Market Report: Cannes 2017. Netflix faced off against the festival, female stars and female directors were kicking ass, there were some to die for serial killer films and why is Diane Keaton the American answer to a British dame? Find out the inside film distribution scoop, the future festival winners to watch and rising stars to see on your screens.

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The Watch List – Spring 2017. With Sundance, Berlinale and the Oscars behind us, which directors and stars are rising to the top of packaging list for 2017? Who’s bankable for financiers and gets distributors interest?

I tease out the trends from Q1 and track the people and projects to follow for the year.

I tease out the trends from Q1 and track the people and projects to follow for the year.

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A new year, another circuit of the film market travelling circus begins at Berlinale. What were the latest trends and hot projects at European Film Market 2017? Which are the two films which are defining the new projects in the market?

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Cannes 2016 was a subdued one, with quieter crowds and few big ticket buys at the market. Bag checks at the Palais and armed guards on the Croisette cast an uneasy feel over the festival. But the sun defied forecasts and the Competition line up was the best in years, much to the delight of critics. Which were the hot titles for distribution? What were the trends in the projects on the market? Who are… 

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With the #OscarSoWhite controversy, I’m looking at the challenges faced by diverse independent films to get financed and distributed.

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What does diversity really mean at the movie box office? Does international really matter? And why Idris Elba won’t be James Bond?

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Christmas is a couple of days away, so it’s time for an end of year review. What were the top trends in film distribution in 2015? From boxing to biopics, piracy problems and star shortages, the market keeps changing in the traditional film distribution world.

This year, I was on the film market and finance circuit, working with distributors and production companies to find the best content out there. Here’s my view from the inside on this year’s top trends and hot projects.

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Back from TIFF 2015. Here’s my round up from the inside on distribution trends

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Today, I did an interview for BBC Worldwide’s News Hour discussing Netflix’s decision to cut ties with Epix and focus on original content. What does this mean for Netflix’s future?

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Is film distribution institutionally racist? Why is it harder for films with actors of colour to get distribution? The answer partly lies in the importance of the international market and audience preferences.

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