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Mark Gill has been named President of Millennium Films

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Former colleague of mine when at Sony, and Former Miramax Films and Warner Independent president Mark Gill has been named President of Millennium Films. The company plans to produce and finance five to eight star-driven, wide-release films per year with budgets between $20 and $80 million. Gill will work closely with Nu Image/Millennium Films toppers Avi Lerner and Trevor Short and development head Boaz Davidson, starting in July, with particular focus on development, packaging, product...

Mark Gill named President Nu Image - Millenium films

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Former Miramax Films and Warner Independent president Mark Gill has been named President of Millennium Films. The company plans to produce and finance five to eight star-driven, wide-release films per year with budgets between $20 and $80 million.Gill will work closely with Nu Image/Millennium Films toppers Avi Lerner and Trevor Short and development head Boaz Davidson, starting in July, with particular focus on development, packaging, production and marketing. Gill has 25 years of film business...

U.S. Distributors On The Prowl At Cannes

 Thursday, May 15-------Don’t bother trying to contact American film professionals in their New York or Los Angeles offices this week…..the bulk of them are cruising the Croisette at the Cannes Film Festival, looking for films that they can add to their theatrical slates. Distribution bigwigs are mixing with smaller specialty companies in a mad search for the next small European gem that could become a major box office champion. With many available titles vying for attention in the Official...

Biz Buzz: Warner Independent Has A Ball

 Friday, September 14------One of the most controversial films of the Festival, Alan Ball's feature directorial debut, NOTHING IS PRIVATE has been acquired for $1.25 million by Warner Independent and Netflix offshoot Red Envelope. This is the first directorial effort of Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning writer of AMERICAN BEAUTY and the creator of the HBO series SIX FEET UNDER. The film has been considered a hot potato due to its unflinching portrayal of the often painful sexual awakening of a young...

Market News: Deals, Deals And More Deals

Friday, January 26---On the eve of the Festival's closing weekend, several impressive distribution deals have been announced, which have made this one of the more active Festivals in recent years. In light of the box office and awards bonanza of the little-film-that-could LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (a Sundance pick-up last year for Fox Searchlight), acquisition execs have been aggressive in snatching up films with equal potential. Of course, whether these were wise decisions that will pay off hands...

Jackson Hole Wildlife awards monkeys, penguins and more

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is pleased to announce the selection of this year’s Film Competition Award winners. Films were selected from over 600 entries by a committee including Allison Argo, Thom Beers, Tim Cowling, Tom Perlmutter, and Alan Root. Winners of the Festival Film Competition are: Grand Teton (Best of Festival) Sponsored by Panasonic BroadcastHomeland: Four Portraits of Native Action The Katahdin FoundationBest Achievement in Sound Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories...

Paradise flies from Berlin to Warner Independent

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Warner Independent Pictures acquired today all rights in North America and the UK to “Paradise Now,” the third feature by Hany Abu-Assad, announced Mark Gill, President of Warner Independent Pictures. The deal was negotiated by Paul Federbush, SVP Production and Acquisitions, Warner Independent Pictures, and Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie of Celluloid Dreams. “Paradise Now” was written by Abu-Assad and Bero Beyer, and produced by Bero Beyer of Augustus Film.“Paradise Now” fol...

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