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DAILY NEWS: E-Studio Plan; Mondo Millions; Miramax Movies Online; Levy Leaves Variety; De Luca Exits

DAILY NEWS: E-Studio Plan; Mondo Millions; Miramax Movies Online; Levy Leaves Variety; De Luca Exits

DAILY NEWS: E-Studio Plan; Mondo Millions; Miramax Movies Online; Levy Leaves Variety; De Luca Exits New Line

by Eugene Hernandez and Maud Kersnowski /indieWIRE

>> E-Studio.com: Buying in Bulk for the Indies and Offering Studio Prices

(indieWIRE/01.18.01) — If you haven’t booked your flight to Salt Lake City
yet log on to estudionetwork.com. E-Studio Network offers the discount
prices similar to those the studios get on airfares, rental cars, film stock
and other production needs. “We’re a bunch of producers who wanted to find a
way to get the same pricing available to us when we do independent films as
when we’re working for a studio,” Mark Tarlov E-Studio Network co-founder
told indieWIRE.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Membership is free both to companies and
individuals. If you don’t have a federal tax number use you social security
number. E-Studio Network negotiates bulk prices the same way most
corporations do, by guaranteeing they’ll buy a certain volume whether it’s
film stock or airline tickets. In exchange, United Airlines and Kodak give
members a price break. (Over $1500 on a first-class, no advance purchase
ticket between LA and New York and 15% on the published fare between most
other cities). Once the site sells the contracted number Kodak, United and
the other vendors pay E-Studio Network a percentage of the sales.

While anyone or any company can become a member, the site is designed to
serve independent filmmakers. In addition deals with AT&T, DHL, and Avis Rental Cars there are discounts on Deluxe Laboratories, IMB and a currency exchange company. Tarlov estimates that the average $10 million production
saves $25,000, more if there’s a lot of air travel between locations.

Membership also includes access to a request-for-quote system for other
goods and services and software including virtual production office
applications. According to Tarlov a few studio productions are currently
using the online, real-time communications network which allows for an easy
exchange of information between different locations either within a specific
department or an entire production company. Other applications include a
database of 30 cities (18 U.S. and 12 international) with specific
information covering everything from local parking regulations to a list of
animal wranglers to the going rates of sound stages.

During Sundance E-Studio Network members can still get a non-stop, round
trip ticket on United from LA to Salt Lake City for around $350. (This price
is based fairs available at press time and does not apply to all dates.)
[Maud Kersnowski]

>> De Luca Out at New Line, Emmerich Said to be In

(indieWIRE/01.18.01) — Michael DeLuca, President and COO of New Line
, has stepped down, The Hollywood Reporter indicated yesterday
afternoon. The Hollywood trade publication reported that Toby Emmerich has
been tapped to take the job. DeLuca, who is 33, has been with New Line for
nearly 14 years, according to the publication. The executive rose quickly
within the company, achieving the title of President of New Line
Productions by age 24, according to the Reporter. He is expected to move
into a production deal with the studio. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> Mondo Hits Sundance with a Fatter Wallet

(indieWIRE/01.18.01) — Mondo Media will be arriving in Park City with four
mini shows in the First Annual Sundance Online Film Festival and $17 million
dollars in their pockets. The third round of equity financing was lead by
SBVC (formally Soft Bank) and the European investor VenturePark.

With this infusion of cash Mondo plans to continue expanding their
distribution network which supplies content to Entertaindom, Excite@Home and
iWon among other. The new bucks are also earmarked to fund the company’s
European hopes and the purchase of acquisitions for the Mondo library of

Mondo Media’s four Sundance Online Festival entrees, RocketPants, Julius &
, FishBar and Gone Bad, will be screened at the digital center Main Street Mall on January 20, 21,22 and 24 respectively. [Maud Kersnowski]

>> Miramax Experimenting by Distributing Feature Film Online

(indieWIRE/01.18.01) — Miramax will make “Guinevere,” a full-length feature film, available for downloading online, The Associated Press reported
yesterday. The movie, released back in ’99, will be available at a cost of
$3.49 for a one-day “rental” starting next week. The AP indicated that the
movie will be a 500mb file that will take 30 minutes to download via a
high-speed connection. The company recently signed a deal SightSound.com to
offer a dozen films online.

“There’s all this fear and loathing in Hollywood of the Internet,”
SightSound.com CEO Scott Sander told the AP. “Miramax chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein have stepped up to the plate and decided to provide some
leadership.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> Levy Takes Top Critic Slot at Screen International

(indieWIRE/01.18.01) — Don’t be surprised when you pass Emmanuel Levy on
Main St. in Park City and he is sporting a press credential from Screen
. The longtime critic for Variety has been snapped up by Sceen
as their new Chief Film Critic.

Levy is a film professor at ASU with a Ph.D. from Columbia. He has taught at City University of New York, Wellesley, the New School and UCLA. In addition, he is the author of seven books, including “Cinema Of Outsiders: The Rise of American Independent Film.” [Eugene Hernandez]

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