Mongrel To Handle ‘The Fixer’; Seville Picks Up ‘Hana’s Suitcase’ – Cannes
Mongrel International has boarded sales, excluding Canada and the U.S., on Tribeca title The Fixer. The deal was brokered by CAA, which has North America. The drama will make its market debut in Cannes next week. Directed by Ian Olds, who co-wrote with Paul Felten, it stars Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, and newcomer Dominic Rains. Rains scooped the Best Actor prize at Tribeca last month. Inspired by Olds’ documentary about an Afghani guide… Read
Wayne Crawford Dies; Actor, Writer & Producer Co-Scripted ‘Valley Girl’
Wayne Crawford, an actor, writer, director and producer whose credits co-scripting the 1983 comedy Valley Girl and creating the FX documentary series Okavango: The Wild Frontier, died Saturday at his home in Winston-Salem, NC. He was 69.
A native of Geneva, NY, Crawford began acting off-Broadway and in touring stage productions. While working in Florida, he met Andy Lane, and they began a long partnership that resulted in numerous indie pics including Trial by Terror… Read
TV Upfronts 2016 Schedule: NBC, ESPN & Fox Consolidate Events; CBS At The Plaza
The upfronts are no longer a weeklong dog-and-pony show — over the past decade they have expanded into a three-month dog-and-pony show featuring almost 100 presentations by traditional and new-media networks. The broadcast upfront, traditionally the marquee culmination event, had seen few changes in an evolving media landscape, but there are several coming this year.
There is a consolidation trend — NBC’s presentation, which kicks off the week on Monday morning, will now f… Read
‘Jungle Book’ King Again, Reigns On Newcomer Parade: ‘Keanu’, ‘Mother’s Day’ & ‘Ratchet & Clank’ – Monday Final
7th UPDATE, Monday, 1:44 PM: Without holdover The Jungle Book maintaining its dominance in theaters this weekend, the box office would have been in much sorrier shape than the the 53% drop compared to last year. That will all change on Thursday and through the weekend when another Disney movie comes into play: Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War which will set turnstiles spinning. The only question is how high it will go as it is tracking at around $190M going into the… Read
Lionsgate Partners With Execs At Film Initiative Targeting Global Local Markets
Lionsgate sees a profit opportunity in films targeted to specific international markets, and hopes to tap it with a new partnership: Globalgate Entertainment.
The initiative teams the studio with executives Paul Presburger, William Pfeiffer and Clifford Werber. They’ve already created a consortium with overseas producers, distributors and co-financing partners including Belga (Benelux), Gaumont (France), Kadokawa (Japan), Lotte (Korea), Nordisk Film (Scandinavia)… Read
Sumner Redstone Will Testify In Health Care Trial After All
After weeks of will he? or won't he? legal wrangling and posturing, it was decided today that Sumner Redstone will give testimony in the looming trial over who controls his health care and ultimately perhaps who pulls the strings on the approximately $40 billion in corporate assets. “As the only concern of this case is Redstone’s welfare, his appearance is of the utmost significance,” said Judge David Cowan in a tentative ruling Monday.
However, the testimony by the… Read
Harriet Tubman Feature Film In Works From Macro And New Balloon
EXCLUSIVE: First the abolitionist leader Harriet Ross Tubman pushed the controversial President (and Native American foe) Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill to become the first African American on U.S. currency, and now she’s getting her own feature film. It seems quite appropriate that Charles D. King, who was the first and only African American to rise from the mailroom to partner in the 118-year history of WME, is one of the producers leading the charge on the new film… Read
CBS Corp Taps Catrice Monson As SVP Diversity & Inclusion
CBS Corp has a new SVP Diversity and Inclusion: Catrice Monson, who has been with CBS Labor Relations group since 2000. Based in Los Angeles, She will work to expand and enhance diversity initiatives for CBS Corp. and its business units.
Monson will spearhead West Coast-based components of the company’s multicultural and women's employee resource groups and oversee the West Coast-based CBS Corporation Diversity Council’s activities and outreach.
She most recently was SVP… Read
White House Comes To Larry Wilmore’s Rescue Over Correspondents’ Dinner Speech Controversy
President Barack Obama "appreciated the spirit of Mr. Wilmore's expressions" used at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and insisted that “any reading of his comments makes clear he was not using the president as the butt of a joke,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted today at his press briefing.
Wilmore has been under fire, in some quarters, for the way in which he wound up his speech at the annual Nerd Prom. The Comedy Central late-night star… Read
Arts Endowment, Key Brand’s Miles Wilkin Set To Get Special Tony Awards
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Key Brand Entertainment chief operating officer and executive vice-president Miles Wilkin will receive the 2016 Special Tony Awards, the group’s administration committee announced today.
Conceived during the Kennedy Administration and signed into being by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 29, 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency that partners with state arts agencies, other federal agencies and private… Read
Spiderworx Media Launches; $50M Film Fund From Daniel Adams & Mike Flanders Sets First Project
Writer-director Daniel Adams and music producer Mike Flanders have teamed to launch Spiderworx Media, a $50M fund to produce movies during the next several years. The venture’s first project will be An L.A. Minute, a satire written by Adams and National Lampoon alum Larry “Ratso” Sloman.
Flanders, former head of A&R of Arctic/BMG Australia and now a Nashville-based music producer, said he raised the capital for the new company through his previous investors in the music… Read
‘Captain America: Civil War’ Grabs $200.4M In Debut; ‘Jungle Book’ A Beast, And With ‘Zootopia’ Disney Has $1.24B From Three Titles – Int’l Box Office Final
UPDATE, Writethru, Monday, 11:34 AM: Disney’s final grosses on its three dominating pictures in the marketplace just arrived. All studios have reported now and only global cumes to come. Let’s look first at Disney’s Big Three, which together have an international cume of $1.24B so far and climbing.
Before taking the fight to the U.S. on May 6, Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War began its offshore campaign this frame in 37 territories. With an estimated $200.4M… Read