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Colin Brown

  • DFM finance panel: Do your homework before approaching investors


    FilmNation COO Milan Popelka tells Arab producers that there’s more money out there than good projects, but that capital is very specific in what it’s looking for.
  • Huppert makes Arab bow in Taia’s Treasure


    DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed French actress Isabelle Huppert is in line to make her starring debut in an Arab film, playing a Morocco-born French woman in Abdellah Taïa’s The Treasure.
  • Mohamed Ouzine, Samir in the Dust


    Burying his father in Algeria prompted the French-Algerian director to make a documentary film that explores his own identity.
  • Nasser Al Dhaheri, A Tale of Water, Palm Trees and Family


    The Emirati director talks about his feature documentary on the importance of water and date palms to life in Dubai.
  • Joyce Nashawati, Blind Sun


    Nightmarish thriller Blind Sun, the debut film by the Lebanon-born director, is one of the festival hits of the year.
  • DIFF: Sean McAllister plans UK narrative feature


    Award-winning British filmmaker Sean McAllister, whose documentary feature A Syrian Love Story plays here at the Dubai International Film Festival, is working on a story about the UK housing crisis.
  • Omar Shargawi, 'Al Medina'


    The Danish-Palestinian film-maker was inspired by dark days — with echoes of the Dogme movement — for his latest film Al Medina.
  • Sean McAllister, A Syrian Love Story


    The film-maker says he wanted to make a film about the ‘hidden gem’ of the Middle East, but then events made Syria anything but.
  • Hany Abu-Assad, The Idol


    The prize-winning director talks about why he was unable to resist making The Idol, the story of the Palestinian winner of Arab Idol
  • DIFF: Bankers make case for film investment


    Arab filmmakers hoping to unlock the vast reservoir of regional money need to equip themselves with proper business plans that explain their projects’ audience appeal and how financiers should hope to make their money back.
  • Rifqi Assaf, The Curve


    The film-maker who hails from Jordan and Palestine talks about his debut feature, road movie The Curve.
  • Online Revolution: Techtonic shifts


    In 2013, Screen profiled a new generation of business-to-business websites seeking to capitalise on rapid technological changes in the industry. Colin Brown reports on how far things have come.
  • Online Revolution: Cinando


    Colin Brown highlights 12 online services aspiring to assist with everything from financing and rights management to screenings and networking.
  • Online Revolution: Eventival


    Colin Brown highlights 12 online services aspiring to assist with everything from financing and rights management to screenings and networking
  • Online Revolution: Festival Scope


    Colin Brown highlights 12 online services aspiring to assist with everything from financing and rights management to screenings and networking.
  • Online Revolution: Indieloop


    Colin Brown highlights 12 online services aspiring to assist with everything from financing and rights management to screenings and networking.
  • Online Revolution: Kinonation


    Colin Brown highlights 12 online services aspiring to assist with everything from financing and rights management to screenings and networking.
  • Online Revolution: Mediapeers / DL3 Media Store


    One year ago, Deluxe Entertainment acquired Mediapeers and integrated it into its rich end-to-end ecosystem of digital media solutions and content services. The Berlin-based web exchange, a B2B cloud software provider that enables clients such as Lionsgate and FremantleMedia to market and sell their movie and television assets more effectively to the global market, was also rebranded as the DL3 Media Store. As part of the absorption, both Telepool and Fintage House sold their stakes ...
  • Online Revolution: Olffi


    Colin Brown highlights 12 online services aspiring to assist with everything from financing and rights management to screenings and networking
  • Online Revolution: Rightsline Software


    In 2013, Screen profiled a new generation of business-to-business websites seeking to capitalise on rapid technological changes in the industry. Colin Brown reports on how far things have come.
  • Online Revolution: Rightstrade


    Colin Brown highlights 12 online services aspiring to assist with everything from financing and rights management to screenings and networking.
  • Online Revolution: Score Revolution


    In 2013, Screen profiled a new generation of business-to-business websites seeking to capitalise on rapid technological changes in the industry. Colin Brown reports on how far things have come.
  • Online Revolution: Slated


    In 2013, Screen profiled a new generation of business-to-business websites seeking to capitalise on rapid technological changes in the industry. Colin Brown reports on how far things have come.
  • Online Revolution: C4


    Colin Brown highlights 12 online services aspiring to assist with everything from financing and rights management to screenings and networking.
  • Documentaries: On the frontline


    Documentary film-makers are finding new ways to attract finance and audiences. Ahead of today’s Doc Corner Brunch, Colin Brown explores the cutting-edge strategies and the crop of documentaries at Cannes 2014.
  • Reach for the skies


    High-profile international productions are starting to make use of Dubai’s burgeoning facilities and bespoke financing options. But where are the Arab feature film-makers? Colin Brown reports.
  • UAE box office: Riding to the rescue


    Hollywood films of every stripe can take the UAE box office at a canter. But specialist titles, except for Bollywood films, tend to fall at the first hurdle and are increasingly pinning their hopes on VoD. Colin Brown reports.
  • VoD: How to triple the gross


    Premium video-on-demand is beginning to help independent and local film-makers find an audience in a region dominated by free-to-air broadcasters and internet portals. Colin Brown reports.
  • Gulf states: Collective spirit


    For the first time, the Gulf States are coming together to promote themselves as a cohesive regional film hub. By Colin Brown
  • Gulf states: Film-making at a crossroad


    The Gulf continues to cement its reputation as a film-making hub, but the growing presence of big budget international shoots serves to highlight the lack of local production, says Colin Brown.
  • Gulf states: Narrowing the Gulf


    The Gulf may have taken Egypt’s place as Arab cinema’s financial powerhouse but the challenge remains to connect local audiences with home-grown releases, as Colin Brown reports.
  • Blooming in the desert


    The introduction in 2012 of Abu Dhabi’s generous production rebate underlines the region’s ambition as an international production hub.
  • Big screen opportunities


    State-of-the-art multiplexes are helping to grow the Gulf box office.
  • Vision of the future


    A few years after splashy Hollywood deals put the region on the film map, the Gulf has been refocusing its efforts on building a sustainable industry - and now local talent is finding its voice.
  • The power of three


    The Gulf festivals are playing a central role in the Arab film-making renaissance.
  • Ali Al Jabri, Abu Dhabi Film Festival


    With increasing international clout, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Oct 11-20) is also a key backer of international films.
  • The magic of realism


    On the day of the Cannes documentary brunch, which Screen is sponsoring, Colin Brown reports how film-makers are reinventing the idea of a non-fiction feature film and how distributors are helping them with these hybrids.
  • The future in site


    Advances in technology may transform the way the industry does business, as a new generation of websites tries to lure producers, distributors, sales companies, financiers and film-makers online. But can an industry built on personal contacts and face-to-face time change that much?
  • Online funding draws a crowd


    How much impact can crowdfunding sites have on the $22bn global investment business? Colin Brown taps into the key sites
  • The one to watch


    Fuelled by a multiplex boom, the UAE box office is much bigger than previously believed. But market peculiarities and demographic quirks mean not all films perform as elsewhere.
  • Arab talent in bloom


    As political change and renewal sweeps across the Middle East, the film industry in the Arab world is also undergoing a transformation. In step with this week’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Screen profiles some of the region’s rising film-making and acting talent now stepping onto the international stage.
  • On Egypt's front lines


    Young Egyptian film-makers are emerging to portray their lives on the big screen. As Cannes prepares to pay tribute to Egypt as its first guest country, Screen asks if there is a market and finance for this new Arab generation
  • Tarak Ben Ammar


    Quinta Communications chief Tarak Ben Ammar talks about his role in the recent popular uprising in Tunisia and what he believes are the implications for the Arab entertainment business
  • The war for the living room


    Can the likes of Google and Apple overthrow the cable TV establishment by creating a simple way for customers to access content directly through web browsers? Colin Brown believes so
  • Comcastic or Comcastrophe?


    US cable giant Comcast has finalised its deal for ownership of NBCUniversal — will it damage independent film production or bring more diversity?
  • Gary Winick: Ahead of his time


    Colin Brown pays tribute to director and digital filmmaking pioneer Gary Winick, who pioneered ‘open-source filmmaking’ at InDigEnt.
  • The future on demand


    Online VoD is changing the face of film distribution — as seen by the huge growth of Netflix and Amazon’s recent acquisition of LoveFilm. Colin Brown explores the latest moves in the battle for the living room
  • Plexing muscle


    The growth of a multiplex market and the expansion of digital cinema show India’s potential. But there are still hurdles along the way, reports Udita Jhunjhunwala
  • Screen comment on US equity crisis: Monte Carlo And Bust'


    Wall Street's death spiral has claimed its biggest victim so far with the collapse of investment bank, Bear Stearns. Like so many other financial institutions engulfed in the mortgage meltdown, Bear Stearns was also a film financer; as is its new owner, JP Morgan Chase. Now the question is when will Hollywood's massive slate deals be sucked into the same titanic credit crunch.
  • Screen Opinion: The Red-Stained Carpet


    No matter which film walks home from Sunday's Oscar ceremony with the big prize, it will mark another victory for the US-centric studio apparatus otherwise known as Hollywood. Even at the more artistic fringes of the film-making spectrum, the big-six movie conglomerates still exert a gravitational pull on the marketplace that evidently sucks many of the most potent talents and scripts into their planetary distribution orbits.
  • Trouble the Water


    Dirs: Tia Lessin & Carl Deal. US. 2007. 90minsAlthough both productions document the same Hurricane Katrina that unleashed its fury on the US Gulf Coast in 2005, Trouble The Water could hardly be more different stylistically from Spike Lee's 2006 mini-series When The Levees Broke. If Lee's reverentially crafted four-act requiem ...
  • Hollywood hope turns to Middle East petro-dollars


    In their unending quest to spend other people's money, Western film producers and studios have spent the last couple of years becoming conversant in the languages of Wall Street and the hedge-fund world.
  • The Writer's Strike:Cloudy forecasts


    The film and television industries represent collectively a $500bn global enterprise that attracts some of the keenest minds in business. And yet, judging by the high emotions evident at so many industry get-togethers these past six weeks, when talk turned invariably to the writers' strike, this is also a sector seriously devoid of financial analysis.
  • Editorial opinion: the gathering storm


    By feeding the studios' hunger to greenlight every half-baked idea they possess, financiers are surely contributing to an even bigger cataclysm, argues Colin Brown.
  • Editorial opinion: talent to burn


    In an unquantifiable business, backing talent is the best bet - provided you know where to look, says Colin Brown
  • Russian film - Eastern promise


    While Europe may include a number of mature markets working at around their effective capacity, in the east there are opportunities for exponential growth. Most obviously there is Russia.
  • Wajda film throws spotlight on Polish film fund


    The expected unveiling at this year's Cannes Film Festival of Andrzej Wajda's Post Mortem will also serve as the international launch party of Poland's generous but still largely unknown new film fund.
  • Russia not yet in from the cold


    For all its explosive box office growth, Russia remains a problematic market where DVD revenues are minimal and an impending law reducing the amount of allowable TV advertising threatens to undercut film pre-sales by broadcast networks.This sobre assessment was provided by a panel discussion on the Russian marketplace at Screen International's European Film Finance Conference.On surface reading, Russia is still the world's fastest-growing film territory. In the ...
  • Dresdner Kleinwort explores European 'fund of funds'


    Having pumped more than $4.6bn into a variety of Hollywood slate deals in the past two years, German bank Dresdner Kleinwort is now looking at Europe to see whether a similar co-financing structure could enable a portfolio of European films from different production sources.
  • Ledger and Williams join Haynes' Dylan project


    Hot off their Academy Awardnominations, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams have both joined thestar-studded cast of I'm Not There,Todd Haynes' $25m portrait of Bob Dylan that finally starts shooting inMontreal this July.
  • Ismail Merchant dies in London, aged 68


    Ismail Merchant, whoseprodigious 44-year filmmaking partnership with James Ivory became synonymouswith sumptuous period dramas and literary adaptations, died in London onWednesday after a brief illness. He was 68.Over the years,Merchant's films garnered thirty-one Oscar nominations, including three forBest Picture. Among his best knownfilms were A Room with a View, ShakespeareWallah, Mr. And Mrs. Bridge, Howards End, ...
  • Haynes' Dylan biopic lands at Celluloid Dreams


    The international financingfor Todd Haynes' $25m star-studded biopic of Bob Dylan has started to fall intoplace now that Celluloid Dreams has been engaged as the film's internationalsales agent.
  • Curse holds key to second Wallace & Gromit film


    Wallace& Gromit could soon be the subject of a second full-length feature filmfrom Nick Park, assuming the first, The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, is a big box office hit forDreamWorks when it is released in North America on Oct 7.
  • Euro films struggle to attract non-local audiences


    Some of Europe's leadinggatekeepers to the $257m-plus (Euros 200m) of public money being handed outannually across the continent to support film production are now wonderingwhether too many European films are being made. Is all this state-supported aidis being spread too thinly'
  • Berlinale unveils European Film Market plans for 2006


    Next year's European Film Market will comfortablyaccommodate as many as 300 film companies as it decamps to its spacious newhome at the historic Martin-Grobius-Bau, a ten-minute walk away from thefestival's Palast nexus.
  • Warner Bros: a very local engagement


    The popular image ofHollywood as an American superpower steamrolling over the interests ofEurope's local filmmaking industry with one-size-fits-all global products wasgiven a sharp rebuke yesterday by Warner Bros. top international executive.
  • Forty Shades Of Blue


  • Inside Deep Throat


    Dirs/scrs: Fenton Bailey,Randy Barbato. US. 2004. 90mins
  • Happy Endings


  • The Sundance gamble


    Coinciding as it does withthe western New Year, the Sundance Film Festival has always found itself in afortuitous slot. This event kick-starts the industry calendar like no other.Those who flock to Park City do so with that January zeal for renewal; whetherthey are distributors, agents or critics, they all feel an infectious urge toprowl for the freshest talents on display. The more unheralded the discovery,the better the story, and the higher the price, it seems. To that extent,Sundance ...
  • Choice few set AFM buying pace


    Buying interest among studiodistributors and leading territorial indies is starting to coalesce around aprized handful of projects being touted here by script packages and promoreels.
  • Insurance group buys Milstein's completion bond outfit


    HCC Insurance Holdings haspaid an undisclosed sum to acquire cineFinance, Fred Milstein's LA-based movieunderwriter that also brought Hollywood-style completion bond financing to HongKong and Korean cinema.
  • IFTA chief optimistic over US tax break


    The US tax break just signedinto law by returning President George W Bush could prove to be a windfall forindependent producers worth up to 16% of their movie budgets, claim the organisersof the American Film Market.
  • Valenti bids tearful farewell to ShoWest


    Hollywood figurehead JackValenti bade a tearful farewell this morning to ShoWest, the assembly oftheatre-owners that he has addressed as chief executive of the Motion PictureAssociation of America (MPAA) for the past 37 years.
  • Newmarket goes Bush-whacking with Sayles


    Indie hothouse NewmarketFilms has acquired North American rights to John Sayles' Silver City, a star-studded political satire about the state ofAmerican democracy that will be released this autumn to coincide with the final weeks of this year's USpresidential race.
  • Trauma


  • Napoleon Dynamite


    Dir: Jared Hess. US. 2004. 86mins.
  • Super Size Me!


  • SPC climbs Merchant Ivory's Heights


    Sony PicturesClassics has extended its distribution ties with Merchant Ivory Productions byacquiring North American rights to Heights, a low budget comedy of manners set in contemporaryManhattan.
  • Motorcycle Diaries


  • Cactus Three snags top documentary talent


    A pioneering New York partnership that specialises in high-end international documentaries has hit the ground running with a debut slate brimming with Oscar-winning theatrical talent and the prospect also of the first-ever continuing non-fiction series for HBO.
  • to offer global box office service


    Regular readers of both the weekly magazine Screen International and the daily news service will notice important changes this week.
  • Tarantino's Bill makes multiple killing


    Fans of Quentin Tarantino - and the many international distributors who pre-bought the rights to his long-awaited fourth film, Kill Bill - are about to get rather more than they originally bargained for. But all will have dig into their pockets twice for the unexpected treat.
  • Filmmakers unite to form sales agency


    A band of festival-calibre filmmakers and producers are seeking a radical overhaul of the film sales business through a new agency that has secured financing for the initial year from the International Filmmakers Collective based in the UK and Monaco.
  • Filmmakers unite to form sales agency


    A band of festival-calibre filmmakers and producers are seeking a radical overhaul of the film sales business through a new agency that has secured financing for the initial year from the International Filmmakers Collective based in the UK and Monaco.
  • Bertolucci tangos with ShoWest


    Exactly three decades after Last Tango In Paris scandalized audiences and censors, Italian maestro Bernardo Bertolucci is still considered too risque for middle America, at least from the evidence of yesterday's sneak preview of his latest film to US theatre owners.
  • China 'ready' for foreign-owned multiplexes


    China's top film executivesays Beijing may soon allow foreign exhibitors to take a majority stake in itstheatre chains and is also actively considering relaxing the country's intricaterules regarding international co-productions.
  • More spanking sales business for Secretary


    Lions Gate Internationalhas closed two of last unsold territories on Steven Shainberg'ssado-masochistic relationship drama Secretary, selling the Sundance prize-winning film to ArsenalFilmverleih in Germany and Manga Films in Spain.
  • SPC, Tobis focus on Life


    Focus International has closed two key distribution deals on My Life Without Me, the Berlin Competition entry produced by the Almodovar brothers' El Deseo outfit and premiering here today. Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired the film for release in the US and Tobis will distribute in Germany.
  • SPC, Tobis focus on Life


    Focus International has closed two key distribution deals on My Life Without Me, the Berlin Competition entry produced by the Almodovar brothers' El Deseo outfit and premiering here today. Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired the film for release in the US and Tobis will distribute in Germany.
  • Almodovar pair comes into Focus


    Pedro Almodovar's next film as director, Bad Education (La Mala Educacion), has locked in its production financing structure two months before shooting is due to start in Spain, with Pathe taking a large swathe of European rights and Focus International handling sales in all other territories. The budget is estimated at $8m.
  • Robert Carlyle to take on Hitler role


    Robert Carlyle is to play Adolf Hitler in a Canadian-backed miniseries that will explore his rise to power during the years prior to World War II.
  • Robert Carlyle to take on Hitler role


    Robert Carlyle is to play Adolf Hitler in a Canadian-backed miniseries that will explore his rise to power during the years prior to World War II.
  • US buyers flock to Berlin


    American acquisition teams have turned up in Berlin in good number and it seems are now poised to buy festival and market films.
  • US buyers flock to Berlin


    American acquisition teams have turned up in Berlin in good number and it seems are now poised to buy festival and market films.
  • Capturing The Friedmans


  • All The Real Girls


  • Fear X


  • American Splendor wins top dramatic prize at Sundance


    Films populated by socialoutcasts and misfits, both real and imagined, claimed the top honours at thisyear's Sundance Film Festival that ended over the weekend in Park City.
  • Miramax tracks down Station Agent at Sundance


    Marking its first Sundance Film Festival acquisition this year, Miramax Films beat out several other rivals to pick up all English speaking territories and Italian rights to The Station Agent, a small, intimate character study from first-time director and screenwriter Tom McCarthy that appears in dramatic competition here.
  • Gaga strikes Sundance deal for drag comedy


    Gaga Communications has acquired Japanese rights to comedy Girls Will Be Girls from Cinetic Media for a mid-six figure sum. The deal confirms Sundance's growing importance as a foreign rights-trading arena and precedes any domestic or worldwide-rights deal closed by Cinetic on the film.
  • Sundance teen drama Thirteen baits Fox Searchlight


    Fox Searchlight Pictures isin final negotiations to take all worldwide distribution rights outside the UKto Thirteen, one of only a smallhandful of dramatic competition films to have excited buyers during the firstfew days of this year's Sundance Film Festival.
  • Globes circle round Chicago, The Hours


    The dark and sometimes twisted streak running through so many of this year's Golden Globe nominations confirms what the pundits have been declaring for weeks now: that the awards pendulum has swung firmly back towards more rarefied audience tastes and away from the popcorn entertainment most often identified with Hollywood.
  • Screen International votes for its top 10 movies of 2002


    Screen International has voted Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her as its favourite film of 2002 in a global poll of its staff and correspondents.
  • Kaurismaki, Almodovar lead European Film Award nominations


    Local box office hits line up against several of this year's festival prize-winners as the eight nominees for the 2002 European Film Award, to be handed out by the European Film Academy in Rome on Dec 7.
  • The Sea (Hafid)


  • White Oleander


  • Almodovar tips 'anti-clerical' movie as his next


    Spanish auteur PedroAlmodovar hinted yesterday that his next film will likely be BadEducation (LaMala Educacion) a "profoundly anti-clerical movie" abouttwo boys in a Catholic school forced to contend with sexual abuse by thepriesthood.
  • Kaurismaki boycotts New York festival in anti-American protest


    The New YorkFilm Festival suffered the loss of yet another top-flight internationaldirector from its 40th anniversary edition as world politicsintruded on the prestigious event.After learning that Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami hadbeen prevented from attending the festival last week because of US visaproblems, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki decided against flying in to New Yorkfrom Helsinki in a show of cinematic solidarity. "Under ...
  • Toronto Comment - Seoul Survivors


    Perhaps it will come as no great shock to learn that of all the commercial products that the US so successfully exports around the globe, only its film industry enjoys the dominant market share in virtually every country that has opened its doors to outside trade. What may be more surprising, however, are the names of the few countries that have managed to withstand this Hollywood hegemony - India and South Korea. In those two isolated hotspots, home-cooked cinema reigns supreme at ...
  • Toronto Comment - September 11


    On the evening of Sept. 10, at about this time last year in Toronto, a filmmaker and his posse of producers and sales representatives could not have been more euphoric. Gregor Jordan's Eurobacked festival film, Buffalo Soldiers, had just secured a US distribution deal through Miramax Films and there was high-fiving talk of lucrative careers being launched. Twelve hours later, their world, like so many others', fell apart.
  • Toronto Comment - The Battle For Screens


    It is one the aggravating paradoxes of the cinema business that even as internationally flavoured film festivals keep growing in popularity in every corner of this globe, the films they show are finding it ever harder to secure a distribution toehold in even the most adventurous of commercial theatres. The entire economic model for releasing films has become so skewed in favour of mass-market entertainments, where success can be calibrated in sheer advertising dollars, that even confirmed ...
  • New York festival line-up draws heavily on Cannes favourites


    The full line-up has beenannounced for the prestigious New York Film Festival, whose 40thedition will kick off on Sept 27 with the North American premiere of AlexanderPayne's About Schmidt, for whichactor Jack Nicholson is already drawing considerable Oscar buzz, and close onOct 13th with Talk To Her, the latest film from longtime NYFF favourite Pedro Almodovar.
  • Screen International re-teams with Toronto festival daily


    Although it is not a competitive event like Berlin or Venice, the Toronto festival has arguably become the festival that has the most industry clout after Cannes.
  • Fledgling US digital cinema circuit targets foreign film suppliers


    Foreign films that arestruggling to find a theatrical footing in the US may soon be able to accessthe American marketplace via a budding new exhibition circuit that is thebrainchild of a New York digital film studio.
  • Ethan Hawke & Fisher Stevens among new director Gotham nominees


    Six film-makers have been nominated for the Open Palm Award for outstanding directorial debut at this year's Gotham Awards which will be presented in New York City on Sept 29. The awards, presented by IFP/New York, celebrate outstanding achievement in New York's film-making community.
  • MacCabe laments his old place


    Among the more interesting films of the Cannes festival this year is a film essay by Anne-Marie Mieville and Jean Luc Godard called The Old Place. By all accounts it is a beautiful and intriguing meditation on the relations between painting and film. But for one of the executive producers, Colin MacCabe, this honour is also a cause of national shame
  • Cannes gets first glimpse of Gangs Of New York


    After months of media attention over the fights that supposedly went into the making of Martin Scorsese's Gangs Of New York, the film's key figures settled their score with the press at yesterday's footage screening. "This is real art, unlike half the shit in this goddam Hollywood" declared executive producer Harvey Weinstein
  • Sex doll horror adds to ContentFilm slate


    After just eight months in operation New York's ContentFilm, run by indie stalwarts Ed Pressman and John Schmidt, has announced its fifth fully-financed film to go into production, a sexually-twisted psychological horror called Love Object.
  • Thin Red Line producer Roberdeau dies, age 48


    JohnRoberdeau, nominated with his long-time partner Robert Michael Geisler for anAcademy Award for Best Picture as producers of Terrence Malick's TheThin Red Line (1998), died onMonday, May 6th at Manhattan's Cabrini Medical Center of aheart attack. He was 48.
  • Universal buys Good Machine and merges it with USA Films


    The independent filmmakingworld has been shrunk yet again as Universal Studios announced it is acquiringGood Machine with immediate plans to elevate the sassy New York production and saleshothouse into an autonomous Miramax-style specialty film unit that will absorball the existing assets of USA Films.
  • Hollywood Ending


    Dir: Woody Allen. US.2002. 112 mins.Woody Allen's HollywoodEnding follows more in thevein of his recent run of pleasurable but throwaway comedies than it does thefar more emotionally affecting Purple Rose Of Cairo, his other film to deal specifically with cinema itself. With an emphasis on visual humour, both literal and figurative,and some well-aimed if obvious potshots at Hollywood's commercialcrassness, ...
  • Cinerenta offspring forges own path in LA


    Michael Ohoven, scionof the family behind Germany's long-established Cinerenta productionfund, is striking out on his own as a Los Angeles-based producer. His InfinityInternational Entertainment will now start entertaining production ties withother European film funds while at the same time retaining its umbilical links to Cinerenta.
  • IFP Market to zero in on filmmakers-in-progress


    Downtown Manhattan's IFP Markethas undergone a radical face-lift that will see the week-long US indie filmbazaar transformed from years of being a large and somewhat haphazardclearing-house for completed features into a much more selective showcase whosenarrative focus will fall exclusively on works-in-development and scripts fromemerging filmmakers.
  • US statistics offer hope for international markets


    The current health of the North American distribution and exhibition market is generally assumed to be an indicator of the aches and pains that can be expected to occur in many international territories. If so, then the industry can allow itself a cautious sigh of relief.
  • Shanghai noon for Hollywood as China opens up


    China became the unexpected focusof attention on the first day of this year's ShoWest convention in LasVegas, with news that Beijing authorities are prepared to relax film importrestrictions for its planned digital cinema circuit and the announcement byWarner Bros International Theatres of a ground-breaking nine-screen multiplexin Shanghai. To cap it all, Miramax revealed that China was one of QuentinTarantino's chosen locations for his new film, Kill Bill.
  • TV doldrums dampen AFM sales business


    Some 46 years ago, a budding rights-trader pursued the German television rights to Federico Fellini's La Strada, borrowing 25,000 Deutschmarks from his wife in order to complete the acquisition and kick-start what would much later become one of Europe's pivotal media empires. Today, the $6bn debt albatross that now hangs around the neck of that stealthy buyer, Leo Kirch, is one of the reasons why the independent film business arena has sunk to one of its cyclical low-points.
  • AFM may be just a brief encounter warn indies


    Buyers attending rights-trading bazaars since last year's AFM could have had their theoretical pick of the following multiple Oscar-nominees: Capitol Films' Gosford Park, Good Machine International's In The Bedroom, UGC's Amelie, Intermedia's Iris and, of course, New Line's The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, the biggest grossing film ever to be handled by independent distributors.
  • The Kid Stays In The Picture


  • Personal Velocity


  • Bloody Sunday


  • Personal Velocity speeds to victory at Sundance


    Low-budget digital video films came out the big winners at this year's Sundance Film Festival with Rebecca Miller's female-slanted triptych Personal Velocity winning the Grand Jury Prize and Gary Winick's first love comedy Tadpole starring Sigourney Weaver cited for best direction in the dramatic competition.
  • Hysterical Blindness


  • Tadpole


  • Miramax goes Tadpole fishing at Sundance


    The Sundance Film Festival has once again witness an aggressive bidding war as Miramax Films outgunned Fox Searchlight Pictures to grab worldwide rights to Gary Winick's shoestring-budgetTadpole for around $6m. At the same timeas many as five leading distributors continue in hot pursuit of Miguel Arteta's The Good Girl.
  • Redford launches all-documentary US channel


    Sensing a new-found hunger fortruth in light of everything that has happened in the world since September11th, Robert Redford is stepping up his involvement in the non-fiction sphereby launching both a new US documentary network and also assuming control of afund that has until now seeded as many 50 international documentary features ayear.
  • PGA nominations throw Oscar race wide open


    All bets are off again in this year's Oscar race following the inclusion of both Shrek and Harry Potter And The Scorcerer's Stone among the five motion picture nominees for this year's Producers Guild of America Awards. They compete against A Beautiful Mind, Moulin Rouge and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring.
  • Sundance line-up: 'much darker' than usual


    Sundance's reputation as a capricious marketplace has led several sales agents this year to downplay the commercial prospects of the films they will represent in Park City. Manufactured hype has a history here of being hurled back at producers' faces faster than they can say snow-ball.
  • 2001 - An Odyssey


    No one will forget 2001 in a hurry. A year that had already been memorialised by Stanley Kubrick has now been burned into our collective psyches because of one day in September.
  • Diller Thriller for Vivendi Universal


    At end of play yesterday (Sunday), it looked certain that Barry Diller will be named the film and TV overlord at Vivendi Universal as early as this morning - a move that would appear to relegate its current entertainment chief Pierre Lescure to the managerial sidelines within the French-American conglomerate.In a widely cited story in The Los Angeles Times yesterday, Vivendi Universal is said to have approved a plan hatched by its chairman Jean-Marie Messier to acquire ...
  • De Niro initiates festival in aid of downtown NYC


    Robert De Niro, togetherwith his business partner Jane Rosenthal, formally unveiled plans yesterday fortheir new four-day film festival in downtown Manhattan that they hope can helprevitalize a neighbourhood devastated by the terror attacks on September 11th.
  • Moulin Rouge wins National Board of Review


    Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge (pictured) was named Best Film of 2001 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, the first winner in what promises to be one of the most wide open awards seasons, across virtually every category, in recent memory.
  • Screen International Comment


    Not even our darkest imaginations could have foretold the horrors of last week, although several came close enough to force our creative industries into a sensitive retreat. A handful of upcoming films and TV shows with terrorist themes were instantly put on the back-burner; adverts laced with ghoulish humour were hurriedly papered over; and video games that mirrored events too chillingly for comfort were sent scurrying back to the digital drawing boards. Not to have done so, of course, ...
  • Screen Comment:


    To hear it now from Francis Ford Coppola, the same Hollywood studio system that released his magnificent acid trip of a movie, Apocalypse Now, would never today dare indulge such an extravagantly ambitious and vainglorious undertaking by a director. Even by one who had previously made a truck-load of money with the Godfather films. Vietnam by way of Joseph Conrad and TS Eliot hardly screams merchandising tie-ins or smacks of franchise spin-offs.
  • Lot 47 confirms digital marketing pioneer as chief


    Scott Lipsky has been formallyanointed as chairman and chief executive officer of Lot 47 Films, the NewYork-based independent distributor of such films as Tim Roth's The WarZone, Chunhyang from Korea, Venus Beauty Institute and Claire Denis' controversial Trouble Every Day (pictured left).
  • Clear Blue, USA, ARP all ascend to Haynes' Heaven


    Clear Blue Sky Productions, the US film production outfit founded by billionaire Paul Allen and run by his sister Jodie Patton, agreed on Friday to co-finance Todd Haynes' $12m-$15m Far From Heaven under a novel arrangementthat sees it sharing in all revenues with both USA Films and ARP of France, who between them are handling worldwide distribution.
  • Schneider quits as Disney studio chairman


    Peter Schneider has stepped down as chairman of Walt Disney Studios less than one week after Atlantis:The Lost Empire suffered the lowestsummer opening box office gross in the US of any Disney cartoon feature since GreatMouse Detective, which came out justa year after he first joined the studio's animation division in 1985.
  • Overseas cinema triumphs at Newport festival


    Foreign-language features dominated the prize-giving ceremony at the Newport International Film Festival, with the best feature award going to Japanese director Masato Harada's haunting horror-romance, Inugami.
  • DVD price probe stirs up Hollywood hornets' nest


    Brusselsregulators are to investigate why European customers tend to pay more for thesame recent Hollywood movies on DVD than their counterparts do in the US andCanada. They are also opening a potential hornets' nest by questioning thepractice of charging full price for DVD re-issues of old catalogue titles.
  • Pearl Harbor pummels US with $75.1m opening


    With an estimated Memorial Day weekend gross of $75.1m, Touchstone Pictures' $140m Pearl Harbor enjoyed the second highestfour-day holiday tally ever at North American theatres. However, even this fell short of the box office blitz that many in the media had been preparing for.
  • Bidding may go sky-high for DirecTV with new buyer


    A bidding war is set to erupt over DirecTV, the largest satellite TV operator in the US with 9.5m subscribers.
  • France's ARP first to sign up for Chelsea Walls


    Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls, a star-studded digital video production that receives its world premiere in the Directors' Fortnight section of this year's Cannes Film Festival this year, has been acquired for France by ARP Selection. It is the first territory to be sold on the film outside North America where Lions Gate Releasing will handle distribution.
  • Weinstein considers directing Warsaw ghetto epic


    Harvey Weinstein,co-chairman of Miramax Films, says he is now considering himself as the director for Mila 18, an ambitious screen adaptation of Leon Uris' novel about the ghetto uprising in WWII Warsaw in which a small group of Jews held off Nazi forces for 42 days using only handmade weapons.
  • Terry Semel named new CEO of Yahoo!


    Former Warner Bros titan Terry Semel has surprised the entertainment world by being named the new chief executive and chairman of Yahoo!, the struggling Internet portal that has been frequently bandied as a merger candidate for virtually every Hollywood studio conglomerate in town.
  • Sloss forges global film financing hub for indies


    John Sloss,the New York-based entertainment lawyer who brokered so many of the distribution deals at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is now wading fully into the project financing arena through a new standalone packaging operation known as Cinetic Media.
  • Miramax smells victory with Apocalypse Now Redux


    Miramax Films has acquired North American theatrical rightsto Apocalypse Now Redux, the officialname given to Francis Ford Coppola's extended cut of his 1979 classic Vietnamwar opera that will be given its world premiere as a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival in May.
  • Universal creates dedicated studio franchise unit


    Every Hollywood studio conglomerate talks in terms of creating multimedia "franchises" around their most popular properties and commodified characters; now one of them, Universal Pictures, has taken the full plunge and created an entire division dedicated to unlocking theglobal franchising potential of its content across every conceivable distribution outlet.
  • Robin Williams plays villain in Nolan's Insomnia


    Robin Williamsis to play the villain in Insomnia, Christopher Nolan's big-budget Hollywood studio remake of the Norwegian psychological thriller originally made in 1997. He will staropposite two other Oscar-winners, Al Pacino and Hillary Swank, when shootinggets underway in Vancouver on April 16th.
  • Biopic planned of Joy Division's doomed frontman


    The film rights to a book about the life and suicide of Ian Curtis, the singer/songwriter who fronted theManchester pop group Joy Division, has been snapped up the same New York productioncompany that made Michael Almereyda's Hamlet and Jonathan Nossiter's Sundance-winning debut Sunday
  • Anime finds French-speaking home through Pathe


    Manga Entertainment, the Japaneseanimation specialist, has signed a home entertainment distribution dealthroughout many of the world's French-speaking territories withPathé Distribution of Paris.
  • First Run adds Fighter to arsenal of US releases


    New York'sFirst Run Features has acquired the US rights to Amir Bar-Lev's Holocaust-themeddocumentary Fighter in a licensing agreement struck with The Independent FilmChannel's Next Wave Films. A theatrical release has been penciled in forthis autumn.
  • Duke Nukem enters a new big screen Dimension


    Duke Nukem is coming to a much bigger screen near you now that Dimension Films has acquired the movie rights to the video game phenomenon from Larry Kasanoff and his Threshold Entertainment.
  • Internet merger provides Giants with new beanstalk


    Afterspending a year making a noise at international film markets through blanketadvertising campaigns and huge slate announcements, David Dadon's GiantsEntertainment has been sold to a tiny publicly-quoted Internet company that hasbeen operating until now as a minor-league entertainment-themed portal.
  • Anders' Sun by-passes US theatres for Showtime


    Allison Anders' emotionally-wrenching film about theconsequences of rape, Things Behind The Sun,will receive its first commercial outing later this year as a premiere on theShowtime pay-TV network despite winning widespread critical plaudits at thisyear's Sundance Film Festival.
  • ShoWest: Boeing offers digital transition scheme


    Hoping to break the deadlock between exhibitors and studios over who should pay for the transition to digital cinema projection, several companies including the world's largest aircraft-maker are using this week's ShoWest convention in Las Vegas to announce independent financing schemes.
  • Good Machine strikes first-look deal with Miramax


    Good Machine, which previously enjoyed housekeeping arrangements with 20th Century Fox and most recently Universal Pictures, has now has struck an exclusive first-look deal with Miramax Films, the Disney-owned studio that is within walking distance of Good Machine's building in downtown Manhattan.
  • Picture This! picks up Confusion Of Genders for US


    Picture This! Entertainment, Doug Witkins' boutique distribution outfit that specialises in stories presenting non-stereotypical gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, has acquired all US rights to the raunchy French sex comedy The Confusion of Genders (La Confusion Des Genres).
  • Alliance buys into Canada's indie film network


    Less than two months after losing out to Novia Scotia's Salter Street Films in a bid to launch Canada's first English-language movie network dedicated solely to independent filmmaking, Alliance Atlantis has offered some C$80m ($53m) to buy out Salter Street under an agreed takeover.
  • Greenberg omitted from Oscar documentary shortlist


    The moment that this year's Academy Award nominees are revealed to the entire world at a pre-dawn ceremony broadcast live from Los Angeles tomorrow morning, there will be the usual gasps at some of the omissions and more questions raised about why some of the year's best-known documentary features have failed yet again to make the cut.
  • Murdoch 'close' to $70bn merger with DirecTV


    Rupert Murdoch could soon emerge as chairman and largest single shareholder of the world's first truly global satellite TV empire under the terms of a tentative $70bn merger that would reportedly knit together his existing necklace of international satellite operations with those of US-based DirecTV.
  • Hollywood Partners champions Hill's Undisputed


    Hollywood Partners (HP), the Munich-based private film fund, has committed to co-financing and co-producing Walter Hill's Undisputed, starring Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames and Peter Falk, in return for all foreign rights and certain income rights in the US and Canada.
  • Jodie Foster drops out as Cannes jury president


    Actress Jodie Foster has been forced to drop out as president of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury after being selected as a last-minute replacement for the injured Nicole Kidman in the lead role of David Fincher's The Panic Room.
  • Fox Searchlight, Key Films dive into Deep End


    Fox Seachlight has splashed out $4m for the distributionrights to The Deep End in all available worldwideterritories except Italy, where Key Films looks set to release the film aftertabling a pre-emptive bid during this year's Sundance Film Festival.
  • Bean's The Believer takes top prize at Sundance


    Signalling a return to its roots as a committed showcase for edgy, provocative filmmaking, the Sundance Film Festival awarded its top dramatic prize to Henry Bean's incendiary directorial debut The Believer.
  • Sundance hots up after initial cold feet


    After a decidedly slow start, this year's Sundance Film Festival finally caught fire on Wednesday with Miramax Films grabbing actor Todd Fields' debut feature In The Bedroom and IFC Films snapping up both Jump Tomorrow and the documentary Go Tigers! for US distribution. At the same time Arrow Entertainment was closing in on the Canadian feature Maelstrom.
  • SearchParty embarks on global film rights hunt


    SearchParty Films, the new "distribution services" outfit looking to hoover up films that have been ignored by conventional buyers, has picked up its first eight US-made indie acquisitions and is now training its ambitious sights on international features of all languages.
  • Unapix files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection


    Unapix Entertainment, the New York film and TV production and distribution outfit whose shares stopped trading on the American Stock Exchange last week, has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • Senator grabs Germany's X men


    One of Germany's sexiest production outfits, X Filme Creative Pool, has joined the growing list of companies to come under the Senator Entertainment umbrella.
  • Good Machine plays hard to get


    Good Machine is once again being courted by several corporate suitors interested in marrying up with the decade-old New York production and sales operation that is currently enjoying its most successful year yet. So far, however, Good Machine's three partners are resisting that final walk down the wedding aisle.
  • GMI's \'Uncensored\' Cuaron picture arouses Fox


    On the eve of what promises to be a hectic two weeks of deal-making for Good Machine International (GMI) in both London and Milan, the New York sales operation, has sold the French, German, Swiss and Italian distribution rights to Alfonso Cuaron's sexually-unbridled Y Tu Mama Tambien to 20th Century Fox International.
  • Middle Eastern crisis intrudes on Hamptons Fest


    This year's Hamptons International Film Festival found itself thrust into the cauldron of Middle Eastern politics after a jury led by actor William Hurt found itself having to adjudicate between a selection of Palestinian and Israeli features and shorts programmed as part of an inaugural sidebar devoted to 'films of conflict and resolution.'
  • Parents, Titans continue to rule US box office


    There were a clutch of new releases this week but none managed to dislodge last week's top two films, Meet The Parents and Remember The Titans, both of which occupied their same slots en route to expected blockbuster grosses.
  • Dutton's Corner, Winfrey's Morrie surprise Emmys


    A change in the voting procedures in the major categories for the Emmy Awards resulted in several surprise winners over the weekend, among them multiple trophies for Charles Dutton's explicit mini-series The Corner and for the Oprah Winfrey-produced TV movie Tuesdays With Morrie. British stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard also won an Emmy for his writing, while Vanessa Redgrave added yet another acting honour to her collection of statuettes.
  • Disney clamps down on R-rated marketing tactics


    Responding to a growing political storm in the US surrounding screen sex and violence, Walt Disney has decided to enforce stricter rules for the way that R-rated films released under its Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax Films labels are marketed, particularly towards children.
  • Offline acquires US rights to Jang Sun Woo's Lies


    New York-based Offline Releasing has acquired US distribution rights to Korean director Jang Sun Woo's controversial film Lies and will work with boutique distributor Cowboy Booking International to release the film at arthouse venues nationwide, starting with a New York play-date on Nov 17.
  • Hawke, Linklater & Co go Dogme-style for InDigEnt


    Independent Digital Entertainment (InDigEnt), New York's answer to Denmark's Dogme95 movement, has completed its first four star-laden digital video features, comprised of Campbell Scott's Final, Ethan Hawke's Last Word on Paradise, Bruce Wagner's Women in Film and Richard Linklater's Tape, and has now started on its fifth, Rodrigo Garcia's Women Remember Men.
  • Ex-Helkon chief Martin takes helm of 2K Media


    Patrick Martin, the former managing director and partner of Helkon Media, is to spearhead the ambitions of yet another aggressive German-based international film production and distribution hydra, 2K Media.
  • Phil Jackson named int'l video chief for Paramount


    Phil Jackson has been named the new London-based president of Paramount Home Entertainment International, where he will replace longstanding international video veteran Paul Miller at the end of July.
  • X-Men X-plodes with $57.5m domestic opening gross


  • United Artists shuts down London sales operation


    London-based United Artists Films, spearheaded by Wendy Palmer and Fiona Mitchell, is being shut down over the next few months as a foreign sales division by its parent studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In its place will come a new UK-based production operation that may revolve around some of the existing UAF staff.
  • Diller re-grouping anticipates dealmaking binge


    Barry Diller's USA Networks has streamlined itself into three distinct yet interrelated business units as a prelude to what many believe will another aggressive round of deal-making on both sides of the Atlantic especially now that this sprawling electronic empire is about to become affiliated with Vivendi Universal.
  • United, Malone carve out broadband powerhouse


    UnitedGlobalCom, the holding company that already controls one of the fastest growing broadband networks in Europe, will become the most important high-speed internet player in Latin America after reportedly acquiring most of the international distribution and programming assets belonging to John Malone's Liberty Media.
  • Vivendi, Canal Plus confirm Seagram talks


    Universal Studios is set to change hands once again, passing from Canadian to French ownership within the next few weeks, now that Seagram is back at the negotiating table jointly with utilities and media combine Vivendi and its pay-TV subsidiary Canal Plus.
  • Cannes-archy on the Croisette


    Cannes regulars are calling on festival organisers and city administrators to enforce far tighter security measures along the Croisette after an unprecendented wave of violence and gang-related petty crime have left many here injured, mugged or fearful of their own safety.
  • Cowboy lassos Antidote for arthouse releases


    Cowboy Booking International, the New York releasing boutique, has created a new specialised distribution operation that will draw on an initial $1m private equity fund raised by Antidote Films to acquire and put out ten films a year.
  • CanWest's Aaronson acquires Simon Magus


    Bob Aaaronson, the new acquisition chief for CanWest Films, has made his first purchase for the fledgling US distribution company, picking up North American rights to Ben Hopkins' debut feature Simon Magus.
  • Mutual's foreign partners strike $200m credit line


    The three leading foreign distributors involved in Mutual Film Company have jointly secured a $200m revolving credit line allowing the production company to develop and finance projects without having to necessarily wait for a greenlight from a Hollywood studio partner.
  • Scott's Gladiator slays US box office


    The annual bloodbath known as the US summer box office has begun in earnest and already one film has emerged victorious: Ridley Scott's $103m Roman spectacle Gladiator which debuted with $32.7m and utterly slayed all its weekend competition.
  • Romanian studio backs down from DiCaprio boast


    Romania's Castel Film Studios has backed down from claims made earlier this week that Leonardo DiCaprio would be appearing in Librium, the sci-fi thriller that is due to shoot in Bucharest this Summer for Dimension Films.
  • US micro distribs snare Ratcatcher, Hit & Runway


    In a sign that US micro-distributors are starting to fill the acquisitions void left by the studio specialist divisions as they gravitate to more commercial higher-budgeted fare, two emergent releasing boutiques have separately added two long-overlooked festival favourites to their forthcoming slates.
  • DiCaprio linked to Miramax sci-fi thriller


    Leonardo DiCaprio's unexpected attachment to Dimension Film's Librium has allowed that sci-fi project to proceed with plans to shoot certain scenes this coming Summer in the same Bucharest Parliament building that once housed the reviled Communist tyrant Nicolae Ceausescu.
  • Jolie to play cyberbabe Lara Croft in Tomb Raider


    Oscar winner Angelina Jolie will play cyber action-babe Lara Croft in Paramount Pictures' live action version of the blockbuster video game Tomb Raider that will start shooting this summer at the UK's Pinewood Studios.
  • Human Resources (Ressources Humaines)


  • Chris Columbus to direct first Harry Potter film


    Chris Columbus has been chosen by Warner Bros. to direct the first of the Harry Potter book adaptations, closing the chapter on one of the most competitive Hollywood job contests in recent memory.
  • Lions Gate launches expansion drive under new CEO


    Frank Giustra has stepped aside as chief executive officer of Lions Gate Entertainment, the Canadian mini-studio he founded nearly three years ago, and passed on the managerial reins to former Sony Pictures TV chief Jon Feltheimer.
  • Unapix taps Abramowitz for new US theatrical arm


    New York''s ambitious Unapix Entertainment has hired film marketing specialist Richard Abramowitz, most recently senior executive vice president of Carl Ichan's Stratosphere Entertainment, to spearhead the company''s new push into US theatrical releasing.
  • Artisan seeks to raise $140m from Nasdaq IPO


    Artisan Entertainment has announced that its seeking to raise $140m from its upcoming initial public offering and has applied to trade its shares on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol "RTSN". Merrill Lynch & Co., Bear Stearns & Co and ING Barings have been engaged as Artisan's IPO underwriters.
  • Natural Nylon's NYC sibling builds digital studio


    Natural Nylon Films, the New York production company that describes itself as the sister company to London's star-laden Natural Nylon Entertainment, has reinvented itself as a digital entertainment studio with its own 5,000 sq.ft. production facility in the heart of Manhattan's Silicon Alley.
  • Blockbuster adds overseas rights to shopping list


    Blockbuster Entertainment, which has just added The Opportunists to its haul of Sundance festival pick-ups, now wants to extend its aggressive acquisition policy to include all English-language rights to independent films that can be branded internationally as video store exclusives.
  • Sony Pictures Classics converts to Tao Of Steve


    Sealing yet another Sundance acquisition, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American distribution rights to Jenniphr Goodman's The Tao Of Steve from New York's Good Machine.
  • Online Film Fest premieres Figgis' DV feature


    Mike Figgis' experimental Time Code, the first digital video production to be fully financed and released by a Hollywood studio, will have its world premiere at the Yahoo! Internet Life Online Film Festival on March 22 in Los Angeles.
  • Merger mania ignites again in Hollywood


    Sony's chief executive officer Nobuyuki Idei has denied any intention to sell either his music operations or his movie studios, insisting last night that they are "a cornerstone in our overall strategy."
  • Le Studio grabs Tao for multiple territories


    France's Le Studio Canal Plus has caught the deal-making fever present among international buyers at this year's Sundance, snapping up multiple territory rights on Jenniphr Goodman's The Tao Of Steve from Good Machine International.
  • American Psycho


  • AtomFilms trusts in Sundance short


    In the first internet licensing deal announced at a web-crazed Sundance Film Festival this year, AtomFilms has paid a modest upfront fee to acquire both on- and off-line rights to Jason Reitman's 16 minute short feature, In God We Trust.
  • Sundance 2000: slim pickings for US distributors


  • 1999: big hits, big misses


    While 1999 will be remembered as yet another record-shattering year in terms of theatrical box office grosses, it will also bear witness to a growing worldwide disparity in fortunes between the handful of huge hits and the mass of movie misses.
  • Who'll get mail next'


    The creation of AOL Time Warner provided a catalytic jolt to the world's stock markets, seemingly putting every major media and Internet company in play this week after lighting a fire under their share prices. Analysts were predicting not so much a ripple effect as a tidal wave of mergers and alliances as web players sought out content and software silos looked to conquer cyberspace.
  • AOL creates new order


    Content is king again - so long as it can also enjoy widespread access to Internet users. That message was driven home this week by the revelation that America Online (AOL) is swallowing up Time Warner at a huge premium to create a multimedia monster whose market value approaches the gross domestic product of Mexico.
  • Case Study


    For the past decade or more, media pundits have become entranced with the image of an interactive television enabling couch potatoes to order up a movie and a pizza from a menu of screen offerings.
  • On-line game playing profits ready to rocket


    On-line game-playing, powered by ever faster networking technologies and a coming wave of titles based on popular entertainment properties culled from film and television, will soar to a $5bn annual business within four years across just the US and Western Europe.