Ferrara’s a Franchise player


Elie Samaha's Franchise Pictures has set up a three-pic deal with "Bad Lieutenant" helmer Abel Ferrara that will kick off with the drug-dealer kidnapping drama "Our Christmas."


  • Biz

Shmuger to lead U marketing


Universal Pictures has tapped Marc Shmuger to fill the domestic marketing presidency, less than a month after the announced departure of former marketing heads Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones, the studio…

Elton draws on Kipling


Walt Disney Feature Animation has struck a deal with Elton John's London-based Rocket Pictures to develop a big-budget feature based on Rudyard Kipling's "Just-So Stories," for which the pop star…

  • TV

Nick inks Hungarian deal


Magyar youngsters will soon be able to tune into a Hungarian language version of the Nickelodeon network after the U.S. kids channel sealed an exclusive programming deal last week with Central…

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