DAILY NEWS: Strike Talks Resume Today; SF Film Fest Winners; Hart Sharp and FilmFour Sign Pact; Carlis Lands at BNN
by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> WGA/AMPTP UPDATE: Talks to Continue Today
(indieWIRE/05.04.01) -- Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America
(WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) concluded for another day, without a deal.
The Writers Guild of America said yesterday that talks will resume today
(Friday) at 10 a.m. at its headquarters in Los Angeles. Special committees
were expected to continue talking last night after the negotiating
committees recessed, according to David Robb's Inside.com report last night, however, any deal would have to come from the full group. Ultimately, any
agreement would need to be ratified by the membership of the WGA.
As always, a news blackout continues with no details being revealed about
the nature or status of the negotiations. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> "The Business of Strangers" and "Southern Comfort" Among Films Honored at 44th San Francisco International Film Festival
(indieWIRE/05.04.01) --"The Business of Strangers" by Patrick Stettner took
home the Skyy Prize at the recently concluded 44th San Francisco
International Film Festival. The prize, awarded to a first-time feature
filmmaker includes a $10,000 cash prize.
Also announced yesterday were the Audience Awards for Best Narrative
Feature and Best Documentary Feature. "Stranger Inside" by Cheryl Dunye
and John Cameron Mitchell's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" tied for the
narrative feature award, the first time two films took home the prize.
The Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to Justine Shapiro,
B.Z. Goldberg and Carlos Bolado's "Promises."
"Promises" also won the Best Bay Area Documentary award in the Golden Gate
Awards competition, with Aditya Assadat's "Motorcycle" receiving the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Short. "Southern Comfort" by Kate Davis won the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary while Best Short went to
Guy Maddin's "The Heart of the World." [Brian Brooks]
[indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez served as a juror in this
year's Golden Gate Award Grand Prize competition at the 44th San Francisco
International Film Festival.]
>> Hart Sharp and FilmFour Form Bond Across Pond
(indieWIRE/05.04.01) -- Leading UK production company FilmFour and New
York-based Hart Sharp Entertainment, producers of Sundance favorites "You Can Count On Me," and "Lift," have launched a major co-production alliance that will see the two companies jointly producing several films a year which
FilmFour will distribute in the UK and sell internationally. The deal will
cover smaller pictures produced under Hart Sharp's True Film Fund (in the
$2-$4 million budget range) and larger productions with budgets projected at
upwards of $6 million. The pact gives FilmFour a desired presence in New
York and the U.S. market, and offers Hart Sharp a powerful international and
"London and New York are both theatrical and literary hubs," commented John
Hart, who in addition to film producing has been involved in current
Broadway rivals such as "Chicago" and "Annie Get Your Gun." "We look forward to discovering talent that springs from these communities. FilmFour is the
perfect partner for our style of filmmaking -- projects that crossover from
these worlds. As with Kenneth Lonergan and Jonathan Harvey, we'll continue to nurture playwrights and provide them with the opportunity to work in
cinema as well."
Already in development at the two companies is a project based on Sue
Tilley's book "Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon" which Jonathan Harvey ("Beautiful Thing") is currently adapting. [Anthony Kaufman]
>> Steve Carlis Joins BNN For New Digital Film Division
(indieWIRE/05.04.01) -- Former President of Shooting Gallery, Steve Carlis, is joining BNNtv.com to serve as the COO and President of the company's new
digital film division, CameraPlanet Pictures.
According to an announcement, CameraPlanet will produce 4 to 6 digital
features per year. Building upon its strength in reality and documentary
programming, the company announced that it will pursue "fictionalized true
stories" and "star driven" docs.
Carlis will work alongside BNNtv.com's President and CEO, Steve Rosenbaum as
the outfit pursues content for TV, theaters and the Internet.
"Our objective is to build on our track-record of growth,
profitability, and creative excellence, utilizing Steve's vast business
building experience and cross-industry relationships," commented Steve
Rosenbaum in a prepared statement. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: "L.I.E" Rating Appeal; Strike Talks Continue Despite a Deadline; Seattle Films; Miramax "People"
(indieWIRE/05.3.01) -- "L.I.E." loses appeal for an R rating; talks continue
with the WGA and AMPTP as the strike deadline passes; the Seattle Film
Festival announces its opening and closing films and Miramax acquires
domestic rights for Dan Algrant's "People I Know".
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