Great news for North America fans, where AXN isn’t available. According to this article, Absentia will premiere on Sony’s streaming platform Crackle within six months. Crackle is available on many platforms, which you can find here.

Marie Jacobson, Executive Vice President of Production and Programming at Sony Pictures Television opened the first day of activities at RioContentMarket 2017 analyzing various subjects, mainly regarding original production and streaming platforms.

“Now-a-days we frequently hear: ‘There is less money in the market and we need to produce more than before’. But at Sony we believe that this is the fun part: to find and develop new models within this new context”. For example, Jacobsen mentioned a pitching by screenwriters that took place at UCLA in the United States in order to find new perspectives for productions. This is how Oden Ruskin appeared, the director of the new series ‘Absentia’ that will debut on Sony’s streaming platform Crackle, in six months.

“ ‘Absentia’ is a new model that we had never seen before, we are six months away from the debut and the series is already being marketed by means of homemade trailers, creative posts by users and great exposure on social networks. We don’t have the normal studio budget for this product but we are doing it because we really believe in new talent with new perspectives”, said the executive.

In Brazil, one of the high-impact productions by Sony is ‘Shark Tank’, produced by Floresta Produções and emerging from the format of the Japanese reality show ‘Dragon’s Den’. Another success case mentioned by the executive is ‘Skeleton Crew’, a series co-produced in the United States and adapted in Poland. “Poland has no such thing as a screenwriters’ room. But we sat down with a group of Polish writers to come up with nine episodes for the American public”. The explanation is that the company truly needs partners to boost creativity, distribute risks better and increase the chances of finding the next big thing.

Crackle, belonging to Sony, was one of Latina America’s first streaming platforms, initially thought to be a TV catch-up service. But after a few years of slow activity, the site is turning into the studio’s best bet for the region. “We are only starting, but this shows Sony’s commitment towards innovation as we are thinking of Crackle as a customized platform for Brazil and Latin America that works as a solution for our paid TV partners”. In this sense, the executive affirmed that Brazil is among the five most important markets of the over-the-top (OTT) sector in the world with a growth of 25% in this niche, in 2015 alone.

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Once again, it’s time to plan a project for Stana’s birthday. This year, we’re going to be creating a booklet/PDF to send to Stana. The concept of the book is “Things We’ve Learned From Stana Katic” so we want you to send us a sentence or two (no more than a paragraph) of something you’ve learned from Stana. This can be something serious and meaningful, or something completely funny and random. You can submit up to two entries for the book. Please email your entries to stanakaticnet@yahoo.com and include your name. If you want to include your age, location or twitter name that’s optional.

We want to end the book by saying we’ve learned from Stana how to be charitable/giving, so if you’re able, we ask you to consider making a donation to a local organization or charity in honor of Stana’s birthday. We want to be able to show Stana that she’s inspired us to give back to our own communities and we’ll list the places that received donations. If possible, try to donate to an organization focused on children’s welfare or the environment, as we know those are the causes Stana is most passionate about. If you’re unsure of a local organization to donate to, you can always give to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles or The Alternative Travel Project. Please email a copy of the receipt to stanakaticnet@yahoo.com so that we’ll know which organizations to list in the book.

If you have any questions, you can always ask through Twitter: @StanaCentral @BRStanaKatic @TheStanaTimes @StanaKaticPH and @stana_katic_fr or email.

The deadline for all submissions is Sunday, April 2nd 11:59 PM EST.

Here’s a tease of The Rendezvous bloopers! From Amin Matalqa (Director of The Rendezvous) on instagram: “Okay, for everyone waiting impatiently as I am for #theRendezvous to be released, here’s a little slice of the blooper reel. I’ll share the news about the release as soon as I can. Thanks for waiting. In the meantime here’s a glimpse of Stana Katic, Raza Jaffrey, Alfonso Bassave, Meg Cionni and Nadim Sawalha. Bloopers edited by Sasha Dylan Bell and team”


Lost in Florence was released today. You can rent or buy the movie on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Stana has a great supporting role, so be sure to watch soon!


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The new film “Lost in Florence” takes a hard look at love, sorrow and the healing power of sports in the heart of Florence, Italy. When his girlfriend turns down his marriage proposal on a trip to Florence, former college football star Eric Lombard (Brett Dalton) stays behind with his cousin Anna (Stana Katic) and her Italian husband to heal his wounds. While he’s there, they introduce him to calcio storico, an ancient form of football played every summer in Florence that combines rugby and street fighting. During his time there, Eric falls for Stefania (Alessandra Mastronardi), the girlfriend of his teammate Paolo (Alessandro Preziosi), and tries to learn what makes life worth living. It co-stars Emily Atack (“The Inbetweeners”), Robert Aramayo (“Game of Thrones”) and Marco Bonini (“Under the Tuscan Sun”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

The film is written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer. It is his sixth feature film following “A Little Game,” “The Speed of Thought,” “Alchemy,” “Justice” and “The Auteur Theory.”

“Lost in Florence” opens in theaters nationwide and on VOD on Friday, January 27, courtesy of Orion Pictures. For more information, visit the film’s official website or check out its Facebook page.

Visit our updated page for all info on Lost In Florence. Check out the official synopsis, gallery updates and trailer below. The movie will be released digitally and in theaters January 27, 2017.

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When Eric Lombard proposes to his girlfriend Colleen during a romantic trip to Florence, he is shocked when she turns him down and heads back home. Heartbroken, he stays behind with his cousin Anna and her Italian husband who introduces him to calcio storico, an ancient form of football played every summer in Florence that combines rugby and street fighting. As a former college football star, Eric is a natural at the sport, and while many of the local Italians have their reservations about an American playing their beloved game, he proves himself again and again on the field and ultimately wins their approval.

During his time in Florence, Eric finds himself falling for Stefania, the girlfriend of his teammate Paolo. As their clandestine relationship heats up and the all-important final game approaches, Eric finds himself at a crossroads – caught between friendship and love, having to decide what he really wants and how hard he’s willing to fight for it.
 
 
 


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Five exclusive crew hats and a desk name plaque prop signed by the wonderful, hardworking, amazing, kind, and charitable Stana Katic.

Stana just completed 8 seasons as Kate Beckett on the TV show Castle. The ABC hit series brought in over 10 million viewers weekly and is in the top five syndicated series in Spain, France, the UK, Italy, and Germany.

Katic has ten award nominations and seven wins — including three People’s Choice Awards, a PRISM Award, and three TV Guide Awards

Stana is also dedicated to philanthropic projects with a focus on the Environment and on Children’s Education and Healthcare. This work has kept her involved with organizations from around the globe.

We owe Stana a huge thank you for taking time out of her busy schedule to sign these hats in support of the Coolearth and Skateistan charities.

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Stana attended the Legoland Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in California. Along with her niece Sofia, she lit the 30ft Lego tree and the park donated $10,000 to her name to CHLA. Check out photos and videos below, and as soon as official photos are releaed, I’ll add them to the gallery!


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EXCLUSIVE: Stana Katic has been cast opposite Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell in Cadaver, the Screen Gems horror movie from Broken Road Productions. Grey Damon, Louis Herthum, Nick Thune, Max McNamara, Jacob Ming-Trent and Kirby Johnson have also joined the pic, which is being directed by Diederik Van Rooijen from Brian Sieve’s script.

Cadaver centers on Megan Reed (Mitchell), an ex-cop and recovering alcoholic who takes a graveyard shift at the morgue in the hospital where she got sober and uncovers more than she bargained for. Katic will play a nurse at the hospital who is sponsor to Mitchell’s character and arranged for the new job.

Sean Robins and Todd Garner are producing for Broken Road. Screen Gems’ Michael Bitar who brought in the project, and Scott Strauss will oversee for the studio.

It’s the latest news in a big week for Katic, who just wrapped eight seasons playing Kate Beckett on ABC’s Castle. As Deadline reported Wednesday, she is in final negotiations to play the lead in Absentia, a 10-episode straight-to-series crime thriller greenlighted by Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN. Her most recent feature,The Rendezvous, just had a special screening at the Mill Valley Festival. She is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.

Damon (Aquarius) is repped by Paradigm and Thirdhill Entertainment. Herthum (Westworld) is repped by AKA Talent Agency. Thune (Dreamland) is repped by CAA. McNamara (Boyhood) is repped by Collier Talent Agency. Ming-Trent (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is repped by Talent House. Newcomer Johnson is with Michael Wallach Management and Gar Lester Agency.

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This is some pretty exciting news!! Not only will we get Stana back on our screens, but the plot itself sounds very interesting!

Stana Katic is returning to television. The former Castle star is in final negotiations to play the lead in Absentia, a 10-episode straight-to-series crime thriller greenlighted by Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN.

Produced by Tel Aviv-based Masha Productions, the series will begin filming early next year for a 2017 premiere on AXN’s worldwide channels. Sony Pictures Television will handle distribution in the U.S., where the show is yet to be shopped, and outside of AXN’s channel footprint.

Written/executive produced by Matt Cirulnick (South Beach), based on a pilot script originally written by Gaia Violo, Absentia centers on an FBI agent, to be played by Katic. While hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, the FBI agent disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

Oded Ruskin, known for the hit Israeli series False Flag, will direct all ten episodes of the series. Riskin also will produce with Masha TV’s Maria Feldman (Homeland, False Flag), Ruskin and Julie Glucksman.

Absentia is the perfect blend of crime thriller and character-driven drama for the AXN audience,” said Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming and Production at Sony Pictures TV Networks. “With a strong lead, Matt’s writing, and Oded’s direction, we have a signature series packed with suspense, surprise and emotional turns that feels distinctly AXN, and has great global potential,” said Jacobson.

Sony’s AXN networks broadcast in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, with a programming slate focused on action, crime and mystery.  The networks’ most recent drama series commissions include Hannibal, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, and Crossing Lines, with Donald Sutherland and Goran Visnjic.

Katic is coming off an eight-season stint as fan-favorite Kate Beckett on ABC’s Castle, which earned her three People’s Choice Awards. Her most recent feature, The Rendezvous, just had a special screening at the Mill Valley Festival. Katic, who also produces through her own company, Sine Timore Films, is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.

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Yahoo released a sneak peek of Stana’s ‘Bookaboo’ episode, which will release on Amazon Prime this Friday. It’s super adorable and makes me excited for the full episode.

Edit: You can now find Stana’s full Bookaboo episode on Amazon Prime US and Amazon Prime UK. Stana is in the second half of the episode and it is the most adorable thing. Screencaps from the full episode are in the gallery.


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Stana attended the premiere of “The Rendezvous” at Mill Valley Film Festival, along with some of her co-stars and crew from the film. As we can see from one of the videos below, she didn’t stay for the Q&A panel because she was going out to celebrate her husband’s birthday. You can find photos in the gallery, thanks to everyone who was kind enough to share the ones they took!



 
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