Veteran actor Om Puri has been appointed as head of India's National Film Development Council.
Rogue Pictures has preemptively picked up Gregory Anderson's spec "Drill Team" for low six figures.
Indie shingle Bold Films has signed Joseph Ruben to direct medical thriller "Jack," with shooting expected to begin this fall.
Paramount Pictures has purchased Jay Dyer's spec "Hot for Teacher," with J.J. Abrams to produce via his studio-based Bad Robot shingle.
A stuntman remains in serious condition in an Italian hospital after the latest in a series of accidents on the set of James Bond pic "Quantum of Solace."
Fear of an actors strike pushed first-quarter feature production in Hollywood up by 11%, but TV production plunged due to the WGA strike, according to permitting agency FilmL.A.
Overture Films has signed Bob Teitel and George Tillman's State Street Pictures to a three-year first-look deal.
Lisa Judson is exiting as head of Warner Bros. Animation after only 10 months in the position, with her responsibilities to be consolidated under Warner Bros. Television prexy Peter Roth.
Tilda Swinton will star in Italo helmer Luca Guadagnino's "Io sono l'amore" (I Am Love), a romantic drama in which she will play a foreign society matron in Milan who falls for a young chef.
Salman Khan will receive the Variety Zee Cine Award at the Bollywood kudos, which this year will be held in London's Docklands on Saturday.
ThinkFilm chair David Bergstein has tapped theatrical topper Mark Urman to take over as prexy in the wake of Think co-founder and prexy Jeff Sackman's abrupt departure last week.