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Lesher in center of Paramount shuffle

6 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paramount Pictures is about to undergo something of an executive face lift as John Lesher, who has already refurbished the studio's specialty film division, takes on a new role at the main studio.

Although exact titles, responsibilities and reporting lines are expected to be unveiled early in the new year, insiders are anticipating that studio head Brad Grey will be handing out a round of promotions. In addition to Lesher, who currently holds the title of president of Paramount Vantage, Rob Moore, who is president of worldwide marketing, distribution and operations, will be elevated along with Brad Weston, the studio's current president of production.

The expectation is that Nick Meyer, the former president of Lionsgate International who joined Lesher at Paramount Vantage as the division's co-president in the fall, would take the reigns at Vantage.

Lesher himself moved from the agency world -- at Endeavor, he repped such tony clients as Martin Scorsese, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Walter Salles »

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Sundance Institute Summer lab projects

24 April 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- When I think of what the Sundance labs might signify for those lucky enough to have their projects participate what comes to mind are the numerous other projects that were first birthed there. In the fresh aired Sundance Resort in Utah, projects that came are (and what a cool sampling) Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now), Miranda July (Me And You And Everyone We Know), Josh Marston (Maria Full Of Grace), Debra Granik (Down To The Bone), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’T Cry), Paul Thomas Anderson (Hard Eight), (Three Seasons), John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig And The Angry Inch), Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream), Tamara Jenkins (Slums Of Beverly Hills), Nicole Holofcener (Walking And Talking), Walter Salles (Central Station), Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and the list does indeed go on. This June, the Sundance Institute have announced the lucky 13 that will shack up for some hardcore lab work. The directors and »

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Cannes: Competition Line-Up

19 April 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- First reaction: non-surprise. Many of the films mentioned below were tagged to be amongst the final choices – and the ones that I thought were going to break into the fest (namely a couple of American pics) look to be headed to Italy’s Venice film fest in the fall. Two films that I won’t be checking out are the ones that I’ve already seen (albeit, 10 minutes more of Deathproof could be interesting) and Zodiac a film that could have been featured apart from the comp titles. Here is the complete list below. Opening film: My Blueberry Nights - Wong Kar Wai4 Luni, 3 Saptamini Si 2 Zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days)- Cristian Mungiualexandra - Alexander Sokourovauf Der Anderen Seite - Fatih Akinbreath - Kim Ki DukLES Chansons D’Amour - Christophe HONORÉDEATH Proof - Quentin Tarantinoimport Export - Ulrich Seidlizgnanie (The Banishment) - Andrey Zvyagintsevthe Man From London »

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First day of class at Talent Campus

11 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Berlinale Talent Campus celebrated its fifth anniversary Saturday night as established international talents including director Walter Salles, composer Jan Kaczmarek and last year's Golden Bear winner Jasmila Zbanic joined festival director Dieter Kosslick and campus director Dorothee Wenner in welcoming the 350 young filmmakers participating in this year's event.

The Talent Campus kicked off with the Berlin Today Award, which this year went to the short "Wasserschlacht -- The Great Boarder Battle" from directors Kasia Klimkiewicz and Andrew Friedman.

A documentary on the annual waterfight between two neighboring Berlin districts -- one in east Berlin, one in the West -- "Wasserschacht" was chosen by the Berlin Today jury of German directors Sebastian Schipper ("A Friend Of Mine" and Thomas Grube ("Rhythm Is It!") and author Wladimir Kaminer.

The Talent Campus -- this year in the new venue the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre (HAU) -- runs through Thursday and features discussions, lectures and workshops from film makers as varied as "the pope of trash" John Waters, Canadian actress Sarah Polley and Mexican star, and Berlinale jury member, Gael Garcia Bernal. »

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Sundance/NHK nods to 4 'visionary' directors

26 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARK CITY -- Four filmmakers will each receive $10,000 and Japanese television broadcast rights for their next project thanks to this year's Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Awards, it was announced Thursday.

The winning filmmakers are Lucia Cedron (Agnus Dei) from Latin America, Caran Hartsfield (Bury Me Standing) from the U.S., Tomoko Kana (Two by the River) from Japan and Dagur Kari (The Good Heart) from Europe.

Sundance Institute staffers will assist each winner in obtaining financing and distribution for their upcoming projects. Their next features will be shown on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.), which has five 24-hour TV and three radio channels in Japan.

Each winner was chosen from 12 finalists based on their projects.

The jury included Brad Silberling, Bent Hamer, Pawel Pawlikowski, Rafael Yglesias and other filmmakers.

The awards were founded in 1996 to "support visionary film directors" from four global regions: Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Japan. Previous recipients include Miranda July, Andrucha Waddington, Walter Salles and Chris Eyre.

The winners will receive the award Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony. »

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