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Amazon Developing Ida Tarbell-John D. Rockefeller Movie

Amazon Studios is developing a movie about pioneering investigative journalist Ida Tarbell and her battle against industrial magnate John D. Rockefeller.

Amazon has acquired movie rights to Mark McDevitt’s “Ida Tarbell,” which was named to the 2015 Black List, and set it up with Tom Drumm of Think Tank Management & Production. Think Tank manager Kate Hart brought the Tarbell script into the company and will be an associate producer on the project.

Ida Tarbell” is the first feature sale for McDevitt, an Irish writer who moved to New York in 1994. The script focuses on Tarbell’s magazine series “The History of the Standard Oil Company,” which explained meticulously how Rockefeller had monopolized the country’s oil business, backed up by thousands of pages of documents and interviews with the corporation’s executives and competitors, government regulators and academic experts.

Her pioneering expose on Standard Oil began in the November 1902 issue
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Amazon Acquires 2015 Black List Script ‘Ida Tarbell’ About Hard-Hitting Journalist Who Challenged Oil Man John Rockefeller

Amazon Acquires 2015 Black List Script ‘Ida Tarbell’ About Hard-Hitting Journalist Who Challenged Oil Man John Rockefeller
Exclusive: Amazon has acquired the 2015 Black List biopic script Ida Tarbell by Mark McDevitt for producer Tom Drumm of Think Tank Management & Production to produce. The Irish writer McDevitt moved to New York in 1994 after winning a green card in a lottery. As a writer and journalist, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Irish Times, The Independent and The Examiner. This is his first feature script sale, and what better one for a journalist to write than…
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Wme Spans The Globe, Signs Three Top Offshore Helmers At Cannes

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Wme Spans The Globe, Signs Three Top Offshore Helmers At Cannes
Exclusive: Wme came back from Cannes with a trio of offshore directing talents, as the agency signed Jorge Dorado, Erik Skjoldbjaerg, and Mikkel Norgaard. Dorado made his feature directing debut with the psychological thriller Mindscape for Studio Canal starring Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Taissa Farmiga and produced by Jaume Collet-Sera. The film is slated for a fall 2013 release. Warner Bros is distributing foreign and domestic will be sold shortly. Dorado has directed many award-winning shorts including La Guerra, which won 47 awards at festivals around the world. He has also been assistant director on more than 20 films by the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Baz Luhrmann, and Guillermo del Toro. He is managed by Tom Drumm. Norgaard is the director of Klown, the 2012 pic that became the highest-grossing Danish film of all time. He is currently in post on Keeper Of Lost Causes, a film that screened in Cannes for distributors.
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Charlize Theron To Star And Produce Film Adaptation Of Gillian Flynn’s Novel Dark Places

Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron (Snow White And The Huntsmen, Prometheus, Monster) will star in and produce the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Dark Places to be written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’S Key), it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.

Exclusive Media’s Guy East and Nigel Sinclair will produce and fully finance the film alongside Theron’s production company Denver and Delilah Productions with partners Beth Kono and Aj Dix; Stephane Marsil’s Hugo Productions and Mandalay Vision’s Matthew Rhodes. Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner of Exclusive Media will executive produce with Peter Safran, and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman will also produce in some capacity.

Stephane Marsil has developed and produced all of Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s films starting with 2001’s Pretty Things which garnered star Marion Cotillard a César nomination. When Gilles brought Gillian’s book to Stephane,
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Tom Drumm Snares New Management Shingle

Exclusive: After a decade, Tom Drumm has parted ways with Peter Safran. He is forming Think Tank Management and Production, a new shingle where he’ll rep clients and hatch movies and TV. When Safran left Brillstein-Grey to form The Safran Company in 2006, Drumm followed him. “Peter has been an amazing mentor, and he has given me a great head start in building my business, and creating my own company,” Drumm said. “I look forward to continuing to work with him as a producer,” said Drumm. Safran produced five films last year, including the James Wan-directed The Conjuring, the Paul Walker-starrer Hours, and the Mark Strong-starrer Mindscape. Drumm’s clients Guy Holmes wrote the script, and Jorge Dorado directed it. “It has been a pleasure working closely with Tom over the past decade and I look forward continuing to collaborate with him in the future,” Safran said.
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Tom Drumm Snares New Management Shingle

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Tom Drumm Snares New Management Shingle
Exclusive: After a decade, Tom Drumm has parted ways with Peter Safran. He is forming Think Tank Management and Production, a new shingle where he’ll rep clients and hatch movies and TV. When Safran left Brillstein-Grey to form The Safran Company in 2006, Drumm followed him. “Peter has been an amazing mentor, and he has given me a great head start in building my business, and creating my own company,” Drumm said. “I look forward to continuing to work with him as a producer,” said Drumm. Safran produced five films last year, including the James Wan-directed The Conjuring, the Paul Walker-starrer Hours, and the Mark Strong-starrer Mindscape. Drumm’s clients Guy Holmes wrote the script, and Jorge Dorado directed it. “It has been a pleasure working closely with Tom over the past decade and I look forward continuing to collaborate with him in the future,” Safran said.
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Draft Day, A Country of Strangers & Rodham Top the 2012 Black List

There is either a couple of football fans or Jerry Maguire/Moneyball with this year’s most liked unproduced screenplay. Close to 300 hundred film executives provided with the Black List creators a top ten of their favorite screenplays of the year and the consensus first overall pick (with 65 votes) comes from the recently featured in Variety (10 Screenwriters to Watch 2012) tandem of Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman and their drama which has nothing to do with enlisting in the armed forces. Draft Day – about the day in the life of a fictitious Buffalo Bills Gm appears to currently be in turnaround — which only means I expect to see this greenlight perhaps a little later than sooner – worth noting: top spot almost guarantees that the film will indeed go into production (2006, 2010 and 2011 are the exceptions.) Among the more alluring logline subjects we find on the list, I’d be keen on reading the
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The Black List 2011: Top Unproduced Screenplays

The 2011 Black List, the Top Unproduced Screenplays of the year has been released. The best unproduced screenplays from The Black List 2011 is compiled by votes from over 300 “execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Regarding the validity of The Black List, things to keep in mind:

some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though…none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends.
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The Viewfinder List 2011: The Top Short Films, Commercials, and Music Videos of the Year

[1] Last year saw the debut of The Viewfinder List [2], which aims to do for aspiring filmmakers what The Black List does for screenwriters. Compiled from a poll of "studio executives, producers, and creatives," The Viewfinder List reflects the most-liked shorts, commercials, and/or music videos of the year. The inaugural list in 2010 included such up-and-comers as Patrick Jean, whose Pixels is due out in 2013, 47 Ronin director Carl Erik Rinsch, and, um, Alejandro González Iñárritu. This year's list has Dan Trachtenberg's Portal: No Escape on top, along with a few other videos you may recognize if you've been paying attention to /Film for the past year. Or even if you haven't -- that adorable Super Bowl Volkswagen ad with the little Darth Vader kid also made the cut, as did Chris Marrs Piliero's video for The Black Keys. Check out the full 2011 Viewfinder List -- with video! -- after the jump.
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The Black List of 2011 - Part 2

The Black List of 2011 continues with the second-half of the list showcasing the screenplays that received the most number of votes.

Remember, this is a list voted on by Hollywood professionals of what they personally believe to be the best unproduced screenplays written in 2011. You might recognize titles for movies that are in development. That's fine by The Black List rules; the only condition that the screenplay must meet is that it's not being filmed within this calendar year. For Black List 2011 selections like Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, that makes it valid for Black List inclusion.

If you've missed the first half of the list you can find it here.

13 Votes:

The Accountant by Bill Dubuque

The Treasury Department pursues a brilliant, autistic accountant who doubles as an assassin and “problem-solves” with precision in more ways than one.

Agency: Paradigm

Agent: Trevor Astbury

Management: Zero Gravity Management

Manager: Eric Williams
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The Black List of 2011 - Part 1

For the seventh annual year a list of the top unproduced screenplays written in the past 12 calendar months has been made. The Black List is the most recognized and celebritized compilation for screenwriters and unknown movie ideas to be heard. While some prior Black List scripts have gone on to be made (like Juno or 500 Days of Summer), most scripts do not. However, what being on The Black List can do is to give a big push of credibility to a screenwriter hoping to carve out a career in Hollywood.

The Black List recepients are chosen by a committee of 300 individuals working in Hollywood: agents, writers, producers, managers and the like. They read the screenplays that float around the showbiz ecosystem; some are bought and are already in development while others are still seeing the interest of talent of financial backers.

The makers of The Black List are good to
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2011 Black List Arrives Online

The 2011 Black List has arrived online and there are a bunch of the hottest scripts in Hollywood. Some have already been picked up by studios, while most are still unproduced. Here is the press release: The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2011 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year.

This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included on the The Black List.

All reasonable effort has been made to confirm the information contained herein. The Black List apologizes for all misspellings, misattributions, incorrect representation identification, and questionable 2011 affiliations.

It has been said many times, but it's worth repeating:

The Black List is not a "best of" list. It is, at best, a "most liked" list.
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The 2011 Black List: The Year’s Best Unproduced Screenplays

[1] Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year's list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman. It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading -- some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends.
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The Black List 2011: Most Popular Unproduced Screenplays This Year

As the New Year approaches, we are now getting a look at all the scripts that have been passed on, those unproduced screenplays of 2001, or what is better known as The Black List. This year, like every other year, is compiled from the suggestions of hundreds of film executives, each contributes the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2011 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Some of the best scripts have come from The Black List. Films like The Social Network went on to become the best of 2010. Other movie scripts have catapulted writers into stardom. Diablo Cody’s Juno, Nancy Oliver’s Lars And The Real Girl, Scott Neustader’s and Michael Weber’s 500 Days Of Summer, are just some of the screenplays which appeared on The Black List and then were made.
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The 2011 Black List Includes War, Murder, Zombie, Space & Chewbacca Dramas

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Franklin Leonard‘s Black List is the go-to list for the hottest unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Just last year we got Margin Call, which is now one of the most-praised films of the year. The list also includes Doug Liman‘s next film, the thriller All You Need is Kill. David Guggenheim‘s Safe House hits theaters next spring with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington starring. Chan-wook Park‘s English-language debut Stoker was also in the top 10, along with Ben Affleck‘s recently wrapped CIA hostage film Argo, both arriving next fall.

Today, the top 10 has been unveiled and we get quite a mix of genres. There is a satirical behind-the-scenes film from Chewbacca aka Peter Mayhew‘s point-of-view, a zombie film, a homosexual WWII drama, a Melancholia-esque drama on separate people finding peace before the world ends, a space film about a botched Apollo 18 mission and much more
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Best 2011 Short Films, Ads, Music Videos?

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Best 2011 Short Films, Ads, Music Videos?
Exclusive: Here’s the new Viewfinder List, the entertainment industry survey which polls studio executives, producers and creatives for their top 10 short films, commercials and/or music videos. Much like The Black List, the Viewfinder List recognizes short form video content and the up and coming helmers responsible for it. Several helmers on last year’s list got feature jobs; how will this year’s helmers fare? The list was created by Jeff Schroeder (Brillstein Entertainment Partners), Aaron Schmidt (Langley Park Pictures) and Patrick Chu (The Montecito Picture Company). Here is the website for the full list: http://www.viewfinderframes.com/category/viewfinder-list-2011/ 24 Votes: Portal by Dan Trachtenberg (Short) Agents: Harley Copen, Emile Gladstone, Marc Helwig, George Ruiz / ICM. Managers: Ben Rowe / Oasis 17 Votes: Bubble Boy by Kealan O’Rourke (Short) Agents: Chris Smith Trevor Astbury / Paradigm; Manager: Jairo Alvarado / 3 Arts 13 Votes: Rosa by Jesus Orellana (Short) Agent: Bryan Besser
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