Eastwood, Malick, Aronofsky fight Iceland film cuts

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Eastwood, Malick, Aronofsky fight Iceland film cuts
As the Icelandic Film Fund is battling proposed government cuts of 40% for 2014, a group of filmmakers has signed a statement of support for the Icelandic industry.

The supporters include Clint Eastwood, Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick, whose films Flags of Our Fathers, Noah and Tree Of Life have all shot partially in Iceland.

As Screen previously reported, more than 200 jobs could be lost because of the proposed cuts. In its 2014 budget, the Icelandic government is proposing a 40% cut to the Icelandic Film Fund, the organisation that supports Icelandic filmmaking through screenwriting, development and production grants. This is the second time in recent years that the Icelandic government has planned to deliver such a blow to local industry — In 2010 the government had proposed a 35% cut to the fund, but eventually enacted 25%.

The second round of budget talks will be held on Dec 13 (Friday) with the final bill to be voted on next week.

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Anschutz beefs up Walden

Anschutz Film Group has announced a slew of promotions and hirings for its Walden Media Group.

In development and production, Jackie Levine has been upped to senior vp production, while Evan Turner was promoted to vp development and production. Both executives continue to report to executive vp production Alex Schwartz.

Douglas Jones, who became head of Anschutz Film Group's physical production department in 2006, also was promoted to executive vp physical production. He oversees new hires Mylan Stepanovich and Kimberly Rach, both vp physical production, and Jonas Thaler, vp postproduction.

Levine, who joined the company in 2004, has overseen production on Bristol Bay's recent release Amazing Grace and the upcoming The Great Buck Howard, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium and The Water Horse. Before her current role, Levine was vp of Cobalt Media Group and vp development at Michael Douglas' Further Films.

Turner is a six-year veteran of the company, most recently serving as director of development. He is overseeing production on The Dark Is Rising and Nim's Island.

Jones has overseen production for more than four years, most recently on "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," Hoot and How to Eat Fried Worms. He is readying "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" for production.

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