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Visit Films gets Snakehead, Always Shine

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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.

Evan Jackson Leong directs his passion project from his own screenplay and most recently directed the documentary Linsanity.

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.

Jason Weinberg of Untitled Entertainment and Maryellen Mulcachy of Framework Entertainment also serve as producers.

Always Shine is currently in production from director Sophia Takal and stars Caitlin FitzGerald, Mackenzie Davis and Jane Adams.

The psychological thriller follows two struggling La actresses who embark on a road trip to Big Sur to mend their
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New York Television Festival Hands Out Development Deals, Competition Awards

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
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‘Linsanity’ is Slam Dunk in China

‘Linsanity’ is Slam Dunk in China
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.
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Interview: NBA Star Jeremy Lin, Producer Brian Yang And Director Evan Jackson Leong Talk Linsanity: The Movie.

In 2012, New York Knicks point guard, Jeremy Lin, a many times passed-over, oft-rejected benchwarmer became an overnight sensation when he electrified the sports world with his dynamic, record breaking plays. The fact that Lin is Asian-American was a cause for worldwide exultation, as well as racial controversy.  Linsanity: The Movie chronicles Lin's hard fight for survival in the NBA and the far-reaching effects of his meteoric fame.  Here's my chat with NBA superstar Jeremy Lin, Producer Brian Yang and Director Evan Jackson Leong. Jeremy Lin The Lady Miz Diva:  How was the idea of a documentary first put to you?  Jeremy Lin:  They pitched it when I was in college and I really wasn't comfortable with it.  I would say after my rookie year,...

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'Linsanity' Premiere Draws NBA Superstar Jeremy Lin, Coach Mike D'Antoni

'Linsanity' Premiere Draws NBA Superstar Jeremy Lin, Coach Mike D'Antoni
“I never thought I’d put on a tux and walk down the red carpet with Jeremy Lin,” director Evan Leong said in his opening address at the Los Angeles premiere of his documentary film, Linsanity. The premiere took place at the newly renovated Tcl Chinese Theatre on Thursday night, followed by an after-party at the Roosevelt Hotel. Guests included Lin, Fast and Furious director Justin Lin, NBA coach Mike D’Antoni, Own journalist Lisa Ling, Hawaii Five-o star Brian Yang, Better Luck Tomorrow star Sung Kang and others. The film follows the basketball sensation throughout the "Linsanity" craze, during which basketball fans were going

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Jeremy Lin Pic ‘Linsanity’ Set For Taiwan Release (Exclusive)

Jeremy Lin Pic ‘Linsanity’ Set For Taiwan Release (Exclusive)
Hong Kong – “Linsanity,” the biographical documentary about Jeremy Lin, the U.S. basketball phenomenon of Taiwanese descent, is set for an Oct. 11 theatrical release in Taiwan.

The Evan Jackson Leong-directed pic was acquired by Taiwanese distributor Encore Film (安可電影股份有限公司) after a lengthy process fielded by the pic’s international sales agent Fortissimo Films.

Fortissimo, which has all rights outside the U.S. and mainland China, said that there was a bidding battle for Taiwan rights from the moment that it introduced the picture to buyers at the Hong Kong FilMart in March.

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“Jeremy is a superstar in Taiwan and an inspiration throughout Asia. In ‘Linsanity’ director Evan Jackson Leong captures the heart and soul of this rising basketball hero,” said Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner.

The film follows Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, Calif., through
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Jeremy Lin’s ‘Linsanity’ Documentary Gets Distribution (Exclusive)

Jeremy Lin’s ‘Linsanity’ Documentary Gets Distribution (Exclusive)
Ketchup Entertainment has acquired Evan Jackson Leong’s “Linsanity” and will release the documentary on Oct. 4.

The Jeremy Lin doc, which premiered at Sundance, will launch in Boston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco along with 10 to 15 other cities.

Film follows Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, Calif., to his meteoric ascent to stardom in early 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Assn., giving rise to the term “Linsanity.” The film was an official selection at South by Southwest this year.

The project was financed by 408 Films, and produced by Christopher Chen/Endgame Entertainment, Brian Yang/408 Films and Allen Lu. “Linsanity” started filming in 2010, while Lin was a relatively unknown basketball player at Harvard University.

Justin Chang of Variety gave the film a positive review: “An example of long-term documentary filmmaking paying off in ways few could have anticipated, ‘Linsanity’ energetically recounts Jeremy Lin
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Jeremy Lin’s Pop Culture Slam Dunk

Getty Images Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks brings the ball up the floor against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

At the Ainsworth, a tony sports lounge on Manhattan’s Lower West Side, two thirds of the club’s screens are tuned to the Hoyas-’Cuse game. But to a delirious clutch of fans at one end of the long bar — my fellow members of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance — the
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