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Relativity Taps Ex-Exclusive Media Exec Matt Brodlie As EVP Acquistions

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 1:22pm PDT

Relativity_newlogoRelativity announced today that Matt Brodlie has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Acquisitions. Brodlie comes onboard as the company ramps up its acquisition slate and will report to Relativity President Tucker Tooley. Most recently, Brodlie started and ran the US distribution division of Exclusive Media, until recently a prolific production, financier and international sales company. Brodlie also headed acquisitions for the company, with an eye for pickups for international sales. Prior to that, Brodlie ran Paramount’s Worldwide Acquisitions Group, overseeing domestic and international acquisitions of both packaged and completed films.

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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 anticipate making a formal announcement regarding the go forward plan for the company within the next few weeks.”

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 2:31 PM: Layoffs have begun at Exclusive Media. I’m told that 6-7 lower-level employees were let go and more will come. This follows the Berlin bombshell dropped by Deadline that an overhaul of the company was going to happen, with co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East heading for the exits. The catalysts for all of this change were some costly bets that didn’t pay off. Insiders say that primary investor Dasym Investment Strategies isn’t folding up shop but rather reformulating the future of Exclusive. Stay tuned.

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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 a year, developing it with Keith Bunin, author of the 2011 Black List script. On Friday, it was announced that Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal had boarded the hot project which follows a widow whose life is forever changed by a mysterious drifter with the divine ability to channel and physically inhabit the spirits of the dead. A Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Mandalay Vision’s Cathy Schulman are producers with PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Brinder Singh. In the wake of today’s sad news, they will now assess possible next steps. Exclusive Media was due to kick off pre-sales at next week’s EFM, but Hoffman’s untimely death has put those plans on hold. Here’s a statement from Exclusive:

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Exclusive Media is deeply saddened to learn the shocking news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing. He was a truly gifted actor and director who not only inspired his fellow colleagues, but audiences around the world and he will be greatly missed. We give our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult

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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.

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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 Ray Ricord, Shomer centers on 25-year-old Isaac (Aneurin Barnard), who is chosen to be a shomer for a deceased doctor. Inexplicable occurrences begin to take place as Isaac begins his overnight vigil with the body. Guillem Morales directs and David Abram Nahmod penned the screenplay. Comedic murder mystery Murder Of A Cat stars Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, JK Simmons, Blythe Danner and Greg Kinnear. New Girl’s Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow penned the screenplay. Alex Walton negotiated the deal on behalf of Exclusive Media. CAA is representing the domestic sales rights on the film. And supernatural thriller Out Of The Dark is Luís Quílez’s feature film directorial debut, written by Carriers scribes David Pastor and Alex Pastor and produced by Dynamo, Apaches Entertainment and XYZ Films. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producing for Participant Media which also financed the film. The deal was negotiated by Alex Walton and Matt Brodlie on behalf of Exclusive Media with Jeff Ivers, Jonathan King and Gabe Brakin on behalf of Participant Media. Exclusive Media is repping and selling worldwide rights to the film.


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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 for the past year since exiting Summit in May 2012 after just over 5 years. In his new role as CFO at the company, Hohauser will oversee all film finance strategy for Exclusive Media’s three production labels: UK based genre label Hammer, L.A. based award winning documentary film arm Spitfire Pictures and the flagship Exclusive Media production label.

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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. Scandinavia and Benelux are also repped in the multi-territory pact on the lit adaptation written and directed by Charlie Stratton from Émile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin. Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange also star in the romantic drama-thriller about a sexually repressed woman who embarks on a love affair with tragic consequences. Therese will open stateside in 2014 via Roadside Attractions. Exclusive Media’s Alex Walton negotiated the deal with Michael Helfand, Chan Phung, and Jon Freedberg on behalf of SPWA.

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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 debuted at Sundance under the title Two Mothers. Exclusive Media will release the pic in theaters and on demand September 6. Here’s the trailer:

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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 Nimród Antal. The 3D concert/suspense pic features band members Lars Ulrich (here in Cannes this week), James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo along with Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan as a crew member whose life is turned on its head during a show. Charlotte Huggins produces. Metallica: Through The Never rolls out for a one-week IMAX run in North America on September 27 and expands October 4.

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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.

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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 future production slate. Today, a deal was confirmed between Icon and Exclusive Media for the latter to represent Icon Entertainment International’s 200+ title library. Among films included in the deal are Coriolanus, What Women Want, An Ideal Husband, Mean Streets and five titles from the 1960s Fu Manchu series. Exclusive is also taking over the Majestic Films library. The deal was negotiated by Guy East, Marc Schipper and Peter Naish for Exclusive and Icon’s Aviv Giladi and Estelle Overs.

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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 Hampton penned the adaptation of Doris Lessing’s short story that stars Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville. French major Gaumont, which backed the film, has dropped a trailer with the tweaked title Perfect Mothers. It releases in France on April 3. Exclusive has said the movie will go day-and-date.

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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 broke the story Monday that Charlize Theron would be signing on to star and produce the film adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places, and it was just confirmed by Exclusive Media. Here’s the official word:

Los Angeles, CA (February, 2013) – Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMEN, PROMETHEUS, MONSTER) will star in and produce the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Dark Places to be written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (SARAH’S KEY), it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.

Exclusive Media’s Guy East and Nigel Sinclair will produce and fully finance the film alongside Theron’s production company Denver and Delilah Productions with partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix; Stephane Marsil’s Hugo Productions and Mandalay Vision’s Matthew Rhodes. Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner of Exclusive Media will executive produce with Peter Safran, and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman will also produce in some capacity.

Stephane Marsil has developed and produced all of Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s films starting with 2001’s PRETTY THINGS which garnered star Marion Cotillard a César nomination. When Gilles

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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 feature that is being directed by Peter Landesman. He joins Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, and Billy Bob Thornton in the ensemble drama about the hours following the assassination of JFK in Parkland Hospital. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing with Bill Paxton. Open Road is in talks to distribute domestically in the fall, around the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Welling is repped by WME.

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