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7 April 2008

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  • 3D needsfully-rounded pictures

    Back in the late 1970s, there was a rumour that John Frankenheimer was preparing to make his next film in a bygone movie phenomenon called 3D. A call to the film-maker confirmed the scuttlebutt.He explained that during preparation of his horror film Prophecy, he was approached to employ a new process that didn't require those cumbersome glasses. It was ultimately abandoned because the effect only worked within a limited viewing corridor and one had to keep one's head absolutely
  • AAM, DigiScreen, Pillar, Royal Opera House strike digital deal

    Arts Alliance Media is working with Montreal-based DigiScreen Corporation, The Pillar Group and the Royal Opera House-owned TV and DVD production company Opus Arte to bring ballets, operas and dance from the Royal Opera House and other performing arts companies to cinemas across Europe.The HD content, both pre-recorded and live, will be seen in the UK and Ireland (initially via Odeon and Cityscreen Picturehouse), France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux an
  • Arri Media Worldsales picks up music drama Hanna's Words

    Arri Media Worldsales will handle international distribution for Andreas Struck's third feature Hanna's Words which began principal photography in Cologne this week. Based on a screenplay by Dagmar Gabler (Porno!Melo!Drama!), the music drama centring on a Nu Jazz trumpeter stars up-and-coming German actors Stefan Rudolf and Paula Kalenberg, Russia's Chulpan Khamatova, and veteran actress Traute Hoess, and will feature music of the feted Norwegian jazz musician Nils P
  • Aspect Film takes on sales for Journal Of A Contract Killer

    UK-based sales company Aspect Film Ltd has taken on worldwide rights to Tony Maylam's female assassin thriller Journal OfA Contract Killer.The story is based on true events in the UK and Italy about an assassin who turns on her mafia bosses after her child is kidnapped. Justine Powell and Isabella Damiano star.Aspect Film's managing director Hugh Edwards said: 'The film has already generated a lot of interest and praise internationally. Justine Powell delivers a powerfu
  • Australia's FFC to clamp down on US studios taking tax rebate

    US studios and other international players who plan to take films they have developed to Australia to shoot, then claim the new 40% producers rebate for Australian films rather than the 15% location offset designed for foreign films, are very unlikely to be successful under yet-to-be-released new guidelines.The Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) board yesterday signed off on 1,500 words clarifying what constitutes an Australian film and they will be released shortly. The section
  • BAFTA Wales film nominees include Summer Scars, Daddy's Girl

    BAFTA Wales has announced the nominees for its 17th annual awards.Nominees for best film are DJ Evans' Daddy's Girl, Ashley Way's Small Country (Calon Gaeth), and Julian Richards' Summer Scars. Daddy's Girl star Richard Harrington is also recognised in the best actor category.TV projects nominated include Coal House, The History of Mr Polly and Torchwood.Gethin Jones will host the ceremony in Cardiff on April 27.
  • BBC costume collection sold to Angels The Costumiers

    BBC commerical subsidiary BBC Resources has sold the BBC costume collection to Angels The Costumiers. Financial terms were not disclosed.The BBC noted there had been strong international and UK interest in the famed collection. The BBC in February 2008 shut down its Costume + Wigs department, which was based in West London.Angels, first established in 1840, has historical ties to the BBC working on projects including The Forsyte Saga.The company will keep the colle
  • Borshell succeeds Greenwald as president of Image Entertainment

    Image Entertainment's chief operating officer David Borshell has succeeded Martin W Greenwald as president of the home entertainment producer and distributor.The board of directors has made the title of president the top executive position of the company and does not plan to seek a CEO. Borshell will report directly to the board of directors.Borshell, who joined Image in 1984, was appointed COO in July 2000. From 1995 to 2000 he served as senior vice president of sales, m
  • Bromily, Elberg get senior executive roles at Image Entertainment

    Bill Bromiley has been appointed chief acquisitions officer and Rick Eiberg has been named executive vice president of operations and chief technology officer at Image Entertainment.Bromiley spearheaded Image's feature film initiative as a consultant from June 2007 until he was hired by Image in January of this year. He reports to president David Borshell.Prior to joining Image he served seven years at First Look Home Entertainment and was appointed president. Before that
  • Canadian conservative tax law boosts provocative drama

    A furore in the Canadian film business could be the catalyst for a rare local English-language hit.Thanks to a vaguely-written amendment to Canada's tax code, the Canadian government may soon have the power to strip local producers of their tax credit should it decide their film is 'contrary to public policy' - this would be after the film is completed and the money spent.This revelation, buried towards the end of 600 pages of what is essentially shopkeeping legislation, led Can
  • Canana picks up five films for distribution in Mexico

    Canana, the production company founded by actors Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and producer Pablo Cruz, has lined up five films for release in Mexico through its new distribution arm. Most of the titles are first films by local film-makers. The first to be released is Aaron Fernandez's directorial debut Partes Usadas (Used Parts) which will open on April 18 on 25 prints in Mexico City.Also set for release this year are Laura Ameli
  • Canet's Tell No One gets US distribution deal with Music Box

    Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Guillaume Canet's French box office hit Tell No One, based on the bestseller by Harlan Coben.The thriller earned Canet the best director Cesar and brought the best actor trophy to Francois Cluzet.Tell No One centres on a doctor who gets implicated in the murder of his wife and learns that his beloved may be alive. Kristin Scott Thomas, Nathalie B
  • Cannes Atelier to welcome Lou Ye, Benedek Fliegauf

    The fourth Cannes Atelier of the Cinefondation will welcome 15 projects from 14 countries. The selections include the new films from Milky Way director Benedek Fliegauf and Summer Palace director Lou Ye.Now in its fifth edition, L'Atelier seeks to help directors with financing and project completion.The directors and producers will be in Cannes for meetings May 16-23. Project descriptions will be available from April 1 on
  • Carmen Maura takes key role in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro

    Carmen Maura has stepped in to replace Javier Bardem to play a character which has switched gender in Francis Ford Coppola's new film Tetro.Maura will shoot for two weeks in the key supporting role as the mentor to the title character, who is played by Vincent Gallo.Coppola made the following statement: 'I have always continued to write and edit, during the rehearsal process and as shooting evolves and the actors become their ch
  • Celestial pacts with Kadokawa, MGM Central Europe

    Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has signed two new distribution deals for its Shaw Brothers library with MGM Channel Central Europe and Kadokawa Entertainment in Japan. The deal with Kadokawa includes video, pay-TV, free TV, video-on-demand and mobile distribution rights. Kadokawa will offer different genres from the Shaw Brothers library - including horror, fantasies, action and martial arts - with specific titles including The Treasure Hunters, Boxers Omen and Chinat
  • Celluloid Dreams takes world rights to Kuras doc The Betrayal

    Celluloid Dreams has acquired worldwide rights excluding North America to award-winning film-maker Ellen Kuras' The Betrayal. The film, which ran in the documentary competition at Sundance, recently took the top prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.The epic odyssey follows a family from war-torn Laos to New York over the course of 23 years.Directed, shot and written by Kuras, the film was co-directed and edited by Thavisouk Phrasavath.Phrasavath narrates his own st
  • Celtic Media Festival selects seven feature dramas in shortlist

    The 2008 Celtic Media Festival has announced the shortlist of seven films competing for the Bronze Torc for Excellence for Feature Length Drama.They are The Last King Of Scotland, Kings, Cre na Cille (Graveyard Clay), The Midnight Drives, Dressing Granite, Calon Gaeth, and Seachd - The Inaccessible Pinnacle.The festival will be held April 16-18 in Galway, Ireland.The event, in its 29th year, celebrates TV, radio, digital and film talent from Scotland, Wa
  • Censors block four films at Singapore festival

    The 21st Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) which started on Apr 4 has lost four documentary films to the local censors with another feature still pending a rating.Two of them, Arabs And Terrorism and David The Tolhildan, were 'disallowed' on account of their sympathetic portrayal of allegedly terrorist organisations.'Films which portray terrorist organizations in a positive light by lending support and voice to justify their cause through
  • Censors block four films at Singapore festival

    The 21st Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) which started on Apr 4 has lost four documentary films to the local censors with another feature still pending a rating.Two of them, Arabs And Terrorism and David The Tolhildan, were 'disallowed' on account of their sympathetic portrayal of allegedly terrorist organisations.'Films which portray terrorist organizations in a positive light by lending support and voice to justify their cause through
  • Charlotte Van Weede leaves HanWay for new Protagonist

    Protagonist Pictures, the new UK-based sales company formed by Film4, Ingenious, and Vertigo, has hired Charlotte Van Weede as its head of sales.The company's CEO Ben Roberts announced the appointment of Van Weede, who joins from HanWay Films, where she is director of sales and distribution.Prior to joining HanWay in 2007, Van Weede was VP of international sales at Summit International and sales director at Intermedia Films.She will join Protagonist on May 1, as the compa
  • Cinema Libre picks up worldwide rights to disFIGURED

    Cinema Libre Studio has picked up worldwide rights to Glenn Gers' disFIGURED, which makes its world premiere at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival on Apr 1.disFIGURED stars Deidra Edwards and Staci Lawrence as strangers who meet through a California-based Fat Acceptance group and become firm friends. Launchpad Productions' David W Higgins served as executive producer.'I wrote, direct
  • Constantinextends Eichinger's contract until 2014

    Constantin Film and producer Bernd Eichinger have agreed a year in advance to extend their exclusive production contract by another five years until March 31, 2014. The arrangement guarantees that Eichinger, who wrote and produced Uli Edel's Der Baader Meinhof Komplex for Constantin last year, will produce exclusively for Germany's leading independent production house and ensures that the cooperation will continue on a long-term basis.Eichinger's production contract had la
  • Contender, Seville buy Franklyn and Eddie from HanWay

    Growing UK distributor Contender Films, now owned by Canada's Entertainment One, has acquired all UK rights for features Franklyn and Eddie The Eagle, both sold by HanWay Films.Also, Entertainment One's Seville Pictures took Canadian rights to both titles.Gerald McMorrow's feature debut Franklyn is a story of four lost souls in contemporary London and a futuristic faith-based metropolis. Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green and Sam Riley star. HanWay's Jeremy Tho
  • Denton to head new sales arm for Bold Films

    Stephanie Denton has resurfaced as president of worldwide distribution at Bold Films following her former employer Lionsgate's merger with Mandate Pictures.Effective immediately, Denton will head Bold's newly formed international division and oversee domestic, marketing, business affairs, delivery and collection.She is assembling her team and reports to Bold co-presidents Gary Michael Walters and David Lancaster. The company is currently in post-production on
  • Dimension rewires Badham's Short Circuit

    Dimension Films will remake Short Circuit, John Badham's 1986 family sci-fi romp starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg about a robot that goes on the run after it discovers feelings.The original and sequel together grossed more than $60m in North America. Further details on the remake will be announced shortly.S S Wilson and Brent Maddock, who created the characters and wrote the screenplays for both
  • Dogwoof starts film channel on blinkx's BBTV

    UK distributor Dogwoof has created a film channel on blinkx's new broadband TV service BBTV.BBTV has a unique indexing system that allows viewers to interact with online sources such as Google, Wikipedia, IMDB or other sites.'The film industry is screaming out for a multi-layered film channel, run by professional distributors that know how to promote a film, and look after everyone's interests. This channel will be a filter for both the consumer and the rights holders, of
  • Dutch FilmWorks starts international distribution division

    Benelux-based Dutch FilmWorks has launched a new division, House Of Knowledge International, which will handle international cross-platform distribution, licensing, and production.Dutch FilmWorks CEO Willem Pruijssers made the announcement. The non-international House Of Knowledge was started in 2002 and worked on a number of DVD projects in mind, body and spirit topics.Pruijssers said: 'Our other factual programming has had tremendous success in the Benelux region, and expandin
  • EC eyes plans to expand MEDIA to non-European countries

    The European Commission (EC) today took the first step toward building a possible audiovisual cooperation programme with countries outside the European Union (EU).The MEDIA programme - the EC's support scheme for the audiovisual industry -published a call for proposals for cooperation projects with so-called 'third' countries, which could involve links to anywhere from Asia to North America.The Commission's aim is to strengthen cooperation between audiovisual industries around t
  • Elisabeth Murdoch calls for 'creativity without borders' at MipTV

    Elisabeth Murdoch officially opened the MipTV market on Monday evening in a keynote address that sang the praises of 'creativity without borders.'The media scion, who runs the UK's Shine Group, spoke of her background as a struggling buyer at the conference straight through to her days as a producer and to this year as a full-fledged distributor.Murdoch has been in the TV business for the past 15 years and charmed a packed house of industry professionals with her belief in the '
  • Fact Not Fiction launches Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines

    UK-based Fact Not Fiction Films is planning an April DVD launch of its feature documentary Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines.The 93-minute film is an investigative documentary about how airline crews and passengers can be exposed to hazardous chemicals in unfiltered air.Fact Not Fiction founder Tristan Loraine was a commercial airline pilot and captain for 25 years before being forced to retire due to ill health. He set up the production ocompany in late 2006.Loraine
  • FFC backs 10 new Aussie films as it prepares to shut its doors

    After more than 20 years as the Australian Government's key film investor, the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) board yesterday agreed to invest in 10 new Australian features worth $56.7m (A$62m), the last batch of films before it closes its doors on June 30.'The FFC was cognizant that the new agency, Screen Australia, would be opening for business on July 1 but would take some time to bed down,' said FFC chief executive Brian Rosen. 'We wanted to approve as many projects as po
  • Film Sales Company picks up three in advance of Tribeca

    Andrew Herwitz's The Film Sales Company has picked up worldwide rights to three titles ahead of Tribeca - the Sissy Spacek drama Lake City, coming-of-age story Ball Don't Lie and documentary Guest Of Cindy Sherman.Lake City stars Spacek as a mother who tries to comes to terms with her past and hold her family together as i
  • Footprint makes bridge loan to The Laundry Warrior

    The UK-based Footprint Investment Fund, previously known as the Footprint Film Fund, is making its first investment as a bridging loan to $45m action adventure The Laundry Warrior.Barrie Osborne, Michael Peyser and Jooick Lee are producing.The film is shooting now in New Zealand for August 2008 delivery. Jang Dong-Kun, Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush star.Kathy Morgan International is handling world sales.Footprint was launched in August 2007 by Lisa Lambe
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Dir: Nicholas Stoller. US. 2008. 112 mins.The Judd Apatow comedy machine reaches new heights with this instant classic from director Nicholas Stoller, star/writer Jason Segel and producer Apatow. Consistently funny, remarkably tender and absolutely contemporary in its depiction of young twentysomethings, their social mores and concerns, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is destined for box office greatness, especially in North America where it is being aggressively promot
  • Fortissimo takes on Tribeca world premiere Chevolution

    Fortissimo Films has acquired all rights outside North America for the documentary Chevolution.Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment financed the film.Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez directed the documentary about Alberto Korda's iconic photograph of Che Guevara. The film's interviewees include Gael Garcia Bernal, Antonio Banderas, Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine and Gerry Adams.Che
  • Fuji TV plans third Bayside Shakedown feature

    Japan's Fuji TV is planning a third feature film in its megahit Bayside Shakedown police drama franchise, with Yuji Oda reprising the lead role.The announcement was made yesterday by Fuji TV's Head of the Motion Picture Department and Bayside producer Chihiro Kameyama at the inaugural opening of the Wangan Police Station in the Odaiba waterfront district.The Bayside series takes place at a fictional police station in the area where Fuji TV's headquarters are
  • German VOD market grows with ProSiebenSat.1-Disney deal

    Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Group and Disney-ABC International Television have closed their first deal for Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVoD) feature films for ProSiebenSat.1's video online store maxdome, licensing such library titles as Toy Story 2, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor, the first dealof its kind in Germany.In addition, they concluded a transactional VoD agreement for smash hit current and library titles including Ratatouille and Enchanted, and
  • Glowinsky promoted to deputy MD at Pathe Production

    Pathe Production France has announced the appointment of Leonard Glowinski to the post of deputy managing director, business affairs.Glowinski joined Pathe's financial management team in 1999. Following that he was named director of business affairs for Pathe France in charge of international productions.Whilst holding that post, he was involved in such films as Oliver Stone's Alexander, Christophe Barratier's Les Choristes and Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell
  • Horton hears nearly $100m overseas for Fox

    As expected, Fox International's Horton Hears A Who! dominated the Hollywood overseas pack thanks to a three-day haul that delivered an estimated $11.7m from 5,783 screens and raised the tally to $91.5m.The animated family release is several days away from crossing the $100m threshold and owes much of its weekend performance to a $3.4m number one launch in France on 708 screens.The biggest holdover came from the second weekend in th
  • Horton still likely to lead international with French opening

    Fox International's Horton Hears A Who! currently rules the international waters and stands a good chance of holding on to its perch as it strides towards the $100m mark.The animated family comedy has amassed $80m and heads out to France on Apr 2. It could still be under threat from Warner Bros Pictures International's (WBPI) prehistoric saga 10,000 B.C. which dominated the charts for three weeks and cu
  • IMAX signs three separate deals in Russia

    IMAX Corp. has signed three separate deals with Russian firms to install large-format digital projection systems in three cities: Sochi, Nizinhy Novogorod and in Siberia's Novosibirsk. All three cinemas, the first of their kind in the nation, are expected to be installed between 2009 and 2011.The Sochi facility will be operated by Luxor Cinemax, one of Russia's leading exhibitors while the cinema in Nizinhy Novogorod will be operated by Electronika, a consumer electronics retailer and
  • Indiana Jones setfor Cannes premiere, accordingto star

    The fourth filmin the Indiana Jones series will premiere at this year'sCannes, according to actor John Hurt, who appears in the film.There has long been speculation that the Steven Spielberg-directed film - Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of TheCrystal Skull - would be one of this year's big Hollywood attractions at the festival.And speaking on Jonathan Ross's BBC chat show, Hurtsaid: 'We will be opening the film at the Cannes Film Festival.'Hurt was unwil
  • India's UTV restructures film division

    UTV has restructured UTV Motion Pictures, its film production and distribution division, and promoted Siddharth Roy Kapur to CEO, UTV Motion Pictures.Previously Kapur was EVP Marketing, Distribution & Syndication, UTV Motion Pictures. He will continue to report to Ronnie Screwvala, CEO, UTV Software Communications and be responsible for spearheading the motion pictures business at UTV.Kapur's mandate also includes marketing, distribution, syndication and international.Alp
  • International - Flame burns bright

    More than 100,000 Danes flocked to cinemas to watch Ole Christian Madsen's war epic Flame & Citron, which at $10m is one of the region's most expensive local productions.In its first three days on release, the two-hour-plus project boasted an impressive screen average of $19,118 from 73 screens for a three-day gross of $1.4m - taking 34th spot in this week's international chart.Local experts predict the film could hit 400,000 admissions by summer, a good sign for Denmark
  • Italian box-office down from banner 2007 but local films fare well

    Italy's first-quarter box office results show that while over all box office is lagging in respect to the same period last year, local product has remained strong.The data is important to the local industry, since 2007 saw local films boom, and aid significantly in bringing box office numbers to levels it hadn't seen for 20 years.From Jan 1-March 25, admissions declined from 32,743,193 in 2007 to 29,363,192 in 2008, to a 10.3% drop.The decrease accounts for a loss of almo
  • James E Curry joins LA law firm Sheppard Mullin

    James E Curry has joined the Century City office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as partner in the law firm's entertainment and media group.Curry most recently practised as a founding partner with White O'Connor Curry in Century City.Curry is an experienced trial attorney who specialises in business lawsuits on behalf of entertainment clients, primarily studios and networks.Clients have included Disney, Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal and MGM.
  • James Hewison tipped as new head of Madman theatrical

    James Hewison, former long-term executive director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, is understood to be the new head of the theatrical division of the prominent independent distributor Madman Entertainment.Hewison announced in late January that he was stepping down from his role as chief executive of the Australian Film Institute after only 18 months in the job and 10 months before its 50th anniversary awards. At the time he would only say that he was pursuing other opport
  • Jane Campion starts UK shoot for Bright Star with Pathe

    Pathe has started principal photography on location in the UK for Jane Campion’s Bright Star.Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider and Kerry Fox star. The story is about the 23-year-old English poet John Keats (Whishaw) who starts a secret affair with the girl next door (Cornish), who is an unlikely match initially unconcerned with his poetry.Producers are Jan Chapman, who also produced Campion’s Oscar-winning
  • Japan's Entertainment Farm launches Singapore-based fund

    Japanese production company Entertainment Farm has established a Singapore-based film fund to underwrite features in America and Asia, it announced today.Entertainment Farm established Entertainment Farm Pte Ltd in Singapore at the end of last year.Under director Satoru Yano, the hub will manage the fund, which looks toacquire between $30m-$50m from corporate and private investors across Asia.'Singapore will be the holding company of Japan 's EF. Having headqu
  • Jarmusch to receive directing honour at Cannes

    Director Jim Jarmusch is set to receive this year's Carrosse d'Or statue from France's Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF).The prize will be awarded on May 17 during the 40th anniversary of Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.The prize, created by the SRF in 2002, is an homage given to a director for his or her cinematic innovations, courage and intransigence.Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise , which ran in the Fortnight in 1984 and won t
  • Jason Brenek to oversee global digital strategy for Disney

    Jason Brenek, who most recently served as Walt Disney Studios' vice president of distribution strategy, has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president of worldwide digital cinema and cinema programming.Brenek will oversee digital cinema deployment across the globe and develop and oversee cinema programming in digitally equipped theatres, which covers all non-feature content including 3-D or live events.He will report to Walt Disney Studios Motion
  • Jeff Sakson joins Participant as vice president of publicity

    Jeffrey Sakson has joined Participant Media as vice president of publicity and will report to executive vice presidents of marketing Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones.Sakson will oversee publicity on all Participant releases and social action campaigns related to its films and will also take charge of corporate communications.Sakson is a veteran of 22 years in the marketing department at Universal Pictures and most recently as senior vice president of publicity. He first worked
  • Jeonju to kick off ninth edition with Kunitoshi's The Kiss

    Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival announced the line-up for its ninth edition, to open with the international premiere of The Kiss, by Manda Kunitoshi (The Tunnel, Unloved) from Japan.The fest will close with the world premiere of the omnibus If You Were Me 4, produced by the National Human Rights Commission with directors Lee Hyeon-seung (Il Mare), Kim
  • Jobson starts Edinburgh shoot for New Town Killers

    Richard Jobson has started shooting chase thriller New Town Killers in Edinburgh.Dougray Scott, Alastair Mackenzie, James Pearson and Charles Mnene lead the cast.Jobson also wrote the story, which follows two disenchanted bankers who try to play manhunt with society's marginal figures.Luc Roeg of London-based Independent is producing with Jobson. Backers are Independent (also handling international sales), S
  • John Smith's $6m Love And Savagery rolls in Ireland

    John N. Smith's Canada-Ireland coproduction Love And Savagery begins shooting today in County Clare, Ireland. The $6.3m (C$6.5m) production reunites Smith, screenwriter Des Walsh and director of photography Pierre Latarte, the creative team behind the acclaimed 1992 production The Boys Of St. Vincent.Set in 1968, Love And Savagery follows a young Newfoundland sci
  • Klein leaves SJ Berwin in London for Sheppard Mullin in LA

    Robb Klein has joined the Century City office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as special counsel in the firm's entertainment and media practice group.Klein joins from the London office of leading European law firm SJ Berwin where he was a partner in the media and communications group.Klein specialises in film and television financing, production and distribution, merchandising and the licensing of rights and new media.He has worked on the financing and pr
  • Korea Telecom, Softbank launch $41m content fund

    Korea Telecom (KT) and Japanese IT investment company Softbank have announced a $41m (KW40bn) content fund called the KT Global New Media Investment Fund. The two companies are to invest 50:50 in the fund focusing on content for KT's internet protocol TV (IPTV) service MegaTV, which will also be shared with Softbank's IPTV platform in Japan. The content is to include animation, educational content, films and drama series.The fund will be run by Softbank Ventures Korea, a venture ca
  • LA-based Pangea Pictures merges with Direct Response Media

    Los Angeles-based technology and production company Pangea Pictures Corporation and South Carolina's Direct Response Media announced today [April 2] the status of a share-for-share exchange.The transaction is expected to be complete by Apr 15. In conjunction with the transaction, Direct Response Media undertook a 1-for-3 reverse split which was effective in the marketplace on Mar 31.Direct Response will issue 28,236,387 shares of its common stock to acquire all of the sha
  • Lakeshore, TF1 team up to adapt eco-terrorism bestseller

    Lakeshore Entertainment and France's TFI International are jointly adapting Jean-Christophe Rufin's best-selling eco-terrorism bestseller Le Parfum D'Adam.Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will develop and produce with TF1 International's Patrick Binet. Lakeshore and TF1 International will jointly handle international distribution and TF1 International will take French rights.The story follows an activist who stumbles int
  • Leatherheads

    Dir: George Clooney. US. 2008. 113 mins.Part screwball romance, part sports comedy, George Clooney's third film behind the camera, the period piece Leatherheads, goes back to the early days of American professional football. Loose-limbed, loquacious and exceedingly affable, the movie finally comes unglued in the final third, when forced to awkwardly resolve its tangled setups. Clooney's considerable profile should give Leatherheads a solid o
  • Long, Panetierre lined up for Lionsgate/Crest Animation CGI film

    Justin Long and Hayden Panetierre have been cast in the lead voice roles in Lionsgate and Indian animation studio Crest Animation Partners' CGI family film Alpha And Omega.Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Dennis Hopper and Larry Miller round out the key voice cast in the story of bickering wolves who are must find their way home after they are captured.Lionsgate and Crest are co-financing and co-producing the project, which is alread
  • LoveFilm brings in Ching-Har Wong to head customer acquisition

    LoveFilm has appointed Ching-Har Wong as head of customer acquisition, replacing former head Nick Adderley.Wong takes the post immediately and reports to UK managing director Andrew Ground. She manages a team of five.Wong has more than 13 years of marketing experience, including senior positions at global Vodafone, Barclays, Kilivington Leith Marketing and McCann-Erickson.Ground said: 'Ching brings a phenomenal track record of marketing success and expertise with her, so
  • LoveFilm offers recommendation tool to T-Mobile users

    UK internet DVD and film site LoveFilm is working with mobile phone company T-Mobile on a new movie recommendation tool.T-Mobile Flext users will be recommended films based on a series of questions. The tool is driven through LoveFilm data with Unanimis and MediaCom.T-Mobile users can also opt in for a prize draw to win a free year's subscription to LoveFilm.
  • Madsen's $10m epic Flame & Citron opens as a hit in Denmark

    More than 100,000 Danes invaded the cinemas this weekend to watch Ole Christian Madsen's war epic Flame & Citron. In its first three days of release, the two-hour-plus project welcomed more than 101,101 cinemagoers.The figures makes the film a contender to be the most popular Danish film at the 2008 box office, likely to beat more typically popular family fare.Local experts predict the film could hit 400,000 admissions by summer, a good sign for Denmark as local films hav
  • Magic Flute Diaries to sing at Palm Beach festival

    Canadian company Sullivan Entertainment's Magic Flute Diaries will receive its world premiere at the Palm Beach International Film Festival during the week of April 10-17.Kevin Sullivan's contemporary adaptation of the Mozart fantasy is set against the staging of an opera in Salzburg for the 250th celebration of Mozart's birthday.An American singer becomes obsessed with a mysterious Russian soprano after he is cast as the lead, Tam
  • Mermaid wins best narrative feature in Dallas

    Anna Melikyan's Mermaid won an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for the Target Ten Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature as the AFI Dallas International Film festival came to a close at the weekend.The Russian film was previously shown in the US at the Sundance Film Festival and then at the Berlin film festival, where it won FIPRESCI's Panorama award.Daniel Junge's and Siatta Scott Johnson's Ir
  • Meurer, Curling to produce Stephen Fry's Handel biopic

    Egoli Tossell Film Halle, the joint venture production company established by Berlin-based Egoli Tossell Film and the UK's Zepyhr Films initially to produce Michael Hoffman's $20.5m (Euros 13m) The Last Station, has other projects in the pipeline to be shot in Central Germany and particularly in the Land of Saxony-Anhalt. Speaking to, producers Jens Meurer (Germany) and Chris Curling (UK) explained that their new joint company would be the German co-produc
  • MGM snaps up Ludlum thriller to star Denzel Washington

    MGM Motion Pictures and Relativity Media have acquired rights to Robert Ludlum's thriller The Matarese Circle.The property had done the rounds at the US majors as executives hunted for a new spy franchise from the late author, whose Jason Bourne series has brought Universal Pictures such lavish rewards.News late last week that Denzel Washington had been attached to star appears to have clinc
  • Minister Trond Giske kicks off new Norwegian Film Institute

    The new Norwegian Film Institute - formed from the merger of the former institute, the Norwegian Film Fund, and Norwegian Film Development, and the brainchild of culture minister Trond Giske - was set rolling Monday (March 31), after a few last-minute decisions.News reports Friday suggested that the new institution, which handles an annual $57.9m (Euros 37m) state subsidy, was still short of a board, by-laws and
  • Minister will consult Canadian film industry on tax credit guidelines

    Canada's Heritage Minister has agreed to consult with the nation's film and television production community in drafting new tax credit guidelines. The move comes in wake of producers' complaints that proposed amendments to Canada's tax law could threaten their access to production tax credits should a production be deemed 'contrary to public policy'. The lack of precision in what constitutes 'public policy' is at the heart of the matter.Speaking yesterday to the banking c
  • More cancellations for Yasukuni documentary in Japan

    Following's March 18 story of controversial documentary Yasukuni's cancellation at Tokyo's Wald 9 multiplex, the remaining cinemas in Tokyo and Osaka set to screen the film have followed suit.Ginza's Cine Pathos, Cinemart in Roppongi, Q-AX Cinema in the Shibuya district, and Cinemart Shinsaibashi in Osaka have all decided to withdraw from exhibiting Li Ying's documentary ahead of its April 12 release through Argo Pictures.The latest trouble for th
  • Nim's Island (2007)

    Dirs: Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett. US. 2008. 96 mins.A smart and lively family film boasting star draws in Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler, Nim's Island is destined to have a long life on multiple platforms over many years. Young children of both genders and, importantly, their parents will enjoy this handsomely-mounted adventure about a plucky 11-year-old girl called Nim based on the book by Australian Wendy Orr. Nim's Island
  • Odeon/UCI to manage five more cinemas in Ireland

    Odeon and UCI Cinemas have struck a deal with Entertainment Enterprises Group to manage and operate a further five multi-screen cinemas in Ireland, after the recent acquisition of the Storm Cinema group.The five cinemas will continue to be run under the Storm name.Odeon and UCI Cinema Group now operate and manage a total of 61 screens across 8 cinemas on behalf of Entertainment Enterprises Group.Roger Harris, Chief Operating Officer of ODEON & UCI Cinemas said: 'We are de
  • Once star Marketa Irglova in talks for horror role

    Czech musician and star of Once, Marketa Irglova, is in talks to appear in an upcoming project from veteran director Juraj Herz.Irglova, who co-wrote and performed Once's Oscar-winning song 'Falling Slowly' with Glen Hansard, is in negotiations to play a main supporting role in psychological horror Darkness.Produced by Prague-based Film Studio Gatteo, Darkness tells the story of a man who returns to the house where he grew up only to be haunted by
  • Orange to launch online and mobile film service

    As the MipTV market got underway in earnest on Monday, France Telecom's Orange announced the launch of the Orange Cinema Series set to be available by subscription to all Orange TV, Internet and mobile customers. The service will be launched in France in the fourth quarter of 2008. The service is to consist of six channels of films and TV series available on demand to the device of the customer's choice. Further, the revolutionary service will allow for the downloading and transfer of program
  • Palm Pictures acquires Anita O'Day documentary

    Palm Pictures has added Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden's documentary Anita O'day The Life Of A Music Legend to its line-up.The film charts the rise of the renowned jazz singer known as 'the Jezebel of Jazz' who achieved international stardom in the 1940s and eventually died in 2004.Ed Arentz brokered the deal with producer Melissa Davis and the directors.
  • Picturehouse to release documentaries

    UK exhibitor Picturehouse Cinemas is working with to show films licensed to the site across its UK is a documentary website from Mercury Media and The Independent newspaper.The first title to hit cinemas, from late May, is Joshua Dugdale's The Unwinking Gaze about the Dalai Lama.MercuryMedia MD Tim Sparke commented: 'Releasing the best films from the stable onto the big screen was always an ambition we
  • Pinewood 2007profits fall 26%, impacted by US writers' strike

    UK studio Pinewood Shepperton saw a 26% fall in pre-tax profits in 2007, to $10.58m (£5.3m).The studio has recently hosted the latest Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, Sweeney Todd and The Wolfman, but lost out on another planned major shoot - said to be Angels & Demons -- due to the US writers strike.Ron Howard's Da Vinci Code followup is now set to shoot mostly in Los Angeles, with establishing shots in Europe (including Rome) scheduled
  • Producer Iain Smith tapped to chair UK's new Industry Training Board

    Famed UK producer Iain Smith (Children Of Men, Cold Mountain) has been appointed to chair the Film Industry Training Board (FITB).The appointment was confirmed today by The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). Under Smith, the FITB will have statutory levy powers. Its role is to ensure that the quantity and quality of training are adequate to meet the skill needs of the industry. It will oversee the delivery an
  • Production - Europe

    FRANCE - SHARING OUT THE SPOILSOver the past few years, the US studios have increased the number of French films they have acquired for French distribution. Non-local companies can access the distribution portion of the 'compte de soutien' film subsidy, for the release of French films but must channel it back into distributing French films.On the whole, the local industry welcomes Hollywood's presence. Indies are unfazed as the US studios tend to work with the French studios (Ga
  • Revanche takes grand prix at Austria's Diagonale

    Goetz Spielmann's rural drama of guilt and revenge Revanche was awarded the Diagonale Grand Prix for Best Austrian Feature Film 2007/2008 at this year's showcase of Austrian filmmaking in Graz at the weekend.In addition, the film's DoP Martin Gschlacht received the award for best cinematography in a feature film. Revanche had its world premiere at the Berlinale in February and is handled internationally by The Match Factory.The Diagonale's award for Best Documentary wen
  • Rick Sands resigns as COO of MGM

    Rick Sands has stepped down as COO of MGM in the wake of Mary Parent's recent appointment as head of the worldwide motion picture group as the studio's move back into production.Sands served as COO since January 2006 and official word from MGM said he was leaving 'to pursue other opportunities in entertainment and content'.During his tenure he revitalised the marketing and distribution pipelines, set up a home entertainment structure in conjunction with Twentieth Century
  • Sarah Watt starts shoot for My Year Without Sex in Melbourne

    The Works International has taken on sales for My Year Without Sex, which starts principal photography today.The film reunites writer/director Sarah Watt and producer Bridget Ikin after their award-winning 2005 feature Look Both Ways. That film won prizes at the Toronto, Rotterdam and Melbourne festivals and from the Australian Film Institute.The new film is shooting now in Melbourne and sta
  • ScreenOpinion- Weathering the economicstorm

    Billionaire philanthropist George Soros notched up another score for the doom merchants this week, saying we are at the end of a 60-year super-boom. It's a tragedy that so many of us were blissfully unaware we were the beneficiaries of this benevolent macroeconomic phenomenon. But that's super-booms for you - you don't know what you've got till it's gone.It's tempting to file the idea in the dusty old cabinet alongside all the other forecasts that turned out to be little more than high
  • Senator picks up Splice, Superhero Movie, Young@Heart

    German producer-distributor Senator Entertainment has added the science fiction thriller Splice, blockbuster parody Superhero Movie and the documentary Young@Heart to its 2008-2009 distribution lineup.Senator acquired the German, US and Spanish rights to genre specialist Vincenzo Natali's Splice which will star Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley and be produced by Steve Hoban of Copperheat Entertainment and Gaumont. Marco Weber of the group's Stateside op
  • Skillset branches out with Northern Ireland careers service

    UK audiovisual skills training organisation Skillset has launched a new careers service devoted to Northern Ireland.The service will work with both newcomers to film and TV as well as experienced workers.Three working professionals in the Belfast area have been trained as Skillset Careers Advisors and will offer one-to-one guidance or advice, including over the phone or email.Advisors are Vincent Kinnaird, Maeve McAdam, and Mairin Murray.The service is funded throu
  • Slavoj Zizek to preside as guest director at Telluride in Aug

    Slavoj Zizek will preside as guest director of the 35th Telluride Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from Aug 29-Sept 1.The Slovenian-born political philosopher and academic has written more than 50 books covering a diverse array of subjects ranging from Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch to Wagner and cyberspace. Most recently, Zizek collaborated with film-maker Sophie Fiennes on The Pervert's Guide To CinemaPrevious guest directors have included Bertrand Tavernier,
  • Sony to distribute Anchor Bay's library on DVD around the world

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has signed a deal to distribute Anchor Bay Entertainment's library around the world.The three-year agreement will include worldwide rights excluding North America, Australia and the UK to a variety of releases such as the Hellboy animated films, manga entertainment titles like Ghost In The Shell and the Streetfighter series
  • Sony's 21 comes up trumps again in US

    Sony's card counting drama 21 came up trumps in its second weekend to hold on to the top spot and shut out Universal's George Clooney screwball comedy Leatherheads and Fox/Walden Media's family adventure Nim's Island.Last week's leader added an estimated $15.1m to reach $46.5m in an uninspiring session that bore all the hallmarks of the dead zone that precedes th
  • Space man: Duncan Jones talks about his feature debut

    It is an early March morning at Shepperton Studios and Sam Rockwell is in a spaceship, shaving. He stars in Moon, an unusual and ambitious film which is being made in the spirit of classic 1970s sci-fi such as Ridley Scott's Alien and Douglas Trumbull's Silent Running.The film marks the debut feature of British director Duncan Jones (formerly known as Zowie Bowie, son of rock star David Bowie). Jones is renowned in the ad world for his commercials, working with bra
  • Speed Racer to close Tribeca Film Festival on May 3

    The Wachowski Brothers' family action extravaganza Speed Racer will closes the Tribeca Film Festival on May 3.Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman star in the adaptation of the 1960s Japanese anime TV series Mach GoGoGo about high speed racing cars.Joel Silver reunites with the film-makers to produce following their collaboration on the
  • Street Kings

    Dir: David Ayer. US. 2008. 107 mins.A violent thriller about police corruption in Los Angeles, Street Kings retreads territory already covered by director David Ayer in Training Day and Dark Blue, which he wrote, and Harsh Times which he wrote and directed. Everything here is predictable, from the tired plot whose revelations are deeply unsurprising to the gritty dialogue and casual everyday violence of the cops involved. Theat
  • Strong documentary presence at Diagonale showcase of Austrian cinema

    Documentaries are once again out in force at this year's Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film (April 1-6) which opens in Graz on Tuesday evening with the world premiere of Othmar Schmiderer's Back To Africa.Poool Filmverleih will release the film, which follows five artists of Andre Heller's 'Afrika Afrika' musical extravaganza back to their home countries, in Austrian cinemas on April 25.Other brand-new Austrian documentaries selected to screen at what will be the las
  • Stuck, Looking For Palladin among films at Monaco Charity fest

    Stuart Gordon's horror-thriller Stuck starring Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea and Andrzej Krakowski's comedy Looking For Palladin with Ben Gazzara and Talia Shire are among competition entries in the 2008 Monaco Charity Film Festival.Overall nine world premieres will screen at the Mediterranean event, set to run from May 13 to 17, and organisers will honour the best documentaries, features, screenplay and
  • Summerheat:the battle of the 2008 blockbusters

    Hollywood's powerhouse summer of 2007 launched some of the biggest worldwide hits in cinema history. The indications are the 2008 blockbuster season may write itself into the record books too.If last year's summer was distinguished by lucrative third episodes of killer franchises such as Spider-Man, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Shrek, this year, on paper at least, promises to be a case study in franchise building.There are the returning favourites and long-t
  • Superhero Movie

    Dir: Craig Mazin. US. 2008. 86 mins.For the most part a dispiriting, tedious send-up of superhero story cliches, Superhero Movie starts out with a full head of steam but quickly flags, struggling to fill out both its costume and its running time. Like the worst of its downmarket, quick-buck spoof brethren, the film isn't so much a satire or even clever re-contextualisation of well-worn story threads as a clamorous regurgitation, with just more flatulence jokes.
  • Talking points: The reaction on the ground

    THE PANELRicardo Tozzi, producer, Cattleya and president of Anica, ItalyLionello Cerri, producer, Lumiere and Co, ItalyHerve Truffaut, producer, Films Christian Fechner, FranceJose Covo, managing director, Twentieth Century Fox FranceSytze Van Der Laan, Studio Hamburg Produktion, GermanyJens Meure
  • Tele München launches international sales arm with Sea Wolf

    Herbert Kloiber's Tele Muenchen Group (TMG) has launched its own as-yet-unnamed international sales arm with the TV two-parter The Sea Wolf based on the classic Jack London novel as its first title.The position of Head of International Sales at the new venture has been taken by Carlos Hertel who had previously been an international sales manager at Telepool. 'I am happy to kick-off my new mission at TMG with this star-studded event miniseries that will be an outstanding feast
  • Telefilm Canada backs 10 English-language features

    Telefilm Canada has announced investments in ten English-language features, including new projects from Deepa Mehta and Denis Villeneuve, two low-budget pictures and a feature documentary.Mehta's cultural and political comedy What's Cooking deals with the bewilderment and confusion that results when a first-generation Canadian accepts a diplomatic post in the Indian homeland of her parents. Written by Mehta and her brother Dilip Mehta and prod
  • Telepool takes on Mikkelsen mystery The Door

    Telepool will handle world sales for Anno Saul's mystery thriller The Door (Die Tuer) based on Akif Pirincci's 2001 novel Die Damalstuer.The film began shooting in Berlin last week. The co-production between Wueste Film and Senator Film Produktion stars the internationally known Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen - who worked with Wueste Film last year on Ole Christian Madsen's thriller

    There are essentially two reasons to embrace any fundamental business change: because you want to or because you have to. Given the uncertainties outlined in this report - and the necessity to pay the bills - it is hardly surprising that enthusiasm for any kind of digital revolution is limited.
  • Thinking Global, Acting Local: Reactions to studio international ambitions

    During the 1990s, some German producers preferred to license the local distribution rights for their films to German distributors at the expense of a potentially better deal with the local office of a US studio.Talking points: reaction of local producersThey were apparently driven by a 'them against us' fear the Hollywood suits would plunder the industry of its talent and stories, and channel all the profits back to Los Angeles.A decade on and a new generation of ambitiou
  • UK event to address impact of D-cinema on distributors

    The role of distributors in the development of digital cinema is the subject of a London conference this month, organised by analyst Screen Digest and the European Digital Cinema Forum.The event - Digital cinema and film distribution: opportunities and threats - will be in the form of a series of workshops held at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank on April 16.The organisers say most of the emphasis in the discussion of digital cinema so far has been on the exhib
  • UK landscape shifts as Warner moves to same-day VOD/DVD

    Amid signs that the UK distribution market is in an increasing state of flux, British distributors are testing out more and more new ways of getting their movies in front of spectators.'Companies are beginning to look at imaginative release plans for films that 10 years ago simply wouldn't have been possible,' Mark Batey, Chief Eexecutive of the Film Distributors' Association, commented of the many new release initiatives, especially in the home entertainment arena.Warner Bros.
  • UK sales company Lumina rebrands as Salt to reflect wider remit

    London-based Lumina Films has changed its name to The Salt Company, or Salt for short. The change is effective immediately.Samantha Horley continues as managing director with Lumina partners Robert Bevan and Cyril Megret now more hands-on as directors of Salt.Salt is part of the Monaco-based International Film Collective that also includes Puerto Rico-based production arm Buena Ondita Films and music labels including Full Time Hobby and Surrender All from UNKLE's James Lavell.
  • United States - Young people filming

    "I directed a feature film when I was 17 years old," says Jesse Harris, 22, "and this is a thousand times harder. This is insane.""This" is the National Film Festival for Talented Youth whose quasi-nerdy nickname is Nffty and whose youngest film-maker is nine. The Seattle-based festival will make its debut March 28-30, with 73 films (almost all from the US, although China and Australia are represented) and a kind of 'let's-put-on-a-show' spirit.But why, in an age when film festi
  • UTA 'comedy wheel' derails to Endeavor agency

    Senior UTA partners Nick Stevens, Sharon Sheinwold and Lisa Hallerman - prominent members of the so-called 'comedy wheel' that came to define UTA as Hollywood's leading laugh factory - have defected to Endeavor.While it remained unclear whether the new arrivals will be anointed as partners in their new Beverly Hills digs, the move is a huge boon to Endeavor. The Endeavor partner roster swelled to 24 recently following the arrival of TV agent Marc Korman.Ben St
  • Veteran international executive Sandy Cobe dies in Los Angeles

    Veteran international sales executive Sandy Cobe died on Feb 20 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 79.Cobe's varied career included work in exhibition, sales and production and he served on the board of directors of the AFMA (now IFTA) from 1982 to 1992.Born in New York City, Cobe was the son of cinematographer Mark Cobe. He followed his father into photography and became a photographer for The New York Daily News and later a news cameraman for local NYC TV chann
  • Vilcek offers funding for immigrant film-makers in US

    The Vilcek Foundation has invited filmmakers who have had an impact in the US but were born outside that country, to apply for the $25,000 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise.'After researching a multitude of arts categories, filmmaking seemed to be an incredibly flourishing field, and we thought it would be a great category for the inauguration of this new prize,' Jennie Rains, the foundation's associate programs officer,' told Next time a different arts and culture cat
  • Warner Bros Germany checks into The Last Station

    Warner Bros. Pictures Germany will distribute Michael Hoffman's The Last Station which begins shooting from April 7 at locations in Brandenburg as a production of Egoli Tossell Halle, a production-specific outfit set up by Berlin-based Egoli Tossell Film and the UK-based Zephyr Films run by Chris Curling.The drama of Count Leo Tolstoy caught between the love of his life Sofya and a deceptive disciple Vladimir Chertkov tr
  • Warner Bros takes on pirate comedy, Berlin Wall romance

    Warner Bros. Pictures Germany has added Sven Taddicken's pirate comedy Zwoelf Meter Ohne Kopf, Peter Timm's tragicomic romance transcending the Berlin Wall Liebe Mauer, and Kai Wessel's Hildegard Knef biopic Hilde to its 2009 distribution lineup.Based on a screenplay by Matthias Pacht, Taddicken's tale of 15th-century North Sea pirates will star Ronald Zehrfeld (Red Cockatoo) as Klaus Stoertebeker and Matthias Schweighofer, who plays the title role i
  • Wigan shifts to strategic advisor role for Sony

    Gareth Wigan is stepping back from day-to-day operations of Sony's International Motion Pictures Production Group (IMPPG) and has been named strategic advisor to the studio's international film enterprises.The 21-year Columbia Pictures veteran will continue to play a significant role in the studio's overseas operations, which will now rest in the sole control of president Deborah Schindler, with whom Wigan had run the division as a team.Sony Pictures was the first major s
  • Wim Wenders heads down new Road with company name change

    Wim Wenders has changed the name of his Berlin-based production company Wenders Images to Neue Road Movies whose first project will be The Palermo Shooting which is currently in post-production and be tipped for a premiere in Cannes.In a press statement, it was stressed that there is neither a business connection nor any legal context with the former Road Movies company and added that 'Wim Wenders rather wants to break new ground and open the company to young filmmakers and pr
  • Working Title signs newtwo-picture deal with Edgar Wright

    Working Title has confirmed a new two-picture deal with UK hotshot director Edgar Wright.He will write and direct two projects for Working Title, starting with Baby Driver, described as 'a a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the US.'The second project under the deal will be The World's End, which will be complete Wright's trilogy of films written with Simon Pegg. For that project, Wright and Pegg are said to 'unite again to pen valentin