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Transmedia entertainment company The Project Factory has taken a majority stake in Envelop Entertainment with options to acquire 100% of the business.
Envelop founder Nathan Anderson has joined The Project Factory full-time as Executive Producer looking after project development as well as driving production on high profile projects. The Envelop brand will be folded into The Project Factory.
.Anderson currently is producing a second season of the transmedia crime drama Precinct 13 for NBCUniversal.s 13th Street channel as well as a multiplatform extension of Sam Fox Extreme Adventures with Slr Productions for Network Ten and Zdfe.
.We realised there is a commonality of vision, . Gadney told If. .The acquisition of Envelop allows us to take on more of the larger-scale entertainment projects that have proven to boost TV audiences, »
- Don Groves
• Sacha Baron Cohen will no longer play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the long-gestating biopic about the band, reportedly due to creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. Apparently, the band was quite involved in the process, rejecting proposed directors such as David Fincher and his Les Misérables director Tom Hooper, and insisting that the movie be PG. No word yet on other options to play Mercury. [Deadline]
• Tony-nominated actor and former As The World Turns star Billy Magnussen is set to replace Jake Gyllenhaal (who dropped out recently, reportedly to star in Nightcrawler) as Rapunzel’s prince in Rob Marshall »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Panel: Neil Patrick Harris (Barney), Cobie Smulders (Robin), Josh Radnor (Ted), Jason Segel (Marshall), Alyson Hannigan (Lily), Carter Bays (co-creator and executive producer), Craig Thomas (co-creator and executive producer), Pam Fryman (director and executive producer), and EW’s own Sandra Gonzalez moderating
Footage Screened: No season 9 sneak peeks, but the intro video showed Ted’s exasperated kids (Lyndsey Fonseca and David Henrie) at the end of their rope after eight years of listening to the world’s longest stream-of-consciousness story. Watch the “kids” (who are now twentysomethings) go on an »
- Katie Atkinson
CineEurope round-up: recaps of Disney and Sony presentations; Harkness unveils foldable screen.
David Garrett’s new sales powerhouse Mister Smith Entertainment presented for the first time at CineEurope this morning, representing the international rights to the slates of DreamWorks and Constantin. (Mister Smith has a slew of output deals for the companies with key independent distributors across Europe, and is showcasing the product here to European exhibitors)
Mister Smith, launched by former Summit executive Garrett just over a year ago, has offices in London, Paris and Los Angeles.
DreamWorks’ Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider introduced their slate with a videotaped message and Spielberg said “Mister Smith has delivered….by aligning us with the best foreign distributors.”
The presentation included about 15 minutes of footage from Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate,starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. The company also showed the world premiere of the new trailer for Delivery Man, the family »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
An Australian celebrity newsteam slowly antagonized Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) to the point of no return the other day. The Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited frontman was in the middle of a light hearted interview with Channel Ten.s .The Project. Tuesday night. The no B.S. iconic punk rocker had to shush the female of the group, with his ire spilling over to the rest of the talking heads whose Oz accent and tone were too shrill for Lydon. John Lydon (Rotten) told 'The Project' host Carrie Bickmore, .Hey missus, shut up, shut up...Now listen, when a man is talking, do not interrupt. and that "you sound like one of those dreadful loud birds I »
- April Neale
5 items from 2013
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