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Sundance Channel Inks Deals; Garcia Wins Producers Guild Fellowship; Redeemable And Chimera Produce

Sundance Channel Inks Deals; Garcia Wins Producers Guild Fellowship; Redeemable And Chimera Produce

Fellowship; Redeemable And Chimera Produce

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> Sundance Channel Inks Deals

Sundance Channel has signed two deals designed to expand its reach into
homes across the country. In January of 1999, Sundance Channel will be
launched by HITS, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI)’s digital television
delivery system. This gives HITS affiliates, currently including 57
Multiple System Operators (MSOs) which provide service to more than 1.3
million set-top devices, the opportunity to program the Channel as part
of their digital services.

The Channel also reached a corporate affiliation agreement with
Satellite Services, Inc., a programming provider for systems
representing approximately 16 million subscribers, including those on
systems owned by TCI. The agreement calls for both analog and digital
distribution and the Channel will seek to launch its services in several
of TCI’s urban clusters during first half 1999. The Channel has also
recently reached corporate affiliation agreements with Time Warner
, MediaOne, Jones Intercable and Century Communications, giving
them distribution in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia and
the greater San Francisco and Boston areas. Sundance Channel plans to be
in 20 million homes by the end of first quarter, 1999. In a prepared
statement, Sundance Channel President and COO Larry Aidem said that the
TCI deal means that the “Channel is available within 5 of the country’s
top 6 MSO’s.

>> Garcia Wins Producers Guild Fellowship

Rodrigo Garcia has won the 1998/1999 Producers Club of Maryland
, established to assist Sundance Institute alumni in getting
their films to the screen. The fellowship, awarded annually in the
amount of $10,000, is intended to help filmmakers cover their
post-Sundance Lab/pre-production expenses, including casting, budgeting
and location scouting. Garcia was selected from the pool of participants
of the 1998 Sundance Institute Filmmakers and Screenwriters Labs for his
project “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her.” Garcia is a
cinematographer from Mexico City, who’s credits as a DP include “Mi Vida
,” “Four Rooms” and “Gia.” He also was the camera operator on
Reality Bites,” “The Birdcage,” “Great Expectations” and “A Walk in the

>> Redeemable And Chimera Have A Ball

According to Daily Variety, Redeemable Features and Chimera Films are
set to produce “A Ball in the House,” to be directed by Tanya Wexler
(“Finding North”) from a script by Matthew Swan. The film will be
produced by Redeemable’s Ira Deutchman and Chimera’s Stephen Dyer, who
prduced Wexler’s “North,” which won the audience award at the Palm
Springs International Film Festival, according to the trade. Redeemable
is curently attempting to buy backSarah Kernochan’s “The Hairy Bird
from Miramax Films, and is in post production on an adaptation of the
Jess Mowry novel, “Way Past Cool,” which was directed by Adam Davidson.

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