"Slam" Makers Make Multi Pic Development Deal; Deal Broker Sloss Talks About The Pact

by Anthony Kaufman

At a cocktail party for the Independent Film Channel, entertainment
attorney John Sloss spoke to indieWIRE about the recent production deal
announced yesterday between the makers of the Sundance Dramatic Grand Prize
winner, "Slam" and a number of high-profile producers including Norman Lear,
Oliver Stone and Quincy Jones.

Brokered by Sloss, the deal insures a series of narrative films that will
explore urban life from rap stars and Orthodox Jews to skinheads and a
"Double Dutch" jumping champ. According to Sloss, Mark Levin, the
documentary filmmaker behind "Slam ", could have gotten a first look
deal anywhere, but decided to go for financing instead. The films have the
potential to play theatrically, but the gritty street aesthetic of Levin will
most likely be suited to television as well. In the trade article that
broke the story, CEO Henri M. Kessler claimed television interests are
"a big part of the future of the company."