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MGM Fires 2; Miramax Inks Pre-MIFED Deals; Sunshine Taps Alpert, Little; GreeneStreet Films Forms Ne

MGM Fires 2; Miramax Inks Pre-MIFED Deals; Sunshine Taps Alpert, Little; GreeneStreet Films Forms Ne

Little; GreeneStreet Films Forms New Venture

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> MGM Lays Off Forster, Rose

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer continued with the firings begun in September, by
laying off Exec Vice President of Production Greg Foster and Sarah Rose,
Goldwyn Films U.S. Vice President of Production and Acquisitions,
according to Daily Variety. Goldwyn Films, the specialty division of
MGM, also lost acquisitions co-ordinator Andrew Weiner, leaving Goldwyn
with a greatly reduced U.S. presence. The trade paper surmised that the
specialty division would probably concentrate its activities on
production and international sales.

>> Sunshine Taps Alpert, Little

Sunshine Media (formerly Sunshine Interactive Network) has added New
York attorney and producer’s rep Jed Alpert and Gregory R. Little,
recently the VP of acquisitions and development for MDP Worldwide, to
their executive team. Alpert will join as President and COO, while Little
joins as Senior Vice President and head of the company’s film division.
Alpert will oversee Sunshine’s development and production operations,
including all film, television and new media projects, and will report
to Co-CEO, John O. Morisano. Little will serve as producer on the
company’s film projects, and will report to Alpert.

Alpert was most recently a partner at New York law firm, Rudolph and
, where his client list included The Shooting Gallery (“Sling
Blade”), Fox Lorber (the upcoming home video release of “My Dinner With
Andre”), iVillage, Robbins Entertainment (“Next Stop Wonderland”),
Morgan J. Freeman (“Hurricane Streets”), Bob Gosse (“Niagara, Niagara”)
and Rhino Entertainment (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”). Projects
that Little oversaw at MDP include Stephan Elliot’s “Eye of the
,” starring Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd and Josh and Jonah
Pate’s “Deceiver” starring Tim Roth and Renee Zellweger. Upcoming
projects from Sunshine include Jay Anania’s “The Citizen” and Mark
Layner’s “The Teatherballs of Bougainville.”

>> Miramax International Make Pre-Mifed Sales

Miramax International has inked two pre-MIFED deals, including a seven
picture deal with Italy’s Cecchi Gori, and a one pic pact with Britain’s
Film Four, according to Daily Variety. The Film Four sale was for Kevin
Smith’s upcoming “Dogma,” while the Cecchi Gori bundle includes Wes
Craven’s “50 Violins,” Gregory Widen’s “Highlander 4,” John Dahl’s
Rounders,” Kevin Williamson’s “Killing Mrs. Tingle,” James Gray’s “The
,” Jane Campion’s “Holy Smoke” and Michael Corrente’s “Outside

>> GreeneStreet Forms Joint Venture To Produce Indies

GreeneStreet Films, a New York independent production company founded in
1996 by actor Fisher Stevens (TV’s “Early Edition”) and producer John
Penotti, has formed a joint venture with Longfellow Pictures‘ Andrew
Karsch and Jones Apparel Group founder Sidney Kimmel, according to Daily
Variety. The new company is to be called GreeneStreet/SKE, and will
begin by producing two to three pics per year in the $4-$10 million
range. However, Variety reports that the company plans to eventually
finance films as high as $15 million, using a revolving production fund
said to be as high as $30 million.

The deal also includes a “strategic partnership” with Karsch’s
Longfellow Pictures, which remains a separate company. In addition,
GreeneStreet/SKE is in discussions with several companies involving
sales and licensing agreements for their films in overseas markets.

Kimmel and Karsch operate Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, which is
producing the Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell starrer “Town
and Country
” for New Line, and also financed “9 1/2 Weeks.” Past
GreeneStreet films include John Turturro’s “Illuminata,” Boaz Yakin’s “A
Price Above Rubies
” and Herb Gardner’s “I’m Not Rappaport.”

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