Nigel Sinclair & Guy East Formalize Exits At Exclusive Media; Marc Schipper New CEO

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 3:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Exclusive Media co-chairman/CEO Nigel Sinclair and Guy East haveExclusiveMediaLogo__121213111446-200x98 finalized their exits, and Marc Schipper has taken the reins as new Exclusive CEO. Insiders say that Sinclair and East will resurface very quickly with White Horse Pictures, a company that will focus on the production of quality feature films and TV programming. The name comes from the prehistoric hill figure known as the Uffington White Horse. The duo had been on the outs with the company’s majority owners who no longer wanted to take big bets in the production business after a few films didn’t hit. The company has downsized since, and for instance exited the Johnny Depp Whitey Bulger film Black Mass, which Warner Bros acquired to distribute worldwide.

Marc SchipperBacked by the Dutch investment fund Dasym Investment Strategies, Exclusive has laid off most of its production department, but it has a strong library of over 1000 and will move forward primarily as a library and sales company. After Deadline dropped the bombshell at Berlin that Sinclair and East would be leaving, subsequent reports put the blame squarely on the Ron Howard-directed Rush. I don’t think that film was the main reason. Though a disappointment in the U.S., the film was hardly a disaster, its $90 million worldwide gross double its $40 million budget, with risk spread among multiple partners. Read More »

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UPDATE: Layoffs At Exclusive Media Today

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 3:04pm PST
Mike Fleming

ExclusiveMediaLogo__121213111446-200x98UPDATE, 3:04 PM: The company just sent out this release: “Collaborative and fruitful discussions between Exclusive Media’s management and Dasym Investment Strategies are ongoing. Dasym will continue its support for the company. Together we have taken steps to right size our operations. We … Read More »

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Berlin: Warm Weather & A Record Deal Can’t Fully Thaw Market Chill; Is EFM Worth It?

Berlinale 2014 badgeWhile the normally freezing weather in Berlin is an annual lament, this year’s unseasonably balmy clime became a major focus of conversation. And, as they say, when people have nothing else to talk about, they talk about the weather… The notably lackluster European Film MarketGERMANY-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-FESTIVAL-BERLINALE boasted a small handful of buzz titles and only a few headline-grabbing deals. As such, the usual whispers of “Do we really need to be here?” grew louder in the last week. Another talking point was the early-in-the-market news of a shake-up at Exclusive Media, the production and foreign sales company headed by well-respected veterans Nigel Sinclair and Guy East. And, reliably, Lars von Trier’s director’s cut premiere of Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 was a head-turner, albeit for star Shia LaBeouf‘s pre-screening antics here.

Berlin: Slow-Forming Packages, Timing & Talent Issues May Lead To Soft Market

martin gropius bauDistribution consultant Jason Resnick mused yesterday, “It was the warmest Berlin ever, and yet the coldest Berlin ever.” Yet, no one was particularly shocked by the way business went here. Offshore and domestic deals were done, but folks roundly agreed there was a serious lack of oomph. As one exec told me ahead of the market, “Everybody is asking where the projects are.” Read More »

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BERLIN UPDATE: Exclusive Media Comments On Deadline’s Exclusive Shake-Up Story

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 4:25am PST
Mike Fleming

excUPDATE, 4:25 AM: Exclusive Media co-chairman/CEO Nigel Sinclair has confirmed Deadline’s exclusive story last night that a reorganization is underway at the company, one that very well could leave the co-founders no longer running the label after some big bets didn’t pay off. Sinclair issued this statement: “Exclusive Media’s management is engaged in collaborative discussions with our partners from Dasym Investment Strategies BV regarding the forward plan for the company. We will make an announcement regarding the outcome of these discussions at the appropriate time.”

Berlin2014_200PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, THURSDAY PM: The talk of Berlin is a shake-up that is going on right now at Exclusive Media, the production and foreign sales company that is headed by Nigel Sinclair and Guy East. I’m hearing that this will likely end with both of them either leaving those executive posts or transitioning into producing deals. Insiders acknowledge the turmoil, but denied that Sinclair or East could be fired because they are part owners of the company. Sinclair and East — well respected veterans who were behind Let Me In, The Ides Of March and Woman In Black as well as the music documentaries Last Play At Shea with Billy Joel and the Martin Scorsese-directed docu on George Harrison — formed Exclusive Media when they merged their Spitfire Pictures label into the venture, with an acquisition of Hammer Films coming after. The company is backed primarily by Netherlands-based investment company Dasym Investment Strategies. Read More »

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Project ‘Ezekiel Moss’ Will Not Be Sold In Berlin

phil hoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman, who died suddenly today at the age of 46, was due to direct Prohibition-era drama Ezekiel Moss later this year. I understand he had been actively involved with the project for well over … Read More »

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AFM: Charlize Theron Pic ‘Dark Places’ Goes Everywhere As Exclusive Media Wraps Sales

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 5:59pm PST

Exclusive Media has closed a ton of deals to send the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller to five continents. Charlize Theron toplines and co-produces writer-director Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Dark Places, which has sold in more than 20 territories at AFM. The thriller now has all-rights deals with Mars in France, Remstar in Canada, CCC in Japan, Svensk in Scandinavia, Ascot Elite in Switzerland, Nu Metro in South Africa, Odeon in Greece, Sam Films in Iceland, Tanweer in Turkey, India and Pakistan, Tandem in Bulgaria, Discovery in Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia, AQS in the Czech Republic, Prorom in Hungary and Romania, Monolith in Poland, West in Russia/the Baltic States, Noori in South Korea, and United King in Israel. It also pacted with IDC in Latin America, Front Row in the Middle East, PT Amero in Indonesia, Universal Excel in Malaysia, Captive in the Philippines, Intercontinental in Hong Kong, M Pictures in Thailand, Noori / Megastar in Vietnam, Cathay in Singapore, CMC in Taiwan, Fox/Star for SEAsian TV and Jaguar for planes/ships.

Related: AFM: Mark Strong Orbits ‘Ad Inexplorata’ Read More »

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AFM Briefs: Exclusive Media Nabs International To ‘Shomer’, ‘Murder Of A Cat’ & ‘Out Of The Dark’; XLrator Acquires ‘Don Peyote’; Lightning Strikes ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’; AFM Announces Hong Kong Day; ‘If You See Her’ Casts Leads; Imagina International Takes ‘A Night In Old Mexico’

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 6:25pm PST

Exclusive Media has nabbed international rights to three new feature film titles: supernatural thriller Shomer, Gillian Greene’s Murder Of A Cat and Participant Media’s Out Of The Dark. Produced by Lawrence Bender, Lauren Selig and … Read More »

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Former Summit CFO Ron Hohauser Joins Exclusive Media’s Exec Board As CFO

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 12:05pm PDT

Hohauser’s appointment is effective immediately, Exclusive Media said today. Ron Hohauser’s new CFO role was announced Tuesday by Exclusive Media’s oo-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East. He has been a financial and strategic consultant to Exclusive Media … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Elizabeth Olsen Starrer ‘Therese’

The Elizabeth Olsen-starring period pic has been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) for territories including the UK, Germany, Austria, and Latin America. Exclusive Media announced the deal today from Toronto. … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Adore’

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 3:50pm PDT

Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are BFFs who become romantically entangled with each others’ son in Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Before Chanel) English-language debut. Oscar-winning writer Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) adapted the script from Doris Lessing’s novella (and ostensibly not from SNL‘s Motherlover skit). Adore Read More »

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Cannes: Exclusive Media Enters Equity Slate Deal With UK Financier

CANNES, France: Exclusive Media, the global film production, sales and distribution company has signed a rolling 4 picture equity deal (up to 12 pictures) with UK-based entrepreneur and technology guru Toby Moores and film industry veteran Wendy Rutland.

The investment by Moores will see him take an equity position in some of Exclusive Media’s upcoming slate of films. The structure is designed as the foundation of a long term partnership, and it is the goal of the partners to expand the relationship beyond the initial transaction.

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Cannes: Lionsgate Lands North American Distribution Rights To ‘The Quiet Ones’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In what becomes the second significant domestic distribution deal on the eve of Cannes, Lionsgate closed a deal with Exclusive Media for North American distribution rights to the Hammer production of The Quiet Ones, the John Pogue-directed supernatural thriller that stars Mad Men‘s Jared Harris and Sam Claflin, who starred in the last Pirates Of The Caribbean. Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman wrote the script with Pogue.

This follows Warner Bros’ deal for the Ryan Gosling-directed How To Catch A Monster. The Quiet Ones will open April 25, 2014. Pogue wrote the script and Exclusive’s Tobin Armbrust and Simon Oakes will produce with James Gay-Rees, Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden of The Travelling Picture Show Company. Lionsgate already had UK rights. It’s a nice start for Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. The film is inspired by true events, and tells the story of a prof who uses controversial methods and engages his students in an attempt to raise a poltergeist from negative human energy. That can’t turn out well, can it? Read More »

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Cannes: Exclusive Media Rocks With ‘Metallica: Through The Never’

Metallica: Through The Never was the first release set by Bob and Jeanne Berney when they rebooted Picturehouse in January. Exclusive Media has now boarded international sales on the film from Predators and Kontroll director … Read More »

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Cannes: Exclusive Media Acquires Sales Rights To ‘Passengers’ With Keanu Reeves And Reese Witherspoon Starring

Reese Witherspoon ArrestEXCLUSIVE: Exclusive Media has picked up international rights to Passengers, the sci-fi romance starring Keanu Reeves and now Reese Witherspoon that Game Of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire director Brian Kirk is directing in his major feature film debut. Wayfare Entertainment is financing and producing the pic from a script by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts. The story follows a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet that has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger (Reeves) is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger (Witherspoon), marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story. The script was developed by Stephen Hamel and Reeves at their production shingle Company Films. Hamel will produce the pic with Wayfare CEO Ben Browning. Start Media’s Michael Maher and Lynwood Spinks will executive produce. CAA is repping domestic rights to the pic.

Related: ‘Passengers’ To Star Keanu Reeves, With Brian Kirk Directing Read More »

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Exclusive Media To Represent Icon Entertainment International Library

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 3:30am PST

In late 2011, the Icon UK Group initiated a strategic restructure to focus on in-house film finance and production. At the time, it pacted with Lionsgate UK to handle distribution of its Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Two Mothers’

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 2:23am PST

Exclusive Media-owned Exclusive Releasing acquired U.S., UK and CIS rights to Anne Fontaine’s drama Two Mothers at Sundance in January. The story revolves around the passionate affairs of two lifelong friends who fall in love with one another’s sons. Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher … Read More »

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Berlin TOLDJA! Charlize Theron Locked For ‘Dark Places’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 6:24pm PST

Deadline has been out in front on most of the star packages being unveiled in Berlin, including the revelations that Johnny Depp will star in Black Mass, Colin Farrell is joining Anthony Hopkins in Solace, and that Jeremy Renner will star in Kill The Messenger. We … Read More »

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‘Smallville’s Tom Welling Joins JFK Pic ‘Parkland’

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 3:59pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After a 10-season run as the super-hero-in-training Clark Kent in the CW series Smallville, Tom Welling is taking a break from TV and transitioning to features. He’s just landed a co-starring role in Parkland, the Exclusive Media … Read More »

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Sundance: Exclusive Releasing Acquires ‘Two Mothers’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In another late night Sundance Film Festival deal, Exclusive Media-owned Exclusive Releasing is closing a deal for U.S. rights to Two Mothers, the Anne Fontaine-directed drama that premiered last Friday at the Eccles Theatre. Deal is a low seven figure advance and includes a few other territories, but most of the foreign territories belong to Gaumont, which funded the film. Pic is described as a gripping tale of love, lust and the power of friendships of two lifelong female friends who fall in love with each other’s sons. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play the moms, and Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville also star. Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton penned the adaptation of Doris Lessing’s short story.

The deals calls for a traditional theatrical release through Exclusive Releasing, the distribution company that Exclusive co-chairmen Guy East and Nigel Sinclair launched last September, headed by Scott Pascucci and Matt Brodlie. There is a significant P&A and screen commitment for what will shape up as a specialized film release in the summer. Numerous bidders circled the film, some proposing a multi-platform strategy, but Exclusive Media’s Exclusive Releasing was most aggressive for its new release enterprise. CAA brokered the deal with Brodlie and Gaumont International chief Cécile Gaget. Read More »

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