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Exclusive: Ryan Kampe and his team have acquired rights to a pair of titles and will commence sales at Afm this week.
Crime thriller Snakehead stars Lucy Liu as a smuggled immigrant who becomes a human smuggler herself only to be targetted by rivals and the FBI.
Brian Yang of 408 Films produces with Gregory Chou and E Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer of Principato-Young Entertainment. The latter two are currently in production on Sea Of Trees, while Chou is producing the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap.
The psychological thriller follows two struggling La actresses who embark on a road trip to Big Sur to mend their »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The New York Television Festival wrapped Saturday with the presentation of more than 30 development pacts to participants and the ceremony crowning the winners of its competition for independently produced pilots.
Among the development pacts handed out was a deal from History for the unscripted project “Wreck Hunters,” from Los Angeles-based producers Gary Simson and Andrew Giacometti. A&E will produce a pilot with Gotham-based producer Eric Kutner for his unscripted entry “Risk.”
Other development deals included:
Comedy Central: Caroline Fox and Daniel Obzejta for “This Old Thing” (Los Angeles) Lionsgate/Sea to Sky – Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award: Ben Snyder and Ari Issler for “The Come Up” (Brooklyn) The Orchard Go Project: Jim Kozyra for “The Jamz” (Chicago)
In its 10th anniversary year, the Nytvf launched a production arm, headed by festival founder Terence Gray (pictured), that will be a producer on projects derived from festival winners. This year »
- Variety Staff
Hong Kong – “Linsanity,” the basketball documentary that was a sensation at last year’s Sundance, has been acquired in China by Metan Development.
Directed by Evan Leong, the film is the backstory of Jeremy Lin, the basketball playing star of Taiwanese-American descent. With production by Brian Yang, the film-makers started documenting his rise long before Lin burst on to the NBA scene. They also captured Lin’s determination once the ‘Linsanity’ public adulation had begun.
Metan acquired theatrical, television and online rights in China and has begun screening it online exclusively via the iQiyi ad-supported film and TV portal, through its Pps Video sub-brand. It has been watched 4 million times in two weeks.
Basketball is hugely popular in China. Earlier this week it was announced that NBA China and online media giant Sina Corp. have teamed up to produce “NBA Mitan,” a streaming original weekly series aimed exclusively at Chinese fans. »
- Patrick Frater
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