Magnolia Acquires North American Rights To ‘Jiro Dreams Of Sushi’

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 12:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Magnolia Pictures plans a theatrical release later this year for Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, the David Gelb-directed documentary about the life and work of master sushi chef Jiro Ono. The film premiered at the Berlinale. Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content … Read More »

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NBC, Versus Seal NHL Broadcast Rights

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 9:29am PDT

UPDATE, 10:45 AM: The 10-year contract will take the partnership through the 2020-21 season and calls for 100 regular-season games a year, including for the first time a national broadcast on Thanksgiving Friday. The press release is below.

PREVIOUS, 9:29 AM: There’s a conference call scheduled for later today in which NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NBC Sports Group chairman Dick Ebersol are expected to announce that NBC and Versus have retained broadcast rights to NHL hockey. Bloomberg reports that the package is for 10 years and worth $2 billion. The two networks could match any bid because they own the current rights. Among the bidders was ESPN and Turner Sports, the latter of which pulled out of the race Monday.

NEW YORK (April 19, 2011) — The National Hockey League and the NBC Sports Group have reached agreement on a landmark 10-year television and media rights deal, taking the partnership through the 2020-21 season. The expanded partnership, under which NBC remains the exclusive network home and VERSUS the exclusive cable home of the NHL® in the U.S., is highlighted by the first-ever national distribution of all Stanley Cup® Playoffs contests, including, for the first time, exclusive coverage starting with the Conference Semifinals. The agreement also calls for the NBC Sports Group to televise 100 regular season games per year and introduces a national NBC broadcast on Thanksgiving Friday. The announcement was made today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.

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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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Warner Bros and De Line Pictures Win Book Auction For ‘Ready Player One’

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 7:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

In a high six-figure upfront deal, Warner Bros and De Line Pictures won a heated auction for screen rights to Ready Player One, the debut novel by Fanboys screenwriter Ernie Cline. The movie auction occurred hours a day after the book scored a mid six-figure publishing deal from Random House … Read More »

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Sting Harvests ‘Vertical Farm’ For Docu

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 9:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

sting1Sting is getting into the documentary business. The former Police front man and co-founder of The Rainforest Fund, and his manager/producing partner Kathryn Schenker, bought film rights to The Vertical Farm, the book by Dr. Dickson Despommier that the St. Martin’s … Read More »

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‘Fanboys’ Scripter Makes Fat Book Deal

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 5:41pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Fanboys screenwriter Ernie Cline scored a mid-six figure advance from Random House for North American rights to Ready Player One, his debut young adult novel. International rights are being shopped, and the movie crowd will be kicking the tires on it starting tomorrow Farah Films & Management’s Dan Farah and … Read More »

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Breakout Hit ‘Karate Kid’ Headed To FX

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 4:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

karate kid2EXCLUSIVE: FX has snapped up the TV rights to this summer’s first surprise boxoffice hit The Karate Kid. I hear the cable network quietly made the deal with Sony a couple of weeks before the film’s opening, a smart … Read More »

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Weinstein Takes U.S.+ Rights To Woo Pic

By | Friday June 11, 2010 @ 10:32am PDT

weinsteinlogoShanghai, June 11, 2010: On the eve of the Shanghai Film Festival, Fortissimo Films Chairman Michael J. Werner and The Weinstein Company’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein jointly announced that The Weinstein Company has pre-bought North American and South African rights

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Fox Intl Channels Pick Up ‘Walking Dead’

By | Wednesday June 9, 2010 @ 10:39am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New York/Los Angeles – June 9, 2010 Fox International Channels has picked up all International Television and Home Video rights to AMC’s first wholly-owned original production series, The Walking Dead, based on a popular comic book franchise by Robert Kirkman. The deal includes a first-run window on all

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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Teams With Reliance To Buy Newspaper Tale ‘The Imperfectionists’

By | Tuesday June 1, 2010 @ 3:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

9780385343664EXCLUSIVE: Just because Brad Pitt had the good sense to bow out of the newspaper industry drama State of Play doesn’t mean he’s not infatuated with the ink-stained wretches who practice the craft. Using their development deal with Reliance, Pitt and … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Creator Bids $600M For CKX

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 4:25am PDT

american idol logoSimon Fuller has teamed up with former Barclay Capital banker Roger Jenkins to try and buy CKX, the entertainment group which owns the rights to the TV talent show. Jenkins and Fuller have amassed a $1 billion … Read More »

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‘FNL’ Reruns Headed To ABC Family

By | Tuesday May 25, 2010 @ 1:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC Family has acquired the basic cable TV rights to NBC/DirecTV’s high school  drama Friday Night Lights in a deal with NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution. The deal gives ABC Family the rights to five seasons of the critically praised series whose upcoming fifth season on DirectTV and NBC is … Read More »

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Electronic Arts Game ‘Mass Effect’ In Film Deal to Legendary Pictures

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 5:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

mass-effect-saren-geth1Legendary Pictures has announced a movie rights deal for Mass Effect, the Electronic Arts/BioWare videogame for Xbox 360 that will be co-financed  and distributed by Warner Bros. Mark Protosevich, who adapted Marvel Entertainment’s Thor, is in talks to write the script. … Read More »

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Fox 2000 Options Revisionist Jack London Tale In Latest Genre-Bending Movie Pact

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 12:55pm PDT
Mike Fleming

jacklon_jkt_cvr Fox 2000 has acquired movie rights to The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Wild, the first installment of a young adult supernatural adventure series by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. Harper Collins just acquired the series and will publish … Read More »

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CANNES: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Of Gods And Men’

By | Friday May 21, 2010 @ 1:50pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. and Australia/New Zealand rights to Of Gods and Men, the Xavier Beauvois-directed drama that unspooled in competition at Cannes. Deal was made by sales agent Wild Bunch. Drama is the story of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Classics Buys Susanne Bier’s ‘In A Better World’

By | Thursday May 20, 2010 @ 12:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to In A Better World, the new film by Susanne Bier, the Danish director of After the Wedding. Deal was made by Scandinavian sales company TrustNordisk. Drama is a clash between two Danish families. SPC partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard just … Read More »

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CANNES: Marketplace Treads On Tedious

By | Thursday May 20, 2010 @ 9:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

1-Cover_rubberHow tough has the Cannes Film Festival marketplace been for domestic acquisitions? The deal of the day so far is Magnet Releasing’s U.S. rights acquisition of Rubber, the Cannes Critic’s Week offering about a psychopathic car tire with telepathic powers named … Read More »

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Magnolia Buys Eliot Spitzer Downfall Doc

By | Wednesday May 19, 2010 @ 9:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

eliot_spitzerMagnolia Pictures acquired US rights to the Alex Gibney-directed untitled documentary about the downfall of New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer. Gibney showed a work in progress version of the film at the Tribeca Film Festival. It chronicles the rise of … Read More »

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Movie Deal In Forecast For PlayStation 3 Serial Killer Game ‘Heavy Rain’

By | Wednesday May 19, 2010 @ 8:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

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EXCLUSIVE: An auction of screen rights for the PlayStation3 game Heavy Rain is coming to a close. I’m told a deal is near with Unique Features, the film shingle started by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne after they exited New Line.

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