Jeremy Renner, Eva Mendes To Unveil Spirit Award Nominees November 30

Mike Fleming

Jeremy Renner and Eva Mendes will announce nominees for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards November 30 at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. The awards return to the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon, February 26.

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2011 Indie Spirits Return To Santa Monica

Mike Fleming

Sanity prevails! The 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards are returning to their familiar Saturday afternoon perch on the beach in Santa Monica. The awards show will be held February 26, starting at 2 PM. It has always been one of the most enjoyable Oscar weekend events, but last year, the … Read More »

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Gotham Indie Awards Fete Actor Foursome

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New York, NY (September 30, 2010) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that director Darren Aronofsky, actors Hilary Swank and Robert Duvall, and Focus Features CEO, James Schamus, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the

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Indie Alliance Sets New Board & Exec Panel

By | Thursday September 23, 2010 @ 4:00pm PDT

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 23, 2010 – The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide, today announced its new Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The elections were held as

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Click To Help ‘Twelve’s Standing In Popularity Clique

Mike Fleming

If indie distributor Hannover House’s CEO Eric Parkinson has his way, the Joel Schumacher-directed Twelve will not only stir box office when it opens Friday, it will also be popular on the IMDB.com website. And since entry to that … Read More »

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Jeremy Irons Answers The ‘Margin Call’

Mike Fleming

jeremy-irons-20080715-436952Jeremy Irons is the final piece of an impressive cast for Margin Call, the indie film by director JC Chandor that is shooting in New York City. Irons is the chief executive of a financial firm in a 24-hour period during … Read More »

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Colin Farrell, Eric Bana Circling Sheldon Turner-Directed ‘By Virtue Fall’

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eric_bana1EXCLUSIVE: Colin Farrell and Eric Bana are in early talks to team on By Virtue Fall, an independent drama that will mark the directorial debut of Sheldon Turner, who shared an Oscar … Read More »

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Lovely Day Hires BBC Script Producer

By | Monday June 28, 2010 @ 4:45am PDT

Shine Group logo LargeThe Kudos/Shine-based indie has poached Dominic Treadwell-Collins from the Beeb as head of development. Treadwell-Collins is currently series story producer of long-running soap EastEnders. No surprise there. Lovely Day’s managing director Diederick Santer was the … Read More »

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Demi Moore Tapped For ‘Margin Call’

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 8:53am PDT
Mike Fleming

demi-moore-20061202-184839Demi Moore just joined the cast of Margin Call, an indie drama that begins filming Monday. She’ll  play the chief risk management officer at a firm. The film tracks the desperate maneuverings of eight people in a 24-hour period during the … Read More »

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UK Producers Scrap Open Letter to Times

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 6:51am PDT

Independent producers have cancelled writing an open letter highlighting their plight for fear of upsetting UK broadcasters. Indie producers were about to publish a letter in the Times newspaper this Monday. A minority has intervened, killing the letter for fear of upsetting the BBC and Channel 4.

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How Would Bob Berney Fit Into GK Films?

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 7:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

berneysbioIs former Apparition head Bob Berney going to start a new distribution company at Graham King’s GK Films? My sources describe the move as 75% likely. Berney, who abruptly ditched his Apparition partner Bill Pohlad just before boarding a flight to … Read More »

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Vertigo Confirms Streetdance 3D Sequel

By | Friday June 11, 2010 @ 6:19am PDT

Streetdance 3DThe London-based production company is reuniting directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini and writer Jane English. The UK’s first independent 3D film has done remarkably well, grossing $23 million worldwide so far after 3 weeks on release. CAA is … Read More »

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PAY UP OR PUT UP? UK Financiers Accuse Indie Film Watchdog Of Being “Toothless”

By | Thursday June 10, 2010 @ 1:16am PDT

Angry JudgeUK investors tell me that film distributors not paying sales agents money owed is putting the whole indieprod business at risk. The problem has gotten worse over the last couple of years as the movie market has tightened. All … Read More »

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Shine Creates Overseas Expansion Division

By | Friday June 4, 2010 @ 5:33am PDT

Shine Group logo LargeBritain’s biggest indie producer has established a new four-person unit identifying new business opportunities and acquisitions overseas. It has hired two executives from Discovery and Channel 4 respectively for the global business development division. Alden … Read More »

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Stop Buying New US Series, Say Indies

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 8:56am PDT

bbc-logo-21217808British indie TV producers say that the BBC should pull out of the market for new US television shows. Buying new US shows such as the first season of Heroes drives up prices, they say. Indie producers’ association Pact has criticised … Read More »

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Sky Increasing Stake in Shine to 20%

By | Tuesday May 25, 2010 @ 9:35am PDT

Elizabeth MurdochBSkyB is lifting its stake in the UK’s biggest indie TV producer from 13%, according to the Sunday Times. It is buying another 7% of Shine from Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is selling its 21% stake in the TV … Read More »

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Bill Pohlad Reassures Apparition Staff

By | Wednesday May 12, 2010 @ 7:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

KSWTTR2Apparition owner Bill Pohlad went to the distribution company’s Los Angeles offices to meet with staffers today, his first face-to-face meeting since Bob Berney’s stunning and abrupt resignation. Though he had already communicated to some of the staff through teleconference, I … Read More »

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Dave Matthews’ ATO Tries To Fill The Space Between As Independent Film Distributor

By | Wednesday May 12, 2010 @ 7:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

The fate of Apparition as a prestige picture distributor is uncertain following the exit of Bob Berney, and once again, indie filmmakers wait for somebody to step up with some good news for a change. How about singer Dave Matthews, who is tuning up his Art Takes Over Pictures banner … Read More »

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Bob Berney Flies To Cannes Amid Rumors; More Insight Into Why He Exited Apparition

By | Tuesday May 11, 2010 @ 9:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The rumors keep flying about where Bob Berney will land. Deadline has already posted Team Harvey’s denial that the ex-Apparitions chief is headed to the Weinsteins. At least not yet. (Berney Exit Blindsides Apparition) Now the latest chatter is that Berney … Read More »

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