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MGM Worldwide Television expands senior team

5 hours ago

Company hires Mina Patel, Todd Parkin; promotes Annie Khostegyan.

MGM said on Monday it had hired Mina Patel as senior vice-president of worldwide television distribution, and Todd Parkin as senior vice-president and general manager of MGM Domestic Networks.

The company has also promoted Annie Khostegyan to senior vice-president of domestic television distribution.

Patel will lead sales administration operations for MGM Worldwide TV Distribution and reports to Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions.

Patel most recently worked as a management consultant for non-profit organisations including Step Up On Second. She also served as senior vice-president of sales strategy and operations at CBS Studios International, overseeing digital global content management and supervising administration and sales operations at regional offices in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America.

Prior to CBS Studios, she was a vice-president of sales planning and administration at Paramount International Television. She began her career at MGM Studios in International Television Worldwide Sales.  

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' ending to change

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Participant Media confirms move ahead of July 28 release.

Producer and financier Participant Media confirmed on Monday that changes are being made to An Inconvenient Sequel before it launches through Paramount on July 28 in light of the Us withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

Participant sources confirmed the move after directors Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen spoke to press at the Nantucket Film Festival over the weekend, where the film screened as the closing night presentation.

While the film that screened was the same edit as the one presented in Cannes – itself a slight modification from the version that premiered in Sundance to include President Donald Trump’s assumption of office – there will be a new ending to the eco documentary.

Directors Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen said the new version will incorporate a message of hope and address Trump’s shock withdrawal at the start of June from the global agreement on emissions levels.

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Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy join Hulu drama 'Castle Rock'

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Actresses join previously announced Andre Holland in 10-part series.

Hulu announced on Monday that Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy have joined the cast of its upcoming original drama series Castle Rock.

The psychological horror series is set in Maine and based on the Stephen King multiverse, combining the mythological scale and characters of the author’s best-loved works.

Spacek will play Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Andre Holland), a retired professor whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock’s unsettling past. 

Spacek is already a staple in the world of Stephen King, having played the titular character in the 1976 horror Carrie, based on King’s novel. She recently starred for three seasons on Netflix’s Bloodline

Levy, most known for her turn in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory, will play Jackie, the death-obsessed, self-appointed historian of Castle Rock. She recently starred in the horror film Don’t Breathe. 

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Kevin Bacon says the 'Tremors' reboot is heading to SyFy channel

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Kevin Bacon has revealed that the Tremors reboot which he is developing with Oscar-nominated Whiplash producer Jason Blum is set to be made with broadcaster SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel).

“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy,” the Footloose and Diner star told Screen while at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was attending a screening of Story Of A Girl, in which he co-stars.

Bacon originally approached Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum, whose horror credits include Paranormal Activity and Insidious, with the idea of reviving cult comedy-horror Tremors as a feature film, but the project is now being developed as an eight-episode TV series, which Bacon will star in and produce.

He will again be playing Valentine McKee, the Nevada handyman who tussles with gigantic man-eating sandworms. »

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Chinese animation 'Have A Nice Day' heads to multiple territories

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Exclusive: Mfi announces fresh deals on dark comedy crime caper set in small town China.

Memento Film International (Mfi) has announced a slew of fresh deals on Chinese feature animation Have A Nice Day which premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

The Paris-based sales company has sold the film to Spain (La Aventura), Benelux (Fu Works), Switzerland (Outside the Box), Greece (Seven Films), Turkey (Bir Film), Former Yugoslavia (Megacom), Hungary (Cirko) and airlines (Encore).

News of the deals follows Us distributor Strand Releasing’s announcement last week that it had acquired all Us rights to the feature for an autumn release. 

As previously announced, streaming service Mubi acquired the title for UK and Ireland for a theatrical and VOD release in April.

Mfi is sharing sales on the film with Hong Kong-based sales and distribution outfit Edko Films which handles Asia. Mfi handles all other territories.

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Creativity Capital, Creativity Media launch production outfit Riverhouse

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Exclusive: Company’s debut slate includes Microwave feature Looted.

Film financier Creativity Capital and post-production house Creativity Media are joining forces to set up Riverhouse, a London-based film and TV production company.

The new outfit is launching its slate with Looted, the debut feature of Rene Pannevis, whose short film Jacked was nominated for a Berlin Crystal Bear in 2016.

Looted was commissioned through Film London’s Microwave scheme, the low-budget film initiative that is backed by the BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset. Produced by Jennifer Eriksson and Jessie Mangum, the film follows a young man who makes a criminal mistake that will scar him for life.

Also on the Riverhouse debut slate is Polish thriller Tempelhof, co-produced with Wojciech Stulik of Tfp, a remake of Creativity Media’s 2012 film The List with Barry Films, and a project titled Red Star which is in development with Goalpost Film.

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HBO Nordic executive to deliver Strategic Partners keynote

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Atlantic International Film Festival co-production market to run in September.

HBO Nordic commissioning editor and vice-president of original programming Hanne Palmquist will deliver the keynote address at the Strategic Partners co-production market in Halifax, Canada.

The upcoming 20th market supported by Fin takes place against the backdrop of the Atlantic International Film Festival and is scheduled to run from September 14-16.

This year’s edition will focus on dramatic features and TV fiction, climaxing in a two-year spotlight on the Nordic region that has brought the likes of Only God Forgives producers Space Rocket Nation and M&M Productions, the company behind 2010 best live-action short film Oscar winner The New Tenants.

Palmquist’s (pictured) speech will span the earliest days of Lars Von Trier’s Danish powerhouse Zentropa to the need to champion emerging talent as she explores how a region establishes itself as a producer of globally renowned content.

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Shanghai fest awards top prizes to 'Pedicab', 'Shuttle Life'

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Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu selects winners.

Pedicab, directed by the Philippines’ Paolo Villaluna, won best film at the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Golden Goblet awards on Sunday night.

The film (pictured) follows a diverse group of people travelling by pedicab from Manila to the perceived paradise of their home province.

The Golden Goblets jury, headed by Cristian Mungiu, awarded the grand jury prize to Yellow, from Iranian filmmaker Mostafa Taghizad’h, which also picked up best actress for Sareh Bayat’s performance.

Best director went to Polish filmmaker Maciej Pieprzyca for I Am A Killer, while China’s Huang Bo won best actor for his role in Cai Shang-jun’s The Conformist. Russian director Ivan Bolotnikov’s Kharms was awarded best screenplay (Bolotnikov) and best DoP (Sandor Berkeshi).

Romania’s Fault Condition won the award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, while best documentary went to Germany’s When Paul Came Over The Sea – Journal Of An Encounter »

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Film Movement, Bond/360 form doc alliance

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Deal comes as Film Movement aims to expand footprint in documentary arena.

New York-based distributor Film Movement and documentary specialist Bond/360 have struck an alliance to broaden their reach into festivals and the educational sales arena.

Through Film Movement, Bond/360 will enhance the reach of their titles into festivals, community screenings, home entertainment and digital platforms, airlines, and hotels. 

Bond/360 will assist in expanding the representation of Film Movement’s catalogue of documentaries and narrative films to educational institutions.

Film Movement has recently moved more aggressively into the documentary space, acquiring more than two dozen features in the last two years, including such titles as My Love, Don’t Cross That River, Randall White’s Hockney, Jack Riccobono’s The Seventh Fire, and Tanja Cumming’s Lodz ghetto film Line 41.

Bond/360 has more than 40 documentary features that will join Film Movement’s library of more than 300 features and 150 short films.

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Elvis Presley manager biopic set to go into production

25 June 2017 7:18 PM, PDT

Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, Joe Berlinger join forces for 2018 production start on ‘The Colonel

Music and media producer Spencer Proffer, producer-director Steve Binder and filmmaker Joe Berlinger have teamed up to bring the profile of long-time music manager Colonel Tom Parker to the big screen.    

Parker, who died in 1997 aged 87, was a music business entrepreneur who lived an intriguing personal life. He arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. According to biographer Alanna Nash, he may have been involved in a murder in his native Holland.

Berlinger will direct from a screenplay based on Nash’s 2003 book The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story Of Colonel Tom Parker And Elvis Presley, published by Simon & Schuster. It was one of four books Nash authored on Presley.

The team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger, and Nash will co-write the screenplay.

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