Extra: Autlook inks deals for “Zlatan,” NBPC fund deadline looms

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Austrian distributor Autlook Filmsales scores Euro deals for Fredrik and Magnus Gertten's Becoming Zlatan (pictured), while the application deadline for the National Black Programming Consortium's 360 Incubator and Fund approaches.
March 24, 2016

Autlook scores with Becoming Zlatan

Vienna-based distributor Autlook Filmsales has scored several European deals for Fredrik and Magnus Gertten’s Becoming Zlatan (pictured), a documentary on Swedish soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Ahead of June’s 2016 Euro Cup in France, the Austrian distributor has sent the film to France’s Bac Films, Studio Canal in the UK and Ireland, Alamode in Germany-Austria-Switzerland, Tricon in the former Yugoslavia, and Beat 360 in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Sales in Greece, Cyprus, China and Hong Kong are still pending.

Autlook acquired the international rights to the film ahead of the European Film Market, excluding Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Italy. The 96-minute film chronicles Ibrahimović’s early years in the sport through exclusive interviews granted by Sweden’s top striker between the start of his professional career at his local Malmö club in 1999 until his 2005 breakout year with Italy’s Juventus. The film also features interviews with Ibrahimović’s family, trainer and former colleagues.

Deadline looms for National Black Programming Consortium funding program

Applications for the National Black Programming Consortium’s (NBPC) 360 Incubator and Fund, in which as many as four producing teams will receive between US$50,000 and $150,000 in development funds, are set to close on March 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

The initiative is designed to promote more diverse non-fiction content for television, online and interactive, focused on social issues facing Black Americans, travel, current affairs, lifestyle and DIY projects.

The Harlem-based NBPC will select 10 production teams to participate in a three-day orientation retreat in September in the lead-up to a six-week incubator session. Fellows will then present their projects to a panel of public media and industry executives during October’s Pitch Black Forum in New York City. During the session, production teams will pitch their projects to a panel of public media and industry executives, distributors and production companies, potential funders, and others. Up to four projects will be selected to move onto the pilot stage and receive development funding by NBPC.

Guidelines and applications are available on the NBPC’s website.

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