Leaders from China’s film industry to attend new initiative at American Film Market.
EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Stone and Audiard dramas, Mel Gibson action Blood Father and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire among haul.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.
Deals include Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan.
Emerging digital and bespoke theatrical platforms give filmmakers and distributors a fighting chance of success in the new era, attendees at the AFM’s distribution panel heard on Tuesday (November 11).
Russia’s Wizart secures new territory deals at AFM in Asia and Latin America.
Worldwide rights holders Highland Film Group has reported a slew of sales at AFM on Christmas tale Shelby starring Chevy Chase.
APA is at the AFM touting North American rights to The Butterfly God, which Jay Russell of Ladder 49 fame has come on board to direct.
A one-minute teaser from the disaster movie was shown at the AFM.
The upcoming fantasy comedy is directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
EXCLUSIVE: Some deals on The Hateful Eight held up by home entertainment strategy, say sources.
AMBI Distribution has announced a number of sales at AFM on All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
AFM 2014 has seen steady business on a number of indie packages, many of which came together at the eleventh hour, with plenty more business on the horizon.
EXCLUSIVE: Das Films has signed a deal with Beijing based Yisang Media Investment to finance the $35-$40m sci-fi.
EXCLUSIVE: Film Sharks International has licensed Papers In The Wind to Disney in a pan-Latin American deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany-set drama and TV mini-series in works.
EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema sells resistance fighter biopic 13 Minutes.
EXCLUSIVE: Picture Tree International inks multiple deals on Paulo Coelho biopic.
Shanghai-based media city expects to be able to launch specific projects and co-productions at Cannes 2015.
Titles include Ben Younger’s Bleed For This and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young [pictured].
The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has struck a deal with IM Global for select international territories on The Secret In Their Eyes remake, set to commence production in late January in Los Angeles.
Rupert Friend will make his feature directorial debut and star in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, which Bron Studios and Fortitude International co-finance in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.
ARC Entertainment has acquired all US rights to Chapman Filmed Entertainment’s thriller The Barber, which The Little Film Company is selling internationally.
EXCLUSIVE: Pure Flix / Quality Flix has added Dancer And The Dame and The Black Rider [pictured] to its AFM sales slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman WWII drama is hot seller at AFM for Other Angle.
Falcom Media Group has taken German, Austrian and German-speaking territory rights to Rebel Movies’ sci-fi Mindgate, set to star Rachael Leigh Cook.
Francesco Munzi sells to US and Canada for Rai Com.
EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner has picked up Canadian rights from Dark Sky Films/MPI to a trio of genre titles.
Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed deals on Awesometown’s Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer at AFM.
Japanese distributor picks up Neil Horner’s crime thriller from Jinga Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are at the AFM in talks with financiers and sales agents on horror-thriller The Black Album.
EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu pacts with Paris-based company, which will handle European sales on upcoming vampire yakuza movie.
Fred and Richard Fairbrass, the musical duo best known as Right Said Fred, are attending the AFM to talk about their film plans.
Warner Bros has set the US release date for Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut.
Daniel Grodnik’s New York-based Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company has teamed up with financiers Seth Kramer and Curt Kramer to fund fledgling production company Remark Films.
The distributors have acquired all US rights to the Gillian Flynn adaptation in a deal with WME Global.
EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena to star in War on Everyone.
EXCLUSIVE: Bloom has reported strong sales at AFM on its thriller Unlocked led by a deal with Lionsgate UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Noomi Rapace will play the desperate mother of a kidnapped child in The Price, which worldwide rights holder Cargo Entertainment is selling at AFM.
Double Dutch International president Jason Moring has secured worldwide sales rights from Trilight Entertainment to Archie: Robodog, The Adventure Club and Derailed Dreams.
One talking point in the AFM halls this year has been TWC and Wild Bunch’s decision to ask buyers to sit in their offices to read the scripts for The Hateful Eight and Oliver Stone’s Untitled Edward Snowden film, respectively.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has been active on its remake catalogue, optioning Italian remake rights on Diego Kaplan’s hit Argentinian comedy 2 + 2 to Mediaset subsidiary TaoDue.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media will handle all international sales on adventure comedy The Librarian starring Marcia Gay Harden and Spanish star Oscar Jaenada.
EXCLUSIVE: US, Canada, UK deals for horror.
Los Angeles-Based TriCoast Worldwide has acquired worldwide sales rights to Virtu* Entertainment’s Battle Scars and is selling here at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Indian director Q has signed Titli star Shashank Arora to play the title role in B Naman.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has wrapped on Robert Duvall’s Wild Horses, which Voltage Pictures is selling internationally at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner is in talks with buyers here on a raft of new titles led by fantasy horror Hellmouth from a screenplay by Pontypool writer Tony Burgess.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers launch Metro International doc.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby International has come on to sell two films under its deal with filmmaker Stuart Brennan — football drama London Town and He Will Hang.
Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.
UK genre specialist Jinga has sold Jeremy Wooding’s werewolf western to US.
EXCLUSIVE: Film on National Security Agency whistleblower to shoot in Munich in 2015.
Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the AFM on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International in partnership with Celluloid Dreams has licensed North American rights for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body to Shout! Factory.
John Malkovich and Toni Collette have joined the Bourne-style female action thriller that Bloom represents for international sales at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Shanghai New Culture Media Group Company Limited (SNC) has come on to co-finance Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, which Bloom sells internationally.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 7: Open Road and Endgame Entertainment have acquired US rights to Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden film, which is proving to be a hot draw at the AFM.
Cinema Management Group has acquired worldwide rights to Venezuelan hit Liz En Septiembre.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) president Jason Moring has announced an output deal to sell worldwide rights to Awesometown Entertainment’s animations kicking off at AFM with $16m Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer.
Jae-woo Kim has joined Los Angeles-based 13 Films as director of international sales and is at the AFM talking up new titles Voice From The Stone, Extortion and Loitering With Intent.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis of Athens-based Heretic Productions are teaming with Ioanna Stais to launch Heretic Outreach, a new initiative to help the global reach of innovative films from Southeastern Europe.
Epic Pictures Group will handle worldwide sales and serve as executive producer on the rom-com starring Alicia Silverstone.
Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Nyqvist star in thriller.
MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Redeemer uniting director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza with Chilean action star Marko Zaror. XYZ Films launches international sales here at AFM.
The nascent distributor has picked up North American rights to the Nicolas Cage crime thriller. Highland Film Group handles international sales.
Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Stephen Amell are in talks to star in Mandalay Pictures’ comedy Whatever Makes You Happy. Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has introduced the project to buyers at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has secured all worldwide rights to the international thriller and started talks with AFM buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers have responded strongly to Pure Flix’s $110m worldwide smash, led by a sale to Signature in the UK.
Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon in the latest Bloom international sales title.
The sales company’s Ken DuBow is talking to AFM buyers on the film starring Portia de Rossi, Lucy Fry, Robyn Butler and Ben Lawson.
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere to star in Oren Moverman-produced drama.
Paranormal thriller is directed by David Blair and stars Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson and Lily Cole.
EXCLUSIVE: French remake of The Sweeney, starring Jean Reno, is currently shooting in Paris.
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau produce family animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Ed Skrein, Kaya Scodelario star in thriller.
Channing Tatum confirmed as cast addition along with Demian Bichir, film to shoot in Telluride from December.
Malaysia’s Astro Shaw is bringing a slate of new productions to AFM, headed by sci-fi road comedy Nova, as it ramps up production with an eye on international markets.
Screen sources confirm Magic Mike star lined up for Quentin Tarantino’s western.
Jinga’s Screamfest winner The House at the End of Time has sold to Dark Sky Films for USA and Universum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
British horror thriller [pictured] sells to the UK, Scandinavia and Greece.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation has begun talks at the AFM on the upcoming untitled Woody Allen project, one of several new titles to emerge on the eve of the market.
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures arrives at the AFM with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey will star for Gary Ross in the $65m Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones that has got tongues wagging at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios has acquired US rights from Ferndale Films and Jim Sheridan to The Secret Scripture, which Voltage Pictures has come on to sell internationally at AFM.
Noah Buschel directed Glass Chin, which premiered at Tribeca and tells of a former boxing champion who falls on hard times and makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur to get back in the game.
Scott Christian Sava and Animal Crackers Ltd are partnering with Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co and China Film Co Ltd on their animated feature Animal Crackers. Odin’s Eye handles international sales at AFM.
Busy Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener and has introduced to AFM buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has come on to sell worldwide rights to the stop-motion feature Possessed (Pos Eso) from former Aardman Animations animator Sam.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress to play WWII secret agent Vera Atkins; Paris-based sales agent Other Angle launching sales at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global and China’s Wanda Media are teaming for worldwide sales, excluding China, for Wanda’s action adventure film The Ghouls.
Lotus Entertainment kicks off pre-sales at AFM on the horror film from Xavier Gens and the producer behind horror hits Annabelle and The Conjuring.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell has announced the commercial launch at AFM of cloud-based online marketplace Digital Film Cloud Network (DFCN).
Epic Pictures Group is handling international sales at the market on a contemporary adaptation of Black Beauty.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Good Kill [pictured] and Politics of Love.
Anchor Bay has taken all rights in the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to The Drownsman, which Breakthrough Entertainment is selling at the AFM.
Chris Cooper will play the reclusive author in Angel Grace Productions’ Coming Through The Rye.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor seals raft of pre-sales to most of Asia, including Japan and China.
EXCLUSIVE: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of AFM, company also books sales on Cart and Sea In Snow Breeze.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit nabs doc I Am Big Bird [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit launches Ireland-set period-romance.
Korean smash hit [pictured] sells to Germany, Latin American and Italy, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thriller is directed by Im Sang-soo [pictured] and sales will be launched at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop doc on marijuana legalisation.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist launches debut English-language horror.
EXCLUSIVE: David Marconi action-thriller, Peter Fudakowski’s romance [pictured] among slate.
Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.
EuropaCorp swoops on buzzed-about David Linde thriller.
Chadwick Boseman to star, Fabrice Du Welz to direct.
Former co-CEO of Preferred Film & TV Ross Dinerstein has launched the production company backed by Content Media.
Aldamisa Films has come on to handle international sales at AFM on the thriller.
Magnolia Pictures is handling international sales on The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco’s documentary about the group of studio musicians who played with Elvis, The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra, among others.
Lightning Entertainment has bulked up its AFM war chest and will introduce buyers to The Blackout and Brookstreet Pictures’ horror-thriller GirlHouse.
EXCLUSIVE: Guardian Entertainment International in collaboration with Lightning Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to Jon Hewitt’s action film starring Dominic Purcell.
Leading German independent distributor acquires action thriller, starring Ola Rapace [pictured], ahead of AFM along with three other titles.
Stephen Fingleton’s The Survivalist among titles.
Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal will re-team with director Antoine Fuqua on new AFM sales title The Man Who Made It Snow after the pair recently wrapped production on Southpaw.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe and his team have acquired rights to a pair of titles and will commence sales at AFM this week.
Shekhar Kapur will direct the epic adventure project that Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will introduce to buyers this week.
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Wilson stars in the dark comedy that international rights holder Epic will introduce to AFM buyers this week.
The supernatural thriller stars Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones and the upcoming Terminator: Genisys.
New picture described as a horror film with a young female cast; companies also collaborated on Only God Forgives.
EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group has acquired world sales rights heading into the AFM to Mike Carter’s film.
EXCLUSIVE: The slasher film stars Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley.
Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has strengthened its AFM war chest with international rights to the action title starring Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke.
EXCLUSIVE: The action-thriller stars Dominic Purcell, Danny Glover, Cody Hackman and Stephen Lang and is in post.
EXCLUSIVE: HanWay to sell Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Thai boxing prison thriller A Prayer Before Dawn at AFM.
Gervais to write, direct and star alongside Eric Bana; Protagonist to sell.
Halloween-set horror 31 AFM-bound with Protagonist.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston and Kelly Lynch will star in the adaptation that QED will introduce at AFM.
Lightning Entertainment has bolstered its AFM slate with international sales rights to the drama starring Lucas Till, Josh Duhamel and hot awards contender Laura Dern.
First title destined for e-distribution slate is Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno. Company will be on hunt for suitable titles at the AFM.
Inception Film Partners will be at AFM screening and selling international territories on the Tribeca world premiere starring the late Robin Williams.
Paz Vega has joined Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Cardinale, Rosie Day and Raoul Bova in All Roads Lead To Rome.
Dutch sales agent Dutch Features Global Entertainment to screen family film at market.
EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Little’s The Little Film Company swings into the AFM looking to find a US buyer and close outstanding territories on UK art house smash Northern Soul.
EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest to bring comedy Taxonomy to AFM.
The company will launch pre-sales next week on A Man In The Dark from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures.
Tom Ortenberg is pushing into international sales and distribution and has formed an alliance with Glen Basner to assist in selling and servicing the slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Sierra/Affinity looks set to fire up the market with its biopic starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Colombian drug boss Griselda Blanco.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) heads to the AFM with the coming-of-age story starring Tracy Spiridakos, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate International will kick off pre-sales in Santa Monica next week on the Mark Wahlberg starrer from JC Chandor.
EXCLUSIVE: Picture marks Danish Bo Mikkelsen’s feature debut after critically acclaimed short Tabu.
Epic Pictures Group heads to the AFM with the timely horror anthology from 11 directors including Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman and Neil Marshall.
The company has acquired North American theatrical and US Pay-TV rights to Northmen – A Viking Saga from Ascot Elite Entertainment Group.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 313 Films are heading to AFM to meet with sales agents on feature debut The Horde, currently shooting in LA.
EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Watts will star alongside Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning in the comedic drama that IM Global is bringing to the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Chartier and his team will introduce international buyers at AFM to the action drama starring John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone.
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has come on as executive producer and worldwide sales agent on the Ireland-Belgium action-thriller from Brendan Muldowney.
Fortitude International will introduce AFM buyers to the action crime drama starring Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz. WME Global represents US rights.
Lightning Entertainment heads to the AFM with Jacob Tierney’s comedy that premiered in Toronto.
Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar attached; Icon takes UK rights.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots.
EXCLUSIVE: France, Australia, Canada, Japan among deals for Toronto hit.
Fortissimo takes world rights except Japan for Mirai Konishi’s feature documentary Kampai! For The Love Of Sake.
With one week to go before the start of the market a number of projects are trickling in, led by Lotus Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller Replicas and Dark Was The Night from Premiere Entertainment Group.
The Exchange heads to the AFM with a pair of prestige titles including Dustin Lance Black’s The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight.
EXCLUSIVE: French sales company also set to launch new films by Leconte and Delpy at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard star in New York comedy-drama.
Content Media has bulked up its AFM slate with international rights to the rom-com starring Emmy Rossum and Justin Long.
Freestyle has acquired US theatrical and digital rights from Myriad Pictures to the rom-com, which Myriad will be selling at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International heads to the AFM with a pair of titles from Fox International Productions (FIP) including Mexican box office sensation Guten Tag, Ramon.
Russell Brand teams with Michael Winterbottom on financial crisis doc.
Kill List and High-Rise director to tackle action film; Protagonist to introduce at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell to star; Embankment to sell.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales to kick off at AFM.
Thriller to be directed by Daniel Alfredson and is headed to the AFM.
K5 to handle sales, eOne to distribute in Canada.
First look at Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia in 1960s drama.
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) is to bring a trio of new titles to the AFM including writer-director Adam Green’s Frightfest monster-horror Digging Up The Marrow.
Sales outfit LevelK is to debut Scandinavian horror-sci fi Encounters at the AFM.
Florence Foster Jenkins biopic will also star Hugh Grant.
Romantic drama stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.
Voltage Pictures to begin sales on horror remake based on the original Eli Roth script.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop horror at AFM.
Lakeshore Entertainment has injected a title into a typically quiet run-up to the market, announcing that Sierra/Affinity will introduce buyers to the romantic action comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.
TF1 handles international sales on Saul Dibb’s Second World War romance starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts, set to make its market world premiere in Santa Monica next month.
IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural horror film that Content Media will introduce to international buyers at the AFM.
The company has bolstered its AFM slate with the thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene.
EXCLUSIVE: Comics series spawned Judge Dredd and Halo Jones.
TrustNordisk is to kick off presales on Swedish comedy-drama A Man Called Ove at the American Film Market.
Production has begun in Auckland on the dance feature that Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (CMG) will introduce to world buyers at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature marks debut of award-winning commercials director.
Relativity International to handle sales on Good Films thriller at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Shooting has begun on Crusader action film, with a cast that includes Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor.
EXCLUSIVE: In the run-up to AFM Bleiberg Entertainment has acquired international rights to the drama starring Jerry Ferrara from Entourage and Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr.
Carnaby to launch sales on PTSD soldier drama at AFM.
Mike Tyson has the AFM in his sights and will attend a buyer screening of the documentary after The Works International picked up sales rights.
After a hard day’s work at the recent market in Santa Monica, movers and shakers let their hair down
Director Bert Marcus and subject Mike Tyson tell Jeremy Kay about how their boxing documentary, Champs, transcends the world of sports.
As international sales companies arrive in Santa Monica, Screen correspondents profile a selection of key titles, at various stages of production, available in the market.
As A-list projects become more difficult to package, talent heads to TV and the Netflix effect remains uncertain, can AFM offer a silver lining, asks Jeremy Kay.
A host of films from Hong Kong are lining up at AFM, including Pang Ho Cheung’s return home, Soi Cheang’s sci-fi action thriller and Tsui Hark’s hotly tipped 3D spy movie. Sarah Cooper reports
Some of South Korea’s hottest films are being sold at this year’s AFM, from Im Kwon-taek’s 102nd film to the Detective K sequel. Jean Noh reports.
The year’s hottest Taiwanese films are being sold here at AFM. Sarah Cooper profiles a selection of the key titles, at all stages of production.
Creative England and The Agency kicked off a week of Los Angeles activities with a reception at the British Consul General’s Residence on Monday evening.
Corin Hardy, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow and director of The Hallow, tells Ian Sandwell about bringing a special intensity to his feature.
Ehud Bleiberg looks back on his 30-year career, telling Jeremy Kay about his AFM slate and how he is adapting to new distribution models.