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Storyville Promotes Caroline Christoper to SVP, Production and Development

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NY production house Storyville Entertainment has promoted Caroline Christopher to SVP of production and development, an expansion of her previous role of VP of the same departments. Christopher will report to Storyville president Betsy Schechter and oversee the company’s development slate, including projects with H2, truTV, Oxygen, SyFy, National Geographic and MTV International. “Caroline is unique in… Read more »

‘Right Stuff’ Helmer Philip Kaufman to Receive Camerimage Award

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LONDON — Writer-director Philip Kaufman, whose credits include “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The Right Stuff,” will receive a lifetime achievement award for directing at Camerimage, a film festival that celebrates the art of cinematography. The award recognizes filmmakers who have “changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills and passion… Read more »

‘King David’ Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. is launching development on a “King David” project, setting up the Biblical story with Gulfstream Pictures’ producers Mike Karz and Bill Bindley. It’s the second David project in the works in Hollywood. Variety reported in July that Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott were developing a movie focusing on the King of Israel following… Read more »

Broadway’s ‘Disgraced’ Opens: Itch-Scratching and Mini Reunions

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Playwright Ayad Akhtar has seen his Pulitzer Prize winning play “Disgraced” open in productions around the country and around the world. But the show’s opening on Broadway Oct. 23 was still a bigger deal. Literally bigger. “We’d never done it for me than 150 people at once!” Akhtar cracked about the play, which in its… Read more »

Luke Evans to Star in Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’

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LONDON — Luke Evans (“Dracula Untold,” “The Hobbit”) will star in Ben Wheatley’s action shootout movie “Free Fire,” which is being launched for pre-sales at AFM by Protagonist Pictures. The cast of the $10 million budget film, Wheatley’s first set in the U.S., will also feature Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “The Lone Ranger” and… Read more »

Keshet Beefs Up U.K. Creative Team

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LONDON — Keshet U.K., part of Keshet Intl., has made two key senior appointments as it seeks to grow its U.K. production ambitions. Ashley Blaker joins the team as head of comedy and Kevin Mundye as head of U.K. formats and global consultant. Mundye will represent and adapt Keshet’s entertainment and factual entertainment formats for… Read more »

John Lasseter Hails Hayao Miyazaki, Japan and the Joy of Juxtaposition

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TOKYO — Invited to speak in Tokyo as part of the ‘Cool Japan’ cultural promotion drive, animator John Lasseter delivered a heart-felt and deeply personal tribute to Japan, Japanese film culture, and fellow animation icon Hayao Miyazaki. “Thank you, Japan for making me who I am,” he said by way of conclusion in front of… Read more »

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