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Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Sundance Comedy ‘Dear White People’

Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Sundance Comedy ‘Dear White People’
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to “Dear White People,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Written and directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” follows the stories of four black students at Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by a white fraternity.

Sundance Review: ‘Dear White People

The comedy, Co-starring Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) and Tessa Thompson (“Veronica Mars”), won the special jury award for breakthrough talent at Sundance.

Justin Simien is a funny, fresh and current voice with his finger on the Millennials’ pulse,” said Roadside’s co-president Howard Cohen.

Deal was negotiated by Marc Danon and Jean Chi on behalf of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, and by Wme Global and attorney Irwin M. Rappaport.

Simien, repped by Wme and Oasis Media Group, was one of Variety’s 10 Directors to
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When Does an Actor Need a Lawyer?

So you book a job, your agent sends over the contract or deal memo, and suddenly it hits you: Should I have a lawyer look at this before I sign? It’s a simple question, but the answer is more complex than one might imagine. After all, agents understand deals—they negotiate them. A lawyer brings a deeper knowledge of the details and the capability to negotiate those details, but that knowledge comes with a price: Most entertainment lawyers charge talent 5 percent, while some are available at hourly rates of $300 an hour and up. Is an attorney always necessary? Some lawyers we spoke to said yes. One studio lawyer recommended, “Actors should engage an attorney whenever they are presented with a contract to sign. Even if the employer refuses to modify the agreement, the attorney can educate the actor about the terms of the contract, including what rights he/she is giving up.
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SXSW Buys Begin: Strand Buys 'Crazy Eyes' Starring Lukas Haas

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Strand Releasing has acquired Us rights to Adam Sherman’s "Crazy Eyes" starring Lukas Haas and Madeline Zima, which will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. It's the story of a young man whose obsession for a girl he calls Crazy Eyes drives him to the brink. The cast also includes Jake Busey, Ray Wise and Tania Raymonde. Strand plans to release the film in early summer. Strand also released Sherman's "Happiness Runs" in 2009. The deal was negotiated between Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and attorney Irwin Rappaport.
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