Captain Phillips producer Michael De Luca has been named president of production at Columbia Pictures, formalising a successful union spanning a number of years.
Actress Sheridan Smith, producer Pippa Harris, and director Penny Woolcock are among the honorees at the 23rd annual Sky Women in Film and TV awards in London.
Performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis has revealed he plans to shoot his directorial debut, an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in the second half of 2014.
Sydney-based Anupam Sharma has been appointed head of film for the Australia India Film Fund (AIFF) and expects to be able to name the first film to be financed by the new fund by the end of February.
Festivals and Awards
DIFF has added a new section, Iraqi Legacy: Children of the Future, which will screen six short films from Iraq’s new generation of filmmakers.
DreamWorks Animation producer Jane Hartwell and senior VFX supervisor Markus Manninen explained how new production processes are empowering the vision of the director, in a session on ‘The Future of Animation’ at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (CIS) in Dubai yesterday.
Technological changes are challenging traditional funding models but also opening up new ways to make, finance and distribute features, said Hollywood veterans at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (CIS) in Dubai yesterday.
Latest box office news
UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel to The Hunger Games and Thor 2 have both reached $600m at the worldwide box office.
Chinese filmmaker Ning Hao’s long-delayed road movie No Man’s Land has grossed $3.2m (RMB19.5m) on its opening day in China (Dec 3).
Walden Media has announced a restructure as it emerged that David Weil, current CEO of parent company Anschutz Film Group (AFG), will leave the company at the end of the year.