Daniel Emmerson Joins Michael Fassbender’s Production Company
Producer Daniel Emmerson has joined Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan’s London-based production outfit DMC Film. The company is in postproduction on Slow West, the feature debut of director John Maclean, who won the 2012 BAFTA for Best Short Film for Pitch Black Heist. Fassbender stars in Slow West, which is backed by Film4 in co-production with See Saw Films. Other DMC projects include Assassin’s Creed with Ubisoft and New Regency, and due to start shooting in 2015, as well as the BBC Films backed Garagistas written by James Graham. Emmerson brings with him a slate of projects and relationships with emerging talent including Fagin’s Kitchen, which is being co-developed with Film4 and will be directed by Kibwe Tavares and written by Daniel Kaluuya.
‘Remember’ Sells To More Than A Dozen Territories
IM Global’s specialty label Acclaim reported sales to the Christopher Plummer-starring drama Remember in numerous territories during the Cannes Film Festival. Among the international sales for the thriller, in which the darkest chapter of modern history collides with a contemporary mission of revenge, were Canada (Entertainment One), France (ARP), Italy (Wild Bunch), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Latin America (Sun), Japan (Asmik Ace), Spain (Wild Bunch), Greece (Spentzos), Indonesia (Cinemaxx), South Africa (Videovision), Israel (United King), Korea (Joy n Contents), Malaysia (Golden Screen), Middle East (Selim Ramia & Co), Taiwan (Catchplay), and the former Yugoslavian territories (Pa Dora). The film is produced by Robert Lantos and Ari Lantos; Mark Musselman and Anant Singh are the executive producers.
‘Welcome To New York’ Passes 100,000 Downloads
Unofficially screened in Cannes and simultaneously released on VOD in France, Wild Bunch’s Welcome To New York has been downloaded 100,000 times since its debut. Abel Ferrara‘s movie is inspired by the summer 2011 sex scandal surrounding former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and stars Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset. Due to increasingly contested regulations in France, movies can’t go out on VOD until several months after their theatrical release, so Wild Bunch made a guinea pig out of Welcome To New York and bypassed theatrical distribution. The company now is touting its success, noting that Asterix & Obélix: In Britain 3D (which the company also handled) sold 3.9M tickets at the box office but was downloaded just 88,000 times in its first week on VOD.
Unifrance, Galaxy Theatres Team To Create French Film Festival USA
Cinema export body Unifrance is teaming with multiplex chain Galaxy Theatres to create the French Film Festival USA. Each quarter, the new initiative will bring six previously unreleased titles to the U.S. for theatrical distribution and subsequent VOD release. Starting on June 2, the first titles will be available in 10 cities: Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Diego, Fairfax, VA, Gig Harbor, WA, and Bloomington, MN. About 20 additional cities will be added at the end of the month with the potential to expand further throughout the summer. The first movies are Agnès Jaoui’s Under The Rainbow, David Moreau’s It Boy, Samuel Collardey’s Little Lion, Marion Laine’s A Monkey On My Shoulder, Laurent Tuel’s Grande Boucle and Chrstian Duguay’s Jappeloup. The latter is a horse-jumping drama that stars Guillaume Canet and was a big success in France at release; surprising no U.S. specialty distributor ever picked up that one. Here’s a trailer for the FFF USA:
Morten Aass Tapped As President and CEO Of Nice Entertainment Group
Stockholm-based media giant Modern Times Group has appointed Morten Aass as President and CEO of Nice Entertainment Group. Aass was CEO of Nice when it was acquired by MTG in September. His appointment comes as Patrick Svensk, Chairman and CEO of Nice and EVP of Content at MTG, is leaving the companies. In March, Nice became the parent brand for all of MTG’s content creation, production and distribution businesses. Operating in 16 countries, the group includes Strix Television, DRG, Titan, Baluba, Nice Drama, Paprika Latino, Novemberfilm, Redaktörerna, Monster, One Big Happy Family, Playroom, Rakett, Moskito, Production House, Grillifilms and Gong. Before it was acquired by MTG, Nice was the largest independent group of production companies in the Nordic region and the No. 1 producer in Finland and Norway. The company makes drama and reality series with a portfolio that includes Hidden Tracks, Babes On The Bus, The Grill Masters, Dinner Disasters and Celebrity Babysitter. MTG is a publicly traded company whose holdings also include Viasat Broadcasting and a portion of CTC Media, Russia’s leading independent broadcaster.
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