It’s Official: Kevin Hart’s ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Set for 2015 MLK Holiday Frame

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 12:12pm PST

kevinhart1As Deadline reported yesterday, it looks like Hollywood has a new king of the MLK Day weekend. A week after the record-breaking debut of Ride Along, Sony said today that it has booked Kevin Hart starrer The Read More »

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Miramax Takes Another Step Toward Production, Giving Zanne Devine Exec Veep Stripes

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 8:21am PST
Mike Fleming

Mardi Gras Day 28Miramax, which last year set a deal with Bob and Harvey Weinstein to spearhead new productions from the library they built, hired vet Zanne Devine to be exec veep of production and development She reports to … Read More »

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Screen Gems/Miramax’s Kevin Hart Pic Now Titled ‘The Wedding Ringer’, Rounds Out Cast

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

Production is underway on The Wedding Ringer, the formerly untitled Kevin Hart comedy being directed by Jeremy Garelick in his feature helming debut. Among the finalized cast in the pic that co-stars Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco, … Read More »

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UPDATE: No Miramax-Weinstein Merger; Miramax Revving TV/Film Production: Joint Ventures Planned With Starz, Weinsteins, Others; ‘Copland’ Reboot As Starz TV Show

UPDATE SATURDAY 2:30 AM: Ignore those media stories claiming Miramax and The Weinstein Co are in talks for a potential merger. Even while on vacation I can tell you definitively they’re overblown. I’ve learned a merger is impossible because of The Weinstein Co‘s structure. As I first reported Friday, what is true is that Colony Capital/Miramax chief Tom Barrack and Harvey Weinstein just spent time in St Tropez conferring about ways to work together because of lots of joint venture opportunities. Such co-productions would give Harvey access to his most coveted projects from his Miramax heyday which is why he wanted to buy it back from Disney in 2010. The Weinstein Co and others are courting Miramax because its cash flow will exceed $160 million this year. “So all of the production groups would like to plug into this free cash flow with their development pipeline,” my insider said Friday.

EXCLUSIVE … FRIDAY 1 PM: Hollywood needs more production and financing right now. So the good news is that Miramax is about to become a movie/TV player ”big time” under Colony Capital chief Tom Barrack’s direct oversight following Richard Nanula’s exit. “There will be some big announcements in the next 60 days of productions and joint ventures,” one of my sources says. I’ve learned that first up is this project: Miramax and Starz have agreed to develop and cofinance a one-hour TV series based on the critically well-received 1997 Miramax film CoplandThe pic’s scripter-director James Mangold is executive producing the TV show with Cathy Konrad and Adam Fields. Mangold and Bryan Goluboff (The Basketball Diaries, 2008′s In Treatment) are writing the pilot. Read More »

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Amazon Wins Streaming Rights To Miramax Films Including ‘Pulp Fiction’

By | Wednesday July 10, 2013 @ 11:47am PDT

What do they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France? Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to find out beginning today after it expanded a non-exclusive licensing deal with Miramax, originally struck in 2011. The streaming service says the … Read More »

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Tom Barrack Named Chairman At Miramax; Richard Nanula Officially Resigns

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 8:16am PDT

More Trouble For Colony Capital’s Richard Nanula
Nanula Takes Leave Of Absence From Miramax And Colony After Sex Scandal

SANTA MONICA, July 8, 2013 – Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that Thomas J. Barrack,

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Screen Gems, Miramax At Altar On Buddy Comedy; Kevin Hart, Josh Gad Star And Jeremy Garelick Directs

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 3:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Screen Gems and Miramax are collaborating on a currently untitled comedy that will star Think Like A Man‘s Kevin Hart and The Book Of Mormon‘s Josh Gad. Jeremy Garelick will make his feature directing debut on the film, which was written under The Golden Tux by Garelick and Jay Lavender back when they were writing partners on films like The Break-Up. They wrote this one for Miramax. In the comedy, Hart plays a charismatic guy who provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who can’t get somebody to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Gad plays a groom-to-be who finds himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.

Miramax’s Adam Fields and Will Packer are producing the film. Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper will oversee the project on behalf of Screen Gems. Hart next will be seen in his concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain being released in July. In addition to starring in Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man, Hart will also be seen in Screen Gems’ upcoming projects About Last Night and Think Like a Man Too. Gad just opened in The Internship and the upcoming Jobs and Thanks For Sharing. Read More »

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MIPTV Briefs: FremantleMedia, Miramax, Red Arrow International

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT

FremantleMedia is launching a new slate of scripted titles at Mip-TV which kicks off next week in Cannes, France. Among them are Wentworth, the reimagining of Prisoner Cell Block H, and The Making Of A Lady, from Runaway Fridge. Wentworth is a 10-part FremantleMedia Australia production that will premiere on Oz’s Foxtel in May. Event thriller Lady stars Linus Roache, Joanna Lumley and Lydia Wilson and is based on The Making Of A Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Read More »

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Miramax & Martin Scorsese Developing ‘Gangs Of New York’ TV Series

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Miramax and Martin Scorsese have teamed to develop a television series based on Scorsese’s 2002 film Gangs Of New York, which was released by Miramax. The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz … Read More »

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Ron Tutor Sells Stake In Miramax: Report

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 9:07am PST

Billionaire Ron Tutor told analysts and journalists back in May he was looking to unload his movie assets, and now it looks like he has found a buyer for his biggest one, selling his stake in the studio … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: MTG Studios Names COO, C More Partners With Miramax, Cohen Media Picks Up ‘You Will Be My Son’ & More

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 9:11pm PST

Jens Eriksson Joins MTG Studios
Sweden-based MTG Studios has appointed former Zodiak Media Group Nordic exec Jens Eriksson as president and COO. He will take up his post on January 8, 2013. MTG Studios, which formerly went by the moniker Modern Studios, is the holding company for the production and distribution arm of Modern Times Group, which makes and distributes content for television, print media and the Internet. MTG Studios owns reality format producer Strix (The Farm), Central and Eastern European production group Paprika (Wife Swap In Romania) and communications company Redaktörerna. Read More »

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Miramax Film Music Rights Acquired By Warner/Chappell

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 11:11am PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA and SANTA MONICA, CA, July 31, 2012 – Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, and Miramax, one of the world’s leading independent film and television studios, today announced an agreement under which Warner/Chappell will acquire the masters and publishing rights for all film music owned by Miramax. The agreement builds on the companies’ existing relationship through which Warner/Chappell administered Miramax’s film music publishing across most of Europe and South America. Terms are not being disclosed.

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Lovefilm To Offer Miramax Titles In The UK And Germany

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 1:34am PDT

Stepping up its competition with Netflix, Amazon’s Lovefilm has entered a new subscription VOD deal with Miramax for the UK and Germany. The pact starts this summer and follows a recent streaming agreement with … Read More »

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Miramax, Stream In Russian SVOD Deal

By | Tuesday July 10, 2012 @ 12:15am PDT

Miramax is making a move into Russia with its first deal to stream classic movies in the hot market. A multi-year subscription VOD partnership will see Russian multimedia entertainment services company Stream offer Miramax library titles including Kill Bill, From Read More »

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Miramax, U.K.’s Sky Enter Exclusive, Multi-Year Library Deal

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 12:43am PDT

LONDON and SANTA MONICA, June 18, 2012 – Leading global film and television studio Miramax and BSkyB (Sky), the most comprehensive multichannel, multi-platform television service in the UK and Ireland, today announced the completion of a new licensing deal.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sky will hold exclusive rights to a substantial package of Miramax films including Academy Award® winning Life is Beautiful, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Spy Kids, and Starsky & Hutch among others. These titles will be delivered across the range of Sky Movies subscription channels in high definition (HD), through Sky’s on-demand service Sky Anytime+ and on the move via Sky Go.

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Ron Tutor Hopes To Shed Entertainment Assets Within 10 Days

By | Friday May 4, 2012 @ 7:01pm PDT

Investor Ron Tutor told analysts and journalists today on an earnings call for his multi-billion-dollar construction businesses that he was looking to unload at least some of his share of movie business assets within the next 10 days. Tutor … Read More »

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David Bergstein Ends Miramax Lawsuit

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 11:25am PDT

David Bergstein Miramax LawsuitFinancier David Bergstein and Miramax owners Filmyard Holdings have reached an agreement today on their ongoing legal dispute. No details of the deal were made public, other than that Bergstein will dismiss the case he filed against the company and investors April 9. However, a source close to the arrangement tells Deadline that Bergstein will receive a “small amount of money in the deal.” The source added, “this is a full retraction by David and he holds no stake in the company.” Bergstein had claimed in the suit that he was owned 3.3% of the company and $6 million for putting the deal together in the first place. “I am pleased that I was able to sit down with my counterparties in this suit, discuss our differences and resolve them,” said Bergstein. “I fully retract the claims made in the lawsuit against Filmyard, Miramax, Colony Capital, Richard Nanula and Josh Grode. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their understanding and cooperation.” Read More »

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Former Miramax Exec Jere Hausfater Joins Aldamisa

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 4:19pm PDT

Aldamisa International announced Jere Hausfater’s appointment today as chief operating officer. The former Miramax International EVP will oversee the company’s global day-to-day business and operations. Hausfater, who has also held executive positions at Walt Disney Studios and Essential Entertainment, will report directly to co-CEOs and co-chairs Sergei and Marina Bespalov. Founded … Read More »

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David Bergstein Sues Rival’s Lawyers

By | Friday April 20, 2012 @ 1:24pm PDT

David Bergstein LawsuitFilm financier David Bergstein sued LA law firms Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and Levene Neale Bender Yoo & Brill today over his former lawyer Susan Tregub switching sides. Seeking at least $100 million in damages, Bergstein alleges the firms gained confidential information about him and his companies from Tregub while she was his in-house attorney. Stroock and Levene Neale represent Aramid Entertainment Fund’s David Molner and other creditors in their bankruptcy cases against Bergstein. “In the course of their representation, Defendants have crossed the line from zealous advocacy from the netherworld of unethical misconduct,” the 51-page complaint says (read the suit here). Stoock partner Daniel Rozansky and Levene Neale partners David Neale, Irving Gross, and Beth Young are also named as defendants. Bergstein, who is represented by Alex Weingarten of LA-based Weingarten Brown, seeks a jury trial. Read More »

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