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International Sales Agent: New for Cannes, Blue Galaxy Launched by Vets Marcy Rubin, Andrew Stevens and Fiorenza Cella

15 May 2012 7:30 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

There are several new international sales agents debuting in Cannes.  I will endeavor to profile them throughouat Cannes. Tristan Whalley's GoalPost, Richard Guardian's Guardian Entertainment, Mario Kassar's Magnetik, Joe Drake's Tbc, Mike Runagall's Altitude and others...

Born of the power and passion of two prominent members of the international film community, Blue Galaxy International takes sales, distribution, and media production to the next level. Marcy Rubin, longtime sales exec with Cinetel and Andrew Stevens, actor, producer and director long seen in the independent film world represent a global company with offices in Sherman Oaks and Paris, Blue Galaxy launched in 2011 with a commitment to delivering high-concept content with mainstream appeal for the international entertainment and television markets. Though new on the scene, the company draws upon its founders' extensive market savvy and long-standing relationships with major broadcasters in virtually every country around the world. And it continues to build on its strengths. With a presence at the European Film Market in Berlin, Hong Kong Filmart, Mip-tv, Cannes Film Festival, Discop, Mipcom, and the American Film Market, and a library in the making, Blue Galaxy International delivers the pulse of entertainment to a growing client base.

The Vortex


When a convoy of American troops goes missing in the Afghan desert, a Special Ops Seal Team is deployed to locate them. They discover that their former colleague, Sydney Gerber, has managed to create a wormhole which is growing more and more unstable with each passing moment! Accompanied by an elite team of soldiers, they battle through huge, mutated snakes, scorpions and spiders which have been created by the strange crystals that are a by-product of the Vortex. Gerber and one of the rangers, now both Mega Pythons, square off in a battle for the ages to save the world and mankind!!  

Starring: Jack Plotnick, Sarah Lieving and Ted Jonas

Directed by: Peter Paul Basier

Produced by: Danny Roth, Greg Carter, Mark Holder and Christine Holder

Written by: Peter Paul Basier and Cary Anderson

The Dogfather


When a Mafia don's right-hand man, a bulldog named Sonny, swallows his ring, comedy ensues as two of the don's best soldiers try and retrieve the ring from Sonny, who has been adopted by a new family.

Partner Bios

Marcy Rubin

A veteran of international media sales and distribution, Marcy Rubin brings an extensive understanding of the ever-changing international marketplace to the table. Over the past 25 years, she has arranged financing via foreign pre-sales for over 100 independent films. After graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., she headed to Los Angeles and has worked at Merv Griffin Productions, Cinema Entertainment, and Kodiak Films. For the past 20 years, Rubin held the position of international sales executive at the prominent international production and distribution company, CineTel Films. During her tenure at CineTel, she developed a vast network of contacts with international distributors, television broadcasters, and financial institutions, and serving on the board of directors of Ifta, the trade organization of the independent film community (1996 and 1997). Now a sought-after member of that community, she speaks on various panels about the international marketplace. The next logical step for Rubin was to launch her own business, which she did in 2011: Blue Galaxy International, a full-service international distribution company with global representation. Fiorenza Cella Fiorenza Cella, founder of the video distribution company Free Dolphin Entertainment, began her career as a journalist with the Italian TV network Italia Uno (Mediaset). Her experience in London, where she worked with the BBC to develop youth programming, helped to spark her vision of a world connected via entertainment media. Cella catapulted her international savvy into the creation, in 1995, of Free Dolphin, headquartered in Paris. Within five years, she brought the company into the major leagues with the sale of television rights to both French and Italian networks, and Free Dolphin rose from a fledgling enterprise to a force in the industry. During 16 years at the company helm, Cella forged solid relationships with the heads of major channels in France, Italy and Spain. Today she is again building on her talent. As a partner in Blue Galaxy International, Cella has turned her attention toward global distribution and production, a natural path for the media pro.

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Exclusive Set Report and Photo Gallery from H.M. Coakley's Hollaback

26 January 2012 5:35 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Stepping onto the set of writer/director H.M. Coakley’s horror whodunit Hollaback last year on December 18th, the first few things that became readily apparent were the blood trail which serpentined across the wood flooring of the 130-year-old Los Angeles Antebellum mansion (doubling for the deep South) and the flick’s ‘token white chick,’ who came in the form of actress Allison Kyler. The third was the abundance of enthusiasm for the production which was mirrored by cast and crew alike.

Arriving to set on day eleven of fifteen and greeted by Hollaback associate producer and casting director Venk Modur, we conducted the majority of our hushed interviews against the aural backdrop of screams and whimpering as writer and director Coakley led his cast through the film’s scripted carnage.

“It is a sequel,” said Modur of Hollaback, which serves as a follow-up to filmmaker Coakley’s 2006 feature Holla »

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Exclusive Set Report from Sorority Party Massacre: Photo Gallery, Release News, and More!

12 January 2012 5:15 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

It’s been a while since we last reported on the slasher flick Sorority Party Massacre, but fear not! We hit the Simi Valley, California, set in early December, 2011, to not only witness a mock hanging and a bevy of scantily-actresses sunbathing but also chat with co-director Chris Freeman and one of the film’s stars, scream queen Eve Mauro. Read on for the details and extensive ocular candy!

Written and produced by Freeman (who co-directs with Justin Jones and who co-wrote last year’s feature Paranormal Incident), the slasher vs. college girls flick Sorority Party Massacre stars Kevin Sorbo, the previously mentioned Mauro (she of Wicked Lake fame, among others), Ed O'Ross, C. Thomas Howell (The Hitcher), Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil’s Rejects), Richard Moll (House), Ron Jeremy, Yvette Yates, and Tom Downey.

As for the film’s official synopsis, it reads like this: In danger of losing his badge, »

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