcoming projects.  It’s fantastic to partner with the incredible talent and creatives that we have in both countries and can’t wait to give you a taste of what’s to come this year.’’

Netflix unveiled details and assets for new and returning series and films, including: Snelle: Without a Coat, a candid documentary about the Dutch artist ‘Snelle’, which will be available in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Just Say Yes, featuring the story of Lotte, a woman who has been planning her perfect wedding for years but sees her dream shatter in one million little pieces when the groom decides to cancel last minute. The film is coming to Netflix this spring and stars Jim Bakkum, Noortje Herlaar, Nienke Plas, Tino Martin, Kim-Lian van der Meij, Josylvio and Pip Pellens.

Other series and films recently released include Forever Rich, the first Dutch Netflix film, expected also to be available globally at the end of 2021, and Buladó, this year’s Dutch entry for the Oscars. The film features the story of eleven-year-old Kenza, who lives with her father Ouira and grandfather Wljo on a junkyard in the countryside of Curaçao. The down-to-earth and avoidant mentality of her father Ouira no longer offers her all that she needs and Kenza slowly opens up to the more mystical and comforting traditions of her grandfather. Buladó launches on March 5th in the Netherlands and will be available on April 1st in Belgium, Luxemburg, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St Eustatius, Saba, St. Maarten and Surinam.

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Campaign and showroom to highlight the best of Portugal’s decoration and lifestyle products

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The campaign will inform about the quality of Portuguese products via a 360º Virtual Showroom with a sample of the products

With a campaign to be launched simultaneously in SpainFrance, the United KingdomGermanythe United States and Canada,  a brand new international advertising campaign for the home and construction materials sectors will showcase the best of Portugal’s decoration and lifestyle products.

The aim of the digital “Made in Portugal naturally” campaign, an initiative by AICEP – Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency – is to capture the interest of international customers, presenting innovation, anchored in quality and tradition, of Portuguese products and its differentiating value offer.

The campaign will inform about the quality of Portuguese products via a 360º Virtual Showroom with a sample of the products of the two sectors and promotional videos.

“The United Kingdom is one of Portugal’s main clients in these sectors, valuing such attributes as sustainability, creativity, tradition, functionality, authenticity and quality. Values that differentiate and promote the confidence of this market in Portuguese products, which are, naturally, ‘premium’ and customised, designed to satisfy demanding customers”, says AICEP chairman, Luís Castro Henriques.

The Home Cluster is marked by tradition in the art of craftsmanship, quality and customer focus. It incorporates the furniture, lighting, home textiles, houseware, decorative ceramics, cutlery, glass and crystal sectors and is recognised for its ability to innovate, create trends and, above all, for the confidence its heritage of craftsmanship inspires in the international market.

Portuguese Construction Materials is committed to innovation and technology, following new trends and providing a varied, high performing and sophisticated, including ornamental stones, ceramics, wood, cork, metals, cement, plaster, concrete and its related works, plastics, paints and glass.

To find out more about the campaign, visit: www.portugalnaturally.pt

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Live rolling news channel for global motorsport set to launch

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The world’s first live motorsport and automotive rolling news channel is set to be launched by Motorsport Network, the digital market leader in motorsport and automotive coverage with a 56 million-strong monthly audience.

Motorsport.tv Live will deliver breaking news as it happens from around the globe on the Network’s OTT platform Motorsport.tv. The service will be hosted from studios in London and Miami with bulletins on the hour and the half hour, framed by additional content in between. Similar to other popular live news channels, a constantly updating lower-third ticker will carry the latest headlines, breaking news and quotes from newsmakers.

As part of Motorsport Network’s global coverage of motorsport and automotive, the Live channel will cover news from around the world, focusing on major motorsport series and events such as Formula 1, Formula E, 24 Hours of Le Mans, NASCAR and IndyCar. It will also put a spotlight on topics of interest from other categories.

Soft launching with pilot bulletins from the week of Monday March 29, following the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain, the Live channel will be rolled out over the following months. Live bulletins will begin in April and the full rolling Live news service will start from late summer.

As well as the live stream on the Motorsport.tv platform, the channel will utilise the embeddable Motorsport.tv player. Through this tool, clips and short videos from the Live service will be embedded into relevant posts on Motorsport Network’s class-leading websites Motorsport.comAutosport.comMotor1.com and Inside EVs and pushed to social channels.

The Motorsport.tv platform has seen significant growth over the last 12 months, becoming the online destination for motorsport and automotive fans. There has been a steady stream of leading brands and series launching official partner channels like Mercedes, NASCAR, Porsche, FIA World Rally Championship, Audi, Lamborghini, Jaguar Racing, BTCC, RCCO World eX and many more, all supported by content and distribution house Motorsport Studios. It is also able to leverage the class leading Motorsport Images library, the world’s largest motorsport image archive that has 26 million images including unbroken coverage of Formula 1’s 70 year history, with images of every Grand Prix.

Motorsport.tv Live will be fully integrated into the Motorsport Network digital ecosystem, which reaches 56 million monthly unique users. Direct-to-consumer content has grown rapidly in popularity, and Motorsport Network continues to listen to its audience and place itself at the heart of the audience’s needs.

There are plans to extend the coverage, giving live news coverage of sports, live race weekends and open up to personality-led news feature shows. Further developments into full 24 hour live coverage with hosting in Asia or Australia and additional language versions are also envisaged.

James Allen, President of Motorsport Network says:

“We always promise to move fast and be distinctive and this latest initiative from Motorsport Network takes our class leading digital coverage of motorsport and automotive to the next level. There are several pillars to the strategy for this: It provides a rolling live news service on a streaming platform that fans can easily access on any device for the latest news. Additionally, the regular output of relevant topical video clips from the service that we will take across to embed in our racing and automotive websites and social channels will also significantly increase the amount of short form video content we can provide users on those platforms.

“Interactivity with the audience, social media and social listening are all baked into the proposition from the start. I’ve worked in TV since the early 1990s and what we are able to do today in this space, with the remote operations technology and software that has been developed out of necessity during the pandemic, is amazing.”

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Film director Spike Lee reconfirmed as Cannes 2021 jury president

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The Cannes Festival will take place from July 6 to 17 in France | Photo credit: © V. Hache / AFP

Film director Spike Lee is set to preside over the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which is scheduled to take place from July 6 to 17th, becoming the first Black president of the festival’s jury.

Prevented last year due to the health crisis, the Festival de Cannes inaugurates this new decade with an outstanding President of the Jury, one of the greatest directors of his generation, as well as a screenwriter, actor, editor and producer. For 30 years, Spike Lee has been an astute chronicler of the questionings of his time, with a contemporary approach that is never without a dash of levity and entertainment.

“Throughout the months of uncertainty we’ve just been through, Spike Lee has never stopped encouraging us. This support is finally coming to fruition and we could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to chart our troubled times”, says Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival.

“His enthusiasm and passion for cinema has given us a huge boost of energy to prepare the great Festival that everybody has been awaiting for. The party will be great, we simply can’t wait! “says Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate.

From July 6 to 17, 2021 on the Croisette, these 12 summer days will be a celebration of art and creativity, and full of long-awaited reunions. Preparations are in full swing with a large numbers of films being viewed by the selection committee.

The Official Selection and the composition of the Jury will be unveiled in early June and the Palme d’Or will be awarded to outstanding productions and professionals at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, July 17.

 

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