DAILY NEWS: Landmark Deal and Independent Lens Lineup
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks
>> Landmark Theaters Set for Onex Deal
(indieWIRE: 11.13.02) -- Canada's Onex Corporation, owner of Loews Cineplex
Entertainment, has announced its plans to purchase Landmark Theaters, the
U.S.'s leading art and specialty film chain. The deal is worth about $126
"Landmark is an exceptional fit for Loews Cineplex," said Anthony Munk,
managing director of Onex Investment Corp., in a prepared statement. "It
extends Loews Cineplex' strategy of being a leading exhibitor in the major
urban centers of North America. We believe there are no better operators in
the expanding niche of art and specialty exhibition than the management of
The Canadian company's holdings include Loews Cineplex, Star Theatres, Magic Johnson Theatres, Yelmo Cineplex, Megabox Cineplex, Grupo Cinemex, and Galaxy Entertainment. It owns a total of 296 theatres and 2,877 screens in five countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Spain, and Korea.
Landmark, founded in 1974, owns 53 theaters and 174 screens in 13 U.S.
states, including the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles, the Kendall Square
Cinema in Boston, the Plaza Frontenac Cinema in St. Louis, the Century
Centre, and and the new Landmark Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, as well as the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema outside Washington, D.C. [Eugene
>> PBS' "Independent Lens" Unveils New Season of "Reality TV with a Brain"
(indieWIRE: 11.13.02) -- Docs focusing on the founders of the Gray Panthers,
female members of the French Resistance during World War II, and gay parents
are some of the subjects profiled in the upcoming season of the weekly
primetime series "Independent Lens" presented by the Independent Television
Service (ITVS) and PBS. Fourteen programs will air from February 4 through
June 3 as what the two organizations call "reality TV with a brain." The
series begins with "Maggie Growls," produced by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater about Gray Panthers founder Maggie Kuhn who started the
organization to combat forced retirement. Other program highlights include a
look at gay parenting in "Daddy & Papa," produced by Johnny Symons, and
"Sisters in Resistance," produced by Maia Wechsler. The film profiles four
French women who were personally in no danger of arrest in Nazi-occupied
France that joined the Resistance fighters and later sent to the Ravensbruck
concentration camp. The series is funded by a grant from the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting with additional funding by PBS.
"PBS is delighted to expand the presence in our primetime programming line
up," said PBS VP of programming Alyce Myatt in a prepared statement. "PBS
has a commitment to bring diverse voices and new creative perspectives to
American audiences. "'Independent Lens' provides us with another weekly
platform to share those voices."
Additional programs in the series include: "Off the Charts," produced by
Jamie Meltzer on the song-poem subculture; "On this Island" (Stephanie
Slewka) about a clash over arts education in Maine; "Downside Up" (Nancy
Kelly) about a dying town that resuscitates itself through the arts; "Los
Trabajadores" (The Workers), produced by Heather Courtney about Mexican day laborers in Austin; "Strange Fruit" (Joel Katz) on the famous Billie Holiday song; "Bird by Bird with Annie" (Freida Lee Mock), a portrait of best-selling author Anne Lamott; "Heart of the Sea" (Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker) about Hawaiian surf legend Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn; "Guns and Mothers" (Thom Powers) about a mother of four in favor of gun ownership; "Razing Appalachia" (Sasha Waters) about families fighting a mining company in West Virginia; "Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer" (Nancy Schiesari) about the depression-era photographer. [Brian Brooks]