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2021 Sundance Market Preview: Can Live Links Replace Park City Theater Showings And Ramp Up Bidding Battles?
What kind of market will a pandemic-slimmed virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival bring? There are half as many films as last year, with lower than usual star wattage. The two most titles most often mentioned that could spark eight-figure deals are Passing — the Rebecca Hall-directed adaptation of the Nella Larsen…
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International Documentary Association Names Kevin Iwashina President; James Costa And Lauren Lexton Elected As Co-VPs
The International Documentary Association announced today that Kevin Iwashina has been appointed as President of the Board of Directors. He steps in for Marjan Safinia whose term ends this year. The IDA also announced that filmmaker and philanthropist James Costa and producer and Authentic Entertainment CEO Lauren…
Preferred Content CEO Kevin Iwashina Joins Endeavor Content As Agent
EXCLUSIVE: Preferred Content founder and CEO Kevin Iwashina has joined Endeavor Content, the division formerly known as WME Global led by co-presidents Graham Taylor and Chris Rice. Iwashina will wind down his company and join Endeavor Content as an agent focusing on non-fiction content. He will work alongside the…
CAPE Unveils Inaugural Leadership Fellows
EXCLUSIVE: The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), a non-profit aimed at increasing diversity, has commenced its first annual CAPE Leaders Fellowship, which seeks to equip the next generation of creative executives and talent representatives with the skills and professional network to break into the…
Specialty Box Office: 'The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye,' 'Friends With Kids,' 'Good For Nothing,' 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,' 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen'
This weekend’s specialty releases includes Friends With Kids, which will open in over 300 locations on one end and doc Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, slated for two initial runs in New York before heading slowly out in other cities on the other. Fresh from its string of Berlin acquisitions, Adopt Films will open The Ballad Of G…
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Toronto: WWE Studios Acquires Midnight Madness Thriller 'The Day'
EXCLUSIVE: In a deal that just kisses seven-figures, WWE Studios has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Day, the Douglas Aarniokoski-directed post apocalyptic thriller that played last night in the Midnight Madness program. WWE Studios is a surprise combatant in the film acquisitions ring, but newly named WWE…
Toronto: Content Film Acquires Foreign Rights To 'The Day'
Content Film announced today that it has landed foreign sales rights to Doug Aarniokoski’s action thriller The Day ahead of its world premiere screening in the Midnight Madness section of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which stars Shawn Ashmore, Ashely Bell, Michael Eklund, Cory Hardrict…
VOD Obsession Grows With Deal To Exploit Kino Lorber Film Library
Preferred Ventures and Might Entertainment have acquired the ancillary rights to the Kino Lorber film library. The fund will exploit the rights of more than 700 past titles plus 36 more titles over the next three years on cable VOD, IPTV, satellite and broadband outlets that will include iTunes, Xbox and PlayStation…
Cannes: Sundance Title 'Little Birds' Lands With Millennium Entertainment
Little Birds, the Elgin James-directed drama about two restless teenage girls who leave their dying Salton Sea hometown to take a dangerous road trip to Los Angeles with three street kids, has been acquired for North American distribution by Millennium Entertainment. The film stars Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Kate…
SXSW: Anchor Bay Makes 7-Figure Deal For 'The Divide'
EXCLUSIVE:They saved the best for last on the final movie day of the South By Southwest Festival. In the biggest deal of SXSW this year and possibly ever for the Austin fest, Anchor Bay paid low seven figures for U.S. rights to the Xavier Gens-directed genre thriller The Divide. Multiple territories are still in play…
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