DAILY NEWS: MStrike Deadline Passes Without Agreement; Wittkowsky is Leaving Cleveland Org; "Kiss Kiss" Deal
by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> UPDATE: Strike Deadline Passes; No Deal Yet, Talks to Resume Today
(indieWIRE/05.02.01) -- At midnight in Hollywood, the deadline for a strike
passed as the contract between producers and the Writers Guild of America
(WGA) officially expired.
One minute past the deadline, spokespeople for both sides emerged before the
cameras to indicate that talks continued between the WGA and the Alliance of
Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Negotiations were ongoing
at the WGA headquarters in Los Angeles until early this morning, with a news
blackout remaining in effect.
Talks concluded at 6 a.m. ET today (Wednesday), according to Reuters
reported, The Writers Guild indicated this morning that talks are scheduled
to resume at 3 p.m. ET today. Cheryl Rhoden of the WGA and Barbara
Brogliatti of AMPTP would not give any details during their statements to
the press, according to Reuters, on the progress of the talks or the status
of the situation given the now expired contract. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Wittkowsky Departing Cleveland Film Society; Goodman to Take Reigns
(indieWIRE/05.02.01) -- David Wittkowsky, Executive Director for The
Cleveland Film Society is leaving the position effective June 30th the
organization announced yesterday. Current Managing Director, Marcie
Goodman will replace Wittkowsky, who had held the job since 1992.
Wittowsky will continue to consult with CFS for the 26th Cleveland
International Film Festival, the flagship event of the organization he
has been apart of since 1984. In fact, he will be in Cannes next week,
scouting films for next year's festival.
Marcie Goodman began her involvement with CFS in 1987 as the Associate
Director and later as Development Director before taking a position at the
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. She rejoined the group as Managing
Director in 1998.
"The CFS has provided me with an incredible 17-year opportunity for
personal and professional growth," said Wittowsky in a prepared statement,
"The strength of the current organization provides me with a chance to
expand my horizons and take on new challenges."
CFS is a non-profit group which produces the annual Cleveland
International Film Festival in addition to other educational and film
advocacy programs. [Brian Brooks]
>> "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" Goes Offline
(indieWIRE/05.02.01) -- Offline Releasing confirmed on Tuesday its
acquisition of Stewart Sugg's British comic thriller "Kiss Kiss Bang
Bang" for U.S. release.
The film stars Stellan Skarsgard and Chris Penn, and was produced by
Sky Pictures, known in the U.S. for Fine Line's 2000 sleeper success
"Saving Grace." Sugg's debut film "Fast Food" -- one of the many British
crime comedies of late -- was released in the UK last year to minimal buzz.
With "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," the relatively new Offline Releasing continues
to a build on its eclectic library: Jang Sun Woo's S&M art-film "Lies,"
Agnes Jaoui's French favorite "The Taste of Others," and upcoming titles
like Patrice Chereau's English-language Berlin winner "Intimacy" and Benoit Jacquot's "Sade." [Anthony Kaufman]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Madstone Digital Distribution; Bermuda Announces Its Winners; Lions Gate's Rapper Pic
(indieWIRE/05.02.01) -- Susan Wrubel has joined Madstone Films as VP of Film
Acquisitions; The 4th Bermuda International Film Festival announces its
winners and Lions Gate will join with rap stars Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and
Eminem on a new project.
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