The Week of the Critics of Venice appoints new heads
The Independent Sidebar Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival has appointed Beatrice Fiorentino as the new General Delegate, replacing Giona A. Nazzaro, who left earlier this year to take over the management in Locarno. Fiorentino is a journalist, critic and teacher who has been a member of the Critics Week Selection Committee since 2016. “I take on this challenge with pride and great enthusiasm and am aware of the responsibility that I have trusted. Together with the selection committee and the new programming team, we will work in continuity with the path of those who went before us. We don’t have to create anything new. We will keep our eyes on the present and the future of cinema, ”she said.

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Nick Manzi among Lionsgate UK departures
Nick Manzi, Head of Production and Acquisitions at Lionsgate UK, is expected to leave the company as we can confirm. As we announced earlier this month, Lionsgate UK is hiring around 15 to 20 people as part of major cuts to the Motion Picture Group. The UK office has been almost completely overhauled in the past six months. Long-time CEO Zygi Kamasa changed and Nicola Pearcey will leave the company at the end of the year. Ubiquitous at major festivals and markets, veterinarian Manzi came to Lionsgate when it was known as Redbus more than 20 years ago, and has made over 100 films during his time with the Mini-Major. Films included Gurinder Chadha’s box office hit Bend It Like Beckham, Oscar-winning actress The Lives Of Others, and The Railway Man. Lionsgate has not yet announced its future UK hierarchy, but as we first reported there will be a more centralized strategy and less UK manufacturing investment in LA. Screen first reported on Manzi’s imminent departure.

BBC Studios reduces the gender pay gap
BBC Studios has made further progress in narrowing the median gender pay gap, according to a report released on Monday. The median wage gap for Doctor Who and Top Gear manufacturers was 9% this year, down from 10.3% in 2019. The average gender pay gap also narrowed from 17.6% to 15%. The middle gap is the most widely used measure because it’s a number that sits in the middle of a company’s highest and lowest salaries, meaning it isn’t skewed by a small number of high earners. Elsewhere, BBC Studios’ median BAME wage gap decreased from 10.2% to 6.6%, while for disabled workers it decreased from 8.6% to 6.3%.

YouTube, Grain Make ‘Creator Spotlights’ series
YouTube has partnered with Oscar winner Grain Media to direct a series of original documentaries that feature female creators in the spotlight. Yammy, ClickForTaz and Saffron Barker will be featured in 20-minute Creator Spotlights documentaries directed by an all-female team. The trio, which has millions of followers, will discuss issues such as mental health, family and disability to raise awareness and help others. The films are produced by Anna Murphy and Adam Mitchenall for Grain Media and Victoria Jaye, EMEA Creative Executive at YouTube Originals.

Newen discontinues EVP Distribution
The sales company Newen Connect has hired Leona Connell as EVP distribution. Connell, based in London and Paris, will operate in both the French and international markets and will report to the Chief Distribution Office Rodolphe Buet. She was previously the Senior VP of Sales at NBC Universal.

Cinesite Hire & Promotions
Cinesite, the digital entertainment studio, has hired Disney and Blue Sky alum Hank Driskill as the group head of CG for feature animation. The company, which owns Fantastic Beasts 3 and The North Water among others, has promoted Holger Voss to Group Head of CG for Visual Effects, Alexander Savenko to Group Head of Production Technology and Danny Smith to Group Head of Infrastructure Technology.

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