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‘Dynasty’: Netflix To Distribute The CW Reboot Internationally Via Deal With CBS Studios Int’l

In a pretty unique deal for a broadcast series, Netflix has acquired global rights to the CW’s upcoming reboot of Dynasty for all international territories outside of the U.S. I hear Netflix became involved early in the process, expressing interest in distributing the show based on its iconic title, which has global appeal, and A-list auspices in Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Dynasty is produced by CBS TV Studios. The deal for the show between CB… Read


Jeffrey Katzenberg On WndrCo’s New TV Model: “I’ve Found A Brand New Everest” – Cannes Lions

In Cannes to talk up his latest venture, WndrCo, Jeffrey Katzenberg says he's found "a brand new Everest." The company is getting into what he's so far terming "New TV" destined for mobile devices in the form of shows with full story arcs, but limited to 6-10 minutes per episode. The target demo is the coveted 18-34 range and the plan involves incentives along the way for every stakeholder, including creatives. It will be built with a significant advertising component… Read


Lionsgate Titles 8th ‘Saw’ Film; Shows Off ‘Soldado’, ‘Entebbe’ & More – CineEurope

Jigsaw Movie

UPDATE with more detail from CineEurope presentation: Lionsgate’s eighth film in the company's Saw franchise ($873M worldwide box office) will be titled Jigsaw. The studio’s co-president Erik Feig announced the news at CineEurope in Barcelona before unveiling a trailer for the newest installment of the horror series. Fans of the Saw films will know Jigsaw is the nickname of John Kramer, the serial killer at the center of the franchise who lays out death traps for victims… Read


Fox Trots Out Jackman, Firth & More; Touts Tentpoles & Fest Titles – CineEurope

Introducing a jam-packed event that lasted 3+ hours, 20th Century Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider made her first appearance for the studio tonight at CineEurope. Snider told European exhibitors that "filmmakers come first" for Fox as she brought out President of International Theatrical Distribution Andrew Cripps (in his first Fox show here) and President of International Marketing, Kieran Breen. They led the presentation and were joined by such talent as Kingsman… Read


‘#Millennials’ Creators Casey Geraghty & Julia Valentine Larson On Their Path To A Network-Supported Short-Form Series

If you don’t see an obvious window of opportunity to break into entertainment, make one for yourselves. This was the ethos of #millennials co-creators and co-stars Casey Geraghty and Julia Valentine Larson, who made five short episodes of the series on a lark before AT&T Audience Network picked up their short-form project. “We were making [shorts] on our own, just for fun, to make our friends laugh,” Geraghty recalls. “We had no intention of making anything more than the… Read


Condé Nast Entertainment To Release Doc ‘House of Z’ As Paid Content On

Filmmakers listen up: Can’t find distributor after a film festival? Look for your target demo and cut a deal with a publisher to show it on one of their magazine’s websites. The feature documentary House of Z which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is being distributed by Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) which acquired the first window rights to Sandy Chronopoulos' doc. Featuring Zac Posen, and produced by Jana Edelbaum and Rachel Cohen of iDeal Partners, the film… Read


Comedy Dynamics Finds ‘(Romance) In The Digital Age’; Music Box Will Play ‘Vazante’

Comedy Dynamics has picked up (Romance) In The Digital Age, a music-focused feature from writer-director Jason Michael Brescia. The story follows a former emo musician who invites his ex-bandmates to his Christmas-themed wedding. When they sing a karaoke version of their biggest hit at the rehearsal dinner, the impromptu performance spawns a viral video that opens a door to the past. Lauren "Lolo" Prichard, Chris Warren Jr, Brian Myers and Lauren Adams star in the film… Read


A24 Hits The Festivals & The Oscars With Diverse Slate And Savvy Digital Marketing Strategy — Deadline Disruptors

A24, the company founded in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel and John Hodges, has been hitting the motherlode—for indie companies, anyway—with smart film choices and even smarter ways of bringing them to marketplace, particularly in their increasingly innovative—and, yes, disruptive—use of digital marketing. It not only has been working at the box office, but also at the Academy Awards, where the company defied expectations and watched their first in-house production… Read


Annapurna To Jump Start France, Italy, Japan Output Deals With ‘Detroit’ – Cannes

Detroit John Boyega

Expanding its international distribution network, Annapurna has inked new output deals with Longride, Mars Distribution, and Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group in select territories. The multi-year partnerships will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit which releases domestically on August 4. Longride and Mars will handle the Japanese and French markets, respectively. Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group are teaming for Italy. Each of the new pacts will cover… Read


Broad Green To Release ‘The Good Catholic’ In Select Theaters

Broad Green Pictures is releasing the first feature film from three year-old Indiana-based production company Pigasus Pictures with The Good Catholic. The romantic comedy will bow on September 8 in select theaters at the same time it his VOD. The Good Catholic, from writer/director Paul Shoulberg's follows a priest who suffers a crisis of faith when he falls for a young woman and is inspired on a true story — that of Shoulberg’s own family. His father, Donald (who has… Read


China As Holy Grail & Headache: How It’s Influencing Hollywood Strategy – Deadline Disruptors

China's breakneck box-office growth may have ground to a sputter in 2016, but one need only look at the recent success of The Fate Of The Furious for proof there is still gas in the market. Last month, F8 crossed 2.43 billion RMB to become the No. 1 import ever in the market. As of Sunday, it has climbed to 2.662 billion RMB ($386.7 million). That performance reflects what has become a source of excitement and consternation for Hollywood. In the five years since it paved… Read


Annapurna Continues To Grow With eOne Multi-Year Distribution Deal

Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One just entered into a multi-year distribution deal which will launch on August 4 with Kathryn Bigelow's race-riot crime drama Detroit. The film is also the first under Annapurna's new marketing and distribution divisions. Continuing Annapurna's increasing global presence, the eOne partnership covers all media for all Annapurna film titles in five major territories: Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United… Read