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Georgia Just Peachy for Film Production Incentives

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Thanks largely to incentives, the state of Georgia has grown into the third-busiest production hub in the U.S., having hosted 158 productions for film and television at the close of its fiscal year in June. Eligible projects include features, television, animation, visual effects, post and digital media. Infrastructure continues to grow, with more than 90… Read more »

French Lender Cofiloisirs Expanding its Backing to Foreign Films

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As shrinking public funding makes for fewer French films, Cofiloisirs, one of Gaul’s top two lending institutions, is seeking to reach out to filmmakers beyond French borders. In the past year, the two men behind the money — Herve Digne, who in 2012 was tapped president of Cofiloisirs at the same time that Jean-Baptiste Souchier… Read more »

‘#PopFan’ Director Vanessa Parise Finds Her Niche in Telepics

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Director Vanessa Parise had barely graduated from Harvard when she wrote and helmed her first feature, MGM’s 2002 rom-com “Kiss the Bride.” In a sign of the times for helmers, Parise (pictured) in recent years has segued to telepics, where she’s found opportunities to direct projects for Lifetime and Hallmark Channel. Her latest Lifetime entry,… Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Production Designer Takes on ‘King Arthur’

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“My job is creating worlds,” says production designer Gemma Jackson, who did just that on the first three seasons of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Her task now: inventing the world of King Arthur, the legendary British monarch of medieval times, for helmer Guy Ritchie’s latest movie, which starts filming next February for a 2016 release…. Read more »

Toronto: Shoreline Swoops on ‘I Am Not Lorena’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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MADRID – U.S. sales company Shoreline Entertainment and Chile’s Forastero are reteaming on “I Am Not Lorena,” which world preems in the Toronto Fest’s Discovery section. Acquired by Shoreline for worldwide sales in a deal announced Friday and produced by Forastero’s Gregorio Gonzalez and Josefina Undurraga, “Lorena” marks the feature debut of Chile’s Isidora Marras…. Read more »

‘Phineas and Ferb’ Sets ‘Lost’-Themed Episode With Damon Lindelof, Terry O’Quinn

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Is “Phineas and Ferb” about to tangle with the Dharma Initiative? Disney XD’s hit toon series will deliver a “Lost”-themed episode on Sept. 29 with a story by “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof and a key character voiced by series alum Terry O’Quinn. The episode, “Lost in Danville,” also features Jane Kaczmarek and Rob Morrow in… Read more »

‘Rookie Blue,’ Other Thursday Originals Rise; Early Numbers Skewed by Preseason Football

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UPDATE: In updated estimates released late Friday by Nielsen, ratings did indeed fall off for ABC’s “The Quest” (0.5 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 and 1.91 million viewers overall) and “Rookie Blue” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.32 million viewers overall), with the former airing in just 94% of the country and the latter in about 96%…. Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R. R. Martin Is About to Kill More of Your Favorites

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“Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin has a well-earned reputation for breaking fans’ hearts by indiscriminately killing beloved characters in his “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, and apparently, it’s only going to get worse from here. At an event Tuesday in London, Martin revealed that as his story grows closer to its… Read more »