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Comic-Con: Chris Columbus, Braun Brothers Plot CREEPY Magazine Feature

By | Thursday July 12, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Columbus is dusting off CREEPY Magazine to produce a four-part anthology film, one segment of which he will write and produce. Columbus and 1492′s Michael Barnathan have teamed with Submarine partners and New Comic Company’s principals Dan Braun and Josh Braun, and Sara Feldmann Sheehan to produce the film.

The Comic-Con set might remember CREEPY as a seminal horror comic magazine that was generated by Warren Publishing from 1964-83. Starting with iconic covers from Frank Frazetta, the magazine’s contributor list ranged from Spider-Man artist Steve Ditko to Bernie Wrightson, Gene Colan, Richard Corben, Al Williamson, and Wally Wood. Horror anthology films are also a throwback, when films like The House That Dripped Blood and Tales From The Crypt were made. This will emulate the set up of those films. Read More »

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Spike TV Pacts With Submarine To Hatch Non-Scripted Shows

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 3:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Spike TV has formed an alliance with Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun to find talent from the independent film sphere and develop non-scripted programming for the cable network. It marks the first major return into television for Braun, the former Fremantle Head of Sales who now runs Submarine with Dan Braun. Braun has refocused on producing and brokering deals for films like A History Of Violence, House Of The Devil and Page One: Inside The NY Times. Braun has had a hot hand at 2012 Sundance, brokering four deals for festival films. They include an HBO acquisition of Me @ The Zoo, the Sony Pictures Classics acquisition of the documentary Searching For Sugar Man, Magnolia’s buy of the docu The Queen Of Versailles, and the LD Entertainment acquisition of the Midnight title Black Rock. ”This deal signifies Spike’s commitment to finding fresh voices outside the traditional non-scripted world,” said Sharon Levy, EVP Original Series at Spike. “No one is better at identifying filmmakers with unique stories to tell than Josh Braun, and now he will help find them for Spike.” The network’s push into reality series has included Auction Hunters, Bar Rescue, Flip Men, Repo Games, and the recently-launched Ink Master.

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Toronto: ATO Pictures Acquires ‘Last Call At The Oasis’

By | Wednesday September 21, 2011 @ 8:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

ATO Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media’s Last Call at the Oasis, the Jessica Yu-directed film that premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The documentary is about the global water crisis, the role that water plays in our lives and the hardships that are created around the world when clean water is not available. The film is produced by Elise Pearlstein. The deal was brokered by Submarine’s Josh Braun. It is the second festival film to be acquired by ATO, which bought the comedy The Oranges before the festival wrapped.

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Phase 4 Acquires Black Comedy ‘Rid Of Me’

By | Wednesday August 31, 2011 @ 10:24am PDT
Mike Fleming

Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Rid of Me, the James Westby-directed black comedy that will be released in the fall. Phase 4 will team with Submarine for the theatrical run of a film first seen at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring. The comedy stars Katie O’Grady as an awkward young woman trying too hard to perfect her marriage, among a new group of friends. Submarine’s Josh Braun repped the filmmakers.

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Weinstein Company Acquires Documentary ‘The Bully Project’

By | Monday April 25, 2011 @ 2:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The Weinsterin Company just made it official. Release is below Deadline’s original break.

BREAKING: The Weinstein Company has just closed a deal to acquired all rights to the Lee Hirsch-directed documentary The Bully Project. The film got a rousing response at its Saturday premiere in downtown Manhattan, which recognized families of children who harmed themselves after being bullied. The documentary chronicles the journey of several teens dealing with the repercussions of being bullied in school. It’s an epidemic in society and the film makes a powerful statement. Deal was brokered by Submarine’s Josh Braun and TWC’s acquisitions head Peter Lawson. Hirsch previously directed the documentary Amandla!

New York, NY, April 25, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Submarine Entertainment all rights to THE BULLY PROJECT, the acclaimed new documentary from Emmy and Sundance award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch (AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR PART HARMONY) that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 23. The deal covers all rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. TWC also acquired the film’s distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite TV, and will be the sales agent for the remaining global territories. THE BULLY PROJECT is directed by Lee Hirsch, produced by Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen, and written by Lowen and Hirsch. Cindy Waitt is the executive producer. The announcement was made by TWC’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions

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Sundance: Oprah’s OWN Acquires Docu ‘Crime After Crime’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Oprah Winfrey’s upstart cable network OWN continued its aggressive buying at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival by acquiring North American rights to Crime After Crime, the Yoav Potash-directed documentary. I’m told the deal was six figures, and that OWN will afford the film a qualifying Oscar run before it airs on Oprah’s new network. OWN chief creative officer Lisa Erspamer made the deal with Submarine’s Josh Braun and David Koh. The doc is about Deborah Peagler, an abused woman who struck back at the boyfriend who beat her. She was sentenced to 25 years to life for his murder. Some 20 years into her sentence, California passed a law permitting domestic violence survivors to have their case reopened. A pair of real estate lawyers took on Peagler’s case, and what seemed an easy effort turned into a politically-driven nightmare to free her. The film debuted January 23 at the Temple Theatre, and I’d heard this was an emotionally wrenching tear-jerker. Several distributors including Goldwyn and IFC were interested. The film will have its DVD distribution through Oprah’s Documentary Club, and comes on the heels of OWN’s announcement that Rosie O’Donnell will be a collaborator in the OWN Docu Club. Remake rights were not part of the deal, and I’ve heard there is interest on that front. OWN also acquired the docu Becoming Chaz, which premiered at Sundance.

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