L.A. Screenings: News and notes

Lionsgate will make its first splash as a TV distrib

Among the novelties this go-round at the Screenings:

  • In the wake of the Viacom split, CBS and Paramount are now separate distribution entities. CBS Par Intl. TV remains on the Par lot under prexy Armando Nunez, while Paramount Intl. TV is spearheaded by Hal Richardson, the former DreamWorks distribution topper. Latter continues to work out of the DreamWorks office in Burbank and will be licensing all of Par’s movies — new and old. (Par parent Viacom acquired DreamWorks earlier this year.)

  • Lionsgate will make its first big splash as a TV distributor. Company boasts a primetime soap (albeit for midseason) from Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek”) called “Palm Springs,” destined for the CW, and several cable series, including “Dresden Files” for Sci Fi.

  • Several other key indie distribs are using the Screenings to tout their product, including Fremantle and Granada.

Former will set up shop in the Century Plaza and screen May 18-25, concentrating on deals with the hefty Latin contingent. The company’s sales VP, Lisa Honig, and Sheila Aguirre say the region has noticeably picked up in the last two years.

“They have more money, and our revenues there are up. Plus various players have done well with shows (of ours) like ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Project Runway,’ ” Aguirre says.

Fremantle also will focus on sales of its upcoming summer sizzler (for ABC Family) “Falcon Beach.”

Meanwhile, Granada has just appointed a former Disney sales exec, Flavio Medeiros, to goose its sales to Latin America, and the Screenings will be his debut outing. Among the British broadcaster’s new offerings are the first telepic in the “Cracker” series in 10 years, with Robbie Coltrane reprising his star role, and a drama made for the BBC, “Impressionists,” with Julian Glover as Claude Monet.

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