LD Entertainment Adapting Julia Walton’s Book ‘Words On Bathroom Walls’; Thor Freudenthal To Direct
EXCLUSIVE: LD Entertainment is mounting a film adaptation of Julia Walton's debut novel Words On Bathroom Walls, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters helmer Thor Freudenthal attached to direct from a screenplay by Nick Naveda.
The story centers around Adam as he tries to navigate high school life while living with paranoid schizophrenia and battling wild hallucinations. His distracting visions take turns acting as supportive friends one moment and… Read
David Rubin Named President, Physical Production At Global Road Entertainment
Global Road Entertainment (GRE) has just named David Rubin as President of Physical Production reporting to Lynn Harris, President of Worldwide Production. Rubin will oversee all physical production elements of the Company's greenlit film projects through completion.
Rubin joins GRE from CBS Films where he served as Executive VP of Physical Production since 2008 helping to launch the division and oversaw movie productions including Last Vegas, The Duff, Seven Psychopaths… Read
Ex-IM Global Founder Stuart Ford Launches New Content Creator AGC Studios
EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Ford, the IM Global founder and CEO who exited acrimoniously last August, has launched a new company with major capital behind him. AGC Studios – short for Accelerated Global Content — is an indie film and television production and licensing company. The venture will be backed initially by three strategic investors: Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners; Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Symantec CEO and Fibonacci Films… Read
‘Get Out’ Actress Erika Alexander Unwraps Color Farm Media Company
EXCLUSIVE: Erika Alexander, most recently seen in the Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated film Get Out, has partnered with former Google exec Ben Arnon to launch Color Farm, a multi-platform content company. The newly minted banner aims to feature a lineup of film, television and digital projects from diverse creators.
The company’s inaugural slate includes an untitled horror/thriller film, written by Alexander, at Lionsgate Entertainment. In addition, it has teamed with… Read
Adaptive Studios Raises $16.5 Million From AMC Networks, Atwater Capital
Multi-faceted production outfit Adaptive Studios, known for projects like the revived Project Greenlight on HBO and Netflix’s original movie Coin Heist, has raised $16.5 in Series B funding led by minority investors AMC Networks and Atwater Capital.
The company, which was founded in 2013 by Perrin Chiles, TJ Barrack and Marc Joubert, said it will use the influx of funds to continue developing across traditional and digital platforms. Adaptive has pursued a novel strategy… Read
Swen Group Launches Production Division Swen Studios
EXCLUSIVE: The Swen Group, the company behind the upcoming live-action Anastasia re-telling, and which recently sold its first production, O Matador (The Killer) to Netflix, has unwrapped its newly minted productino banner, Swen Studios. In this new venture, Swen seeks to increase its film and television slate in the English, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish language markets.
Currently, the studio is in post on Purge of Kingdom, a Game of Thrones parody co-produced with… Read
‘Den Of Thieves’ Gets Sequel With Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Filmmakers Reuniting; STXFilms Distributing Worldwide
EXCLUSIVE: They are thick as thieves and coming together for yet another heist: Gerard Butler, Tucker Tooley, Mark Canton, Alan Siegel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and director Christian Gudegast with O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (who is in negotiations) have pacted to return for a sequel to the heist thriller Den of Thieves. The project, which will be distributed by STX worldwide and financed by Diamond Film Productions, is being written by Gudegast from an original idea.
Den of Thie… Read
Miramax Makes First Overall Deal: Kevin Williamson To Create Genre Films
EXCLUSIVE: Miramax has signed filmmaker Kevin Williamson to a new first-look pact to develop elevated genre film content. He will set up offices at the studio. It is the first overall deal made since Miramax was relaunched as a production concern under Bill Block’s leadership.
Another lifetime ago, Williamson had some of his breakthrough moments at the old Miramax’s genre label Dimension, where he created the Scream franchise. He established an iconic genre voice as a… Read
LD Entertainment Nabs Black List Script ‘The Sleepover’ By Sarah Rothschild
EXCLUSIVE: LD Entertainment has acquired the film rights to Sarah Rothschild's family adventure script, The Sleepover, which featured on the 2017 Black List. The story follows a brother and sister who realize that there may be way more to their stay-at-home mom than meets the eye when a team of highly skilled thieves break into their home and kidnap their parents.
LD will shoulder the cost of production, which the company is eyeing to begin early next year. Mickey… Read
Sophia Dilley To Lead Concord Music’s Film & Television Production Arm
EXCLUSIVE: Concord Music has named industry vet Sophia Dilley as Vice President of its newly formed film and television production department, where she will spearhead all longform audiovisual content produced by both Concord and third-party companies.
"There are so many incredible stories to be found among Concord's artists, labels and in our library,” said Concord CEO Scott Pascucci, to whom Dilley will report. “As we take a more active role in developing film and… Read
Linda Carlson Dies: Creative Exec Behind Oscar-Nominated ‘Icarus’ Documentary
Linda Carlson, a creative executive whose work ranged from the title sequences for Game of Thrones to Oscar-winning Netflix documentaries and television, has died. She passed away Jan. 27 of natural causes, according to ICM Partners. No age was given.
Carlson was the co-founder and creative visionary of Rock Paper Scissors, a52, Jax, and Elastic during her long career. Along with her husband and partner, Angus Wall, Carlson created a modern version of the classic… Read
‘Majority’ Production Company Launches For Women Directors To Thrive In Both Indie Film And Commercial Production
Senain Kheshgi (The Diplomat) and advertising industry veteran Jonathon Ker are launching a Los Angeles-based production company to create opportunities for women directors in both the commercial production industry (where only 10% of directors are female) and for independent production. The new company, Majority, will provide a platform for both established and ascending women directors in commercial, music video, and branded spaces “while developing their voices as… Read