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Global Showbiz Briefs: Altitude Boards Stone Roses Doc, K5 & ‘Beware Of Mr Baker’, Oz Filmmaker Launches PicSeeder, ‘In The Shadow’ & More

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 10:01pm PST

Altitude To Proffer Stone Roses Doc at EFM
Will Clarke’s Altitude Film Sales has boarded This Is England director Shane Meadow’s The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone as the UK-based company heads into its first European Film Market in Berlin. Set up just prior to Cannes last year by Optimum founder Clarke, along with former Exclusive Media managing director Andy Mayson and former Pathé International exec Mike Runagall, Altitude will also handle international sales on Catch Me Daddy, the first feature written and directed by commercials and music video director Daniel Wolfe. Documentary The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone chronicles the cult British rock band on their 2012 reunion tour after a 15-year split. Warp Films’ Mark Herbert is producing the Film4-financed picture which will be released in the UK by Revolver Entertainment. Catch Me Daddy director Daniel Wolfe’s credits include work for and videos for rapper Plan B, boy band Take That and French group The Shoes. His thriller follows a couple on the run and is produced by Mike Elliott of Emu Films with backing from Film4 and the BFI Film Fund. Studiocanal is distributing in the UK. Read More »

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K5 Picks Up ‘Very Good Girls’ With Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Anton Yelchin

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 11:06am PST

K5 has taken on international sales for Groundswell Productions’ Very Good Girls starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Anton Yelchin and Peter Sarsgaard. Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal wrote the script and is making her feature directing debut with the project that starts shooting in New York in June. K5 will proffer the project at the European Film Market in Berlin this week. This is a revamped package: When the picture was originally announced at Cannes, it was to be financed by Ealing Metro International and Prescience. Herrick Entertainment is now financing. The original cast also included Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek. I understand Hoffman may still be involved, while other cast is to be added. Fanning and Olsen play best friends determined to lose their virginity as a rite of passage into the adult world, but when they fall in love with the same boy, their relationship is tested. Norton Herrick and Lee Clay are producing alongside Michael London’s Groundswell. Hawk Koch and Gale Anne Hurd are executive producers. The deal was negotiated by Erica Motley, Carl Clifton and Daniel Baur for K5, Jonathan Fischer for Groundswell and Herrick for Herrick Entertainment.

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Scott Rudin-Mentored Producers Knudsen & Van Hoy Strike Output Deal With K5

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 4:49am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Hot producing duo Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor have entered an output and development deal with sales, finance and production company K5 Media. The Brooklyn-based pair most recently produced Mike Mills’ Beginners for which star Christopher Plummer has been scooping up awards this season. The first 2 films covered under the K5 pact are Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter starring Kirsten Dunst and Mark Ruffalo and Gregg Araki’s The Womb. Knudsen and Van Hoy will produce Red Light Winter with Scott Rudin who has been the duo’s mentor for the past decade. Knudsen and Van Hoy met in 2000 while working for Rudin and in 2004 established Parts & Labor. In 2008, they entered a 3-year, first-look deal with Rudin’s company. “Jay and Lars have clearly learned from one of the best in being mentored by Scott Rudin and they are at the forefront of the new wave of important indie producers,” says K5’s Oliver Simon. The K5 pact covers all current projects being developed by Knudsen and Van Hoy whose credits also include Braden King’s Here, Cam Archer’s Shit Year, So Yong Kim’s Treeless Mountain and Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy. Deal was negotiated on behalf of Parts & Labor by André des Rochers, of Gray, Krauss des Rochers and K5 co-founders Simon and Daniel Baur. Read More »

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