DAILY NEWS: WGA Winners; Miramax and Good Machine Align
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Lonergan and Gagan Nab WGA Prizes
(indieWIRE/03.05.01) -- Trying to get the edge in the office Oscar pool?
The Writers Guild Award of America has announced the winners of its annual
awards, setting up the honorees as the favored victors on Oscar night.
Kenneth Longergan won the award for best orignal screenplay. He was
recognized for his script for "You Can Count on Me," a film that he directed
and in which he co-starred. While in the best adapted screenplay category,
"Traffic" writer Stephen Gaghan took the prize. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Good Machine Locks Miramax Deal
(indieWIRE/03.05.01) -- Good Machine has hit its ten-year anniversary with
an exclusive IndieWood distribution pact. Company partners Ted Hope, David
Linde and James Schamus have announced what is described as "an exclusive
multi-year first-look production agreement" with Miramax. The distributor
recently acquired North American rights to the Good Machine co-production,
"In The Bedroom," directed by Todd Field.
"Miramax matches our range of interests, from smaller personal films to more
expansive studio-level projects," commented Good Machine's Ted Hope, in a
prepared statement. "We're thrilled to be in business with our New York
Among Good Machine's current productions are Michel Gondry's "Human Nature;" Todd Solondz's "Untitled" film for Fine Line the new Nicole Holofcener film. The company is of course enjoying the tremendous success of its latest film, Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."