"We're close to making an agreement with IATSE on certain positions," CW spokesman Paul McGuire said. "(So) almost the entire production is going to be unionized."The IATSE negotiations would be for work at the heart of the WGA's organizing efforts, which involve 12 so-called storytellers on the show. Those employees walked off the production in July in an effort to join the WGA, with exec producer Ken Mok insisting the matter be referred to the National Labor Relations Board.The strikers claim that they recently sought unsuccessfully to return to work on the show, and an NLRB decision is awaited on a related WGA charge that the storytellers' jobs were eliminated illegally. But IATSE, which already represents several editors on the show, argued in a separate labor hearing that the work once done by the striking employees comes under its existing jurisdiction (HR 11/8).On Thursday, the CW announced an agreement covering about a half dozen or more drivers and location managers on "Top … [Read more...] about IATSE ‘Model’ leaves WGA in the cold
The actress and top European model recently co-starred with Timothy Olyphant in "Hitman" and opposite Elijah Wood in "Paris, je t'aime."The 22nd Bond film, directed by Marc Forster, has started principal photography in London under the working title "Bond 22," with Daniel Craig reprising the role of Agent 007. Also rejoining the cast are Judi Dench as M, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis. British newcomer Gemma Arterton will play MI6 Agent Fields.Writing duo Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis penned the screenplay.MGM and Sony will share distribution rights worldwide, with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Releasing International distributing the films to theaters worldwide Nov. 7.Also joining the cast is French actor Mathieu Amalric, who recently starred in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." For "Bond 22," Amalric plays Dominic Greene, a leading member of the villainous organization introduced in the previous Bond film, "Casino Royale." … [Read more...] about Bond girl a model choice
Filmmaker newsletter and discussed a few thoughts prompted by my trip this past weekend to the Creative Capital retreat at Williams College. I used some discussions I had with both artists and filmmakers to think further about our need to come up with new economic (and patronage) models that can support media work in that hybrid space between the art world and conventional theatrical distribution. (By the way, if you don’t subscribe to our newsletter, you can do so here on the main page. Each week I’ve been using the space to speculate on the indie scene in letters that are not reposted here on the blog.) Anyway, I just came across this article by Frank Rose in Wired which makes clear that scrambling for new economic models is not just the province of indie artists and filmmakers at the retreat I just attended. The piece talks about Gemini Division, a new web serial starring Rosario Dawson. The following paragraphs position the world of web video as the 2008 version of the … [Read more...] about CAN ANYONE SPARE A BUSINESS MODEL?
On the one year anniversary of Mike Jones’s “The Circuit” column at Variety, former AFI Fest Director Christian Gaines, who is now employed by Withoutabox, contributes a two-part discussion on festivals and our current failing indie film theatrical distribution model. Part one is titled “Do Festivals Matter?” and part two is “Things Gotta Change.”In part one, Gaines writes that festivals have become, for many films, the premiere exhibition opportunity:In the pantheon of viable choices for getting your film seen, film festivals continue to thrive (seems there’s a new one born every minute, right?), and that’s because, putting aside economic factors for the moment, film festivals still provide the perfect environment for the cultural, communal celebration of cinema, where films can be presented in context, with optimal picture and sound, and where audiences can yield, uninterrupted, to the original experience created by the artist.As … [Read more...] about A NEW FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION MODEL?
Here’s another report from a part of Independent Film Week that I’ve written a little about, but which is actually a huge—or at least, half—of IFW—the conference. I previously described the Project Forum situation, but get this—when we were out of our meetings, we had the opportunity to walk outside and around the block to an auditorium where every hour, on the hour, assembled experts, case studies, and assorted panels were weighing on various subjects. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker and don’t have a project in Project Forum, it would still be extraordinarily worthwhile to get a week pass just to check out the panels; not to mention that there was plenty of meet-and-greeting going on before and after the presentations, both between filmmakers and with the panelists.By the way, if you don’t already, be sure to check out the Film Panel Notetaker blog; they were in attendance at this panel (and some of our observations … [Read more...] about MANAGING AND AGENTING YOUR CAREER AT INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK
Tenzer will manage RPRS Media Partners along with Arnold Peter, a founding partner of the law firm and former executive with Universal Studios. RPRS Media Partners will serve clients seeking business advice and other professional services that fall outside the scope of traditional entertainment law. Charter clients include media companies in the U.S., India, Mexico, Canada and Germany. The new consultancy is making its official debut as representative of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, a nonprofit devoted to promoting Indian film and culture, honoring performers and business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. The festival, which unspools Monday and runs through Sunday at the ArcLight Hollywood, will serve as a showcase of Indian cinema with prizes awarded for best feature, documentary and short film. Tenzer said that helping foreign players navigate the tricky waters of the U.S. media scene and figure out who to be in business with is "a … [Read more...] about RPRS Media taps former CAA agent
Film has been a dying industry for as long as I’ve been making, selling and distributing them. That’s what they say. And there’s certainly evidence that sales agents and distributors are having to re-think how they do business. The recent news that respected arthouse distributor Fortissimo Films had filed for bankruptcy left many saddened, but it seems that news of this nature is increasingly frequent.One of yesterday’s first panels at IFP Film Week, “New Innovators: Distribution,” moderated by Filmmaker Contributing Editor Brandon Harris, brought together industry members who are working innovatively in film, TV, and online distribution to discuss the future of their respective platforms (theatrical, streaming, bundle packages, and more), and how filmmakers can get their work in front of audiences.One of the first topics was that of the theatrical model, and whether screening films in theaters is becoming quaint relic of bygone days. Both Ryan … [Read more...] about New Innovators in Distribution: Talking Trends and Hybrid Models at IFP Film Week
Like when you heat water: Its temperature goes up (a quantitative change), but it remains basically the same (it's still water). But if you keep heating past 100°C, the water boils until it evaporates, undergoing a qualitative change and turning into something new — steam — just like if you cool water past 0°C, it turns into ice.I've been thinking about that law — part of my mandatory high school curriculum in communist Bulgaria — for the past month. Because after years of gaining on broadcast in the ratings and on the awards circuit, cable recently jumped to a new level with a series of A-list talent migrations: >Top broadcast producer John Wells made his foray into cable with the dramedy "Shameless" in the works at HBO. >Phil Rosenthal and Ray Romano, the respective creator and star of one of the biggest broadcast comedies, CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond," picked the cable route for their return to television. Rosenthal is developing three … [Read more...] about Agents of change: Cable sneaks up with A-listers and fresh biz models
Annie Roney, president of Roco Films International, told a Hot Docs distribution panel that a new paradigm in distribution has emerged, one that sees producers and sales agents divide up all rights -- theatrical, broadcast, DVD and online media -- and find the best partner to exploit each venture. "An all-rights deal may not turn out to be what a filmmaker hoped for, and may not serve them as well as an organic deal that parses rights," Roney said.Louise Rosen, managing director of Louise Rosen Ltd., also urged that a back-end deal that launches a film in partnership with a sales agent "seems to be the most satisfying for the filmmaker."Rosen added that, while theatrical deals for docs are few and far between these days, factual films continue to find homes with broadcasters and a growing educational market, and those markets need to be exploited. Anais Clanet, head of sales and acquisitions at Paris-based Wide Management, agreed that doc makers are beginning to draw back from … [Read more...] about New distribution model floated at Hot Docs
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Claire Robinson alleges ICM and agent Jack Gilardi exploited the former Miss British Columbia and that she was sent to auditions for roles that didn't exist or weren't available to her. She alleges that one of Gilardi's friends, John Rockwell, introduced her to the agent and in 2008 threatened and raped her.The talent agency denies Robinson's allegations. A phone message left Tuesday for Rockwell, who isn't affiliated with ICM, wasn't returned."ICM denies any and all wrongdoing," said Michelle Suess, an agency spokeswoman. "Ms. Robinson's allegations are completely baseless and ICM will vigorously defend this action."The class-action lawsuit also seeks to end a practice it calls "hip pocketing," in which an agent claims they will represent a person but never actually takes them as a client. The lawsuit claims the practice at ICM led to the sexual exploitation of Robinson and others who were sent on fake … [Read more...] about Model sues ICM, alleges sexual battery