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EQUICAP: FUN WITH FINANCE

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When Robert Lantos set out 20 years ago to finance his first major feature film, “In Praise of Older Women,” his bank wouldn’t accept the $1 million in letters of credit he presented as collateral on…

Le Monde focus on genre pix

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Good stories are a central component in the success of Alliance International’s newest division – Le Monde Entertainment. At least, that’s the view of John Fremes, managing director of Le Monde. The…

BEST FEST FETE QUEST

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On the crowded Croisette, entertaining the industry can be as risky as opening a film. Every morning festgoers give the previous evening’s parties a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down, as if revelry were…

Les Parents Terribles

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Parents were really taking it on the chin last week, at least on New York stages. They even got their own play, whose title leads this column, though on the marquee of the Barrymore Theater it says…

MYSTERY CLEARS

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While everyone wonders why Sean Penn’s “The Crossing Guard” got crossed out of Cannes, sources say it was accepted to the Directors Fortnight, but that it was pulled back by Miramax and rerouted to…

STRONG PRODUCTION ARM

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Alliance Communications has become a multifaceted entertainment company in the past decade, but Alliance Productions remains the heart and soul of the company. Making movies and television shows has…

PAYBACKS

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The Broadway Alliance has finally had a winner. Not unexpectedly, it took less than three months for Terrence McNally’s “Love! Valour! Compassion!” to pay back the $750,000 loaned by Jujamcyn…

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