A platoon of titles hits the specialty circuit this weekend, getting in ahead of steamroller Avatar: Way of Water and the year-end deadline for Oscar eligibility. This is a soul-searching, what-lies-ahead moment for a market still much too inconsistent for comfort, but that can be pondered later. At the moment, indie distributors are quite busy “with all these movies, and these plans to release theatrically. We are not going anywhere,” said one executive. The Gotham Awards earlier this were were a shot of goodwill. Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski recalled “the mandate that all of us share in the specialty film business” at the ceremony in NYC, kicking off awards season. “To all our friends at A24, at Neon, at Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, IFC, Bleecker Street, FilmNation, Cinetic, Participant and so many other wonderful companies,” he said — accepting an industry tribute with vice chairman Jason Cassidy – “We are in there together, defending a safe … [Read more...] about Indie Film Crush, Ahead Of ‘Avatar’ & Year End, Puts Arthouse Woes On Back Burner – Specialty Preview
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Roll up, roll up, Insiders. The Deadline International team have once again been travelling the world to bring you the latest news and analysis from the global film and TV biz, with Mel and Zac both in the Middle East. Max and I actually found the TV world descending on London for once, so we didn’t have to go so far for access. Read on. London Calling Tighten those belts : Straight over to Max Goldbart with this report — As news emerged repeatedly of mass layoffs at a wealth of legacy U.S. media companies this week, some of the most senior execs in the business were facing tricky questions about the economic headwinds at the Content London event in the UK’s capital. “Belt tightening is coming,” according to Showtime Entertainment President Jana Winograde, who teased her Paramount-owned network’s approach to the global macroeconomic crisis: keeping up the tentpoles but “finding creative ways” to fund lower budget shows. Warner Bros. TV Studios boss Channing Dungey … [Read more...] about International Insider: London Calling; Harry & Meghan’s Doc; Red Sea Festival; Screen Scotland’s EFF To Rise?; Shanghai Disney
EXCLUSIVE: George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth have launched BedBy8 , a production company focused on scripted television projects, limited series and documentaries. Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco serves as President of the company. BedBy8 already has two projects in development at 20th Television. The first is Let’s Not Do This Again , based on Grant Ginder’s book, with Jenni Konner attached to write and executive produce, which has has been set up at Hulu. The second is Intelligence , a dark comedy based on the book by Susan Hasler, with JJ Philbin & David Feeney writing and executive producing. Husband-and-wife duo Stephanopoulos and Wentworth as well as Mastromonaco executive produce both projects for BedBy8. The new company expands Stephanopoulos’ Disney footprint to the scripted side of the company while also doubling up on his nonfiction/documentary efforts. He anchors ABC News’ Good Morning America and This Week … [Read more...] about George Stephanopulos & Ali Wentworth Launch BedBy8 Production Company, Set ‘Let’s Not Do This Again’ & ‘Intelligence’ As First Projects
Julia Reichert , the documentary filmmaker who won an Oscar in 2020 with husband and directing partner Steven Bognar for American Factory , died last night of bladder cancer. She was 76. A longtime resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio, her death was announced by the area’s public radio station WYSO, where Reichert had previously hosted a weekly show. With a focus on class issues, gender inequality, race and the global economy’s impact on middle-class – and often Midwestern – America, Reichert’s films included such Oscar nominees as Union Maids (1976) Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists (1983, with Jim Klein) and The Last Truck: Closing of A GM Plant (2009, with Steven Bognar), the latter film documenting the closing of a GM plant in the Dayton suburb of Moraine. The couple’s Oscar came with American Factory, an in-depth look at the economic, social ramifications and culture clashes when that abandoned GM plant of The Last Truck was reopened by an … [Read more...] about Julia Reichert Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘American Factory’ Documentarian Was 76
Daisy Ridley ( Star Wars ) will star in and EP the series adaptation of Nina de Gramont’s best-selling novel, The Christie Affair . Juliette Towhidi ( Calendar Girls , Death Comes to Pemberley ) will adapt the script. Miramax TV is set to develop and produce the murder mystery. In 1926, when her husband’s affair became public, Agatha Christie vanished for eleven days. In this reimagining, told through the eyes of her husband’s mistress Nan O’Dea (Ridley), Nan and Agatha become entwined in each other’s lives in ways neither expected. The Christie Affair was published by St. Martin’s Press on February 1, 2022, becoming a UK no. 1 bestseller. On this side of the pond, the novel was included on the New York Times Bestseller list, as well as Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Miramax TV will produce with the Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Rich Green, Jeremy Bell, and DJ Goldberg as Executive Producers. Marina Niel is supervising the project … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’ Star Daisy Ridley To Star In & EP ‘The Christie Affair’ From Miramax TV
Quentin Oliver Lee , a New York stage and opera performer who most recently appeared earlier this year in the acclaimed, award-winning Off Broadway production of Heather Christian’s Oratorio for Living Things , died yesterday of colon cancer. He was 34. “Quentin passed in the wee hours of the morning,” his wife Angie announced on Lee’s Instagram page. “It was the most beautiful moment of my life. I saw his last breaths, held his hand tight, and felt his heartbeat slowly drift away. He had a smile on his face, and was surrounded by those he loves. It was peaceful, and perfect.” Lee’s Broadway credits include the 2021 revival of Caroline, or Change, in which he understudied the roles of the Bus and the Dryer, and the 2017 production of Prince of Broadway . He toured for more than a year in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera , and was an understudy in Diane Paulus’ touring production of Porgy and Bess . On the opera stage, Lee appeared in I Am Harvey Milk … [Read more...] about Quentin Oliver Lee Dies: Broadway Actor, Opera Singer Was 34
The hundreds of layoffs at CNN this week were, as CNN boss Chris Licht predicted, a “gut punch,” but the question for staffers — and viewers — is what will happen next. For viewers, the changes may be apparent in a number of ways, particularly at HLN, where the Robin Meade-anchored Morning Express is ending and Meade, whose first day on air at HLN was Sept. 11, 2001, is departing along with staffers. Instead, CNN will replace the morning show with a simulcast of CNN This Morning , the relaunched version of New Day . HLN, which was formerly the newscast-dominated Headline News, had shifted for the rest of the day to largely a format of true-crime shows, something that resembles Warner Bros Discovery sibling network ID. So it wasn’t a complete surprise that ID would take on responsibilities for the true-crime block. Licht has indicated that, as the network undergoes cuts, he wants to minimize the impact on newsgathering. Nevertheless, a number of reporters and … [Read more...] about CNN “Gut Punch” Of Layoffs And Cost Cuts: What Happens Next?