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Hyde Park Closes At Cannes on Elmore Leonard Project & ‘Midnight Sun’

Hyde Park International closed deals at the Cannes Film Festival on Midnight Sun and the Untitled Elmore Leonard Project starring Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid.

Ashok Amritraj’s company sold the Italian rights to Midnight Sun to Medusa. The Canadian rights to Midnight Sun were purchased by Alliance, Pa-dora purchased the Eastern Europe rights and Lumix picked up the South Korean rights.  The Aniston/Quaid film, based on Elmore Leonard’s The Switch was sold to Arum in Spain. Top Film took the Russian territories rights to the crime flick while Italia bought multiple territories, all of Eastern Europe with Pa-Dora, and Latin America was picked up by Swen.

Hyde Park sold the film Adult World, starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts, to multiple territories. The company also sold Sunlight Jr., with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, to multiple territories. Hyde Park International announced today that in addition to individual movies in individual territories, the company closed sales on all of their titles in Portugal, the Middle East, Turkey, Latin America and South Asia.

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Legendary Ups Jon Jashni To President

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Legendary Entertainment chairman and CEO Thomas Tull has promoted Jon Jashni to president, a new post. Jashni, a veteran executive and producer who joined Tull six years ago, will continue to function as chief creative officer and has been a big part of Legendary’s evolution from a co-financier of Warner Bros films to an enterprise that is generating its own films that are released by Warner Bros. Legendary’s rise has been fueled by being partner in such films as The Hangover, Clash of the Titans, the Chris Nolan Batman trilogy and Inception, as well as the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel. Tull’s company is generating its own tent pole films, including the Guillermo del Toro-directed alien-invasion film Pacific Rim that stars Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, and a reboot of Godzilla. Jashni is a producer on those films as well as the Alex Proyas-directed Paradise Lost that will star Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker, and the Sergey Bodrov-directed The Seventh Son, which stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. Read More »

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Hyde Park Exec Patrick Aiello Exits

By | Wednesday June 15, 2011 @ 7:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

Patrick Aiello, longtime exec veep of creative affairs and production for Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, is leaving after eight years.  A Hyde Park spokesman said his contract wasn’t renewed. Aiello joined in 2003 in a producing deal that transitioned into the creative post. Aiello’s credits at Hyde Park include Street Fighter, The Other End of the Line, Asylum and The Double. Hyde Park has three films in post production through its $250 million joint venture with Imagenation–Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Lost Christmas and The Double–and Hyde Park/Imagenation is finalizing a large deal with a Chinese media company through its Sinagpore offices.

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A Little Pre-Cannes ‘Double’ Dealing As Image Acquires Richard Gere Thriller

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: A pre-Cannes domestic distribution deal was closed last night by Image Entertainment for The Double, the Hyde Park/Imagenation thriller that marked the directing debut of Michael Brandt. Brand wrote the script with Derek Haas, his writing partner on such films as Wanted and 3:10 To Yuma. The film was expected to be auctioned during the Cannes Film Festival, but WME Global’s Graham Taylor and Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj snuck the picture for domestic distributors Friday night. They went with Image, the recapitalized distributor that is emerging as a player in the revived independent film sector. The deal was over $2 million minimum guarantee and a P&A commitment for an October rollout. Haas produced it with Amritraj, Patrick Aiello and Andrew Deane.

Image released the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back and the Hilary Swank-starrer The Resident. The Double stars Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Martin Sheen. A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to figure out who killed a senator. The clues indicate that he might have been a victim of a Soviet assassin. Amritraj will screen the film in Cannes. Already, Tele Munchen has bought Germany, Aurum has bought Spain and D’Al Angelo has acquired Italian rights. Brandt and Haas are repped by WME, Industry and attorney Adam Kaller.

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