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‘Psychopaths’ Helmer Mickey Keating On His Altman-esque Approach To Horror — Tribeca Studio

Residents of Los Angeles, beware—there may be some Psychopaths on the lose. So it is in the Tribeca-premiering feature from writer/director and horror master Mickey Keating, who has managed to bring five features to life while still in his twenties. Following Carnage Park, starring Ashley Bell—which premiered at Sundance last year—Keating’s latest entry follows a band of serial killers out for blood in the City of Angels on one truly terrifying night. “It's a very… Read


Former Green Room Managers Form Elixir Entertainment; Crimson Forest To Merge With Hannover House

Talent Managers Don Carroll and Nick Leicht have exited The Green Room to launch Elixir Entertainment, which will center on talent management as well as producing traditional content and new media. The duo will bring with them clients from their former agency, including Jake Allyn (The Quad), Barbara Alyn Woods (One Tree Hill), Hilary Ward (Sharp Objects), director Peter Hewitt (Garfield, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), and more. Carroll previously worked in casting at… Read


‘King Arthur’s Joby Harold & Tory Tunnell Move Safehouse Banner To Warner Bros; Sci-Fi Pic Next

EXCLUSIVE: Even though King Arthur doesn't pull his sword from the stone for another month, Warner Bros. has signed a two-year production deal with Safehouse Pictures and its principals Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell. The duo hatched the pitch and got the whole thing started on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the Guy Ritchie-directed film that opens May 12, starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Djimon Honsou. Safehouse moves from a Sony deal that is ending. Warner Bros… Read


Marvel Boss Says He’d “Love To” Shoot Blockbuster Films In California, But Tax Incentives “A Big Part” Why They’re Not

With on-location film production in Los Angeles recently dropping to a five-year low, the California Film Commission might want to consider clearing a future Marvel production for a tax credit. Speaking to reporters Monday at a Marvel Studios tour, the brand’s president Kevin Feige said: “We all work here [in California]. We’d love to make movies here. We made a handful of the early movies here, we hope to make some [here].” But he said the state’s film incentives are “a… Read


Paramount Says Power “Completely Restored” – Update

PAramount lot power outage

2ND UPDATE, 5:32 PM: “Power has been completely restored on the lot,” a Paramount spokeswoman tells Deadline. She noted that the outage affected a wider part of Hollywood and not just the studio’s lot. UPDATED, 5:05 PM: Sources at Paramount Studios now are telling Deadline that power slowly is being restored on the lot. It seems that some productions are trying to salvage the remainder of the day. A scheduled screening of tonight’s episode of WGN America’s Underground at… Read


Peter Oillataguerre Upped To President, Physical Production At MGM

MGM has just upped Peter Oillataguerre to President, Physical Production. He will continue to report to Jonathan Glickman, MGM's President, Motion Picture Group and to Mark Burnett, MGM's President, Television Group & Digital. The sheer volume of product that Oillataguerre oversees is impressive. First, TV: He is responsible for all physical production, post production and visual effects at the studio with responsibility for MGM Television's Vikings, Fargo, The Handmaid's… Read


Andy Fickman’s Oops Doughnuts Promotes Whitney Engstrom & MaryKate Meath

Oops Doughnuts Productions, the company from writer-producer and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 director Andy Fickman and producing partner Betsy Sullenger, has upped Whitney Engstrom and MaryKate Meath to creative executives. Both served as assistants to Fickman and Sullenger. Oops Doughnuts, the production company behind CBS' new comedy Kevin Can Wait and Disney Channel's recently wrapped series Liv and Maddie, develops and creates entertainment through a variety of artistic… Read


The Firm Turns Up TV With Hire Of Disney Exec Corey Marsh

The Firm has hired Disney Channel and Disney XD executive Corey Marsh as EVP Television. He joins a division whose credits include USA Network’s Royal Pains, WGN America’s Salem, ABC’s Notorious, Netflix’s Haters Back Off and VH1’s Hip Hop Squares which was just renewed for a second season. Marsh will work with VP Television Priscilla Crowe and Head of Television Josh Barry and report directly to the Firm chief Jeff Kwatinetz; the two worked together at Prospect Park on Ro… Read


Former Screen Media Prez Suzanne Blech Launches New Company With Victoria Woodhull TV Project

EXCLUSIVE: Suzanne Blech, the former president of Screen Media Films, has launched movie and TV company Go Nellie Productions. For her first project, the company has acquired rights to a pair of books on suffrage movement icon Victoria Woodhull with plans to turn her story into a 10-episode drama series. Woodhull was the first woman to run for U.S. President when she was the candidate of the Equal Rights Party in 1872; Frederick Douglas was her running mate. The series… Read


Lionsgate Inks First-Look Deal With Digital Star Mamrie Hart

YouTube content creator and comedian Mamrie Hart has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate, expanding her relationship with the studio behind the 2016 film Dirty 30, which she co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in alongside Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart. Under the pact, Hart will work with Lionsgate to broaden her digital and creative career and will  team with Vincent Nastri of Bleecker Street Entertainment in producing projects. Hart, who is repped by CAA, Bleecker… Read


Funny Or Die’s Betsy Koch Joins Gary Sanchez Productions As Producer

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions has hired Emmy-nominated Betsy Koch as a producer. In her new job, Koch will focus on television and film projects with an emphasis on finding new and emerging talent. Two-time Emmy nominee Koch moves to Gary Sanchez Prods after six years at Funny Or Die where she produced videos such as Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and executive produced HBO comedy specials for Sarah Silverman, Jerrod Carmichael, and Tig… Read


Movie About Coney Island’s Real-Life Baby Saver Incubates At Nash Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Nash's Nash Entertainment and Robert Kosberg have teamed with Hacksaw Ridge exec producer James M. Vernon's MFM and Simon David Hunters' Myth Film Company to produce Dreamland, a film based on the true story of neonatal care pioneer Dr. Martin Couney. In the early 20th century, Couney opened the Baby Incubators exhibit at Coney Island’s Dreamland amusement park in New York, saving thousands of preemies who were not allowed in most hospitals at that… Read