XYZ Films Spotlights Undiscovered International Talent — Deadline Disruptors
It’s been less than 10 years since plucky entrepreneurs and UCLA grads Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian co-founded XYZ Films at the ripe old age of 25, and since then, the three have built the integrated production and sales outfit into one of the premier destinations for undiscovered international talent. Based in Los Angeles, XYZ has demonstrated the gumption to look beyond its home turf in search of new voices, never shying away from local-language product… Read
GLAAD: Major Films Snub LGBTQ Characters Again
GLAAD's annual report card is out, and three of the major film studios – Disney, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate – have been given failing grades for their underrepresentation of LGBTQ characters in the films they released last year.
Universal, with five of its 17 films featuring LGBTQ characters, was the only studio to be rated "Insufficient" – the highest mark given out this year. No studios were rated "Good" this time, and none ever has received an "Excellent"… Read
Women Lead The Charge Toward A Gender Balance Not Seen In The History Of Entertainment — Deadline Disruptors
Last year, all it took was a hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to re-energize an important conversation. Twelve months later, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins made history by becoming the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, Picture and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. And, as everyone knows, his film went on to take the Best Picture Oscar—literally—from the hands of the favorites, the makers of La La Land. Meanwhile, a similar conversation about… Read
Female Directors Gaining Ground At Major Film Festivals – Study
Women directed only one-fourth of the feature films and one-third of the documentaries that screened at the nation's major film festivals in 2016-17, according to the latest report from Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
You wouldn’t know it from the report, but that's actually the good news for women directors. A report Lauzen released in January found that women directed only… Read
‘Difficult People’ Stars On Pilot’s USA Origins & Working With Hulu — AwardsLine Screening Series
“People forget, but we originally made this pilot for USA. Hulu didn't even really exist, certainly in the way it does now, as a network doing original programming, when Julie first wrote this script,” Billy Eichner said last night at an AwardsLine Screening Series presentation of Hulu’s original comedy Difficult People. “All due respect to USA, it's impossible to think of this show on USA.”
Starring series creator Julie Klausner and Eichner, who play fictionalized… Read
Studios Snubbed WGA’s Contract Proposal To Boost Women & Minority Writers
EXCLUSIVE: The WGA made no major gains in its new film and TV contract regarding diversity, which the guild has been pushing for years. "There was a proposal related to diversity on the table," an industry source said, "but the guild did not get it."
The union did, however, receive additional funding for its training program for episodic TV writers, which is geared toward improving the lot of women and minority writers. Under the new deal, CBS, ABC and NBC will now be… Read
‘Keep The Change’ Director Rachel Israel On Telling A Universal Love Story Within A Very Specific World — Tribeca Studio
At the Tribeca Film Festival, and at film festivals in general, there is never a real shortage of New York-set stories, or New York romances—and while Rachel Israel's feature debut Keep the Change falls in both of those categories, it's unlike any other romantic comedy you'll see this year.
Based on Israel's acclaimed 2013 short film of the same name—from Israel's time as a Columbia MFA student—the feature "set up here, in Upper West Side Manhattan) tells the story of a… Read
New York Mayor’s Office Unveils Script Contest Winners
The New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Brooklyn College's Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema today announced that Patty Carey-Perazzo's Half-Life and Robin Rose Singer's Adult Behavior were chosen from more than 300 submitted scripts for development into pilots that will air on NYC Media. The city's broadcast network has a reach of 18 million households. One of the two winning pilots will be selected for the creation of four additional episodes… Read
‘Radio Dreams’ Trailer – Babak Jalali’s Head-Banging Tribute To San Francisco’s PARS-FM
Here’s an exclusive look at Radio Dreams, the newest feature from Iranian-British director Babak Jalali (Frontier Blues), in theaters in May. Film centers on the real, if semi-functioning world of PARS-FM, a Farsi-language San Francisco radio station. Over the course of a single day, program manager Hamid – a brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer, played by folk singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo, prepares for a live broadcast that will pair Metallica with Kabul Dreams… Read
Colin Callender’s Playground Options Rory O’Neill’s ‘Panti: Woman In The Making’
Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment is developing a scripted comedy drama based on Irish drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill’s memoir, Panti: Woman In The Making. Playground optioned the book that follows O’Neill’s life and work, performing under the stage name Panti Bliss. O’Neill will star as Panti in the planned series that is set in and around Panti Bar, the Dublin nightclub opened in 2007.
A self-described "accidental activist," Panti played a… Read
Jennifer Smith Named BFI Diversity Head; CMC Divests Imax China Stake – Global Briefs
Jennifer Smith has been appointed to the newly created post of Head of Diversity at the BFI. She will be responsible for leading diversity and inclusion across all BFI activities as part of the BFI2022 five-year strategy. This includes continuing the work of the BFI's Diversity Standards which have been adopted by Film4 and BAFTA, as well as building and implementing new partnerships and programs. She will also work closely with colleagues in government and across the… Read
Dave Chappelle Speaks On “Trump Era” Politics & Policing At Ohio Village Meeting
Comedian Dave Chappelle is a familiar presence in the small rural Ohio village where he’s long made his home, but even his neighbors might have been surprised when he showed up at a town meeting Monday, taking his turn at the public podium to urge the village council to show the “Trump-era” world that local politics can take a leading role in improved policing.
“Huge gaffe on New Year’s Eve,” Chappelle said, getting a few chuckles by stretching out that “huge.” Dressed in… Read