Refresh for latest… Good Universe has added Michael Meyer as EVP of international. The former Lionsgate and Mandate exec will work with international chief Helen Lee-Kim to grow the business and will have oversight of business and legal affairs and overall administration of the division. This is a re-team for Meyer with Lee-Kim and Good Universe co-founders Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane following runs together at Lionsgate and Mandate. XLrator Media has acquired U.S. rights to Content Films’ Ironclad: Battle For Blood. Warner Bros. has also picked up the film in the UK. Other territories sold include France, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Scandinavia and South Korea. The sequel sees a survivor of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fight to save his clan from from Celtic raiders.
Michael Benaroya, Benaroya Pictures Michael Benaroya is just 32-years-old but he says part of the success of his Benaroya Pictures is based on an “old-fashioned” value system. “If we shake hands, we’re doing a deal.” Benaroya produced two movies that debuted in Cannes last year, The Paperboy and Lawless, and this year had Kill Your Darlings in Sundance. He says a hallmark of the projects his company boards is that they are cast driven. Upcoming, he’s exec producing Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Toxic Avenger reboot; and producing Guy Pearce and Kristen Wiig in Hateship, Loveship and Felony with Joel Edgerton and Jai Courtney. Toxic Avenger along with the Clive Owen-starrer King Of The Castle and Stephen King adaptation Cell, are being sold here in Cannes by Benaroya’s new sales arm, IFT. That venture is a partnership with Miscellaneous Entertainment to sell the theatrical feature productions from their own banners as well as third-party titles. They’re starting with a $15M fund. Although he’s had “great and not great experiences” with sales companies, not being in control of an outside agency’s priorities is an issue. This is the first market for IFT and Benaroya says he’s in town to “see what the pulse is of what’s working.” He’s also here looking to make some deals. “At every market, sales companies ... Read More »
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi The only female helmer in Competition in Cannes graduates to the big show as a director for the first time this year with A Castle In Italy. Italian-born Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi has appeared many times across the festival’s official selections as an actress and in 2007 was in Un Certain Regard for directing Actrices for which she won a special jury prize. The sister of France’s former First Lady Carla Bruni is a star at home who hails from a well-to-do family, but knows how to poke fun at herself. Despite her heritage, “she makes movies that are tongue in cheek and has a Woody Allen-esque tone to what she does” says an exec involved in Italy. And that makes her “very likeable.” She’s had roles in Hollywood movies including Ridley Scott’s A Good Year and jury president Steven Spielberg’s Munich and has worked with director (and co-competitor) François Ozon in 5X2 and Time To Leave. Her directing breakout in France was 2003′s It’s Easier For A Camel. A Castle In Italy, in which she also acts, is about a family forced to sell their Italian home and is said to be partly auto-biographical. Guillaume Canet Blood Ties helmer Guillaume Canet has been referred to as ... Read More »
With upfronts happening in NYC this week, it feels like a lot of the TV action is occurring off-screen. But the reality wars and multiple finales Monday proved the small screen still has a lot of moving and shaking going on. Coming off three nights last week of the live playoff round and a season low, The Voice (3.6/10) took a hit last night — and not just because the AC wasn’t working in the studio for the first part of the show. The Voice was down 12% to hit a performance low for this season, and while it was the night’s top-rated show, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother bested it for the first time in their overlapping half hour. Of course, with a live show expect to see those numbers adjusted in final ratings. The Voice’s lead-out Revolution (1.9/5) was also down, but only 5% from last week. NBC still won in the adults 18-49 demo, while ABC was tops in total viewers. Related: Christina Aguilera Returning To ‘Voice’ As Shakira Exits On ABC, Dancing With The Stars (2.0/6) tied a series performance low from last week but was the most watched show of the night with 13.01 million viewers. The season finale of the recently renewed Castle (2.2/6) had mixed results, rising 10% from ... Read More »
A big reveal in the season finale lifted CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” to its best young-adult demos since February, edging out NBC’s “The Voice” head to head. The Peacock prevailed on the night even though its music contest was down, while a good season finale for “Castle” contributed to ABC’s victory among... Read more »
ABC is launching eight new series in the fall and taking some big swings, including a Tuesday lineup of all-new series. Rebel Wilson’s hot streak continues, with the popular actress landing the post-Modern Family slot for her comedy Super Fun Night. ABC is trying to stem Dancing With The Stars‘ ratings decline by killing the Tuesday edition, with the Monday 8-10 PM show incorporating both performances and results. Here is ABC’s fall schedule, analysis and descriptions of all 13 new series for next season, including newly picked up adventure reality series The Quest from The Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri. ABC FALL 2013-2014 SCHEDULE (New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT) MONDAY 8 PM – Dancing With The Stars 10 PM – Castle TUESDAY 8 PM – MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. 9 PM – THE GOLDBERGS 9:30 PM – TROPHY WIFE 10 PM – LUCKY 7 WEDNESDAY 8 PM – The Middle 8:30 PM – BACK IN THE GAME 9 PM – Modern Family 9:30 PM – SUPER FUN NIGHT 10 PM – Nashville THURSDAY 8 PM – ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND 9 PM – Grey’s Anatomy 10 PM – Scandal FRIDAY 8 PM – Last Man Standing 8:30 PM – The Neighbors 9 PM – Shark Tank 10 PM – 20/20 SATURDAY 8 PM – Saturday Night College Football SUNDAY 7 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos 8 PM – Once Upon A Time 9 PM – Revenge 10 PM – BETRAYAL
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