HBO Max names director general in Turkey
WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max has named Baris Zavaroglu (pictured) as its director general in Turkey.
Zavaroglu will oversee the launch of the streaming platform in Turkey this year, and its growth aligned with HBO Max’s wider strategy in EMEA. He’ll report to Christina Sulebakk, HBO Max EMEA general manager.
Zavaroglu joins HBO Max in this newly created role after working as general manager at Turkcell’s OTT and pay-TV business TV+. He also previously worked as CMO for Fox Turkey, and for Disney in a senior management role in its Eastern Europe and MENA region.
“Baris joins us at an important time as we prepare to launch and grow in a strategically important market. His expertise and leadership will prove invaluable as we look to establish and build rapidly in the country as part of our phased roll-out in Europe,” Sulebakk said in a news release.
HBO Max, which is currently live in 46 territories in the Americas and Europe, plans to expand to 21 more European territories this year, including Turkey.
Kino Lorber acquires North American rights to The Lost Film of Nuremberg and Kaddish restoration
Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to the 2021 documentary The Lost Film of Nuremberg, and a new 4K restoration of the 1984 film Kaddish.
Both documentaries are scheduled to screen at the 2022 New York Jewish Film Festival this month. Kino Lorber will distribute both films to theaters, digital and home video this year.
The Lost Film of Nuremberg, directed by French journalist and filmmaker Jean-Christophe Klotz, covers the hunt for film evidence used to convict the Nazi defendants at the Nuremberg Trial. The searchers, Budd and Stuart Schulberg, served under the command of OSS film chief and Oscar–winning director John Ford, and the motion pictures they presented in court became part of the official record that shaped our understanding of the Holocaust.
In the film, Klotz returns to the salt mines where millions of feet of film were discovered by Budd Schulberg. The doc also uses never-before-seen footage and interviews with key figures to investigate why Stuart Schulberg’s 1948 film Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today was buried by the U.S. Department of War (later the Department of Defence).
Sandra Schulberg, Stuart Schulberg’s daughter, is a producer on the doc, which was inspired by her research into the making and suppression of her father’s 1948 film.
Kaddish explores the relationship between journalist and activist Yossi Klein and his Hungarian-born father Zoltan, who survived the Nazi Holocaust by hiding in a hole in the ground for six months.
The 1984 documentary was acclaimed by critics across the U.S. and won a Special Jury Prize, Documentary Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Its restoration was funded by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Sundance Institute, as well as IndieCollect’s Donors Circle.