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Relativity Gives Cliff Dorfman Script Deal To Crow About

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 1:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Looking to keep its The Crow screenwriter Cliff Dorfman firmly in the nest, Relativity has signed the scribe to an exclusive first-look deal. This comes after Dorfman scripted a Relativity Crow reboot that goes into production early next year with F. Javier Gutierrez directing and Luke Evans playing the role originated by Brandon lee.

Related: ‘The Crow’ Flies With Luke Evans

Dorfman came to the project after serving as a writer-producer of Entourage and co-scripting the Gavin O’Connor-directed Warrior. Under the new deal, he will bring in projects of his own to write and will work on pre-existing Relativity films. Relativity President Tucker Tooley said the company wants long-term relationships with the right talent, and Dorfman fit that bill. “Cliff did an incredible job on The Crow, and we look forward to having his edgy and evocative writing style on a wide-range of the studio’s projects,” Tooley said. Dorfman is represented by Resolution and Apostle’s George Heller.

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Relativity Taps David Shane For Exec Veep Corporate Communications Post

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 10:10am PDT
Mike Fleming

David Shane has joined Relativity as EVP Corporate Communications. Shane will report directly to CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and president Tucker Tooley. He will be responsible for developing and directing the company’s communication strategy, overseeing media relations and serving as a communications adviser to the executive team. He will also partner with the company’s various divisions including film, television, sports, music, digital, home entertainment and international. Kavanaugh called Shane “a trusted adviser to the company and his creativity and strategic mindset will serve us well as Relativity continues to grow.” Read More »

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Relativity Makes Tucker Tooley Co-President, Ups Robbie Brenner To Production Boss

By | Friday September 30, 2011 @ 10:03am PDT

Relativity Media has promoted worldwide production president Tucker Tooley to co-president of Relativity and upped Robbie Brenner to take his spot. Tooley will oversee day-to-day operations at the company alongside current president Steve Bertram while also continuing to oversee Relativity’s film output. He will report to Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh; the two have worked together since 2007 to guide Relativity’s slate, and most recently Tooley has worked on the studio’s The Immortals, 21 And Over and Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. Brenner, previously EVP Production, will report to Tooley. Here’s the company’s release:

(Beverly Hills, Calif.) September 30, 2011 – Relativity Media announced today the promotion of Tucker Tooley to Co-President of Relativity. Robbie Brenner has also been promoted to President, Production taking over Tooley’s prior position.

In Tooley’s new role, he will oversee day-to-day operations alongside current President & CFO, Steve Bertram, and will continue to oversee Relativity’s film slate. Tooley will report directly to Relativity’s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh, as he did in his prior position as President, Worldwide Production. Brenner most recently served as Executive, Vice President, Production and will continue to report directly to Tooley.

Since 2007, Tooley has been instrumental in building the company’s single picture films division, along with Kavanaugh, into a fully-fledged studio developing, producing, acquiring and distributing 8-10 films per year. During his tenure, Tooley has managed the creative team while overseeing the recent production of Immortals, the 3-D epic adventure from the producers of 300 and acclaimed director Tarsem Singh, who is also directing Relativity’s Untitled Snow White. Tooley most recently worked on Untitled Snow White, 21 and Over, and Oscar®-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire.

Tooley has also executive produced such films as the box office hit Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Oscar®-winner Robert De Niro, The Fighter, starring Oscar®- nominated Mark Wahlberg, Oscar®-nominated Amy Adams and Oscar®-winners Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, and Dear John, directed by Oscar®-nominated Lasse Hallström, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried.

As President, Production, Brenner will continue to shepherd Relativity’s homegrown productions including Immortals, Untitled Snow White, and 21 and Over, and is in pre-production on such upcoming projects as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s The Crow, the film adaptation of Nicholas Spark’s best-selling Safe Haven and Out of the Furnace from the critically-acclaimed writer/director Scott Cooper. While at Relativity, Brenner also worked on The Fighter, Dear John, and was integral in helping to acquire Catfish.

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TOLDJA! Relativity Closes Big Acquisition Deal For Navy SEAL Movie ‘Act Of Valor’

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Relativity Media has closed its deal for Act of Valor, as Deadline revealed earlier today. Press release is below our original break on the deal. Relativity has dated the film for 2012, so I suspect it will be Presidents’ Day weekend in late February.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 1:27 PM: In what will shape up as arguably the biggest money paid for a finished film with an unknown cast, Relativity Media is finalizing a deal where Ryan Kavanaugh’s company will pay a $13 million minimum guarantee and a $30 million P&A commitment for Act of Valor, a mission movie involving Navy SEALs. The film’s being plotted for either a Veterans Day weekend release in November of a Presidents Day release in February.

The film will be the first movie about Navy SEALs to come out since that group killed Osama bin Laden; others SEAL films are percolating including a Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama about the actual hunt for bin Laden that Sony Pictures acquired. In Act of Valor, the half dozen lead roles were played by active-duty Navy SEALs, and the military was behind a picture that was shot under the radar. The picture was scripted by Kurt Johnstad (300) and directed by the Bandito Brothers’ Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh.

I’d heard that the picture was gaining buzz after it was given recruited screenings over the past couple weeks at the Arclight and in New York, and distributors began bidding. … Read More »

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Wayne Kramer To Next Direct ‘Ecstasia’ For Relativity Media

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media has optioned Ecstasia, a futuristic drama that was written and will be directed by The Cooler helmer Wayne Kramer. Kramer became available after he exited the Sylvester Stallone-starrer Headshot, and he expects this to be his next film. It came to Relativity through its relationship with Richard Branson’s film label, Virgin Produced. Set in an “alternate universe,” the drama occurs at a time when love no longer exists, except when it is artificially simulated through a costly procedure called “commitment.” Ecstasia is accomplished through computer chips implanted in  each couple. They are incredibly expensive to maintain, comparable to managing a mortgage. Those who cannot meet the cost are forced into “dissolution,” which ends the emotional link. Kramer’s film revolves around a man and woman who are 10 days away from losing their “commitment,” trying desperately to refinance their love. The film will be produced by Jason Felts, Rene Rigal, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Matt Rhodes and Renee Tab. Kramer’s repped by WME and Sentient Entertainment.

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