EXCLUSIVE: Ellen Wander’s LA-based sales firm Film Bridge International is launching a horror label called Film Bridge After Dark, i.e. F-BAD.
Film Bridge has picked up a slate of movies from Dallas Sonnier’s Bone Tomahawk Cinestate, owner of the Fangoria and Rebeller labels. Among the titles which will be sold internationally are Castle Freak and Porno.
The former, a re-imagining of Stuart Gordon’s 1995 film about a horrific creature lurking within the shadows of a castle, is directed by Tate Steinsiek and written by Kathy Charles. The film is set to be released in North America by RLJE and Fangoria in summer 2020.
Horror-comedy Porno is about a group of seemingly wholesome movie theatre employees in a small Christian town who discover a mysterious old film that unleashes a sex demon which tempts and terrorizes them. Keola Racela directs from a script by Matt Black and Laurence Vannicelli. Shudder and Fangoria picked the film up after SXSW 2019 and plan to release in coming months.
F-BAD has also acquired Cinestate movies Satanic Panic with Rebecca Romijn and TIFF Midnight Madness movie The Standoff At Sparrow Creek with James Badge Dale.
The label will be run by Jordan Dykstra as Managing Director. Dykstra, who has recently served as Sales Manager at Film Bridge, was also an assistant composer on It Comes At Night and co-composer on Gus Van Sant’s Restless.
Film Bridge recently completed production on horror Trick pictured by Patrick Lussier My Bloody Valentine, starring Omar Epps. Lussier made the film as an homage to his mentor, Wes Craven, with whom he collaborated as an editor on the Scream franchise. In Trick, an elusive serial killer returns to a small town each Halloween targeting high school students as his victims. RLKE released stateside.
“We’re thrilled to be establishing a partnership with Dallas Sonnier's Cinestate. We hope to build a long-term relationship with Dallas under our new banner, Film Bridge After Dark”, said Dykstra. “We love the genre. Cinestate produces uncompromised and unrelenting genre titles. As we build the division we're also actively seeking new relationships with other talented filmmakers. We're looking for projects in all stages.”
Most recently, Film Bridge International has represented and/or produced Buffaloed starring Zoey Deutch, Judy Greer, and Jai Courtney, Spinning Man starring Pierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce and Misconduct with Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, and Josh Duhamel.
The door slams shut today on applications for one of the biggest jobs in global broadcasting: running the BBC. Resumes have been dusted off and the BBC’s headhunters have been courting interest as the corporation seeks to replace Tony Hall as director general after he announced his departure in January.
It’s not been the most electrifying of races to date, with a number of industry insiders observing that the recruitment process has been quiet. There have been no shock candidates, no big pitches for the job. But that could all change in an instant as the BBC chairman Sir David Clementi edges closer to a decision.
Hall’s successor faces a gargantuan task. The to-do list includes, but is not limited to: Grappling with a government that seems determined to undermine the BBC’s funding, slashing costs, securing the success of commercial arm BBC Studios, cleaning up a rumbling equal pay dispute, closing the diversity gap, and bringing a new generation of young audiences to the BBC’s output. All of this, while there are unprecedented threats from U.S. media giants like Netflix, Amazon and Apple.
Below is a run-down of how things are shaping up in the battle to become the BBC’s next director general. It is by no means an exhaustive list of candidates as there may be other names yet to emerge. We will keep this post updated as things develop, so check back for updates.
POTENTIALLY IN PLAY
Tim Davie: Sources have told Deadline that the BBC Studios CEO is sweet on the idea of succeeding Tony Hall having done the job on an interim basis in 2012. He has so far declined to comment on the process. Bizarrely, he would probably have to take a salary cut to step up: His total pay was £642,000 $826,000 last year, while Hall took home £450,000.
Charlotte Moore: The BBC’s director of content remains a much-fancied internal candidate, but according to BBC insiders, she is keeping her cards close to her chest about whether she is gunning for the top job. Many have pointed to her content credentials, but others have questioned whether she has the political and strategic nous to handle a hostile government.
Jay Hunt: Apple’s creative director of worldwide video has a healthy level of support from certain BBC insiders, with her ability to make tough decisions seen as an advantage. Sources have suggested that she will only commit to the recruitment process if asked. Hunt declined to comment when approached by Deadline.
Alex Mahon: Channel 4’s CEO has joined a long line of predecessors in being linked with a move to the BBC. A source said she is “fully committed” to Channel 4, but did not gone as far as ruling her out of the running.
Jane Turton: All3Media’s chief executive has been contacted by headhunters for the BBC....
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, the cast of Steven Soderbergh‘s pandemic drama Contagion has delivered a set of PSAs about how to stop the spread of coronavirus. Plus, a video essay takes a look at the symbols and motifs of the Best Picture winner Parasite to express the film’s powerful thematic elements, and Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman runs through everything he does in a day.
First up, Contagion cast member Kate Winslet provides some helpful advice on the best way to wash your hands and the science behind cleanliness and hygiene in a series of videos from Columbia Public Health. At their YouTube channel, you can also see videos from fellow Contagion stars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, and Jennifer Ehle.
Next up, Parasite surprised everyone back in February by becoming the first foreign language film in Hollywood history to take home Best Picture. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, make sure you check it out before watching this new video essay from Lessons from the Screenplay, which dives into the way Parasite cleverly utilizes symbols and motifs to express its theme.
Finally, right now you can catch Nick Offerman in the FX on Hulu series Devs, so Vanity Fair brought him in to describe what a traditional day in his life looks like. Nick Offerman starts his morning at 6am, has a disappointing lack of meat for breakfast, heads to his woodshop in Los Angeles, exercises with his wife Megan Mullally, and more.
With most major releases indefinitely delayed, film festivals postponed, and studios dropping their theatrical releases on digital left and right due to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, awards season is going to look very different by the time it rolls around in the fall. And no, it won’t be Bloodshot and Sonic the Hedgehog gunning for best picture, as many online have joked.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is making significant changes to its long-standing rules for the Golden Globes awards eligibility that expands the formats where an eligible film can be first released, including subscription streaming services, subscription cable channels, and broadcast TV. With these changes to the Golden Globes eligibility rules, other awards bodies like the Academy Awards, will likely soon follow.
Deadline reports that the HFPA announced that it would be altering its rules for Golden Globe motion picture eligibility and screenings for this year, which would — for the first time in history — open up the films eligible for the top best picture prizes drama and musical/comedy to those that were first released on streaming services, cable, and broadcast TV. However, producers and studios must still prove they had a “bona fide theatrical release planned to begin in Los Angeles during the period from March 15 to April 30 2020.”
This is a change that would likely have come at some point anyway, with the rise of streaming platforms who have become awards heavy-hitters like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu, but has been expedited by the coronavirus epidemic, which has forced the shuttering of theaters across the country and delayed film releases and productions.
“The HFPA’s reminders list committee will consider application of this suspension of the rules on a case-by-case basis when compiling the annual Golden Globe reminders list in the fall,” the HFPA says. “The HFPA will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on motion picture and television distribution and exhibition and may extend these suspensions of the Golden Globe award rules and/or may make other temporary variations to those rules as it considers appropriate in the future.”
Exhibition requirements have been temporarily suspended, except for the rule that films must be released seven days prior to midnight on December 31 of the qualifying year. The HFPA has broadened eligible feature film release platforms — previously only pay-per-view services and theaters — to the alternate formats like streaming services, subscription cable channels, and broadcast TV. But this expansion opens up a whole host of questions: what does this mean for the Golden Globe categories dedicated to TV movies that are dominated by HBO? Could a film that premiered at a film festival but picked up by a cable channel now be...