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Show Me the Fund Identifies 50 Funds for Latin American producers

Show Me the Fund, a new resource aimed at helping Latin American producers navigate a myriad of little known funding opportunities, was the focus of Wednesday’s Ventana Sur session on international funding.

The initiative – a partnership between film export bodies Brazilian Content and Cinema do Brasil and the AV support organization Projeto Paradiso – wants to support an industry dealing with the corrosive effects of politics and the coronavirus pandemic on cultural funds by seeking out alternative sources of finance.

Last month these three entities, along with cinema information portal LatAm Cinema, unveiled their mapping of international resources available for different stages of a film project – from development through to post and distribution.

The initiative’s researcher Gerardo Michelin, director of LatAm Cinema, explored 250 funds in total and selected 50 viable funding opportunities that – to paraphrase the immortal words of Jerry Maguire – show producers the money.

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‘American Beauty’ Writer Alan Ball ‘Feels Really Sad’ Kevin Spacey ‘Left Mark’ on the Film

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Alan Ball is unsure his Oscar-winning 1999 drama “American Beauty” could get made today considering its narrative centers around a suburban family come undone by the patriarch’s lusting over a 17-year-old high school girl. That the patriarch is played by alleged sexual abuser Kevin Spacey has put a dark cloud over the movie in recent years. Speaking to The Independent to promote his new film “Uncle Frank,” Ball briefly lamented over the present-day status of “American Beauty.”

“I feel really sad because of what happened with Kevin had sort of left its mark on it,” Ball said of the film. “Especially since the character he played in the movie is somebody who’s lusting after a 17-year old girl. I wonder if that movie would get made now.”

Written by Ball and directed by Sam Mendes, “American Beauty” world premiered at the 1999 Toronto

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Holiday Initiative With Dauzat St. Marie And The American Cancer Society Begins Today

After triumphing over breast cancer, Los Angeles singer/songwriter power duo Dauzat St. Marie continues collaborating with the American Cancer Society to raise money through the holidays. Spread joy, hope and give the gift of life by logging on to https://dsm.band/acs to make donations in someone’s name and they will receive a warm holiday message.

Dauzat St. Marie and the American Cancer Society will also continue to raise money via an anthem of hope and unity with Dauzat St. Marie’s single “In It Together” rising up the charts. Anyone can continue to donate via a special text-to-give campaign which has been set up to receive donations to support the Society’s lifesaving cancer research, programs and services. Individuals who wish to support these efforts can text “DSMBAND” to 20222 to make a $25 tax-deductible donation.

While Dauzat St. Marie was on tour with Pat Benatar and Rick Springfield, singer Heather St. Marie

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Alec Baldwin wades into some muddy American waters

Flint

10pm, BBC Scotland

Filmed over five years, this Alec Baldwin-narrated film tells the disturbing story of widespread water pollution in Flint, Michigan. Initially caused by a cost-cutting measure to switch the city’s water supply from the Great Lakes to the contaminated Flint River in 2014, the resulting brown water began to cause alarming illnesses amongst the city’s residents. Once the water supply was restored in 2015, lead particles from corroded pipes then seeped into the supply, potentially affecting thousands of children. Ammar Kalia

Great British Christmas Menu

8pm, BBC Two

Brilliant ball of charisma Andi Oliver goes from judge to host in this festive special, in which the chefs must make a feast fit for pandemic heroes. It’s canapes and starters first, with eye-catching creations featuring baubles, music boxes and Christmas crackers. Hannah Verdier

The Truth About Amazon: How It Took Over the World

9pm, Channel 4

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Disney Plus Unveils Ambitious Latin American Lineup of 70 Productions

Disney Plus has made good on its promise to deliver a varied and ambitious original programming lineup in Latin America where it launched on Nov. 17.

More than 70 original productions are in various stages of development and production in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, Disney’s four biggest markets.

One of them, doc-series “Sobrevolando,” is already available on the streaming giant, and features Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, Mexican artist Jay de la Cueva and Argentine musician Fito Páez hosting their respective versions in Brazil, México and Argentina.

The National Geographic series gives a bird’s eye view of Latin America’s stunning landscapes, from the frigid Beagle Channel in South America to the balmy Caribbean Sea, and explores the geography, history and culture of eight regions in Latin America.

Tráiler: https://youtu.be/RvtYUGcnhOI

Other shows, ranging from fiction, talk shows, documentaries, and live programs aimed at all members of the family, will launch this

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Analysis: Biden’s pick for U.N. envoy will find waning American influence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be his ambassador to the United Nations in New York will have to tackle Washington’s waning leadership at the world body in the face of a more assertive China, diplomats and analysts said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield (L) and Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete participate in a civil society forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington August 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Biden nominated veteran U.S. diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield and restored the post to a Cabinet role. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Thomas-Greenfield would succeed President Donald Trump’s two U.N. envoys – first Nikki Haley, who was in the Cabinet and later Kelly Craft, who was not. Both had little foreign policy experience before taking up the role.

Thomas-Greenfield is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service who has

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American Music Awards Sink to Record Low Ratings

ABC awards show’s viewership was nearly twice as high last year

The 2020 American Music Awards (AMAs), hosted by Taraji P. Henson, were the latest victims of the coronavirus pandemic — and of TV ratings trends in general.

Sunday’s AMAs on ABC sunk to record-low ratings and nearly halved last year’s overall television audience. The annual awards show’s previous low in the key demo came last year. In terms of total viewers, the prior AMAs low was 2018.

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15 of the best looks celebrities wore to the 2020 American Music Awards



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TV Ratings: American Music Awards Fall 50% to New Record Lows

The 2020 American Music Awards delivered a big decline in rating and total viewership from last year, falling to record lows in both measurements.

Last night’s awards show, which was hosted by “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and saw Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Dan + Shay emerge as the big winners, averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and around 3.8 million total viewers. That represents a 50% rating decline and a 43% loss in total viewership. For comparison, last years AMAs were down only 4% on the year prior in the ratings column, and in fact gained around 200,000 viewers from 2018. Its “America’s Funniest Home Videos” lead-in scored a 0.5 rating and just under 4 million viewers.

Of course it needs to be mentioned that those historically small AMA numbers aren’t really particularly surprising given that awards shows are tumbling almost across the board of late. For

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American Music Awards Fall 50% to New Record Lows

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The 2020 American Music Awards delivered a big decline in rating and total viewership from last year, falling to record lows in both measurements.

Last night’s awards show, which was hosted by “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and saw Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Dan + Shay emerge as the big winners, averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and around 3.8 million total viewers. That represents a 50% rating decline and a 43% loss in total viewership. For comparison, last years AMAs were down only 4% on the year prior in the ratings column, and in fact gained around 200,000 viewers from 2018. Its “America’s Funniest Home Videos” lead-in scored a 0.5 rating and just under 4 million viewers.

Of course it needs to be mentioned that those historically small AMA numbers aren’t really particularly surprising given that awards shows are tumbling

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