Superprod Animation Moves Into Tween Fare; Cairo, El Gouna Jury Presidents & CinemaNext Expands Management Team – Global Briefs

Superprod Animation Moves Into Tween Fare With ‘Heroic Football’

French animation studio Superprod has announced new series Heroic Football, set against a fantasy land in which soccer is its only salvation. The project brings together a host of French animation talent including writers Guillaume Mautalent (Miraculous Ladybug, Galactik Football and The Mysterious Cities of Gold) and Sébastien Oursel (Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia). They are joined by Antoine Charreyron, who directed Batwheels, produced at Superprod Animation for Warner Bros Animation, as well as the movie The Prodigies and cult-animated series Galactik Football. Art director Florent Auguy (Spiderman – Into the Spider-Verse, Beyond: Two Souls) is also attached. Superprod will present the 26 x 22 minutes series at Cartoon Forum 2023 in Toulouse on September 20. The series marks the company’s first foray into animation aimed at the tween demographic. “Each project we undertake is a chance to delve into fresh realms. With Heroic Football, we aim at captivating a more mature audience, fusing soccer’s exhilaration with the enchantment of storytelling, molding this property into a true saga,” said Superprod Group co-founders Jérémie Fajner and Clément Clavet.

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Egypt’s Cairo, El Gouna Film Fests Announces Jury Presidents

Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic will preside over the jury of the main Feature Narrative Competition at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival, running at its Red Sea namesake resort from October 13 to 20. The director was previously at El Gouna in 2020, with Quo Vadis, Aida?, which won its Gold Star for Best Film. By coincidence, the Cairo International Film Festival announced over the weekend that compatriot Bosnian director Danis Tanović will be heading up the jury of its 45th edition, running November 15 to 24. Tanović won the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2001 for No Man’s Land, with later credits including An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker and Death in Sarajevo, which won Berlin’s Silver Bear in 2016. “I am delighted that our festival has always given its audience the opportunity to interact with names that have made the history of cinema from different countries of the world,” said CIFF director Amir Ramsis. In other Cairo news, the festival also announced it will host the MENA premiere of Tamer Ruggli’s Back To Alexandria in the presence of co-stars Fanny Ardant and Nadine Labaki.

Exhibition Specialist CinemaNext Grows Management Team

Belgium-based exhibition services specialist CinemaNext has appointed Pascal Mogavero as Executive Vice President of Operations. The company said the hire was part of its ongoing growth strategy. Mogavero was previously at Eclair, where he served as General Manager, managing teams across eight different countries, and arrives from JMS (ex-Ymagis) where he was Head of Strategy, M&A, and Operations. In his new role, he will oversee all operations within CinemaNext, including procurement, purchasing, logistics, customer service, ERP, and IT, to ensure internal processes are reliable and scalable. Additionally, he will be instrumental in steering the execution of CinemaNext’s strategic plan. Mogavero will report directly to CEO Georges Garic and be based out of CinemaNext’s Liège-Barchon headquarters.


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