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Alcon Entertainment Promotes David Fierson To General Counsel & EVP Business Affairs

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 11:30am PST

LOS ANGELES, CA, JANUARY 31, 2013 – David Fierson has been promoted to General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs at Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment, it was announced by Alcon Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Fierson will report directly to Kosove and Johnson, as well as Company COO and CFO Scott Parish. Fierson, named Alcon’s first in-house counsel in 2006, joined the Company as Vice President of Business Affairs. Since then, he has been actively involved in many of the developments and acquisitions that have contributed to making Alcon a leading independent motion picture producer and financier. Fierson will continue to manage the Business and Legal Affairs department and work closely with Scott Edel, Alcon’s primary outside counsel at Loeb and Loeb.

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Terrence Howard Joins Illustrious Chain Gang In Alcon’s ‘Prisoners’

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 6:21am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Alcon Entertainment has added Terrence Howard to round out the impressive cast that has mobilized for Prisoners. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Paul Dano. The cast has responded to the screenplay by Contraband scribe Aaron Guzikowski, and the chance to work with Oscar-nominated Incendies director Denis Villeneuve. The story revolves around a small-town carpenter (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are abducted. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against a detective (Gyllenhaal), a hot-shot cop with confidence to burn, assigned to the case. Read More »

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Maria Bello Added To ‘Prisoners’ Cast

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 5:25pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Mario Bello has signed on to the kidnapping thriller Prisoners. The Touch actress will play Grace, the wife of Hugh Jackman’s Keller character in the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano and Viola Davis are also in the Denis Villeneuve-directed film. Prisoners follows a small town carpenter, Jackman’s Keller, who tries to find his kidnapped daughter and her best friend himself after the police can’t. Gyllenhaal is the detective assigned to the case – a cop who doesn’t like civilians getting involved in police work. Alcon Entertainment is producing Prisoners. Production on the movie is scheduled to start early next year and Warner Bros is planning a September 20, 2013 release. Bello is currently working on Paul Haggis’ The Third Person and recently wrapped up Grown-Ups 2 with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and gang for Sony. Bello is repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management.

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Johnny Depp In Talks For Wally Pfister-Helmed ‘Transcendence’

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 9:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

Johnny Depp Transcendence MovieBREAKING: Johnny Depp is negotiating to star in Transcendence, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister. The project is being put together for an early 2013 shoot by Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Alcon will release through its output deal with Warner Bros.

The screenplay, written by newcomer Jack Paglen, was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose company principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce along with David Valdes (The Book Of Eli), Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce. The plot of Transcendence is being kept under wraps.

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers and Alcon is financing. Pfister won an Oscar for his cinematography on the Nolan-directed Inception. He has done seven films with Nolan and Thomas, including The Dark Knight Rises and Memento. He was also cinematographer on Moneyball and The Italian Job. Read More »

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Tony Award-Winning Musical ‘Memphis’ Headed For Big Screen

By | Sunday October 14, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Belle Pictures and the Mark Gordon Company have set a film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis at Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment. Mark Gordon and Molly Smith will produce with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Smith has a four-year first-look deal with Alcon.

Created by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, Memphis is currently touring the United States through the summer of 2013. DiPietro will write the screen musical adaptation of the hugely popular stage show. Memphis also won an Emmy for its PBS airing of the original Broadway production.

In Memphis, a white DJ whose love of R&B music and an up-and-coming black singer sparked a dangerous affair during the rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. It won the Tony for Best Musical in 2010, along with Best Book of a Musical, Best Score and Best Orchestration.

The Mark Gordon Company’s Allyson Seeger and Gordon began acquiring the rights to “Memphis” approximately two years ago, and Seeger is executive producing the film.

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Paul Dano Joins ‘Prisoners’ Cast

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 4:04pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Paul Dano had a choice between Prisoners and the Jon Favreau-directed Jersey Boys and opted for the former, a kidnapping thriller that stars Hugh Jackman, Melissa Leo and Jake Gyllenhaal. I’m told the timing was better to do Prisoners, which Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is directing from a script by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband); production is set to get under way early next year. The story centers on a small-town carpenter (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands but runs up against a hot-shot detective (Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case. Alcon Entertainment is producing and Warner Bros plans to release next fall through its output deal with Alcon. Dano, who currently appears in Looper and just wrapped Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, is repped by WME.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Joins Hugh Jackman In ‘Prisoners’

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 6:58pm PDT

Jake Gyllenhaal Prisoners Casting Hugh JackmanAlcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove keep putting together Prisoners by adding Jake Gyllenhaal to Hugh Jackman in the kidnapping thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) and written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). Gyllenhaal plays hot-shot cop Detective Loki. Also producing are 8:38 Productions’ Kira Davis and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner. Production is scheduled to begin early next year for a fall 2013 release through Alcon’s output deal with Warner Bros.

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‘Blade Runner’ Scribe Hampton Fancher Returning For Ridley Scott-Directed Sequel

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 3:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Hampton Fancher is in talks to join director Ridley Scott in developing a new version of Blade Runner for Alcon Entertainment. Alcon is acknowledging the film is a sequel, and that it takes place some years after the first film concluded. Fancher cowrote the original Blade Runner, based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Alcon Entertainment had the rights to the 1982 science fiction classic that starred Harrison Ford, but excitement on the project really escalated once Deadline revealed last August that Scott would come back and revisit the source material as director. Scott’s next film is Prometheus, a film that started as a prequel to his classic Alien, which he and Fox consider to be an original film. That’s different from Blade Runner, which at this point is being considered a sequel, even though Alcon has gone on record that the next movie won’t focus on Ford’s character, who hunted replicants until he fell in love with one. According to Alcon, Scott and Fancher intended Blade Runner to be the first in a series of films, but that didn’t happen. Now they are taking their crack at the second installment.

Scott is producing with Alcon cofounders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Thunderbirg Films’ Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble are exec producing. Fancher is repped by APA.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Chernobyl Diaries’

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 5:34pm PDT

Chernobyl Diaries Warner BrosThe horror movie opens May 25, 2012. Diaries, a Warner Bros. release from Alcon Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, is set in Prypiat, the city that housed workers at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. A group of friends vacationing in Europe become stranded in the city — which was abandoned after the nuclear reactor there melted down – and discover they are not alone. Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Dudley and Nathan Phillips star. It was directed by Bradley Parker from a script by Carey Van Dyke and Oren Peli.

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Hugh Jackman Stars In Alcon’s ‘Prisoners’

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 2:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 15, 2012 – Hugh Jackman will topline and Denis Villeneuve (Academy Award-nominated “Incendies”) will direct the gripping thriller PRISONERS for Alcon Entertainment, it was announced by Alcon Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Written by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”), story revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case.

Kosove and Johnson are producing, along with 8:38 Productions’ Kira Davis and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner. Ed McDonnell and John Stark will executive produce.

Production is scheduled to begin in early 2013 once Jackman completes the next “Wolverine: X-Men” for Fox. Alcon is targeting a November 2013 release through their output deal with Warner Bros.

States Johnson and Kosove: “We are ecstatic that Hugh will take the lead in this exciting thriller. We can think of no better ‘Keller’ — an everyman who rises to an occasion most of us could not imagine possible. Denis’s rare directing gifts are superbly matched to this material, that is both challenging and explores complex themes in a commercially appealing narrative.”

Jackman will next be seen playing Jean Valjean in Universal Pictures’ “Les Misérables,” currently shooting in the UK for release in December. He will next go into production on Marvel Entertainment’s “The Wolverine” for Fox.

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Jeremy Irons Joins Cast Of ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 4:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES MARCH 13, 2012 — Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons is in final negotiations to join the cast of the supernatural love story “Beautiful Creatures,” based on the New York Times best selling novel of the same name – the first of a hugely popular series written by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

Irons is the most recent in a flurry of casting announcements, joining Viola Davis (Amma), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine), Emmy Rossum (Ridley), Thomas Mann (Link) and relative newcomers Jack O’Connell (Ethan) and Alice Englert (Lena).

Irons will play the role of Macon Ravenwood, Lena’s mysterious and recluse uncle.

A hauntingly intense coming of age story set in the South, “Beautiful Creatures” is about two star-crossed teenage lovers, Ethan, a local boy, and a mysterious new girl, Lena, who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town.

Erwin Stoff (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”) will produce along with Kosove and Johnson (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli,”) and Molly Smith (“Something Borrowed,” “P.S. I Love You.”) Filming begins next month in and around New Orleans.

Richard LaGravenese (“P.S. I Love You”) will direct from his adaptation.

Irons is currently starring in the FULcritically-acclaimed Showtime drama “The Borgias” whose second season premieres next month and will next be seen in the CBS Films drama “The Words,” where he stars alongside Bradley Cooper, Olivia

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Alcon Sets Helming Debut For ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Cinematographer Wally Pfister

By | Tuesday March 6, 2012 @ 6:08pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Alcon Entertainment has acquired an untitled screenplay written by newcomer Jack Paglen that will mark the feature directorial debut of Wally Pfister, the Oscar-winning cinematographer whose credits include Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Moneyball. The deal was made by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, who’ll start pre-production immediately for an early fall shoot.

The logline is being kept under wraps, but the screenplay was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Cohen and Marter will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce. Read More »

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Alcon Entertainment Starts TV Division, Taps Former Sony TV Exec Sharon Hall To Run It

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 4:35pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment is launching a TV division, Alcon Television, to develop, finance and produce original programming for broadcast and cable TV. Sony Pictures TV’s outgoing head of drama Sharon Hall has closed a deal to run the unit as president, overseeing development and production and reporting to Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. She will be based in Alcon’s Century City offices. Hall joined Sony TV in 2005 as an executive consultant to oversee the fall development slate and pilot production. She was upped to SVP Drama in early 2006 and EVP in 2009. She is exiting the studio in light of the pending arrival of Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs who will take over Sony TV’s drama department and as well as oversee the studio’s international co-productions eyed for the U.S. market.

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‘Blade Runner’ Makers At Alcon Say Harrison Ford Not In Talks To Star

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Alcon Entertainment, the producer/financier teaming with director Ridley Scott to return to the world of the 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner, is adamantly denying a web report claiming original star Harrison Ford is in early talks to return as replicant hunter Rick Deckard. Andrew Kosove, who runs Alcon with Broderick Johnson, said he and his partner couldn’t sit by as the unsubstantiated report spread like wildfire all over the world. That’s the downside of the digital world, where reports spread virally and nobody checks, particularly if it comes from a site like Twitchfilm.com, which sometimes comes up with some good scoops. Blade Runner is the rare movie whose cult status and passionate fan base is evidenced by the fact that when I broke the story about Scott returning to direct, there were so many comments that the site crashed temporarily, and I doubt I ever got more comments on any story I’ve filed here.

“It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner,” Kosove told me. “To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we’re going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not … Read More »

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Alcon Entertainment Expands Film Output: Becomes Passive Financiers In Lionsgate Film

By | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 6:14am PST

Santa Monica, CA, November 10, 2011 – LIONSGATE and Alcon Entertainment have agreed to co-finance the Lionsgate feature WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING. The two companies will be equally sharing the production and marketing costs on the film. The announcement was made jointly by Lionsgate’s Co-COO and Motion Picture Group President, Joe Drake, with Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, the Co-Founders and Co-CEO’s of Alcon Entertainment. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is scheduled for release on May 11, 2012.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING will be Alcon’s first investment outside of Warner Bros., where Alcon has a long-standing distribution relationship. Alcon’s participation as “passive financiers” of the project signifies the Company’s strategy to generate additional film output, and as such Johnson and Kosove will not take producer credits

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‘Dolphin Tale’ Producer Says About Morgan Freeman’s Anti-Tea Party Remarks: “I Do Not Believe It Affected Even One Dollar!”

Between now and the 2012 presidential election, Hollywood filmmakers will be put under even more scrutiny for every political statement they make. The latest twist is whether the movie moguls think politically outspoken actors shouldn’t be cast because 50% of the country who disagree with their views won’t turn out at the box office to see their pics. The latest case study is Morgan Freeman who on Friday went on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and denied he’d provided narration for a Tea Party-supported Republican candidate’s attack ad last November. Then the Oscar winner blasted the Tea Party, calling their aggressive ambitions “racist” for their opposition to President Barack Obama. ”Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” Freeman said. “What underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we can to get this black man outta here.’” Freeman claimed the Tea Party agenda ”just shows the weak, dark, underside of America” and added, “We’re supposed to be better than that.” The timing couldn’t have been worse for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros and their Dolphin Tale starring Freeman. Immediately, the Internet filled with media chatter that Freeman’s statements would hurt Dolphin Tale at the box office this weekend because it featured him prominently in the movie trailer and TV ads aimed at the American heartland. So this morning I asked Alcon Entertainment co-founder Andrew Kosove whether he thought the Freeman ruckus had hurt the pic this weekend. (Kosove … Read More »

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‘Point Break’ Redo For Alcon Entertainment

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 3:08pm PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA., SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 – Financing and production company Alcon Entertainment is set to remake the 1991 action-thriller POINT BREAK as a feature film for release by Warner Bros, its home studio, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. The Alcon principals secured rights to the project the week of the original film’s 20th anniversary from RGM Media, John McMurrick and Chris Taylor. Kosove and Johnson will produce along with Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Kurt Wimmer who also wrote the screenplay (“Salt,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” upcoming “Total Recall”). RGM Media principal Devesh Chetty and investor John McMurrick, Chairman o fMarloss Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producers. The film is being fast tracked, with the filmmakers set to take the project out to directors soon.

The new version is set in the world of international extreme sports, and like the original involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring, but plot points beyond that have not been revealed by the filmmakers.

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Alcon Kick-Starts Move Into Talent Management With Madhouse Deal

Alcon Entertainment has acquired a controlling stake in boutique managment firm Madhouse Entertainment. Alcon announced today that it hopes the deal will be the first in a series of moves into the talent management biz. Among Madhouse’s top clients are Dave Andron, co-exec producer on FX’s Justified, Liz Garcia and Josh Harto, who created TNT’s Memphis Beat, and screenwriter David Guggenheim, whose horror film Safe House debuts for Universal this month. Alcon’s chief executives Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will oversee the new divison, Alcon Management Enterprises. Alcon, which is backed by FedEx founder Fred Smith, was behind last year’s The Blind Side. It is currently developing a remake of Blade Runner with Ridley Scott and will next release “A Dolphin Tale.”

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TOLDJA! Ridley Scott Will Direct Follow-Up To ‘Blade Runner’ For Alcon Entertainment

Ridley Scott To Direct New Version Of Seminal Sci-Fi Film ‘Blade Runner’

LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 18, 2011—Three-time Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott is set to helm a follow up to his own ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner” for Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”).

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the renowned original.

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