IFF Panama: Anarchy Triumphs as Primera Mirada Jury Award Two Cash Prizes

April 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PANAMA – Julio Hernández Cordón’s “Te Prometo Anarquía,” won the lion’s share Tuesday of IFF Panama’s pioneering Central America/Caribbean pics-in-post showcase, Primera Mirada. “Te Prometo Anarquía,” a Guatemalan-Mexican co-production was awarded a cash prize of $20.000 by the jury on behalf of the festival, while $5.000 was awarded to Costa Rica’s “The Sound of Things”... Read more

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Cary Fukunaga to Direct Series Based on Caleb Carr’s ‘The Alienist’

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Cary Fukunaga will direct and executive produce a drama series based on the Caleb Carr thriller “The Alienist” with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content producing, Variety has learned. Eric Roth and Hossein Amini are also exec producing. Amini, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for writing the script for “The Wings of the... Read more

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Mip TV: Mena Suvari on ‘South of Hell,’ Eli Roth, Her Chameleon Nature

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CANNES – Conjoining the talents of the world’s two young high priests of horror, Eli Roth and Jason Blum, Mena Suvari’s psychological chiller “South of Hell,” an eight-hour original drama, initiated its sales campaign Monday at Cannes Mip TV, having wrapped production in Charlestown in January. At Mip TV, in a pretty print dress, Suvari... Read more

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Mip TV: Studiocanal, Tomas Alfredson’s Spark TV Ink First-Look Pact (EXCLUSIVE)

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CANNES – Deepening yet further its impressive TV talent base in Scandinavia, European film-TV mini-major Studiocanal has inked a first-look pact with Spark TV, the Stockholm-based TV production company created by “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” director Tomas Alfredson and producing partner Piodor Gustafsson. Alfredson’s credits also include cult vampire tale “Let the Right One In.”... Read more

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Distributor Icon, FrightFest Seal Blood Pact in U.K.

April 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — U.K. distribution house Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the U.K.’s top horror film festival, have entered into an exclusive partnership that will see IFD releasing FrightFest curated films under the banner “FrightFest Presents.” The films will be made available in the U.K. and Ireland via IFD’s digital partners, including Sky, iTunes, Amazon, Blinkbox,... Read more

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Producer Mark Gordon to Be Honored at Fulfillment Fund Stars Gala

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Film and TV producer Mark Gordon will be recognized with the Tom Sherak Award at the Fulfillment Fund’s Stars 2015 benefit gala on October 14. The nonprofit is devoted to helping Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to achieve a college education. The 21st edition of the event will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Gordon... Read more

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Sanford Panitch Leaves Fox to Head Sony’s International Film and Television Division

April 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sanford Panitch is leaving 20th Century Fox to become president of international film and television at Sony Pictures, the studio said Monday. Newly appointed Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman is familiar with Panitch’s work. The two worked together for two decades when Rothman ran Fox’s film division. Panitch served as president of Fox International Productions,... Read more

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Syfy’s ‘Face Off’ Renewed for Season 9, Sets July Premiere Date

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Syfy’s inventive competition series “Face Off” has been renewed for a ninth season, Variety has learned exclusively. The contest — which tests the skill and creativity of special-effects make-up artists — will return for Season 9 on Tuesday, July 28 at 9 p.m. The ninth season of “Face Off” will also include the show’s 100th... Read more

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Helen Mirren’s Broadway Hit ‘The Audience’ Recoups

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“The Audience,” Helen Mirren’s stage reprise of the royal role that won her an Oscar, has moved into the black, managing to recoup its $3.4 million Broadway capitalization in eight weeks. The show, a hit in London that will re-open on the West End later this month with Kristin Scott Thomas playing the Queen of England, proved... Read more

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Mip TV: Fremantle Pacts With Shanghai Media For Future Formats

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FremantleMedia and partners Shanghai Media Group and China Media Capital have set up a joint venture to create and develop entertainment formats for the Chinese market.

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