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DreamWorks 2.0 Announces First Deal — The Walter and Laurie Show

walterlaurie.jpgDreamWorks 2.0 announced its first deal in its new incarnation with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment money: the studio will work in a two-year deal with former production heads (and producers) Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, Variety says.

Production pact is the company’s first since principals Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg left Paramount Pictures in October and partnered with Reliance on an independent venture.

DreamWorks exited Par with a number of Parkes/MacDonald development projects in tow as part of its separation agreement with the Melrose studio. Among the Parkes/MacDonald films staying in the DreamWorks fold are “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The Damned,” “Motorcade,” “St. Agnes’ Stand” and “Dinner With Schmucks.”

“Dinner With Schmucks” had been developed as a Sacha Baron Cohen starring vehicle, but curiously he is no longer involved in the project.

Maybe he has something against Spielberg.

Paramount Lays Off 60 for an Internal Merger?

Paramount Pictures, in the interest of merging its marketing, distribution and physical production departments will lay off as many as 60 overlapping positions, the studio announced today and Deadline Hollywood Daily reported.
Paramount chairman Brad Grey had no comment on the layoffs, but was very upbeat about the potential for Paramount with a number of upcomig films, like “Transformers 2″ and “Star Trek.” Grey addressed reporters at Herb Allen’s Sun Valley Media Conference in mid-July.
“Over the past three years, as we have rebuilt and grown the organization, Paramount and Paramount Vantage have consistently looked to evolve in a way that best serves our filmmakers, their creativity and our consumers,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures and John Lesher, President, Paramount Film Group. “We are grateful for the immense contributions from so many Paramount and Vantage professionals who have been instrumental in our successes. Moving forward, this new structure provides us with a solid foundation as we prepare for our upcoming slate of diverse films, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and Transformers 2, to name a few.”
Nick Meyer, President, Paramount Vantage, added: “Similarly, Paramount Vantage looks forward to leveraging this new organization to release The Duchess, Defiance and Revolutionary Road later this year, as well as our exciting slate for 2009 and beyond. With the addition of our new EVP of Production and Acquisitions, Guy Stodel, and the talented team we already have in place, Vantage is well positioned for the future.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

40677727-03133848.jpgSubliminal Messages? We know it’s not like a naked chick in an ice cube or anything, but we can’t help it: Every time we click on the LAT elections editorial page, we can’t help but think that whoever named the page was a (not very subtle) Barack Obama supporter.

41070436-17111957.jpgMaking Mountains Out of Moles? Elizabeth Snead pays loving homage to a bit of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s former facial flesh.

41049933-16124527.jpgCat’s Meow: Claudia Eller has the goods about Michael Vollman leaving Paramount Pictures to become executive vice president of worldwide marketing at MGM.

LAT In 90 Seconds

dreamsss.jpgCelebrity Splits: Claudia Eller likens the breakup of DreamWorks SKG and Viacom Inc.‘s Paramount Pictures to a divorce, saying “the only issue now is who gets custody of the children. Like custody battles anywhere, this one could get nasty.” At stake, hundreds of movie projects and employees who work for DreamWorks.

anilambani.jpgHollywood Going Bollywood? Indian movie mogul Anil Ambani is “in talks to help finance a move by DreamWorks SKG, the studio founded by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, to become an independent company again.”

s263720.jpgPatt Morrison Throwing Signs? Patt Morrison compares her book club to a troubled youth book club and learns that all book clubs are kinda gang-like. At least, that was our read.

LAT In 90 Seconds

jdfj;a.jpgAl Martinez Discovers Liars… but somehow still hasn’t found a point.

36596238-10075741.jpgGo Ahead, Make My Clip: Paramount Pictures will become the first major studio to make film clips available for trading on Facebook. Your friends who speak entirely in movie quotes just got that much more annoying.

36574105-09160100.jpgCitizen McCaw: A documentary chronicling the decline of the Santa Barbara News-Press debacle opened to a sold-out audience this weekend. At least something good came out of this.

LAT In 90 Seconds — A Second Look

34652726.jpgFunniest Lede: Deborah Netburn wins the kiss with this lede about how depleted our TiVos have become during the writers’ strike: “Boop. Boop. Boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop. BONK.” OK. It was funny to us.

34666713.jpgFin: Jill Grey has filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage to Paramount Pictures head Brad Grey.

accessdsfasdfds_1.jpgI’m Mad As Hell And … Whatever: Tom O’Neil is embarrassed by the Golden Globes fiasco. Again, we gotta ask, is it really a shock that the network would forgo “news” for fluff?

LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

brokenpencil.jpegWriters Guild Will Strike Monday: Yep. It’s happening. And the LAT is blogging it.

31866358.jpgWhat To Watch? Not a whole lot of anything. In another one of the paper’s kinda-annoying photo book thingies, the LAT walks TV viewers through the depressing morass that is strike TV.

33593476.jpgHe’s The Marketing Genius That Came Up With That One: The maker of BeeCeuticals, a honey-based skin-care line, is suing DreamWorks SKG and Paramount Pictures, claiming Bee Movie promotions ripped off his trademarked slogan, “Give Bees a Chance.”

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 3, 2007

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DreamWorks, Paramount Update
DreamWorks is working through tension with parent company Paramount Pictures with the latter reporting boxoffice receipts for DreamWorks under the newly-created DreamWorks-Paramount banner, Variety is reporting. The move, Var says, “could help pave the way for a scenario in which DreamWorks becomes more of an autonomous production company.” Read the rest of the story here.

‘Brothers’ Love Triangle Set
Natalie Portman will join Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brothers for director Jim Sheridan, Variety reports. It’s a love triangle based on the 2004 Danish pic by Susanne Bier starring Connie Nielsen.

Diesel, Walker Back in Drivers’ Seats
Universal is back on track with its Fast and the Furious installment with a reteaming of the first pic’s original stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker back on board to star in a fourth film. You may remember that the pic helped boost their respective careers and in turn ditched they franchise. They’re back now but obviously THR has already forgotten who Diesel is: on the trade paper’s site, a pic of Chris Daughtry is identified as Diesel. Guess it was the bald head that got the editors confused.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: September 21, 2007

brad.jpegPitt to Punch on Film, Again
Brad Pitt is going back to work again, this time opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter for Paramount Pictures. Variety reports that it’s a drama about Boston boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his path to becoming world lightweight champion. Darren Aronofsky will direct.

Bening Bows Out of Species
Variety is also reporting that Annette Bening has dropped out of the Geffen Playhouse and Broadway runs of The Female of the Species. The trade cites “personal reasons” for Bening’s bow out of the project, which is based on Joanna Murray-Smith’s script and is being directed by Michael Mayer. The project would’ve been her first Broadway outing in 20 years.

Rosenberg Wins SAG’s Top Seat
THR reports that Alan Rosenberg has won a second two-year term as SAG president, topping Seymour Cassel. Rosenberg landed 11,631 of the votes to Cassel’s 10,921. In addition to election results, Carl Diorio’s story also gives the election backstory on the campaign battle, one that saw the two opponents tangling “less over policy or priorities than their personal styles and backgrounds.”

- CHRIS GARDNER

LAT In 90 Seconds

32694568.jpgMore Sumner Madness: Getting sick of Hollywood’s least-lovable codger, David Geffen and Steven Spielberg will likely be splitting from Paramount Pictures, less than two years after selling DreamWorks SKG to the Viacom outfit.

32698392.jpgSAG Elections Results: Incumbent Alan Rosenberg narrowly won a second term as president of the Screen Actors Guild. 72-year-old actor Seymour Cassel won 44 percent of the vote, to Rosenberg’s 47 percent — with Cassel supporters saying the would serve the union better as it confronts contract negotiations with studios next year. Rosenberg countered that argument, by calling Cassel “a thug.” Seems it worked.

pjack.jpegAngry Hobbit One Step Closer To His Golden Ring: Lord of the Rings director/deity Peter Jackson had to be a happy halfling yesterday: New Line Cinema was hit with $125,000 in sanctions in its ongoing legal battle with the disgruntled director, who made the studio a mountain of cash — and will likely see a bit more of it coming his way.

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