You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Bigel spins off for his own film, TV shingle

Beck tapped to oversee development

NEW YORK — Producer Daniel Bigel (“Empire,” “Black and White”) has ankled the Bigel/Mailer shingle, co-founded with Michael Mailer in 1995, to launch L.A.-based Bigel Entertainment.

Former Red Wagon and CAA staffer Stacey Beck has been tapped to oversee development for Bigel. Brian Salzman, formerly of Revolution Studios, will serve as story editor.

Bigel banner is being boosted by a private equity fund with the expectation of producing three films annually, budgeted between $10 million and $25 million.

Shingle also will aim to develop one-hour dramas and half-hour sitcoms.

“After producing 10 films in New York, I decided to make the move to L.A., where my focus will be on more commercial projects that speak to a diverse audience,” Bigel said of the move. “Michael Mailer and I had a great run and are proud of what we were able to accomplish.”

Bigel added that he is hammering out a pact with an overseas financier, and will seek output deals in key international territories. Through the arrangement, Bigel will finance its product fully or in part.

Lined up for the new banner already is a bigscreen adaptation of Elizabeth Berg’s bestselling novel “Never Change,” with Sharon Stone set to helm this summer. Scribe Roger Wilson (“Missing in America”) is penning the screenplay. Plot follows a middle-age woman who reunites with a high school heartthrob who is dying of cancer.

Also on Bigel’s feature slate is the musical “Pork Pie,” penned by “She Hate Me’s” Michael Genet, and “Seamus,” a coming-of-age story by Jules Naudet, Gedeon Naudet and James Hanlon, the directing triumvirate of CBS’ “9/11” docu.

On the TV side, Bigel is working with celeb chef Tyler Florence to create a series of cooking shows.

Bigel/Mailer has just wrapped “Devour,” helmed by David Winkler.

The final film produced under the banner, “Loverboy,” helmed by Kevin Bacon, is vying for a Sundance berth.

More Film

  • Atlantics

    Netflix Snags Worldwide Rights to Cannes Winners 'Atlantics,' 'I Lost My Body'

    Mati Diop’s feature directorial debut “Atlantics” and Jérémy Clapin’s animated favorite “I Lost My Body” have both been acquired by Netflix following wins at Cannes Film Festival. “Atlantics” was awarded the grand prix while “I Lost My Body” was voted the best film at the independent International Critics Week. The deals are for worldwide rights [...]

  • Stan Lee, left, and Keya Morgan

    Stan Lee's Former Business Manager Arrested on Elder Abuse Charges

    Stan Lee’s former business manager, Keya Morgan, was arrested in Arizona Saturday morning on an outstanding warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD’s Mike Lopez confirmed that the arrest warrant was for the following charges: one count of false imprisonment – elder adult; three counts of grand theft from elder or dependent adult, [...]

  • Moby attends the LA premiere of

    Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman Over Book Controversy

    Moby has issued an apology of sorts after writing in his recently published memoir “Then It Fell Apart” that he dated Natalie Portman when she was 20 — a claim the actress refuted. “As some time has passed I’ve realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then [...]

  • Bong Joon-ho reacts after winning the

    Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes

    CANNES — The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival wrapped with jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu announcing the group’s unanimous decision to award the Palme d’Or to South Korean director Bong Joon-ho for his sly, politically charged “Parasite.” Following last year’s win for humanistic Japanese drama “Shoplifters,” the well-reviewed Asian thriller represents the yin [...]

  • Invisible Life Brazilian Cinema

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão'

    A “tropical melodrama” is how the marketing materials bill “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão.” If that sounds about the most high-camp subgenre ever devised, Karim Aïnouz’s ravishing period saga lives up to the description — high emotion articulated with utmost sincerity and heady stylistic excess, all in the perspiring environs of midcentury Rio de [...]

  • Best Movies of Cannes 2019

    The 10 Best Movies of Cannes 2019

    The Cannes Film Festival is too rich an event to truly have an “off” year, but by the end of the 72nd edition, it was more or less universally acknowledged that the festival had regained a full-on, holy-moutaintop-of-art luster that was a bit lacking the year before. It helps, of course, to have headline-making movies [...]

  • Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Soaring to $100 Million-Plus Memorial Day Weekend Debut

    Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake is on its way to a commendable Memorial Day weekend debut with an estimated $109 million over the four-day period. The musical fantasy starring Will Smith and Mena Massoud should uncover about $87 million in its first three days from 4,476 North American theaters after taking in $31 million on Friday. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content