He used to co-head ICM’s motion picture lit department until 2008 when Nicole Clemens was put in sole charge. The agency is working to “transition” his clients Len Wiseman, Stephen Moyer, Steven Seagal and Ben Barnes, which means ICM is hoping to keep all of them even though he’ll be gone. Word is Nick Reed will try to become a producer.
Beverly Hills, CA — Two hundred seventy-four feature films are eligible for the Academy Award® for Best Picture of 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.
To be eligible for 82nd Academy Awards® consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.
Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.
Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category.
The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre.
After only a year to the month at Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media, Scott Lambert and the company have gone their separate ways. Insiders tell me he was escorted out of the offices, and this cryptic email was sent around by Relativity: “Please be advised that Scott Lambert is no longer working with Relativity. Please do not share any company information with him going forward.” So there’s not even any pretense that this was an amicable exit. Lambert, the former William Morris agent, joined Relativity in December 2008 in the dual posts of president of the business group and executive VP of production.
Here are some talking points for this weekend’s holiday parties. Jason Scoggins, a partner at the literary management and production company Protocol, has compiled what he readily admits is a “terribly unscientific” but which I find very interesting compilation of the 2009 feature film spec script market based on information culled from public and non-public sources. The numbers do not include pitch sales or the film rights to underlying material. He found that:
• 436 spec scripts came out in 2009, of which 72 sold (17%).
• 373 specs went out wide in 2009, of which 19 sold (5%). Of those 19, only 3 sold after April 30th, out of 178 attempts during the period (1.7%).
• As for spec sals by genre, comedies led with 32% of sales, thrillers 29%, action adventures 21%, while dramas and sci-fi/fantasies tied with 10%.
• Universal and Warner Bros bought the most specs among the major buyers (6 each). But Warner Bros bought only 1 spec script in the second half of the year. Paramount & Sony tied with 5 each not counting ony’s Screen Gems which bought another 3. DreamWorks had 4. 20th Century Fox had 3, but adding all its three banners, Fox bought 6 specs. Lionsgate purchased 3. New Line didn’t buy any specs in 2009.
• Relativity and Intrepid bought the most specs among the other buyers (3 each).
• In the spec market scrum among agencies, CAA made 14 spec script sales out of
It comes from the cartoonists at http://gigundoindustries.com:
I’m told that Carol Kravitz, the production coordinator of the cable TV show Breaking Bad, just launched a holiday giving campaign on the Production Coordinators’ 411 Google group. Working members of her Local 871 made contributions to pay the minimum IA dues of those other members experiencing difficult financial times. Already, Kravitz’s campaign has raised over $3,000 in 2 days from both Local 871 members and others to cover the $54.35 dues of over 50 members.
‘Twas the night Hwood closes, and all through the land
Not an agent was rolling, with some soon to be tanned;
Bosses’ phone calls were ignored by assts without care,
In hopes that their contact soon would turn rare;
The actors were nestled all snug in their beds,
As visions of callbacks danced in their heads;
And Ari in his Prada suit, and I in my GAP,
Had just settled in town for a long winter’s nap,
When out on tracking boards there arose such a clatter,
I sprang off of Nikki to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Careful not to stare at celebs like touristy trash.
The moon on the breasts of reality stars did glow
Gave proof of Sunset nightlife going on below,
When, what to my glazed over eyes should appear,
But a party in Westwood, with plenty of beer,
So bring a designated driver, lively and quick,
Who can take you home should you get sick.
More excited than Speidi with the prospect of fame,
These partiers whistled, shouted,
And to this party they came; “Down, Highland! and, Santa Monica!
Now, Wilshire and Glendon!
Past The W! on Weyburn! Past Denny’s, on Tiverton!
To the front of the guard porch! Just say you’re a guest!
Of Apartment —-! With parking you’ll be blessed!”
Unlike heaves that before wild stomaches do fly,
You’ll meet with no obstacle, if you simply reply,
Up the stairs to the house-top you’ll find,
An apartment with vodka for you to unwind.
The hiring of Gersh’s high profile but also high strung theater department head and partner John Buzzetti followed today’s 9AM-to-1PM WME board meeting where it was also announced that Dave Wirtschafter was relinquishing his co-CEO title. The agent will oversee WME’s theatre department and is expected to bring most of his client list, including those who’ve won the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, the Kesserling Prize, and Outer Critics Circle Award. “With a stellar track record for developing young artists, and representation of groundbreaking musicals such as Avenue Q, In the Heights, and Next to Normal, John is responsible for some of today’s most celebrated talent. There is no one better to carry on WME’s commitment to the theatre than John,” stated the WME Board.
“I am incredibly excited to be a part of the legacy and tradition of WME’s theatre department,” said Buzzetti. I am proud to join this new and dynamic company, and look forward to our future success.”
Buzzetti represents clients such as Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother), David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), John Weidman (Contact), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change), Lin- Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), Warren Leight (Side Man), Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter), …
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned her new title will be “Senior Adviser To The CEO”. “It’s a position where she steps back from the day to day and will be more focused on the future issues of the company,” a CBS insider just told me. I understand there will be an official announcement about this later today.
UPDATE: Here’s the CBS news release, as promised…
CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves announced today that Nancy Tellem, President of the Network Television Entertainment Group, will transition to a new role with the Company beginning January 2010.
As Senior Advisor to the CEO, Tellem will step back from the day-to-day operations and dedicate her efforts to exploring business and strategic opportunities – both domestic and global – involving content partnerships, new production models, developing technologies and emerging media. In addition to her new responsibilities, she will also continue to oversee CBS’s interest in The CW Television Network, which is a 50/50 joint venture with Warner Bros. Entertainment.
“This is a new role in a fast-changing landscape for a very gifted executive,” said Moonves. “Nancy has been my friend, colleague and trusted advisor for more than 20 years. She has been instrumental in the growth and success of CBS’s television business, helping to lead our network entertainment and television
UPDATE: That’s as of this morning, according to the big online movie ticketseller Fandango. MovieTickets.com says Avatar currently accounts for 70% of all its ticket sales this week and is reporting 350 sold out Avatar performances. Both services say between 68%-78% ticket buyers are male. And that 75%-89% of all Avatar ticket sales are for 3-D or IMAX 3-D screenings.
Fandango also just surveyed more than 2,000 Avatar ticket-buyers and found:
* 76% consider themselves fans of James Cameron
* 45% say that “James Cameron’s return as a director” was the main draw
* 72% say the positive advance reviews have increased their interest in the movie
* 70% say they do not care about the film’s budget
* 72% had seen STAR TREK in theaters
* 62% had seen TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN in theaters
* 48% had seen TERMINATOR SALVATION in theaters
* 15% are ages 18-24
* 37% are ages 25-34
* 33% are ages 35-49
Los Angeles, California (Dec. 17, 2009) – Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2009 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles. The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on January 23rd. Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during the TNT.TV and TBS.COM live pre-show webcasts. Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected solely by actors’ peers. Two randomly selected panels – one for television and one for film-each comprised of 2,100 Guild members from across the United States, chose this year’s Actor and stunt ensemble honors nominees. Awards ballots will be mailed on December 29th. The entire active membership of the Guild across the country, numbering approximately 100,000 actors, will vote on all categories. Ballots must be received by noon on January 21st.
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
JEFF BRIDGES / Bad Blake – “CRAZY HEART” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
GEORGE CLOONEY / Ryan Bingham – “UP IN THE AIR” (Paramount Pictures)
COLIN FIRTH / George Falconer – “A SINGLE MAN” (The Weinstein Company)
MORGAN FREEMAN / Nelson Mandela – “INVICTUS” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JEREMY RENNER / Staff Sgt. William James – “THE HURT LOCKER” (Summit Entertainment)
Outstanding Performance …
Media Analyst Rich Greenfield Ups News Corp Stock From ‘Sell’ To ‘Neutral’ Because ‘Avatar’ “Won’t Be Disaster Profit-Wise”
He’s also raising his 2010 EPS forecast because of James Cameron’s movie coming out at midnight tonight. I know what you’re thinking: the fortunes of a Big Media corporation don’t rise or fall based on a single movie. Because Wall Street understands that filmed entertainment has become just a small part of a major media company’s overall portfolio of businesses. What’s more, since stocks are typically priced on multiples of the expected value of discounted cash flows, for a film to have an impact, it would have to generate wildly more profit or loss than investors expected. And yet the well known Pali Capital media analyst Rich Greenfield explains his action:
3D filmmaking has existed for a long-time, with animation increasingly utilizing the medium over the past several years. However, the “chicken and the egg” issue (quality/quantity of 3D movie content with sufficient 3D screens to exhibit on) has been permanently put to bed in our mind, having seen Avatar last night. We can gripe about the unnecessary length of the film and a typical Hollywood ending, but the honest truth is that nobody in the world has ever seen a movie like Avatar.
– Fox’s potential to generate a profit on Avatar remains unclear given its cost and whether a film so closely associated with 3D filmmaking will translate into (2D-only) DVD/Blu ray sales during 2010. That being said, we do not
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the following email is going out to WME staff from Dave Wirtschafter this week today:
I want to let all of you know that moving forward I have decided to remove the Co-CEO portion of my title. I will continue on as a Board member, Partner, and most importantly, agent.
It was my intention to accept the position to help us through the merger, and now eight months later, I am proud to say we are well on the way to realizing the potential we saw for the two combined entities. My decision is reflective of both my belief in the leadership of Ari and Patrick and our collective vision for the future.
This decision allows me to focus on what I truly love to do, creating and maximizing opportunities for our clients whose interests and ambitions cross the many divisions of this incredible company.
I am available if you have any questions.
It’s for representation in Hollywood. The Wall Street Journal is leaving behind its longtime reps at CAA. I’m told UTA will sell film and television rights to published articles across all sections of the Wall Street Journal, which recently regained its position as the largest circulation U.S. newspaper under new owner Rupert Murdoch. But, wait, doesn’t he own a film studio and a TV network and cable stations? And aren’t his Big Media companies already a major buyer that can do any project and hire any talent? And yet Murdoch’s newspaper thinks it needs an agent. Hilarious!
Hulu and Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment, creator of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, today announced the creation of If I Can Dream, a weekly show that will launch exclusively on Hulu and www.ificandream.com. “The partnership between the two companies will be the first of its kind, democratizing access to a television-quality program to audiences around the world, exclusively via the internet. If I Can Dream is the first in a generation of new post-reality entertainment shows that will document the authentic Hollywood story of five journeys to stardom, revealing every moment of triumph and struggle along the way.” It launches in America in early 2010.
Beverly Hills, CA — Sixty-three songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today:
“All Is Love” from “Where the Wild Things Are”
“Almost Over You” from “My One and Only”
“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“AyAyAyAy” from “The Maid”
“Back to Tennessee” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“Being Bad” from “Duplicity”
“Blanco” from “Fast & Furious”
“Brothers in Arms” from “Brothers at War”
“Butterfly Fly Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“Cinema Italiano” from “Nine”
“Colorblind” from “Invictus”
“Depression Era” from “That Evening Sun”
“Don’t Walk Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“Dove of Peace” from “Bruno”
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Fly Farm Blues” from “It Might Get Loud”
“Forget Me” from “I Love You, Beth Cooper”
“God Bless Us Everyone” from “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
“Here” from “Shrink”
“Hideaway” from “Where the Wild Things Are”
“Hoedown Throwdown” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”
“I Bring What I Love” from “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love”
“I See You” from “Avatar”
“(I Want to) Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine”
“If You’re Wondering” from “The Lightkeepers”
“Impossible Fantasy” from “Adventures of Power”
“Innocent Child” from “Skin”
“Invictus 9,000 Days” from “Invictus”
“Legendary” from “Tyson”
“Let Freedom Reign” from “Skin”
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36”
“Ma Belle Evangeline” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“My One and Only” from “My One and Only”
“Na Na” from “Couples Retreat”
“Never Knew I Needed” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“New Divide” from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“New Jersey Nights” from “Adventures of Power”
“New York Is Where