Sony Pictures Sets Feb. 21 Home Release Date for Doc on Shoemaker to the Stars Salvatore Ferragamo

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a Feb. 21 home release date for Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams, the latest film from director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name).

The documentary, about the life of Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo, who created shoes for stars and films during Hollywood’s silent era, will be available through digital retailers and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Ferragamo began his career as a shoemaker before he was barely a teenager. In America, his work would soon help invent the glamour of Hollywood’s silent ear as he created shoes for iconic films and for such stars as Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks. 

The film features commentary by Martin Scorsese, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Wanda Ferragamo.

Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams was released under the Sony Pictures Classic banner. It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2020. Before the premiere, Sony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film, excluding Italy.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ Lead at Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Association (CCA) Jan. 15 announced the winners of the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards during a ceremony at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Lionsgate’s Everything Everywhere All at Once led the winners in the film categories, earning five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan, Best Original Screenplay for Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, and Best Editing for Paul Rogers.

In the TV categories, AMC’s “Better Call Saul” took three trophies, winning for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series for Bob Odenkirk, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Giancarlo Esposito.

“Abbott Elementary” won two awards, Best Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Best Limited Series went to “The Dropout,” which also won Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for Amanda Seyfried.

“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” won Best Movie Made for Television, and Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for Daniel Radcliffe.

WINNERS OF THE 28th ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS

FILM CATEGORIES

BEST PICTURE
Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST ACTOR 
Brendan Fraser — The Whale (A24)

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett — Tár (Focus Features)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ke Huy Quan — Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Gabriel LaBelle — The Fabelmans (Universal Pictures)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Glass Onion (Netflix)

BEST DIRECTOR
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert — Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert — Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Sarah Polley — Women Talking (United Artists Releasing)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda — Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Florencia Martin, Anthony Carlino — Babylon (Paramount Pictures)

BEST EDITING
Paul Rogers — Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Ruth E. Carter — Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
Elvis (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios)

BEST COMEDY
Glass Onion (Netflix)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE 
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
RRR (Sarigama Cinemas)

BEST SONG
Naatu Naatu — RRR (Sarigama Cinemas)

BEST SCORE
Hildur Guðnadóttir — Tár (Focus Features)

TV CATEGORIES

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bob Odenkirk — “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Zendaya — “Euphoria” (HBO Max)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Giancarlo Esposito — “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jennifer Coolidge — “The White Lotus” (HBO Max)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jeremy Allen White — “The Bear” (FX)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jean Smart — “Hacks” (HBO Max)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Henry Winkler — “Barry” (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Sheryl Lee Ralph — “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
The Dropout (Hulu)

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel)

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Daniel Radcliffe — Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Amanda Seyfried — The Dropout (Hulu)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Paul Walter Hauser — Black Bird (Apple TV+)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Niecy Nash-Betts — Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE SERIES
“Pachinko” (Apple TV+)

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
“Harley Quinn” (HBO Max)

BEST TALK SHOW
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL
Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (Netflix)

Nomination Period is Open for 2023 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Home Entertainment Media Play Awards, which for the sixth year is being presented by Media Play News.

Nominations for the awards — which honor the best movies, series and other content aimed at home audiences released during 2022, from streaming to TVOD to disc — are due from participating studios, distributors and content creators Feb. 17.

Winners in all categories will then be determined by a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts in conjunction with a consumer vote. Voting will take place in March and the winners will be announced in April.

The awards cover a wide array of home entertainment options, including streaming, from SVOD to AVOD and FAST; DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray; premium video-on-demand (PVOD) and digital sellthrough. 

Submit your entries for the 2023 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards here

Four “best of show” winners are then selected from among all eligible submissions — Packaged-Media Title of the Year, TV Disc Release of the Year, Best Blu-ray Disc and, for the first time this year, Top Streaming Original. A “Fan-Favorite” trophy also will be awarded for the single title receiving the most consumer votes. Judges may also present awards based on special merit.

Last year’s Home Entertainment Media Play Awards saw Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition voted Title of the Year. The set also won Blu-ray Disc of the Year, Best Movie Collection and Best Packaging.

Funimation’s Robotech: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Disc won TV on Disc of the Year, as well as Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series.

The Fan-Favorite Title of the Year was Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II.

On the digital side, Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season Four took Best Digital Sellthrough Release, while another Paramount release, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, was named Best PVOD Release.

Among stream­ing content, Apple TV+ took Best New Streaming Movie with CODA and Best Season of a Scripted Series with season two of “For All Mankind.”

PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel was named Best Niche Streaming Channel.

Overall, this is the 13th edition of the annual home entertainment awards.

Starz Snags Seasons 1 & 2 of Comedy Series ‘Minx’

Starz Jan.  12 announced it has picked up seasons one and two of the critically acclaimed comedy series “Minx,” one of the victims of HBO Max’s late-2022 content slashing. Starz will exclusively premiere the second season of the show, which is set in 1970s Los Angeles. 

Ellen Rapoport, “Minx” creator, showrunner and executive producer, said in a statement, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Starz family, and for the opportunity to introduce ‘Minx’ to a brand-new audience.  We’ve found the perfect home. Our writers, cast and crew have created something truly special in season two, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

“We have always felt this show would be a perfect fit for our brand with our dedication to narratives by, about and for women,” Jeffrey Hirsch, president and CEO of Starz, said in a statement. “We’re excited to welcome Ellen and the talented ‘Minx’ team to the network and can’t wait to bring its passionate fans the second season.”

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“Minx” centers on Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond), an earnest young feminist who joins forces with a low-rent publisher (Jake Johnson) to create the first erotic magazine for women. The cast also includes Idara Victor, Jessica Lowe, Lennon Parham, Michael Angarano and Oscar Montoya. As previously announced, Elizabeth Perkins joined in season two as recurring character Constance. 

“Minx” was created by Rapoport alongside Paul Feig and Dan Magnante for Feigco Entertainment, Ben Karlin and Rachel Lee Goldenberg, who also directed the pilot. Jake Johnson serves as a co-executive producer. “Minx” is produced by Lionsgate Television.

Disney+ Bows Eight-Part Documentary Series on Japan’s Surfing Culture

Disney+ has begun streaming an eight-part original documentary series on Japanese surf culture.

Less than three years after surfing’s debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, “Chasing Waves” focuses on the people and places that are defining Japan’s reach in the global surf culture. Japan has 18,000 miles of coastline and a growing prominence in surfing.

The character-driven documentary series, shot with 4K cameras and using 16mm archival film, follows athletes from various cultural backgrounds in their drive to succeed in the international surf industry. The docu-series features pro surfers Mahina Maeda, Yuma Takanuki, Sara Kohrogi, 2021 Olympic Silver Medalist Kanoa Igarashi and Australian-Japanese surfer Connor O’Leary. 

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From the indoor wave pool called the “Ocean Dome” in Miyazaki to the icy waters of Hokkaido, “Chasing Waves” paints a holistic picture of the world of Japanese surfing culture.

“Chasing Waves” is produced by Boardwalk Pictures and Station 10 Media, with Christopher G. Cowen as executive producer and co-director and Andrew Fried as executive producer. Jason Baffa serves as director and executive producer. 

Kino Lorber Bolsters C-Suite With Two Former AMC Networks Execs

Indie film distributor Kino Lorber Jan. 9 announced the expansion of its senior leadership team with the appointments of two AMC Networks veterans, Ed Carroll as chief strategy officer and Lisa Schwartz as chief revenue officer.

Carroll and Schwartz will work closely with Kino Lorber chairman and CEO Richard Lorber and COO Martha Benyam to help shape the company’s content and distribution strategies, including an accelerated expansion into digital spaces.

The announcement came in the wake of Kino Lorber’s recent acquisition of global media company MHz Networks, parent of streamer MHz Choice, a leading North American SVOD service that specializes in international television series.

Carroll enjoyed a three-decade career at AMC Networks, where he oversaw the development of such successful series as “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” He held various leadership roles including president at Bravo and COO of AMC Networks, where he was in charge of all programming, marketing, ad sales and international distribution. Carroll helmed AMC Networks’ streaming channels including Acorn, Sundance Now, IFC Unlimited and Shudder, and presided over the launch of AMC+. He was also instrumental in AMC’s acquisition of RLJ/Acorn and its equity stake in BBC America.

Schwartz joins Kino Lorber after a 20-year run at AMC Networks, most recently overseeing IFC Films. Her experience includes creating breakthrough partnerships and innovative business models — including pioneering day-and-date film distribution. She led the distribution strategies of Oscar-nominated films and documentaries including Boyhood; Two Days, One Night; 45 Years; and Finding Vivian Maier. Additionally, she was the lead architect for the development and launch of the IFC Films Unlimited SVOD service, as well as IFC Films’ first AVOD streaming channel, IFC Films Pick.

“Ed and Lisa are a powerful combination and I’m thrilled to welcome them both to the Kino Lorber C-suite,” Lorber said. “Following our acquisition of the MHz Choice streaming service, it’s the perfect time for them to join, as we further innovate our distribution strategies to make prestige international film and TV content accessible to audiences throughout North America. Like me, they care intensely about quality, and finding and sharing artistically elevated stories that connect across many genres.”