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    Submissions for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film - With Contacts (Revised)

    Now are the screenings for Academy members of submissions for Academy Award Nomination consideration in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. 65 countries have submitted their selections. The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Over the years, the Best Foreign Language Film Award and its predecessors have been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 62 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, fifty-one have gone to European films,[A] five to Asian films,[B] three to African films and three to films from the Americas.The Female Factor: Of the 65 fi...

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    Producers to Watch: J. Todd Harris - Creative Producer

    During AFM I spoke at length with J. Todd Harris, who we’ve known since his days running John Davis’ Classics division at Fox and from the go-go days of the dotcom bubble when we were both affiliated with a start up called ReelPlay. Todd and I had a wide-ranging conversation that included his background as a theatre producer, his early independent film days, his recent Sundance films (The Kids Are All Right and Bottle Shock), his current projects, and plans to launch Branded Pictures Entertainment (BPE). His two latest completed projects were both launched at AFM (The Family Tree, ISA: Myriad, and Miss Nobody, ISA: Moving Pictures). Both wer...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Wrekin Hill

    Key Newmarket executives Chris Ball left his position as co-chairman of Exclusive and President and co-founder of Newmarket Films and along with Newmarket’s COO Rene Cogan, COO and John Crye, President of Production and Acquisitions, left NIgel Sinclair’s Exclusive to form Wrekin Hill Entertainment, an independently financed production and distribution company. Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment have entered into a home entertainment distribution deal including DVD, Blu-ray, digital delivery, and video on demand.The Newmarket Film label is licensed by Wrekin Hill for use on a non-exclusive basis with other titles slated for release unde...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: FilmDistrict

    Bob Berney and Peter Schlessel are key players in Graham King and Tim Headington’s new distribution company FilmDistrict. The company's brief is to acquire or generate films with strong casts that can play on between 1500 and 2000 screens. xxxx Bob Berney xxxxxxxx Peter SchlesselIn the first major deal of the American Film Market, FilmDistrict prebought North American rights to Drive from Affinity. Based on the James Sallis novel and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, budgeted for less than $30 million, the film stars Ryan Gosling who plays a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver and is targeted for death after a heist goes ...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: CJ CGV

    So. Korea’s CJ CGV which has its own theater in L.A.‘s Koreatown and, like China has an agreement with AMC Theaters for national releases, will release Korean films in the U.S.AMC president of programming Robert J. Lenihan said, “We have enjoyed great success over the past few years with Bollywood p...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Asian Media Rights

    This is the second of three new U.S. distribution companies recently conceived of to give Asian films a platform in the U.S. This article comes from Patrick Frater's Film Business Asia, a free online publication based on data in the Asian film business that is a must-read for anyone in the business...

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    Producers to Watch: AFM Works! Sean Anthony McConville

    As I was getting my badge at AFM, I met a British filmmaker who lives in Toronto and his success two years ago at AFM has brought him back again. Sean Anthony McConville of Mach2Films came to AFM two years ago with a project Deadline and with his producing partner Roger Betterton made a deal with Kru From Malaysia based on getting certain cast. His producer succeeded in casting Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch in Sean’s $2 million debut film and they received an advance from their sales agents epic pictures when the film was completed. Epic to date has sold the film to 35 countries. The U.S. release was by First Look. Its first release w...

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    Our Daily ISA (International Sales Agent): Bleiberg Entertainment and its genre label Compound B

    I asked Roman Kopelevich, chief of sales for Ehud Bleiberg's company to send me information on the company which stands out as a U.S. based company which produces and sells quality films both in U.S. and in Israel. Producer Ehud Bleiberg launched Beverly Hills-based production and international sales company Bleiberg Entertainment in September 2005 after 12 years as Chairman & CEO of another international production, distribution and sales company he co-founded in 1993. At that time when he and his partner arrived in L.A. from Israel, the film community was curious to know how the "new Israelis" would fit in. Others had come and gone, leav...

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