Outgoing Fox Exec Tony Sella Zinged At Charity Auction

20th Century Fox Film chief creative officer Tony Sella isn’t formally out the door yet, as Deadline exclusively revealed yesterday, but his departure is already a sales tool in some Hollywood circles. “You fired Tony Sella, … Read More »

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Mark Roybal Leaving Indian Paintbrush To Become Exec Veep At 20th Century Fox

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Roybal, the well-respected president of Steven Rales’ indie production shingle Indian Paintbrush, is leaving. He is being hired by 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts to become EVP Production. He fills the slot that Peter Kang left when he exited the studio and subsequently signed on at Paramount. I’m told that Roybal will oversee Gone Girl and the Matt Reeves-directed sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Gone Girl, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestseller, is the odds-on favorite to be the next film that David Fincher directs.

He leaves Rales’ Indian Paintbrush in a good place. The company has established itself as a respected financier and producer of classy fare, from the Drake Doremus-directed Like Crazy to the Wes Anderson-directed Moonrise Kingdom and his follow-up The Grand Budapest Hotel. Also coming is Jason Reitman’s next film, Labor Day. Roybal’s exit is amicable. Read More »

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Fox Makes Deal With ‘Bridesmaids’ Helmer Paul Feig To Generate R-Rated Comedies

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 3:59pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In the first overall filmmaker deal that 20th Century Fox Film has made since Jim Gianopulos became a solo act as Chairman/CEO, the studio has signed Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig to produce and direct films under … Read More »

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20th Century Fox Production President Emma Watts Reups Through 2015; Sets Matthew Vaughn For ‘X-Men: First Class’ Sequel

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 8:30am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has re-upped production president Emma Watts to a new multi-year deal that will keep her in the post through 2015. The new deal was made by Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, co-chairmen and CEOs of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Since taking over as sole production president in 2009, Watts has made it a priority to populate the studio’s slates with elite filmmakers, and keep them coming back for more. The studio in past years had the reputation of being very hands-on. That kept budgets in check, but didn’t make Fox a haven for major directors. Read More »

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20th Century Fox Starts “Emerging Writers” Program To Incubate Original Script Ideas

By | Monday April 25, 2011 @ 3:23pm PDT

Twentieth Century Fox today announced the creation of an in-house program dedicated to the development of emerging writers, new voices, and varied motion picture concepts. It will report to President of Production Emma Watts. ”This initiative will be dedicated to the creation of original … Read More »

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20th Century Fox, Little Brown Spend Big For First Novel ‘The Five Hundred’

By | Monday March 7, 2011 @ 8:49am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Days after Little Brown closed a million dollar publishing deal on it last week, 20th Century Fox acquired screen rights to Matthew Quirk’s first novel The Five Hundred.  The movie deal was worth low-to-mid six figures against low seven … Read More »

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Fox Reunites ‘Real Steel’ Team Of Hugh Jackman And Shawn Levy

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled action adventure pitch that will be scripted by Lost‘s Carlton Cuse for Hugh Jackman to star in and Shawn Levy to direct. Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment banner will produce.

While Cuse has done … Read More »

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20th Fox Film Taps Jeremy Kramer For EVP

Mike Fleming

20th Century Fox has hired Red Hour partner Jeremy Kramer to be EVP of production. He will report to Emma Watts, president of production. Kramer joined Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld at Red Hour in 2007, where he is currently … Read More »

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