Legit director Mike Ockrent has inked a two-year, first-look deal with Warner Bros. to direct feature musicals, execs said Tuesday. The British-born helmer does not have a specific project in the pipeline, but is looking for a base to direct musical pics.
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Marking his first foray into film tunes, Michael Mills — bassist for alternative rockers R.E.M. — has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to compose the score for Fox 2000′s upcoming pic “A Cool, Dry Place.” R.E.M. will write and record one new song for the film’s soundtrack.
The Recording Industry Assn. of America officially anointed Hilary Rosen CEO of the music industry trade group Tuesday, a promotion which has been expected for months, if not years. Rosen replaces Jay Berman, whose retirement is effective January 1998.
MGM is restructuring its TV division and handing control of all international TV to John P. Symes, who’s been upped to president of the newly created MGM Worldwide TV Group.
Lori Goldklang Furie has been upped to VP of production at Sony’s Columbia Pictures unit, increasing her involvement in the development and production of projects for the studio’s slate.
Time Warner Inc. chairman Gerald Levin and vice chairman Ted Turner have frequently criticized News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch’s editorial interference in his publications, but the forthcoming issue of Vanity Fair suggests Time Warner may be guilty of the same.
After months of speculation, “Access Hollywood” now is officially in the market for a new male co-anchor.
Gail Berman ankled her Sandollar TV presidency, choosing to move into an advisory capacity. A Tuesday story indicated otherwise.
Longtime TV veteran John Litvack has ankled Walt Disney TV after eight years at the studio and has joined the WB netlet as senior vice president of current programming.
The “Fargo” team of Joel and Ethan Coen have agreed to adapt “Cuba Libre,” the next novel by Elmore Leonard, sources said.