Weinstein Company Adds Leah Holzer As Production Exec

By | Monday June 6, 2011 @ 9:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK, June 6, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Leah Holzer has joined the company as vice president of production, reporting to its president of production, Donna Gigliotti, in New York.

In her post, Holzer will help manage physical production of such TWC films as the

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Universal Shakeup: President Of Production Debbie Liebling Exited; Replaced By Peter Cramer & Jeffrey Kirschenbaum

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley have restructured the studio’s production team. Veterans Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum will be upped to co-Presidents of Production, replacing the current President of Production Debbie Liebling … Read More »

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On-Location Shooting Up In LA, But Not Because Of Film & TV Categories

By | Tuesday April 5, 2011 @ 6:11pm PDT

Shooting-permit organization FilmL.A. said today that on-location filming in all production categories increased 4.7% during the first quarter of 2011, the fifth consecutive quarter of gains in the region that includes the City of Los Angeles, parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County and other local jurisdictions. Still, feature film shoots … Read More »

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Warner Bros’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ To Shoot In Pittsburgh

By | Tuesday April 5, 2011 @ 1:46pm PDT

The Pittsburgh Film Office announced today that the city has been chosen to host the production of Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight Rises, which is set to begin shooting this summer. “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Batman film … Read More »

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3 Arts & Untitled Talk Management Merger

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Management/production companies 3 Arts and Untitled Entertainment are in merger talks. I’m not certain they are going to join forces, but they are exploring it seriously. The potential mix of assets of the two companies is intriguing. 3 Arts — run by Erwin Stoff, Michael Rotenberg, Howard Klein, David … Read More »

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M. Night Shyamalan Sets ‘Buried’ Writer Chris Sparling For Night Chronicles Thriller

Mike Fleming

m-night-shyamalanM. Night Shyamalan has set the second feature to be made through his genre producing banner Night Chronicles. The project comes as Shyalaman promotes development exec Ashwin Rajan to president of production for the Media Rights Capital-backed genre label. Shyamalan and … Read More »

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Johnny Depp Re-Ups Deal With GK Films

Mike Fleming

Johnny-Depp-and-Angelina-JolieEXCLUSIVE: GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington have re-cemented one of GK Films’ most important relationships, re-upping Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil production shingle for another three years. Depp signed his first deal with King in 2004. Under the new … Read More »

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Discovery Channel’s Gena McCarthy Becomes Lifetime’s New Head Of Reality

Nellie Andreeva

Gena McCarthyGena McCarthy has joined Lifetime as SVP reality & alternative programming. McCarthy will start on July 6, overseeing the development and production of unscripted series for the female-centered cable network and reporting to JoAnn Alfano, EVP entertainment. The top reality post at Lifetime has been vacant since the departure of Jessica Samet late last year. Lifetime has ventured into unscripted programming before, most notably with the acquisition of Project Runway under former CEO Andrea Wong. While scripted series will continue to be the focus, Lifetime’s reality portfolio is expected to grow under new president/GM Nancy Dubuc, who also runs the docu-driven History Channel. Read More »

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TOLDJA! Lionsgate Confirms ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Deal

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 2:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Gerard_ButlerLionsgate has formally announced its acquisition of North American rights to Machine Gun Preacher, the fact-based drama about Sam Childers, a reformed badass who established an orphanage in war torn Africa and then supervised a militia to protect the kids. The … Read More »

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Shawn Levy And Marty Adelstein Form TV Company, Sign With 20th Century Fox TV And Tap Becky Clements As Prez

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 8:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Shawn_Levy2_-_Photo_Credit_Doane_Gregory(2)EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Brillstein Entertainment Partners TV executive Becky Clements is being tapped as president of the as-yet-unnamed new TV production company from Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein. It will be based at 20th Century Fox TV with a 2-year overall deal … Read More »

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Tory Metzger Exiting Media Rights Capital

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 12:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: In a surprise move, Tory Metzger will leave her post as president of film production for Media Rights Capital when her contract expires at the end of the month. MRC co-CEOs Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu are starting an immediate search to replace her with one or two seasoned … Read More »

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Robert & Susan Downey Hire President And Tap Spirit of Steve McQueen For First Pic

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 11:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

Vanity Fair PartyEXCLUSIVE: Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Downey have named their  Warner Bros-based production company Team Downey, and hired David Gambino to be president of production. For their first producing project, the Downeys have come aboard Yucatan, … Read More »

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‘Atlas Shrugged’ Director Stephen Polk Bummed About Being Replaced: Lawsuit?

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 5:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

When I last checked on the project to turn Ayn Rand’s mammoth Atlas Shrugged into a feature film, Stephen Polk was excitedly discussing how he would realize a dream by coming out of nowhere to direct the film on June 11th. Well, the movie made its start date, but Polk is on … Read More »

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Paramount Names New President Of Production

By | Friday June 4, 2010 @ 9:58am PDT

HOLLYWOOD, June 4, 2010 – Marc Evans has been promoted to President of Production, Paramount Pictures, it was announced today by Adam Goodman, President of the Paramount Film Group. Evans will continue to report to Goodman in his new role.

Evans, who is currently Executive Vice President of Production of

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Zodiak Entertainment To Float On London and Paris Stock Exchanges

By | Thursday June 3, 2010 @ 10:08am PDT

zodiakThe world’s third-largest TV production company plans to have a dual listing in three to four years time, London-based RDF Media tells me. De Agostini, the Italian group which owns Zodiak Entertainment – the new owner of UK indie RDF – … Read More »

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Financiers Welcome Oz Funding Boost

By | Thursday June 3, 2010 @ 5:59am PDT

money10.jpgPractitioners I’ve spoken to have welcomed New South Wales’ A$25 million ($21 million) film incentive boost. Twenty million dollars of the increase has been ring-fenced to attract large-scale productions to the state. Recent Hollywood movies that have shot in NSW include Wolverine, Superman Read More »

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Zodiak Acquires RDF To Create Indie Giant

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 12:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

zodiakUPDATED: Paris-based Zodiak Entertainment has closed a deal to acquire U.K.’s RDF Media Group, creating the third largest independent TV production company in the world, rdfbehind Endemol and the RTL-owned FremantleMedia, with … Read More »

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Michael Edelstein To Head NBC Uni’s International TV Production Unit

By | Tuesday June 1, 2010 @ 11:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Producer Michael Edelstein is returning to the executive ranks as president of international television production for NBC Universal International. Edelstein, who will relocate from Los Angeles to London, replaces former co-founder and CEO of Hat Trick Denise O’Donoghue. She, in turn, succeeded Angela Bromstad, who held the post until returning to NBC a … Read More »

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Focus Features ‘Eagle Of The Ninth’ Flies From September Slot To February 25

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 12:42pm PDT
Mike Fleming

eagle-of-the-ninth-channingFocus Features has set its release calendar for 2011. The big surprise? The Eagle of the Ninth has moved from its September 24 slot and instead will open February 25, 2011. Directed Kevin Macdonald, the drama stars Channing Tatum as a … Read More »

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