EXCLUSIVE: A former Beatle and a former Eurythmic are making a musical with Paramount. The studio has picked up Hole In The Fence from Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart. The coming-of-age drama is about a group of kids who form a band to escape their depressing mining town. Stewart and Starr, who have worked together as musicians, will serve as executive producers along with Pam Williams. David Harris is writing the script based on Starr and Stewart’s music and original idea. Harris is already working with Stewart and his production company Weapons of Mass Entertainment. The writer is turning the Zombie Broadway graphic novel that he, Stewart and Christine Schenley created into a feature. Jonas Akerlund is scheduled to direct Zombie Broadway. Stewart, the creator and an executive producer on the ABC pilot Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, recently signed with ICM for all his initiatives in film, television, music, theater, publications, new media and branding. Starr is repped by Special Artists Agency in the U.S. and Primary Talent International in the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: ICM has signed a deal to rep former Eurythmics leader Dave Stewart. Along with manager Dave Kaplan Management Inc and Surfdog Entertainment, the agency will seek opportunities for Stewart’s Hollywood-based idea factory, Weapons of Mass Entertainment. They will work on Stewart’s initiatives in film, television, music, theater, publications, new media and branding.
Though best known for his work as a musician, Stewart is also the creator and an executive producer on the pilot Malibu Country. starring Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin which was recently picked up by ABC. Stewart also wrote all the songs with Glen Ballard for the stage musical adaptation of Ghost, which opened in London last year and bows on Broadway April 23rd. Earlier this month, Cinedigm signed a deal with Stewart and his company to produce a series of music-driven documentary features, which will be programmed in cinemas across the U.S. He also recently put out the album SuperHeavy, with the band he formed with Mick Jagger. He has also cowritten songs and produced albums for the likes of Katy Perry, Jagger, No Doubt and Bono.
Stewart’s written books, created graphic novels (his Zombie Broadway is in development for a feature that will be directed by Jonas Akerlund), and Stewart has directed short films. He also founded a multimedia creative hub along with Paul Allen called The Hospital, and is as just as active on the philanthropic front.
Woodland Hills, CA and New York, NY March 2, 2012) – Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), announced today that it has signed rock icon Dave Stewart to bring a series of documentary films to movie theatres in a recurring time slot.
Produced by Weapons of Mass Entertainment, the films in the “Dave Stewart Presents …” series will feature Stewart and a variety of musical guests from all backgrounds, including rock, pop, country, blues and more, focusing on the art and process of songwriting, and culminating in a unique performance showcasing newly created songs. Stewart’s track record as a musician, producer, author, entrepreneur, filmmaker and innovator bodes well for this cutting-edge, on-going theatre series. The British artist’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the iconic pop-rock duo Eurythmics [“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"].