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DAILY NEWS: NY Reporters Bail; Artisan Exec Upped; Lechner Back; Dot Com Sundance; Seventh Art Corre

DAILY NEWS: NY Reporters Bail;
Artisan Exec Upped; Lechner Back;
Dot Com Sundance; Seventh Art Correction

by Eugene Hernandez


>> NY Film Reporters Ankle Hollywood Trades


(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Two regulars within the New York film scene -
namely the beat writers for the two Hollywood trades - have abandoned
their posts at Variety and
The Hollywood Reporter. Variety's Oliver Jones left the
trade this
week to take a gig at US Magazine, while the Reporter's Thom
Geier

jumped to Entertainment Weekly shortly before Sundance.


Jones replaced Monica Roman on the film beat last year -- she has
since
landed at Business Week -- while Geier replaced Joe Steuer
who left HR
to head the short-lived magazine, INDIE. Steuer was at
Sundance
with the Internet start-up, On2.com.



>> Jones Upped at Artisan


(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Amorette Jones has been elevated to the
position of Executive Vice
President, Worldwide Marketing at Artisan where she previously
served
as Senior Vice President. The move comes as Marketing President John

Hegeman makes a move to -- in the company's words -- "assume a more
active role in exploring and developing Internet opportunities for
Artisan."


Artisan's marketing department is clearly a high-profile place given
the incredible box-office success the company had with last year's
"The Blair Witch Project." Jones, aware of the industry
microscope,
told indieWIRE yesterday that the company remains determined to take
challenging movies and offer them as moviegoing alternatives for younger

audiences that have not typically been courted by specialty distributors

over the past decade.


LA-based Jones, and her bi-coastal team, will be tackling an Artisan
slate this year that includes Roman Polanski's "The Ninth
Gate
,"
Jim Jarmusch's new film, "Ghost Dog," Darren
Aronofsky
's "Requiem
for a Dream
," the next "Blair Witch" project, and a new John
Waters

film ("Cecil B. Demented").



>> Lechner Lands @radical.media


(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- "Ladies and gentlemen, the rules have changed,"
former Miramax executive
Jack Lechner explained in a speech at IFFCON last month, "Five
years
ago, if you scraped together the money to make a nice little movie --
not
a breakthrough in cinema history, but not a turkey either -- that movie
had a future." Continuing he offered the flat contrast, "Most of the
independent films being made in America right now will not have a
future."


Lechner, who served as Harvey and Bob Weinstein's Executive
Vice-President
of Production and Development, has declared the death of indie film as
we
know it and now joined a commercial production company that is making a
play to become viable movie producer. Lechner will oversee existing film

and TV projects at the company and usher in new efforts.



>> Park City Dot Com


(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Much has been written over the past two weeks
about the "dot-comming" of
Sundance. This was the year that the mainstream entertainment
and media
worlds seemed to realize that Park City's annual film frenzy is the
perfect
place to launch and promote dot com companies, not to mention use the
Internet
as an alternative means of exploring the festival and its films. (Of
course
this is yesterday's news to the old-timers at indieWIRE who
launched the
first daily Sundance webcast in 1996 and hosted the first Park City
dot-com
party in 1998.)


Sundance filmmakers have complained (some legitimately) that the sexy
dot com media angle made it harder for those with smaller movies to get
the
press attention they needed. Also injured slightly along the way were
the
established Park City alternatives like Slamdance. I for one ended up
devoting
much of my non-Sundance time to the dot com scene. The Internet sucked
away hours the same way that Slumdance did a few years back -- shorts on

a bus, dot com concerts, and site launch parties (like the one staged by
the
Haxan films crew) grabbed the free time that I typically spent at
the
Treasure Mountain Inn.

Yet, we simply cannot ignore the fact that Slamdance again led an array
of
alterna-dances. Underground festival gatekeeper Bryan Wendorf
weighs in
today with a closer look at Sundance's original alternative.



>> CORRECTION: Seventh Art Has Not Acquired "Day"


(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Contrary to yesterday's report in
indieWIRE, Seventh Art has not acquired
the rights to the Sundance award-winner "Long Night's Journey Into
Day
."
Oren Bitan set the record straight yesterday. We apologize for
the error,
that Sundance party was loud and crowded, we clearly misheard the
information...

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