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When I first became aware of Jake Johnson's work, it was in the film "Paper Heart," and it's a very canny performance, an interesting one to see as somebody's first work. In the film, directed by Nicholas Jasenovec, Johnson played Nicholas Jasenovec, the director of a documentary about Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera falling in love. I saw it first at Sundance, then ended up moderating a Comic-Con panel for the film with Johnson, Cera, Yi, and Jasenovec all participating. Over the course of those encounters that year, I saw a good deal of Johnson, and he invariably made me laugh like an idiot at least once per conversation. "New Girl" appears to have been the thing that finally opened the door for Johnson in terms of audiences understanding him and seeing him showcased properly. In the pilot, he was paired with Damon Wayans Jr. and Max Greenfield as his two roommates, »
- Drew McWeeny
London — Starz Worldwide Distribution has inked a multi-year, multi-platform content licensing and distribution pact with Russia’s Amedia, which is backed by U.S. investor Len Blavatnik.
The Russian pay TV and Svod operator, which was founded in 2002 by producer Alexander Akopov, has nabbed the rights to current and future Starz original series and other movie and TV content in Russia, Georgia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, and the Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Under the output agreement, Amedia gains exclusive pay TV and Svod rights in Russia, Cis and the Baltics to air Starz original series including “The White Queen,” “Magic City,” and “Black Sails,” the pirate drama from exec producer Michael Bay. The pact also gives Amedia access to future Starz original series over the lifetime of the agreement, including “Power.”
Amedia plans to air »
- Leo Barraclough
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