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13 items from 2015


XLrator Media Picks Up Yaniv Rokah’s Documentary ‘Queen Mimi’ (Exclusive)

3 December 2015 1:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

XLrator Media has picked up worldwide distribution rights to “Queen Mimi,” Yaniv Rokah’s acclaimed docu about a charismatic homeless woman, now 90 years old, who lived for 20 years in a Santa Monica, Calif., laundromat until customers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger pooled their resources to get her a furnished apartment. Rokah and executive producer Alexander van de Leur announced the news while at the 12th Bahamas Int’l Film Festival (Dec. 1-12) where it played Dec. 2.

Founded by former Weinstein exec Barry Gordon in 2010, XLrator Media plans a limited theatrical release of “Queen Mimi” in February across L.A., Chicago and New York before its VOD and digital platform release in the early spring.

Doc will have its L.A. premiere at the ArcLight on Dec. 13 as part of the Slamdance Cinema Club.

Queen Mimi” is Israeli-born Rokah’s directorial debut, whose acting credits include “World War Z,” “NCIS: Los Angeles, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Indigenous Media Hires Ben Fast, Maira Nevarez as EVPs

3 December 2015 12:08 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Indigenous Media, the next-generation media company formed Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet, has hired Ben Fast as executive VP of development and Maira Nevarez as executive VP of finance and operations. Both executives will report to Jake Avnet. Fast previously served as director of scripted television at the Weinstein Company, while Nevarez served as VP of finance for E! Entertainment and Esquire Television Networks at NBC Universal. Indigenous Media produces and distributes original content across emerging and traditional platforms worldwide, and the company has plans for an aggressive development and production slate in 2016. Also Read: 'War and Peace' Adaptation. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Us Briefs: Josh Hutcherson, Indigenous Media partner on talent incubator

17 November 2015 3:59 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus… Broad Green Pictures strikes first-look deal with Storyscape Entertainment; Fathom Events plots one-day theatrical release for The Pastor.The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 star Josh Hutcherson has teamed up with Indigenous Media’s Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet on an incubator powered by The Black List to produce and distribute multi-platform content worldwide.

Hutcherson will collaborate through his Turkeyfoot Productions to discover alongside Michelle Hutcherson up to five screenplays that feature core characters in their late teens to late-20s.

Indigenous Media has committed $100,000 to fund shorts based on the selected screenplays – one of which Hutcherson will direct – and may potentially fund and produce feature-length version based on the shorts.Ingenious plans to launch four incubators.

Broad Green Pictures has signed a first-look deal with Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s new production company Storyscape Entertainment. The deal includes physical and financial production resources. Cooper served as president of production at DreamWorks »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us Briefs: Josh Hutcherson, Ingenious Media partner on talent incubator

17 November 2015 3:59 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus… Broad Green Pictures strikes first-look deal with Storyscape Entertainment; Fathom Events plots one-day theatrical release for The Pastor.The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 star Josh Hutcherson has teamed up with Indigenous Media’s Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet on an incubator powered by The Black List to produce and distribute multi-platform content worldwide.

Hutcherson will collaborate through his Turkeyfoot Productions to discover alongside Michelle Hutcherson up to five screenplays that feature core characters in their late teens to late-20s.

Indigenous Media has committed $100,000 to fund shorts based on the selected screenplays – one of which Hutcherson will direct – and may potentially fund and produce feature-length version based on the shorts.Ingenious plans to launch four incubators.

Broad Green Pictures has signed a first-look deal with Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s new production company Storyscape Entertainment. The deal includes physical and financial production resources. Cooper served as president of production at DreamWorks »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Indigenous Media, Josh Hutcherson Launch Incubator For Aspiring Screenwriters

17 November 2015 3:38 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Thanks to a new incubator, five screenwriters will see their work adapted into short films. Indigenous Media, a multi-platform studio founded in 2014 by Jon Avnet, Jake Avnet, and Rodrigo Garcia, has teamed up with actor Josh Hutcherson and his studio Turkeyfoot Productions for a filmmaking project that will source its screenplays from Hollywood’s Black List.

The Black List, which releases a new edition each year, catalogs the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. For the new incubator, screenwriters are invited to submit their work to the Black List, and the five submissions chosen by Indigenous and Hutcherson will be adapted into short films, with potential for feature-length adaptations down the line. Specifically, the incubator will work with stories centered around characters in their teens and early twenties.

Hutcherson himself will direct one of the five short films born from the incubator. Indigenous will handle funding; it has committed at least $100,000 to the projects. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Josh Hutcherson to Scour Black List Screenplays for Young Filmmakers

17 November 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Hunger Games” actor Josh Hutcherson is teaming with startup studio Indigenous Media to find emerging filmmakers from young-adult screenplays on the Black List — with the promise that they could see their projects produced as feature-length movies.

Hutcherson, through his Turkeyfoot Productions banner, together with his mother, Michelle Hutcherson, will work with Indigenous Media founders Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet and the Black List to identify up to five screenplays (comedies, dramas or thrillers) featuring main characters in their late teens to late 20s. The Black List, founded in 2005, compiles Hollywood execs’ favorite unproduced screenplays.

Indigenous Media has committed $100,000 to fund shorts based on the selected screenplays, one of which Hutcherson will direct. Subsequently, Indigenous Media will potentially finance and produce feature-length films based on those shorts. Scripts on the Black List website between now and Jan. 17 will be eligible for consideration.

“Jon and Rodrigo are among the few »

- Todd Spangler

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TV that Home Video Forgot : Boomtown (2002)

13 June 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Boomtown

Showcase Inventory

Created by Graham Yost

Produced by Nemo Films, Dreamworks Television, NBC Studios

Aired on NBC for 2 season (24 episodes) from September 29, 2002 – December 28, 2003

Cast

Donnie Wahlberg as Detective Joel Stevens

Neal McDonough as David McNorris

Mykelti Williamson as Detective Bobby ‘Fearless’ Smith

Gary Basaraba as Officer Ray Hechler

Nina Gabiras as Andrea Little

Lana Parrilla as Teresa Ortiz

Jason Gedrick as Officer Tom Turcotte

Show Premise

A crime procedural drama set in Los Angeles (sometimes called Boomtown) that is unlike any other show in it’s genre, in that within each episode a crime is investigated and told through the unique perspective of the individuals surrounding the felony, i.e. the criminals, the victims, the policemen, the detectives, the lawyers, the media etc. The story unravels as vignettes, with character title card chapters revealing that character’s side of the investigation. At best, the individual chapters serve as self »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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Justified, Ep. 6.11: “Fugitive Number One” paints the county red

31 March 2015 11:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Justified, Season 6, Episode 11: “Fugitive Number One”

Written by Taylor Elmore and Keith Schreier

Directed by Jon Avnet

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX

On occasion, predictability can be a blessing. Watching last week’s “Trust,” it was clear that Justified was heading for a bloody, exciting episode this week, or at least a dame attempt at one. “Fugitive Number One” does the trick just fine, as it turns out, boasting one of the series’ gnarliest showdowns, an unusually ghoulish reveal, and, most encouragingly, a couple of moments imbued with real pathos that actually feel earned.

Before we get to the body count, a word on the Marshals. Season six has been littered with callbacks to the entire series’ history, but it’s still a little surprising to see Art Mullen properly re-enter the fray, complete with a freshly shaven head. (Rip to Art’s beard, just one of »

- Simon Howell

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This week in TV news: The Atx Television Festival announces show panels

28 March 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.

Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Atx Television Festival Adds ‘Justified’ Farewell Panel to 2015 Lineup

25 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Justified” will get its final farewell at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas, this summer.

The annual fest has added more programming to the previously announced “Gilmore Girls,” “Queer As Folk,” “Journeyman” and “Dawson’s Creek” reunions, including panels for FX’s “Justified,” Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World,” ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” Fox’s upcoming “Wayward Pines,” USA’s “Playing House,”Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” a premiere screening of Starz’s “Power,” and a discussion with the creator of “Friends.”

Justified” creator and exec producer Graham Yost will take an in-depth look back on his series, which stars Timothy Olyphant (pictured) and wraps this April. Cast members and additional producers are yet to be announced, though in a statement, Yost expressed his excitement “to mark the end of the series [with] the whole cast of ‘Justified'” at Atx this June.

Yost will also be part of »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Justified Recap: A Place in Hell

18 February 2015 12:49 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

I'm worried that Ava Crowder isn't going to survive through the end of Justified. That seems a likely outcome for almost any of the major characters by this point, but the fear is especially acute in her case, because she's being squeezed from every direction, which has forced her to fall back on what pulp novelists of an earlier era would call "feminine wiles." In this week's case, that means forcibly reigniting her chemistry with Raylan, which has lain dormant since season one. The killer final scene of "Sounding," written by Dave Andron and Leonard Chang and directed by Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes), ends with Ava, who'd fled at the start of the hour, returning to the home she'll reluctantly share again with Boyd — her fiancé and the man on whom she's been informing — as well as hammering on her escort Raylan's chivalrous affectations and internalized guilt about exploiting her. »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Justified Review: “Sounding” (Season 6, Episode 5)

17 February 2015 6:45 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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With each episode, the final season of Justified is looking more and more like a high water mark for the series. This is a rare feat for any show, let alone one in its sixth year. While it’s going to be very, very difficult for the show to top its transcendent second season, Justified has been better than any drama in recent memory at making sure its last year is not only conclusive, but inclusive of all the elements of the series that made it great in the first place.

Final seasons of TV are often hard to judge on their own merits, as the task of providing series-wide catharsis is often very different from executing the same old routine that put a finish line in sight to begin with. The remarkable thing about Season 6 of Justified is in how it can have its shine and drink it too, »

- Sam Woolf

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Sundance: Buyers More Cautious But TV, Docs Heat Up

21 January 2015 11:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The importance of Sundance’s film marketplace and what’s considered “Sundance bait” depends on whether you’re asking a seller, distributor, director, producer, talent agent or the heads of the fest itself.

If this year’s market is a bit less frenzied, one reason (apart from 2014 pickups’ modest box office) might be that some of the best bait is being taken away before the fest. “Several buyers have been more aggressively pursuing pre-buys this year, so that they can avoid having to compete for titles at festivals,” says Micah Green, co-head of CAA’s film finance & sales group, which is repping titles including Keanu Reeves starrer “Knock Knock,” “Strangerland” and “Cop Car.”

Sony Pictures Classics co-prexy Tom Bernard (whose “Whiplash” has earned $7 million worldwide, the biggest B.O. among last year’s pickups) agrees, saying pre-buys are a way distribs “are starting to empower themselves. A lot of people »

- Gregg Goldstein

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