Bloomberg: Ex-Disney Boss Dick Cook Seeks $625M Equity Financing For Film Slate

By | Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 4:27pm PDT

Dick Cook has been relatively quiet since being ousted as Walt Disney Studios chairman in September 2009, save landing a board seat at Legendary Pictures back in April. But now it appears he is making noise in a … Read More »

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MGM-Sony To Partner On ’21 Jump Street’

Bond 23Total RecallThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo… the list of partnered movies keeps growing longer and longer between Sony Pictures and the reconstituted MGM:

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 18, 2011)- MGM will become a financial partner on the upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment film 21 Jump Street, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will handle marketing and distribution, while MGM will handle select international television licensing for the film.

21 Jump Street is part of the recently announced agreement between Sony and MGM to explore co-financing opportunities on future motion pictures produced by each of the respective studios for the next five years. They have most recently partnered on the highly anticipated Bond 23, set for worldwide release on November 9, 2012.

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Kagan: ‘Rio’ And ‘Fast Five’ Only Clearly Profitable Films In April With Summer Movie Profits Poised To Fall

Don’t be fooled by the headlines this summer that likely will focus on how strong movie ticket sales look compared to last year. Researchers at SNL Kagan predict that domestic box office for the period from late April to the … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Weinstein Co & Icon UK Team Up

Here’s the official release detailing what Nikki reported back on October 11:

London/New York (November 01, 2010) – The Icon UK Group, owned by Access Industries, and The Weinstein Company (TWC) today announced a major new film finance/production fund. To be administered by Icon, the fund will focus on

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Gersh Bolsters Film Finance/Distribution Division

By | Thursday October 28, 2010 @ 2:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Looking to beef up its place in the independent film finance/distribution arenas, Gersh has promoted to partner Jay Cohen, the producer who last year joined the agency to spearhead the department. Gersh has also hired producer Jennifer Dana to work closely with Cohen to package projects and work with film funds. Dana is in post-production on the Emma Roberts-Freddie Highmore film Homework, which she produced under her Mint Pictures banner. She formed her producing company after a stint with Andrew Lauren Productions. Among the film funds repped by Gersh are Queen Nefertari Productions, Northern Lights Films and Ketchup Media. The agency is also looking to secure offshore equity from Columbia, UK and China. Read More »

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Legendary Pictures Taps China Investment

It’s a small deal — just a 3.3% investment in Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures by Hong Kong’s Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment, one of the leading production, exhibition, and distribution companies in China. Behind the scenes, I’ve learned that “The Two Skips” … Read More »

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Imagenation May Seal European Deal Next

I’ve learned that the Abu Dhabi-based film financier is talking to European producers in France and Germany about investing in projects. This may turn into a longer-term joint venture, like the ones Imagenation has already sealed with Hollywood producers including Parkes/Macdonald and Participant. It’s puzzled me as to why this Arab financier has not done any deals with European companies yet. It’s announced $600 million worth of joint ventures with Hollywood, yet European film companies such as Constantin of Germany or Italian producer Cattleya have their own studio links. Europe is closer to the Gulf than Los Angeles Read More »

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Ultimate Raising $18M Film/TV Fund

EXCLUSIVE: The media fund is raising money for a number of projects including 28K, written by Paul Abbott. Showtime USA is currently remaking Abbott’s Channel 4 series Shameless, while Universal turned his BBC series State of Play into the Russell Crowe movie. The urban thriller starts filming in October. Ultimate … Read More »

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David Bergstein Seeks Protective Custody Against Bankruptcy Trustee Scrutiny

By | Monday June 28, 2010 @ 1:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

While film financier David Bergstein has been often maligned, he is much appreciated on a slow news day. Because he’s the story that keeps giving. Not long ago, Deadline told you that a bankruptcy judge appointed a trustee to seize temporary control of the assets steered by Bergstein, including the … Read More »

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