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Brett Ratner Backing ‘Flamingo Kid’ Remake At Disney

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 3:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Walt Disney Pictures has set up a remake of the 1984 film The Flamingo Kid, and it will be produced by Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment and Michael Phillips’ Lighthouse Productions. Nzingha Stewart, who has directed videos by Jay-Z and 50 Cent and whose film credits include For Colored Girls, has been set to write the script. Ratner, Phillips and Juliana Maio will produce; Rat Entertainment’s John Cheng is exec producer.

Directed by Garry Marshall, the original is one I remember fondly, with Matt Dillon playing a high school grad who gets a job at the Flamingo Club and finds himself mentored by the club’s owner. He soon disdains his own blue collar origins for the beach club where the rich and privileged come to play, but it all comes at a high price and the kid smartens up.

Heard of Ratner, but I haven’t heard Phillips’ name that much since he produced Taxi Driver, The Sting and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind with his late ex-wife, Julia Phillips. Well, he produced the original The Flamingo Kid. Stewart is repped by WME and manager Neda Niroumand.

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HBO Now Targeting Fox News’ Roger Ailes With TV Movie Produced By MSNBC Rivals

By | Wednesday July 4, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT

UPDATE: HBO Not Proceeding With Fox News’ Roger Ailes TV Movie Produced By MSNBC Rivals: “CNN Affiliation” Cited As The Reason

Roger Ailes HBOEXCLUSIVE: HBO appears obsessed by GOP Conservatives. There have been movies about the 2000 Bush vs Gore election standoff and Sarah Palin and most recently a TV series featuring George W Bush’s severed head. Now HBO has done a secret deal for an Untitled Roger Ailes Project. It’s based on the upcoming manuscript by media writer Gabriel Sherman who has written two cover stories for New York magazine on Ailes and Fox News, including his mammoth article “The Elephant In The Green Room” which came out a little more than a year ago and prompted complaints from the Fox News CEO. Last year, Sherman signed a book contract with Random House tentatively titled “The Loudest Voice in the Room: An Inside Account of the Rise of Fox News”. I’ve also learned that executive producing this latest HBO project are two of Ailes’ competitors: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of MSNBC‘s Morning Joe. NYC-based Hotchkiss and Associates made the HBO deal for the film rights to Sherman’s book on behalf of the Ross Yoon Agency. Scarborough’s and Brzezinski’s producing deal was negotiated by WME Entertainment, the Hollywood agency run by Ari Emanuel who is a Democratic activist (and the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama White House chief of staff).

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Industry Applauds Beijing Treaty On International Actors’ Rights

Ending over 12 years of negotiations, an international treaty protecting actors’ rights was signed today in Beijing. The treaty is backed by UN agency WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, which includes 185 member states. Now known as the Beijing Treaty, it’s designed to extend economic and moral protection for film and TV performers around the world. Such Hollywood stars as Meryl Streep and Javier Bardem have been big proponents of its implementation. Dominick Luquer, general secretary of the Federation of International Actors said today, “This Treaty will give performers critical rights that will help them control the legitimate exploitation of their work and benefit financially from the new digital reality.”

SAG-AFTRA co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon jointly welcomed the news: “Actors and other audiovisual performers have long needed the crucial protections of this treaty, and now we can finally have them. With new rights to proper compensation for the use of our work and control over the use of our images and likenesses, actors will have important tools to protect themselves around the world. This rising tide can lift the boats of all actors worldwide.” Read More »

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Discovery Agrees to Buy Web Video Provider Revision3

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 11:46am PDT

Not a surprise, but interesting nonetheless. The acquisition beefs up Discovery‘s online presence; this is the biggest digital deal the non-fiction video power has made since 2007, when it paid about $250M for The companies don’t say how much Discovery paid for Revision3, although I hear it’s around $30M. Here’s the announcement:

(Silver Spring, Md.) – Discovery Communications announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire San Francisco-based digital video provider Revision3. Leveraging Revision3’s vast experience in creating engaging online video content in a cost-effective manner, the transaction helps fuel Discovery’s strategy of being the number one nonfiction media company on all screens.

“Discovery’s mission to ignite viewers’ curiosity and its history of pioneering new platforms – from cable to HD to 3D – make it the logical leader in this explosive new wave of digital video growth,” said JB Perrette, Chief Digital Officer, Discovery Communications, who made today’s announcement. “With Revision3’s industry-leading management team and roster of great talent, we look forward to cultivating more original content and fresh personalities that resonate with passionate communities online and across all platforms, while enhancing our innovative marketing solutions for advertising partners.”

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