Via its arrangement with David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment, DreamWorks has steadily been adding to its portfolio of offshore partners. Today’s news is that it’s pacted with the Hadida brothers’ indie powerhouse Metropolitan Filmexport in France. It’s also entered a deal with Inter-Film for Ukraine and a multi-picture agreement with MediaPro for Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. Here’s the release:
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, the first movie in the series, doesn’t come out until August, but buyers will get a taste for its sequel during Cannes. Stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are returning for part two, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes, as is director Harald Zwart, and a fall start is planned. As it did with the first, Mister Smith Entertainment is selling the adaptation of the second book in Cassandra Clare’s fantasy series that’s produced by Constantin Film and Unique Features.
The first installment, which Screen Gems releases August 23, sees seemingly ordinary teenager Clary discover she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. The sequel picks up in New York’s Downworld, where Clary is overwhelmed with the responsibility of her new role as a Shadowrunner.
LONDON/LOS ANGELES– February 6, 2013: Eight months after launching at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival, Mister Smith Entertainment (MSE) CEO David Garrett today announced the expansion of the MSE team with offices now in Los Angeles, Paris and London.
Jill Jones joins as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Publicity. Jones, formerly EVP Marketing and Publicity for Lionsgate, and prior to that Summit Entertainment, oversaw the international releases of the Twilight franchise. Jones, who will report directly to Garrett, will be based in Paris and London. She will oversee international marketing operations heading a team that includes new hires Pamela Godwin-Austen as Senior Vice President International Publicity and Andrew Boyd, Senior Vice President International Marketing, whose primary focus will be the DreamWorks Studios slate distributed by Mister Smith in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Both executives will be based in Los Angeles. In addition, London-based Annasivia Britt, continues to anchor the team in Europe as Vice President, Marketing and Publicity. As part of the new expansion, Tracy McCrory, previously a Vice President at Miramax and Warner Bros., joins the London Headquarters as Executive Vice President of Delivery and Servicing overseeing all of Mister Smith’s titles and reporting directly to CEO David Garrett.
David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will debut Love, Rosie at the European Film Market this week in Berlin. Principal photography starts in May on the project, based on the novel Where Rainbows End by P.S. I Love You author Cecelia Ahern. Calendar Girls‘ Juliette Towhidi wrote the script and German helmer Christian Ditter (Wickie And The Treasure Of The Gods, French For Beginners) is directing.
Lily Collins plays Rosie in the romantic comedy with Sam Claflin as her best friend and star-crossed lover, Alex. The pair are planning to head to the States for college together when Rosie discovers she’s pregnant after a crazy night out with the most popular boy in school. She encourages Alex to go without her and over the next 12 years their lives change but an undeniable connection remains.