‘American Hustle’ Cashes In With $200M Worldwide

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 11:56am PST

american hustleDavid O. Russell‘s American Hustle just crossed the $200M for Sony Pictures and Annapurna today. The film which has received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and all four acting categories has a … Read More »

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Marc Butan Departing Panorama For Sierra/Affinity As Megan Ellison’s Foreign Arm Focuses On Sales

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 3:48pm PST

SierraAffinityEXCLUSIVE: Marc Butan, who runs Megan Ellison’s foreign sales division Panorama Media,  is leaving to join sales-finance-production outfit Sierra/Affinity as co-president. He will share the president role with Sierra/Affinity’s Marc Schaberg who will be co-president and COO. Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer and Butan worked … Read More »

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‘Terminator’ TV Series In Works In Conjunction With Film Reboot; Zack Stentz & Ashley Miller To Write And Exec Produce

Nellie Andreeva

Terminator TV SeriesSkydance Prods. and Annapurna Pictures, the companies behind the upcoming Terminator film trilogy, are expanding the franchise to television with a TV series to be done in conjunction with the first rebooted Terminator film slated for … Read More »

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Sony And Annapurna Team On R-Rated Toon ‘Sausage Party’ From Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 9:54am PDT

Sony and Annapurna Pictures are co-financing and producing Sausage Party, an R-rated animated film written by Seth RogenRead More »

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Annapurna & Color Force Pick Up Film Rights To ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 11:47am PST

Annapurna Pictures and Color Force have acquired the feature film rights to Maria Semple‘s best-selling novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette about the disappearance of a once-famous Los Angeles architect-turned recluse. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Read More »

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Megan Ellison Enlists Brother David For ‘Terminator’ Reboot

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Nearly 18 months after Megan Ellison pledged over $20 million for the rights to finish The Terminator‘s humanity vs the Skynet cyborgs storyline with a new series of films, she has finally closed the complicated rights deal with Pacificorp. Other than the fact no progress has been made all this time on a script, the surprise here is Ellison has enlisted her brother, David Ellison, to be her financial and creative partner. There is still no studio attached, but future Terminator films will be done as a co-production between her Annapurna Pictures and his Skydance Productions. The Ellisons will produce, while Dana Goldberg, Paul Schwake and Ted Schipper will be exec producers.

Even though Pacificorp spent $29.5 million several years ago to win the rights after Halcyon turned them over to bankruptcy court, insiders tell me that the big numbers in place 18 months ago have been adjusted downward. That is because of the uncomfortable specter of a ticking clock that has continued to wind down as no forward progress was being made. New copyright laws allow for North American rights to The Terminator to revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019 (that happens after 35 years, and The Terminator was 1984). While that law hasn’t been tested in the courts, no major film company would want to move forward on a project with a potentially catastrophic rights crisis looming. So the original pricey deal — made with the expectations there would be three films — was scaled down because the reality is they might only get to make two installments. Four films have been made so far, the first two directed by Cameron, another by Jonathan Mostow and the last, 2009′s Terminator Salvation, helmed by McG. Read More »

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Team Comes Together For ‘Sympathy For Lady Vengeance’ Redo: Charlize Theron To Star, William Monahan To Write

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 12:15pm PST

BREAKING: Charlize Theron‘s Denver & Delilah Films, CJ Entertainment, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures are joining to produce an adaptation by William Monahan of Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, the last in Park’s revenge trilogy. … Read More »

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Toronto: Annapurna Buys Harmony Korine’s ‘Spring Breakers’

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES (September 4, 2012) – Annapurna Pictures announced today that they have purchased the U.S distribution rights to Harmony Korine’s new film, SPRING BREAKERS, the American college pop-culture and music-fueled story following the adventure of four young girls

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Annapurna And Color Force Win ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette’

By | Tuesday August 28, 2012 @ 10:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: UPDATED: In a pre-holiday bidding battle, Annapurna Pictures has paid $200,000 vs. $500,000 (escalating to $1 million depending on the budget) for Where’d You Go Bernadette, a new serio-comic novel … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Lands Offshore Rights To Spike Jonze, David O Russell Pics

Mike Fleming

David O Russell American BullshitSpike Jonze Sony MovieEXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has made a deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for international rights on two untitled film projects that will be directed by Spike Jonze and David O Russell, respectively. As she often does with auteur fare, Ellison stepped up to fully fund both films, as she did with the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed The Master, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Read More »

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Megan Ellison To Back New Shingle Panorama Media, Launching At Cannes

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 9:28am PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA – April 26, 2012 – Annapurna Pictures, Megan Ellison’s nascent production company, has agreed to back Panorama Media, a new production, financing, and international sales entity based in Los Angeles. Panorama will be run by company President Marc Butan and its Head of International Sales Kimberly

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