Weinstein Company Sues For $10M Over Deal For Rights To ‘His House’
This has to be among the most to-the-point lawsuits you’ll ever see. In a three-page (!) filing today, the Weinstein Company is seeking $10 million in damages over a deal for global rights to a film titled His House that it says the defendants reneged on.
The complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here) claims that TWC signed a deal last week with Starchild Pictures to distribute the film worldwide. Here is pretty much everything you need to know about… Read
CBS News Radio Pacts With Skyview Networks In Distribution & Sales Deal
CBS News Radio will team with Skyview Networks in an exclusive multi-year agreement for distribution, inventory management and sales effective Jan. 1, 2018. The deal, announced today by David Rhodes, President of CBS News, arrives with the expiration of the current distribution agreement with Westwood One.
"CBS News Radio will continue to provide the best original news reporting while also delivering individual service directly to affiliates to assure that our partners… Read
Distribution/Sales Company Juno Films’ Launches From Elizabeth Sheldon; Will Release Two Films To Start
Elizabeth Sheldon, the former Chief Operations Officer of BOND/360, has launched a new film distribution and sales company called Juno Films and has acquired her first films for release.
The first is Train of Salt and Sugar from filmmaker Licinio Azevedo, which will be financially supported by Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) with a national theatrical release in early 2018. The film, which won the Independent Italian Critic's Prize at Locarno in 2016 and the Best… Read
Universal Hits $4B In Global Box Office For Second Time In Its History
Charged by the successes of The Fate Of The Furious and Illumination powerhouse Despicable Me 3, Universal Pictures has just crossed the $4 billion mark at the worldwide box office for the second time in the studio's 105-year history. Univeral reports that this is also “the fastest a studio has reached this milestone in 2017.”
The breakdown? $1.265 billion domestically and $2.791B internationally. The Fate Of The Furious, released April 14, ended up with the biggest… Read
Morrissey Biopic ‘England Is Mine’ To Be Released Theatrically By Cleopatra Ent.
EXCLUSIVE: England Is Mine, the newly retitled biopic about musician Morrissey from writer-director Mark Gill is getting a theatrical release through Cleopatra Entertainment. The film previously was titled Steven. England Is Mine will bow August 25 at the IFC Center in New York, then expand nationwide throughout the fall. The film will open first in the U.K. via eOne on August 4. Check out the trailer above.
The drama, which recently closed the Edinburgh Film Festival, is… Read
‘Chaos Walking,’ Doug Liman Film Starring Tom Holland And Daisy Ridley, Gets Release Date
Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking starring Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley just got pegged for a release on March 1, 2019 by Lionsgate. The sci-fi adventure film, based on the book from Carnegie Award-winning author Patrick Ness, is about a guy (Holland) who lives on the distant planet of New World—a new hope for humanity until struck by "The Noise," a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones' every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent… Read
‘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
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 Vogue.com
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