Combine baseball and Sony — and Japan is interested. So the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival announced that Moneyball starring Brad Pitt has been selected as the official closing film. The film tells the true story of Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. The 24th fest will be held October 22-30 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo. Moneyball is directed by Bennett Miller. The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, from a story by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis. The film is produced by Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Scott Rudin. Sony initially pulled the plug on this pic with Steven Soderbergh directingafter he changed the original script.
Disney, Hasbro, Viacom, Haim Saban, and Entertainment One are expected to be among the bidders when debt-ridden childrens entertainment firm Chorion sells off its assets. Included will be rights to Noddy, Mr. Men, Paddington Bear, the estate of writer Raymond Chandler, and the Agatha Christie franchise. Private equity firm 3i owns a majority stake in Chorion but the three biggest lenders — Bank of Ireland, GE Capital and Lloyds — have pushed for the business to be broken up and sold after recent attempts to renegotiate its debt failed. “There is no rush, no time pressure,” an insider today told The Guardian.
LA-based Hasbro Studios announced the appointment of content sales veteran Nina Scales as senior sales director for Hasbro Studios’ international distribution division based in the company’s London office. She will report to Finn Arnesen, Hasbro Studios’ SVP of international distribution and development. Scales will focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa and distribute Hasbro Studios’ programming slate, including a slate of new programming set to debut at MIPCOM in October, including Blythe Loves the Littlest Pet Shop, Boggle, Game of Life, Clue, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters and Rescue Bots. With more than 10 years experience in content sales, Scales joins Hasbro Studios from the international distribution arm of Sunset+Vine.