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Essel Vision backs out of three film deal with Sanjay Gupta

13 October 2015 3:50 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Earlier we had reported that Essel Vision, the creative and production studio of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zee), announced a multi-film deal to make its foray into mainstream commercial Hindi films, with Sanjay Gupta's White Feather Films, of which the first was the recently released Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - Irrfan Khan starrer Jazbaa. However, now we hear that Essel Vision has apparently backed out of the deal. In fact we hear that the reason Essel Vision backed out was the poor Roi (Return On Investment) of Jazbaa at the box office, taking into consideration the cost of production as well as recoveries the film has had till date, due to it failing to entice the audience. Compounding the film's lack luster performance (as per their estimates), the previous week's release Talvar and the Hollywood release The Walk went a long way in damaging Jazbaa's overall box office appeal. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Momentum Pictures, Orion Releasing strike pact

9 September 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

eOne has revived its Momentum Pictures label and has struck a multi-film deal with Orion Releasing to jointly acquire and distribute film in the Us and select territories.

The partnership will focus on bespoke multi-platform releases and kicks off with Mob drama The Wannabe starring Vincent Piazza, Patricia Arquette and Michael Imperioli and sci-fi mystery Ava’s Possessions.

“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Orion Releasing,” said Momentum Pictures president Berry Meyerowitz (pictured). “Our goal is to work with the best partners to bring great films to audiences in new and innovative ways, and this deal is a great place to start.”

Our deal with Momentum Pictures expands Orion’s strategy to acquire quality content for worldwide audiences,” said Orion president Chris Ottinger. “Together we will be able to use our strong customer relationships and robust distribution infrastructure in the Us and around the world.” »

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Asia: Key Part of Im Global’s Growth

12 May 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Asia has been integral to Im Global almost since day one. That is a reflection of both of Im Global founder Stuart Ford’s determination to position the company for growth and the company’s financial opportunism.

That puts Im Global in a unique position — an independent with large exposure in both India and in China.

“Our mantra is to stay opportunistic, not be wed to a single business or financing model,” Ford says. “And to keep one eye on the wider business — digital distribution, growth markets, lower cost filmmaking. These make it easier to build a business and make a buck, than building a big studio structure.”

The film industry’s traditional model saw international sales covering risk and the North American market as the profit center. But Ford argues that the U.S. market is the most crowded, expensive and competitive market in the world and therefore the »

- Patrick Frater

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Castle, Once, The Flash, Big Bang, Svu/P.D., Poi, Originals, Stalker and More

24 April 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Will Castle leave fans hanging from a cliff? Will Once Upon a Time‘s Hook be able to scale Emma’s new walls? Is The Flash starting to feel the Vibe? Is Big Bang in fact heading for a wedding? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

We know Hollander’s Woods is going to come back into play for Castle in the Season 7 finale. However, what mythology might we be dealing with in regards to Beckett? –Rachael

To be clear (since some are CoNfUsEd), the actual Hollander’s Woods incident from Rick’s childhood »

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Jeffrey Katzenberg on Dwa’s Cutbacks: ‘3 Films a Year Was Too Ambitious’

22 January 2015 3:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Animation’s goals may have been a little too lofty when it announced plans to start releasing three films a year, admits company chief Jeffrey Katzenberg.

“Making three films a year was too ambitious,” Katzenberg told analysts after announcing a major reorganization of the Glendale, Calif., toon studio that is resulting in layoffs of around 500 people, including its chief marketing officer, Dawn Taubin, and chief operating officer, Mark Zoradi. Chief creative officer Bill Damaschke already had stepped down, while vice chairman and former chief financial officer Lew Coleman is retiring.

After a string of box office misfires that have included “Rise of the Guardians,” “Turbo,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and, more recently, “The Penguins of Madagascar” — forcing the company to write off more than $290 million in losses — Dwa was forced to make changes.

That included appointing Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria as co-presidents of Dwa’s feature division earlier this month. »

- Marc Graser

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