SAG and AFTRA have launched their campaign to persuade about 150,000 members to approve the new commercials pact in what's expected to be an easy ratification.
Director Marcus Nispel ("Friday the 13th") is in talks to board "The Last Voyage of Demeter" for Phoenix Pictures with Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and Brad Fischer producing.
PBS' "Great Performances" has acquired Spike Lee's film adaptation of the rock musical "Passing Strange" out of the Tribeca fest and announced plans to air the project in 2010.
The Obama administration has added Canada to a target list of a dozen countries for failing to protect U.S. producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material from piracy.
Monday's preem of "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" at the Chinese left producer Jonathan Shestack in a reflective mood.
Miramax and Focus Features Intl. have snagged English language remake rights to Gallic thriller "Tell No One" from EuropaCorp and Kathleen Kennedy has come on board to produce.
SAG will mail out its feature-primetime contract ratification ballots to members May 19, nearly a year after the contract expired.
Danny Strong ("Recount") will adapt "The Butler" for producer Laura Ziskin, based on the Washington Post story about an African-American butler's career of working at the White House.
Indie shingles Calio Prods. and Sennet/Sheftell Entertainment will develop the story of Virginia d'Albert-Lake, the only American woman to fight with the French Resistance during WWII.
Circle of Confusion has hired veteran exec Stephen Emery as exec VP of features.
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