Lionsgate Invests $2 Million in Finnish App Developer Next Games

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate has formed a partnership with Finland-based games developer Next Games under which it will invest $2 million in the startup, as the studio looks to extend entertainment franchises like “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Divergent” into the segment. Next Games announced the first part of its external investment round earlier this year, raising $6 million in financing... Read more

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Lionsgate Invests $2 Million in Finnish App Developer Next Games

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate has formed a partnership with Finland-based games developer Next Games under which it will invest $2 million in the startup, as the studio looks to extend entertainment franchises like “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Divergent” into the segment. Next Games announced the first part of its external investment round earlier this year, raising $6 million in financing... Read more

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Hamptons Film Festival’s SummerDocs Series Adds Two Sundance Titles

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival’s annual SummerDocs series of documentary programming will round out its 2014 slate with Rory Kennedy’s “Last Days in Vietnam” and Jesse Moss’ “The Overnighters,” both of which screened at Sundance earlier this year. Alex Baldwin, who usually hosts SummerDocs events, will moderate conversations with Kennedy and subject Stuart Herrington for... Read more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Join ‘Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes’

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Guardians of the Galaxy are joining “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.” The characters — Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora and Groot — will be featured in a new play set this fall for the second iteration of Disney Interactive’s video game, that combines on screen game play with physical figures. Inspired by the Marvel... Read more

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India’s Dev Benegal Wins NAFF Project Prize at Korea’s PiFan

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

'Man Who Copied Himself' claims double honors at genre film market

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Endemol Inks Drama Pact with Tally Garner’s Mam Tor Prods.

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Endemol, one of the world’s largest independent television companies, has inked an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with U.K. drama producer Mam Tor Prods., which is headed by Tally Garner. Endemol will provide development funding and deficit financing as part of the three-year deal. Endemol Worldwide Distribution, the world sales arm, will handle international... Read more

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WATCH: New ‘Dear White People’ Trailer Makes Pointed Observations

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Six months after the movie’s premiere at Sundance, the new trailer for Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” is making pointed observations about how black and white people interact. “Dear white people,” says a black radio DJ at the fictional Winchester College. “The minimum number of black friends to not seem racist has been raised to... Read more

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Time Warner Sale: CEO Incentives Could Inspire Troublesome Megadeals

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The prospect of 21st Century Fox acquiring Time Warner has Wall Street and Hollywood bracing for a wave of mergers and acquisitions to hit the media sector. Conventional wisdom holds that entertainment conglomerates must bulk up to counter the size of tech giants like Google and the pending combinations of Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV.... Read more

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Private Film Fund Based in Canary Islands Launches (EXCLUSIVE)

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a bid to tap the hefty 38% tax breaks of Spain’s Canary Islands, Beverly Hills-based Defiant Pictures, run by producers Lucas Jarach and Nicolas Veinberg, has launched a private capital film fund in partnership with Spanish investment firm Grupo Eneas. Fund will disburse coin for an annual slate of five Canary Islands-based pics with... Read more

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Sam Worthington Starrer ‘Hunter’s Prayer’ Nabs $25 Million from Screen Yorkshire

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hitman thriller “Hunter’s Prayer,” which stars “Avatar” thesp Sam Worthington, has received a $25 million investment from U.K. regional film and TV org Screen Yorkshire. The pic, which was previously known as “For the Dogs” and will be helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), will shoot in Northern England and Hungary... Read more

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