Sundance: Participant Media Acquires Occupy Wall Street Docu ’99%’

Mike Fleming

January 28, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Participant Media has acquired North American rights to Audrey Ewell & Aaron Aites’ documentary 99%–The Occupy Wall St. Collaborative Film, directed by Ewell & Aites, along with Lucian Read and Nina Krstic, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week. Following its theatrical run, the film will have its world television premiere on Participant’s new TV channel targeting millennials, scheduled to launch in August.

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WGA East “Disappointed” By Occupy Protesters’ Siege Of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Set

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 12:30pm PST

The WGA East like other unions and guilds has been a supporter of the Occupy protests that have cropped up around the nation, especially in New York City. But Occupy Wall Street’s recent siege of a Manhattan set for … Read More »

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Crash ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Set; Filming Permit Pulled

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 10:05am PST

Complete with a sign reading “We are a movement, not a TV plot,” New York’s Occupy Wall Street protesters made their way last night to “occupy” a Law & Order: SVU set in New York’s Foley Square that featured a … Read More »

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Alan Moore & David Lloyd Part Of Occupy Comics Push

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 9:03am PST

Alan Moore, whose graphic novels V For Vendetta, Watchmen and League Of Extraordinary Gentleman have been turned into major movies, has joined the roster of Occupy Comics, a group of comic book and graphic novel artists and writers joining to … Read More »

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Jonathan Demme Scripting Two Films, But Finds Time For Occupy Wall Street Shorts

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 11:37am PDT
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While Jonathan Demme is busy writing the script for Stephen King’s upcoming thriller novel 11/22/63, and completing another script for an animated feature adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel Zeitoun, the Oscar-winning director has become so captivated by the Occupy … Read More »

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MTV Zooms In On Wall Street Protesters (Again) With ‘True Life’ Look

By | Monday October 24, 2011 @ 11:00am PDT

MTV Casting Occupy Wall Street Protesters

You can’t accuse MTV of not mining the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests for potential content. First came word that the network placed a Craigslist ad seeking protesters to audition for the next installment … Read More »

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RUPE ON THE ROPES At Annual Meeting: Insults Fly As News Corp Fights Shareholders Pushing For Better Governance & Independent CEO

The Deadline team is covering the News Corp shareholders meeting inside and outside LA’s Fox Studios. Nikki Finke is now writing from staff and news reports.

4TH UPDATE, NOON WRITETHRU: News Corp.’s annual shareholder meeting today at LA’s Fox Studios turned into a pitched battle of words and accusations and insults. Rupert Murdoch’s critics lined up at two microphones and vented their anger at what they consider to be a corporate culture run amok. At the same time the Chairman/CEO’s defenders opposed the shareholder calls for better corporate governance and the separation of the chairman/CEO title in order to have a CEO independent of Murdoch. Rupert, for his part, could barely stay polite when he was challenged again and again. ”I hate to call you a liar, but I don’t believe you,” he cut off shareholder Stephen Mayne, director of the Australian Shareholders Association who was criticizing News Corp’s corporate governance. Edward Mason of the Church of England spoke in support of the motion that would oust Murdoch as chairman. But Murdoch interrupted Mason almost immediately, saying “your investments haven’t been that great”.

Other shareholders were focused on the UK phone hacking scandal and its origins within the company. UK parliament member Tom Watson caught a plane from London to LA just to confront Murdoch during today’s shareholders meeting. He asked in a very British polite way whether the chairman and CEO was aware of more allegations, this time of computer hacking, at News Corp-owned newspaper News of the World. Murdoch said he wasn’t and responded, “I have assured that what went wrong a few years ago and the recent rumors by you is being worked out with the police. We will put this right.” Watson was interrupted by News Corp board member and Murdoch ally Viet Dihn, who said, “We’re fully cooperating with the police and aren’t permitted to comment on allegations per their instruction. I welcome any information you have for our investigation after the meeting.” But Murdoch told the shareholders: ”I promise you absolutely that we will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of this and get it right.”

Murdoch also tried to reassure shareholders that News Corp was doing well financially, boasting about ”digital treasure droves” from New Media and results showing that cable channels were providing half of the company’s total profit. But that didn’t appear to calm the shareholders at the microphones. Especially with institutional investors like Calpers, the Christian Brothers investment services, and the Australian Shareholders Association calling for an independent CEO.

Outside, members of the media and police far outnumbered a small group of protesters numbering about 50 in total who gathered at the main gate of Fox Studios. Occupy Los Angeles, according to information posted on the Occupy Wall Street offshoot’s website, planned to protest “one-sided reporting, job cuts, phone hacking, and bad governance.” Besides a “Fox News Lies” banner, protesters seemed to focus mainly on animal rights and anti-war issues. There was no disruption to the work of studio employees who were allowed to go in without incident.

2ND UPDATE, 9:45 AM: News Corp intentionally drove the shuttle carrying media to the shareholders meeting on the Fox lot through a side gate so the press wouldn’t see the protesters.

UPDATE, 9:59 PM: A British Member of Parliament scheduled to join News Corp stockholders inside Fox’s Zanuck Theatre is expected to address protesters in front of the studio on Pico Boulevard before heading into the meeting, one of the organizers told Deadline late Thursday. Labor Party MP Tom Watson, a key figure in the Parliament’s investigation of the phone-hacking scandal, has said he plans to present new allegations of other types of technological surveillance methods News Corp has used in addition to phone hacking by representatives of the now-defunct News of the World. Holders of proxy shares — apart from institutional and other groups who plan to vote against Murdoch-allied board members — are also certain to have harsh questions for company execs.

PREVIOUSLY, 7:31 PM: News Corp shareholders arriving for their annual meeting Friday at the Fox lot on Pico Blvd. in West Los Angeles will encounter some uninvited greeters bearing unhappy tidings. Occupy Los Angeles, according to information posted on the Occupy Wall Street offshoot’s website, plans to protest “one-sided reporting, job cuts, phone hacking, and bad governance.” Read More »

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MTV Casting ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters

By | Tuesday October 18, 2011 @ 9:40pm PDT

Really? An ad appeared on Craigslist seeking members of the Occupy Wall Street movement to audition for MTV’s The Real World 27. The New York Observer surmises that maybe someone at  Bunim/Murray Productions saw the Hot Chicks … Read More »

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ NYC Location Shoots May Occupy Wall Street

The Dark Knight Rises, which has been shooting in Los Angeles and other settings worldwide, is about to head for New York City locales that may include the vicinity of Occupy Wall Street protests, the Los Angeles Times … Read More »

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