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Roadside & Black Label Acquire U.S. Rights To Berlin Favorite ‘ ’71’

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 2:45pm PDT

71Yann Demange’s debut feature ’71 generated a lot of heat when it premiered in competition at last month’s Berlin Film Festival. The anti-war parable takes place in 1971 and centers on a young British soldier (Unbroken‘s Jack O’Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast. Unable to tell friend from foe and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety. Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media have partnered to take all U.S. rights on the Gregory Burke-scripted pic and plan an early 2015 release.

Robin Gutch of Warp Films and Angus Lamont of Crab Apple are producers, and the pic is backed by Film4, BFI Film Fund, Screen Yorkshire, and Creative Scotland. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales. The deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of Black Label and Howard Cohen on behalf of Roadside Attractions, with Mike Goodridge of Protagonist on behalf of the filmmakers. Here’s a clip that made the rounds during Berlin:

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Molly Smith’s Black Label Promotes Jon Schumacher; He’ll Oversee Writer’s Lab

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 8:45am PST
Mike Fleming

CAA Sundance Party Hosted By Black Label Media And UGG In Partnership With Ketel One VodkaEXCLUSIVE: High net worth individuals have become the life blood of Hollywood, and one to watch is Black Label Media’s Molly Smith. She’s the daughter of Federal Express’s Fred Smith, who backs Alcon. She also was a producer of The Blind Side, before launching the financing/producing shingle. Molly Smith hosted and backed the CAA party at the recent Sundance Film Festival, as well as an exclusive dinner to honor Julie Huntsinger and the Telluride Film Festival held in Park City. Smith has an emerging slate that includes (with Alcon) the Reese Witherspoon pic The Good Lie, Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean Marc Valle’s next pic Demolition, the Denis Villeneuve-directed Sicario, and the Barry Switzer pic Bootlegger’s Boy. She runs Black Label with Trent and Thad Luckinbill.

Black Label Media is also building its brand another way, by empowering new writer voices. The label has hatched its first iteration of a Writer’s Lab, one that will be overseen by Jon Schumacher, who was just promoted to vice president of development, with Rachel Smith and Kathryn Foster to be co-directors of the BLM Writer’s lab. They start the program with a group of young emerging new writers who will develop original feature film ideas for Black Label Media.

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