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Adam Minns

  • Edinburgh festival plans gathering of European distributors

    19-May-2005

    Distributors from across Europe are to meet at August's EdinburghInternational Film Festival in an event held by the Scottish festival anddistributors federation FIAD.
  • Wales opens up£7m film and TV fund

    19-May-2005

    Wales hascalled for applications for its £7m intellectual property fund.The fund, overseen by theWelsh Assembly, will act as a gap financier for film and TV production, plusnew media and music projects. Open to international projects, the initiative aimsto attract production to Wales.Producer Linda James hasbeen appointed to the board and is acting as investment consultant.
  • Ellis to oversee Film London fund

    18-May-2005

  • International directors plan Mozart film festival

    18-May-2005

  • Kuhn to chair Independent Cinema Office

    18-May-2005

  • Tartan sails off with French hit 36 Quai

    18-May-2005

    The UK'sTartan Films has acquired Gaumont's French hit 36 Quai Des Orfevres, starring Daniel Auteuil and GerardDepardieu.
  • EU ministers call for action on legal download of films

    18-May-2005

    Europeanministers this week called for more collaboration between the film business andinternet service providers to combat piracy and exploit the online market forcinema.
  • Greeks set sail with financing deals

    17-May-2005

  • World's Fastest Indian heads East

    17-May-2005

  • Icon Falls for Gere, Neeson action film

    15-May-2005

    Icon EntertainmentInternational has taken on worldwide rights to Seraphim Falls, a psychological action film set during CivilWar-era America starring Richard Gere and Liam Neeson.
  • Momentum signs up for football comedy The Other Half

    15-May-2005

    Momentum Pictures has pickedup all UK rights to football romantic comedy The Other Half from UK-based seller AV Pictures.
  • Rainmaker unveils fresh slate following Bomb success

    15-May-2005

  • Moviehouse to sell Fiennes starring tale of sexual obsession

    14-May-2005

    Moviehouse Entertainment has been appointed to handle overseas sales on WhoKilled Norma Barnes', a contemporary tale of sexual obsession starringRalph Fiennes, Emily Mortimer, Emily Blunt and Ciaran Hinds.
  • Carlyle, Firth to learn Meat Trade with The Works

    13-May-2005

    Robert Carlyle and ColinFirth are to star in Meat Trade, a darkly comic, bodysnatching horror writtenby Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.
  • Hanway takes on sales for Forman's Goya biopic

    13-May-2005

    London's Hanway Films hasboarded Milos Forman's Goya biopic Goya's Ghosts as international sales agent. The film marks areunion between Zaentz and Forman who previously teamed on AcademyAward-festooned One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus.
  • The Works signs up Italian pair

    13-May-2005

    UK-based sales company The Works hasboarded two films world premiering at Cannes: Critics' Week entry TheHorizon Of Events (L'Orizzonte Degli Eventi) and Come Into The Light (Alla Luce DelSole).
  • Momentum ventures into Bassett's Wilderness

    12-May-2005

    UKdistributor Momentum Pictures has acquired gritty British horror Wilderness, managing director Xavier Marchandhas announced.
  • Warner Bros to take North America on August Rush

    12-May-2005

    Warner Bros is set to take NorthAmerican distribution rights on August Rush and come on board as a producingpartner.The ...
  • Roeg's sales arm kicks off with Klimt

    11-May-2005

    Independent Film Sales, thesales arm of Luc Roeg's UK production operation Artists Independent Films,arrives at its first Cannes with a trio of films including Klimt, a biopic of the artist starring John Malkovich anddirected by Raoul Ruiz.
  • BAFTA sets awards date for 2006

    9-May-2005

    The British Academy of Filmand Television Arts has announced that next year's film awards will takeplace on Sunday Feb 19.
  • Pent up demand set to drive Cannes market

    9-May-2005

    Buyers and sellers are looking forward to thisyear's Cannes market with cautious optimism.
  • Renaissance takes Macbeth onto world stage

    6-May-2005

    UK-based sales agencyRenaissance Films has acquired world sales rights to Macbeth, anadaptation of the William Shakespeare play starring Jennifer Connelly as LadyMacbeth and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Macbeth.
  • Gavin appointed chief of Odeon, UCI cinemas

    6-May-2005

    Rupert Gavin, the formerhead of the BBC's commercial arm BBC Worldwide, has been appointed chiefexecutive of Odeon Cinemas and UCI Cinemas.
  • Pinewood, Ealing lead London Plus production drive

    2-May-2005

    Pinewood Shepperton andEaling Studios head a group of UK studio facilities and post productioncompanies that have teamed to launch London Plus, a consortium that aims toboost production activity in London and south east England.
  • Linklater to serve up Fast Food Nation for HanWay

    1-May-2005

    It must be one of thehardest books to adapt into a feature film: a sprawling, non-fiction expose ofthe fast food industry, encompassing exploited immigrants, teenagers skippingschool to work in restaurants and the impact on agriculture and the global environment.
  • UK industry spells out challenges at Film Council forum

    29-Apr-2005

    Changes in tax financing andcashflowing pre-production topped the list of key issues facing the productionsector at support body the UK Film Council's first industry forum.
  • Silent Hill embarks on Canada shoot

    27-Apr-2005

    Shooting started this week on Silent Hill,the Samuel Hadida-produced adaptation of the hit horror video game.
  • Smith's Intandem debuts on London stock-market

    22-Apr-2005

    Gary Smith's UK-basedsales company Intandem raised £1.15m on Friday (April 22) when it floated onLondon's AIM stock-market.
  • UK launch for post-production trainee scheme

    18-Apr-2005

  • Fiennes, Mortimer sign for Who Killed Norma Barnes'

    14-Apr-2005

    RalphFiennes and Emily Mortimer are to star in Who Killed Norma Barnes', acontemporary tale of sexual obsession based on Dostoyevsky's The Idiot.
  • Kuhn to deliver Pact's inaugural film lecture

    13-Apr-2005

    MichaelKuhn, chairman of UK production company Qwerty Films and former head ofPolyGram Filmed Entertainment, will deliver the inaugural film lectureorganised by producer's body PACT.
  • HanWay beefs up back catalogue

    12-Apr-2005

    UK-based sales agency HanWayFilms has beefed up its back catalogue by acquiring rights to two libraries.
  • Icon drafts in Hamilton as UK president

    12-Apr-2005

    Alex Hamilton has joined Icon Film Distribution in the UK as president,reporting to newly-appointed CEO Martin Bigham.
  • Mitchell wins Buena Vista International promotion

    12-Apr-2005

  • Snow Cake cranks up in Canada

    12-Apr-2005

    Snow Cake, the long-gestating drama starring Alan Rickman,Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss, has finally started shooting in Canada.
  • Loach plants Barley in Ireland

    8-Apr-2005

    Director Ken Loach is to start shooting his next film, thetentatively titled The Wind That Shakes The Barley, in Cork, Ireland,next month.
  • UK's Warp Films moves into distribution

    31-Mar-2005

    WarpFilms, the film division of music label Warp Records, has launched adistribution arm.The distribution label will be DVD driven, although it aims for mostfilms to have a theatrical life. Mixing in-house films and acquisitions, itwill sub-distribute to companies in other European markets as its sistercompany ...
  • Celador promotes Colson to joint managing director

    30-Mar-2005

    Celador Films, the film armof the UK TV company behind Who Wants To Be A Millionaire', has promotedChristian Colson to joint managing director.
  • Jordan readies Our Lady for FilmFour

    30-Mar-2005

    FilmFour,the film division of broadcaster Channel 4, and production company Wild Child Films haveacquired the rights to the novel Our LadyOf The Forest, with Neil Jordan to direct.
  • Pinewood Shepperton hit by weak dollar, tax uncertainty

    21-Mar-2005

    The UK's Pinewood SheppertonStudios warned on Monday that its first half results for this year would bedown year on year, citing a weak dollar and an unstable tax landscape in theUK.
  • Noyce, Slovo team for Working Title's Hot Stuff

    11-Mar-2005

    Nearly 20 yearsafter A World Apart, the acclaimed film about her relationship with hermother - a leading anti-apartheid campaigner who was killed by a parcel bomb -writer Shawn Slovo is revisiting South Africa's last two turbulent decades.
  • Caplan named as UK Film Council's Premiere Fund chief

    11-Mar-2005

    The UK Film Council hasappointed Sally Caplan to replace Robert Jones as chief of its high-profileNational Lottery fund for commercial films, the Premiere Fund.
  • Tiger Beer launches Asian film award

    4-Mar-2005

  • British film scripts get Lottery cash injection

    3-Mar-2005

    Scripts involving AsifKapadia, Sarah Gavron and Christopher Smith, director of current UK horror hit Creep,have won funding from Government-backed support body the UK Film Council.
  • Pathe pre-sells Pluto, Henderson to Spain

    3-Mar-2005

    In a sign of recovery in theSpanish market, Pathe Pictures International has pre-sold Neil Jordan's BreakfastOn Pluto and Stephen Frears' Mrs Henderson Presents to localdistributor Vertigo.
  • UK Government urges BBC to support local films.

    3-Mar-2005

    The UK Film Council haswelcomed the Government's Green Paper on the review of the BBC's Royal Charter,which urges the BBC to show British films to wider audiences.
  • UK plans multiple co-production treaties

    1-Mar-2005

    The UK is to strike co-production treaties with SouthAfrica, China, India, Jamaica and Morocco, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowellannounced on Monday.The treaties will be developed with each country overthe next 18 months. Jowell recently signed a statement of intent with the SouthAfrican Minister for Arts and Culture, Pallo Jordan.
  • Arts Alliance to manage UK digital screen network

    26-Feb-2005

    Taking a huge step in creating the western world's biggestdigital cinema network, Government-backed support body UK Film Council has selected an offshoot ofventure capitalist Arts Alliance to install a nationwide digital circuit of 250screens.
  • Bruehl, Mullan board Cargo for Wild Bunch

    24-Feb-2005

    TheUK's Peter Mullan, Germany's Daniel Bruehl and Spain's Luis Tosar will star in Cargo, a UK-Spanish thriller starting shooting next week for French salesand financing company Wild Bunch.Documentary film-maker CliveGordon will make his feature debut with a script by Ken Loach's longtimescreenwriter Paul Laverty. Set on a cargo ship travelling to Europe, theco-production from ...
  • Focus takes international rights on Benigni's latest.

    24-Feb-2005

    Focus Features has acquiredinternational sales rights excluding Italy on Roberto Benigni's The TigerAnd The Snow.
  • Rank to exit British film industry

    22-Feb-2005

  • Dimension does The Business

    21-Feb-2005

    DimensionFilms has taken North American rights to The Business, British directorNick Love's story of a young man caught up in the expatriate crime scene onSpain's Costa del Sol in the 80s.TheCosta del Crime flick previously sold to Pathe Distribution in the UK, whereproduction company Vertigo fielded multiple offers. ContentFilmis selling international rights to the film, which stars Danny Dyer and iscurrently in post.
  • Icing sealed on Cake Weaver, Rickman set to roll

    18-Feb-2005

    Ayear after Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver committed to the project, SnowCake has finally come together.
  • Scherfig lines up Good shoot in Berlin

    14-Feb-2005

    Good, a feature adaptation of C P Taylor's acclaimedplay about an otherwise moral professor who formulates Hitler's FinalSolution, is to shoot on location in Berlin this summer.
  • Investors cool on UK film business

    11-Feb-2005

    One year on from thegovernment's February 10 crackdown on tax financing, forecasts say the amountof money being offered by investors is down by as much as two thirds on lastyear's levels.
  • Motley named UIP acquisitions vice-president

    11-Feb-2005

    UIP has appointed EricaMotley as vice president of acquisitions.Aformer head of Film for Elisabeth Murdoch's production company Shine, Motley takes over fromNuala OHalloran, who is returning to Australia. TheUS-born andeducatedexecutive, whose was most recently managing director of Ice Productions, took up this post thismonth.HerCV includes stints at Home Box Office in New York, Fox in Los Angeles andBertelsmann in the US and Germany.
  • UK censor to take tougher action against racism in film

    10-Feb-2005

    Films with scenes involvingracism face a tougher entrance into the UK market after the local certificationbody published new guidelines.
  • George Michael to attend Berlinale documentary screening

    4-Feb-2005

    Pop star George Michael isto attend the Berlin International Film Festival to support A DifferentStory, a documentary about his life and career.The film will have its worldpremiere at the German event on Feb 16. Contributors include Sting, MariahCarey, Elton John, Noel Gallagher, Boy George and Andrew Ridgeley.Rainer Grupe at UK-basedGorilla Entertainment is handling international sales.
  • Heidi producers option Roman Mysteries

    28-Jan-2005

  • British Film Institute reignites film sales division

    27-Jan-2005

    Having once championed PeterGreenaway, Derek Jarman and John Maybury, the British Film Institute (BFI) islaunching back into film sales at next month's Berlin market after acquiringall worldwide rights to two films.
  • Fry secures Gold Circle backing for Sprout's Boy

    27-Jan-2005

    In between voicing The Guidein The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, British actor and directorStephen Fry is kickstarting his UK film and TV production company, SproutProductions
  • Pathe acquires UK rights to The Business

    27-Jan-2005

    Pathe Distribution hasbeaten off rivals to acquire UK rights to The Business, Nick Love'sfollow-up feature to football hooligan film The Football Factory.
  • Euro money underpins Oscar hopefuls

    25-Jan-2005

    With Howard Hughes, ClintEastwood and Ray Charles in the running, this year's Oscarhopefuls read like a list of American icons. But the Oscar nominations unveiled today are as much a testament to European filmfinancing as to the acting and directing skills of Martin Scorsese, LeonardoDiCaprio and Eastwood.
  • International campaign pays off for Alexander

    20-Jan-2005

    Alexander is on course to take four times its North Americangross from international markets, according to Moritz Borman, head of thefilm's sales and production house Intermedia.
  • UK production spend plummets in 2004

    20-Jan-2005

    Spending by US productionsshooting in the UK plunged by more than 30% last year, according to annualfigures from support body the UK Film Council.
  • UK film starts fall 40% in 2004

    19-Jan-2005

    James Bond, Jude Law perioddrama Tulip Fever, and a big-screen adaptation of BridesheadRevisited all failed to get off the ground last year as UK productionlevels crashed.
  • Jackson to direct Lovely Bones

    18-Jan-2005

  • Abbey Road film festival set for March

    17-Jan-2005

  • Cinema sale likely for London's West End

    13-Jan-2005

    Competition is heating up totakeover a flagship UK cinema site in London's Leicester Square after theOffice of Fair Trading cleared investment vehicle Terra Firma's purchase ofexhibitor UCI provided it sold off certain cinemas in its estate.
  • UK Treasury embarks on Section 42 talks

    11-Jan-2005

    The UK Treasury hasscheduled a series of meetings this week with film industry chiefs as part ofan overhaul of the influential Section 42 tax-based financing incentive forlarge-scale productions shooting in the UK.
  • HanWay takes on Kidulthood sales

    22-Dec-2004

    UK-based sales agency HanWayFilms has acquired international distribution rights to Kidulthood, aLondon teenage gang story that marks the debut of a promisingwriter-director-producer trio.
  • Popular UK shorts get second outing at London's Curzon Soho

    22-Dec-2004

    Ashowcase of popular UK shorts will get a second outing next month at Londonspecialist cinema Curzon Soho after a sell-out screening.Theten-title collection of naturalistic dramas, mathematicalpuzzles and a samurai film includes shorts by former WorkingTitle executive Amanda Boyle, British Independent Film Awards nominee ...
  • Development heaven for UK Film Council winners

    10-Dec-2004

    Capitol Films, EalingStudios, Pathe and Jeremy Thomas' Recorded Picture Company are amongstthe seven winners of the UK Film Council's development franchises, theGovernment-backed support body announced today.
  • Winslet to star with Jackman in Aardman's Flushed Away

    8-Dec-2004

    Aardman Animations, the UK animation house behind Chicken Run and DreamWorks SKG's upcoming Wallace & Gromit film, has finally caught its rat. Kate Winslet will play a savvy sewer rat called Rita in Flushed Away, rounding out the main cast on Aardman's next production.
  • UK industry on tenterhooks over tax D-Day

    2-Dec-2004

  • Yates in talks to direct fifth Harry Potter

    15-Nov-2004

    Harry Potter could be in fora surprise. David Yates, an acclaimed UK TV director but largely unproven infeatures, is in talks to direct the franchise's fifth instalment, HarryPotter And The Order Of The Phoenix.
  • Big Dreams for Intandem

    7-Nov-2004

    Intandem Films is renewing the relationships with US studioswhich the team behind the UK sales company built on titles such as MGM's Heartbreakerswhen they ran Winchester Entertainment.
  • City Of God spawns feature follow-up

    7-Nov-2004

  • Clooney readies McCarthy era drama

    7-Nov-2004

    George Clooney will direct and star in McCarthy era drama Goodnight.And Good Luck. for Section Eight and ToddWagner and Mark Cuban's 2929 Entertainment.
  • Content partners with US distributor Image

    4-Nov-2004

    US-UK operation ContentFilmand US DVD company Image Entertainment have struck a long-term co-productionand distribution deal.
  • Darwin evolving at Icon

    4-Nov-2004

    Icon EntertainmentInternational is understood to be taking sales duties on The Darwin Awards, a romantic comedy starring Winona Ryder and JosephFiennes.Written and to bedirected by Finn Taylor, the film tells the story of a detective (Fiennes) andan insurance claims investigator (Ryder) looking into a potential winner of theDarwin Award, an Internet award given to people who hurt or kill themselves inridiculous ...
  • It's all gone UK, US for Pete Tong

    4-Nov-2004

    Rapidly building areputation for its innovative approach to commercially-oriented low-budget filmmaking,the UK's Vertigo Films has secured suitably unusual UK and US distributiondeals for its Toronto title It's All Gone Pete Tong.
  • Momentum hits Raw Nerve with GreeneStreet

    4-Nov-2004

    New York's GreeneStreetFilms International has closed its first key European territory on its debuttitle from genre label Raw Nerve, selling all UK rights to 2001 Maniacs to Momentum Pictures.
  • AFM: Pathe International takes on IFC's American Gun

    3-Nov-2004

  • AFM: Pathe International takes on IFC's American Gun

    3-Nov-2004

    Pathe PicturesInternational is handling sales on IFC Films' American Gun, starring Donald Sutherland, Marcia GayHarden and Forest Whitaker. IFC will distribute the film in North America
  • Artists Independent Films launches sales op with Malkovich, Cronenberg pics

    3-Nov-2004

    John Malkovich,Nastassja Kinski and David Cronenberg are involved in projects lined up forIndependent Film Sales, the new sales division of production operation Artists Independent Films (AIF).
  • HanWay adds Morgen, Pepe, Fulton titles to slate

    3-Nov-2004

    HanWay Films has acquired Addiction,Inc, a nicotine docu-drama from TheKid Stays In The Picture's BrettMorgen, and Brothers Of The Head, by Lost In La Mancha's Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton.
  • Moviehouse debuts four new titles led by Blinded

    3-Nov-2004

    Blinded, a thriller starring acclaimed UK actor PeterMullan, heads a quartet of new titles that London-based MoviehouseEntertainment is screening as market premieres at the AFM.
  • Stiles cast opposite Butler in Content International's Burns

    3-Nov-2004

    Julia Stiles is to playRobert Burns' muse in Burns,ContentFilm International's story of the legendary Scottish poet.
  • ContentFilm takes on Water Giant rights

    1-Nov-2004

    ContentFilm haspicked up international sales rights outside the US to Jim Henson partanimation Mee-Shee The Water Giant.
  • Kidman in talks with Aardman for Flushed Away

    29-Oct-2004

    Nicole Kidman is in talks tostar in Flushed Away, the next title to roll out of the multi-pictureanimation deal between the UK's Aardman Animations and DreamWorks SKG.
  • Irish greyhound comedy races towards record book

    28-Oct-2004

    Redbus Film Distribution'scomedy road movie Man About Dog iswell on its way to becoming one of the most successful Irishindependently-financed films ever.
  • Best Man joins The Works for AFM

    27-Oct-2004

    Shooting Fish director Stefan Schwartz is directing The Best Man, a romantic comedy that is part of a trio of new filmson the AFM slate of UK-based sales agency The Works.
  • IAC announces AFM line-up

    27-Oct-2004

    UK-based sales agent IAC Film has boarded four films including Leningrad, a WW2 story starring Mira Sorvino, Gabriel Byrne and Armin Mueller-Stahl.
  • UK tax fund, Foresight, pulls out of two projects

    26-Oct-2004

    UK tax fund Foresight has had to pull out of Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy and FilmFour's quirky Brothers Of The Head, citing what it says is the latest problem to hit the UK financing sector.
  • Artificial sales estimates under spotlight

    22-Oct-2004

    One of the UK filmindustry's nastiest open secrets - inflated sales estimates - was highlightedin Screen International's UK Film Finance Summit yesterday.
  • Ealing Studios names new head of development

    22-Oct-2004

    Ealing Studios has appointedSophie Meyer as head of development, head of studio Barnaby Thompson announcedtoday.
  • Eaton named UK Film Council deputy chairman

    21-Oct-2004

    Producer Andrew Eaton hasbeen appointed deputy chairman of the UK Film Council, the most senior positiona member of the independent film business has held at the Government-backedsupport body.Eaton, director MichaelWinterbottom's regular producer, last made headlines this Cannes, when hissexually-explicit film Nine Songs outraged ...
  • Capitol Films names Crowe as head of sales

    21-Oct-2004

    SimonCrowe, formerly head of sales at Icon Entertainment, is joining Capitol Filmsas head of sales.
  • BBC considers increasing film production investment

    20-Oct-2004

    BBC director general MarkThompson has said the broadcaster needs to look at raising its investment inthe UK film industry.
  • AV Pictures takes on The Other Half sales

    20-Oct-2004

  • O'Donnell readies Noir as Dancing follow-up

    19-Oct-2004

    Damien O'Donnell is readyingthe tentatively-titled Noir as his next project after Working TitleFilms' Inside I'm Dancing, which opened this week through MomentumPictures.
  • Miramax springs for Roundabout rights

    18-Oct-2004

    Miramax Films has acquiredNorth and South American rights to Pathe's animated feature Sprung!The Magic Roundabout.
  • Ealing moves closer to buying Bulgarian studio

    15-Oct-2004

    Britain's Ealing Studios hastaken a step towards buying leading Bulgarian film studio Boyana Film.
  • Mrs Henderson Presents begins London shoot

    13-Oct-2004

    Christopher Guest has joinedJudi Dench, Bob Hoskins and Pop Idol winner Will Young in the cast of StephenFrears' Mrs Henderson Presents.
  • Focus strikes first-look deal with UK's Priority Pictures

    11-Oct-2004

    Focus Features has struck atwo-year first-look deal with Marion Pilowsky and Colin Leventhal's UKproduction company Priority Pictures.
  • Kinsella named Moonstone managing director

    10-Oct-2004

  • BBC Films chief warns of UK cash flow crisis

    7-Oct-2004

    BBC Films chief David Thompson has warned that the UK film industry isfacing a cash flow crisis during pre-production.Thompson this week called for an emergency meeting with producers andfinanciers which would be open to the British industry to discuss the problem.He warned that the failure of financiers to underwrite the delicate run-up toproduction is already stopping films getting made.
  • Bidders jockey for UK development cash

    30-Sep-2004

    Patrick Wachsberger's SummitEntertainment, French major Pathe and US distributor Newmarket Films areamongst the indie players who ended a frantic round of marriages today, thedeadline day for the UK Film Council's slate deals.
  • BBC Films sprinkles comic talent on Confetti

    29-Sep-2004

    A host of leading newcomedic talent has lined up for Confetti,a mockumentary-style comedy that started shooting this month for BBC Films.
  • Top UK theatre director signs for feature debut

    27-Sep-2004

    Leading UK theatre directorLaurence Boswell, best known for the starry production of This Is Our Youth, has signed up for his feature debut, tentativelytitled D.
  • UK talent agencies join forces

    24-Sep-2004

    The Rod Hall Agency, thetalent agency of Simon Beaufoy, Jeremy Brock and Simon Nye, is to form a jointventure with fellow agency Alan Brodie Representation. The team-up follows thedeath of the company's founder, Rod Hall.
  • Boorman's Skull drives Civilian Content into profit

    21-Sep-2004

    Buoyed by revenues from JohnBoorman's Country Of My Skull, media concern Civilian Content hasreported its first interim pre-tax profits.
  • 'Son of Section 48' details announced by UK Treasury

    21-Sep-2004

    The UK government hasfinally launched its 20% tax credit for UK qualifying films.
  • Mobius Pictures to sell Styler trio

    20-Sep-2004

    Mobius Pictures, the sales operation of Elie Samaha'sformer partner, David Bergstein, has partnered with Trudie Styler'sUK-based production company Xingu Films for three pictures.
  • UK government to unveil new tax support system

    20-Sep-2004

  • UK set to unveil new tax support system

    20-Sep-2004

    The UK is set to unveil anew tax support system,according to reports over the weekend.
  • UK government clamps down on producer fees

    17-Sep-2004

    The UK government has movedto clamp down on excessive producer fees on British films.
  • Gleeson, Rea join Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto

    14-Sep-2004

    Brendan Gleeson and StephenRea have joined the cast of Neil Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto, which started shooting last week for PathePictures.
  • Irvine Welsh adaptation joins Fast Forward shortlist

    13-Sep-2004

    An Irvine Welsh adaptationof a book by Morvern Callarauthor Alan Warner, a moon expedition comedy, and a Scottish Deliverance are amongst the projects shortlisted for the FastForward initiative run by Scottish Screen, the BBC and ContentFilm.
  • Love's Business completes casting

    10-Sep-2004

    Human Traffic's Danny Dyer is to star in Nick Love's Costa del Crimestory The Business, which Content International will present at the AFM.
  • Spacey outfit wins Orientrose backing

    10-Sep-2004

    UK company Orientrose is totake a 13% stake in Trigger Street Independent, the newly-formed low-budgetoffshoot of Kevin Spacey and DanaBrunetti's Trigger Street production company.
  • Rank puts Deluxe up for sale

    6-Sep-2004

    The UK's Rank Grouphas put its Deluxe Film and Deluxe Media division on the block after profitsfell by nearly a third at the division.
  • Gilliam completes key Tideland casting

    2-Sep-2004

    Terry Gilliam has cast nineyear-old Jodelle Ferland as the star in his upcoming Tideland, alongside a cast that includes US actress JenniferTilly and Janet McTeer and Brendan Fletcher.
  • Content boards Love's Business

    27-Aug-2004

    ContentFilm has boarded hot "Costa delCrime" picture The Business, the company announced on Thursday.
  • Pinewood Shepperton profits surge

    25-Aug-2004

    Pinewood Shepperton hasposted strong figures for its first interim results since floating in May.
  • UK Film Council celebrates p&a fund success

    23-Aug-2004

    The UK Film Council isclaiming a success for the first year and a half of its p&a fund forspecialised films, unveiling figures showing that titles backed by the £1m fundhave grossed £15m at the box-office.
  • Edinburgh Fringe to be subject of new UK feature

    18-Aug-2004

    The UK Film Council'sPremiere Fund and FilmFour have teamed on Festival,an ensemble comedy set during the Edinburgh Fringe which will shoot on locationat the famed theatre and comedy festival this month.
  • Civilian Content secures $13m in tax funding

    17-Aug-2004

    In a welcome boost after itsNew Zealand period piece River Queen stalled mid-shoot, UK media concernCivilian Content aims to double its production levels this year after securinga $12.9m (£7m) tranche of funding.
  • McKellen joins Magic Roundabout cast

    17-Aug-2004

    Ian McKellen has joinedKylie Minogue and Robbie Williams in voicing Pathe's $20m CGI animated feature The Magic Roundabout.
  • Beyond The Sea secures post-production investment

    12-Aug-2004

    Kevin Spacey's Trigger Productions has secured $500,000 for post-production on his Bobby Darin biopic Beyond The Sea as the first move into film from a new UK investment company.
  • Seven Arts aims for London stock market listing

    11-Aug-2004

    PeterHoffman's Seven Arts Filmed Entertainment is to secure a listing on London'sAIM stock market for smaller stocks through a reverse takeover of costumejewellery business Cabouchon.Cabouchonwill purchase Seven Arts for £4.8m in new shares, changing its name to SevenArts Pictures and selling its current business and assets to Julie Ann Wing,its managing director. ...
  • Soccer trilogy bends it like Beckham

    10-Aug-2004

    Echoing the off-pitch sagaof real-life England captain David Beckham, the second instalment of footballtrilogy Goal! will tell the story ofa star player's fall from grace against the backdrop of Spain's Real Madridclub.
  • ...as Gavin Film takes international sales on Yasmin

    6-Aug-2004

    SimonBeaufoy drama Yasmin has been pickedup for international sales by industry veteran Bill Gavin's Gavin Film ahead ofits screenings at the Locarno and Edinburgh festivals.
  • Momentum announces acquisitions, sales appointments

    4-Aug-2004

    UK distributor MomentumPictures has appointed Lara Thompson as head of acquisitions and Andy Leyshonas head of sales.
  • Cox, Nesbitt, Goode join Allen cast

    4-Aug-2004

    Brian Cox, Matthew Goode and James Nesbitt have joined thecast of Woody Allen's upcoming UK film.
  • ContentFilm blames Winchester for loss

    15-Jul-2004

    UK-US producer, distributorand sales company ContentFilm has posted a pre-tax group loss of £15.2m for theyear ending March 31.
  • Berlin Music Fair to target film licensing

    15-Jul-2004

    Film licensing is one of thetarget areas for a new music trade fair to be held in Berlin in September
  • Dench, Sutherland round out Pride cast

    14-Jul-2004

    Judi Dench, DonaldSutherland, Brenda Blethyn, Tom Hollander and Penelope Wilton have joined thecast of Working Title Films' Pride And Prejudice
  • Works sells Italian pair to Oz's Palace

    14-Jul-2004

  • Radclyffe options best-selling Edge Chronicles

    13-Jul-2004

    UK producer Sarah Radclyffehas optioned 10-book children's fantasy series The Edge Chronicles.
  • Gilliam, Winterbottom get benefit of Foresight

    9-Jul-2004

    Terry Gilliam and MichaelWinterbottom's next productions are amongst the debut slate of titles to securea quarter of their budgets from start-up UK tax-based fund Foresight.
  • Supermarkets and specialists set to dominate DVD

    9-Jul-2004

    A polarisation isthreatening to disrupt the UK DVD and video sector, according Alison Casey,head of content division at market researchers Understanding & Solutions.
  • Artificial Eye snags Moolaade for UK

    8-Jul-2004

    ArtificialEye has picked up Moolaade, the winner of best film in Un Certain Regardat Cannes this year.TheUK distributor is opening the film in March next year. Directed by veteran Senegalese filmmakerOusmane Sembene, it deals with the subject of female genital mutilationcircumcision and is dedicated to women struggling to abolish the practice.
  • Obituary: Fred Turner

    7-Jul-2004

    FredTurner, former head of Rank Film Distributors (RFD), has died aged 71.
  • Till named as UK Film Council chairman

    5-Jul-2004

    Stewart Till will be thenew chairman of the UK Film Council, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announcedtoday.Till, currently deputychair of the council and chief executive of UIP, takes up the post for fouryears and starts on July 30. He will take over from outgoing chairman AlanParker."Stewart ...
  • Obituary: Oscar nominee Peter Barnes

    2-Jul-2004

    Oscar-nominated British playwright, screenwriter anddirector Peter Barnes died this week.Oscar nominated for his screenplay Enchanted April, Barnes' prolific career included the Oscarnominated The Ruling Class,starring Peter O'Toole, Hard Timesand Olivier Award winner Red Noses.
  • Gold Circle parts company with ICE

    1-Jul-2004

    Gold Circle, the US indie behind smash hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has parted ways with its UK production partner ICE Productions.Gold Circle said it is restructuring as Ice'sErica Motley, Irene Ilias and Claire Bennett have decided to return toindependent production as several long-gestating projects are nearingproduction.
  • Allen cast grows as UK production activity swells

    30-Jun-2004

    Brian Cox, Matthew Goode and James Nesbitt have joined the cast of Woody Allen's upcoming UK film.
  • Castle Hill takes Kiss to North America from The Works

    30-Jun-2004

    UK-based sales agency The Works has sold all North American rights to Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss to US indie Castle Hill Productions.
  • Allied Irish Banks hires Duffield in film finance move

    25-Jun-2004

    Allied Irish Banks (AIB), the Republic of Ireland's largest bank, is entering film finance under former Dexia-BIL media head Gillian Duffield.
  • Scottish Screen chief McIntyre quits

    24-Jun-2004

    Steve McIntyre has quit as chief executive of ScottishScreen, the funding body confirmed on Thursday.
  • Edinburgh festival to stage Lindsay Anderson tribute

    23-Jun-2004

  • Pilowsky, Leventhal team to form Priority Pictures

    22-Jun-2004

    Marion Pilowsky, former head of international production for Myriad Pictures, and Colin Leventhal, a consultant to tax-based financier Grosvenor Park, have teamed to form UK production company Priority Pictures.
  • European exhibition growth slows down

    18-Jun-2004

    Asexhibitors prepare for next week's Cinema Expo in Amsterdam, a new report fromleading UK-based researcher Dodona Research says that exhibition growth isslowing across Europe.
  • Civilian teams with SureFire for $46m tax fund

    17-Jun-2004

    Civilian Content, thepublicly-listed UK media concern, has teamed with tax-based financier SureFireon a $46m (£25m) fund that could offer producers up to 50% of their budget.
  • Winslet heads up Allen's London cast

    17-Jun-2004

    Kate Winslet, Emily Mortimerand Jonathan Rhys Meyers are confirmed for Woody Allen's thirty-sixth feature.
  • Kudos teams with Webster for film company

    15-Jun-2004

    Paul Webster, formerly headof FilmFour, has formed Kudos Film as a joint venture with leading TV dramaproducers Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone, joint managing directors ofKudos Film and Television.
  • UK's Magic Light strikes Isle of Man deal

    15-Jun-2004

  • Working Title finds its Darcy

    11-Jun-2004

    Working Title Films hasfinally found its Darcy. The UK powerhouse has cast rising British actorMatthew Macfadyen as the arrogant but eligible male lead in its upcoming JaneAusten adaptation Pride And Prejudice.
  • The Works unveils Cannes competition deals

    10-Jun-2004

    London-based sales house TheWorks has struck a raft of deals out of last month's Cannes festival on its twocompetition titles, Clean and TheConsequences Of Love.
  • Pathe, BBC finalise deal for Frears' Mrs Henderson

    4-Jun-2004

    Pathe and BBC Films havefinalised their long-anticipated deal to board Mrs Henderson Presents,Stephen Frears' hotly-awaited upcoming production.
  • Artificial Eye takes Holy Girl for UK

    4-Jun-2004

    Artificial Eye has acquired TheHoly Girl for the UK.Artificial Eye bought thefilm from HBO London, which is handling worldwide sales. The Spanish-languagefeature played in last month's Cannes competition.Directed by Lucrecia Martel,it tells the story of a young girl trying to save a man from sin.
  • Civilian blames late Skull delivery for $2m loss

    4-Jun-2004

    Civilian Content hasposted a $2m (£1.1m) pre-tax loss for the year ended December 31, 2003.
  • ContentFilm in talks to acquire First Look Media in LA

    4-Jun-2004

    ContentFilm is in talks to acquire the US' First Look Media, marking Content's first major strategic step since joining London's AIM stock-market via its takeover of Winchester Entertainment.
  • HBO Films racks up Van Sant sales

    3-Jun-2004

    HBO Films has pre-sold itsnew Gus Van Sant production, Last Days, to a string of European buyers,most of which bought the director's previous Palme d'Or winner, Elephant.
  • Baker Street Media Finance partners with Mactaggart

    2-Jun-2004

    UK tax financier BakerStreet Media Finance has struck a partnership with Ivan Mactaggart and hiscompany Meteor Pictures.
  • Odeon Cinemas heads for auction

    1-Jun-2004

    The UK's Odeon Cinemas isreportedly going up for auction just a year after it was taken over by aconsortium including Nigel and Trevor Green's Entertainment Group, propertytycoon Robert Tchenguiz and German bank West LB.
  • Winterbottom not shooting Goal!

    1-Jun-2004

    Michael Winterbottom hastaken an early bath on Goal!, the football film starring Diego Luna thatthe British director was pre-shooting in Newcastle.
  • Croisette witnesses rebirth of the salesman

    20-May-2004

    Cannesmay have been slim pickings for American buyers, but business was refreshinglybrisk for the rest of the world.
  • Thomas team take off with IRA samurai story

    19-May-2004

    Asamurai-inspired story about an unemployed IRA hitman is set to be the nextproduction from May Miles Thomas and Owen Thomas, the director-producer teambehind market title Solid Air and theacclaimed One Life Stand.
  • BBC, Content fast forward indie film-making scheme

    18-May-2004

    Scottish Screen,BBC Scotland, BBC Films and ContentFilm have launched a low budget film schemeunder the banner Fast Forward Features that aims to bring US indie-stylefilmmaking to the UK.
  • Euro tax financiers spread their wings

    18-May-2004

    Led by UK players, Europe’s tax fund managers are diversifying their operations into new territories and new spheres of activity.
  • Gayet named as Jobson's Woman

    18-May-2004

    Rising Frenchactress Julie Gayet is to star in British director Richard Jobson'ssupernatural love story Woman In Winter.
  • Trio team for new Belgrade film studio

    18-May-2004

    UK-basedtax financier Grosvenor Park, Serbian media group Pink International andWashington-based government lobbyist OCo International have partnered toco-produce a slate of horror films and build a new $20m film studio inBelgrade.
  • Carlyle plies trade in Bird's Meat

    17-May-2004

  • Content Burns with Butler

    17-May-2004

    Making its firstcommitment to a British film since Ed Pressman and John Schmidt's Contentfilmtook over the UK's Winchester Entertainment, sales arm Content Internationalhas boarded Burns, with Gerard Butlerstarring hot off Joel Schumacher's PhantomOf The Opera.
  • Hurt to shoot Dogs for Renaissance, BBC

    17-May-2004

    MichaelCaton-Jones is to direct John Hurt in ShootingDogs for BBC Films and sales company Renaissance Films.
  • Paltrow, Ruby strike joint venture

    17-May-2004

    Gwyneth Paltrowand leading British production outfit Ruby Films have formed a joint company todevelop projects for Paltrow to star in and produce.
  • Shrek producer turns to Europe to bankroll Vanguard slate

    17-May-2004

  • UK mines South African gold

    17-May-2004

    Highlightingrising interest in South Africa as a financing and production partner, miningtycoon Mzi Khumalo has taken a minority stake in busy British-Irish productioncompany Little Bird as part of a move into film.
  • Bruce-Smith re-joins FilmFour

    17-May-2004

  • Shrek producer turns to Europe to bankroll Vanguard slate

    15-May-2004

    Vanguard Films,the production company headed by Shrek 2 and Shrek producer John Williams and Neil Braun, is exploringEuropean investment sources to bankroll an initial slate of five animationfilms.
  • BBC's Tweenies head for the big screen

    14-May-2004

    Arclight hasstarted selling international rights to the feature film version of hit BBCchildren's television show, Tweenies.
  • Billie Piper falls into Spirit Trap horror

    14-May-2004

  • British talent headlines Moviehouse slate

    14-May-2004

    UK-based sales company Moviehouse Entertainment has struck a three-film partnership with Subotica Entertainment, the Irish producer of Sundance success Song For ARaggy Boy.
  • Liam Neeson mulls Breakfast

    14-May-2004

    Neil Jordan hasapproached Liam Neeson to join the cast of his upcoming black comedy BreakfastOn Pluto.
  • Spice Factory taps into South Africa

    14-May-2004

    Jason Piette andMichael Cowan's Spice Factory has joined forces with South Africa's Film Afrikato co-produce films with South Africa, which is seen in the UK as a burgeoningco-production partner.
  • Carlyle, Anderson come of age with The Mighty Celt

    13-May-2004

    Robert Carlyle and GillianAnderson are being lined up to star in The Mighty Celt, a coming of age talebased at Robert Walpole and Paddy Breathnach's Irish company TreasureEntertainment.
  • Carlyle, Anderson come of age with The Mighty Celt

    13-May-2004

    Robert Carlyle and GillianAnderson are being lined up to star in The Mighty Celt, a coming of age talebased at Robert Walpole and Paddy Breathnach's Irish company TreasureEntertainment.
  • Entertainment falls for Alibi as UK buyers pounce

    13-May-2004

  • Little steps into Attenborough's Ring

    13-May-2004

  • Neil Jordan prepares Breakfast for Pathe

    13-May-2004

  • Roeg, Beresford front Beyond slate

    13-May-2004

  • Roeg, Beresford front Beyond slate

    13-May-2004

    Beyond Films hasunveiled a new slate including a Nicolas Roeg erotic thriller with DonaldSutherland Robert Carlyle, a Bruce Beresford title with Colin Firth and twopictures with Ripley's Game star Dougray Scott.
  • Roeg, Beresford front Beyond slate

    13-May-2004

  • UK Film Council spells out slate rules

    13-May-2004

    Aiming to keep asmany doors as possible open to producers while channeling funding through aselect few companies, the UK Film Council has stipulated that 30% of investmentunder its new super slate deals must go to third parties.
  • Gilliam's Tideland rolls into HanWay

    12-May-2004

    Terry Gilliam is set toshoot Tideland, his adaptation of Mitch Cullin's southern gothic novel,for the company, with Jeremy Thomas producing. Financing has come together inthe last few months, with the project re-configured as a UK-Canadianco-production.
  • Richard E Grant's Wah-Wah set for summer shoot

    12-May-2004

    British actorRichard E Grant is set to start shooting his long-gestating debut as awriter-director, Wah-Wah.
  • UK finds new development cash

    12-May-2004

    In an innovativeuse of UK tax funding, Civilian Content, the publicly-listed parent of salesoperation The Works, has secured development financing through a joint venturewith financing outfit SureFire.
  • American Pie star blasts off with Space Chimps

    7-May-2004

    Seann William Scott is tovoice the lead in Space Chimps, the next animation title from Shrekproducer John Williams' Vanguard Animation.
  • Icon appoints international distribution chief

    5-May-2004

    IconEntertainment International has appointed Peter Naish as head of internationaldistribution.
  • Intandem recruits Hurman as director

    5-May-2004

    Intandem, the production,sales and distribution company set up former Winchester entertainment chiefGary Smith, has appointed Billy Hurman as a director.
  • Warner Bros UK chief quits to head up Aegis Media.

    30-Apr-2004

    Nigel Sharrocks, the head ofWarner Bros' UK distribution arm, is leaving the film business to head up media buying groupAegis Media.
  • Pact appoints new director of film

    29-Apr-2004

    Tim Willis, a formerdirector at UK media concern Civilian Content, has been appointed director offilm at producers body Pact, chief executive John McVay announced on Thursday.
  • Prescience Film Finance appoints head of business affairs

    28-Apr-2004

    Start-up tax financingscheme Prescience Film Finance has poached Sharon Menzies as head of businessaffairs from rival financier Baker Street Media.
  • Knightley to star in Working Title's Pride And Prejudice

    27-Apr-2004

    Keira Knightley is in advanced negotiations to star in Working Title Films' Jane Austen adaptation Pride And Prejudice.
  • Myriad to close London sales office

    27-Apr-2004

    Myriad Pictures is closing down sales operations in London following its turbulent production of UK-Canadian title The River King.
  • UK government moves to close down co-production abuse

    27-Apr-2004

    In a crackdown on co-production abuse that is expected to hit films across Europe, the UK is to announce today that it is raising minimum spend to 40% for co-productions with France, Italy, Denmark and Iceland.
  • Moviehouse takes on Nina's Tragedies, Overnight

    26-Apr-2004

    London-basedsales company Moviehouse Entertainment has picked up international rights forSundance title Overnight and Israeli hit Nina's Tragedies. Both titles will receive market premiere screenings at theupcoming Cannes market.
  • Moviehouse takes on Nina's Tragedies, Overnight sales

    26-Apr-2004

    London-basedsales company Moviehouse Entertainment has picked up international rights forSundance title Overnight and Israeli hit Nina's Tragedies. Both titles will receive market premiere screenings at theupcoming Cannes market.
  • Wild Bunch Man plugs financing hole

    26-Apr-2004

    Man ToMan, WildBunch's period piece starring Joseph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas,has patched together its financing after tax fund First Choice fell thoughfollowing the government's Feb 10 clamp down.The UK-Frenchco-production is plugging the hole left in the budget - about a third ofits total - with a standard sale and leaseback deal under the UK'sSection 48, plus gap financing through a bank.
  • Metzstein begins Guy X shoot in Iceland

    26-Apr-2004

    Jason Biggs, NataschaMcElhone and Jeremy Northam are to star in Guy X for young Britishdirector Saul Metzstein, who made his mark with 2001's well-received LateNight Shopping.
  • Weinstein to be awarded honorary CBE by Queen

    20-Apr-2004

    Harvey Weinstein has been awarded an honorary CBE for outstanding contribution to the British film industry.
  • River King feels heat as UK gets tough on co-productions

    16-Apr-2004

    Myriad Pictures' The River King has been thrown into uncertainty mid-shoot after the UK government challenged its application for British status.
  • Arthouse titles win UK distribution backing

    15-Apr-2004

    Oscar winner Capturing The Friedmans, Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 and Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi are amongst the films receiving National Lottery cash to boost their UK releases.
  • Grosvenor Park's Taylor to spearhead TriMedia feature push

    8-Apr-2004

    DanielTaylor, managing director of UK tax financier Grosvenor Park, is joiningTriMedia Entertainment, the entertainment company of 90s rap mogul ChrisSchwartz, to spearhead a push into producing youth-oriented, music-drivenfeatures with European music stars.
  • International executives lead New Zealand film school

    2-Apr-2004

    Fortissimo Film Sales' Wouter Barendrecht, German-based producer-distributor Karl Baumgartner, UK-based producers Judy Counihan and Rosa Bosch and The Warrior producer Bertrand Faivre are amongst the tutors at this month's Film Business School In New Zealand.
  • Michael Grade appointed chairman of the BBC

    2-Apr-2004

    Michael Grade, the former chief executive of Channel 4, has been appointed chairman of the BBC.
  • UK Film Council creates new 'development franchises'

    1-Apr-2004

    Creating what have been immediately dubbed "development franchises" after the National Lottery super entities formed in the 1990s, the UK Film Council is to underwrite a handful of film operations allying producers with distributors and financiers from the UK and overseas.
  • UK studio to seek London stock market listing

    1-Apr-2004

    UK studio group Pinewood Shepperton has confirmed it is seeking to float this year.
  • Studios hit as UK gov't outlaws p&a tax schemes

    26-Mar-2004

    US studios including Walt Disney, Miramax and Universalhave been stopped from accessing an estimated £400 million in UKtax-based funding to underwrite their p&a costs through another loophole intax regulations.
  • Comment: UK tax changes hit middlemen

    18-Mar-2004

    The UK government has overhauled tax-based funding for films by cutting out the middlemen.
  • UK film sector welcomes new funding rules

    17-Mar-2004

    UK qualifying films will be able to access 20% of their budget in tax-related support under dramatic new rules unveiled by UK Chancellor Gordon Brown in today's (March 17) budget.
  • ScreenSelect predicts massive DVD growth

    16-Mar-2004

    Online DVD rental company ScreenSelect will send out more than 160,000 DVDs this month, the UK concern said this week.
  • Rickman signs for Manchester United Ruined My Life

    15-Mar-2004

    AlanRickman, Derek Jacobi, Jason Isaacs, Janet McTeer and Henry Goodman are set tostar in Manchester United Ruined My Life, the feature debut of director Mark Brozel.The adaptation of Colin Shindler's best-sellingnovel is a rites of passage story about a Jewish boy in 50s and 60s Manchester,growing up under the shadow of the mighty Manchester United football team.Samuelson Productions, which is producing from a script byShindler, ...
  • Disney looks to UK tax funds to support distribution costs

    8-Mar-2004

    Walt Disney Studios isbelieved to be the latest Hollywood major to tap a UK tax-based fund tounderwrite their distribution costs.
  • Minghella, Rickman back UK launch of Stellar Network

    8-Mar-2004

    Jude Law, Anthony Minghella and Alan Rickman are lending their names to the Stellar Network, the starry New York networking organisation which is opening its doors in London.
  • UK Film Council offers digital projection funding for film clubs

    8-Mar-2004

    The UK Film Council has launched a £500,000 National Lottery funded initiative to boost access to films in areas without a local screen.
  • Section 48 scheme runs into 'difficulties'

    5-Mar-2004

    Bedford Row Films, an apparently conventional scheme funding films under the UK's established Section 48 tax deferral rules, has written to investors saying it is 'facing difficulties'.
  • Working Title options best-seller

    4-Mar-2004

    Working Title Films has optioned Star Of The Sea, Joseph O'Connor's best-selling novel set on a ship full of emigres fleeing the Irish potato famine.
  • Channel 4, Senator play the blame game

    3-Mar-2004

    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has defended itself against legal proceeding from Senator Films over its closure of its stand alone film unit FilmFour, saying that it made a claim first against the German company.
  • Black Tiger wins First Light prize

    27-Feb-2004

    UK Film Council chair Alan Parker and actors Dougray Scott and Olivia Williams were amongst the attendees at the First Light awards, the Film Council's National Lottery-funded programme for seven to 18 year olds.
  • Redbus takes on Sundance title from Warner Independent

    26-Feb-2004

    The UK's Redbus Film Distribution has picked up UK rights to Sundance title We Don't Live Here Anymore from Warner Independent Pictures.
  • Parker steps down as UK Film Council chair

    26-Feb-2004

    Alan Parker is leaving as chairman of the UK Film Council after five years, the film support body confirmed this week.
  • Working Title launches training scheme

    25-Feb-2004

    Working Title Films is launching a nation-wide search for three trainees who will work for a year at the UK's leading film company.
  • ...as Isle Of Man Film steps in to rescue The Libertine

    24-Feb-2004

  • UK government lambasts 'abusive' film financing schemes

    24-Feb-2004

    Facing a PR backlash over its changes to tax rules this month, the UK government has sought to justify the move by saying that financiers were drawing up "abusive" schemes "at the expense of honest taxpayers."
  • Tartan checks into the US

    24-Feb-2004

    Tartan Films, Hamish McAlpine's UK distribution and production company, is launching a DVD-driven US arm called Tartan USA.
  • Grosvenor Films turns to EIS scheme for Messages

    23-Feb-2004

    Grosvenor Films, a new UK production company, aims to raise up to £2m through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), a tax-based funding mechanism unaffected by this month's clamp down.
  • Frustration mounts as producers await tax decision

    20-Feb-2004

    Producerswere forced to wait another day yesterday to hear if any transition arrangementswere to be made for films hit by last week's UK tax clamp down.
  • UK's Optimum launches stand-alone DVD arm

    19-Feb-2004

    Independent distributor Optimum Releasing is launching a stand-alone DVD arm under the banner of Optimum Home Entertainment.
  • Capitol gets A Touch Of Spice

    18-Feb-2004

    UK-based sales agent Capitol Films has acquired worldwide rights to Greek sensation A Touch Of Spice.The story of a Greek boy growing up in Istanbul has already grossed more than $11m in Greece and is still at the top end of the charts after 16 weeks.Produced by Village Roadshow Productions, the film won eight National Film Awards including best picture, director and script.Capitol will have a premiere market screening at the AFM.
  • Tax-driven film financing develops funding alternatives

    5-Jan-2004

    For the latest UK production listings click HERE
  • FilmFour options Vernon God Little and Brick Lane

    17-Dec-2003

    The UK's new look Film Four has optioned two high profile books, DBC Pierre's Booker Prize winning Vernon God Little for director Pawel Pavlikovsky and Monica Ali's Brick Lane for Ruby Films.
  • FilmFour options Vernon God Little and Brick Lane

    17-Dec-2003

    The UK's new look Film Four has optioned two high profile books, DBC Pierre's Booker Prize winning Vernon God Little for director Pawel Pavlikovsky and Monica Ali's Brick Lane for Ruby Films.
  • UK Film Council launch diversity proposals

    12-Dec-2003

    The UK Film Council and its cultural diversity working group under Working Title Films co-chief Tim Bevan have launched a series of proposals aimed at increasing diversity within the UK film industry workforce.
  • UK producers flock to new tax fund model

    12-Dec-2003

    With the UK's film tax funding in flux, financiers, producers and even two US studios are flocking to a new breed of fund that is not reliant on the current regulations under Section 48.
  • UK film industry welcomes pre-budget report

    10-Dec-2003

    The UK industry has welcomed a surprise signal from Chancellor Gordon Brown that he intends to renew tax-based support when the influential Section 48 expires in 2005.
  • Redbus named fastest growing UK company

    9-Dec-2003

    UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution was named the fastest growing company in the UK according to the Sunday Times newspaper Fast Track 100.
  • David Hemmings dies on Romania shoot

    5-Dec-2003

    UK actor David Hemmings, best known as the fashion photographer in Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic portrait of Swinging London, Blow-up, has died aged 62.
  • UK Film Council revises producer deal terms

    5-Dec-2003

    The UK Film Council has revised the terms of its deals with producers when awarding its National Lottery funding after complaints that producers were not receiving a big enough share of profits.
  • Chadha lifts curtain on Beckham musical

    4-Dec-2003

    Having borrowed from Bollywood's all-singing, all-dancing spectaculars with her hugely-anticipated Jane Austen adaptation Bride And Prejudice, Gurinder Chadha has got the taste for musicals.
  • Marchand tipped to head up UK's Momentum

    1-Dec-2003

    Xavier Marchand has emerged as the frontrunner to replace David Kosse as head of UK distributor Momentum Pictures.
  • Styler's Xingu goes Wilde over Alpha Male

    28-Nov-2003

    Trudie Styler's Xingu Films is to produce Alpha Male, the debut feature of UK writer-director Dan Wilde.
  • Takeover talks see Winchester shares suspended

    28-Nov-2003

    Winchester Entertainment has asked for shares to be suspended after confirming talks on a possible merger that would count as a reverse takeover.
  • HanWay's Wase-Bailey exits as Haslam takes over

    27-Nov-2003

    Thierry Wase-Bailey is standing down as managing director of UK-based sales operation HanWay.
  • UK industry partners with Orange for cinema day

    26-Nov-2003

    The UK has launched a so-called cinema day offering users of mobile phone network Orange two tickets for the price of one on Wednesdays.
  • Full Monty writer sparks off British Muslims drama

    26-Nov-2003

    Simon Beaufoy, the writer of This Is Not A Love Song and The Full Monty, has tackled the experience of British Muslims post-September 11 in Spark, a drama which started shooting this week for Channel 4.
  • Working Title Dancing with trio in production

    24-Nov-2003

    With East Is East director Damien O'Donnell starting up principal photography on Inside I'm Dancing in Dublin, Working Title Films has no less than three features in production at once.
  • European box office flatlines in 2003

    21-Nov-2003

    After a period of sustained growth, the European box office is heading for its second consecutive year of stagnation.
  • Celador chief steps back, hands over reigns to Lux

    19-Nov-2003

    Celador founder Paul Smith, who recently steered the TV production company behind Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' into features, is stepping back from the day to day running of the company.
  • Rising star quits after pay dispute

    18-Nov-2003

    Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai has walked out of Capitol Films' Indian epic The Rising after a dispute with producer Bobby Bedi over pay.
  • Marvel Enterprises opens London office

    14-Nov-2003

    Comic book giant Marvel Enterprises has launched a London-based international division.
  • Animated Odyssey begins Happily

    10-Nov-2003

  • Film financiers zero in on Belgium

    7-Nov-2003

    International productions are zeroing in on Belgium, the latest European hotspot for tax-driven production finance.
  • Osama wins London's Sutherland prize

    7-Nov-2003

    Days after illegal immigrant dramas Dirty Pretty Things and In This World won at London's British Independent Film Awards, a film directed by an exile from Afghanistan has triumphed at the London film festival.
  • Cage, Arclight go to War

    6-Nov-2003

    Nicolas Cage is being lined up to star in Lords Of War, an international gunrunning thriller which overseas sales agent Arclight Films is handling.
  • Thunderbirds creator goes for extra UK tax funding

    4-Nov-2003

  • UK launches review of co-production treaties

    4-Nov-2003

    The UK government today launched a review of its international co-production treaties in a bid to crack down on filmmakers accessing tax relief while only spending a small proportion of the budget in the country.
  • Moviehouse takes on ivans xtc sales

    3-Nov-2003

    London-based sales company Moviehouse Entertainment has picked up international rights to ivans xtc, the edgy tale of a fast-rising Hollywood agent from Candyman director Bernard Rose.
  • Moviehouse takes on ivans xtc sales ahead of Mifed

    3-Nov-2003

    London-based sales company Moviehouse Entertainment has picked up international rights to ivans xtc, the edgy tale of a fast-rising Hollywood agent from Candyman director Bernard Rose.
  • UK film industry exports slip back

    3-Nov-2003

    UK film product's net surplus fell 23% last year to £187m, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics.
  • The Works strikes Japanese deal for Loach's Kiss

    31-Oct-2003

    UK-based sales concern The Works has pre-sold Ken's Loach Ae Fond Kiss to Cine Qua Non in Japan.
  • The Works strikes Japanese deal for Loach's Kiss

    31-Oct-2003

    UK-based sales concern The Works has pre-sold Ken's Loach Ae Fond Kiss to Cine Qua Non in Japan.
  • Mason joins Channel 4's commercial arm

    28-Oct-2003

    Graeme Mason, former UK-based president of acquisitions at Universal Studios, has been appointed to the newly-created role of head of media projects for 4 Ventures, the commercial arm of UK broadcaster Channel 4.
  • Odyssey pacts with Polone in two title deal

    28-Oct-2003

    US agent-turned-producer Gavin Polone, whose credits include Panic Room, has struck a two title deal with Ralph Kamp and Louise Goodsill's sales agent Odyssey Entertainment.
  • UK's Screen West Midlands launches regional film fund

    27-Oct-2003

    A £3.3 million pot of film and media funding has been launched by UK regional screen agency Screen West Midlands.
  • Runners gets greenlight again

    22-Oct-2003

    On-again, off-again British heist film Red Light Runners got another greenlight yesterday when sales and financing operation IAC Film stepped in to rescue the troubled production.
  • Runners hits Red Light again

    21-Oct-2003

    Going full throttle to become the most calamitous British production of the last 12 months, Red Light Runners is battling to patch together its financing so shooting can resume this week.
  • First of many Marlowe films to start shooting

    17-Oct-2003

    Fast rising British actor Tom Hardy is to star as Elizabethan playwright - and spy, occultist and sexually-ambiguous free thinker - Christopher Marlowe.
  • October turns to seasoned players for debut slate

    14-Oct-2003

  • UK boost for children's development

    13-Oct-2003

    Family audiences, seen as being under-served by UK films, are being targeted in a new funding initiative launched by National Lottery administrator UK Film Council, the BBC and the Children's Film & Television Foundation.
  • Film Council plots public-private cash boost

    9-Oct-2003

    Leading British support body the UK Film Council is to team with a private sector partner to raise new private investment through a dedicated Enterprise Investment Scheme, a tax-driven financing mechanism that will bankroll selected features alongside the council's National Lottery cash.
  • UK's ICA plans Sheffield premiere for Five Obstructions

    17-Sep-2003

    ICA Projects is to release The Five Obstructions, the latest work from Danish directors Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier, following a UK premiere at next month's Sheffield International Documentary Festival.
  • Piggies hopes to fly with Little Bird

    11-Sep-2003

    UK production company Little Bird has optioned teen horror novel Piggies as the first title under its recently-launched teen film arm.
  • Spacey's Sea heads up Element X debut slate

    11-Sep-2003

  • UK's Skills Investment Fund may become obligatory

    11-Sep-2003

    The Skills Investment Fund, the UK fund for training made up of voluntary contributions from local productions, may become obligatory under plans being discussed with the Government.
  • Phantom Of The Opera sets Pinewood date

    10-Sep-2003

  • UK Film Council unveils£50m film training overhaul

    10-Sep-2003

    A £50m overhaul of UK training, including the creation of a string of film schools across the country for creative and business skills, was launched on Sept 10 by support body the UK Film Council and training agency Skillset.
  • You Don't Have To Say You Love starts shooting

    8-Sep-2003

    UK production outfit Samuelson Productions, tax-driven First Choice Films, distributor Momentum Pictures and tax-based financier Isle of Man Film are starting shooting on comedy drama You Don't Have To Say You Love Me this week.
  • Fox turns searchlight on UK

    5-Sep-2003

    Creating the most potent UK-based, studio-backed outfit in London after Working Title Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures and UK National Lottery franchise DNA Films have finally unveiled their $50m joint venture to make British films over the next five years.
  • UK skills fund tops£2m

    5-Sep-2003

    The Skills Investment Fund, the UK fund for training made up of contributions from local productions, has topped £2 million.
  • Celador puts faith in porn and poker

    4-Sep-2003

    Celador Films, the film arm of the UK TV outfit behind Who Wants To Be A Millionaire', has added two non-fiction books to its bustling development slate - porn trade story Once More With Feeling and professional poker player book Big Deal.
  • UK production on course for bumper year

    29-Aug-2003

    This year's overall volume of UK production could smash the previous record of over $1.1 billion.
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to Valentin

    18-Aug-2003

    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired all UK rights to Argentinian director Alejandro Agresti's comedy, Valentin.
  • UK Film Council unveils anti-piracy task force

    18-Aug-2003

    Nigel Green, joint head of leading British distributor Entertainment Film Distributors, is chairing a new task force to tackle piracy in the UK.
  • Hammer partners on horror with Paradise

    14-Aug-2003

    British horror company Hammer Films is to develop a slate of low-budget horror movies with Australian production outfit, Pictures in Paradise.
  • Notting Hill director to mentor for Directing Change

    13-Aug-2003

    Notting Hill director Roger Michell is to mentor newcomer Shreepali Patel on the first production to go though training scheme Directing Change.
  • Love Song set for UK 'e' premiere

    13-Aug-2003

    UK thriller This Is Not A Love Song is to receive what is being billed as the first-ever 'e' premiere in the world.
  • UK Film Council backs Dog Soldiers follow up

    8-Aug-2003

    Neil Marshall, director of UK werewolf hit Dog Soldiers, is returning to the horror genre with Outpost, one of a fresh slate of projects to receive development funding from public funding body the UK Film Council this week.
  • UK Film Council plans nationwide film school network

    7-Aug-2003

    The UK Film Council is understood to be planning a nationwide network of state-of-the-art film schools.
  • Reda resigns from Winchester board

    24-Jul-2003

    Winchester Films' US-based CEO Hadeel Reda has left the board of directors of its UK parent Winchester Entertainment and is shedding her title of chief executive officer.
  • UK Film Council launches digital cinema initiative

    22-Jul-2003

    The UK Film Council's distribution and exhibition fund has launched its much-anticipated initiative to co-fund a nationwide network of digital screens.
  • UK lottery franchises get extensions

    21-Jul-2003

    The UK Film Council has granted extensions to two of the three National Lottery franchises - The Film Consortium and Pathe Pictures - to spend their remaining lottery grants.
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to Northfork

    17-Jul-2003

    Buoyed by Donnie Darko, which last week helped slash its annual losses by two thirds, UK media concern the Metrodome Group has acquired another surreal US Sundance film, Northfork, from Paramount Classics.
  • Qwerty takes on Kinsey, Searchlight, Myriad to distribute

    10-Jul-2003

    Michael Kuhn’s Qwerty Films has boarded Bill Condon’s Kinsey which is set to start shooting on July 28. Qwerty will produce and finance the film which stars Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, with Fox Searchlight Pictures taking rights in North America, UK, Italy and Latin America.
  • Spurgeon named finance director at UK's South West Studios

    9-Jul-2003

    Former FilmFour finance director Chris Spurgeon has taken up the post of finance director at start-up UK film and TV studio South West Film Studios.Joining Spurgeon at the $9.4m (£5.76m) Cornwall facility is Kate Hughes, former head of corporate marketing & publicity for FilmFour. Hughes becomes marketing director at the studio, which is being set up by producer Alex Swan and is scheduled to open its doors this summer.
  • New UK distributor, Georgia Films, launched

    8-Jul-2003

    UK-based tax financier Lucky UKFS, headed by Philippe Martinez of US production-sales outfit Bauer Martinez Studios and Alan Latham, has appointed distributor Martin Myers to launch a new UK distributor, Georgia Films.
  • UK's Metrodome reduces losses by 30%

    8-Jul-2003

    UK media concern Metrodome Group slashed its losses over the last financial year, largely driven by its UK release of US indie film Donnie Darko.
  • UK's Script Factory launches training programme for writers

    7-Jul-2003

  • T3's first day gross of $16.5m sends Intermedia shares soaring

    4-Jul-2003

    Having climbed 19% lastweek, Intermedia shares had rocketed a further 18% by press time yesterday asopening figures for Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines came in. The film, which grossed $4m on Tuesdaynight previews, took $12.5m on its first full day on release yesterday throughWarner Bros, bringing its first day total to $16.5m.
  • Internationalmedia stock gets boost from T3 expectations

    3-Jul-2003

    Shares in IM Internationalmedia, Intermedia's corporate parent, rose 19% this week ahead of the US release yesterday of the company's high stakes behemoth, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.
  • Black hole looms for UK finance

    2-Jul-2003

    With debate raging over what should replace the UK's influential tax deferrals, only two things are certain.
  • Equator posts $2m pre-tax loss for 2002

    2-Jul-2003

    Equator Group, the UK media concern which earlier this year ended take-over talks with Handmade Films, has posted a pre-tax loss for last year of $2m (£1.2m).
  • Osbourne to star in Malice In Sunderland

    2-Jul-2003

    Kelly Osbourne, of hit TV series The Osbournes, is to star in Malice In Sunderland, a contemporary reworking of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.
  • Loach's Fond Kiss secures tax funding

    1-Jul-2003

    Ken Loach's current production, Ae Fond Kiss, has secured just over 40% of its $5m (£3m)budget through UK tax fund Azure.
  • Morris appointed new UK film minister

    24-Jun-2003

    Estelle Morris has effectively succeeded UK film minister Kim Howells following a government reshuffle.
  • UK National Film Theatre to be digital cinema test-bed

    20-Jun-2003

    The British Film Institute (BFI) has secured funding from the Department of Trade and Industry for a digital cinema test-bed at the National Film Theatre (NFT).
  • Kidron close to Bridget Jones sequel

    19-Jun-2003

    After months of speculation, UK director Beeban Kidron is close to a deal to direct Renee Zellweger in Working Title Films' Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason.
  • Odyssey to embark on world sales for Piccadilly Jim

    19-Jun-2003

    Odyssey Entertainment is to handle worldwide sales on PG Wodehouse adaptation Piccadilly Jim for the UK's Mission Pictures, the companies announced on Wednesday.
  • Peter Sellers on hold as Rush returns to Australia

    19-Jun-2003

    HBO Films has reportedly put The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers on hold after star Geoffrey Rush was forced to return to Australia for personal reasons.
  • Winchester to acquire Cobalt Pictures

    17-Jun-2003

    The UK's Winchester Entertainment has agreed in principle to acquire Cobalt Pictures from owners and founders John Muse and Alton Irby, Winchester announced to the stock exchange on Tuesday.
  • Buffalo Soldiers finally gets UK release

    13-Jun-2003

    Pathe Distribution has scheduled a UK release date of July 18 for Buffalo Soldiers, the long-delayed GIs and drugs feature which Miramax Films held back in North America after September 11.
  • UK tax funds bankroll Bauer Martinez slate

    13-Jun-2003

    UK tax financier Tower Film Productions has partnered with fellow funding operation UKFS to bankroll a slate of films involving Dennis Hopper, Andy Garcia, Ringo Lam, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Gina Gershon and Dominique Swain.
  • Pablo Escobar story attracts tax finance

    12-Jun-2003

    Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is to be the subject of a new UK-Spanish-German co-production titled Public Enemy.
  • UK Film Council launches British film distribution fund

    12-Jun-2003

    The UK Film Council has called for applications for its UK Film Distribution Programme, a $1.7m (£1m) fund for supporting British films at UK cinemas.
  • Gutch to launch UK Blast! film division

    9-Jun-2003

    Former head of the Film Four Lab Robin Gutch has joined UK TV production company Blast! Films to launch a film arm.
  • UK film report reveals continuing industry polarity

    6-Jun-2003

    Stark polarities are revealed in the UK Film Council's first yearbook, which aims to present the most comprehensive analysis ever of film in the UK.
  • Cardiff's Cartoon Masters features int'l animators

    5-Jun-2003

    Jean-Paul Commin of France Television Distribution, Chris Grace, director of Animation S4C, and Paco Rodriguez, director of Filmax Animation are among the international animators taking part in this month's Cartoon Masters in Cardiff.Organised by Skillset Cymru, the event aims to give Welsh animators an opportunity to make contacts in new markets, develop ideas and get advice from experts. The sessions will be held on June 21 and 22.
  • Granada, Redbus settle Gathering dispute

    5-Jun-2003

    UK broadcaster Granada has settled with distributor Redbus Film Distribution over UK horror-suspense film The Gathering.
  • Cabbages & Queens set to roll in London

    4-Jun-2003

    Recently-launched tax financier UKFS and sales agent AV Pictures have boarded Cabbages & Queens, a comedy drama set in the London theatre world starring Keri Russell (pictured), Nathan Lane, Darren Boyd, Emilia Fox, Greg Wise, Simon Callow, Joss Ackland and Brian Blessed.
  • Pathe International boasts 70-plus Cannes deals

    3-Jun-2003

    Pathe International has unveiled more than 70 Cannes deals across its UK and French slates, with Gurinder Chadha's Pride & Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical, Danny Boyle's Millions and Patrick Alessandrin's Mean Spirit (Mauvais Esprit) amongst the busiest titles.
  • UK Film Council renews slate funding deals

    3-Jun-2003

    The UK Film Council has renewed its slate funding deals with Fragile Films, Ruby Films and Tall Stories.
  • Cougar, Film Council, Ingenious strike three-way deal

    3-Jun-2003

    Lynda La Plante and Sophie Balhetchet's Cougar Films has struck a three-way development deal with the UK Film Council and tax financier Ingenious Media, it was announced today.
  • Trudie Styler frustrated at Sweatbox delay

    23-May-2003

    Trudie Styler faces a battle with Walt Disney to secure a release for The Sweatbox, the critically acclaimed documentary on the making of a Walt Disney feature animation which she co-directed and co-produced with John-Paul Davidson.
  • Cannes breaks out the Bolly

    22-May-2003

    With Cannes shaping up as the market where the international industry finally comes together with Bollywood, negotiations were reaching fever pitch on Pride And Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical.
  • Cannes breaks out the Bolly

    22-May-2003

    With Cannes shaping up as the market where the international industry finally comes together with Bollywood, negotiations were reaching fever pitch on Pride And Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical.
  • UGC rides into Davies' Sunset

    22-May-2003

    UGC Films UK has pre-bought UK theatrical rights to Terence Davies' upcoming adaptation of Scottish novel Sunset Song.
  • UGC rides into Davies' Sunset

    22-May-2003

    UGC Films UK has pre-bought UK theatrical rights to Terence Davies' upcoming adaptation of Scottish novel Sunset Song.
  • UGC rides into Davies' Sunset

    22-May-2003

    UGC Films UK has pre-bought UK theatrical rights to Terence Davies' upcoming adaptation of Scottish novel Sunset Song.
  • AV launches horror genre label

    21-May-2003

    AV Pictures, the sales outfit launched by ex-Victor Film Company chief Vic Bateman and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels co-financier Angad Paul, has launched genre label Erebus with three productions set to shoot back-to-back from October.
  • AV launches horror genre label

    21-May-2003

    AV Pictures, the sales outfit launched by ex-Victor Film Company chief Vic Bateman and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels co-financier Angad Paul, has launched genre label Erebus with three productions set to shoot back-to-back from October.
  • Spice Factory finds Lost partner in US

    21-May-2003

    US-based Alchemedia Entertainment and the UK's Spice Factory have partnered on supernatural horror movie Lost.
  • Spice Factory finds Lost partner in US

    21-May-2003

    US-based Alchemedia Entertainment and the UK's Spice Factory have partnered on supernatural horror movie Lost.
  • Spice Factory finds Lost partner in US

    21-May-2003

    US-based Alchemedia Entertainment and the UK's Spice Factory have partnered on supernatural horror movie Lost.
  • UK's Metrodome is high on Life

    21-May-2003

    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired all rights to Isabel Coixet's Berlin title My Life Without Me and video rights to Kenneth Bowser's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, which played in Cannes' Official Selection.
  • Firth stars in Beyond's Dead Wait

    20-May-2003

  • Firth stars in Beyond's Dead Wait

    20-May-2003

  • Mia Bays goes Missing In Action

    20-May-2003

    Mia Bays is leaving her post as head of marketing and distribution at UK National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium to launch her own production company, Missing In Action Films.
  • Mia Bays goes Missing In Action

    20-May-2003

    Mia Bays is leaving her post as head of marketing and distribution at UK National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium to launch her own production company, Missing In Action Films.
  • Gold Circle UK plans unveiled

    19-May-2003

    Gold Circle Films, the Los Angeles-based company which scored with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has become the latest US company to set up shop in the UK.
  • Gold Circle UK plans unveiled

    19-May-2003

    Gold Circle Films, the Los Angeles-based company which scored with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has become the latest US company to set up shop in the UK.
  • Icon signs with Turturro's comic musical

    19-May-2003

    Icon Entertainment International has boarded Romance & Cigarettes, a darkly comic musical starring Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini and Susan Sarandon, directed by John Turturro and executive produced by the Coen brothers.
  • Icon signs with Turturro's comic musical

    19-May-2003

    Icon Entertainment International has boarded Romance & Cigarettes, a darkly comic musical starring Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini and Susan Sarandon, directed by John Turturro and executive produced by the Coen brothers.
  • Corman earmarks $10m for Irish co-prods

    19-May-2003

    Roger Corman of Concorde Films has teamed with Kieran Corrigan of Ireland's Merlin Films to launch a $10m drive into financing low-to-medium budget productions primarily from Europe, the partners announced on Thursday.
  • Hot Britstar goes to war for Calderwood

    19-May-2003

    Rising British male star Chewitel Ejiofor, who shot to prominence opposite Audrey Tautou in Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things, has joined the cast of African love story Girls At War, which is based at Andrea Calderwood's UK production outfit Slate Films.
  • Miramax full of Eastern promises

    19-May-2003

    Miramax Films has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding UK free TV to BBC Films' Eastern Promises, a contemporary thriller set in an immigrant community.
  • Optimum/Rialto buy first joint acquisition

    19-May-2003

    The UK's Optimum Releasing and Australian/New Zealand distributor Rialto have bought HBO Films' Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner American Splendor as the first title in a joint buying relationship.
  • Pavlikovsky re-teams with BBC on new slate

    19-May-2003

    Paul Pavlikovsky, the acclaimed director of 2000's Last Resort, is re-teaming with BBC Films on coming-of-age-tale This Summer Of Love.
  • Basinger tops Oscar Wilde scandal

    16-May-2003

    Kim Basinger is heading to the Riviera to shoot A Good Woman, based on Oscar Wilde's celebrated play Lady Windermere's Fan, for worldwide sales agent Beyond Films.
  • Basinger tops Oscar Wilde scandal

    16-May-2003

    Kim Basinger is heading to the Riviera to shoot A Good Woman, based on Oscar Wilde's celebrated play Lady Windermere's Fan, for worldwide sales agent Beyond Films.
  • New-look FilmFour boasts tantalizing slate

    16-May-2003

    A best-selling novel generating interest from a host of US companies, a comedy about a rock legend and a thriller about a brutal killing are amongst the avowedly 'catholic' debut slate of the UK's restructured FilmFour under Tessa Ross.
  • New-look FilmFour boasts tantalizing slate

    16-May-2003

    A best-selling novel generating interest from a host of US companies, a comedy about a rock legend and a thriller about a brutal killing are amongst the avowedly 'catholic' debut slate of the UK's restructured FilmFour under Tessa Ross.
  • Blanchett to star as Beatrix Potter for Phoenix

    16-May-2003

    Cate Blanchett has taken the lead role in Phoenix Pictures' Miss Potter, the biopic of Beatrix Potter, which will be directed by Bruce Beresford. Blanchett, who is also attached to star in Alias Grace for Working Title Films, will play the young spinster who became a bestselling author with her timeless children's books based around characters such as Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck.
  • Blanchett to star as Beatrix Potter for Phoenix

    16-May-2003

    Cate Blanchett has taken the lead role in Phoenix Pictures' Miss Potter, the biopic of Beatrix Potter, which will be directed by Bruce Beresford. Blanchett, who is also attached to star in Alias Grace for Working Title Films, will play the young spinster who became a bestselling author with her timeless children's books based around characters such as Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck.
  • Metro Tartan hires Asian buyer

    16-May-2003

    UK distributor Metro Tartan Distribution has appointed Christine Iso as its head of acquisitions with specific responsibility for Asia.
  • Mother seduces key Euro sales

    16-May-2003

    Roger Michell's The Mother, the Director's Fortnight title which world premieres tonight has closed UK, French and Spanish deals.
  • Moviehouse reunites with Broomfield

    16-May-2003

    Gary Phillips and Mark Vennis' UK-based sales house Moviehouse Entertainment has acquired Nick Broomfield's new Aileen Wuornos documentary Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer.
  • Aishwarya Rai to star in period epic The Rising

    15-May-2003

    Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai - who paraded here yesterday alongside her fellow Cannes jury members - is to star in Capitol Films' The Rising, a period epic set against the 1857 Indian mutiny that fuses western and Indian filmmaking styles.
  • Aishwarya Rai to star in period epic The Rising

    15-May-2003

    Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai - who paraded here yesterday alongside her fellow Cannes jury members - is to star in Capitol Films' The Rising, a period epic set against the 1857 Indian mutiny that fuses western and Indian filmmaking styles.
  • Brideshead Revisited to be revisited

    15-May-2003

    Warner Bros has finalised a deal to develop and produce Ecosse Films' feature adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, the celebrated Evelyn Waugh novel which the hit TV series turned into the quintessential British heritage production.
  • Roeg, Shivas return to witchcraft

    15-May-2003

    UK auteur Nicolas Roeg and producer Mark Shivas are to return to the sorcery and children brew of their 1990 Roald Dahl adaptation, The Witches.
  • Optimum bags Comandante, Animal Factory for UK

    15-May-2003

    UK distributor Optimum Releasing has acquired four films including Steve Buscemi's gritty prison drama Animal Factory, starring Edward Furlong and Willem Dafoe, and Oliver Stone's Fidel Castro documentary Comandante.
  • UK outfit plans Imax studio

    15-May-2003

    Aiming to tap into an anticipated rise in large-format releases such as The Matrix: Reloaded, UK production company North Star Entertainment is planning to create a 3D Imax studio. The Bradford-based company is setting up offices in London and Toronto and developing a 3D Imax science fiction feature.
  • UK outfit plans Imax studio

    15-May-2003

    Aiming to tap into an anticipated rise in large-format releases such as The Matrix: Reloaded, UK production company North Star Entertainment is planning to create a 3D Imax studio. The Bradford-based company is setting up offices in London and Toronto and developing a 3D Imax science fiction feature.
  • HanWay adds Binoche, Fishburne thriller to Cannes slate

    14-May-2003

    UK-based sales company HanWay has added thriller Scheherazade, starring Juliette Binoche and Laurence Fishburne, to its busy Cannes slate.
  • HanWay adds Binoche, Fishburne thriller to Cannes slate

    14-May-2003

    UK-based sales company HanWay has added thriller Scheherazade, starring Juliette Binoche and Laurence Fishburne, to its busy Cannes slate.
  • New sales company, AV Pictures, launches debut slate

    13-May-2003

    Angad Paul, co-financier of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, and ex-Victor Film Company chief Vic Bateman are launching sales on fashion world comedy Hatter through their new sales company AV Pictures.
  • New UK sales company Element X teams with Visionview

    8-May-2003

    Former FilmFour executives Janine Gold and Natalie Brenner have launched their own sales outfit, Element X, with a non-exclusive relationship with leading UK tax financier Visionview.
  • Odyssey to bring high-profile slate to Cannes

    8-May-2003

    Ralph Kamp and Louise Goodsill's UK-based sales company Odyssey Entertainment is heading to Cannes with a bustling slate including two new additions - The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and Samantha Morton, and The Blue Afternoon, directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Olivier Martinez and Sam Neill.
  • Miramax snaps up Pride And Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical

    8-May-2003

    Miramax Films has beaten several US rivals to pre-buy North and South American rights on Pathe UK's white-hot Pride And Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical, according to sources.
  • UK's Celador commissions Millionaire script

    8-May-2003

    Russell T Davies has been commissioned to write a feature screenplay based on the events surrounding the recent Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' fraud case for the UK's Celador Films, the sister company to the TV concern behind the hit gameshow.
  • Helkon SK renamed Redbus Film Distribution

    6-May-2003

    Helkon SK chiefs Simon Franks and Zygi Kamasa have renamed their UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution, signalling their imminent separation from bankrupt German parent Helkon Media.
  • Chada, Campion pledge support for UK women in film scheme

    5-May-2003

    Directors Gurinder Chadha and Jane Campion have pledged their support to a UK scheme for women in film launched this week by industry agency Women in Film and Television and distributor United International Pictures (UIP).
  • UK's BFI undergoes major internal review

    5-May-2003

    Anthony Minghella, the director who chairs of the British Film Institute (BFI), has launched a wide-ranging internal review of the venerable film body to develop a blueprint for the future of the organisation.
  • Icon seduced by Loach's Fond Kiss

    2-May-2003

    Ken Loach may not be such a stranger in his own land after all. Having typically financed his films with little more than a TV deal out of the UK, the director's regular producer Rebecca O'Brien has secured an all-rights pre-sale on Ae Fond Kiss to Icon Film Distribution.
  • Calendar Girls head for Cannes

    2-May-2003

    Buena Vista International's highly-anticipated UK comedy Calendar Girls will screen at Cannes outside the festival.
  • Calendar Girls head for Cannes market

    2-May-2003

    Buena Vista International's highly-anticipated UK comedy Calendar Girls will screen at Cannes outside the festival.
  • IN-motion boards Romero chiller

    2-May-2003

    London-based sales house IN-motion Pictures has boarded horror -meister George A Romero's thriller The ILL.
  • UK tax breaks could disappear altogether warns PACT

    30-Apr-2003

    UK producers body PACT has warned that the UK's influential film tax breaks could disappear completely in July 2005.
  • Savage to direct Blanchett in Atwood adaptation

    29-Apr-2003

    Rising UK director Dominic Savage is to direct Cate Blanchett in an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace for Working Title Films.
  • UK Film Council's development fund backs range of genres

    24-Apr-2003

  • UK's Artificial Eye acquires At Five In The Afternoon

    24-Apr-2003

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has picked up Samira Makhmalbaf's Cannes competition film At Five In The Afternoon.
  • Russian Ark to get digital screenings in the UK

    23-Apr-2003

    Arthouse success Russian Ark is to receive a three-month digital outing in the UK.
  • Pathe UK loses head of development

    22-Apr-2003

    Matt Gannon has decided to leave his position as head of development at Pathe's UK operation, managing director Francois Ivernel confirmed on Thursday.
  • Head of development leaves Pathe UK

    18-Apr-2003

    Matt Gannon has decided to leave his position as head of development at Pathe's UK operation, managing director Francois Ivernel confirmed on Thursday.
  • Working Title prepares to shoot Shaun Of The Dead

    16-Apr-2003

    Working Title Films is to start shooting romantic zombie comedy Shaun Of The Dead in May, the UK-based production powerhouse confirmed on Tuesday.
  • More sex please, we're British

    15-Apr-2003

    There is a distinctly saucy atmosphere in the country which spawned the Carry On films and The Full Monty, with two cheeky British comedies starting shooting and a third tipped to become a hit when it opens later this year.
  • Gurinder Chadha finds her leading man

    14-Apr-2003

    Pathe UK's white-hot Bollywood musical version of Pride And Prejudice has finally found its Darcy.
  • UK tax fund First Choice backs 30% of Myriad duo, Purifiers

    9-Apr-2003

    First Choice, the innovative UK tax fund launched by financier Grosvenor Park, is pumping approximately 30% of the budgets into two high-profile titles on MyriadPictures' international sales slate - Istvan Szabo's Being Julia and Trauma,director Marc Evan's next picture after UK horror hit My Little Eye.
  • UK Film Council considers major digital cinema circuit

    9-Apr-2003

    In a potentially groundbreaking move, UK Government support body the Film Council is hatching plans to pour close to $21.8m (£14m) into a nation-wide circuit of up to 250 digital screens.
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones ready for Getting And Spending

    8-Apr-2003

    Catherine Zeta-Jones' Milkwood Films has teamed with UK National Lottery franchise Pathe Pictures and Starboard Entertainment to develop and produce a feature based on the stage play Getting And Spending.
  • UK's Metrodome picks up The Hard Word, Spellbound

    1-Apr-2003

    Fresh from the UK theatrical success of Donnie Darko, indie distributor Metrodome has picked up The Hard Word from Beyond Films and Academy Award-nominated documentary Spellbound.
  • Marleen Gorris to direct Bronte

    31-Mar-2003

    Academy Award-winning director Marleen Gorris is to direct Bronte, the story of the Bronte sisters.
  • European film councils make joint declaration on funding

    18-Mar-2003

    The criteria for European public film support could shift to a more commercial footing after the continent's leading funding bodies unveiled an EU-wide accord yesterday.
  • Soren Fischer dies, aged 62

    18-Mar-2003

    Highly-regarded film publicist and festival rep Soren Fischer died last week in London aged 62.
  • Boyle to make Millions for Pathe, Mission

    17-Mar-2003

    Danny Boyle is to begin shooting Mission Pictures' Millions, his first film since zombie horror hit 28 Days Later, for Pathe UK starting May 5.
  • Pathe UK starts shooting Scorpio's Natural History

    17-Mar-2003

    Pathe UK this week started shooting on Natural History, the debut picture from ex-Renaissance Films chief Stephen Evans' Scorpio Films.
  • New UK tax fund targets transatlantic film distribution

    6-Mar-2003

    Warner Bros. is set to tap into a transatlantic distribution fund being raised through UK tax financing.
  • BBC sells Sylvia Plath project to Icon for UK

    5-Mar-2003

    BBC Films has sold UK rights excluding free TV to the as yet untitled Sylvia Plath Project to Icon Film Distribution, the film of arm of the UK broadcaster announced on Wednesday.
  • Gaga takes Japanese rights to Winterbottom's Code 46

    4-Mar-2003

    Gaga Communications has acquired Japanese rights to Michael Winterbottom's sci-fi Code 46, which is currently in production starring Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton.
  • High-profile speakers lined up for 2nd Inside Pictures training course

    3-Mar-2003

    Four Weddings And A Funeral writer Richard Curtis, Notting Hill producer Duncan Kenworthy and Working Title Films co-chair Tim Bevan are amongst the speakers lined up for the second edition of Inside Pictures, the training scheme set up by former PolyGram Filmed Entertainment chief Michael Kuhn.
  • UK's BFI appoints new head

    28-Feb-2003

    The British Film Institute (BFI) has appointed Amanda Nevill as director, the UK film and TV body announced on Friday.
  • Mercier to represent UK/Ireland for Cannes Directors' Fortnight

    26-Feb-2003

    Cannes Directors' Fortnight has appointed Chris Mercier, former manager of international distribution at Universal Pictures International, as its UK/Ireland representative, artistic director François da Silva announced on Wednesday.
  • AFM 2003 verdict: slow but steady

    25-Feb-2003

    A few disillusioned buyers may have already left the AFM deal tables this weekend to try their luck at the slots in Las Vegas, but if the market corridors felt emptier this year, at least the remaining buyers were serious.
  • UK buys into Boorman's Skull

    25-Feb-2003

    Icon Film Distribution has pre-bought John Boorman's South African-set drama Country Of My Skull for the UK, affirming the UK as one of the most active territories at the AFM.
  • Entertainment croons with Spacey's Darin biopic

    21-Feb-2003

    Leading UK distributor Entertainment Film Distributors(EFD) has emerged as the first international buyer for Kevin Spacey's BobbyDarin biopic, Beyond The Sea.The story of the legendary American crooner, which Spaceywill direct and star in, was unveiled yesterday at the AFM by sales agent MDPWorldwide. Spacey will produce with Arthur Friedman, Bernie Morris,Mark Damon and Sammy Lee, with shooting scheduled for June.
  • Helkon throws money behind zombie shocker

    21-Feb-2003

    UK distributor Helkon SK has picked up Boll KG'szombie feature House Of The Dead.The film, which had already been sold France and Spainbefore the American Film Market this week, has, as part of the Helkonacquisition package, an aggressive P&A commitment of EUR(Eu)1.5million. The sale was made with sales agent Interactive Film SalesInternational.
  • Israel's Broken Wings takes flight at AFM

    21-Feb-2003

    UK-basedsales agent Pathe International has sold Nir Bergman's darkly comic Israelidrama Broken Wingsto Optimum Releasing for the UK, Diaphana for France and to Cine Video Y TV forMexico in deals finalised at the American Film Market.
  • Kim Ballard joins UK's Random Harvest

    21-Feb-2003

    Former FilmFour finance director Kim Ballard has joined UK tax-driven financier and producer Random Harvest as director of production finance.
  • UK co-production tax breaks face uncertain future

    19-Feb-2003

    It has been a gold rush to rival the Klondike, only this time many of the prospectors have been rushing the other way across the Atlantic.
  • UK's Feature Film Company strikes Sterling deal

    19-Feb-2003

    Having recently earned kudos by boarding Bloody Sunday and The Last Great Wilderness at production stage, the UK's Winchester Entertainment-owned distributor: Feature Film Company is stepping up activities.
  • UK's Moviehouse picks up Britpop documentary

    19-Feb-2003

    UK-based sales outfit Moviehouse Entertainment has picked up Live Forever, the Britpop music documentary produced by John Battsek, who won an Academy Award for best documentary for One Day In September.
  • UK animation grows up

    18-Feb-2003

    A clutch of major UK animation features are cranking up, most with US Studio backing.
  • Head of FilmFour Lab steps down

    13-Feb-2003

    Robin Gutch is stepping down as head of FilmFour Lab, FilmFour's low-budget and experimental division.
  • Schumacher to direct Phantom

    13-Feb-2003

    Joel Schumacher is to direct The Phantom Of The Opera, a feature version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit stage musical which UK-based sales outfit Odyssey Entertainment will launch at next week's AFM market.
  • Steve Coogan to play Phileas Fogg in Walden's 80 Days

    12-Feb-2003

    UK TV comedian Steve Cooganhas landed the plum role of Phileas Fogg opposite Jackie Chan as Passepartoutin Walden Media's mega- budget movie adaptation of Jules Verne's AroundThe World In Eighty Days.
  • Grosvenor Park launches new tax scheme

    11-Feb-2003

    Aiming to create a rival to Inside Track, the groundbreaking fund bankrolling such titles as Girl With A Pearl Earring, Canadian-UK financier Grosvenor Park has launched First Choice, a similar tax write-off scheme offering 30% of budgets.
  • Pelzer named studio manager at Ealing

    11-Feb-2003

    Ealing Studios has appointed Jeremy Pelzer as studio manager.Pelzer, who previously acted a consultant to the historic studio, will be responsible for increasing the profile and awareness of Ealing within the film, television and media industries. He will oversee the studio's current $82m (£50m) revamp on a day-to-day basis.Pelzer managed the renewal of 3 Mills Studios in 2001.
  • In This World to get UK release by ICA Projects

    5-Feb-2003

    Michael Winterbottom's Berlin competition title In This World has secured a UK release though ICA Projects, the distribution-exhibition offshoot of UK cultural institute the ICA.
  • UK's Winchester gets Last Orders settlement

    5-Feb-2003

    The UK's troubled Winchester Entertainment has reached a $2.5m (£1.53m) settlement with German fund MBP after a dispute over payments on Last Orders.
  • Artificial Eye takes UK rights on Small Cuts

    31-Jan-2003

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has picked up all UK rights to Berlin International Film Festival competition title Small Cuts (Petites Coupures).
  • HanWay promotes Ayesta to manager, int'l sales

    31-Jan-2003

    HanWay, Jeremy Thomas and Thierry Wase-Bailey's sales company, has promoted Ana Ayesta to the newly-created position of manager, international sales.
  • Paxton cast as Thunderbirds patriarch

    31-Jan-2003

    Continuing its strategy of non A-list casting on Thunderbirds, Working Title Films has cast Bill Paxton as Jeff Tracy, head of the International Rescue.
  • Lock, Stock financier launches AV Pictures

    30-Jan-2003

    Angad Paul, one of the businessmen that financed Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, has launched his own film business.
  • Optimum brings Japanese mega-hit Spirited Away to UK

    27-Jan-2003

    UK distributor Optimum Releasing has picked up Japanese animation hit Spirited Away and Igby Goes Down, the US black comedy starring Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes and Jeff Goldblum.
  • Oscar favourites dominate UK's BAFTA nominations

    27-Jan-2003

    Academy Award favourites Chicago, Gangs Of New York and The Hours dominated the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards.
  • Jeremy Thomas returns to UK distribution

    22-Jan-2003

    Leading UK producer Jeremy Thomas is returning to UK distribution some 15 years after launching Recorded Releasing with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.
  • Capitol Films takes world sales rights on I'm Not Scared

    17-Jan-2003

    Capitol Films has acquired world sales rights on Academy Award-winning director Gabriele Salvatores' I'm Not Scared (Io No Ha Paura), which will screen in competition at next month's Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Pathe takes world sales on Broken Wings

    17-Jan-2003

    Pathe International has picked up worldwide sales rights on Broken Wings, Israel's foreign-language Academy Award entry.
  • Vanity Fair faces production setback

    17-Jan-2003

  • UK distributor issues writ against Larry Clark

    17-Jan-2003

    UK distributor Hamish McAlpine is refusing to let his fight with Larry Clark die down and has issued proceedings against the US director.
  • Neil Jordan plans Odysseus' Return

    15-Jan-2003

    Neil Jordan's Borgia may have failed to start shooting, but the Irish director appears to have found another European epic, Odysseus' Return.
  • Turner Laing named BSkyB's head of film and acquisitions

    14-Jan-2003

    BSkyB has appointed Sophie Turner Laing, the BBC's controller of acquisitions, to head the UK satellite broadcaster's film and acquisitions activities.
  • Inward investment in UK production sees slender rise

    14-Jan-2003

    UK production levels from inward investment and local films limped to $696.6m (£433.1m) last year, only slightly up on 2001's disastrous tally of $660.4m, according to figures from support body the Film Council.
  • Lebanon hostage drama gets big screen treatment

    13-Jan-2003

    UK production company Parallax Independent Production has started shooting Blind Flight, the story of the kidnapping and imprisonment in the Lebanon in the 1980s of Brian Keenan and John McCarthy.
  • The rise, fall and rise again of UK tax production funds

    13-Jan-2003

    Even as the UK's tax production funds are failing to attract enough investors to match their lofty ambitions, a new breed of internationally-oriented schemes are starting to emerge.
  • Minghella takes over as British Film Institute chief

    10-Jan-2003

    Anthony Minghella has been appointed chair of UK cinema cultural body the British Film Institute (BFI).
  • Jude Law resigns from Natural Nylon

    9-Jan-2003

    UK actor Jude law is resigning his directorship of Natural Nylon, the talent-led production company he set up with fellow actors such as Ewan McGregor.
  • Cinesite announces new appointments

    8-Jan-2003

    Cinesite (Europe) has appointed Antony Hunt, former managing director of MillFilm, as managing director as part of a round of appointments.
  • Matheson confirmed as vice chair of film at PACT

    8-Jan-2003

    Margaret Matheson, managing director of Bard Entertainments, has been confirmed to replace producer Andy Paterson as vice chair for film at UK producer's body PACT.
  • O'Halloran joins UIP as director of int'l acquisitions

    8-Jan-2003

    UIP has confirmed that Nuala O'Halloran has joined as director of international acquisitions.Born and educated in Ireland, O'Halloran spent six years in Australia where she was director of acquisitions and investment at the Premium Movie Partnership.She replaces Marion Pilowsky, who left the company to head Myriad Pictures' new London arm. The appointment is effective immediately.
  • Billy Elliot delivers ratings success for BBC

    6-Jan-2003

    The BBC scored a spectacular hit with Billy Elliot on New Year's Day, with the in-house production becoming the most popular film on TV during the Christmas period across all channels.
  • World premieres dominate Rotterdam's Tiger Award competition

    6-Jan-2003

    This month's International Film Festival Rotterdam will showcase eight world premieres in its centrepiece section, the VPRO Tiger Award Competition.
  • Shine's film arm put on Ice

    3-Jan-2003

    The core film executives at Elisabeth Murdoch's UK company Shine Entertainment are launching independent production outfit Ice Productions following the closure of Shine's film arm.
  • Arclight shines on Head In The Clouds

    23-Dec-2002

    Arclight Films is to handle worldwide sales on Head In The Clouds, a romance starring Natalie Portman and Penelope Cruz which will be directed by the UK's John Duigan.
  • Indian megastar cast in Bollywood Pride And Prejudice

    19-Dec-2002

    Indian megastar Aishwarya Rai is to star in Pride And Prejudice - The Bollywood Musical, the all-singing, all-dancing take on Jane Austen's novel from Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha
  • UK's PACT appoints Planalp as director of film

    19-Dec-2002

    UK producers body PACT has appointed Ronnie Planalp as director of film following Bertrand Moullier's exit earlier this year.
  • Winchester mulls sale option as shares slump

    19-Dec-2002

    UK-based Winchester Entertainment has effectively put itself up for sale, saying it is considering "strategic options".
  • New chief appointed at UK's FilmFour

    18-Dec-2002

    Channel 4 drama chief Tessa Ross is to head its new film division FilmFour, the broadcaster confirmed on Wednesday.
  • Kenworthy pulls back from DNA

    16-Dec-2002

  • Film Council funds scheme to improve cinema access for sensory impaired

    9-Dec-2002

    UK support body the Film Council has unveiled a£500,000 National Lottery package to boost the accessibility of films for people with sensory disabilities.
  • BAFTA declares Oscar reject The Warrior is British

    6-Dec-2002

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has confirmed it considers The Warrior as British, despite the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' decision that the film is ineligible as the UK entry for the foreign-language Oscars.
  • Academy slays Warrior's Oscar ambitions

    5-Dec-2002

  • UK shooting costs come under fire

    2-Dec-2002

    UK support body the Film Council is aiming to slash production costs under a code of practice for films budgeted at $3.1m - $6.2m (£2m-£4m).
  • Optimum adds two to 2003 UK release slate

    27-Nov-2002

    UK independent distributor Optimum Releasing has picked up all UK rights to Roger Dodger from Alliance Atlantis and XX/XY from Senator International.
  • Karel Reisz dies, aged 76

    27-Nov-2002

    Karel Reisz, director of Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, the major box-office success of British New Wave cinema in the early 60s, has died in London aged 76.
  • BFI endorses Carnages at Regus London film festival

    25-Nov-2002

    The British Film Institute's Sutherland Trophy went to French film Carnages by Delphine Gleize as this year's London Film Festival wound to a close.
  • UK government moves to tighten co-production rules

    22-Nov-2002

  • Aardman's Rose goes solo with Sirolo

    20-Nov-2002

    Michael Rose, who spearheaded Aardman Animations' drive into features with its hit debut Chicken Run, has left the UK animation company to set up his own production outfit, Sirolo Films.
  • Pathe takes over FilmFour slate

    19-Nov-2002

    Pathe UK has confirmed it is taking over 11 titles from FilmFour, the UK film operation being scaled back by broadcasting parent Channel 4.
  • Gil Junger starts shooting If Only

    14-Nov-2002

  • UK's Prism Leisure acquires Odyssey

    13-Nov-2002

    UK video and DVD distributor Prism Leisure has acquired the Odyssey group of companies, distributor of titles including Merchant Ivory's Howards End and Scum.
  • UK's Winchester signs seven-year deal with Universal

    13-Nov-2002

    Winchester Entertainment said Tuesday it has struck a seven-year video distribution deal with Universal Pictures' UK arm.
  • New production outfit: light club launched by Day

    13-Nov-2002

    Elinor Day, the former deputy head of production at FilmFour who was responsible for such films as East Is East and Oscar hopeful The Warrior, has launched her own production company, the light club.
  • Gareth Jones to spearhead Winchester production

    6-Nov-2002

    Winchester Films has appointed Gareth Jones to head UK production activities. The ex-Alibi Films International chief joins the UK company as head of UK film production and finance, effective from next week.
  • Fresh buyers emerge in UK

    5-Nov-2002

    Arguably the only sellers' market left in Europe, the competitive UK distribution sector is heating up further as fresh companies emerge, fuelled by UK tax funding.
  • Miramax shakes up its Euro gang

    5-Nov-2002

    Ending months of speculation, Miramax Films has confirmed a major shake-up of the London-based team responsible for implementing its production and acquisitions activities across Europe.
  • Spice Girl gets Scary again

    5-Nov-2002

    Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown is living up to her Scary nickname by starring in LD 50, a psychological thriller form UK producer-financier Random Harvest.
  • Tucker to direct November 5 terrorist attack movie

    5-Nov-2002

  • Wes Anderson clan gathers round HanWay comedy

    5-Nov-2002

    UK-based sales agent HanWay has boarded The Squid And The Whale, the quirky New York comedy being produced by Wes Anderson, the director behind Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.
  • Parker delivers UK cinema 'reality check'

    5-Nov-2002

    Alan Parker, the UK director who chairs British film support body the Film Council, has called for a radical overhaul of public support to finally cure British cinema of its "little England" disease.
  • Boorman taps Jackson, Binoche for Country Of The Skulls

    4-Nov-2002

    John Boorman is to direct Samuel L Jackson and Juliette Binoche in South African-set drama Country Of My Skull. UK-based sales company The Works is representing the production worldwide, with shooting scheduled for February.
  • Boorman taps Jackson, Binoche for Country Of The Skulls

    4-Nov-2002

    John Boorman is to direct Samuel L Jackson and Juliette Binoche in South African-set drama Country Of My Skull. UK-based sales company The Works is representing the production worldwide, with shooting scheduled for February.
  • London screenings funk primes MIFED pump

    4-Nov-2002

    Any international film acquisitions executive who by-passed what's left of the London Screenings last week missed one key world premiere: Hanway's To Kill A King. The large-scale period piece starring Dougray Scott and Tim Roth screened to cast, crew and a strong turn-out of buyers - although no US deal has yet been closed.
  • London screenings funk primes MIFED pump

    4-Nov-2002

    Any international film acquisitions executive who by-passed what's left of the London Screenings last week missed one key world premiere: Hanway's To Kill A King. The large-scale period piece starring Dougray Scott and Tim Roth screened to cast, crew and a strong turn-out of buyers ' although no US deal has yet been closed.
  • My Little Eye director returns to horror genre

    4-Nov-2002

    Fresh from the success of his low-budget horror hit My Little Eye, director Marc Evans is returning to the psychological chiller genre with Trauma.
  • My Little Eye director returns to horror genre

    4-Nov-2002

    Fresh from the success of his low-budget horror hit My Little Eye, director Marc Evans is returning to the psychological chiller genre with Trauma.
  • Veggie empire goes on global Odyssey

    4-Nov-2002

    Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato are talking vegetables that have spawned a $500m kids entertainment franchise that has been nipping at Walt Disney's heels in the market for direct-to-video children's series. Now the Christian-themed US animation phenomenon VeggieTales is recruiting distributors to expand into the international market for the first time.
  • Veggie empire goes on global Odyssey

    4-Nov-2002

    Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato are talking vegetables that have spawned a $500m kids entertainment franchise that has been nipping at Walt Disney's heels in the market for direct-to-video children's series. Now the Christian-themed US animation phenomenon VeggieTales is recruiting distributors to expand into the international market for the first time.
  • Ewan McGregor quits Natural Nylon

    31-Oct-2002

    Ewan McGregor has left Natural Nylon, the UK production company founded by the cream of the country's acting talent in a bid to create a British United Artists.
  • Mason in the frame to head Channel 4's new film unit

    31-Oct-2002

    Graeme Mason, Universal Pictures' former president of acquisitions, has emerged as a candidate to head Channel 4's new film unit if he and the channel agree on a structure for the operation.
  • Moviehouse Entertainment takes Long Lunch

    31-Oct-2002

    Moviehouse Entertainment, the one-year-old UK sales company, has picked up worldwide rights to Australian action-comedy The Long Lunch.
  • Moviehouse Entertainment takes Long Lunch

    31-Oct-2002

    Moviehouse Entertainment, the one-year-old UK sales company, has picked up worldwide rights to Australian action-comedy The Long Lunch.
  • Three film funding schemes launched at British independent film awards

    30-Oct-2002

    Fittingly for an industry experiencing a flood a new tax-based film funds, Wednesday night's British Independent Film Awards (Bifa's) saw the unveiling of the latest venture to hit the market with bold claims.
  • Green, Knibbs join board of UK's Film Council

    30-Oct-2002

    Nigel Green, joint managing director of Entertainment Film Distributors, and Stephen Knibbs, senior vice president of UCI Cinemas, have joined the board of UK support body the Film Council.
  • Jackass star Knoxville boards Grand Theft Parsons

    30-Oct-2002

    Fresh off his number one box office hit, Jackass - The Movie, Johnny Knoxville has signed to the comedy, Grand Theft Parsons.
  • Cuts at Signpost point to Till joining UIP

    29-Oct-2002

    Signpost Films is to make further staff cuts this week, while its founder Stewart Till has held talks to take over from Paul Oneile as head of United International Pictures (UIP).
  • HanWay re-teams with Norbu for Travellers & Magicians

    25-Oct-2002

    UK-based sales concern HanWay has re-teamed with Buddhist monk-turned film director Khyentse Norbu after their collaboration on Norbu's acclaimed debut The Cup.
  • UK film production sector slumps by almost 40%

    25-Oct-2002

    Confirming the worst fears of anyone in the UK struggling to get a film off the ground, local production levels have collapsed this year by almost 40%.
  • Pathe UK accesses Ingenious equity funding

    24-Oct-2002

    Underlining how far the UK's fast-growing production tax funds have moved into the mainstream, leading local financier Ingenious is to provide 35% of the budget on a slate of titles from Pathe UK.
  • Kuhn, Bazalgette join NFTS board of governors

    24-Oct-2002

    Former PolyGram Filmed Entertainment chief Michael Kuhn is to chair the board of governors at the UK's National Film and Television School (NFTS), the school announced this week.
  • UIP chairman Oneile expected to step down

    21-Oct-2002

    UIP chairman Paul Oneile is expected to announce his departure from the international distribution giant imminently.
  • UIP exec Marion Pilowsky tapped by Myriad in London...

    21-Oct-2002

    Myriad Pictures, the Los Angeles-based sales & financing outfit, is beefing up its overseas presence by appointing UIP acquisitions chief Marion Pilowsky to head its London operation.
  • Artificial Eye takes 11'09'01 for the UK

    18-Oct-2002

    UK distributor Articificial Eye has picked up controversial September 11 film 11'09"01.
  • Optimum makes the most of new acquisitions

    18-Oct-2002

  • Artificial Eye takes Dolls, Springtime for UK

    10-Oct-2002

    Artificial Eye has picked UK rights to Takeshi Kitano's Dolls and Tian Zhuangzhuang's Springtime In A Small Town.
  • Quirky kidnap comedy is Rio's surprise discovery

    7-Oct-2002

    TheRio International Film Festival scored an unlikely hit on Saturday with DurvalRecords (DurvalDiscos), ajet-black Brazilian comedy from a first-timer on a shoestring budget that stolethe show so far for many delegates.
  • Latin American sizzle heats up foreign markets

    3-Oct-2002

    In the fickle world of acquisitions, Latin America has a fair claim to being this week's hot new cinema.
  • Rio festival sambas on despite election fever

    2-Oct-2002

    Competing forattention in Rio seems impossible in presidential election week. Streets aredraped with banners for leftist favourite Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva -known as simply as Lula - and if that wasn't distraction enough, druglords ordered an unofficial curfew on Monday, possibly as a sabre-rattlingexercise ahead of Sunday's voting.And yet, in themidst of all this election fever, Brazil's biggest film festival isticking along surprisingly ...
  • Miramax's Weinsteins to receive BFI fellowships

    30-Sep-2002

    Miramax Films co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein are to be awarded British Film Institute fellowships for outstanding contribution to cinema, the UK cultural institution's top honour.
  • UK's Civilian Content 'cautiously positive' about half-year results

    27-Sep-2002

    Civilian Content, the UK media concern currently bidding to extend its National Lottery franchise: The Film Consortium, is inching towards profitability after posting a pre-tax loss of $390,000 (£250,000) for the first half of the year.
  • Natural Nylon team unravels as founder producer Bryant exits

    25-Sep-2002

    Natural Nylon founder Damon Bryant is exiting the company he launched with leading British actors Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and Jonny Lee Miller and fellow producer Bradley Adams.Bryant is taking two projects with him which were developed at Natural Nylon under its first-look arrangement with Alliance Atlantis. John Maybury (Love is the Devil) is to direct the $23 million Marlowe from a script written by himself and Alan Ayres, while director Alison Maclean (Jesus' ...
  • Oscar hopefuls hit language barrier

    19-Sep-2002

    Qualifying for the foreign language Oscars has long been the source of some confusion, but this year the imbroglio of the world's most important film trophy is boiling over into resentment. The Oscar for most angry country goes to Sweden, which argues that the criterion of language ghettoises national cinemas. Lilja 4-Ever, Lukas Moodysson's highly-anticipated follow-up to hit black comedy Together, looked like a shoe-in for Sweden's Oscar submission. But as the ...
  • Winchester stock rises after Helkon buys into company

    18-Sep-2002

    Winchester Entertainment's stock rose a hefty 44% yesterday after Simon Franks and Zygi Kamasa's UK distributor Helkon SK bought 3.67% of the media company.Winchester chief executive and founder Gary Smith played down speculation that Helkon might bid for the company, saying that the share purchase had acted as a catalyst for the market to realise that Winchester was undervalued."I personally own about four times as much as they do," Smith said. "I can't see them making ...
  • $20m Edgardo Mortara bites the dust

    17-Sep-2002

  • UK rides risky business boom

    11-Sep-2002

    Anyone looking for the next Germany should consider the UK. A $2.5bn (£1.6 bn) avalanche of financing is pouring into the film sector as changes in last April's budget start to kick in. But tax financing is in such flux that, like Germany, the boom could suddenly turn sour.
  • UK's Granada Film axed

    11-Sep-2002

    Granada Film, the UK operation behind Ghost World, Bloody Sunday, The Gathering and Mira Nair's upcoming Vanity Fair adaptation, is being axed.
  • DNA seeks joint venture backer

    10-Sep-2002

    Fox Searchlight is in talks to form a joint venture with DNA, the UK National Lottery franchise of leading British producer Andrew Macdonald and Duncan Kenworthy.
  • UK's Rebellion launches tax-based financing scheme

    6-Sep-2002

    UK games software company Rebellion has launched a tax-based scheme to finance feature adaptations of strips from 2000AD, the long-running UK comic book best known for lawman and cult icon Judge Dredd.
  • Disney boards John Williams' $40m Valiant

    6-Sep-2002

    Walt Disney Studios has boarded Valiant, the $40m animation film to be made at the UK's Ealing Studios.
  • Red Light Runners faces financial greenlight hurdle

    5-Sep-2002

  • Buffalo Soldiers get to go home

    5-Sep-2002

  • Fierce Entertainment denies Red Light Runners deal

    5-Sep-2002

    In a further bizarre twist to the film's financing - or lack of it - Fierce Entertainment has denied any commitment to Red Light Runners, the UK heist movie being set up by Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen.
  • Working Title's WT2 begins to shoot The Calcium Kid

    1-Sep-2002

    Working Title Films' low budget division WT2 is set to start principal photography on The Calcium Kid, starring Orlando Bloom, who plays Legolas in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
  • K-19 forces Intermedia into new profits slump

    30-Aug-2002

    Intermedia has issued its second profit warning this year following disappointing US box office results for K-19: The Widowmaker, the Harrison Ford picture on which the company raised its direct distribution risk.
  • Kuhn & Co.'s UK debut production begins shoot

    29-Aug-2002

  • Bright Young Things finds new home at Civilian Content, Icon

    29-Aug-2002

    Stephen Fry's EvelynWaugh adaptation Bright Young Things is expected to be one of the first projects to re-surface after theclosure of the UK's FilmFour.
  • UK's Ealing Studios to revive St Trinian's comedies

    26-Aug-2002

    Ealing Studios, the historic UK film studio at the centre of a £50 million redevelopment plan, is reviving the classic British comedies of St Trinian's.
  • Red Light Runners shelves plans to raise UK tax vehicle funds

    22-Aug-2002

    Red Light Runners, the crime thriller that recently made headlines when it announced a cast including Michael Madsen and Minnie Driver, is understood to have shelved plans to raise its budget through UK tax financing vehicle the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).
  • Macleod to head Media Business School marketing course

    7-Aug-2002

    Charlotte Macleod, founder of UK script development body The Script Factory, is to head the marketing and distribution course at the EU-backed Media Business School.
  • The Works boards Whale Rider

    4-Aug-2002

    London-based sales outfit The Works has boarded Whale Rider, a drama set in the Maori community and written and directed by Memory And Desire's Niki Caro.
  • Germany's Helkon Media files for insolvency

    2-Aug-2002

  • British Board of Film Classification names new president

    1-Aug-2002

    Quentin Thomas (pictured), a civil servant knighted for services to the Northern Ireland peace process, will succeed Andreas Whittam Smith as president of the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Winchester Entertainment's Gary Smith cleared by UK financial watchdog

    31-Jul-2002

    Winchester Entertainment chief Gary Smith (pictured) has been cleared by UK watchdog the Financial Services Authority (FSA) following an investigation into his sale of shares on the eve of a profits warning in February.
  • High Court backs UK government tax clamp down

    30-Jul-2002

    Highlighting the controversial clamp down in UK tax regulations this year, the High Court has upheld a decision by the Government to reject applications from the Peakviewing group of companies.
  • Signpost strikes first look pact with Cougar Films

    30-Jul-2002

    Stewart Till's Signpost Films has formed its first long-term production deal in the UK, striking a first-look pact with Cougar Films, the fledgling film production outfit of leading UK TV producers Sophie Balhetchet and Lynda La Plante.
  • Hunter tracks down Harper for Prey

    18-Jul-2002

    UK director Simon Hunter, whose debut film Lighthouse opens in London this week as an unusual double bill with horror classic Evil Dead, has teamed with producer Sara Harper on his next project, heist movie Prey.
  • BAFTA moves UK awards in line with Oscars shift

    18-Jul-2002

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is holding its film awards ceremony in 2004 two weeks early, the body announced this week.The move, which means the ceremony will be held Sunday 8th February, keeps the awards a month ahead of the Oscars, which have also moved two weeks.Next year's event takes place on Sunday 23rd February
  • Norton promoted to head of production at Mill Film

    18-Jul-2002

    UK-based effects house Mill Film has named Emma Norton as head of production.
  • UK's Channel 4 rejected FilmFour rescue offer

    12-Jul-2002

    Channel 4 rejected a last-minute rescue deal with Germany's Senator Film and UK tax financiers Matrix that was geared at allowing the broadcaster to slash its investment to $15m (£10m) but still save FilmFour as a going concern with an annual war-chest of $45m (£30m).
  • Channel 4 confirms FilmFour closure

    9-Jul-2002

    The UK's Channel 4 yesterday confirmed that it is to close FilmFour. It is planning to replace the $46.1m (£30m) a year vertically-integrated film division with an in-house development and production operation with an annual budget of around $15.4m (£10m). FilmFour was the UK's larfgest single film financier and was arguably the UK's most significant film company.
  • Strong overseas film sales reported by troubled FilmFour

    28-Jun-2002

    On the eve of what many expect to be a dramatic re-focusing on lower-budget films made for the local market, the UK's FilmFour has underlined its international strengths with a host of overseas sales.
  • Alan Parker re-appointed chairman of UK Film Council

    26-Jun-2002

    Alan Parker has been re-appointed as chairman of UK support body the Film Council for a further two years, film minister Kim Howells announced on Wednesday.
  • Mike Newell to pilot Deighton's Bomber

    25-Jun-2002

    Mike Newell is to direct an adaptation of Len Deighton's World War II novel Bomber.
  • UK's Film Consortium names Neil Peplow head of production

    24-Jun-2002

    Neil Peplow is taking over as head of production at UK National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium, replacing Julie Baines with immediate effect.
  • Jeremy Thomas reveals cast of Bertolucci's Dreamers

    20-Jun-2002

    Michael Pitt, Eva Green and Louis Garrel will star in Bernardo Bertolucci's next film, The Dreamers, producer Jeremy Thomas announced on Wednesday.
  • IEG pumps fresh blood into Jordan's $55m Borgia epic

    18-Jun-2002

    Neil Jordan's European epic Borgia is back on its feet after partnering with Graham King's Initial Entertainment Group.
  • UK's Civilian Content posts $7.6m pre-tax loss

    14-Jun-2002

    Civilian Content, the UK media concern which owns National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium, on Thursday posted a group loss before tax of $7.6m (£5.2m) for last year.
  • FilmFour, Pathe alliance bags Jeepers Creepers 2 for UK

    14-Jun-2002

    UK distributors FilmFour and Pathe Distribution have snapped up Like Hell: Jeepers Creepers 2 from US sales agent Myriad Pictures through their busy buying alliance.
  • Celador Films appoints head of production and development

    13-Jun-2002

    Leading UK independent TV producer Celador Films, best known for hit quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire', is stepping up its film activities.
  • Metro Tartan adds to Cannes acquisitions

    13-Jun-2002

    Independent UK distributor Metro Tartan Distribution has acquired Un Certain Regard title Angel On The Right and Respiro, which won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Critics Week.
  • Borgia project starts search for new finance

    10-Jun-2002

    UK producer Stephen Woolley has been forced to refinance Neil Jordan's Renaissance epic Borgia after failing to agree a budget figure with US-based sales agent Myriad Pictures.
  • Holmes, Euston Films partner for The Farmer Wants A Wife

    6-Jun-2002

  • UK's Channel 4 mulls FilmFour options

    6-Jun-2002

    UK broadcaster Channel 4 is in talks to bring in a partner for its loss-making film arm FilmFour, chief executive Mark Thompson said on Wednesday.
  • Beckham to play in Japan and Korea

    30-May-2002

    It looks like Beckham will be playing in Japan and Korea. UK-based sales outfit The Works has sold Bend It Like Beckham to a host of markets including Japan (New Select) and Korea (Digital Nega).
  • Borgia inches forward

    24-May-2002

    Regarded as a barometer of the health of large-scale film financing in a depressed European market, Neil Jordan's epic Borgia appears to be finally coming together as a mammoth co-production between the UK, Germany, Italy, Ireland and possibly France.
  • Kapadia boards St Agnes' Stand

    24-May-2002

  • FilmFour's Motorcycle travels far and wide

    23-May-2002

    Testifying to the ability of stand-out market titles to find international pre-buys despite the financial woes of European buyers, FilmFour International has closed a raft of deals on its hot Che Guevara picture The Motorcycle Diaries.
  • Fragile deal struck with Miramax

    23-May-2002

    Miramax Films and the UK' s Fragile Films have struck a two-and-half year first look deal.
  • Helkon seduced by Bollywood Queen

    23-May-2002

    Flush with the success of runaway UK hit Bend It Like Beckham, UK distributor Helkon SK has bought Bollywood Queen for the UK and France.
  • Hopscotch jumps on Columbine

    23-May-2002

    Hopscotch, the Australian distributor launched this month by ex-Dendy Films chief Troy Lum and releasing veteran Frank Cox, has made its first acquisition, picking up Bowling For Columbine.
  • Anthony Hopkins to take on the Pope

    22-May-2002

    Anthony Hopkins is finalising a deal to play Pope Pius IX opposite Oscar-nominated Spanish star Javier Bardem in FilmFour's $20 million Edgardo Mortara.
  • Nick Moran tunes up Telstar directing debut

    22-May-2002

    UK actor Nick Moran hit Cannes this week to announce his directing debut, Telstar, a biopic of underground music legend Joe Meek.
  • Arclight, Spice Factory launch UK slate

    21-May-2002

    Horror adaptation Possession, modern-day Count of Monte Cristo story Lazarus Ash and thriller Perfect People head the slate of $10m - $25m productions in a partnership between Gary Hamilton's Arclight Films, the UK's Spice Factory and best-selling horror novelist Peter James.
  • Capitol duets with Medusa on Callas Forever

    21-May-2002

    Capitol Films has partnered with Medusa Film to handle Franco Zeffirelli's Callas Forever, starring Fanny Ardant as the opera legend.
  • Dougray Scott becomes Hero partner

    21-May-2002

    Actor Dougray Scott has partnered in Hero Films, the UK production company of producer Anne Batz and director Mike Barker, with whom Scott recently helped save the troubled production of To Kill A King.
  • Fox Searchlight selects Beckham for North & South America

    21-May-2002

    The Works has confirmed that Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired North and South American rights UK hit Bend It Like Beckham.
  • Granada closes German pre-sale on All American

    21-May-2002

    The UK's Granada Film has closed a significant pre-sale to Germany with Telepool on romantic comedy All American Man.
  • UK filmmaker Eddie Cantor dies, aged 36

    21-May-2002

    British filmmaker Charlie Cantor died last week, aged 36. Friends and colleagues are invited to a memorial service at Bafta in London on May 28 at 7.00pm. Cantor's credits include Appetite, which he produced and co-wrote for J&M Entertainment and the Isle of Man, and Blood, which he wrote and directed.
  • 24hr party - no Cannes do

    20-May-2002

    Outraged guests were pushed and knocked to the floor by bouncers as scenes of violence erupted in Cannes at Saturday night's party for Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People.
  • Samuelson Productions to bring Stormbreaker to Isle of Man

    19-May-2002

    Marc and Peter Samuelson's Samuelson Productions has optioned the bestselling series of Stormbreaker childrens' books as the first projects in a groundbreaking development deal with the Isle of Man's newly-launched£125 million film scheme.
  • Samuelson Productions to bring Stormbreaker to Isle of Man

    19-May-2002

    Marc and Peter Samuelson's Samuelson Productions has optioned the bestselling series of Stormbreaker childrens' books as the first projects in a groundbreaking development deal with the Isle of Man's newly-launched£125 million film scheme.
  • BBC's Plath project brought into Focus

    19-May-2002

    In its first US acquisition since forming last month, Focus has boarded BBC Films' Sylvia Plath story starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • Tartan, Fortissimo go for Sixteen Years Of Alcohol

    19-May-2002

    The UK's Metro Tartan and international sales outfit Fortissimo Film Sales have partnered on Sixteen Years Of Alcohol, the directing debut of UK TV presenter turned producer Richard Jobson.
  • Paul Cox unveils The Human Touch

    18-May-2002

    Cannes favourite Paul Cox, who challenged stereotypes with his story of an elderly couple's passionate affair in Innocence, has unveiled his next production, The Human Touch.
  • Alibi's Davis lined up for Beyond sales job

    17-May-2002

    Australia's Beyond Films is expected to appoint Hilary Davis of UK based Alibi Films International to oversee international sales.
  • Alibi's Davis lined up for Beyond sales job

    17-May-2002

    Australia's Beyond Films is expected to appoint Hilary Davis of UK based Alibi Films International to oversee international sales.
  • FilmFour boards Fry's Bright Young Things

    17-May-2002

    FilmFour has partnered with UK production outfit Revolution Films on UK actor Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things, a self-penned adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 1930s satire Vile Bodies. Fry confirmed Judi Dench and Peter O'Toole are attached to star as part of a Gosford Park-style ensemble of UK and US actors. Shooting is scheduled for September
  • Four Horsemen rides with Overseas Filmgroup

    17-May-2002

    Overseas Filmgroup has struck a multi-picture deal to handle sales on films from Four Horsemen Films, the UK genre label which recently struck a deal for European distribution with Buena Vista.
  • Four Horsemen rides with Overseas Filmgroup

    17-May-2002

    Overseas Filmgroup has struck a multi-picture deal to handle sales on films from Four Horsemen Films, the UK genre label which recently struck a deal for European distribution with Buena Vista.
  • The Works climbs aboard Ward's River Queen

    17-May-2002

    UK-based sales outfit The Works has stepped up its international production activities by boarding New Zealand director Vincent Ward's River Queen, a large-scale historical piece about the Maori's war against the British in the 19th century.
  • Ealing Studios teams with Odyssey for $40m animation

    16-May-2002

    The UK's Ealing Studios has teamed with Ralph Kamp's newly-launched sales outfit Odyssey Entertainment to produce $40m CG animation film Valiant.
  • Ealing Studios teams with Odyssey for $40m animation

    16-May-2002

    The UK's Ealing Studios has teamed with Ralph Kamp's newly-launched sales outfit Odyssey Entertainment to produce $40m CG animation film Valiant.
  • Signpost points to Germany for next Int'l distribution move

    16-May-2002

    Stewart Till's ambitious Signpost Films aims to launch distribution operations in 80% of the international sector in the next three to five years, with Germany shaping up as one of the next markets.
  • Signpost points to Germany for next Int'l distribution move

    16-May-2002

    Stewart Till's ambitious Signpost Films aims to launch distribution operations in 80% of the international sector in the next three to five years, with Germany shaping up as one of the next markets.
  • Signpost points to Germany for next Int'l distribution move

    16-May-2002

    Stewart Till's ambitious Signpost Films aims to launch distribution operations in 80% of the international sector in the next three to five years, with Germany shaping up as one of the next markets.
  • Tiger tamer role Tailor-Made for Kate Winslet

    16-May-2002

    With a debut slate headed by a $36m production in which Kate Winslet plays a tiger tamer, newly-launched Tailor-Made Films has emerged as a UK production outfit to watch.
  • Tiger tamer role Tailor-Made for Kate Winslet

    16-May-2002

    With a debut slate headed by a $36m production in which Kate Winslet plays a tiger tamer, newly-launched Tailor-Made Films has emerged as a UK production outfit to watch.
  • Cobalt clocks into $100m Timeline

    14-May-2002

    Cobalt Media Group is in advanced talks to take over selected international rights on Paramount Pictures and Mutual Film Co's $100m-plus Timeline, one of the biggest-budget productions being circulated at Cannes.
  • Goodsill joins Kamp at Odyssey Entertainment

    8-May-2002

    Former Icon Entertainment International chief Ralph Kamp has been joined by Louise Goodsill at the head of newly-launched sales operation Odyssey Entertainment.
  • Roberts, Sheils to head distribution at UK's Metrodome

    8-May-2002

    Ben Roberts and Audrey Sheils will head distribution activities at the UK's Metrodome after Alan Partington left the company last month.
  • Stowe takes starring role in BVI, Random Harvest's Octane

    8-May-2002

    Madeleine Stowe is to star in Octane, the first production through the partnership between Buena Vista International and UK tax-based financier Random Harvest.
  • Signpost partners with Hoyts to form Signpost Films Australia

    7-May-2002

    Stewart Till's Signpost Films has established its first international distribution arm, partnering with Hoyts Distribution to form Signpost Films Australia.
  • Tomorrow La Scala! for UK's Portman Film

    6-May-2002

    The UK's Portman Film has picked up Francesca Joseph's Un Certain Regard film Tomorrow La Scala! for international sales.
  • Sony tipped to take 40% of UK's DNA

    2-May-2002

    Sony Pictures Entertainment is reportedly in talks to take a 40% stake in UK National Lottery franchise DNA.
  • Signpost appoints Bloye as vice president, sales

    30-Apr-2002

    Signpost Films has appointed Charlie Bloye as vice president, sales, the company announced on Monday.
  • FilmFour posts deeper losses as UK's C4 reveals first deficit in decade

    30-Apr-2002

    The red ink deepened at the UK's FilmFour last year, with the film arm of broadcaster Channel 4 posting an operating loss nearly double that of 2000, while its parent company revealed its first loss for 10 years.
  • UK to get Film Council's $20m arthouse 'virtual circuit'

    30-Apr-2002

    UK support body the Film Council is pressing ahead with plans to create a so-called virtual circuit of art house cinemas and will spend $20m (£14m) over the next four years on up to 150 screens around the country.
  • Saddam's Bombmaker is first acquisition for BBC Films' LA arm

    25-Apr-2002

    BBC Films has optioned Saddam's Bombmaker, the autobiography of Khidhir Hamza, the former head of Iraq's nuclear weapons program who defected to the US in 1995.
  • Bernal turns revolutionary for Motorcycle Diaries

    24-Apr-2002

    Rising Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal is to play Che Guevara in Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries.
  • Ken Loach, Rebecca O'Brien launch new production company

    24-Apr-2002

    UK director Ken Loach and producer Rebecca O'Brien, whose Sweet Sixteen was confirmed for Cannes competition on Wednesday, are splitting from long-standing UK film co-operative Parallax Pictures to launch a new production company, Sixteen Films.
  • Nina Sadowsky named president of production at Signpost Films

    22-Apr-2002

    Stewart Till's Signpost Films has appointed Nina Sadowsky as its Los Angeles-based president of production.
  • UK Government closes film tax relief loophole

    18-Apr-2002

    Loopholes allowing TV productions to access UK tax relief for films are to be closed, the Government announced in its budget on Wednesday (April 17).
  • Parkhill has start date to dot the i for Summit

    14-Apr-2002

    Summit Entertainment has scheduled April 21 to start production on dot the i, an urban love triangle story starring rising Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amores Perros).
  • Verhoeven, FilmFour partner for historical epic

    13-Apr-2002

    Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch director of such US blockbusters as Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers, and the UK's FilmFour have partnered on an epic film adaptation of one of the most shocking episodes in Dutch history.
  • Signpost in tax deal with Atlantic Screen Capital

    8-Apr-2002

    Stewart Till's Signpost Films has unveiled an exclusive deal with Andrew Somper's Atlantic Screen Capital to structure tax and European financing.
  • FilmFour options bestselling Vanity Fair expose

    5-Apr-2002

    The UK's FilmFour has optioned How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, Toby Young's best-selling account of his time in New York on upmarket magazine Vanity Fair.
  • Stars, crew take $3m deferrals to save Cromwell

    4-Apr-2002

    Stars Rupert Everett, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott and Olivia Williams have agreed to take deferments worth around $3 million to help save troubled period production Cromwell & Fairfax.
  • UK horror Dog Soldiers wins at Brussels festival

    4-Apr-2002

  • Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending opens Cannes

    4-Apr-2002

    Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending will mark the director's first trip to Cannes when it opens the festival out of competition, the event announced on Thursday.
  • Natalie Imbruglia stars in Working Title spy spoof

    4-Apr-2002

    Pop star Natalie Imbruglia is making her film debut starring opposite UK comedian Rowan Atkinson in Working Title Films' spy spoof, Johnny English.
  • San Francisco festival lines up star guests

    3-Apr-2002

    Actress Mira Sorvino, director Arturo Ripstein and LucasFilm's Rick McCallum are amongst the guests at the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs April 18 to May 2.
  • UK release of France's Pornographer is

    2-Apr-2002

    UK distributor Metro Tartan plans to place a card at the front of controversial French film The Pornographer stating that it has been "butchered" after UK certification body the BBFC demanded an 11-second cut.
  • UK's ITV Digital calls in administrators

    27-Mar-2002

    ITV Digital, the biggest pay-TV rival to UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, has sought protection from its creditors by applying for administrators to run the business.
  • Buena Vista rides with UK's Four Horsemen

    27-Mar-2002

    Buena Vista has signed a three-year European distribution pact with Four Horsemen Films, the newly-launched youth and genre label of UK producer-financier Random Harvest.
  • UK producers condemn SAG's Global Rule One

    27-Mar-2002

    Plans that effectively forcenon-US productions to employ local talent under US union rules have triggeredprotests from UK producers body PACT.
  • UK's Mill launches New York effects operation

    25-Mar-2002

    UK-based effects house The Mill is launching a New York arm, the company announced on Monday.
  • Lost In La Mancha finds UK distribution

    19-Mar-2002

    UK distributor Optimum Releasing has picked up Lost In La Mancha, the acclaimed documentary about the so-called un-making of Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
  • Isle of Man launches $35m location incentive fund

    19-Mar-2002

    The Isle of Man Government has launched a $35.6m (£25m) fund to attract big-budget films to use it as a location
  • Working Title, DNA team on Curtis comedy

    19-Mar-2002

    Working Title Films and National Lottery franchise DNA Films have teamed to produce leading UK writer Richard Curtis' directing debut, a romantic comedy in which Hugh Grant is to play the British prime minister.
  • Internationalmedia posts loss, predicts profit

    14-Mar-2002

    IM Internationalmedia pledged to return to profit this year as it announced a loss of Euros 11.9m for 2001 on Thursday.
  • Fox Phillips receives top Film Council slate fund

    14-Mar-2002

    The recently-launched production company headed by producers Diana Phillips and Robert Fox - whose combined credits include Smoke, Bad Lieutenant, Iris and The Hours - has secured slate development funding in the latest awards round from UK support body the Film Council.
  • Bond 20 officially christened

    12-Mar-2002

    Ending months of speculation, Bond producers Eon Productions have christened the spy's 20th instalment Die Another Day.
  • UK's Equity, PACT resolve actors pay dispute

    11-Mar-2002

    UK performers union Equity and producers body PACT are understood to have resolved their dispute over payments to actors.
  • Bormann becomes Internationalmedia CEO

    11-Mar-2002

    Moritz Bormann (pictured) has taken up the newly-created role of chief executive officer with worldwide responsibility for the Intermedia-Pacifica group and become chairman of its German parent, IM Internationalmedia.
  • San Sebastian, Toulouse team for Argentina promo

    8-Mar-2002

    Argentina already has four films heading for September's San Sebastian International Film Festival after the event teamed with Toulouse's Latin American Cinema Screenings to trawl for films from Latin America.
  • Judi Dench to star in Fry's Vile Bodies adaptation

    8-Mar-2002

    Judi Dench is expected to star in Bright Young Things, an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Vile Bodies that marks UK actor Stephen Fry's directing debut.
  • Secretary sold to multiple territories for Alibi

    7-Mar-2002

    UK-based sales house Alibi Films International has sold a slew of international territories on its US romantic drama Secretary, including deals with Eagle Pictures for Italy and NonStop Entertainment for Scandinavia.
  • UK film certification boss to stand down

    6-Mar-2002

    Andreas Whittam Smith is standing down as president of UK certification body the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Allen's Hollywood Ending to close San Fran fest

    6-Mar-2002

    The world premiere of Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending will close next month's San Francisco International Film Festival, the event announced this week.
  • Brit TV watchdog demands respect from Ali G

    6-Mar-2002

    Working Title Films' Ali G IndaHouse, the feature debut of UK comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's spoof gangsta rapper, is heading for a showdown with. UK TV advertising watchdog BACC.
  • Intermedia shares crash after merger cancellation

    4-Mar-2002

    Intermedia saw two thirds of its value wiped out within hours on Monday after it cancelled its imminent merger with production firm Spyglass Entertainment and slashed its earnings forecast.
  • Intermedia shares crash after merger cancellation

    4-Mar-2002

    Shares in Intermedia plummeted 65% on Monday after it cancelled a merger with production firm Spyglass Entertainment and slashed its earnings forecast.
  • Intermedia/Spyglass merger cancelled

    4-Mar-2002

    Intermedia and Spyglass Entertainment have called off their imminent merger, Intermedia announced on Monday in an ad hoc disclosure to Frankfurt's Neuer Markt.
  • BBC Films appoints Isabel Begg

    4-Mar-2002

    BBC Films, the film arm of the UK public broadcaster, has appointed Isabel Begg, formerly head of UK business and legal affairs at Miramax, as head of business and legal affairs.
  • UK's Granada and Carlton call off merger talks

    27-Feb-2002

    UK commercial television companies Granada and Carlton have called off merger talks, it was announced on Wednesday (Feb 27).
  • UK's Granada and Carlton end secret merger talks

    27-Feb-2002

    UK commercial television companies Granada and Carlton have called off a planned merger, it was announced on Wednesday (Feb 27).
  • British Academy bestows awards on Fellowship

    25-Feb-2002

  • Tesseract starts shooting with Pang in Bangkok

    20-Feb-2002

    Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Saskia Reeves have started shooting in Bangkok on The Tesseract, the film adaptation of The Beach writer Alex Garland's second novel.
  • Beckham to shoot first in UK, then score in US

    20-Feb-2002

    UK sales company The Works is holding back on a US sale on Bend It Like Beckham until after its UK theatrical debut, following a rapturously-received advance screening in London.
  • Miramax teams with FilmFour, Wolves on Actors

    19-Feb-2002

    The UK's FilmFour and Stephen Woolley and Neil Jordan's production outfit Company Of Wolves have teamed with Miramax Films on Conor McPherson's The Actors, a comedy starring Michael Caine, Dylan Moran, Michael Gambon, Lena Headey, Miranda Richardson and Ricky Gervais.
  • Gruber Films gathers Momentum, Film Council deals

    19-Feb-2002

    Gruber Films, the UK production outfit of Shooting Fish and Waking Ned producer Richard Holmes, has struck development deals with support body the Film Council and UK distribution-production operation Momentum Pictures.
  • Gilliam to revive The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    12-Feb-2002

    'If I play it right,' says Terry Gilliam, 'I can continue making this film for the rest of my life.' In Berlin to support Lost In La Mancha, the so-called 'un-making of' documentary about his aborted Don Quixote production, Gilliam still aims to make the film in question.
  • Ex-London film fest chief launches Metropolis Film

    11-Feb-2002

    Former London Film Festival head Sheila Whitaker is launching UK distributor Metropolis Films.
  • Bidding wars begin over rights to Eight Women

    11-Feb-2002

    Bidding wars in Germany and the UK on glitzy French ensemble piece Eight Women (Huit Femmes) lit up an otherwise sluggish market as the Berlinale moved into its second week.
  • Intermedia restructure scales back UK base

    10-Feb-2002

    Intermedia, the biggest film concern listed on Germany's Neuer Markt, is scaling back the UK base from which it first launched as a small independent sales outfit.
  • $25m Rhythm Section to shoot in Berlin this year

    7-Feb-2002

    The German-UK partners behind zombie video game adaptation Resident Evil are planning to return to Berlin this year to shoot The Rhythm Section, a large-scale thriller that sets a Nikita-style story in the German capital.
  • Winchester boss faces share-selling investigation

    6-Feb-2002

    Winchester Entertainment chief executive Gary Smith could reportedly face an investigation after selling shares in the UK media concern less than two weeks before it issued a profit warning on revenues.
  • Spinks heads Signpost's world business affairs

    2-Feb-2002

    Stewart Till's Signpost Films has appointed Lynwood Spinks, formerly chief operating officer of the US' Industry Entertainment, as head of worldwide business affairs.
  • UK agents pitch for bigger slice of the action

    31-Jan-2002

    The turbulent UK agency scene, where three leading players have changed ownership in as many months, is increasingly looking for a slice of the producing action - to the point of taking producer credits and fees instead of the usual commissions.
  • UK Film Council's balance sheet deemed 'healthy'

    31-Jan-2002

    Robert Jones, head of the Film Council's premier fund for commercial films, tops the UK film support body's salary list, according to its annual report.
  • UK's Optimum picks up clutch of titles

    30-Jan-2002

    Optimum Releasing, the UK indie distributor which last year made a mark with Mexican hit Amores Perros, has picked up a clutch of titles including two MGM comedies - What's The Worst That Could Happen' and Tortilla Soup.
  • Miramax acquires stake in Till's Signpost Films

    30-Jan-2002

    Miramax Films has taken a minority share in Stewart Till's Signpost Films as part of a deal to handle US distribution for the would-be studio.
  • Wootton upped at BFI, Hebron upped at LFF

    30-Jan-2002

    Adrian Wootton is stepping down as director of the London Film Festival to take up the post of deputy director of the event's parent body, the British Film Institute (BFI). His deputy, Sandra Hebron will take up the newly-created post of acting artistic director of the LFF, and is a likely candidate to take on the post permanently.
  • UK actors, not films, shine in BAFTA nominations

    28-Jan-2002

    The UK failed to secure any nominations for best film or best director at the UK's most prestigious film awards, the British Academy Film Awards, but UK actors saved face by dominating their sections.
  • UK arthouse scheme branded

    28-Jan-2002

    One of the UK's state-supported regional cinemas has slammed proposals from the Government-backed film body the Film Council to create a centrally run art-house circuit as an "insult".
  • Bruce Willis boards Intermedia, Hartswood, BBC pic

    23-Jan-2002

    In an unlikely pairing of resources, independent giant Intermedia and Bruce Willis and Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises are teaming up with Beryl Vertue’s UK company Hartswood Films and BBC Films to produce a US-set thriller Me Againwhich will star Willis and is set to go into production this year.To be produced by Rifkin and Vertue, the film is written by Stephen Moffat, Vertue’s son-in-law, and tells the story about a man who cannot recall his own identity ...
  • Arthouse cinema 'virtual circuit' mooted for UK

    22-Jan-2002

    UK support body the Film Council is proposing to unite the county's art-house cinemas in a so-called virtual circuit, as well as underwrite distributors' p&a costs, under proposals worth $24.3m (£17m) in support for the specialist sector.
  • Foreign production spend in UK down 57%

    22-Jan-2002

    Inward investment from overseas productions shooting in the UK collapsed last year by 57%, according to figures released by the British Film Commission.
  • TRP teams with IAC for The Mammoth Hunters

    21-Jan-2002

    TRP Prodcutions, the production venture set up last year by former CLT/Ufa sales chief Heinz Thym and writer-director Stewart Raffill, has partnered with UK-based sales agency IAC Film on its debut picture, the tentatively titled $17 million prehistoric adventure The Mammoth Hunters.
  • TRP teams with IAC for The Mammoth Hunters

    21-Jan-2002

    TRP Prodcutions, the production venture set up last year by former CLT/Ufa sales chief Heinz Thym and writer-director Stewart Raffill, has partnered with UK-based sales agency IAC Film on its debut picture, the tentatively titled $17 million prehistoric adventure The Mammoth Hunters.
  • Fintage House announces management buyout

    16-Jan-2002

    Financial services and royalties collection outfit Fintage House has completed a management buyout as well as appointing entertainment lawyer Maarten P Melchior to head the company's film and television collection account management division.
  • Elstein takes over as lottery franchise struggles

    21-Dec-2001

    Former Channel 5 chief David Elstein is replacing Richard Thompson as chairman of Civilian Content, the publicly listed company that owns UK lottery franchise the Film Consortium.
  • Guy East & Nigel Sinclair set to depart Intermedia

    21-Dec-2001

    Intermedia co-chiefs Guy East and Nigel Sinclair are understood be leaving the indie powerhouse they co-founded, taking the first opportunity to cash in their shares following the company’s flotation.The two executives, who are currently negotiating their exits, could earn up to $60 million each before any deductions by selling their shares, which amount to approximately 25% of the company between them and their families. The duo agreed to a lock-up period of 18 months when ...
  • Momentum for Britney Spears' Crossroads

    20-Dec-2001

    Momentum Pictures has acquired the UK rights to Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads, the company confirmed this week.
  • UK's Working Title options boo.com story

    19-Dec-2001

    Working Title Films is to make a film about the spectacular boom and bust story of on-line fashion store boo.com.
  • BSkyB accused of pay-TV market abuse

    17-Dec-2001

    BSkyB's stranglehold on pay-TV film rights in the UK has come under threat after competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said on Monday (Dec 17) it is to rule that the satellite broadcaster has breached competition laws.
  • Vivendi builds war chest with BSkyB stake sale

    13-Dec-2001

    Vivendi Universal yesterday raised $1.5bn from the sale of a third of its stake in UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB. It appears to be amassing a warchest with which to build a TV production and distribution powerhouse. Last week it raised $1.07bn from the sale of some of its non-media businesses.
  • Helkon SK ventures into production

    13-Dec-2001

    Children's fantasy comedy Tooth and comedy thriller Max Dark are among the first projects at the newly-launched production operation of UK distributor Helkon SK. Emma Berkosfky, former head of development at BSkyB film arm Sky Pictures, will head up development at the outfit.
  • Thompson confirmed as Channel Four chief

    12-Dec-2001

    Channel 4 yesterday confirmed the appointment of Mark Thompson, currently BBC director of television, as its chief executive.
  • Asif Kapadia considering gunslinger project

    10-Dec-2001

    Having transplanted the spaghetti Western to India with Miramax Films pick-up The Warrior, UK director Asif Kapadia is considering swapping the deserts of Rajasthan for the real Wild West on St Agnes' Stand.
  • Ralph Kamp embarks on sales Odyssey

    9-Dec-2001

    Ralph Kamp, the former chief executive of Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's London-based sales operation Icon Entertainment International, is understood to be setting up a new independent sales operation under the banner Odyssey.
  • Grosvenor settles with Thomas out of court

    6-Dec-2001

    Jeremy Thomas, head of Recorded Picture Co, is expected to receive a multi-million payout after settling a two-year legal dispute with Canadian-UK tax financier Grosvenor Park out of court.
  • UK's Equity/PACT strike talks break down

    5-Dec-2001

    UK producers body PACT on Wednesday called for its members to stick to its own terms for secondary payments for actors after performers union Equity this week went ahead with its strike threat.
  • Pathe, FilmFour take on Resident Evil

    5-Dec-2001

    Pathe and FilmFour have acquired UK rights to Resident Evil from Germany's Constantin Film and Intermedia as the second title in their joint buying partnership after K-PAX.
  • Everett set to be crowned king in Cromwell biopic

    5-Dec-2001

    Rupert Everett is in final talks to play King Charles I, the despotic British monarch who ill-fatedly believed in the "divine right of kings", in Mike Barker's English Civil War story Cromwell And Fairfax.
  • Kastner, Michael team for MiKast Movies

    4-Dec-2001

    Milica Kastner, formerly at Helkon SK, has teamed with Yvonne Michael, previously at Phantom Pictures, to form London-based production company MiKast Movies.
  • UK production trend develops into horror

    29-Nov-2001

    Don't look now, something spooky is occurring in the UK's development vaults. Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Entertainment this month unveiled a slate of low-budget horror suspense titles with The Hole director Nick Hamm, while rising new directors such as Ratcatcher's Lynne Ramsay and Sexy Beast's Jonathan Glazer are bringing their own takes on the genre.
  • 007 given licence to shoot during UK actors strike

    28-Nov-2001

    The next James Bond movie has been cleared to shoot as planned in January after its producer Eon Productions agreed to givemembers of UK actors union Equity a three per cent royalty payment from video and DVD sales worldwide.
  • Film Council awards second round of slate funds

    28-Nov-2001

    Ecosse Films, Recorded Picture Company and Ruby Films are amongst the UK production outfits to secure slate funding in the second round of company awards from the UK Film Council's National Lottery coffers.
  • UK's Film Council backs French-language title

    26-Nov-2001

    The UK's Film Council's Premiere Fund for commercially-oriented films is pumping $700,000 (£500,000) into its first foreign-language production, French director Patrice Leconte's L'Homme Du Train.
  • Ian George replaces Maj-Britt Kirchner at Pathe UK

    26-Nov-2001

    Maj-Britt Kirchner is stepping down as managing director of the UK's Pathe Distribution at the end of the year, Francois Ivernel, managing director of Pathe UK, announced on Monday.
  • Portman stages management buy-out

    25-Nov-2001

    UK media concern Portman Entertainment has staged a management buy-out from its parent, PrimeEnt, the companies have announced.
  • Leading UK talent agency bought by CSS Stellar

    22-Nov-2001

    Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD), the leading UK talent agency with clients including Richard Curtis, Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslet, has been bought by UK management and marketing group CSS Stellar.
  • Assumption Of The Virgin becomes doubtful

    21-Nov-2001

    Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella's Mirage Enterprises is battling to save Assumption Of The Virgin, one of the highest-profile UK productions on the market, after being forced to shelve plans to start production in March.
  • London film fest set to exceed 2000's admissions

    19-Nov-2001

    The London Film Festival appeared to weather the opening of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone in its middle weekend to hit 106,000 admissions on Sunday, according to the festival's figures.
  • Icon boards Scottish serial-killer project

    19-Nov-2001

    Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's Icon Entertainment has boarded The Bothy, a tentatively titled UK thriller budgeted at $10m-$15m.
  • Film Council funds Grand Ambition option

    18-Nov-2001

    UK support body the Film Council has funded the option on Lisa Michael's hotly contested novel Grand Ambition as part of the second round of awards from its $7.2m (£5m) a year development fund.
  • Intermedia predicts fourth quarter improvement

    18-Nov-2001

    Intermedia is predicting a massive surge in revenues in the final quarter after announcing results for the first nine months that leave the company more than Euros 217m short of its target of Euros 355m in sales for the entire year.
  • Winchester kills off fruitless Chuck Gordon deal

    15-Nov-2001

    UK sales and financing house Winchester Entertainment, which unveiled interim results on Nov 15, has confirmed that it has ended its vaunted deal with US producer Chuck Gordon
  • Fry, Winterbottom projects on Revolution's slate

    14-Nov-2001

    The UK's Revolution Films is developing a slate of new films including actor Stephen Fry's directing debut, Bright Young Things, which Fry is adapting from Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Vile Bodies, as well as a Michael Winterbottom project about the conflict in Afghanistan.
  • Kalmbach to head BBC Films Los Angeles

    12-Nov-2001

    BBC Films has taken another step on the road towards making larger-scale pictures by setting up a Los Angeles office under Peter Kalmbach, formerly vice-president of acquisitions and production at USA Films.
  • Optimum acquires Officer's Ward & The Greatest

    11-Nov-2001

    Independent UK distributor Optimum Releasing has acquired all local rights to Francois Dupeyron's The Officer's Ward (La Chambre Des Officiers) and documentary Muhammed Ali The Greatest.
  • Murdoch's Shine teams with Greenroom for horror

    8-Nov-2001

    Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Entertainment and Greenroom Digital, the production company of The Hole director Nick Hamm and his brother Jon, are to co-produce a slate of horror films under the banner 'The Dark'.
  • UK's Metrodome seals string of acquisitions

    8-Nov-2001

    Metrodome Distribution, the UK distributor whose parent group this week sold a 29.9% stake to Germany's TV-Loonland, has completed a string of acquisitions including German Oscar nominee Das Experiment.
  • Rocket Pictures unveils fresh slate of titles

    7-Nov-2001

    David Furnish and Elton John's Rocket Pictures has renewed its first-look deal with Walt Disney Co. for another five years and unveiled a fresh line-up of films.
  • Martin Sheen becomes latest London fest dropout

    5-Nov-2001

    US actor Martin Sheen has bowed out of an on-stage appearance and interview at this month's Regus London Film Festival, the event has confirmed.
  • New chief trims running time at Edinburgh festival

    1-Nov-2001

    In his first move as artistic director of August's Edinburgh International Film Festival, Shane Danielsen has trimmed the marathon 15-day event to 12 days.
  • Mayson joins Artists Independent Network

    29-Oct-2001

    Andy Mayson, former chief operating officer at Intermedia, has joined London-based production and management company Artists Independent Network (AIN) as managing director.
  • Till launches production, distribution company

    29-Oct-2001

    Stewart Till has launched an ambitious production, financing and distribution company modelled after PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (PFE), the erstwhile Euro major where he was head of international activities.
  • Trainspotting author joins Four Way Pictures

    25-Oct-2001

    UK author Irvine Welsh, currently writing the follow-up book to his bestseller Trainspotting, has joined director Antonia Bird, actor Robert Carlyle and journalist Mark Cousins as a partner at talent-led production company Four Way Pictures.
  • Icon takes UK rights on Y Tu Mama Tambien

    23-Oct-2001

    UK distributor Icon has picked up Good Machine International's Y Tu Mama Tambien (pictured), the erotic Mexican film by Alfonso Cuaron which recorded the biggest three day opening ever of a local film in its home market.
  • Tim Roth tapped for Natural Nylon's $23m Cromwell

    21-Oct-2001

    Tim Roth is in final negotiations to play 17th century English revolutionary Oliver Cromwell in IAC Film's Crowmell And Fairfax.
  • UK property developer launches UKI Films

    17-Oct-2001

    Secretive UK property player UKI has entered the film production business, launching UKI Films with former Rocket Pictures development chief Polly Steele.
  • Little Bird feathers its nest with new talent

    17-Oct-2001

    Flush with the success of Bridget Jones's Diary and the US release of Croupier, UK-based production outfit Little Bird is revving up its slate by expanding its network of affiliated filmmakers and international financing partners.
  • Lolafilms UK continues without Mackey

    16-Oct-2001

    Lolafilms UK, the troubled London-based production and sales arm of Spanish powerhouse Lolafilms, is claiming 'business as usual' after it emerged that president of international sales Nicole Mackey had resigned.
  • UK's FilmFour International goes for Gold

    15-Oct-2001

    Janine Gold has been promoted to head of FilmFour's sales arm, FilmFour International (FFI).
  • UK actors union proposes revenue percentage deal

    14-Oct-2001

    Having won additional payment concessions from Warner Bros so that the next Harry Potter movie can shoot, UK performers union Equity has proposed that independent producers pay its members a slice of all revenues after initial investment has been recouped in order to side-step December's strike.
  • Francke launches Ministry Of Fear at Little Bird

    11-Oct-2001

    Former Edinburgh International Film Festival artistic director Lizzie Francke (pictured) has joined Little Bird, the Irish-based production company whose principals boast credits ranging from UK hit Bridget Jones's Diary to Werner Herzog's Invincible, to launch a horror label titled The Ministry Of Fear.
  • European Short Film 2001 - Prix UIP nominations

    10-Oct-2001

    A host of European short films have been nominated for next month's European Film Awards, the European Film Academy (EFA) and sponsors UIP announced during the Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent.
  • Film Export UK assesses autumn markets

    10-Oct-2001

    MIFED has secured support from 73% of companies asked to choose between the Italian market and the preceeding London screenings in a worldwide survey by promotional body Film Export UK.
  • Bandits replaces Windtalkers at London film fest

    9-Oct-2001

    Barry Levinson's crime caper Bandits has replaced John Woo's Windtalkers at the London Film Festival after MGM postponed the US release of the World War II film following the terrorist attacks in the US.
  • Italy's MIFED is increasingly threatened by events

    8-Oct-2001

    This month's MIFED film market appears to have been hit hard by the terrorist attacks on the US, with the number of registered sellers plummeting by more than 26%, according to Screen International's figures.
  • Minnie Driver joins New Cardiff cast

    7-Oct-2001

    Minnie Driver is set to join Heather Graham, Colin Firth and Mary Steenburgen in New Cardiff, a romantic comedy being produced by the UK's Fragile Films for Buena Vista International.
  • Script Factory launches UK comedy competition

    5-Oct-2001

    Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack's Mirage Enterprises, sales and financing operation Intermedia and UK script development body The Script Factory have launched a screenwriting competition for contemporary urban comedies.
  • Hedwig to open Stockholm film festival

    3-Oct-2001

    John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig And The Angry Inch will open the competition at the Stockholm International Film Festival, which focuses on new and innovative cinema.
  • Working Title develops animatronic Rat project

    2-Oct-2001

    The UK's Working Title Films is developing an untitled family film based on newcomer Billy O'Brien's short film The Tale Of The Rat That Wrote.
  • Mike Bassett: England Manager scores at home

    1-Oct-2001

  • Executive overhaul redirects UK's Film Consortium

    28-Sep-2001

    Chris Auty has replaced Richard Holmes as managing director of Civilian Content as the UK media concern slashes back in-house production and development and focuses on financing and international sales at its National Lottery franchise, The Film Consortium.
  • Momentum picks up UK rights for The Son's Room

    28-Sep-2001

    Momentum Pictures has picked up all UK rights to Nanni Moretti's Palme d'Or winner The Son's Room.
  • Sony's Spanish production arm heralds others

    25-Sep-2001

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has appointed Iona de Macedo head of its newly-launched Spanish production operation, Columbia Films Producciones Espanolas, and is looking to raise production levels in other local markets such as the UK.
  • Equity throws UK productions into uncertainty

    23-Sep-2001

    Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things is amongst the high-profile productions plunged into uncertainty as the UK film sector starts to feel the impact of last week's decision by actors union Equity to strike from December 1.
  • UK's FilmFour signs first look deal with Tubedale

    19-Sep-2001

    FilmFour has struck a first look deal with Tubedale Films the production company of UK actor David Morrissey, former PolyGram Film International executive Carl Clifton and Morrissey's brother, Paul.
  • Davies controversially named chairman of BBC

    19-Sep-2001

    Gavyn Davies has been named chairman of the BBC, the government said in a statement.The appointment of the Goldman Sachs economist, who has close links to Labour, was met with protests from opposition parties. Davies, already vice-chairman of the BBC, succeeds Christopher Bland, who is to take the chair at British Telecommunications.Other contenders included broadcaster David Dimbleby and Baroness Jay, former leader of the House of Lords.
  • UK actors' union opts for strike - with exceptions

    18-Sep-2001

    In a move that threatens to bring UK production to a virtual standstill, powerful local performers' union Equity has told its members not to agree to any contracts for feature films that would mean working on or after December 1.
  • Working Title eyes Daldry for Backpacker film

    18-Sep-2001

    Working Title Films is believed to be courting Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry for a drama about a group of young backpackers travelling abroad.
  • Entertainment takes Gosford Park for the UK

    12-Sep-2001

    Leading UK independent distributor Entertainment Film Distributors has picked up Robert Altman's Gosford Park.
  • Jeremy Thomas and Grosvenor Park go to court

    6-Sep-2001

    A battle between veteran UK producer Jeremy Thomas and Grosvenor Park, one of the leading corporate players in the upstart UK tax-financing sector, is set to spill over into court.
  • UK Film Council members re-appointed

    5-Sep-2001

    Tim Bevan, James Lee, Sarah Radclyffe, Iain Smith and John Hill have been re-appointed to the board of UK support body the Film Council, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced on Tuesday September 4.
  • UK's DNA appoints Warlow

    5-Sep-2001

    UK National Lottery franchise DNA Films has confirmed the appointment of Richard Warlow as head of development.
  • Kuhn and Parfitt team up for Sky Boys

    3-Sep-2001

    Michael Kuhn has partnered with Academy Award-winning producer David Parfitt on Sky Boys, an action drama that marks the first project unveiled in the former PolyGram Filmed Entertainment chief's bid to make big-budget European films.
  • I Capture The Castle finally to shoot this month

    31-Aug-2001

  • UK's Film Council says spending under budget

    24-Aug-2001

    Government-backed UK support body the Film Council has said that it will come in under budget at its first annual review in October after accusations that it exceeded personnel cost by more than 60%.
  • Madden takes spotlight at Chichester Film Festival

    21-Aug-2001

    John Madden, director of Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Shakespeare In Love, heads the guest-list at the 10th Chichester Film Festival.
  • Del Toro adds spine to The Devil's Backbone

    20-Aug-2001

    Riding high on Locarno hit The Devil's Backbone, which is currently closing a deal for the last major territory, North America, with Sony Pictures Classics, Mexican horror maestro Guillermo del Toro hit the Edinburgh International Film Festival this week to discuss a genre most executives dismiss as "a secondary form of art".
  • Brazilian soccer star signs for Shooting Star

    16-Aug-2001

    Soccer superstar Ronaldo has signed up to be the star subject in feature-length football documentary Shooting Star.
  • Goldbacher develops Utopia and Faith

    16-Aug-2001

    Sandra Goldbacher, the UK writer-director who impressed buyers at Cannes with her second feature Me Without You, has started work on two contemporary scripts, Faith and Utopia.
  • Edinburgh: one surprise down, but more to come'

    15-Aug-2001

    Mick Jagger may be wavering, but Tim Roth paid an unexpected visit to the Edinburgh International Film Festival last night (August 15) to introduce the event's surprise film - Planet Of The Apes.
  • Farrell to return to Ireland for Intermission

    14-Aug-2001

    Having exploded onto the Hollywood scene with upcoming US titles such as Steven Spielberg's Minority Report and Bruce Willis WW2 drama Hart's War, red-hot Irish actor Colin Farrell is likely to return to home-grown features on Dublin-set ensemble piece Intermission.
  • UK's Optimum acquires two titles

    13-Aug-2001

    UK independent distributor, Optimum Releasing has acquired Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone and Julien Temple's Pandaemonium.
  • UK Film Council unveils training initiatives

    9-Aug-2001

    UK support body The Film Council has unveiled training initiatives targeted at script writing, script reading and development.
  • UK studios suffer decline in Hollywood production

    9-Aug-2001

    The investment by Hollywood productions shooting in the UK has plummeted by more than 65%, according to figures from the British Film Commission. The total value of overseas productions to start shooting in the UK in the first six months of 2001 crashed to $109m as UK studio facilities were hit by the threatened US actors' strike and, it seems, rising international competition.
  • FilmFour signs first-look deal with Pipedream

    8-Aug-2001

    FilmFour has signed a first-look deal with Pipedream Pictures, the production company of Lee Thomas and John McKay, the hot film-making team behind its sell-out Cannes title, Crush.
  • Film Council and FilmFour's UK shorts schemes

    8-Aug-2001

    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund for low-budget films has partnered with FilmFour's FilmFour Lab to launch four short film schemes.
  • Cronenberg's Spider starts to roll

    7-Aug-2001

    After financing through the UK's Cobalt Media Group fell apart at the last-minute, David Cronenberg's Spider finally started shooting last week with Capitol Films on board as sales agent and key pre-sells to buyers including Helkon SK for the UK.
  • Icon boards Assumption Of The Virgin for UK

    7-Aug-2001

    Icon Film Distribution has boarded Intermedia and BBC Films' highly-anticipated period drama Assumption Of The Virgin for the UK.
  • New UK film studio in development

    6-Aug-2001

    The UK's The Full Picture Company has announced plans for a £66m film studio in the southwest of England, although the venture is yet to secure planning approval or reveal any backers.
  • UK's FilmFour appoints McAleese

    2-Aug-2001

    FilmFour has appointed Peter McAleese as head of physical production.
  • Momentum takes four titles from Intermedia

    2-Aug-2001

    In their first deal together, Momentum Pictures has bought four titles from Intermedia, headlined by the tentatively-titled Plague Season, Ron Shelton's story of LA police in the run up to the Rodney King riots.
  • Shaolin Soccer opens Sydney Asian festival

    1-Aug-2001

  • Miramax picks up Carolina for the US

    30-Jul-2001

    Miramax Films has finalised a deal for US rights on Marleen Gorris' Carolina, which started shooting last week after being postponed from the spring.
  • BSkyB reports losses but predicts profits

    25-Jul-2001

    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB recorded spiralling losses on July 25, but indicated that it had now born the brunt of costs of moving to digital.
  • Capitol takes over Cobalt's Spider

    24-Jul-2001

    Capitol Films has taken over the financing of David Cronenberg's Spider after Cobalt Media Group dropped out on the eve of the shoot.
  • UK's Pathe goes for Dinner Rush

    23-Jul-2001

    The UK's Pathe Distribution has acquired Dinner Rush from Entertainment Capital Group (ECG).
  • C4 chief Jackson joins Diller after long courtship

    23-Jul-2001

    Barry Diller spent a whole year trying to persuade Michael Jackson to quit Channel 4 before finally succeeding yesterday in luring the British TV boss across the Atlantic to run his cable channels, TV production arm and USA Films from both New York and Los Angeles.
  • 3i buys into Civilian Content

    20-Jul-2001

    3i, the British venture capitalist group which recently helped underwrite the merger of Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, has taken a 4.45% stake in Civilian Content, parent of National Lottery franchise the Film Consortium.
  • Universal Pictures picks up Women

    19-Jul-2001

    Universal Pictures has picked up all UK rights to Women Talking Dirty, the first picture from Elton John and David Furnish's Rocket Pictures.
  • UK Film Council reveals first single-project slate

    18-Jul-2001

    Erick Zonca, the French writer-director of The Dreamlife Of Angels, is to make his English-language debut with National Lottery backing from UK film support body the Film Council's first round of single-project development funding.
  • Godard's Eloge De L'Amour to screen at LFF

    17-Jul-2001

    Jean-Luc Godard's Eloge De L'Amour will screen as the French Gala film at November's London Film Festival.
  • Antonia Bird swoops on Run adaptation

    17-Jul-2001

    Antonia Bird is to direct an adaptation of crime novel Run for recently-formed UK production outfit Hanthum Films and the director's own company, 4Way Pictures.
  • Finn steps down as WT2 reshuffles exec deck

    27-Jun-2001

    Jon Finn is stepping down as co-head of WT2, the low-budget division of production powerhouse Working Title Films which debuted with Billy Elliot.
  • UK film minister launches fund for English regions

    25-Jun-2001

    Newly-appointed UK film minister Kim Howells will launch a $8.4m (£6m) National Lottery fund for regional investment in England later this month.
  • UK's Downtown secures extra time to pay back debts

    22-Jun-2001

    Troubled UK distributor Downtown Pictures has won a stay of execution by securing a Creditors Voluntary Agreement (CVA), according to the company's financial head, Simon Clement-Davies.
  • PACT, Equity draw lines in payment negotiations

    19-Jun-2001

    UK producers body PACT yesterday appeared to be sticking to its line that it would not agree to profit sharing for actors, despite claims from performer's union Equity that it had "dropped its objections in principle" to additional payments for its members.
  • UK's Film Council hands out training awards

    19-Jun-2001

    UK support body the Film Council has allocated its first training grants for film-makers already working in the industry.
  • UK's Ealing Studios set for $100m revamp

    14-Jun-2001

    Historic UK film facility Ealing Studios is to get a $100m (£70m) overhaul after its new owners secured planning permission on Wednesday night to revamp the site.
  • UK's Civilian cements TV aims by acquiring Isis

    12-Jun-2001

    Civilian Content, the UK media concern which owns National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium and sales outfit The Sales Co, has cemented its move into TV by agreeing to acquire Isis Productions.
  • Former Sky Pictures exec Mellor joins WAVEpictures

    11-Jun-2001

    Danish-UK production company WAVEpictures has appointed Nadine Mellor, formerly at Sky Pictures, as head of creative affairs.
  • Partington steps into Preston's shoes at Metrodome

    11-Jun-2001

    UK media concern the Metrodome group has promoted Alan Partington to the post of managing director of film distribution arm Metrodome Distribution, replacing Rupert Preston who resigned last week.
  • DNA unveils First Draft script prize winners

    11-Jun-2001

    UK National lottery franchise DNA Films has unveiled the five winners of its First Draft scheme for new writers, this year run with training body The Script Factory.
  • Sales Co confirms Aline Perry appointment

    11-Jun-2001

    UK media outfit Civilian Content has confirmed former PolyGram Film International chief Aline Perry as chief executive of its overseas sales operation, The Sales Co.
  • BSkyB axes film production arm

    7-Jun-2001

    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB is axing Sky Pictures, the prolific film production arm that was out to challenge Channel 4 and the BBC's established feature operations.
  • Pathe and Sky Pictures sign eight-picture deal

    7-Jun-2001

    Pathe's UK arm and Sky Pictures, the film production arm of UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, have signed a production and distribution agreement for up to eight films over the next two years.
  • Preston unexpectedly quits UK's Metrodome

    6-Jun-2001

    Rupert Preston has quit as head of UK independent distributor Metrodome Distribution.
  • UIP to go solo in Poland

    5-Jun-2001

    Casting a vote of confidence in the local market, international distribution giant United International Pictures is to go it alone in Poland. It will release films through a newly-created local arm.
  • UK writer slams agency signing-on fees

    5-Jun-2001

    UK novelist James Follett has launched an on-line attack on Avalon Films, accusing the British production company of using his name as "window dressing" to encourage would-be screenwriters to pay registration fees.
  • AtomShockwave shuts up London shop

    4-Jun-2001

    On-line film distributor AtomShockwave has confirmed that it is closing its London office as part of widespread cuts across the company only months after the on-line giant was created from the merger of AtomFilms and Shockwave.
  • Start-up Nighlight options Angel Of Zin

    1-Jun-2001

    Start-up UK production venture Nightlight Pictures has optioned the film rights to Clifford Irving's novel about a murder investigation in a WW2 concentration camp, The Angel Of Zin.
  • UK's Momentum picks up No Man's Land, Strangers

    1-Jun-2001

    Momentum Pictures, Alliance Atlantis' UK distribution-production arm, has acquired all UK rights to Danis Tanovic's Cannes competition film, No Man's Land.
  • Aline Perry poised to head Sales Co

    30-May-2001

    Aline Perry, former president of PolyGram Film International, has emerged as the front-runner to head UK-based international sales operation The Sales Co.
  • Sony Classics has a crush on FilmFour's Crush

    24-May-2001

    Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has reportedly capped a late flurry of Cannes acquisitions by taking all North American rights to FilmFour's Crush, one of the market's most talked about UK titles.
  • Advertising slump hits UK's Carlton Communications

    23-May-2001

    UK media concern Carlton Communications has reported a fall in first-half profit amidst a depressed advertising market and has halved its dividend.
  • Regent, Scottish Screen head for Great Wilderness

    21-May-2001

    The US' Regent Entertainment and UK funding body Scottish Screen have partnered on The Last Great Wilderness from up and coming British director David Mackenzie.
  • Fireworks buys North America on New Zealand's Rain

    21-May-2001

    Fireworks Pictures has picked up North American rights on New Zealand Directors' Fortnight title Rain.
  • UA walks walks into The Sales Co's No Man's Land

    17-May-2001

    Lightning struck the set of No Man's Land in late summer. It struck again in Cannes, where Danis Tanovic's $1m debut became the underdog hit of the competition and capped its standing ovation by securing North American distribution through UA after a fierce bidding war.
  • Cannes flooded by low-budget Brits

    15-May-2001

    New UK features may be absent from the festival, but the Croisette is flooded with low-budget films financed by British tax incentives. While grateful for the influx of money, local industry figures are wondering whether such projects are coming together far too hastily - and sacrificing quality as a result.
  • Jim Sheridan readies East Of Harlem for June

    15-May-2001

    Jim Sheridan, director of The Boxer, In The Name Of The Father and My Left Foot, is readying to shoot tentatively titled drama East Of Harlem as soon as next month - strike or no strike.
  • BVI finalising first-look with Harbour

    14-May-2001

    Buena Vista International (BVI)'s UK comedy label is finalising a first-look pact with Harbour Pictures, the production outfit behind Women's Institute naked calendar picture, Calendar Girls.
  • Slate, FilmFour set for Laurel and Hardy comedy

    14-May-2001

  • Lothian & Metzstein to make Soul with Ideal World

    14-May-2001

  • Gaga buys Jeepers Creepers from Capitol Films

    14-May-2001

    Japan's Gaga has picked up Jeepers Creepers from UK-based Capitol Films.
  • Hammer teams with Sturridge to scare up six films

    13-May-2001

    Resurrected UK horror brand Hammer Entertainment has partnered with FirstSight Films, the production outfit of Charles Sturridge, Francesca Barra and Selwyn Roberts, to make a slate of six films over the next three years.
  • Miramax buys Rabbit Proof Fence, Fox grabs Jessica

    13-May-2001

    Buying heated up in the weekend sun at Cannes as an acquisitive Miramax Films put down $4m for North and South American, UK and Italian rights to Phillip Noyce's aboriginal period drama Rabbit Proof Fence.
  • UK's FilmFour takes on Borgias, Che Guevara

    13-May-2001

    Joining a pack of film-makers taking on the same ambitious material, the UK's FilmFour is tackling two historical subjects of world-wide renown - Che Guevara and the Borgias.
  • Gilliam, Thomas trip out together on fantasy film

    13-May-2001

    Terry Gilliam, in Cannes on the main jury, has teamed with producer Jeremy Thomas on Tideland, an adaptation of US author Mitch Cullin's dark twist on child fantasies such as The Wizard Of Oz and Alice In Wonderland.
  • Redbus renames as Helkon SK, acquires films

    10-May-2001

    Newly-christened Helkon SK - better known as UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution - has made a trio of acquisitions including Ed Burns' gangster thriller Ash Wednesday and Capitol Films' American Zoetrope production Jeepers Creepers.
  • BBC, Cobalt confirm financing pact

    10-May-2001

    BBC Films, BBC Worldwide and Cobalt Media Group, the new name for MM Media Capital Partners, have finalised their co-financing partnership for large-scale, international pictures.
  • Messiah aims for Mirror Man smash

    10-May-2001

    Ex-Monty Python member Terry Jones is to write and direct romantic comedy Mirror Man for Messiah Pictures, the UK production company he founded last year.
  • Sales Co looks to convert Bend It Like Beckham

    9-May-2001

    The UK's The Sales Co has added What's Cookin' and Bhaji On The Beach director Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham to its sales line-up.
  • Fragile Films, Herman graduate with New Cardiff

    9-May-2001

    Mark Herman, the UK director of Purely Belter, Little Voice and Brassed Off, has been signed by Fragile Films for its upcoming film New Cardiff, an adaptation of The Graduate author Charles Webb's novel.
  • Exotic locales abound in ambitious BBC film slate

    9-May-2001

    BBC Films is developing a slew of large-scale international projects for its debut feature slate under director general Greg Dyke's new drama-entertainment structure.
  • Artificial Eye takes UK for The Piano Teacher

    8-May-2001

    UK specialist distributor Artificial Eye Film Distribution has picked up Austrian auteur Michael Haneke's Cannes Official Competition entry The Piano Teacher.
  • MTV, Paramount start dancing to Britney's tune

    8-May-2001

    MTV Films has boarded the Britney Spears movie What Are Friends For as co-producer, while MTV sister company Paramount Pictures is in advanced negotiations to take domestic distribution rights on the film which is being sold by Summit Entertainment.
  • Charlotte screenwriter joins English Civil War

    8-May-2001

    Jeremy Brock, who adapted FilmFour and Ecosse Films' World War 2 romantic adventure Charlotte Gray, is to turn his hand to the English Civil War.
  • Cine Expo honours Cripps, Working Title duo

    7-May-2001

    Working Title Films co-chiefs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are to be honoured as producers of the year at Cinema Expo International 2001, while UIP president and chief operating officer Andrew Cripps is distributor of the year.
  • The Piano Teacher goes to Artificial Eye for UK

    7-May-2001

    UK specialist distributor Artificial Eye Film Distribution has picked up Austrian auteur Michael Haneke's Cannes Official Competition entry The Piano Teacher.
  • Boyle unveils $15m sci-fi picture for DNA

    2-May-2001

    Director Danny Boyle is to re-team with Alex Garland, writer of the cult book which spawned The Beach, for British sci-fi film 28 Days Later.
  • Optimum, Mosaic team up for Ginger Snaps release

    2-May-2001

    UK distributor Optimum Releasing is to theatrically release dark comedy thriller Ginger Snaps as a joint venture with video outfit Mosaic Entertainment.
  • Lousberg to head Film Council's Euro strategy

    2-May-2001

    UK film body the Film Council has appointed Jan-Jacob Lousberg as European business executive to spearhead its European strategy.
  • UK admissions down 8.7% for first quarter

    27-Apr-2001

    UK cinema admissions were down 8.7% in the first quarter this year, according to the latest figures from cinema advertising body the CAA.
  • Goldcrest dips into features with WW2 POW film

    26-Apr-2001

    UK-based Goldcrest Films International has acquired all international rights to $14m war drama To End All Wars, starring Robert Carlyle and Keifer Sutherland.
  • Helkon completes $16m Redbus takeover

    25-Apr-2001

    The UK's Redbus Film Distribution has announced the finalisation of its $16m takeover by Germany's Helkon Media and that it will beat first-quarter expectations with a pre-tax profit of $1.1m.
  • British Film Commission changes directors

    25-Apr-2001

    Terri Jones has stepped down as director of the British Film Commission after joining in February last year, to be replaced by former freelance producer Clare Wise.
  • Carlton, Granada merge digital and free-TV assets

    25-Apr-2001

    U K media concerns Granada and Carlton Communications have confirmed they are merging their free-to-air TV assets with their joint pay-TV venture ONdigital, bringing closer the total consolidation of commercial TV network ITV.
  • Momentum takes UK on Jeunet's Amelie

    24-Apr-2001

    The UK's Momentum Pictures has picked up all UK rights to Amelie From Montmartre, a French-language comedy from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Alien Resurrection and one half of the team behind Delicatessen and The City Of Lost Children.
  • UK's Film Council appoints clutch of executives

    23-Apr-2001

    UK film body the Film Council has named Norman Brock and Emma Clarke as part of a raft of appointments.
  • Summit, Momentum, Samuelsons pact for remake

    23-Apr-2001

    The US' Summit Entertainment and the UK's Momentum Pictures and Samuelson Productions have partnered on a UK remake of Dutch box office hit All Stars.
  • Menegazzi launches Firelight with Zenith deal

    23-Apr-2001

    Carmen Menegazzi, former head of Columbia TriStar's UK theatrical arm, has partnered on local drama Lifelines with UK media operation Zenith Entertainment for the first project from her production outfit Firelight Films.
  • Firelight Films to debut with Lifelines

    20-Apr-2001

    Carmen Menegazzi, former head of Columbia TriStar's UK theatrical arm, has partnered on local drama Lifelines with UK media operation Zenith Entertainment for the first project from her production outfit Firelight Films.
  • Karlovy Vary unveils initial film selections

    19-Apr-2001

    Czech title Angel Exit, directed by Vladimir Michalek, will screen in competition at this summer's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the event has revealed.
  • Madden to be honoured in Bermuda

    17-Apr-2001

    John Madden, director of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Shakespeare In Love and Mrs Brown, is to receive the Prospero Award for Excellence in Film at the fourth edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival April 20-26.
  • Istanbul honours Bertolucci, Tavernier, Corman

    27-Mar-2001

    Bernardo Bertolucci, Bertrand Tavernier and Roger Corman are amongst the film-makers receiving tributes at the 20th edition of the International Istanbul Film Festival. (April 14-29)
  • Renaissance reviews sales as Stephens, Bloye exit

    25-Mar-2001

    Sales veteran Bill Stephens is stepping down as head of sales at the UK's Renaissance Films along with the company's senior sales executive Charlie Bloye.
  • Murdoch daughter's film ambitions Shine through

    22-Mar-2001

    Elisabeth Murdoch, former programming head of UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, is expected to make small-to-medium budget features though her newly-launched TV and film production outfit, Shine Entertainment.
  • Workspace stands by Three Mills Island Studios

    21-Mar-2001

    Workspace Group, owners of UK indie studio Three Mills Island Studios, are insisting that the site will remain a studio facility despite ousting managers Edwin Shirley Productions (ESP) from four sound stages in a High Court dispute.
  • British Short Film Festival axed

    19-Mar-2001

    The 14 year-old British Short Film festival is to close after the event's title sponsor, BBC Television, withdrew funding.
  • Industry veteran Thomas dies aged 85

    19-Mar-2001

    Ralph Thomas, director of the long-running franchise of Doctor films, has died after an illness aged 85.
  • Guadalajara film festival

    18-Mar-2001

  • Stalled thriller still awaiting Evolution's cash

    15-Mar-2001

    UK producer Simon Channing-Williams has been forced to postpone shooting on The Game Of Love And Loathing after funding from tax-driven financier Evolution Films failed to materialise.
  • UK's Tiger Aspect eyes suitors

    15-Mar-2001

    Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's UK production outfit Working Title Films has emerged as a potential candidate to buy leading UK TV company Tiger Aspect Productions.
  • UK Film Council backs innovative, commercial slate

    14-Mar-2001

    A combination of US and leading UK talent defines the debut slate of the UK Film Council's commercially-oriented Premiere Fund, while the support body's New Cinema Fund for low-budget projects aims to mix innovation with established names such as Alex Cox, Christopher Eccleston and Simon Beaufoy
  • Village Roadshow exhibits downturn in profit

    14-Mar-2001

    Australia's Village Roadshow suffered a 44% slide in first half net profits as its exhibition business suffered from poor product worldwide.
  • Civilian Content acquires majority of The Sales Co

    13-Mar-2001

    Civilian Content, parent company of National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium, has secured an international sales operation by agreeing to acquire the majority of The Sales Co. (Screen Daily Sept 25, 2000)
  • New UK sales and distribution outfit launched

    12-Mar-2001

    Micro-budget film-maker Ray Brady, best known for controversial 1994 horror flick Boy Meets Girl, has launched his own UK distribution and international sales operation under the banner Boudicca.
  • Intermedia shows excellent form, predicts better

    8-Mar-2001

    Intermedia has posted pre-tax earnings of Euros27.5m, 46% above the Euros18.8m forecast when the company floated on Frankfurt's Neuer Markt in May 2000 as Internationalmedia AG.
  • Tiger Aspect unveils new slate of films

    8-Mar-2001

    Tiger Aspect Pictures, the film arm of leading TV comedy producer Tiger Aspect Productions, is readying a fresh slate after the company scored three hits out of three with Billy Elliot, Kevin And Perry Go Large and Bean.
  • Equity adds support to Screen Actors' Guild strike

    6-Mar-2001

    UK performers union Equity has pledged to support the threatened strike this summer by the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG).
  • Locarno to reveal secrets of American Cinema

    5-Mar-2001

    From the "veiled racism" of The Deer Hunter to the more blatant kind evidenced by David Carradine's substitution of martial arts legend Bruce Lee in Kung Fu - the TV series Lee himself conceived - the issues facing Asian American cinema are explored in a major retrospective at August's Locarno International Film Festival.
  • Gaga Communications hires Company Man

    27-Feb-2001

    Gaga Communications is understood to have picked up Japanese rights to Cube director Vincenzo Natali's Company Man, one of the US projects attracting most interest from international buyers at the AFM.
  • UK Film Council eyes IRA picture Bloody Sunday

    25-Feb-2001

    In a move bound to trigger controversy, UK public funding body the Film Council is likely to invest in Portman Film and Granada Film's Bloody Sunday, a feature about the real-life shooting of 13 unarmed civilians by members of the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland.
  • US buyers starting to look south of the border too

    23-Feb-2001

    Mexico is emerging as a hot buying territory - a trend driven not so much by local distributors as by US distributors such as Miramax Films which have been adding territorial rights south of the Rio Grande as part of their North American purchases.
  • Miramax resumes love affair with foreign cinema

    21-Feb-2001

    A noticeably acquisitive Miramax Films is close to domestic deals on two of the hottest non-American titles on the current sales circuit -. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Cannes competition contender Amelie From Montmartre and Tsui Hark's The Legend Of Zu, starring Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon discovery Zhang Ziyi.
  • Dimension Films and TF1 team up for Heist

    19-Feb-2001

    Dimension Films and France's TF1 are understood to have partnered on Heist (aka 2-11), the English-language debut of Gerard Pires, director of French action hit Taxi.
  • Pinewood-Shepperton eyes European expansion

    12-Feb-2001

    Pinewood-Shepperton Holdings, owner of the $145m (£100m)-plus super studio formed this week from Pinewood Studios' effective takeover of Shepperton Studios, has set its sights on a link-up with a production facility on the European Continent.
  • Pinewood, Shepperton complete merger

    11-Feb-2001

    Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios, the UK's two leading film production facilities, have finalised a merger that will create a European super studio.
  • Film Council's Premiere Fund to park with Altman

    9-Feb-2001

    UK film superbody the Film Council is close to investing in iconic US indie film-maker Robert Altman's UK-set satire Gosford Park which will be distributed domestically by USA Films and internationally by Capitol Films.The body is negotiating to board the 1930s-set satire, for which Altman aims to secure an ensemble cast of leading local talent including Jude Law, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emily Watson. The move would make the high-profile UK-US collaboration one of the ...
  • Gladiator DVD hit by documentary gaffe

    7-Feb-2001

    DreamWorks and Universal have been forced to re-work future DVDs of Ridley Scott's Gladiator following complaints in the UK that an additional documentary on the disc carried an image of the Hillsborough football tragedy.
  • FilmFour to lie within Channel 4 commercial arm

    5-Feb-2001

    UK features operation FilmFour is to be spun off from parent broadcaster Channel 4 into a new company, 4 Ventures Limited.
  • Usborne to head regional at UK's New Cinema Fund

    2-Feb-2001

    UK film superbody the Film Council has appointed independent producer Alex Usborne to oversee regional funding through its low-budget and edgy production fund, the New Cinema Fund.
  • Christina Ricci joins FilmFour's Miranda

    1-Feb-2001

    Christina Ricci is to star opposite UK actor John Simm in the provisionally-titled UK romantic comedy Miranda.
  • BBC Films ups Scoffield, appoints Bennette

    1-Feb-2001

    The UK's BBC Films has revamped its production team, promoting Tracey Scoffield to executive producer and appointing Rachel Bennette as a producer.
  • Metrodome shares slide to 12-month low

    30-Jan-2001

    The UK's Metrodome Group saw its shares hit a 12-month low on Tuesday after posting a loss of $908,000 for the six months ended 30 September 2000.
  • Film Council pledges to support distribution

    29-Jan-2001

    UK film body the Film Council has revealed that it plans to fund distribution through its National Lottery Premiere Fund.
  • UK's Target merges with New Media Industries

    23-Jan-2001

    Target Media, a leading advertising space buying company for the UK film industry, has merged with internet outfit New Media Industries (NMI).
  • UK production up but facing strike threat

    22-Jan-2001

    Underlining the potential impact of the threatened Hollywood production hiatus, the volume of overseas-financed production in the UK rose 33% last year, according to the British Film Commission's annual report.
  • Butler moves to Pathe marketing post

    22-Jan-2001

    UK distributor Pathe Distribution has appointed Anna Butler as director of marketing, deputy managing director Ian George announced on Friday.
  • ONdigital reaches one million subscribers mark

    17-Jan-2001

    UK pay-TV company ONdigital has reached its end of 2000 target of one million subscribers, the company announced on Wednesday.
  • Metro Tartan buys Japan's Battle Royale

    17-Jan-2001

    Hamish McAlpine's Tartan Films has acquired all UK rights to Japanese gore fest Battle Royale.
  • Berlin firms up programme for Official Competition

    15-Jan-2001

    Love story Chloe and horror title Inugmai - both from Japan - are understood to be competing at next month's Berlin International Film Festival as the line-up for the event's main competition section takes shape.
  • Warner, FilmFour, Senator vow Death To Smoochy

    15-Jan-2001

    Warner Bros, the UK's FilmFour and Germany's Senator have partnered on Death To Smoochy, a Robin Williams and Ed Norton comedy directed by Danny DeVito.
  • Kamp set to step down as Icon sales chief

    10-Jan-2001

    Ralph Kamp is understood to be close to stepping down as chief executive of Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's London-based sales operation Icon Entertainment International.
  • Harry Potter adds Character

    8-Jan-2001

    Character Group, the UK-branded goods manufacturer buffeted last year by disappointing sales of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace merchandising, is set to return to the film sector on Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone.
  • Rotterdam programmes nine world premieres

    4-Jan-2001

    This month's International Film Festival Rotterdam, considered to be at the cutting edge of the Euro festival circuit, boasts nine world premieres in its main competition section.
  • Sarah Radclyffe pacts with Miramax

    20-Dec-2000

    UK producer Sarah Radclyffe has struck a three-year first-look deal with Miramax Films to make family features.
  • Metrodome acquires Together, 101 Reykjavik

    15-Dec-2000

    Metrodome Distribution has acquired UK rights to Scandinavian hits 101 Reykjavik and Together from Trust Film Sales.
  • UK film censor could lose powers to new super body

    12-Dec-2000

    A UK communications super watchdog unveiled on Tuesday could take over some of the activities of film certification body the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) as part of far-reaching regulatory changes.
  • DNA passes review despite not releasing a film

    11-Dec-2000

    Duncan Kenworthy and Andrew Macdonald's DNA Films, which has yet to release a film, has become the third and final UK National Lottery franchise to pass its mid-term review.
  • Thomson acquires Technicolor as part of alliance

    11-Dec-2000

    UK media concern Carlton Communications has sold its film and video processing arm Technicolor to French consumer electronics group Thomson Multimedia for just over $2bn.
  • Puckoon comedy hit by Equity dispute

    8-Dec-2000

  • Vivendi Universal may divert Canal films to UIP

    6-Dec-2000

    Vivendi Universal appears to be seriously considering channelling some StudioCanal-backed films though UIP, the international distribution venture it co-owns with Paramount Pictures.
  • OFT launches new probe into BSkyB

    6-Dec-2000

    BSkyB, the UK's largest pay-TV broadcaster, faces a competition inquiry launched this week by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
  • UA mad for Winterbottom's Party People

    5-Dec-2000

    United Artists is finalising a deal to join UK National Lottery studio franchise The Film Consortium as a financier on Michael Winterbottom's Manchester music scene film, 24 Hr Party People.
  • Carlton set to sell Technicolor within weeks

    5-Dec-2000

    UK media company Carlton Communications is close to a deal to sell its Technicolor unit, the company said on Tuesday.
  • Pathe passes review despite production shortfall

    5-Dec-2000

    Despite acknowledging that it may have been overly ambitious in its original production goals, UK National Lottery studio franchise Pathe Pictures has sailed through its mid-term review by film super-body the Film Council.
  • Papandrea to head production at Mirage UK

    5-Dec-2000

    Mirage Enterprises is expected to appoint Bruna Papandrea to head production and development at its London-based operation under director Anthony Minghella.
  • FilmFour lassoes Pope as Cowboy ramps up slate

    4-Dec-2000

    FilmFour and UK production outfit Cowboy Films have struck a first-look deal for the next project from The Crow: City Of Angels director Tim Pope.
  • London Turkish fest expands programme

    1-Dec-2000

    This month's expanded London Turkish Film Festival will screen films ranging from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's critically-acclaimed Clouds Of May to Gani Mujde's Turkish box-office hit Byzantium.
  • Civilian Content appoints Auty as director

    1-Dec-2000

    In a key managerial move at UK National Lottery studio franchise The Film Consortium, chief executive Chris Auty has become a director of Civilian Content, the media operation which agreed to buy the franchise this year.
  • Artificial Eye, Metro Tartan unite for UK video

    30-Nov-2000

    Artificial Eye Film Distribution and Metro Tartan Films - two of the leading independent distributors of non-English language films in the notoriously tough UK market - are banding together to set up a jointly owned video company.
  • Granada comes in at lower end of expected profits

    29-Nov-2000

    The UK's Granada Media reported on Wednesday full-year operating profit at the lower end of expectations.
  • BBC in talks to launch $280m film fund with MCP

    26-Nov-2000

    The BBC is discussing partnering with US and UK-based financing house MM Media Capital Partners (MCP) to create a film fund, worth $280m (£200m) plus.
  • IAC set to strike with Hammer Force

    24-Nov-2000

    The UK's IAC Film & Television has acquired TV and film rights to Hammer Force, a series of best-selling thriller novels about a covert team of crack United Nations agents.
  • Contagious catches Chocolat writer's next project

    23-Nov-2000

  • Intermedia in talks to board Salles' Virgin

    21-Nov-2000

    In what is turning out to be a busy week for the London, LA and Munich-based company, indie powerhouse Intermedia is finalising a deal to board Walter Salles' $20m-$30m period drama The Assumption Of The Virgin, which is set to star Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche.
  • What Lies Beneath won't lie down

    21-Nov-2000

    Spookily, 20th Century Fox's What Lies Beneath resurfaced at the top of the UK box office chart for the second time in its five-week run this weekend, clawing back the lead it lost last weekend to another Fox release, Bedazzled. The Harrison Ford-Michelle Pfeiffer picture took $1,156,243 (£811,997) from 365 sites for a screen average of $3,168 (£2,225). It previously lost pole position to Dinosaur before bobbing up a week later.
  • Intermedia turns on Box for TV entry

    21-Nov-2000

    Indie film giant Intermedia is launching into TV with the acquisition of a 24.9% stake in Box TV, the start-up production house run by former Channel 4 executive Gub Neal.
  • Caine to star in Beresford's Boswell

    20-Nov-2000

    Michael Caine has boarded 18th century legal drama Boswell For The Defence, which Bruce Beresford is to direct from a script by Patrick Edgeworth.
  • Intermedia shifts operations to LA

    20-Nov-2000

    Intermedia is stepping up its drive to build a US presence by shifting business and legal affairs from London to Los Angeles.
  • Khan-Din revs up adaptation for DNA

    19-Nov-2000

  • Second Generation gets UK digital release

    16-Nov-2000

    With One Life Stand impressing festival-goers at Edinburgh this year, independent digital film-making is making further inroads into the UK with a London theatrical release for Second Generation using digital projection.
  • FilmFour to give Croupier second UK outing

    16-Nov-2000

    Despite being barred from competing for the Academy Awards, FilmFour's 1997 title Croupier is to get a UK re-release following its success in North America this year.
  • Winchester plots Millennium gem heist

    15-Nov-2000

    The UK's Winchester Films is readying a feature about this month's audacious diamond raid on the Millennium Dome in London - only this time the robbers get away with it.
  • Bedazzled lights up UK box office

    14-Nov-2000

    20th Century Fox's Bedazzled found room to shine in the UK over the weekend, snagging the number one spot with $1.6m (£1.1m) including previews. Starring Brendan Fraser and local starlet Elizabeth Hurley, the comedy took a site average of $4,862 (£3,380). The result meant a one-two for Fox, with number two title What Lies Beneath dropping off only 21% four weeks into its run.
  • AtomFilms, Schibsted sign wireless pact

    13-Nov-2000

    AtomFilms has partnered with Scandinavian media company Schibsted to distribute almost 100 short films and animation titles on mobile and wireless devices.
  • Downtown buys Pandaemonium, Circle

    13-Nov-2000

    UK indie distributor Downtown Pictures has finalised its acquisition of Julien Temple's Pandaemonium.
  • MacLachlan, Styler join Me Without You cast

    10-Nov-2000

    Kyle MacLachlan, Trudie Styler, Oliver Milburn and Allan Corduner have joined Anna Friel and Michelle Williams in the cast of Sandra Goldbacher's Me Without You.
  • Insanally joins FilmFour-Whitaker joint venture

    10-Nov-2000

    Forest Whitaker's recently-launched producing partnership with the UK's FilmFour has appointed Johann Insanally to spearhead development and production activities.
  • Senator extends deal with FilmFour

    9-Nov-2000

    Germany's Senator Entertainment has extended its co-production and distribution pact with the UK's FilmFour.
  • Pathe ups George to post of deputy MD

    8-Nov-2000

    Ian George has been promoted from marketing and publicity director at UK distribution operation Pathe Distribution to deputy managing director.
  • BSkyB on course for five millions subscribers

    6-Nov-2000

    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB is set to reach its target of five million subscribers almost two months ahead of schedule.
  • Japan's Gaga picks up Third World Cop

    6-Nov-2000

    Gaga Communications has picked up Japanese rights to Third World Cop from London-based sales outfit The Film Company.
  • Gilmartin to head development for Impact Pictures

    6-Nov-2000

    UK and US production outfit Impact Pictures has appointed Rory Gilmartin as head of development as the operation ramps up production activities after forming a joint venture with Germany's Constantin Film.
  • Goldby bites into Portman's Big Apple

    3-Nov-2000

    Academy Award-nominated director Roger Goldby is to make his feature debut with The Big Apple for UK-based Portman Entertainment.
  • Winchester raises $32m warchest

    1-Nov-2000

    In one of the largest City of London funding injections into the UK independent film sector since the heady days of Goldcrest, publicly-quoted Winchester Entertainment is this week raising $31.9m (£22m) on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
  • Peakviewing taps Sales to grow feature business

    1-Nov-2000

    Peakviewing Transatlantic has appointed Daniel Sales, former president and chief executive officer of Cinequannon Pictures International, to act as consultant in a drive to step up feature activities.
  • Working Title opens Eye

    1-Nov-2000

    Working Title is fast-tracking a Big Brother-meets-horror genre picture, My Little Eye, which follows a group of 20-somethings who sign up for a reality web show that turns increasingly sinister. Resurrection Man's Marc Evans is shooting the film, written by David Hilton, in Nova Scotia early next year for low-budget wing WT2, which scored a hit with Billy Elliot and is in post on another horror flick, Long Time Dead.
  • Coppola clan keeps growing at Capitol

    1-Nov-2000

    Jeremy Davies, Gerard Depardieu, Billy Zane, Elodie Bouchez and Giancarlo Giannini have all been lined up to star in CQ, to be directed for Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope by his son Roman Coppola. It is one of several Zoetrope productions being financed by Germany's VCL and sold through Capitol Film Sales.
  • Demme joins on-line outfit Article 27

    1-Nov-2000

    Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme has joined the board of advisors of article27, the on-line entertainment syndicator that is rapidly expanding international activities.
  • Alan Parker set to direct for Intermedia

    31-Oct-2000

    Alan Parker appears to be close to a deal to direct the drama The Life Of David Gale for Intermedia Films.
  • Film Consortium gets greenlight to continue

    30-Oct-2000

    UK National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium has secured lottery funding for another three years after it cleared a mid-term review by film super body the Film Council.Although some Council board members were highly critical of the consortium, the Council said that it accepted that the operation had performed below expectations in some areas. The Council was encouraged by an injection of new capitol and a revised business plan from start-up UK media concern Civilian Content, ...
  • Capitol adds two more from Zoetrope

    30-Oct-2000

    Capitol Films has added another two American Zoetrope titles to its sales slate from its output deal with VCL - Jennifer Lopez will star as Mexican icon Frida Khalo in an untitled biopic, while Robert Duvall will direct Assassination Tango.
  • Hanway buyers go at it like rabbits

    30-Oct-2000

    UK-based sales outfit HanWay has sold Rabbit Proof Fence, its Phillip Noyce-directed, Australian-set period story featuring Kenneth Branagh, to a brace of European markets including France and Germany.
  • Kevin Williams Associates does the Mexican wave

    30-Oct-2000

    Spain's KWA has partnered with Mexico's Videocine and Warner Bros to represent titles from their joint production venture, Coyoacan Films, starting with local box office sensation The Second Night (La Segunda Noche).
  • Billy Elliot dances away with four BIFAs

    26-Oct-2000

    Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot racked up another clutch of awards at Wednesday's British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), picking up four prizes including best British independent film.
  • Sales Co titles go to UK at London

    25-Oct-2000

    Testifying to a renewed UK market, The Sales Co has used this week's London screenings to close sales on a trio of titles to local distributors.
  • Intermedia gets first-look at Kassar, Vajna's C-2

    25-Oct-2000

    Intermedia has confirmed it has struck a first-look pact with Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna's US production company C-2 Pictures, kicking off with sequels to the blockbusters The Terminator and Basic Instinct.
  • McDougal to plough Metro Tartan's Fields

    24-Oct-2000

    UK-based distribution to production concern Metro Tartan is readying to shoot its Martin Amis adaptation London Fields after securing Charles McDougal as director.
  • United Artists takes world on Born Romantic

    24-Oct-2000

    In the first major buy of the London Screenings, United Artists (UA) has acquired worldwide rights to The Sales Co's UK comedy Born Romantic, which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and closes next month's London Film Festival.
  • UK's Carlton acquires HTV franchise

    24-Oct-2000

    UK media concern Carlton Communications has confirmed it is buying the HTV TV franchise from rival Granada Media. Carlton is paying just over $263m in cash for HTV and its 20% stake in Meridian, the ITV broadcaster for south-east England. Granada had to sell HTV to satisfy competition requirements after it bought the broadcaster as part of a package of ITV assets from United News & Media in July.
  • Renaissance adds Gilliam, Hytner projects to slate

    22-Oct-2000

    Terry Gilliam has for the second time this year secured financing out of Europe for a large-scale production, partnering with the UK's Renaissance Films to direct $50m comic fantasy Good Omens. Renaissance has also announced that it will handle Los Alamos, a $25m romantic thriller to be directed by Nicholas Hytner.
  • SW9 kickstarts Alibi, Irish Screen pact

    22-Oct-2000

  • IAC, Bregman head for Goldcoast with Pacino

    20-Oct-2000

    The UK's IAC Films is set to handle $65m drama The Goldcoast, starring Al Pacino, through a development and production venture with US producer Martin Bregman.
  • Escape Artists ties up international partners

    20-Oct-2000

    A group of international distributors comprising the UK's Momentum Pictures, Spain's Sogepaq, Italy's Eagle Pictures, Scandinavia's Egmont and Germany's Constantin have been confirmed as partners with the Steve Tisch Co and sales outfit Summit Entertainment in long-gestating production outfit Escape Artists.
  • Pathe, Amuse lured by Killing

    19-Oct-2000

    Myriad Pictures has sold Chen Kaige's $30m Killing Me Softly to Pathe Distribution for the UK and Amuse Video for Japan. Gaga Communications will handle the film's Japanese theatrical release.
  • Wright takes up acting head role at The Sales Co

    18-Oct-2000

    Jane Wright, head of business development for BBC Films, is stepping in as acting chief executive at UK-based The Sales Co following Alison Thompson's decision to move to Pathe International.
  • Myriad listens to Rash's Good Advice

    18-Oct-2000

    Myriad Pictures has added $6m comedy Good Advice, directed by Steve Rash, to its sales roster. The film, which stars Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards and Rosanna Arquette, will be distributed by Artisan Entertainment in the US.
  • Feature Film Co to test UK censors with Baise-Moi

    18-Oct-2000

    In a move expected to mark the most high-profile test to date of newly relaxed UK film censorship rules on sex, local indie distributor Feature Film Company has picked up all rights to controversial French rape story Baise-Moi.
  • UK Govt waves through Pinewood-Shepperton merger

    18-Oct-2000

    The UK government has cleared the merger of the Pinewood and Shepperton filmmaking facilities, a decision that spares the proposed $180m super-studio from having to be scrutinised by the local anti-trust watchdog, the Competition Commission.
  • EC warns it could move spotlight onto UIP

    16-Oct-2000

    Brussels warned on Monday that it may re-examine UIP's exemption from European anti-competition laws following the merger of Universal parent Seagram and Vivendi, owner of Canal Plus.
  • Harris to join Phoenix in Buffalo Soldiers

    16-Oct-2000

    Ed Harris is expected to join Joaquin Phoenix in the cast of Buffalo Soldiers, FilmFour's $15m tale of US soldiers stationed in West Germany circa 1989.
  • Film Council taps Swift as literary scout

    12-Oct-2000

    The UK's film super body the Film Council has appointed Susan Swift as a literary scout as part of its bid to take a pro-active stance within production circles.
  • Carlton, JAM team for Archer adaptations

    10-Oct-2000

    A series of TV movies based on novels by best-selling author and politician Jeffrey Archer are to be made under a deal between Michael Braham and Jane Walmsley's UK production outfit JAM Pictures and the US' Carlton America.
  • Universal secures DreamWorks titles for UK DVD

    10-Oct-2000

    Universal Pictures UK (UPUK) is to release titles from DreamWorks Home Entertainment on DVD in the UK, marking the first time that DVD films from DreamWorks have been released locally.
  • Film Council to give boost to UK production houses

    5-Oct-2000

    UK film superbody the Film Council, which went live this week, is to pump a share of its own revenues from films back into independent production companies in a bid to help build a sustainable local industry.
  • Stanley lines up $9m sci-fi thriller

    5-Oct-2000

    Richard Stanley, the South African-born director controversially taken off New Line Cinema's The Island Of Doctor Moreau in 1996, is returning to the sci-fi genre of his auspicious 1990 debut Hardware.
  • Germany's IN-motion buys J&M Entertainment

    2-Oct-2000

    IN-motion, the listed German media company that has a majority stake in Kirk D’Amico’s Myriad Pictures, has bought UK sales operation J&M Entertainment for approximately $20m.
  • Yeldham to head FilmFour's US office

    2-Oct-2000

    The UK's FilmFour has appointed Rebecca Yeldham - previously senior film programmer at the Sundance Film Festival - to head its start-up production office in Los Angeles.
  • ITV acquires Walt Disney's 1999 slate

    2-Oct-2000

    UK commercial broadcasting network ITV has secured Walt Disney Co's 1999 theatrical slate.
  • Caine, Keaton sink into Quicksand for Visionview

    28-Sep-2000

    John Mackenzie is to direct Michael Caine and Michael Keaton in contemporary action thriller Quicksand for UK production outfit Geoff Reeve Films and producer-financier Visionview.
  • Titus to open Flanders festival

    28-Sep-2000

    Julie Taymor's Titus will open the Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent (October 11-22) where it is screening out of competition. Terence Davies' The House Of Mirth, starring Gillian Anderson, will open the competitive section.
  • Pandora takes world on Liddy's Country

    28-Sep-2000

    Hard on the heels of re-aligning to become the specialist arm of Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment Company, France's Pandora Films has picked up Irish family drama Country, written and directed by Kevin Liddy.
  • Craven moves to Alibi from United Artists

    26-Sep-2000

    UK-based media concern Alibi Communications has appointed David Craven as head of post-production and technical delivery.
  • Civilian in talks to up stake in The Sales Co

    25-Sep-2000

    Civilian Content, owner of UK National Lottery studio franchise The Film Consortium, is continuing talks about raising its stake in international sales outfit The Sales Co, despite last week's resignation of highly-regarded Sales Co chief executive Alison Thompson.
  • FilmFour seals package deal with Spain's Alta

    25-Sep-2000

    FilmFour International, the sales arm of the UK's FilmFour, has closed an all-rights package deal with Spain's Alta Films, the division's first with a Spanish company.
  • FilmFour launches money back stunt for Dancer

    25-Sep-2000

    In a highly unusual move, FilmFour Distributors is offering UK audiences for Dancer In The Dark their money back if they are unsatisfied. Cinema-goers will be given a full refund if they walk out of the film in its first 30 minutes.
  • Harris to head UK production at CTIT

    25-Sep-2000

    Columbia TriStar International Television (CTIT) in the UK has named production and programming executive Ann Harris to the post of vice president, production.
  • Sales Co chief Alison Thompson to join Pathe

    21-Sep-2000

    Alison Thompson, chief executive of UK-based international sales operation The Sales Co, is to join Pathe's London arm in the newly-created post of head of sales - Pathe International.
  • Rocket, Walt Disney board Gnome animation feature

    20-Sep-2000

    As reported in Screen International weekly this morning, Elton John and David Furnish's production outfit Rocket Pictures and Walt Disney Feature Animation have acquired UK animation script A Gnome's Story.
  • European players unite in film drive

    20-Sep-2000

    As reported in Screen International weekly this morning, the UK's BBC Films, Germany's Kinowelt and Spain's Lolafilms have formed a development and production alliance aimed at creating a European powerhouse that can offer film-makers an alternative to Hollywood.
  • HanWay offers Triumph Of Love

    20-Sep-2000

    HanWay Films, the sales arm of producer Jeremy Thomas' UK-based production outfit Recorded Picture Company, has taken up international sales duties on The Triumph Of Love, starring Mira Sorvino and Ben Kingsley.
  • Pathe signs Born Romantic's Camarda to first-look

    20-Sep-2000

    Michele Camarda's UK production outfit Kismet Film Company has struck a first-look deal with National Lottery studio franchise Pathe Pictures, Pathe announced on Wednesday.
  • London Film Commission appoints Hayes as head

    19-Sep-2000

    The London Film Commission (LFC) has appointed Sue Hayes as its commissioner and announced that Richard Attenborough will be its first patron.
  • WMA's Steve Kenis unveils own UK talent agency

    18-Sep-2000

    Steve Kenis, former managing director at William Morris Agency (WMA) in London, has launched UK-based talent agency Steve Kenis & Co to represent clients including Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris, Bruce Beresford and Rowan Atkinson.
  • Maybe Baby opens Dinard British cinema festival

    18-Sep-2000

    Ben Elton's Maybe Baby opens the Dinard Festival Of British Film, which runs October 5-8.In the competition section, Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels' follow-up Snatch will square up to another much-anticipated, low-budget UK crowd-pleaser - Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot. Also up for the Hitchcock d'Or at the Brittany-based event are Peter Sheridan's Borstal Boy; Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1; Simon Cellan Jones' Some Voices; ...
  • TV veterans launch Apollo tax financing scheme

    13-Sep-2000

    Veteran UK programme-makers Bill Cran and Clive Syddall have launched tax-based financing scheme Apollo TV & Film Partnerships.
  • RTL raises Antena 3 stake

    13-Sep-2000

    Pan-European broadcaster RTL Group has raised its stake in private Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 to 16% in a bid to expand in southern Europe.
  • Navidi, Wilde raise financing

    13-Sep-2000

    Producers Barry Navidi and Manfred Wilde have raised $30m in equity for a slate of films through their production outfit Sun, Moon & Stars Entertainment, according to Navidi and Wilde.
  • Wenders, Road Movies take radically digital route

    12-Sep-2000

    German director Wim Wenders and Road Movies Filmproduktion, the production company he co-founded, have gone digital.
  • Granada acquires 45% stake in Ireland's TV3

    11-Sep-2000

    UK broadcaster Granada Media has launched its drive to expand overseas, acquiring 45% of Irish commercial operator TV3 from Canada's CanWest Global Communications for $28m in cash.
  • Elisabeth Murdoch joins UK publisher Future

    11-Sep-2000

    Elisabeth Murdoch has joined the board of UK magazine publisher Future Network.
  • Gannon to head development at Pathe

    25-Aug-2000

    Matthew Gannon, most recently director of production/development at Fox Searchlight in Los Angeles, is joining UK National Lottery studio franchise Pathe Pictures as head of development.
  • Low budgets high on Edinburgh agenda

    25-Aug-2000

    While the UK wrestles with how to channel National Lottery cash into bigger budget commercial pictures, a trio of low-budget titles stole the limelight at a high-profile "state of the nation" panel discussion at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • New UK talent shines at Edinburgh

    22-Aug-2000

    A crop of new UK-based film-makers are emerging at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival as a string of low-budget pictures earned high praise.
  • Macleod quits Channel 4 International

    17-Aug-2000

    Bernard Macleod is stepping down as managing director of UK programming distributor Channel 4 International (C4I).
  • Specialist to get outing at London Jewish fest

    16-Aug-2000

  • Film Council appoints Jones as Premiere fund chief

    14-Aug-2000

    Producer Robert Jones will head the main National Lottery fund for commercial films at UK film body the Film Council.
  • Grade pitches Pinewood, Shepperton merger

    14-Aug-2000

    Michael Grade and Ridley and Tony Scott are to join forces in running a UK super studio facility combining Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios, if current proposals from Grade get the go-ahead.
  • Salsa to open London's Latin American fest

    11-Aug-2000

  • Marks quits Video Networks programming role

    11-Aug-2000

    Video Networks head of programming Dan Marks has left the video-on-demand (VOD) company, Video Networks confirmed on Friday (August 11).
  • Hanway taps Lynch-Staunton for marketing role

    9-Aug-2000

    HanWay Films, the international sales arm of Jeremy Thomas' UK production outfit Recorded Picture Co, has appointed Jonathan Lynch-Staunton as manager, publicity and marketing.
  • Film Council appoints Holden to finance post

    9-Aug-2000

    UK film support body The Film Council has appointed Vincent Holden as production finance controller.
  • Redbus, Warner strike video pact

    8-Aug-2000

    UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution has struck a video and DVD deal with Warner Home Video, which gives the company sole rights to distribute and market up to 25 titles a year until 2003.
  • United to offload remaining television assets

    7-Aug-2000

    United News & Media is focusing on its core market information business as it disposes of its TV interests, chief executive Lord Hollick has announced.
  • Telefonica to buy GMG stake in UK outfit

    7-Aug-2000

    Spanish telecommunications group Telefonica is close to taking over London-based TV production operation GMG Endemol by buying a 50% stake from the UK's Guardian Media Group, according to reports.
  • Napier exits Soho Images for Digital Film Lab

    7-Aug-2000

    Gary Napier has quit as managing director of post-production house Soho Images to take up the post of chief executive officer at the start-up London arm of Danish post company Digital Film Lab.
  • Alec Guinness dies aged 86

    7-Aug-2000

    Academy award winning UK actor Sir Alec Guinness has died after a 60-year career ranging from Shakespeare to Star Wars.
  • Sharman to take Murdoch role at BSkyB

    4-Aug-2000

    Mark Sharman is to effectively replace Elisabeth Murdoch at UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB as director of broadcasting and production.
  • Edinburgh lines up leading players for Film UK

    3-Aug-2000

    Film Council chief executive John Woodward, FilmFour head Paul Webster and producers Andrew Macdonald and Duncan Kenworthy are amongst the UK industry heavyweights taking part in panel discussions on the local film sector at the upcoming Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • Momentum appoints Withey to run expanded video arm

    3-Aug-2000

    Momentum Pictures, the UK joint venture of Canada's Alliance Atlantis and Germany's Kinowelt, has appointed Conrad Withey to oversee the operation's recently-expanded video retail activities.
  • Granada Film adds WW2 drama to development slate

    3-Aug-2000

    Granada Film, the features arm of UK broadcaster Granada Media, is developing World War 2 project Panzer.
  • De Villiers joins Video Networks board

    2-Aug-2000

    Etienne de Villiers, former president and managing director of Walt Disney International for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, has joined burgeoning VoD company Video Networks as a non-executive director.
  • Sky Pictures adds to team, unwraps Angel

    2-Aug-2000

    UK satellite operator BSkyB has bolstered staff at feature arm Sky Pictures and unveiled John Irvin's contemporary thriller The Fourth Angel, one of its biggest projects to date.
  • Yes teams with Philippines' Sky Vision

    1-Aug-2000

    UK video-on-demand (VoD) company Yes Television and Philippines cable TV operation Sky Vision Corporation have pledged $100m over the next ten years to fund a newly-launched joint venture, Yes Sky Interactive Corporation.
  • Film Council set for funding boost

    1-Aug-2000

    UK film body the Film Council stands to get the lion's share of a $3m (£2m) boost in annual government funding.
  • UIP seals distribution pact with Spain's Planeta

    30-Jul-2000

    United International Pictures (UIP) has added a Spanish link to its rapidly growing chain of international distribution partners, striking a long-term pact with Planeta 2010, the start-up multimedia division of publishing company Grupo Planeta.
  • PHE funds Criminal theatrical outing

    28-Jul-2000

    Video operation Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is funding the UK theatrical release of local thriller The Criminal in a drive to bolster its slate with acquisitions in local markets, PHE confirmed.
  • Belmont joins Haas in WT2's Long Time Dead

    28-Jul-2000

    Lara Belmont from Tim Roth's The War Zone has joined Mars Attacks!' Lukas Haas in the ensemble cast of WT2's British Scream picture, Long Time Dead, the company announced this week.
  • Granada pays $2.65bn for United's ITV assets

    28-Jul-2000

    Granada Media has agreed to pay $2.65bn (£1.75bn) for the ITV interests of rival United News & Media.
  • Kinowelt bags video rights to StudioCanal titles

    28-Jul-2000

    German media group Kinowelt has reportedly acquired the video and DVD rights to 240 films from France's StudioCanal.
  • UIP expands role with international alliances

    27-Jul-2000

    United International Pictures (UIP) is forging a series of distribution deals with independent companies in key European territories, apparently bolstering its position as a business in its own right rather than just the international outlet of its US studio parents.
  • Video Networks heads for Downtown

    26-Jul-2000

    Downtown Pictures has become the latest UK distributor to tune into Video-on-Demand (VoD), striking an alliance with Video Networks, the UK VoD company planning a national roll-out next year.
  • BSkyB ups movie spend as subscriptions top 4.5m

    26-Jul-2000

    Movie costs at UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB rose 17% to $421m (£278m) in the year ending June 30 2000, the company announced on Wednesday as part of its annual results.
  • Momentum appoints Caplan as acquisitions chief

    25-Jul-2000

    Momentum Pictures, the UK distribution and production venture of Canada's Alliance Atlantis and Germany's Kinowelt, has appointed Sally Caplan to the newly created role of head of acquisitions.
  • Kinowelt pacts with Keitel's Goatsingers

    20-Jul-2000

    Germany's Kinowelt Medien has struck a first-look development deal with Harvey Keitel's New York-based production outfit Goatsingers. The two-year pact is geared at producing arthouse pictures starring Keitel.
  • UK's article 27 partners with idealive

    19-Jul-2000

    Soho-based internet distribution outfit article27 has formed a development partnership with idealive, a US-based on-line company which provides information to potential investors.
  • British Film Office sends visual effects rep to LA

    19-Jul-2000

    Meg Guidon has been appointed to the British Film Office in Los Angeles as its first visual effects sector representative.
  • Film Council appoints Bagnall to head training

    18-Jul-2000

    UK film body the Film Council has appointed Helen Bagnall to head its $1.5m (£1m) a year Film Training Fund, the Council announced today.
  • McCormack steps into Fragile's High Heels

    18-Jul-2000

    Mary McCormack is starring opposite Minnie Driver in Mel Smith's High Heels & Low Lifes, the debut production through the partnership formed by the UK's Fragile Films and Buena Vista International (UK).
  • Macclesfield retires from UIP

    18-Jul-2000

    Mike Macclesfield is retiring as vice president of international sales and development at United International Pictures (UIP), the joint distribution partnership of Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
  • BSkyB takes control of Open

    17-Jul-2000

    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB is taking control of interactive TV service Open in a deal that values the company at about $1.8bn (£1.2bn).
  • Byers clears ITV consolidation with conditions

    14-Jul-2000

    UK trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers has paved the way for consolidation of the ITV commercial broadcast network by clearing the proposed merger between TV companies Carlton Communications and United News & Media, and a possible rival bid for either from Granada Media.
  • Edinburgh festival to host Luzhin premiere

    12-Jul-2000

    Marleen Gorris' The Luzhin Defence and Bill Eagles' Beautiful Creatures are amongst the world premieres at next month's Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 13-27).
  • Carlton sells Quantel to management team for $77m

    12-Jul-2000

    UK media group Carlton Communications had ended its search for a buyer for editing equipment maker Quantel by striking a $76.9m (£51m) deal with a management buy-out team, Carlton said on Thursday.
  • Granada readies $3bn warchest ahead of ITV battle

    11-Jul-2000

    Granada Media secured at least $2bn (£1.3bn) from its float today (July 11) as it shapes up for a possible three-way fight for control of the UK's commercial TV broadcasters.
  • Cirjanic to head TV sales at FilmFour Int'l

    11-Jul-2000

    The UK's FilmFour has appointed Nada Cirjanic to the newly-created post of TV sales manager at overseas sales arm FilmFour International.
  • Metrodome beefs up slate with Vampire, HAL titles

    10-Jul-2000

    UK distributor Metrodome Distribution has acquired a raft of titles including the critically well-received Shadow Of The Vampire and Miramax International's About Adam and Elephant Juice.
  • Ian Holm to play fantastical Napoleon in Emperor

    7-Jul-2000

    UK actor Ian Holm is to play Napoleon in FilmFour's The Emperor's New Clothes, a historical fantasy being produced by The Full Monty's Uberto Pasolini and directed by Palookaville's Alan Taylor.
  • Jobs go as BBC creates new media arm

    7-Jul-2000

    UK public broadcaster the BBC is slashing more than 200 jobs as it launches BBC Technology, a commercially-driven operation providing IT services to the BBC and external companies.
  • FilmFour backs GI 'n' drugs action movie

    5-Jul-2000

    The UK's FilmFour is majority financing Buffalo Soldiers, an action-laden but edgy tale of drug-swilling US soldiers stationed in West Germany circa 1989.
  • BAFTA confirms pre-Oscars date change

    5-Jul-2000

    The Oscar campaign trail just took a detour to London. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) this week confirmed it will move next year's film awards to a pre-Academy Awards slot, a move expected to boost the event's global significance by establishing it as a prime pointer for the Oscars.
  • Sturridge set to direct Disgrace for Granada Film

    4-Jul-2000

    Charles Sturridge, director of FairyTale: A True Story, is to shoot an adaptation of 1999 Booker Prize-winning novel Disgrace for the UK's Granada Film.
  • Intermedia seals first-look deal with Winslet

    4-Jul-2000

    In its first long-term deal outside the US since floating in May, Intermedia has struck an exclusive first-look pact with Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton's UK-based production outfit Telltale Films.
  • Alibi picks up Sky's Most Fertile Man

    4-Jul-2000

    UK-based sales company Alibi Films International has acquired worldwide rights outside the UK and Eire to Sky Pictures' comedy The Most Fertile Man In Ireland.
  • UK's Millennium takes three from UGC

    4-Jul-2000

    France's UGC has sold a trio of titles headed by Regis Wargnier's East-West to UK independent distributor Millennium Film Distributors.
  • UK actors join Gilliam's Quixote cast

    3-Jul-2000

    The UK's Miranda Richardson, Christopher Eccleston and Bill Paterson have joined the cast of Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam's office confirmed on Monday.
  • Mill Film ups Hughes to head operations

    3-Jul-2000

    The UK's Mill Film has appointed Neil Hughes to the newly created position of facilities and operations manager as the effects house beefs up its facilities.
  • Ecosse, Shivas to produce Disraeli biopic

    30-Jun-2000

    Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd is being lined up to star as Benjamin Disraeli in the provisionally titled Dizzy, a feature dramatising the life of the brilliant British prime minister being produced by Mark Shivas and Ecosse Films.
  • Welland tackles miners' struggle for Working Title

    29-Jun-2000

    Academy Award-winner Colin Welland has written Tower, a dramatisation of the true story of embattled South Wales miners, for the UK's Working Title Films, Ireland's David P Kelly Productions and director Marc Evans.
  • Video Networks raises $150m for expansion

    29-Jun-2000

    UK video-on-demand company Video Networks has raised equity financing worth more than $154m (£102m) from investment partnership Digital Explosion, the company announced today (June 29).
  • Edinburgh lines up Dancer as opening night film

    28-Jun-2000

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 13-27) is lining up Lars von Trier's Dancer In The Dark as opening film and Wong Kar-Wai's In The Mood For Love to close the event.
  • Internationalmedia strikes deal with Johnson

    28-Jun-2000

    Internationalmedia, the company formed from the merger between Intermedia and Pacifica, has finalised a first-look deal with US producer Mark Johnson.
  • Winchester hooks Midler's All Girl, Merv Griffin

    27-Jun-2000

    The UK's Winchester Entertainment, which unveiled pre-tax profits up a record 205% yesterday (June 27), has struck first-look deals with entertainment impresario Merv Griffin and Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer's All Girl Productions.
  • Granada float aims for $2.25 billion

    26-Jun-2000

    Granada Media, the media arm of the UK's Granada Group, plans to raise up to $2.25 billion through its upcoming floatation, the company revealed on Monday.
  • Bolstered BBC Films encroaches on FilmFour turf

    26-Jun-2000

    A bolstered BBC Films could be hived off from its hulking parent company and housed in new digs near London's Charlotte Street, within spitting distance of archrival FilmFour, according to plans currently being drawn up by the UK's public broadcaster.
  • Jonescompany pacts with FilmFour

    23-Jun-2000

    UK producer Robert Jones, whose credits include The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill, But Came Down A Mountain and The Usual Suspects, is striking a first-look deal with FilmFour, the company announced on Friday.
  • UK distributors rally round Bafta pre-Oscars move

    22-Jun-2000

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) appears to be winning the all-important support of UK distributors for its plan to move its film awards to a profile-raising pre-Academy Awards slot.
  • Factor 8 secures $167m through tax vehicle

    22-Jun-2000

    UK financing outfit Factor 8 Films raised $167m (£111m) for investing in features through its tax vehicle, the Voyager Film Partners, over the 12 months to April 5.
  • Wood moves from Redbus to Films2

    22-Jun-2000

    UK internet operation Films2, a division of video-on-demand company Filmgroup, has appointed Jason Wood as films specialist.
  • FilmFour bags UK rights to Small Time Crooks

    21-Jun-2000

    FilmFour has acquired all UK rights to Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks from Sweetland Films, marking the distributor's first theatrical release of an Allen film.
  • BAFTA set for pre-Oscars awards move

    20-Jun-2000

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has confirmed it aims to move its film awards to a pre-Academy Awards slot in a bid to focus worldwide attention on the ceremony as a pointer for the Oscars.
  • J&M secures multiple sales to Japan

    19-Jun-2000

    UK-based sales and financing operation J&M Entertainment has sold a host of titles to Japanese distributors including Nippon Herald, Marubeni and Only Hearts.
  • UK film execs feature high in Queen's Honours list

    19-Jun-2000

    Stewart Till, deputy chair of UK film superbody the Film Council, Intermedia co-chairman Nigel Sinclair, and film finance specialist Premila Hoon are among the film industry executives to be honoured in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.
  • Chance joins Granada Media board

    19-Jun-2000

    Former BSkyB deputy managing director David Chance has joined UK media operation Granada Media as a non-executive director.
  • Harrelson, Huston set to attend Karlovy Vary

    16-Jun-2000

    Woody Harrelson, Anjelica Huston and, subject to shooting schedules, Johnny Depp are amongst the stars expected to attend next month's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the festival has announced.
  • Football set to feature at British Short Film fest

    16-Jun-2000

  • Allouache secures backing from Hubert Bals Fund

    15-Jun-2000

  • Edinburgh unveils gala screenings

    15-Jun-2000

    Franchise Pictures' Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, which boasts a cast including Holly Hunter, Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz and Calista Flockhart, will screen in the gala section of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 13-27).
  • Balkans documentary scoops BANFF grand prize

    14-Jun-2000

    The grand prize at Canada's BANFF Television Festival went to documentary A Cry From The Grave, which investigates the massacre of 7,000 Muslim refugees in Srebrenica.
  • Pearson completes TalkBack acquisition

    14-Jun-2000

    Pearson Television, the TV production arm of the UK's Pearson Group, has finalised its acquisition of London-based TV production outfit TalkBack Productions for $94m (£62m), Pearson announced today (June 14).
  • Edinburgh Festival to expose Cineworks shorts

    13-Jun-2000

    Cineworks, the short film scheme funded by support agency Scottish Screen, is showcasing its inaugural year's work at August's Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • Tiger Aspect adds Kemp, Blatt to Dog Eat Dog cast

    13-Jun-2000

    Pop stars Gary Kemp and Melanie Blatt have joined TV actor Alan Davies in UK comedy Dog Eat Dog.
  • Hodgson appointed chief executive of ITC

    12-Jun-2000

    Patricia Hodgson, currently BBC director of public policy, has been appointed chief executive of UK commercial broadcasting body the Independent Television Commission (ITC).
  • Davenport joins Wiest in cast of Not Afraid

    9-Jun-2000

    Jack Davenport, Elsa Zylberstein, Miriam Margolyes and Michael Weir have joined double Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest in the cast of Not Afraid, Not Afraid.
  • Ecosse makes US move with Kerr, Chaplin projects

    9-Jun-2000

    Ecosse Films, the production outfit behind Mrs Brown and FilmFour and Warner Bros' upcoming $20m Charlotte Gray, is heading for the US.
  • Suitors circle filmgroup following cancelled IPO

    7-Jun-2000

    Filmgroup, the parent of UK theatrical distributor Redbus Film Distribution, is expected to spark interest from several companies in the cable and telecommunications sector following the cancellation of the video-on-demand company's flotation this week.
  • UIP's Pilowsky seals pact with Axiom

    7-Jun-2000

    In Marion Pilowsky's first move as head of international acquisitions and development at United International Pictures (UIP), the distribution powerhouse and UK and Australian-based production company Axiom are partnering to release a slate of indie pictures in the UK.
  • Filmgroup cancels flotation plans

    7-Jun-2000

    UK video-on-demand operation filmgroup, the parent of theatrical distributor Redbus Film Distribution, has cancelled its float, the company confirmed on Wednesday.
  • FilmFour strikes first-look deal with Calderwood

    6-Jun-2000

    The UK's FilmFour has struck a first-look deal with Andrea Calderwood, formerly head of production at National Lottery franchise Pathe Pictures.
  • Hamburg fest launches debut feature competition

    6-Jun-2000

  • Euro distribution forum launches at Locarno

    2-Jun-2000

    European Film Promotion (EFP), the umbrella organisation for European promotional organisations, is holding a meeting of European distribution and sales companies during August's Locarno International Film Festival.
  • UK's Rank agrees theme park sale to US' Blackstone

    2-Jun-2000

    UK leisure group Rank Group Plc has reached an initial agreement to sell its 50% stake in Florida's Universal Studios Escape to US private equity firm Blackstone Capital for $275 million, Rank said on Friday.
  • UK, Italy strike new co-production pact

    2-Jun-2000

    Producers can qualify as international co-production partners just by financial contributions instead of having to have a creative and technical input under a revised Anglo-Italian production pact, the UK government announced on Thursday.
  • West 175 negotiates Natural Nylon investment

    1-Jun-2000

    New Zealand-based media company West 175 Enterprises is in talks to invest in the UK's Natural Nylon, a spokesperson for the Britpack production outfit confirmed on Thursday.
  • Parker renews first-look deal with Universal

    1-Jun-2000

    UK film-maker Alan Parker may not have as much time as he would like to make films since taking up the chairmanship of the government's film super body the Film Council - but at least he can take his time.
  • Metro Tartan bags Mood For Love, Faithless

    1-Jun-2000

    UK distributor Metro Tartan has picked up Cannes competitors In The Mood For Love and Faithless, plus Miike Takashi's extremist psycho-thriller Audition.
  • Scott Thomas indulges in Original Bliss

    31-May-2000

    UK actress Kristin Scott Thomas has optioned film rights to Original Bliss, A L Kennedy's acclaimed book about the complexities of sex or the lack of it.
  • United Artists notches up sales on hot trio

    31-May-2000

    United Artists has sold Girlfight, Kingdom Come and Songcatcher to a raft of territories following the trio's sale to Shochiku for Japan at Cannes.
  • Grade takes up TV production chair at NFTS

    31-May-2000

    Entertainment impresario Michael Grade has taken up the first Lew Grade chair of TV production at the UK's National Film And Television School (NFTS).
  • Leys to spearhead Gillon Aitken push into film

    30-May-2000

    Kate Leys, formerly head of development at the UK's FilmFour, has joined Gillon Aitken Associates to head a drive into exploiting film and TV rights at the London literary agency.
  • Skinner signs up for UK comedy

    18-May-2000

    UK actor-comedian Frank Skinner has signed to star in Crust, a comedy to be written and directed by newcomer Mark Locke.
  • Fine Line swings for Eco's Pendulum

    18-May-2000

    In a rare move for both parties, Fine Line Features has optioned Umberto Eco's metaphysical thriller Foucault's Pendulum.
  • IPO values Intermedia more than PolyGram

    18-May-2000

    A European-based film company worth more than PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (PFE) was born on Frankfurt's trading floors when Intermedia and Pacifica Co's flotation as Internationalmedia pushed its valuation just shy of Euro 1.4bn ($1.27bn) yesterday morning.
  • FilmFour rings up Lucky sales

    18-May-2000

    FilmFour International, the sales arm of the UK's FilmFour, has sold Peter Cattaneo's Our Lucky Break to Amuse for Japan.
  • Capitol gains Zoetrope slate

    16-May-2000

    UK-based Capitol Films has linked with VCL and MGM to handle international sales on the American Zoetrope slate that the German company agreed to co-finance and distribute internationally prior to Cannes.
  • Lion's Gate smells Loach's Roses

    16-May-2000

    Lions Gate Films has secured North American rights on Ken Loach's competition film Bread And Roses from UK sales house The Sales Co. Several other companies were circling the Los Angeles-set tale of striking janitors, but Lions Gate's Tom Ortenberg and Mark Urman clinched the deal through the company's distribution experience and the enthusiasm of Ortenberg, a former political activist.
  • Ali G hangs with WT2

    15-May-2000

    Ali G, the TV creation of UK comedy phenomenon Sacha Baron-Cohen, is hanging with the Working Title massive, for real.
  • UAF to stike Winterbottom gold

    14-May-2000

    United Artists Films (UAF) is close to striking a first-look deal with director-producer team Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton, sources confirmed.
  • Paramount, Miramax team on Lucky Break

    14-May-2000

    The UK's FilmFour has sold Our Lucky Break, Peter Cattaneo's follow-up toThe Full Monty, to Miramax Films and Paramount for North America and Australia/New Zealand.
  • Puttnam chairs BFI development board

    12-May-2000

    David Puttnam is to chair the development board of UK cultural body the British Film Institute (bfi), overseeing a newly-launched department with the brief of securing donors for the bfi Film Centre.
  • Alliance goes back-packing

    12-May-2000

    Gurinder Chadha, director of Sundance opener What's Cooking and Bhaji On The Beach, is directing an adaptation of William Sutcliffe's best-selling novel Are You Experienced for Canada's Alliance Atlantis.
  • FilmFour, GFO plan late night shopping spree

    12-May-2000

    The UK's FilmFour and the Glasgow Film Office (GFO) are collaborating on Late Night Shopping, an oddball, after-hours comedy that marks GFO's debut as a film financier.
  • Leigh signs up for quickie with Portman

    12-May-2000

    Jennifer Jason Leigh has signed to star opposite Vladimir Mashkov in Prisoner Of The Mountains director Sergei Bodrov's The Quickie.
  • Winchester creates UK releasing arm

    11-May-2000

    Winchester Films, the London-based sales and financing house that has recently forged a host a partnerships with high-profile US producers, is finally breaking into the UK distribution with its own theatrical releasing operation.
  • Connolly chips in for Spud

    11-May-2000

    Billy Connolly, the UK actor-comedian who rose to fame with an expletive-laden brand of humour, has signed to star as the Archangel Gabriel in Samuelson Productions' tentatively titled comedy Jimmy Spud.
  • FFG bags 14 titles for Metrodome alliance

    11-May-2000

    In an innovative use of UK financing structures worth an estimated $149m in tax write-offs, recently-formed London financing house Future Film Group has acquired all UK rights to a 14-strong slate of $15m-$25m projects to be released through its partnership with distributor Metrodome Distribution.
  • Renaissance on board for Morality Play

    11-May-2000

    The UK's Renaissance Films has boarded medieval murder mystery Morality Play and AM Home adaptation The Safety Of Objects.
  • J&M walks down Cloudstreet

    10-May-2000

    The UK's J&M Entertainment has boarded four titles including Cloudstreet, an adaptation of the Australian best-seller for which Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Anna Paquin and Heath Ledger are in talks to star.
  • Irish Screen raves with Human Traffic team

    10-May-2000

    Irish Screen is backing five features from the producers of UK club culture hit Human Traffic - including its sequel Human Traffic 2: Five Go Mad In Goa - marking the first of several local financing sources expected to emerge at Cannes.
  • Momentum confirms Brother, Rocky acquisitions

    9-May-2000

    Momentum Pictures, the UK joint venture of Canada's Alliance Atlantis and Germany's Kinowelt, has confirmed it has picked up The Adventures Of Rocky & Bullwinkle and O Brother, Where Art Thou' for the UK.
  • FilmFour seals Warner alliance

    9-May-2000

    The UK's FilmFour and US studio Warner Bros Pictures have formed a long-term co-production alliance, FilmFour chief executive Paul Webster and Warner president of worldwide production Lorenzo di Bonaventura have announced.
  • Hugh Grant named advisor to Internationalmedia AG

    8-May-2000

    Ahead of its floatation on the German stock market this year, Intermedia and Pacifica's recently-formed film and media company IM Internationalmedia AG has added some star-power to its supervisory board by appointing Hugh Grant.
  • Anderson takes marketing role at In2Film

    5-May-2000

    Jon Anderson, formerly vice president of marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, has joined Columbia's former UK chief Carmen Menegazzi at publishing and new media venture In2Film.
  • FilmFour road movie revs up in US

    4-May-2000

    FilmFour's low-budget wing FilmFour Lab stepped into the US this week, starting production in Buffalo, New York on an untitled comedy love story that marks the feature debut of director Joel Hopkins.
  • BSkyB to back Liz Murdoch's solo venture

    3-May-2000

    Elisabeth Murdoch, who earlier today dramatically quit as BSkyB's managing director of Sky Networks, is expected to strike a TV programming deal with the satellite broadcaster as part of her new production venture.
  • Quinta boards IAC's Midnight Return

    3-May-2000

    Quinta Communications, the rights trading venture of Tarak Ben Ammar, has committed to provide half the $30m budget on IAC Film and Davis Panzer Productions' Midnight Return.
  • Barryfilms strikes $50m pact with MBP

    3-May-2000

    UK production company Barryfilms and Rainer Mockert's German-based financing outfit MBP have closed a $50m funding deal to finance $25m family picture Ogopogo as part of a slate of pictures.
  • Web distributor article 27 launched by media execs

    3-May-2000

    A group of e-commerce and advertising executives have launched article27, a London and New York-based company that plans to market and distribute features via the Web.
  • UK's Film Council sets aside $16m for bigger films

    2-May-2000

    The Film Council, the UK government's newly-created film superbody, has launched a $16m (£10m) annual fund for commercial films as part of its debut package of public support measures, the Council announced today.
  • MacDowell joins FilmFour's Sad Fuckers Club

    27-Apr-2000

    Andie MacDowell is to star in FilmFour's UK comedy Sad Fuckers Club (working title) alongside Imelda Staunton and Anna Chancellor.
  • Optimum to give Best theatrical outing

    27-Apr-2000

    Production company Best Films and Sky Pictures, the feature arm of UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, have settled a legal dispute over the release of soccer picture Best.
  • Redbus takes theatrical on Intertainment package

    25-Apr-2000

    UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution has picked up all rights to a 15-strong package of star-laden pictures from Germany's Intertainment ahead of its float in the second quarter this year.
  • Actor Grant to direct for Blackjack

    25-Apr-2000

    Hilary Heath's recently formed London-based production outfit Blackjack is to produce Wah Wah, directed by UK actor Richard E Grant.
  • Dubinet to head IAC America

    25-Apr-2000

    UK-based sales and financing house IAC Holdings has launched US division IAC America under sales veteran Ann Dubinet.
  • Kinowelt, BAC talk distribution partnership

    25-Apr-2000

    Germany's Kinowelt Medien is in talks with French distributor BAC Films about joining Kinowelt's proposed international distribution network.
  • Bac picks up Coens' Cannes competitor from UPI

    20-Apr-2000

    Universal Pictures International (UPI)'s newly-reconfigured UK-based sales operation has sold the Coen brothers' Cannes competitor O Brother Where Art Thou' To Bac for France.
  • Yes commits to stockmarket flotation by end of May

    19-Apr-2000

    UK video-on-demand (VoD) concern Yes Television has committed to float by May 22, a spokesperson confirmed today (April 19).
  • Tobis, Gaga to take Hannibal from UPI

    18-Apr-2000

    Universal Pictures International (UPI)'s newly-reconfigured overseas sales operation is close to finalising sales on Ridley Scott's Hannibal to Germany's Tobis and Japan's Gaga Communications.
  • Depp, Paradis in talks to star in Quixote

    14-Apr-2000

    Johnny Depp is expected to play opposite his real-life partner Vanessa Paradis for the first time in Terry Gilliam's £20m plus The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Screendaily, March 17).
  • Pearson close to TalkBack acquisition

    14-Apr-2000

    Pearson Television, the TV arm of the UK's Pearson Group, is close finalising a $110m (£70m) deal to buy London production company, TalkBack Productions, according to UK newspaper the Financial Times, which is owned by Pearson.
  • Atherton commercials house gears up UK film arm

    13-Apr-2000

    Cylo Film, the UK production arm of newly-revamped New York-based commercials house the Atherton Group, has launched into feature development and production under recently-appointed head of film and TV Hans Baernhoft and managing director Susie Brooks-Smith.
  • Redbus set to float in second quarter

    13-Apr-2000

    Fast moving film-to-Internet operation Redbus Film Group has confirmed that it will float on the London Stock Exchange during the second quarter this year in a move that is understood to put a $400m-$500m price-tag on the company.
  • UK's Optimum, MGM team for Flawless release

    12-Apr-2000

    Optimum Releasing, the indie distributor that flashed its marketing savvy by re-releasing The Third Man opposite Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, has struck a joint partnership with MGM to release Flawless, starring Robert DeNiro and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • Guild rules against Stewart over Honest credits

    11-Apr-2000

    UK writers' body the Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) has ruled against musician Dave Stewart's production company in a dispute over credits on his directing debut Honest, which stars Nicole and Natalie Appleton and Melanie Blatt from UK pop group All Saints.
  • Rudolph stands down as FilmFour deputy CEO

    11-Apr-2000

    Mark Rudolph is stepping down as deputy chief executive officer of the UK's FilmFour, the company confirmed.
  • BAFTA mulls pre-Oscars awards outing

    10-Apr-2000

    After one its glitziest film awards in years, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is debating moving the event to a pre-Academy Awards slot to focus worldwide attention on the ceremony as a pointer for the Oscars.
  • FilmFour, Whitaker strike production pact

    7-Apr-2000

    The UK's FilmFour has partnered with US actor Forest Whitaker and his production company Spirit Dance Entertainment to find, develop and produce projects by black and Asian film-makers.
  • Zentropa, Cylo team for paranormal strand

    6-Apr-2000

    Zentropa Internationale, the recently-launched international arm of Dogme co-creators Zentropa, has partnered with start-up UK production house Cylo Film to form a new strand of innovative films where Dogme meets The X-Files.
  • Till joins Tiger Aspect board

    4-Apr-2000

    Stewart Till, former president of Universal Pictures International, has joined the board of leading UK TV company Tiger Aspect.
  • Constantin, Impact join forces to build Stonehenge

    4-Apr-2000

    Jeremy Bolt and Paul Anderson's UK and US-based production outfit Impact Pictures is partnering with German powerhouse Constantin Film on an adaptation of historical epic Stonehenge 2000 BC.
  • Film to receive boost at revamped BBC

    3-Apr-2000

    Incoming BBC director general Greg Dyke has pledged to create a new film division as part of a far-reaching overhaul of the UK broadcaster.
  • Alliance Atlantis picks up Himalaya

    3-Apr-2000

    Alliance Atlantis/Kinowelt has picked up UK rights to Academy Award-nominated Tibetan-language film Himalaya (Caravan) from Alison Thompson's UK-based The Sales Co.The picture, which is directed by Eric Valli, has grossed more than $10m in France since opening in November.Shot in Nepal, the film centres on the struggles of the inhabitants of a hidden village in the Himalayas. The film picked up a nomination for best foreign-lanaguge picture at the Oscars this year.
  • Intermedia to float on German stock exchange

    29-Mar-2000

    Intermedia, one of Europe's most powerful film companies, is planning to float on the German stock exchange before the end of the year, following the conclusion of its merger with Los Angeles-based Pacifica.
  • London Film Commission forced to downsize

    29-Mar-2000

    The cash-strapped London Film Commission (LFC) is planning to slash back staffing levels from 14 to 4 members of staff in a bid to survive, a spokesperson confirmed this week.
  • Downtown boosts slate with four US pick-ups

    29-Mar-2000

    UK distributor Downtown Pictures has picked up four US titles including Twin Falls Idaho, Barenaked In America, American Pimp and Luminous Motion.
  • Till takes on strategy role for Redbus

    29-Mar-2000

    Stewart Till, former president of Universal Pictures International (UPI), has joined the board of directors at fast-moving UK film-to-Internet operation Redbus Film Group (RFG).
  • Future Film picks up Beautiful Joe

    24-Mar-2000

    UK financier Future Film Group (FFG) has acquired UK rights to $20m romantic drama Beautiful Joe, starring Sharon Stone and Billy Connolly.
  • BFI Production adds Coriat, McQueen to slate

    23-Mar-2000

    BFI Production - the UK funding operation that supported early work from such film-makers as Ratcatcher's Lynne Ramsay, 24/7's Shane Meadows and The Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy - has unveiled a new feature slate as it moves under the control of newly-created film super body The Film Council.
  • Metrodome nabs Eye; Pathe buys Memento

    23-Mar-2000

    In an increasingly aggressive UK distribution sector, Metrodome Distribution has finalised its acquisition of Eye Of The Beholder and Pathe Distribution has picked up Memento, Christopher Nolan's follow-up to the acclaimed Following.
  • Start-up financier to pump $24m into new media

    22-Mar-2000

    A group of UK film-makers and finance specialists have launched International Film One (IFO), a financing vehicle which aims to raise $23.6m (£15m) through UK tax breaks to invest in product targeted at new media platforms.
  • Eagle soars with Intermedia trio

    20-Mar-2000

    Newly-recapitalised Italian distributor Eagle Pictures is finalising the acquisition of three titles from Guy East and Nigel Sinclair's Intermedia Films in a deal that is expected to lead to a long-term distribution arrangement.
  • Helkon, Redbus create pan-Euro buying alliance

    20-Mar-2000

    UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution and Germany''s Helkon Media have formed a joint acquisition alliance.
  • Edinburgh festival to host Ophuels retrospective

    17-Mar-2000

    Director Max Ophuels is the recipient of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival retrospective, an extensive showcase of a film-maker's oeuvre that was dedicated to France's Robert Bresson last year.
  • Frankie's Comeback wins Pathe Production Prize

    17-Mar-2000

    The first Pathe Production Prize has gone to Frankie's Comeback, a comedy that will now be produced through UK National Lottery franchise Pathe Pictures.
  • Metrodome secures $15m buying fund

    17-Mar-2000

    In a deal the signals the emergence of a potent UK buying force, Metrodome Distribution and newly-launched UK financier Future Film Group have agreed to form a joint venture providing the distributor with a $15m acquisition fund.
  • Caine to receive BAFTA fellowship award

    13-Mar-2000

    Academy Award-winning actor Michael Caine is to receive this year's Fellowship Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
  • BBC, Indigo's Warriors racks up RTS nods

    13-Mar-2000

  • Smith appoints four to BFI board

    13-Mar-2000

    UK culture secretary Chris Smith has appointed Jenny Abramsky, Terry Ilott, David Kustow and Nasreen Munni Kabir to the board of governors of film and TV body the British Film Institute (BFI).
  • Mother selected to kick off Istanbul fest

    9-Mar-2000

    Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother has been selected to open the International Istanbul Film Festival (Apr 15-30), the region's premiere film event.
  • Universal takes Winchester's Harry for Oz, UK

    9-Mar-2000

    London-based entertainment company Winchester Films has sold UK romantic comedy Wild About Harry to Universal Pictures for the UK and Australia.
  • Hamilton-Shaw to head development at Rocket

    8-Mar-2000

    Elton John and David Furnish's London-based film production company Rocket Pictures has appointed Steven Hamilton-Shaw as head of development.
  • Parallel seeks rebirth in Internet venture

    8-Mar-2000

    Troubled UK production outfit Parallel Pictures is planning a rebirth as part of a new Internet group backed by Easynet co-founder Keith Young and Rank Group former director of treasury Clifford Perkins.
  • Carlton acquires large-format film processor

    7-Mar-2000

    UK media group Carlton Communications is pushing into giant-screen formats by acquiring US film processor Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Carlton announced on Monday (March 6).
  • AFM: IAC, Optimum walk with Lions in UK

    29-Feb-2000

    UK-based sales and financing house IAC Films and Will Clarke's UK distributor Optimum Releasing are partnering on a UK release of IAC's To Walk With Lions.
  • AFM: Winchester signs first UK producer pact

    29-Feb-2000

    In the week that Winchester unveiled a string of Hollywood partnerships, the UK entertainment outfit has bolstered its British production presence with a long-term deal with Mark Thomas, producer of Up 'N' Under and Rancid Aluminium.
  • BBC confirms Redbus deal for UK

    29-Feb-2000

    BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK's public broadcasting empire and BBC Films, the Beeb's feature arm, have sealed an eight-picture output deal for the UK with distributor Redbus Film Distribution (RFD).
  • AFM: Redbus takes Sidewalks for UK

    28-Feb-2000

    Fast-moving UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution has pre-bought Ed Burns' Sidewalks Of New York from Buena Vista Film Sales.
  • Kinowelt hatches plan for international network

    28-Feb-2000

    Germany's Kinowelt Medien is advancing plans for a high-powered international distribution consortium to be fed by high-profile US pictures.
  • AFM: Armstrong, Blanchett in talks for Charlotte

    25-Feb-2000

    Gillian Armstong is in advanced talks to direct FilmFour's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' best-selling novel, Charlotte Gray.
  • AFM: Metrodome forms prod venture with Danish duo

    23-Feb-2000

    Metrodome Distribution, the UK distributor of British hit Human Traffic, has formed a UK production company with Nicolas Winding Refn and Henrik Danstrup, the up-and-coming film-makers behind the two Danish films Pusher and Bleeder.
  • AFM: Cineart, A-Film acquire Magnolia

    23-Feb-2000

    The freshly-formed Benelux distribution alliance between Cineart and A-Film is understood to have secured Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, its first title from New Line Cinema.
  • UPI floats Bullwinkle, Hannibal

    23-Feb-2000

    Universal Pictures International (UPI) is sounding out selected territorial buyers at the American Film Market (AFM) on a clutch of high-profile studio titles headed by the $90m The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle and Ridley Scott's Hannibal, the sequel to Silence Of The Lambs.
  • Grosvenor steps up sale and leaseback activity

    18-Feb-2000

    Canadian-UK financier Grosvenor Park has started providing funding for films through the UK's tax-based sale and leaseback system at financing or production stage rather than after the film is completed.
  • Film Company takes off with Palm's Spaceman

    18-Feb-2000

    UK-based sales outfit The Film Company (TFC) has secured worldwide rights to Spaceman, winner of the audience award for best competition feature at the Austin Film Festival
  • FilmFour to bankroll Pasolini's Emperor

    17-Feb-2000

    The UK's FilmFour is fully-financing The Emperor's New Clothes, a historical fantasy being produced by The Full Monty's Uberto Pasolini and directed by Palookaville's Alan Taylor.
  • DreamWorks sponsors Bristol animation fest

    17-Feb-2000

    DreamWorks SKG, the US studio which recently struck a long-term deal with Bristol-based animation production house Aardman Animations, is sponsoring a new animation festival in the city.
  • BFC appoints Jones as first director

    16-Feb-2000

    The British Film Commission (BFC) has made a raft of appointments headed by the recruitment of Terri Jones as the body's first director.
  • CAA strikes first-look deal with Bloomsbury

    16-Feb-2000

    US talent and literary agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has struck an innovative first-look deal with Bloomsbury Publishing, a leading UK independent publisher with a portfolio that has yielded The English Patient, The Piano and Shine.
  • BFI to unveil plans for new London film centre

    16-Feb-2000

    UK Government-backed film and TV body the British Film Institute (BFI) will this week unveil plans for a film centre at London's South Bank complex.
  • Milan to launch feature film festival in September

    14-Feb-2000

    Milan's four-year-old short film festival, Cortometraggio, is to be expanded into an international feature film festival from this September.
  • Rudge to head Universal Video, continental Europe

    14-Feb-2000

    Universal Pictures International Video (UPIV) has appointed Phil Rudge to the post of vice president of Continental Europe.
  • Redbus boosts slate with Buena Vista, UK titles

    14-Feb-2000

    UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution has acquired a slate of high-profile titles including Buena Vista International's Play It To The Bone, starring Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson, and Gun Shy, with Liam Neeson and Sandra Bullock.
  • SKA gears up for period drama, soccer film

    11-Feb-2000

    Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn's SKA Films, the UK production company behind Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and the upcoming Snatch, is readying at least two other projects to shoot this year.
  • Alliance, Canal Plus confirm UK distribution pact

    10-Feb-2000

    Alliance Atlantis and France's Le Studio Canal Plus have confirmed a deal for Alliance to handle UK distribution on a slate of Le Studio's high-profile English-language titles (Screendaily, Feb 3).
  • Livingstone to steer specialist fare for UIP

    9-Feb-2000

    Universal has finalised the appointment of David Livingstone, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures International, to oversee the release of specialist films through the studio's international outlet, United International Pictures.
  • Relph takes BAFTA chair as membership surges

    9-Feb-2000

    UK producer Simon Relph is replacing Tim Angel as chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
  • Carlton, United merger hits competition snag

    9-Feb-2000

    The proposed merger between UK media congloms Carlton Communications and United News & Media has hit a setback after being referred to the Competition Commission.
  • Harris, Madigan sign up for Elton John project

    9-Feb-2000

    Elton John's London-based film production company Rocket Pictures has partnered with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan for an adaptation of A L Kennedy's novel So I Am Glad.
  • Entertainment gurus resurrect Hammer horror label

    7-Feb-2000

    An investment consortium headed by leading lights in the UK film, music, publishing and advertising sectors has acquired classic British horror and genre franchise Hammer Film Productions.
  • East Is East wins best film at British Film Awards

    7-Feb-2000

    FilmFour's hit comedy East Is East won Best Film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards last night.
  • Sony takes domestic rights to Kitano's Brother

    4-Feb-2000

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Takeshi Kitano's gangster picture Brother for distribution in the US and Canada, producer Jeremy Thomas has confirmed.
  • Sky Box Office, FilmFour move to digital platform

    4-Feb-2000

    Satellite broadcaster BSkyB's Sky Box Office pay-per-view movie service and UK broadcaster Channel 4's subscription service FilmFour are going digital.
  • Alliance, Canal Plus set for UK distribution pact

    3-Feb-2000

    Alliance Atlantis and Canal Plus are close to finalising a deal for Alliance to handle UK distribution on a slate of high-profile English-language titles from Canal Plus's production operation, Le Studio Canal Plus.
  • Redbus, Grosvenor line up multi-territory deal

    3-Feb-2000

    Aggressively-expanding UK film-to-Internet outfit Redbus Film Group and Canadian-UK financier Grosvenor Park are in advanced talks to strike a long-term, multi-territory pact on a slate of large-scale titles.
  • HAL, Miramax confirm split

    1-Feb-2000

    Miramax Films and HAL Films, the production venture headed by David Aukin, Colin Leventhal and Trea Hoving, have disbanded their London-based partnership, Miramax announced today (Feb 1).
  • Distant Horizon joins party at Shore's Wedding

    1-Feb-2000

    South African production, financing and sales operation Distant Horizon is backing Cassandra At The Wedding, UK director Simon Shore's follow-up to his widely-acquired feature debut, Get Real.
  • William Morris closes UK theatrical activities

    31-Jan-2000

    Charles Finch, head of motion pictures Europe, is amongst a string of departures at William Morris Agency (WMA)'s London office as the company closes UK theatrical activities.
  • FilmFour seals output deal with Senator

    31-Jan-2000

    UK mini-studio FilmFour and leading German producer-distributor Senator Film have struck a co-production and distribution output deal for at least 14 titles over two years.
  • Alchymie cools on BBC's Romantic

    28-Jan-2000

    Alchymie, the European production and distribution operation for which British financier Flashpoint has pledged $250m, has pulled out of financing what was expected to be its debut project, Born Romantic.
  • Universal signs deals with BBC, Canal Plus

    28-Jan-2000

    Universal Studios Networks UK has acquired extensive packages of movies from the BBC and Canal Plus.
  • Intermedia, Pacifica unveil merger plans

    27-Jan-2000

    An imminent merger between Guy East and Nigel Sinclair's Intermedia Film and Los Angeles-based Pacifica Entertainment is set to create a division within Intermedia armed with a new $100m production fund.
  • Film Consortium's Jimmy Spud gets lottery boost

    26-Jan-2000

    The Film Consortium (TFC), the UK National Lottery studio franchise which last week agreed in principle to be bought by production umbrella WhiteCliff, has secured lottery cash worth £1.2m ($1.9m) for its feature Jimmy Spud.
  • East writer lines up second project for FilmFour

    26-Jan-2000

    Ayub Khan-Din, the playwright and screenwriter behind current UK box office phenomenon East Is East, is re-teaming with the film's backers FilmFour for a romantic comedy.
  • Tartan Films, Muse team up for London Fields

    25-Jan-2000

    An $8-12m adaptation of well-known UK writer Martin Amis' novel London Fields heads the second development slate of Hamish McAlpine's Tartan Films, the Los Angeles-based sister company of UK distributor Metro Tartan Distribution.
  • Intermedia appoints Meyer as development executive

    25-Jan-2000

    Intermedia Films has appointed Sophie Meyer as development executive at its London office, co-chairmen Guy East and Nigel Sinclair have announced.
  • FilmFour adds acquisitions chief

    21-Jan-2000

    FilmFour, one of the most aggressive UK buyers at recent markets and festivals, is bolstering acquisition activities and has appointed Bobby Allen to the newly-created post of head of acquisition.
  • FilmFour racks up quarter of a million subscribers

    20-Jan-2000

    FilmFour, the pay-TV film channel owned UK broadcaster Channel 4, signed up 250,000 subscribers by the end of December last year, the channel announced this week.
  • British Screen to be folded into Film Council

    20-Jan-2000

    Ending months of speculation, the UK government's film super body The Film Council is set to absorb pivotal funding outfit British Screen Finance.
  • Granada restructures production

    19-Jan-2000

    The UK's Granada Media, which encompasses feature production arm Granada Film under Granada Media Productions, has restructured its senior production management.
  • Woolley, Jordan set first Dreamworks project

    19-Jan-2000

    Stephen Woolley and Neil Jordan's production house Company Of Wolves has set a comedy to be directed by acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson as the first film to go through its housekeeping deal with DreamWorks SKG.
  • Madden plays Mandolin

    19-Jan-2000

    John Madden, director of the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare In Love, has boarded Working Title Films' Captain Corelli's Mandolin, arguably the most keenly anticipated British film this year.
  • Lions Gate grabs $32m

    19-Jan-2000

    Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation has secured a welcome $32m investment from a group led by Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures Inc, Scandinavia's SBS Broadcasting and Germany's Tele-Munchen Group.
  • Grosvenor boards Winterbottom's Kingdom

    18-Jan-2000

    Canadian-UK financier Grosvenor Park is backing Michael Winterbottom’s $15m Kingdom Come, the company’s largest-scale UK-originated feature since launching a London office two years ago.
  • Channel X moves into film

    18-Jan-2000

    UK TV production house Channel X has appointed Stacy Herbert as head of script development as the company readies a debut feature slate including the first film from comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.
  • RFD to gain from UPI exodus

    18-Jan-2000

    The bulk of top flight theatrical distribution executives at Universal Pictures International, including distribution head Chris Bailey, are expected to move en masse to ambitious UK distributor Redbus Film Distribution (RFD).

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