Sony Pictures Television Acquires Wattpad Story ‘Death Is My BFF’
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to Katarina E. Tonks's story series Death Is My BFF, which bowed via Wattpad, the Toronto-based storytelling app that combines crowdsourced content and other material.
Paul Shapiro, who brought the project to Sony, will executive produce under his All In Media banner, along with Wattpad’s Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman.
Tonks's Death Is My BFF series of stories have more than 92 million reads to date on… Read
Cassian Elwes Launches Crowdfunding Venture Movie Collective With Indie Filmmaker Marcus Markou
Indie film producer Cassian Elwes has launched Movie Collective, a new crowdfunding film venture which invites fans to invests in a slate of upcoming film projects via equity on social platform Crowdcube.com. The joint venture is being done with another indie filmmaker, Marcus Markou.
“The exciting part of this is to try to find alternative financing for film,” Elwes told Deadline. “It’s really difficult right now to get financing for anything other than superhero films… Read
From Broadway With Love Benefit Concert Planned For Parkland Victims Fund
Matthew Morrison, Rachel Bloom, Wayne Brady and cast members of Hamilton, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Band’s Visit will be among the Broadway and TV performers in a one-night-only Florida benefit concert for victims and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Some of the songs have been written by MSD students in collaboration with pro composers.
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA, announced today, is set for Monday, April… Read
Blockchain Email Banned By Mailchimp Service, Denting Fundraising
In a move that further restricts entertainment and technology startup fundraising efforts, email service provider Mailchimp has declared it will no longer allow emails related to blockchain and initial coin offerings (ICO).
Mailchimp announced its policy change in an email to users, and has already begun shutting down accounts, including some from tech journalists and analysts who cover the nascent blockchain and cryptocurrency industries. The move comes on the heels of… Read
Telegram Set For Biggest Initial Coin Offering – But Skepticism Lingers
A messaging app that has drawn comparisons to Facebook’s WhatsApp has already raised $850 million in advance of its initial coin offering, and is seeking a second round of funding before launching to the public. That would make it the biggest ICO in history.
But reports are surfacing questioning Telegram’s plans, with some financiers questioning its technology claims, the lack of a revenue plan for the service, and concerns on who is using it. The venerable Forbes called… Read
Salma Hayek Raises Funds For Mexico City Earthquake Victims; J.K. Rowling, Edward James Olmos Make Pleas
Salma Hayek’s fundraising efforts for the victims of Mexico’s recent disasters were approaching the $300,000 mark today, a day after the actress-producer launched the Crowdrise project for Unicef.
“After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City,” Hayek says in a video on the Crowdrise page, “I was evacuated from my building. A lot of friends died, including an uncle that was very, very close to me. I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude and it’s… Read
Kal Penn Turns Troll’s Tweet Into $250,000 Refugee Fundraiser; “I’m Speechless”, Actor Says
Update 10:30 am Kal Penn’s fundraising page for Syrian refugees has surpassed its $250,000 goal, with $251,052 in donations by mid-Sunday morning. “I’m speechless,” Penn tweeted, noting that the amount is a hundred times more than the page’s original $25,000 goal. “How’s that for showing the world who we are?” The page, which reached the amended goal of $250,000 in less than 24 hours, remains open.
@kalpenn I'm speechless. We just hit $250,000 for refugees in less than… Read
Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Developing ‘Apocalypse Now’ Video Game, Launches Kickstarter Campaign
Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope is partnering with a team of entertainment and games industry veterans to develop a role-playing-style video game based on Apocalypse Now, Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic.
The project will be financed in part through a Kickstarter campaign, with backers offered rewards ranging from early access to the game to a surfboard used in the movie and five days at one of Coppola’s resorts.
"Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art… Read
‘In Search Of Liberty’ Wraps Production Despite Labor Walkout
EXCLUSIVE: Tea Party activist Norm Novitsky's In Search Of Liberty, a crowdfunded feature film about the U.S. Constitution that ran into labor problems earlier this year in Georgia, has completed production in South Carolina and will be heading straight to DVD early next year, according to a recent posting on the film's website.
"Principal photography is complete," the site says, "and it is going to be an outstanding movie! The next stage is post-production. We are… Read
Sprockefeller Pictures To Produce Jenna Laurenzo Coming Out Comedy ‘Lez Bomb’
Sprockefeller Pictures will produce Lez Bomb, an upcoming comedy from writer and director Jenna Laurenzo (Girl Night Stand), who will star. A family ensemble comedy, Lez Bomb is about a closeted young woman who brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving, only to have her coming out plans thwarted by the unexpected arrival of her male roommate.
Also starring are A.B. Farrelly (Treading Yesterday), Brandon Micheal Hall (Search Party), Elaine Hendrix (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll)… Read
Danny Trejo Looking For Some ‘Social Security’ Funding For New Pic With Craig Moss
Danny Trejo and his Bad Ass franchise director Craig Moss are reteaming and going the crowdfunding route for their next tie-up, the action comedy Social Security. The pair are eyeing a production start this year for the pic, which tells the story of Trejo, playing himself, who protects a retirement home from a group of menacing jewelry thieves. It had been set up briefly at 20th Century Fox, where the duo made three Bad Ass films, the latest in 2015. Now they’re looking… Read
Omar Miller Joins ‘Above Suspicion’; Rooster Teeth Kickstarts Another $1M; ‘The Last Gold’ Swims With Tugg
Omar Miller (HBO’s Ballers) is set to join Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke in Phillip Noyce's Above Suspicion, a thriller that has been adapted from the book by New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey. Miller will portray Denver Rhodes, a hard-working criminal who tips off the FBI over a sour deal. Chris Gerolmo adapted the true story of a newly married FBI poster boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky where he is drawn into an illicit affair with an… Read