CBS is mixing something different into its scheduling recipe this fall, keeping power players in place while making room for a handful of edgy new shows.
Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Karoline Herfurth and Hannah Herzsprung will round out the cast of Teutonic producer Bernd Eichinger's "The Baader-Meinhof Complex."
Entertainment Rights, the British company that owns characters including Underdog, George of the Jungle and Lassie, has hired Deborah Dugan as prexy-CEO, North America.
"Happy to be here" was the underlying message from Wong Kar Wai, helmer of opening film "My Blueberry Nights," and his co-stars.
Marwan Hamed will follow up his debut "The Yacoubian Building" with "Ibrahim the White," the dark story of an Egyptian boy and girl who grow up on the gang-infested streets of downtown Cairo.
John Turturro is slated to direct "1-900," the third film in the Theo Van Gogh remake trilogy.
Mischa Barton has joined the cast of Ealing Studios comedy "St. Trinian's," which has also completed its first two international pre-sales to Concorde/TeleMunchen in Germany and Paradiso in Benelux.
GreeneStreet Films Intl. has acquired "Laws of Motion," starring Matthew Perry and helmed by Craig Lucas. Hilary Swank is producing and playing a small role.
Omega Entertainment, a Swiss-U.K. financing, production and sales entity, has pacted with Elie Samaha's Montage Films to distribute biopic "Anna Nicole" outside North America.
Optimum Releasing, the U.K. distrib that was acquired last year by StudioCanal, has promoted several of its senior execs as it gears up for expansion.
Antonio Banderas' second film as a director, "El Camino de los ingleses" (Summer Rain), has been licensed to Tartan for the U.K., CNS in South Korea and Mexico's Latinodifusion.