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The single-camera project, which has received a premium script commitment from the network, centers on a customer service manager in Seattle whose department is outsourced to India, and he goes there to train his replacement. The project explores the clash of the Western and Indian cultures and chronicles the manager's romance with a local woman.
Outsourced screenwriters George Wing (50 First Dates) and John Jeffcoat are on board to pen the pilot script. They also will executive produce with Kwapis and the film's producers, Tom Gorai and David Skinner. Alexandra Beattie will serve as co-exec producer.
The premise of a romantic comedy about an American man falling for a woman from a different ethnic background draws parallels to another indie film, the smash hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. A half-hour series version of Greek also was sold near the film's premiere in 2002. »
Plaintiffs in the suit, filed late Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, include business entities controlled by Nia Vardalos, who wrote the screenplay and starred in the film, and those of producers Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Gary Goetzman. Collectively, the creative team has shared in profits rising into the tens of millions, but it claims that a lack of transparency in accounting by film co-financier Gold Circle has left the plaintiffs uncertain of how much they are owed.
The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages and a full accounting of film profits under court supervision. In addition to Gold Circle, the suit names as defendants related entities Big Wedding Prods. and Vortex Pictures.
"The accounting statements rendered by defendants have been vague and inadequate in failing to provide information consistent with industry standards," alleges the suit, filed by Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert of Santa Monica. »
Tom Hanks is suing production company Gold Circle Films for failing to pay him his share of the profits from hit movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The Saving Private Ryan actor has teamed up with his co-producers from the 2002 film, his wife Rita Wilson and Gary Goetzman, along with leading actress Nia Vardalos, to launch the legal action against Gold Circle. The firm is accused of reneging on agreements to pay the four stars a share of the $368 million profits, as stated in their contracts. The producers claim Gold Circle has so far avoided an audit to specify exact revenue from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, instead providing accounts which are "vague and inadequate in failing to provide information consistent with industry standards." They are suing for unspecified damages. »
NEW YORK -- John Lange has been promoted to executive vp and co-general sales manager at Picturehouse, the latest in a series of appointments and promotions at the New Line Cinema and HBO specialty division.
Lange will retain his co-general sales manager title alongside Bill Thompson. He will oversee all sales policies, including terms and settlements, and report to senior executive vp marketing and distribution Arthur Marblestone.
The executive joined Picturehouse when it formed in spring 2005 as senior vp and co-general sales manager. He was president of Lange & Associates division Lange Film Releasing.
Picturehouse president Bob Berney frequently worked with Lange's Illinois-based sales/distribution company during his previous positions at Newmarket Films and IFC Films. They collaborated on such films as Memento, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Whale Rider, Monster, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Passion of the Christ.
4 items from 2007
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