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Extra: Quibi announces shutdown date; Docutah 2020 postponed

Quibi to go dark in December After confirming Wednesday (Oct. 21) it would be winding down, short-form mobile streamer Quibi has announced its final day will be Dec. 1. “We appreciate the support ...
October 23, 2020

Quibi to go dark in December

After confirming Wednesday (Oct. 21) it would be winding down, short-form mobile streamer Quibi has announced its final day will be Dec. 1.

“We appreciate the support we have received from our customers and want to thank you for giving us an opportunity to entertain you,” the company said in a statement. “At this time we do not know if the Quibi content will be available anywhere after our last day of service.”

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman said in an open letter the company is now looking to sell off its content and technology assets, and return remaining funds to investors.

Docutah moves to 2021

Utah-set Docutah is postponing this year’s festival to 2021 “out of an abundance of caution” to keep filmmakers and festivalgoers safe, organizers stated.

The schedule and events will go ahead unchanged from March 1 to 6, 2021.

BBC Studios, Discovery strike Top Gear deal

BBC Studios and Discovery Inc. have reached an agreement that will see seasons two to 28 of automotive series Top Gear stream on Dplay, Discovery’s video streaming service in Japan.

“This is the next step in our partnership with BBC Studios in Japan, a leading market in Asia,” David Macdonald, GM for Japan at Discovery Inc, said in a statement. “Top Gear fits seamlessly into our video-on-demand push.”

Syndicado Film Sales takes Calendar Girl

Toronto-based producer/distributor Syndicado Film Sales has acquired the international sales rights for Christian Bruun’s Calendar Girl, slated to have its world premiere at DOC NYC 2020.

The documentary tells the story of New Yorker Ruth Finley, who founded and ran the influential Fashion Calendar for over 70 years.

Her story is told by designers such as Carolina Herrera, Thom Browne, and Nicole Miller, industry insiders like Steven Kolb, Valerie Steele, and Eric Wilson and her sons.

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