The Oscars acknowledge the past year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by a body of voting motion picture enthusiasts. The Academy’s roughly 6,000 members vote for the Oscars using secret ballots, which are tabulated by the international auditing firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The 92nd Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network (20:00 ET/17:00 PT). Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor and producer Stephanie Allain will produce the 92nd Oscars. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. The show is presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize the excellence of professionals in the film industry. AMPAS was originally conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer as a professional honorary organization to help improve the film industry’s image and help mediate labor disputes. For the second consecutive year, the Academy Awards will forgo a master of ceremonies (host).
In 2020, Oscar nominees in the category for actor in a leading role are: Antonio Banderas in Pain And Glory, Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, Adam Driver in Marriage Story, Joaquin Phoenix in Joker, Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes. Nominees in the category for actress in a leading role are Cynthia Erivo in Harriet, Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story, Saoirse Ronan in Little Women, Charlize Theron in Bombshell, Renée Zellweger in Judy. Nominees in the category of best-animated feature film of the year are: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Klaus, Missing Link, Toy Story 4. Nominees in the category of Directing are: Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Todd Phillips for Joker, Sam Mendes for 1917, Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, Bong Joon Ho for Parasite. Nominees in the category of best international feature film of the year are: Corpus Christi (Poland) Jan Komasa, Honeyland (North Macedonia) Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, Les Misérables (France) Ladj Ly, Pain And Glory (Spain) Pedro Almodóvar, Parasite (South Korea) Bong Joon Ho.
Red carpet coverage begins at 18:30 EST, followed by the awards ceremony. Live streaming of The Oscars award show is available with a participating TV provider in the following markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. Customers with a DirecTV subscription in the following markets will also be able to watch the ABC live stream of The Oscars: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach. Use this link for a full list of participating TV providers.
Situated in the Kings Dock area of the Liverpool Waterfront, BBC Studios Showcase 2020 will be hosting an array of international talent at a four-day event for TV buyers, producers and financiers from across the globe. Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Will Arnett, Stephen Merchant, Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness, Chris Harris and Bollywood stars Ishaan Khatter and Tabu are included industry talent that are in Liverpool from February 9 to launch represent the launch of new TV shows. Now in year 44, BBC Studios Showcase is an international content market hosted by a single distributor. Embracing British creativity, BBC Studios spans content financing, development, production and sales for both its own productions and programs and formats made by UK independent producers. Along with leading on and off-screen talent, the event plays host to creatives, commissioners, producers and the hundreds of buyers who come to Liverpool to screen content and learn about future television content.
The scripted line-up for this year’s Showcase will include a first look at The North Water (SeeSaw/Rhombus Media), Andrew Haigh’s (Lean on Pete) adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-longlisted novel by Ian McGuire, starring Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them), Jack O’Connell (Godless, Skins) and Stephen Graham (The Irishman). Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones) and Lara Rossi (Cheat) will introduce The Watch (BBC Studios/Narrativia), a distinctive, high-concept new drama inspired by Terry Pratchett’s bestselling novels. Bollywood stars Ishaan Khatter and Tabu and new talent Tanya Maniktala will unveil A Suitable Boy (Lookout Point) adapted by Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, War & Peace) and directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). Saskia Reeves (Luther) and Danish actress Sofie Grabol (The Killing) will be at Showcase to talk about their roles in the bittersweet, romantic adaptation of David Nicholls’ novel Us (Drama Republic/Bandstand).
There will be a first-look at a range of new factual content with programs including A Perfect Planet (Silverback Films), the next BBC Planet title offering new perspectives on the beauty and fragility of Earth. Other highlights include the new series of the hugely popular Spy in the Wild (John Downer Productions) and Animal Impossible (BBC Studios Productions) with the presenters, Tim Warwood and Adam Gendle, sharing how they risked life and limb to test facts about the animal kingdom. BBC Studios’ premium documentary collection features award-winning talent with programs such as Putin: A Russian Spy Story (Rogan Productions) and Murder 24/7 (Expectation) which follows an extraordinary team of professionals working to catch killers. And, in Science, there will be a first look at the natural phenomena series The Greatest Show on Earth (BBC Studios Productions). BBC Studios Showcase will also be welcoming Top Gear (BBC Studios Productions) hosts Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris who will take to the stage to share an exclusive look at their latest high-octane adventures. From bungee-jumping cars, golf ball dodging to racing jet fighters, the trio are back with a fresh dose of chaos in the all-new series of Top Gear. The specially curated events and co-production forums will take place at ACC Liverpool where buyers will be able to screen thousands of hours of British TV content.
BBC Studios is both a producer and distributor of UK programming, working with notable British writers, directors and program-makers to create international content opportunities. It produces over 2500 hours of content every year through seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in as many as nine countries across the globe. It acts as a self-contained facilitator, whether that is to provide financing or development for a show, producing it or selling it globally It also has roots in the UK’s independent production community, as well as other broadcasters and digital platforms, delivering content that spotlights this fledgling British talent base. And it is intent on delivering finished content to its audience in the format they access it – through linear channels or digital platforms, consumer products, live events and more. With hundreds of digi-booths available at BBC Studios Showcase, buyers collectively screen over 4000 hours of content during the four-day event. Producers looking for details and instructions on program or format ideas can check this link (https://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning).
The 2020 Kidscreen Summit in Miami is programmed to include more than 75 keynotes, panel sessions, presentations, workshops and networking formats, including Summit’s first-ever moderated debate. The summit will draw an international audience from across the world of children’s media and entertainment to the 5-day summit that has an orientation date of February 9 and the full Kidscreen agenda following thereafter. Kidscreen Summit’s first announced keynote, social researcher and author Ashley Fell will dive deep into the next generation people need to care about: Gen Alpha, looking at what it takes to engage this still emerging demo in a rapidly shifting mediascape. Special focus will be paid to discoverability as a concern across the industry, Hacking the SVOD Algorithm will look at ways producers can take their streaming fate in their own hands, using inexpensive marketing campaigns and tools like Amazon Prime Direct to gain an advantage with data and insights that can then be used to get their content elevated in the crowded SVOD carousels.
Programmed presentations survey from a business and creative focus to consumer product and insight tracks. Moving Mountains picks up the conversation started in Kidscreen’s October magazine and addresses issues of content for, and about displaced kids. The session will be moderated by Grant Moran, founder of the Kids Entertainment Professional’s for Young Refugee organization, and features speakers from Tobo, Sesame, Adventure to Learn and Big Bad Boo. Other creatively-led sessions will explore animation innovations, how to set creatives up for success and the evolving role of showrunners in kids shows. Building business beyond YouTube, kidfluencers and the future of pubcasting in an OTT world will also be explored.
Scheduled speakers you can expect to hear from at Kidscreen Summit include Gabriela Arenas, Sesame Workshop; Catie Asip, PBS Kids; Kim Berglund, Disney Junior; Adam Bonnett, Mattel; Jules Borkent, Viacom International Media Network; Susan Brandt, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.; Clara Carpinacci, Walt Disney Television International; Ben Cawood, DreamWorks Animation; Scott Chambers, Sesame Workshop; Francis Dahl, Nickelodeon; Aaron Davidson, HBO Max; Agustina María Dompé, The Walt Disney Company Latin America; Qing Fan, Tencent Video Kids Channel; Caroline Fraser, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Tommy Gillespie, PBS KIDS; Jane Gould, Disney Channels Worldwide; Craig Hunter, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Studios; Karin Jue, PBS Kids; Lauren Kisilevsky, Disney Channel; Barry Kotler, Creative Artists Agency (CAA); Cort Lane, Marvel Entertainment; Curtis Lelash, Netflix; Anna Moorefield, Jim Henson Company; Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network/Boomerang, and so many others than could be mentioned in this space.
In the 2020′s Kidscreen program are two new networking and pitching sessions designed to provide creatives and producers face-time with key people in the industry. For starters, and opening the first-ever Sunday programming, attendees will have an opportunity to have their material reviewed by pitching experts, before the start of the full summit. Eight pitch doctors will give constructive feedback to participants so they can be better prepared to sell their idea during the market. Another new professional networking opportunity will have attendees chat over coffee with key broadcasters, including buyers from Disney, Netflix and PBS. whether pitching a new series, or just taking the opportunity to network. The popular Speed Pitching format that offers face time with broadcasters and streamers returns this year as well. Most pitch opportunities are selected by lottery and advance application.
The Radio and Television of the People’s Republic of China (RTPRC) in association with High-Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and hosted by the Radio and Television of the People’s Republic of China (RTPRC), is hosting the Fourth Global Shortwave Coordination Conference from February 10-14 in Haikou-Hainan province. The conference is concerned with the frequency channel situation for shortwave radio which is always changing because of the 11-year solar cycle and seasonal effects, as well as because of new or changed frequencies of shortwave broadcasters around the globe. The Coordination Conference provides participating organizations with the opportunity to coordinate frequencies directly with the frequency managers of other broadcasters and prevent interference occurring in any radio services. ABU is a member of the World Broadcasters’ Union and works closely with the other regional broadcasting unions on matters of common concern such as reserving frequencies for broadcasters, coordination of operating and technical broadcasting standards and systems and finalizing the Broadcasting Treaty.
Established in 1964 as a non-profit, non-government, professional association to assist the development of broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region, the ABU promotes the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters and encourages regional and international co-operation between broadcasters. The ABU covers an area stretching from Turkey in the west to Samoa in the east, and from Mongolia in the north to New Zealand in the south. Full members must be national free-to-air broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region, but there is an associate membership category that is open to provincial broadcasters, subscription broadcasters and national broadcasters in other parts of the world, and an affiliate category that is open to organizations connected to broadcasting. Most of the ABU’s associate members are European and North American broadcasters, many of whom have operations in Asia, and pay-TV and cable operators in the Asia-Pacific. Its affiliate members include satellite providers, telcos, production companies, equipment vendors and regulators.
One of the ABU’s activities is Asiavision, a daily exchange of news feeds by satellite among television stations in 20 countries in Asia. Of particular interest to performing artists, which started in 2012 is the ABU TV and Radio Song Festivals based on the Eurovision Song Contest. The ABU works closely with the regional broadcasting in other parts of the world on matters of common concern, and with many other international organizations, to exchange information on the latest developments in broadcasting. Other activities and services provided would include annual competition for radio and television programs (ABU Prizes), arranging seminars, workshops and training courses, representing members in international forums, rights-free content acquisition for developing countries, advising members on copyright and legal matters, technical, programming and management consultancy services, negotiating rights for major sports events and organizing coverage, co-production and exchange of programs.
In Berlin, the International Film Festival is also known as Berlinale provides programs that inspire innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how film festivals play a crucial role in showcasing independent film and foster growth in the arts and cinema. The mission of the Berlin International Film Festival when it opens February 20 and runs right up to the start of March is to promote and strengthen the global film festival industry through education, networking, release of vital information, and the cultivation of best practices for the industry. To launch the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale Special Gala, ‘My Salinger Year,’ written and directed by Philippe Falardeau and starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley (picture above), opens in its world premiere of the festival start at the Berlinale Palast.
About 400 films are shown every year in Berlin as part of the Berlinale’s public program, the majority of which are world or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format are submitted. In this 70th Berlinale, the Panorama series with a focus on transitions of the youth generation depicts migration and the search for and discovery of an inner notion of home, the overexploitation of the planet and it unveils unabashed narratives of queer identities. Directors Karim Aïnouz, Andrea Štaka and Francisco Márquez, as well as the actors Ben Whishaw, Sandra Hüller and Stellan Skarsgård all have new films. Berlinale Spotlight is an extension of the main festival in February and makes Berlinale activities (presenting specially curated film programs) visible throughout the year. The 15th SANFIC Santiago International Film Festival presents Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Chile. In 2020, Chile will be the “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM) of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.
The European Film Market (EFM), the film trade fair integrated into the Berlinale, and still headquartered at Martin-Gropius-Bau close to the festival center at Potsdamer Platz, hosts the EFM Producers Hub as part of the program of the EFM. Presentations, keynotes, talks and daily consultancy sessions will cover content such as “terms of trade” with broadcasters, streaming platforms and pay-TV providers, the financial situation of the global middle class and its significance for producers. The “EFM Producers Hub” is co-operating for the first time with the Explorer Conference, initiated in Hamburg in summer 2019 by the Produzent*innenverband (German Association of Producers), Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Filmfest Hamburg, a collaboration that promises to make “EFM Producers Hub” even more tailored to the needs of producers. The “EFM Producers Hub” is organized together with the international producer’s network ACE Producers and the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
As in years past, Berlinale Talents (previously Berlinale Talent Campus), and runs parallel to the Berlinale. The platform is realized with the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. It’s programming encompasses the different disciplines across the worlds of film, series, theatre, art and industry. Each year up to 3000 filmmakers from approximately 130 countries apply to the program. An international committee selects 250 talents, inviting them to Berlin. Consisting of a Summit, Project labs, Studios and a program for film critics, i.e. Talent Press, the participants can choose from up to 100 individual events to attend, many of which are open to the public. There are International Talents initiatives that are supported by local partners as well as by the Goethe-Institut. In 2020, Berlinale Talents is going collective: the six-day summit (February 22 to 27) looks at proven and experimental community models in four creative fields: “Cinema”, “Film Set”, “Company” and “Society”.
The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), ‘Parasite,’ a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller, directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won, has received six nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best International Feature Film. Next, the Oscar statue for the 2020 awards show, BBC Studios Showcase 2020 in Liverpool, 2020 Kidscreen Summit in Miami, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union meets in Haikou-Hainan, Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley star in Philippe Falardeau’s ‘My Salinger Year’ to open the 2020 Berlinale. March carries an expanded slate of events at this time of the year. Here’s what you can look forward to on the calendar. Much anticipated SXSW 2020 returns to Austin, Internet World will be in Munich, Connected TV World Summit will be in London, Content for TV – Management and Monetization is set for Abuja, Game Developers Conference (GDC) returns to San Francisco, Satellite 2020 will be in Washington DC, Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART) will be held in the Wan Chai District on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, MIPDOC/MIPTV returns to Cannes, CABSAT is in Dubai.