Hollywood; New WNET Chair; and more…
>> Chris Blackwell’s new entertainment company, Palm Pictures, announced last
week that it will be handling all of its film distribution out of a Chicago office
run by company distribution head Marvin Gleicher. The office is also home of
Manga Entertainment, a Japanese and international film company that is label
within the Palm organization.
>> Thirteen/WNET Vice Chairman Steven Rattner had been appointed the new
Chairman of the Board for the New York public broadcasting outlet, marking
the departure of Henry R. Kravis who served in the position for a decade.
According to the station, Rattner will be involved in WNET’s move to a
new facility and the channel’s transition from analog to digital transmission.
>> Announcing a first look production deal with Miramax recently, Matt Damon and
Ben Affleck issued a prepared statement that praised company Co-Chairmen
Harvey and Bob Weinstein, explaining, “These guys have become like family to us
and we’re proud to call their fine company our new home. Plus they demonstrated
a shocking and unprecedented willingness to part with a few Shekels.”
>> Seventh Art Releasing has grabbed the domestic rights to the 1998 Sundance
film, “Some Nudity Required,” according to Variety. The film was directed by
>> Foundry Film Partners, the gap financing company formed by producer Robert
Greenhut and banker Jon Ein is making the leap to bigger budgeted projects,
Variety reported yesterday. According to the Hollywood trade, creative executive
Jo Levi has moved to Los Angeles to “track more mainstream projects.” The
outfit is reportedly considering projects with budgets topping out at $50 million.
>> Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty“) took the new filmmaker award at the 1998
MTV Movie Awards over the weekend in Los Angeles. The awards program airs
Thursday on the music television network.
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