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    New Studio Boss Shakes Up Paramount Classics, Vitale & Dinerstein Leaving Division

    Just days after a formal changing of the guard took place at one Hollywood studio specialty division another studio took the first step towards re-envisioning its classics unit. Paramount Pictures confirmed Thursday that it would not renew the contracts of Paramount Classics co-presidents David Dine...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Foursome Found Safe House

    Will Battersby, Tory Tunnell, Jacob Kornbluth and Stelio Kitrilakis have formed Safe House Pictures, a New York-based company with a multi-year overhead and development fund. The new venture will produce features, documentaries and television. Battersby joins from HDNet Films and was previously at I...

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    Who Is Philippe Martinez?

    With a reported $200 million investment, Philippe Martinez has moved to Los Angeles to, in his not so modest words, build "the number one independent U.S. distributor." Continuing, he told the New York Times, "To get ahead of Lions Gate we have to do $350 to $400 million of business a year. We have less money than they do, and fewer employees. But I have my passion. That's what's going to make the difference." The exec, fresh from a European jail (as detailed in the Times piece), had his company, Bauer Martinez Distribution, pay the big bucks and beat out competitors for David Ayer's "Harsh Times" at this year's Toronto International Film Fes...

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    ThinkFilm & HBO Go For "Favela Rising"

    A deal for Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's "Favela Rising" has been announced, with THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films nabbing distribution rights to the movie. THINKFilm's head of theatrical distribution Mark Urman clarified that his company has theatrical rights, HBO has the first pay TV window and the film's producers have retained video rights. The doc debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and follows former favela drug dealer Anderson Sa as he aims to establish a group that uses music and dancing to fight drugs and violence in the dangerous slums of Rio. A tragic accident threatens the movement and...

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    Production Report: "Anomaly," "I Believe in America," "In A Dark Place...," "Jam," "Tonight at Noon"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    DISPATCH FROM REYKJAVIK: Kiarostami Honored for a Lifetime of Achievement

    Celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (director of "Taste of Cherry" and writer of "Crimson Gold") received the recognition of a nation Monday in Iceland. The President of the North Atlantic island nation, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson presented the director with a lifetime achievement award as part...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Rogue Hires Getto & Heinemen

    Focus Features' Rogue Pictures division has announced the hiring of Paul Getto and Alex Heineman as creative executives at the company. They will report directly to president of production Andrew Rona (who joined the unit from Dimension Films). Getto spent two years working for Focus, while Heinemen...

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    LA Times: This Just in: Flops Caused Box Office Slump

    In the Los Angeles Times this weekend, a piece about the box office performance examines numbers that are apparently down about 6% from last year, with attendance having dropped by 8.7%. Thats better than the comparison between '04 and '05 made this Spring and Summer. Apparently, according to the ar...

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    New Era Begins As Weinsteins Officially Launch New Company

    It's official. Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein begin working full-time at their new company Monday after having their final day at Miramax Films, the company they created in 1979. Miramax became the leading specialty division through the 90s, evolving into a major production and distribution arm ...

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    "C.R.A.Z.Y.", "3 Needles", and "Whole New Thing" Win Multiple Awards At Atlantic Film Fest

    The Atlantic Film Festival in Nova Scotia announced the winners of its 25th edition over the weekend with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “C.R.A.Z.Y.” a multiple award winner at the event. The film won the festival's People's Choice Award and the award for Best Canadian Feature honor, a ...

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