Spacey, Fine Line Deal; Schrader Wins WGA Award
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> Hill Leaves Clein + White
Veteran Clein + White publicist, and head of the C + W New York office,
Jeff Hill, has left the Public Relations firm. VP Jeremy Walker will
assume Hill's duties as head of the New York Office. Hill did not
comment on his future plans.
>> IFC To Reach 23 Million Homes By Year's End
The Bravo Networks-owned and operated Independent Film Channel (IFC)
announced that it will end 1998 being available in 23 million homes,
with 11 million viewing customers. The IFC recently signed master
Multiple System Operator (MSO) agreements with MediaOne in the Los
Angeles area, including West Los Angeles, Hollywood, Westchester and
South Central; areas of Michigan and Ohio; all New England systems, and
Chicago. Additionally, the IFC is launching with Lenfest in
Philadelphia, PA and TCI Digital on several Iowa systems including
Clinton, Ft. Dodge, Muscatine, Waverly and Boone.
Bravo also announced that is had signed a master MSO agreements with
Media One on their Atlanta system which began to offer Bravo on November
1. BRAVO Networks are comprised of BRAVO, The Independent Film Channel,
World Cinema, BRAVO International, IFC Productions and Next Wave Films.
>> Kaye Files Suit Against DGA, NLC
Director Tony Kaye has named New Line Cinema and the Directors Guild of
America in a $200 million lawsuit, according to the Hollywood Reporter,
claiming that they violated several laws when they refused to remove his
name from the film "American History X," after actor Edward Norton made
changes to the film. The suit claims that New Line breached the
director's contract and that the DGA violated his first amendment rights
when they refused his request to use a pseudonym.
The Reporter also stated that in October, DGA president Jack Shea
released a statement which in part said that there are certain
obligations placed on a director when s/he requests a pseudonym, and
that these obligations include not publicly stating that they have requested
a pseudonym, nor publicly criticizing the film. Shea added that the
conditions were part of the DGA's agreement with producers. Kaye's lawsuit
maintains that those clauses "impacted adversely upon Kaye's First Amendment right to speak freely," according to the trade. Kaye's suit also claims that by
not allowing him to remove his name from the project, New Line and the
DGA are in violation of two Federal statutes, one involving
labor-management relations and one involving truth-in-advertising.
However, regarding Norton's involvement in the final cut of the film,
The Reporter quoted a source "close to the film" as saying that "Edward
Norton, at Tony's urging, participated in every phase of the movie,
including postproduction. Tony invited Edward into the editing room, and
Edward was never there without Tony being present."
>> Furthur Films Hires Drogin
NY-based Marcy Drogin, a former literary and theater scout for
Addis/Wechsler, More-Medavoy Management and the IFC's Next Wave Films,
has been tapped by Michael Douglas' Furthur Films to run its New York
branch, according to Daily Variety. As VP of Creative Affairs, Drogin's
duties will include searching out literary and theater projects for
Furthur to produce. According to Variety, Drogin will report to Douglas
and Furthur producer Allison Segan.
>> Spacey Deals With Fine Line
According to Daily Variety, Fine Line Features has inked Kevin Spacey
and his Trigger Street Productions to a two-year, first-look deal. Fine
Line President Mark Ordesky told Variety that it was Spacey's
participation in marketing meetings for the upcoming Fine Line pic
"Hurlyburly," that inspired Ordesky to make the first deal of this kind
for the distributor. Spacey stars in "Hurlyburly," the upcoming Fine
Line release. In addition to producing and starring, the deal may give
Spacey a chance to direct again, following his debut at the helm of
>> Schrader To Receive WGA Laurel Award
According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer/director Paul Schrader will
receive the Writers Guild of America's Laurel Award, their highest honor
for screenwriting. His writing credits include "Raging Bull," "Taxi
Driver," "The Last Temptation of Christ" and the upcoming "Bringing Out
the Dead," all for director Martin Scorsese. As a writer/director,
Schrader's credits include "Touch," "Affliction," "Light Sleeper,"
"American Gigolo," "Mishima," "Hardcore" and "Blue Collar," among
others, while his directing credits include "The Comfort of Strangers"
and "Cat People." Past recipients of the Award include Woody Allen, Neil
Simon, Billy Wilder, Bo Goldman, Robert Towne, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and
Waldo Salt, according to the trade, which also stated that the award is
given to a guild member "who has advanced the literature of the motion
picture through the years and who has made outstanding contributions to
the profession of the screenwriter." Schrader will receive the award on
February 20th in Los Angeles.