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4 items from 2007

HBO going to Disney land

23 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

HBO has acquired an extensive feature film library package from Disney-ABC Domestic Television that includes Touchstone Pictures' Pearl Harbor, Hollywood Pictures' The Sixth Sense and Miramax Films' Pulp Fiction.

The agreement consists of 100 titles from Walt Disney Studios. Other films in the deal include Touchstone's Armageddon and Enemy of the State, Miramax's Shakespeare in Love and the Scream trilogy and Disney's George of the Jungle and The Mighty Ducks.

The date each title comes available varies, with the rights to the first kicking in in January 2009 and the last becoming available about 10 years after that. The license term also varies from 18 or 24 months, depending on the film.

"HBO is the ideal home for these quality library titles," HBO co-president Harold Akselrad said. "Our subscribers will greatly enjoy watching these movies for years to come."

Added DADT president Janice Marinelli: "HBO is a premier movie destination, and we are excited that their customers will be able to experience these films for the first time on their network."

While HBO has acquired a library package, newer Disney films go to Starz Entertainment, which has an exclusive film output deal with the distributor. »

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'Stand-In' is a shoo-in at Warner Independent

18 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Independent Pictures has acquired the rights to Steve Bloom's original screenplay The Stand-In.

The story centers on a working-class high school senior who earns money for college by escorting wealthy girls to formal high school functions.

Blumhouse Prods.' Jason Blum and Tracy Underwood are producing. WIP's Paul Federbush and Carl Hampe brought the screenplay to the studio.

" 'Stand-In' is a great high-concept teen comedy with enormous crossover potential," Blum said. "I haven't been a teenager in 20 years, and I'd go see it."

This is Bloom's third project in development. Last year, he sold Sisters of Mercy to Sony with Overbrook's Will Smith, James Lassiter and Alex Siskin producing. Smith might star in the film.

Bloom also is rewriting A Smile as Big as the Moon for Gold Circle and Thunder Road Prods. Stephen Herek (The Mighty Ducks) is set to direct, with Basil Iwanyk and Mary Viola producing for Thunder Road.

Blumhouse is in postproduction on Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman and Colin Firth.

Bloom is repped by Original Artists, manager Peter Meyer at Meyer Management and attorney Gregg Gellman at Barnes Morris Klein Mark Yorn Barnes & Levine in Los Angeles. »

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Kerner nets deal with Walden

18 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Phil Anschutz's Walden Media has tapped Charlotte's Web producer Jordan Kerner for a multiyear, first-look deal with the family-friendly company.

The deal gives Walden exclusive first-look rights to all feature projects by Kerner and his Kerner Entertainment Co., which will set up shop at the company's Century City office.

"We had a great time working with Jordan on 'Charlotte's Web' and have wanted to bring him into the fold for some time," Walden CEO Cary Granat said. "Having known him for many years, I've been truly impressed with his rise to become a preeminent producer of global event family films."

Walden partnered this year with 20th Century Fox to market family films through Fox Walden.

"Our partnership is a perfect match," Kerner said. "As we move forward in an uncertain world, it becomes even more important to produce films which explore important values that can have a lasting place in the hearts and minds of families around the world."

Kerner's credits include Snow Dogs and the Mighty Ducks trilogy. »

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Fox Animation taps Toliver

3 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Karen Rupert Toliver has joined 20th Century Fox Animation as vp production.

Toliver, who replaces John Cohen, will focus on the development and production of animated projects and will report to Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison.

For more than a decade, Toliver has worked both sides of film fence -- live action and animation -- most recently working on the development of the Curious George movie for Universal Pictures.

Toliver had been at Disney Feature Animation, serving as a production executive on Brother Bear, Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons. She also brought the book Frog Princess to the studio.

Before that, she was vp at James Pentecost Prods., where she focused on developing family properties in features and made-for-television, including the feature sequel to Roger Rabbit.

Toliver began her career as an assistant to producer Julia Dray at Walt Disney Pictures working on the Mighty Ducks franchise.

"Karen has the expertise and sensibility with the development and production of big, all-audience, animated movies, and her taste and talents fall perfectly in line with the films that we make here at Fox Animation," Morrison said. »

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