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Jessie Henderson Joins Apple Studios as Feature Executive

Jessie Henderson Joins Apple Studios as Feature Executive
Film and television development executive Jessie Henderson is joining Apple Studios as a feature executive, the company announced on Friday.

Henderson will report to Apple Original Films’ Matt Dentler, head of features. Henderson, who joins the company next week, will be part of the Apple Original Films team based in Los Angeles, which includes feature executive Lejo Pet, who recently joined Apple from Paramount Pictures.

Previously, Henderson was EVP, Original Feature Films for HBO Max, where she headed up the development of original films. Prior to her role at HBO Max, Henderson formed and served as co-president of Feigco Entertainment alongside Paul Feig. While at Feigco, she produced film and television projects that included “Spy,” “A Simple Favor, “Someone Great,” the all-female “Ghostbusters” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”

Before that, Henderson was an executive at Chernin Entertainment where she co-produced “The Heat,” after starting her career at Universal.

Henderson earned her
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Jessie Henderson Tapped As Feature Executive At Apple Studios

Jessie Henderson Tapped As Feature Executive At Apple Studios
Film and television development executive Jessie Henderson is joining Apple Studios as a feature executive, reporting to Apple Original Films’ Matt Dentler, head of features. Henderson, who joins the company next week, will be part of the growing Apple Original Films team based in Los Angeles, which includes feature executive Lejo Pet, who recently joined Apple from Paramount Pictures.

Previously, Henderson was EVP Original Feature Films for HBO Max, where she headed up the development of original films. Prior to her role at HBO Max, Henderson formed and served as co-president of Feigco Entertainment alongside Paul Feig. While at Feigco, she produced film and television projects that included Spy, A Simple Favor, Someone Great, the all-female Ghostbusters and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

Before that, Henderson was an executive at Chernin Entertainment where she co-produced The Heat, after starting her career at Universal.
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Apple Studios Names Jessie Henderson Feature Executive in Original Films

Apple Studios Names Jessie Henderson Feature Executive in Original Films
Jessie Henderson has joined Apple Studios as a feature film executive, the tech giant announced Friday.

Based in Los Angeles, Henderson will report to Apple Original Film’s head of features Matt Dentler.

Henderson most recently served as executive vice president of original feature films at HBO Max, focusing on development. She departed the WarnerMedia-owned service in late 2020, following a reorganization that gave Warner Bros. Pictures chief Toby Emmerich full control of HBO Max’s straight-to-streaming feature slate, which he had previously shared with HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly. Many wondered where the pedigreed Henderson would land in the months following.

Before HBO Max, Henderson served as co-president of Feigco Entertainment alongside Paul Feig. There she produced film and TV projects including “Spy,” “A Simple Favor, “Someone Great,” the all-female “Ghostbusters” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” She was also an executive at Peter Chernin’s eponymous company,
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Jessie Henderson Joins Apple as Features Executive

Jessie Henderson Joins Apple as Features Executive
Movie executive Jessie Henderson has joined Apple Studios in its features division.

Henderson, who was previously at HBO Max where she held the title of exec VP, original feature films, will report to Apple Original Films’ head of features Matt Dentler and will be based in Los Angeles. She begins next week.

Apple is in the midst of growing its film team and Henderson’s arrival comes on the heels of hiring of executive Lejo Pet, who recently joined Apple from Paramount Pictures.

Henderson brings with her extensive development and production experience. Prior to her work at HBO Max, Henderson formed ...
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IFC Lands ‘Holler,’ Coming-of-Age Film With ‘End of the F***ing World’ Star Jessica Barden

IFC Lands ‘Holler,’ Coming-of-Age Film With ‘End of the F***ing World’ Star Jessica Barden
IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to “Holler,” a coming-of-age drama starring Jessica Barden (“End of the F***ing World”) that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2020.

Nicole Riegel made her directorial debut on “Holler,” which also stars Gus Halper, Pamela Adlon, Becky Ann Baker and Austin Amelio and is executive produced by Paul Feig.

IFC Films plans to release “Holler” in June 2021. Here’s the synopsis:

Riegel also wrote the film, which centers on Barden as a young woman from a small Southern Ohio town where manufacturing and opportunities have tried up. After winning acceptance to college, she joins her older brother on a dangerous scrap metal crew seeking to pay her tuition. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the aging factories at night.

The producers are Katie McNeill and Jamie Patricof of Hunting Lane Films,
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IFC Films Buys Nicole Riegel’s ‘Holler,’ Plans June Release (Exclusive)

IFC Films Buys Nicole Riegel’s ‘Holler,’ Plans June Release (Exclusive)
IFC Films has acquired “Holler,” a drama about a woman who joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay for her college education.

The deal is for North American right. IFC will release the film in June 2021. “Holler” received critical claim both for Nicole Riegel’s work behind the camera and for the lead performance of Jessica Barden. Variety’s Peter Debruge praised the movie’s grit, writing, “‘Holler’ is honest, which is not always what people want from movies, but it isn’t your typical poverty porn. Riegel avoids the melodramatic gimmicks that tellers of such working-class stories love to pull, trusting that audiences understand that the only happy ending — the only hopeful ending — is one that sees Ruth on her way out of Jackson.”

Riegel wrote the screenplay for the movie and is making her directorial debut. Barden starred in “End of the F*cking World
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WarnerMedia Reorg: Toby Emmerich to Oversee HBO Max Original Films

WarnerMedia Reorg: Toby Emmerich to Oversee HBO Max Original Films
Toby Emmerich will now have oversight of HBO Max original films as part of a reorganization at Warner Media. As part of the shift, Jessie Henderson, the EVP of Original Feature Films at WarnerMedia, has decided to leave the company, and Nikki Ramey, SVP of Original Feature Films at HBO Max, is moving over to New Line and will report to Richard Brener, president and chief creative officer, and Carolyn Blackwood, chief operating officer for Warner Bros. Pictures Group. The goal for WarnerMedia will be to combine HBO Max with Warner Bros. Pictures group and break down silos between the company’s divisions. Also Read: AT&T Q3 Earnings: HBO Max Hits 38 Million US Subs, Warner Bros Revenue Falls 28% Moving forward, Emmerich will have oversight over all motion picture output for WarnerMedia, be it streaming or theatrical. And all development and production of original feature films for HBO Max will
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HBO Max Film Shake-Up: Toby Emmerich Consolidates Power, Two Executives Depart

HBO Max Film Shake-Up: Toby Emmerich Consolidates Power, Two Executives Depart
Feature film programming for streaming service HBO Max has undergone a restructure, as two executives shuffle out of the group and greenlight power now falls exclusively under studio chief Toby Emmerich.

In February, WarnerMedia announced the creation of WarnerMax — a streaming film label that would create movies exclusively for the service, control of which was to be shared by Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Emmerich and HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly.

In a new arrangement announced Friday, Emmerich has been given full control of original films and will oversee rollout to either theatrical releases or streaming premieres. WarnerMedia’s executive vice president of original films, Jessie Henderson, has chosen to depart the company.

Nikki Ramey, senior vice president of original feature films at HBO Max, is headed to Warner label New Line Cinema. She will report to New Line president and chief creative officer Richard Brener for development and production,
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WarnerMedia Film Group Streamline: HBO Max’s Jessie Henderson To Exit, While Nikki Ramey Moves To New Line & WB

WarnerMedia Film Group Streamline: HBO Max’s Jessie Henderson To Exit, While Nikki Ramey Moves To New Line & WB
Rumors have raced for weeks that exec changes at WarnerMedia would soon reverberate to movie content as the effort to streamline production continues. Two of the rumored moves have happened: Jessie Henderson, EVP Original Feature Films for HBO Max, decided to leave the company. Another HBO Max exec, Nikki Ramey, will leave her senior veep of Original Feature Films post to join New line and report to president/chief creative officer Richard Brener for film development and production, and Carolyn Blackwood, Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, for finished film acquisitions.

Toby Emmerich will have oversight over all motion picture output for WarnerMedia, streaming and theatrical. Moving forward, all development and production of original feature films for HBO Max will be consolidated under Emmerich and the Warner Bros Pictures Group, working in conjunction with Casey Bloys on overall platform goals. Oversight of original feature films for HBO Max was
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WarnerMedia streamlines film production operations

WarnerMedia streamlines film production operations
Warner Max, launched earlier this year to produce features for HBO Max, is being phased out.

Warner Media is streamlining film production operations and has given Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich oversight over all streaming and theatrical feature film output at the company.

Going forward all development and production of original features for HBO Max will be consolidated under Emmerich and the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, working in conjunction with HBO president Casey Bloys.

Oversight of original features for HBO Max was previously shared by leadership at WarnerMedia Entertainment and the Warner Bros Pictures Group.

Warner Max, launched
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HBO Max Acquires Ya Novel ‘Camp’ For Film; Kit Williamson Adapting & Dan Jinks Producing

HBO Max Acquires Ya Novel ‘Camp’ For Film; Kit Williamson Adapting & Dan Jinks Producing
Exclusive: HBO Max has optioned the Lev Rosen Ya novel Camp and will turn it into a feature film. Dan Jinks will produce through his Dan Jinks Company. Script will be written by Kit Williamson, the creator, director and star of the Emmy-nominated Lgbtq series EastSiders, which recently premiered its fourth and final season on Netflix.

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists. Randy reinvents himself over the summer as Del, a buff, masculine and on-the-market camper. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.
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Sundance Winner ‘Charm City Kings’ Moves to HBO Max From Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sundance Winner ‘Charm City Kings’ Moves to HBO Max From Sony Pictures Entertainment
HBO Max has acquired the worldwide rights to “Charm City Kings” from distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment and will release it on the new streaming service at some point this year, HBO Max announced Tuesday. The streaming service launches on May 27.

Charm City Kings,” from director Angel Manuel Soto, won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting when it made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

Sony Pictures Classics was originally set to release “Charm City Kings” for Sony Pictures Entertainment in theaters on April 10, 2020, and this actually makes the second Sony film to head over to HBO Max in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The new streamer previously picked up Seth Rogen’s “An American Pickle” from Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Also Read: 'Charm City Kings' Crew Hope Coming of Age Story Brings 'Mentorship' to Marginalized Kids (Video)

Charm City Kings” stars “Queen & Slim
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HBO Max To Release Seth Rogen’s An American Pickle

HBO Max To Release Seth Rogen’s An American Pickle
HBO Max has acquired worldwide rights to An American Pickle, which will be released under the upcoming platform’s Warner Max label.

The film, starring Seth Rogen in dual leading roles, is an adaptation of the 2013 New Yorker series Sell Out by Simon Rich who also adapts, and is directed by Brandon Trost, the cinematographer from Rogen’s previous films. Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver are producers for Point Grey. Executive producers are Rich, Point Grey’s Alex McAtee and Ted Gidlow.

HBO Max acquired the film from Sony Pictures so that it would not be delayed due to Covid-19 theater closures and will now reach audiences this year via the new streaming platform.

The film is based on Rich’s New Yorker novella and stars Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family.
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Seth Rogen Comedy ‘An American Pickle’ Acquired by HBO Max From Sony

Seth Rogen Comedy ‘An American Pickle’ Acquired by HBO Max From Sony
HBO Max has acquired worldwide rights to “An American Pickle,” a comedy starring Seth Rogen, that is moving to the new streaming service in a deal with Sony Pictures so that the film would not be delayed due to the coronavirus theater closures, the new service announced Monday.

Rogen stars in the comedy in dual leading roles based on Simon Rich’s 2013 New Yorker novella series “Sell Out.” Rich also adapted his own source material for the screen and Brandon Trost, a cinematographer on Rogen’s previous films including “This is The End” and “Neighbors,” is directing.

An American Pickle” is set in 1920 and follows Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly
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ReFrame Stamp Affixed On Record 26 Films For 2019

ReFrame Stamp Affixed On Record 26 Films For 2019
The ReFrame coalition has awarded 26 feature films released in 2019 with its ReFrame Stamp, which recognizes the top 100-grossing gender-balanced narrative and animated features. The list, which grew from 20 total films that earned the stamp a year ago, includes Booksmart, Captain Marvel, Harriet, Hustlers and Oscar Best Picture nominee Little Women.

This reflects gains for women in the important roles of director, department heads, and women of color leads and co-leads. With an aim to increase the number of women of all backgrounds working in film, TV, and media, the ReFrame Stamp, which is showcased in end credits and appears on IMDb, serves as a mark of distinction for projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced hiring. Additional points are awarded to content that has women of color in key positions.

This year’s list included 12 women directors (12 percent) in the top 100 films at the box office compared to 4 in 2018, with
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Warner Bros. and HBO Max Team Up on New Label to Produce Movies for the Streaming Service

HBO Max and its corporate sibling Warner Bros. announced today they’re teaming up to launch a new label that will produce movies for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service. The label, Warner Max, will produce eight to 10 films annually for the service, which launches in May, with the first titles dropping on the platform at some point this year.

The label will deal in mid-budget releases, the kind of films that have increasingly disappeared from theaters in favor of streaming-only distribution. It’s a strategy already being employed by Disney with its four-month-old Disney+ service: The studio remains committed to theatrical tentpoles like the upcoming Marvel title “Black Widow,” while giving a streaming debut to mid-budget fare like the live-action “Lady and the Tramp.”

Warner Max hasn’t yet made its slate public, but its likely some previously announced projects, like the Melissa McCarthy vehicle “Superintelligence,” will be among
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Warner Bros., HBO Max Set New Film Division for Streaming Service

Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max formed a new film label, titled Warner Max, that will generate eight to 10 mid-budget films per year for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service.

Formed at the behest of WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey and Warner Bros. Entertainment president Ann Sarnoff, the division will deliver on the promise of synergy by leveraging the company’s brand and talent portfolios, including DC Films, HBO original content, New Line Cinema, and Warner Animation Group. HBO Max will launch in May. The first Warner Max title will premiere in 2020.

The straight-to-service movies will not affect theatrical production for Warner Bros. and New Line.

Warner Max will be overseen by HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly and Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich, who will share greenlight responsibilities. They will work in collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures COO Carolyn Blackwood and HBO Max executive Sarah Aubrey. Jessie Henderson,
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Warner Media, Warner Bros announce HBO Max feature production arm

Jv to provide eight to 10 mid-budget films per year for the HBO Max platform.

Warner Media and Warner Bros issued a strong statement of intent on Wednesday (5), announcing Warner Max, the new feature production arm of HBO Max.

The joint venture will provide a steady flow of eight to 10 mid-budget films per year for the HBO Max platform designed specifically with streamer audiences in mind. HBO Max launches in May.

Observers noted that once HBO Max rolls out internationally, local-language production hubs could spring up to service a growing global audience.

The inaugural slate of English-language Warner Max titles will
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Warner Max: Warner Bros Pictures Group & HBO Max Unveil Feature Production Arm For Upcoming Streaming Service

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Warner Bros and HBO Max said Wednesday that they have created Warner Max, a new film label that will serve as the feature production arm of the streaming service that’s launching in May.

The new joint venture will have a target of releasing eight to 10 mid-budget movies per year, overseen by HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly and Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich, who are sharing greenlight responsibility for Warner Max films and will work in collaboration with Warner Bros Pictures Group COO Carolyn Blackwood and HBO Max Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey.

Warner Bros and New Line Cinema will continue to create mid-budget fare for the traditional theatrical window, while Warner Max will create a new pipeline for filmmakers looking to make a particular type of film or connect with a specific audience that would be best reached in the streaming environment. The
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Win Passes to See Last Christmas!

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of tickets to an advance screening of the new film Last Christmas on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00pm at the Mjr Grand Digital Cinema Troy in Troy, Michigan.

To enter the contest, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because the contest ends soon and there are only a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone! We’ll notify you before the screening if you’re one of the winners! No Purchase Necessary!

Screening Details

Where: Mjr Grand Digital Cinema Troy What: Last Christmas Advance Screening When: Tuesday, November 5th @ 7:00pm

About The Film

Last Christmas: Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Henry Golding and Emma Thompson star for director Paul Feig in Last Christmas, a romantic comedy inspired by a George Michael beat
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