×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Film News Roundup: ‘Florida Project’ Producers Honored by Miami Film Festival

In today’s film news roundup, “The Florida Project” producers and Peter Guber are honored and veteran distribution exec Richard Fay may have a new gig.

HONORS

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival has selected “The Florida Project” producing partners Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri as recipients of the festival’s Precious Gem Award, Variety has learned exclusively.

The honor will be presented during the festival, to be held March 9-18. The film won Best Director and Best Supporting Actor accolades for Sean Baker and Willem Dafoe from New York Film Critics Circle along with Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture (Runner-up) from Los Angeles Film Critics Circle.

Chinoy and Silvestri also worked on Baker’s previous features “Starlet” and “Tangerine,” as well as the directorial debuts of filmmakers including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Kirsten Dunst, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rita Wilson, Trudie Styler, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Judd, Laura Dern and Eva Longoria.

“Kevin and Francesca’s association with Miami Film Festival traces back a full decade, from their work to bring Kate Hudson to our 2008 Festival with her film ‘Cutlass’ and Demi Moore in 2009 with her film ‘Streak’”, said festival director Jaie Laplante. “They are the behind-the-scenes heroes who we wish to put center stage and honor as the Precious Gems that they are – without their commitment and determination to bring original independent visions to realization, many of the films they have worked on might never have been made and enjoyed.”

*****

Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, has been presented with the UCLA Medal, the highest honor for extraordinary accomplishment that may be bestowed upon an individual by UCLA.

Chancellor Gene Block made the presentation this week at his residence. Guber is a longtime Hollywood executive and producer of movies that have earned 50 Academy Award nominations. His most notable credits are “Batman,” “Flashdance,” “The Witches of Eastwick” and “The Kids Are All Right.” He is also a part owner of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

For more than 40 years Guber has taught classes at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he also an executive board member, and at the Anderson School of Management.

“Peter is as passionate about his teaching as he is every other aspect of his career,” Block said. “It’s clear that he values the opportunity to contribute and prepare the next generation for success — whether it’s in entertainment, sports or any number of other industries. His commitment is evident in the fact that, despite all he’s worked on throughout his career, Peter has never — to anyone’s knowledge — missed a year of teaching.”

Block noted that earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown  appointed Guber to a 12-year term on the University of California Board of Regents.

DISTRIBUTION JOB

Veteran distribution exec Richard Fay is in talks to head up Global Road’s domestic theatrical distribution.

Fay had headed Broad Green’s distribution operations after serving in posts at Lionsgate and Summit. He will be re-teamed with former Lionsgate/Summit colleague Rob Friedman and will report to him. Friedman was named chairman and CEO of Global Road when Tang Media acquired Open Road and rebranded it Global Road.

Fay’s resume includes president of marketing and film at the AMC chain. He also worked at Sony, United Artists Distribution, United Artists Theatres Exhibition and Loews Theatres. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

More Film

  • Dee Rees

    Dee Rees Directing 'Kyd's Exquisite Follies' Movie Musical

    “Mudbound” director Dee Rees will direct independent movie musical fantasy “The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies” from her own script. “The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies” will be produced by Cassian Elwes, one of the “Mudbound” producers. Santigold is set to compose the music, with Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic creating the film’s visual effects. Endeavor Content is repping the [...]

  • The Paradise

    Shanghai Film Review: 'The Paradise'

    Although gritty dramas about the hell of drug addiction are seldom in short supply in the low-budget independent sphere, it’s hard to imagine even the most uncompromising U.S. film committing quite as tenaciously to the idea of the bleak futility and probable failure of rehabilitation as Shih Han Liao’s compelling downer “The Paradise” (title ironic). [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    MGM to Adapt Rodney Dangerfield Comedy 'Back to School' as Unscripted Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    Rodney Dangerfield may finally be getting some respect in the halls of higher education. MGM Television is developing a docu-series inspired by the 1986 Dangerfield film “Back to School,” in which the comedian’s character, millionaire Thorton Melon, enrolls in college with his son to keep him from dropping out. In typical Dangerfield fashion, he triggers [...]

  • Michelle Rejwan Lucasfilm

    Lucasfilm Hires 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Producer Michelle Rejwan

    Lucasfilm has hired “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” producer Michelle Rejwan as senior vice president of live action development and production. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement Monday. Rejwan was a co-producer on 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a co-producer on JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and an associate producer on [...]

  • Game of Thrones Season 8 Production

    'Game of Thrones,' Netflix VFX Among Those to Be Featured in SIGGRAPH Production Talks

    VFX pros behind the final season of “Game of Thrones,” the blockbuster film “Avengers: Endgame,” Pixar’s upcoming “Toy Story 4,” last year’s Oscar-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Netflix series, including “Stranger Things,” and more will give SIGGRAPH 2019 attendees a behind-the-scenes look at their work during the conference’s Production Sessions. There will even be a [...]

  • Lionsgate Planning 'Hunger Games' Prequel Movie

    Lionsgate Planning 'Hunger Games' Prequel Movie

    Lionsgate has begun working on a “Hunger Games” prequel movie, based on a forthcoming novel from writer Suzanne Collins. “As the proud home of the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to [...]

  • Siberia Keanu Reeves

    Saban Films Turns 5: How the Indie Studio Grew While Rivals Faltered

    Saban Films doesn’t make the most noise. It doesn’t have the splashiest premieres or parties. But the indie film label just quietly did what many of its early rival failed to pull off. It celebrated its fifth anniversary at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. “We stuck to our plan,” Saban Films founder Bill Bromiley told [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content