By Indiewire | Indiewire March 31, 2000 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: Atom Pacts With Propeganda; New IMAGE Topper; Universal partners with reelshort.com
By Eugene Hernandez & Maya Churi/indieWIRE
>> Atom Signs Pact With Propaganda
(indieWIRE/3.31.00) -- Catching up on a deal that was announced during last
week's busy Yahoo! Festival, AtomFilms announced a co-production and
licensing deal with Propaganda Films. As part of the pact, the two
companies with co-produce projects that will be exclusively distributed by
AtomFilms and on a special section of the AtomFilms.com website.
Among the first projects in the deal is "Violent Crumble," directed by
Morgan J. Freeman ("Hurricane Streets") and starring Brendan Sexton III
("Welcome to the Dollhouse"). Propaganda intends to create short work with
a number of its directors, including Simon West, Keir MacFarlane, Brian
Beletic, Mark Osborne, Dante Ariola, Dominic Sena, Jamie Babbitt, Mark
Romanek, Steve Hanft, Jhoan Camitz and Josh Taft, according to an
Additionally, Propaganda is licensing some titles to Atom, including Paul
Boyd's "Choke" with Deborah Unger and Jack Kehoe and Jamie Babbitt's
"AtomFilms creative sensibilities and unparalleled distribution capacity
make it the ideal partner for Propaganda's first foray into on-line content
creation," commented Propaganda COO Trevor Macy, in a prepared statement,
"It is a great venue to develop content with broadband in mind."
>> Newman Named New IMAGE Chief
(indieWIRE/3.31.00) -- Brian Newman recently joined Atlanta's IMAGE Film & Video Center as the organizations new Executive Director. He replaced Anne
Hubbell, who recently left the media arts center.
Newman is a former Market Coordinator for the Independent Feature Project in
New York. He worked with IMAGE in 1996 while studying for a Master of Arts
in Film Studies at Emory University. He became the Assistant Coordinator of
Media Arts for the South Carolina Arts Commission in 1997.
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>> reelshort.com and Universal Pictures team to create online exhibition space
(indieWIRE/3.31.00) -- With the ever expanding breadth of short film
entertainment sites on the internet, Universal Pictures has teamed with
reelshort.com to stake their flag in the virtual fertile ground of the web.
According to a prepared statement, the partnership, which includes equity
investment in reelshort.com, will feed off of one another's resources of
film industry leadership and the New York independent film community.
This partnership will "provide opportunities for filmmakers working with
the website to take online and offline content to the next creative level."
The announcement, which as made by Stacey Sinder, chairman, Universal
Pictures, said that "This partnership gives Universal Pictures the unique
opportunity to be able to spotlight and nurture innovative and talented
young filmmakers." Jeremy Bernard reelshorts CEO and founder said
that the deal "is major victory for filmmakers." Reelshort.com is a
privately-held digital entertainment company. [Maya Churi]