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.
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)"].