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Former Participant Media CEO Jim Berk Exits PodcastOne Top Job

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PodcastOne CEO Jim Berk has left the top job at the podcast network, saying he is moving on after positioning the company for its next chapter.

Berk joined PodcastOne two years ago, reporting to longtime friend and founder, Norm Pattiz, who serves as the company’s executive chairman.

“Jim came in and has been very very helpful in positioning the company to do a number of things we weren’t able to do before hand,” Pattiz told Deadline. “Jim’s task has been pretty well completed. He wants to go on and examine some other things.”

PodcastOne is a producer and distributor of some 250 different podcasts, including shows from celebrities like Adam Carolla, Dan Patrick and Shaquille O’Neal. The company said it generated 2.8 billion podcast downloads over the last year.

“We’re a big fish in a small pond,” said Pattiz, who is best known as founder of the Westwood One radio network.
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Oscar Gives Michael Moore's Love Story the Shaft

Oscar Gives Michael Moore's Love Story the Shaft
Oscar won't be tacking a happy ending onto Capitalism: A Love Story. Michael Moore's latest diatribe against the powers that be, this one directed at Wall Street and the government that let it run amok, did not make the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' short list of films that still have a shot at winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Instead, the eye-opening Food, Inc. is the top muckracker of the bunch, joining Facing Ali (but not Tyson) and Valentino: The Last Emperor (but not The September Issue) in the in-between stage of Oscar consideration. Of 89 feature-length docs submitted, 15 made the list, most of them focusing on international politics and global issues, such...
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Academy Announces 2010 Oscar Feature Documentary Short List

Academy Announces 2010 Oscar Feature Documentary Short List
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards. Eighty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: The Beaches of Agnes, Agnes Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris) Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films) The Cove, Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society) Every Little Step, James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame Entertainment) Facing Ali, Pete McCormack, director (Network Films Inc.) Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films) Garbage Dreams, Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.) Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, Mark N. Hopkins, director (Red Floor Pictures LLC) The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications) Mugabe and the White African,
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Chow Down: Robert Kenner’s “Food, Inc.”

Chow Down: Robert Kenner’s “Food, Inc.”
If we are what we eat, we’re in big trouble according to Robert Kenner’s enlightening if not groundbreaking documentary “Food, Inc.” Following contemporary mainstream documentary filmmaking’s popular recipe of equal parts talking head interviews and field reporting, “Food, Inc.” engages in investigations and studies that have been around for a while now about the steroidal industrialization of American food production: it’s no surprise that authors Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”) and …
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The first 3 minutes of Food, Inc.

Hoping to do more than just make meat-eaters feel guilty, angry or both - this film will explore the essence of a variety of different widely available foods, everything from vegetables and fruit to beef and bacon. The main focus of this film is not the food itself though - it is the corporate industry that controls the sourcing, processing, production and sale of food. Not only are animals being mistreated, abused and treated as slaves in the name of food production, but Humans are too.

Loosely based on Eric Schlosser’s non-fiction book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, but different to the fictional feature film of the same name starring Greg Kinnear, “Food, Inc.” will hit screens on a limited release in June and will be available to buy on DVD shortly after. Check out the opening 3 minutes of the film below:

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Hong Kong Filmart

Sales may be bad, but they're not that bad for Fortissimo. Wouter Barendrecht recognizes that business continues to be down since AFM last year, but rather than drive distributors out of business, he has sold six titles. Food, Inc. went to Golden Village for Singapore, Cafe Groove for Japan, A-Film for Benelux, United King Films for Israel and Deltamac for Hong Kong and Taiwan. Todd Solondz's Forgiveness went to Israel's Shani Films and Russia's Maywin Media. Paul Schrader's 1985 cult favorite Mishima went to NonStop Entertainment for Scandinavia, Wild Side for France, Avalon for Spain. The tipped for Cannes title Face went to Maywin Media for Russia and to Switzerland's Columbus Film. The Song of Sparrows was acquired by Taiwan's Cineplex Entertainment and Germany's ARD Degeto, which also acquired Son of a Lion.

News from Berlin and the EFM

Today, the first day of the European Film Market and the Berlin Film Festival itself has buzz around The International, the opening night film by favorite son Tom Tykwer. Festival head Dieter Kosslick says the fictional portrait of the financial world it portrays is mild compared to what's going on today. At the opening press conference yesterday for EFM, Kosslick also mentioned the Wall Street type scandal of China in 1899 depicted in Taiwan's Empire of Silver (Bai Yin Di Guo) by Christina Yao is a mirror of today's events. Kosslick, a vegetarian also touts Food, Inc. as a "must-see" of the festival. The halls of the Martin Gropius Bau are sparsely populated but compared to IFTA's venue, the Maritim Hotel, quite a schlep from the rest of the market, MGB is positively humming. This is in line with the turn down this year from Cannes, AFM and Toronto, and it's reported that attendance at NATPE was also very thin. Tom Ortenberg, recently of LionsGate, is here with his new company, The Weinstein Company and Chris Paton, formerly vice chairman of DDA PR, is now senior VP acquisitions and development with Fortissimo. Newly launched IMDb.de has a new way to highlight the Berlinale as does IMDb.com itself with a special mini site for the Berlinale featuring a new blog by Christian Gaines of Withoutabox. Sundance's opening night film Max and Mary has been picked up by Gaumont for France, Benelux and Switzerland and will show in the Generation 14plus sidebar. Wild Bunch has announced a new sales arm for 3D films called, what else, Wild Bunch 3D. Reliance Big Pictures who has a major stake in Dreamworks is in Berlin with a new international sales division headed by Jawahar Sharma with backup from former Miramax senior VP Colleen Seldin as a consultant. The slate is of Indian films which were previously self distributed in U.S., U.K. and the U.A.E. The four largest Egyptian production companies are uniting under one banner for international sales with backing of the Egyptian ministry of trade and industry (Expolink). Headed by Bassma Kandil, they are also looking for international coproductions.

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