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Millennium takes US rights to Writers as TIFF deals flow

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Boone’s family drama stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly and Lily Collins and premiered in Toronto over the weekend. Millennium Entertainment brokered the low seven-figure domestic deal with CAA on the day when deals also closed for The Reluctant Fundamentalist, No Place On Earth, How To Make Money Selling Drugs, Casting By and White Elephant.

Judy Cairo produced Writers, an Informant Media, MICA Entertainment and The Solution Entertainment Group production. Michael A Simpson, Eric Brenner, Patrick Dugan, Jeff Rice, Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel, Dale A Johnson, Julie B May, Glenn P Murray and Mike Ilitch Jr served as executive producers. The Solution Entertainment Group holds international rights.

Earlier in the day IFC confirmed it had acquired North American rights from Hal Sadoff on behalf of financier Doha Film Institute and Bart Walker of Cinetic Media to The Reluctant Fundamentalist directed by Mira Nair. Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, and Riz Ahmed star.

  • Magnolia Pictures took US theatrical rights to No Place On Earth from US TV rights holder History Films and will release in 2013. Janet Tobias’ documentary chronicles the Jewish family that took refuse in cave for two years to evade Nazi capture. Rafael Marmor produced with Tobias, Paul Laikin, Nadav Schirman, Susan Barnett and Zita Kisgergely. Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine negotiated with Magnolia’s svp of acquisitions Dori Begley.

Tribeca Film acquired US rights to Bert Marcus Productions’ How To Make Money Selling Drugs. Matthew Cooke directed the film and Tribeca director of acquisitions Nick Savva brokered the deal with ICM Partners and Lawrence Kopeikin on behalf of the filmmakers.

  • Strand Releasing took US rights to Pablo Trapero’s White Elephant from Wild Bunch. The crime drug set in the slums of Buenos Aires stars Ricardo Darin and Jeremie Renier and received its North American premiere in Toronto on Thursday. Wild Bunch’s Carole Baraton and Strand’s Marcus Hu negotiated the deal.

HBO Documentary Films acquired US TV rights to Tom Donahue’s Casting By in a deal brokered with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of producers Genmaicha, CreativeChaos vmg and Our8s.

  • Grindhouse Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment acquired North American rights to Soi Cheang’s street racing thriller Motorway following its premiere in Toronto on Wednesday night (12). Johnnie To produced and John Chong and Song Dai served as executive producers on the Media Asia Films and Sil-Metropole presentation of a Milkyway Image Production.

In a non-Toronto acquisition, Wrekin Hill has taken US rights to Kat Coiro’s While We Were Here, which premiered at Tribeca earlier in the year. Kate Bosworth, Jamie Blackley and Iddo Goldberg star in romantic drama. Lauren Bratman produced while Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Douglas of 1821 Pictures served as executive producer. Wrekin Hill president and CEO Chris Ball and Rene Cogan negotiated with WME Global. Arclight Films handles international sales.

IFC Films has also acquired Eron Sheean’s thriller Errors Of The Human Body starring Karoline Herfurth, Tomas Lemarquis, Rik Mayall and Michael Eklund. Rio Film Festival. Darryn Welch and Cole Payne produced and IFC Films brokered the deal with XYZ Films.

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