Oscilloscope To Attend Cannes Despite Death Of Co-Founder Adam Yauch

Oscilloscope Pictures will be buying at the Cannes Film Festival this year despite the death today of company founder Adam Yauch. Dan Berger and David Laub, who just a day ago were promoted to jointly oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions for the indie film company, will attend this month’s festival, Deadline has learned. Debra Fisher, who runs digital and TV sales for the company, also is headed to Cannes. Oscilloscope president David Fenkel, who co-founded the indie distributor with Yauch, will not attend because of a family matter. The plan Thursday to elevate Berger and Laub called for Fenkel to segue into a consulting role at the company. That will remain the case, though after Yauch’s passing he will be more heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the New York-based company than previously thought. Oscilloscope has been self-sufficient for more than three years.

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R.I.P. Adam Yauch

By | Friday May 4, 2012 @ 10:43am PDT

Adam Yauch DeadAdam Yauch, the Beastie Boys singer who went on to found indie film company Oscilloscope Laboratories, has died of cancer. He was 47. Yauch, who went by the stage name MCA, has been in treatment for the disease since 2009. He did not join bandmates Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz at the Beastie Boys’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month due to his condition. Yesterday, Oscilloscope announced that president and co-founder David Fenkel was stepping aside and moving to a consulting role at the company that he and Yauch founded in 2008. As part of the transition, Dan Berger and David Laub were promoted; the two worked with Fenkel at ThinkFilm, where they first collaborated with Yauch on distributing his Beasties documentary Awesome I Fuckin Shot That! in 2006. (UPDATE: Deadline has learned that Fenkel will now be more involved than expected after Yauch’s passing.) Read More »

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CANNES: Oscilloscope Acquires ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

Mike Fleming

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American distribution rights to We Need to Talk About Kevin, the Lynne Ramsay-directed pic that was a competition film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Oscilloscope will release the film in the winter, with an … Read More »

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TORONTO: Oscilloscope For ‘Meek’s Cutoff’

Mike Fleming

I’ve been so busy breaking Toronto deals that I didn’t note right away an Oscilloscope press release: it has acquired North American distribution rights to Kelly Reichardt’s Western drama Meek’s Cutoff. Adam Yauch previously distributed Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy in 2008. Pic premiered during Toronto and will be released next … Read More »

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Oscilloscope Acquires James Franco’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Documentary

By | Wednesday September 8, 2010 @ 9:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

James Franco continues to blaze the most unusual career path, though unlike Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre hip hop foray, Franco’s eclectic moves seem to be leading somewhere. Oscilloscope Laboratories has just acquired Saturday Night, Franco’s feature docu directorial debut that follows … Read More »

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Oscilloscope Acquires ‘Monogamy’

By | Monday August 16, 2010 @ 9:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope Laboratories has closed a U.S. rights deal for Monogamy, the narrative film directing debut of Dana Adam Shapiro which stars Chris Messina (Julie & Julia), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Meital Dohan (Weeds). Shapiro, best … Read More »

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MPAA Upholds ‘R’ Rating On Holocaust Doc

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When filmmakers appeal ratings and try to measure themselves against ratings given other films, the MPAA generally refuses to engage in those comparisons. So the MPAA ratings board today shot down an appeal by Oscilloscope Laboratories to rescind the “R” rating given the Holocaust documentary A Film Unfinished. It was upheld in a just-concluded appeals hearing by a 12-3 vote. Oscilloscope, the indie distribution company founded by Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch, acquired the film at Sundance. He expressed outrage earlier this week when told that the film got an R rating for “disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity.” Oscilloscope’s appeal today included an impassioned argument by director Yael Hersonski to judge the nudity in the film from a historical and educational standpoint. Read More »

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