Paramount Stakes Graham King GK Films To 3-Year First Look
EXCLUSIVE: As Paramount Pictures chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos bolsters his film ranks, he has staked Graham King and his GK Films to a three year first look deal to make movies for the studio. King will move his company onto the Paramount lot right away. The studio confirmed the deal to Deadline. Even though they’ve yet to collaborate on a movie, King and Gianopulos have had a close relationship for years, going back to King’s origins in distribution.
Said King: "Jim is… Read
Shocker! Stuart Ford Forced Out As IM Global CEO
EXCLUSIVE, updated with statement from Stuart lawyer: While Tang Media Partners today added Open Road to its company portfolio, there is major exit news involving its other major entertainment media property, IM Global. CEO Stuart Ford, face of the sales and distribution company for the last 10 years, was forced out of the company late last Friday in what is described to me as an acrimonious exit. The dispute had to do with disagreements between Ford and IM Global’s board… Read
Skydance Extends Paramount Deal Four Years: Jim Cameron & Tim Miller ‘Terminator’ On Boards
Despite vehement denials late last year that Skydance’s long relationship with Paramount Pictures would be extended, the company announced that it has in fact reupped its producing and co-financing relationship with the studio for another four years. This gives Paramount much needed cash to try and launch tent pole films and franchises, something it sorely needs. Pictures on the docket include Mission: Impossible, the Joseph Kosinski-Tom Cruise collaboration Top Gun, and… Read
Broad Green Shuts Production; 15 Layoffs, 50 Projects In Turnaround As Founders Regroup
EXCLUSIVE: Slumping distributor-producer-financier Broad Green Pictures this morning will shutter its production division, a move that will mean layoffs of about 15 of Broad Green’s 75 employees, along with the exit of most of about 50 development projects being kicked back to filmmakers to be set up elsewhere. CEO Gabriel Hammond confirmed this to Deadline, but despite rumors to the contrary, stressed that he and his brother, Broad Green Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hamm… Read
Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate
UPDATED with full slate so far: Living up to its stature as the premier international awards-season launch pad, The Toronto Film Festival today unveiled the first part of its slate that is strong, adventurous and chock-full of depictions of adversity and human struggle. TIFF chief Cameron Bailey said the festival is tighter this year, with fewer films than in the past. But they seem to have secured many of the films most often mentioned as Oscar bait. The fest runs… Read
Tory Metzger Named Production President Of Levantine Films
EXCLUSIVE: Tory Metzger has been named President of Production of Levantine Films, the New York-based producer/financier behind Hidden Figures and Beasts of No Nation. Metzger leaves Lava Bear, where she was president of the production concern formed by David Linde with backing from Reliance. She took the helm when Linde left for Participant. While Lava Bear produced Best Picture nominee Arrival, exec produced the David Michod-directed The Rover and Naomi Watts-starrer Shu… Read
Scythia Films & Stellar Citizens Launch Fund To Coin Pics; ‘The Eden Express’ Up First
EXCLUSIVE: Scythia Films and Stellar Citizens have launched a development fund designed to back five to seven film/TV projects within the next year. The first project will be an adaptation of the Mark Vonnegut book The Eden Express: A Memoir Of Insanity. The author, son of Kurt Vonnegut, chronicled his experience in the 1970s building a commune in search of paradise, only to be undermined by his battles with bipolar disorder. Helped by his father and friends, Vonnegut… Read
Joel Zadak Makes Partner At Principato-Young Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Joel Zadak has been promoted to Partner at Principato-Young Entertainment, joining Peter Principato, Paul Young, Brian Dobbins, Allen Fischer and David Gardner in the brain trust of the management/production company. Those partners surprised Zadak during a company-wide pilot season celebration at the racetrack at Santa Anita Park, flashing Zadak’s promotion on the Jumbotron.
Zadak has been a manager-producer there over a decade, managing clients that include Get… Read
Bart & Fleming: As Daniel Day-Lewis Exits, Who Wears Greatest Living Actor Crown?
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
FLEMING: Daniel Day-Lewis' retirement announcement begs the question: who takes over as Greatest Living Actor? If you had asked me who held that title two weeks ago, it would have been a tossup between DDL and Denzel Washington, and those guys will have one last chance to decide it… Read
Jennifer Lopez Boards STX’s ‘Second Act’ With Director Peter Segal
Jennifer Lopez, who is is working on the third season of her hit NBC series Shades of Blue, has come aboard to star in and produce the romantic comedy Second Act, which Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Anger Management) is directing for STXfilms. In the vein of Working Girl and Lopez’s 2002 starrer Maid in Manhattan, the film is about a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as… Read
WME Signs John Malkovich
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed John Malkovich, the two-time Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning actor, writer, producer and director. Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 films, even one that was named after him — Being John Malkovich.
He is just as industrious on the stage, directing and starring in London, New York and Chicago stage productions. He most recently received the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director for the Zach Helm play The Good Canary in… Read
Karen Lunder Hired As Senior Film Exec At Imagine
EXCLUSIVE: Imagine Entertainment has hired Karen Lunder to be a senior motion picture executive. The hire was made by Imagine president Erica Huggins. Lunder will immediately oversee The Spy Who Dumped Me, the comedy that stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon and Outlander‘s Sam Heughan. Huggins said Lunder “has extensive film making experience and brings a keen eye for material to our team to develop and produce films that are both groundbreaking and commercial."
Lunder leaves… Read