DAILY NEWS: IFC's New Film; Atom Wireless; Lions Gate Pick-Up
by Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE
>>IFC Announces Another Acquisition, Levring's "King"
(indieWIRE/ 11.8.00) -- IFC Films has announced another acquisition, picking
up Kristian Levring's Dogma 95 film, "The King is Alive." The rights were acquired from Good Machine International and Newmarket Capital Group. The film, which debuted at Cannes and screened at the Telluride and Toronto festivals, was stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Janet McTeer, Bruce Davison, and Romane Bohringer.
"'The King is Alive' is a visually stunning film using techniques that let
this amazing ensemble of actors deliver brilliant and wrenching
performances," commented IFC Films' Sr. VP of Marketing & Distribution Bob
Berney in a prepared statement. "Although it comes out of the DOGME
tradition, Kristian's film completely stands on its own and we are very
proud to bring it to North America." [Eugene Hernandez]
>>AtomFilms Signs "Six-Figure" Wireless Syndication Pact
(indieWIRE/ 11.8.00) -- Today, AtomFilms will announce a pact to bring
syndicated content to wireless devices. The company made the deal with
Scandinavia's leading media company, Schibsted. According to an Atom
source, the pact is "a hefty six figure syndication deal" that was negotiated by Atom's UK branch.
Atom indicated that it will syndicate 100 shorts and animations that will be
distributed over the next 18 months via Schibsted's new portal for wireless
"Schibsted clearly understands the value of entertainment in the wireless
space," commented Adam Flick, AtomFilms' VP of new platform development in a
prepared statement. "AtomFilms is thrilled to be working with such a prestigious media company as Schibsted on their mobile initiative." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Lions Gate Nabs Zaloom's "Shebang"
(indieWIRE/ 11.8.00) -- Lions Gate has announced the acquisition of George
Zaloom's "The Whole Shebang," a romantic comedy starring Stanley Tucci, Bridget Fonda, Talia Shire and Giancarlo Giannini.
"'The Whole Shebang' is a touching, romantic character piece, featuring
standout performances by Stanley Tucci and Bridget Fonda," commented Lions
Gate's Tom Ortenberg in a prepared statement. "George Zaloom has imbued it
with an irresistible charm, which we are looking forward to sharing with U.S. audiences." [Eugene Hernandez]