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Univision Hires Jonathan Schwartz As General Counsel

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 3:15pm PST

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 26, 2012 – Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced that Jonathan Schwartz, 51, has been named general counsel of Univision Communications. Schwartz succeeds C. Douglas Kranwinkle, 72, executive vice president and general counsel for 12 years, who announced last year he would be retiring after a distinguished 47-year career in law. Schwartz most recently served as managing director and general counsel for JPMorgan’s Investment Bank. Previously, he spent six years at Cablevision Systems as executive vice president and general counsel. Prior to that, Schwartz held various roles including senior vice president and deputy general counsel of Time Warner Inc., and as general counsel of online music company Napster. Schwartz will be based in New York and will report to Falco. The Company also announced that Phyllis Verdugo, a 15-year veteran of Univision and currently the executive vice president and deputy general counsel, will relocate to New York.

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Sundance: ‘Like Crazy’ Closes Deal With Paramount And Indian Paintbrush

Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 8:25 AM: As I tipped you yesterday, Paramount’s Adam Goodman and acquisitions exec Matt Brodie and Indian Paintbrush’s Peter McPartlin closed the deal with the UTA team today around 6 AM for the Super Crispy Entertainment production Like Crazy about young love from co-writer and director Drake Doremus (Douchebag). I’m told it was a $4 million minimum guarantee and a “substantial” 7-figure P&A commitment. Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group, and Matt Brodlie, SVP of Productions and Acquisitions for Paramount, along with Indian Paintbrush’s President of Production Mark Roybal, negotiated for the rights with the film’s reps Rich Klubeck and David Flynn from UTA, along with producer Jonathan Schwartz and Doremus’ attorney Lawrence Kopeikin from Morris Yorn. Later Goodman said in a statement, “Along with our partners at Indian Paintbrush, we are extremely pleased to be a part of such a great movie, and look forward to working with Drake, Jonathan, Andrea and a tremendous cast of actors.” Starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence, Like Crazy was written by Doremus and Ben York Jones about a British college student who falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. ”

EXCLUSIVE 3:09 AM: Into the wee hours of Sunday, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was inching close to its first big deal. I’m … Read More »

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SUNDANCE UPDATE: Deal For ‘Like Crazy’?

Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE 4 PM: Deadline is hearing that the ask for Like Crazy is a $2 million minimum guarantee, and a $2 million P&A commitment. Fox Searchlight, The Weinstein Company, and Summit Entertainment are circling. But nothing is easy these days; dealmakers say that the coming-of-age film would have had multi-million dollar bids on the table instantly three years ago. But distributors are circumspect these days, running models and looking hard at their release calendars to see if the picture fits. Insiders say 7-figure bidding is going on, and if that’s true, it won’t be long before a deal is made.

It is an embarrassment of riches for the UTA team of Rich Klubeck, Rena Ronson, Bec Smith, and David Flynn, who are repping or co-repping 14 titles here. Some of the most promising are front-loaded in the festival. They are moving to close a deal on The Guard (hearing Sony Pictures Classics one of those in the mix), as well as Margin Call. And they have a 6:15 PM premiere screening of the Paul Rudd-starrer My Idiot Brother, which many feel has the potential to be the festival’s biggest sale, and one that is likely to happen in a hurry if it’s got commercial breakout potential.

UPDATE, SATURDAY 3 PM: Sundance competition pic Like Crazy played strongly at the Eccles theater in Park City this afternoon. Summit’s Eric Feig went up to the film’s producer after it played, and the … Read More »

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