EmptyWYATT JOINS INTREPID
Trina Wyatt, who has served as COO of both Tribeca Entertainment and Withoutabox, has joined Intrepid Pictures as COO and CFO. Responsible for day-to-day operations and financial activities, she will oversee strategic planning, business development, production finance and management of Intrepid's senior credit facility with JPMorgan Chase. The company, headed by Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans, also has promoted Anil Kurian to vp development.
'MAMMA' cued up
Decca will release the soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" on July 8, featuring performances by the movie's cast, including Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Amanda Seyfried. There will be versions of 17 ABBA tracks on the soundtrack, which was mixed, mastered and produced by the band's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Among the songs on the soundtrack are "Dancing Queen" and "Take a Chance On Me." The film will be released wide July 18 via Universal.
NBR CUTS CHECKS
The National Board of Review will award $75,000 to student filmmakers at 10 schools in the New York tristate area this year. Grants ranging from $3,000-$11,500 will be issued to the School of Visual Arts, Ghetto Film School, Columbia, NYU and others, then distributed to student filmmakers.
CONROY SADDLES UP
Frances Conroy ("Six Feet Under") has joined the cast of "Manure," the Polish brothers' comedy/satire currently shooting in Santa Clarita, Calif. In the movie, which stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tea Leoni and Kyle MacLachlan, Conroy plays a secretary to the head of a manure business undergoing upheaval. Michael Polish directs from a script he co-wrote with Mark Polish. Conroy won a Golden Globe for her work on "Six Feet Under."
SCOGGINS UPPED AT UNI
Stan Scoggins has been promoted to senior vp worldwide digital asset management at Universal. Scoggins has been in charge of the group since 1998, when he developed a comprehensive online repository of Universal publicity and advertising materials. The department has expanded to provide NBC Universal units access to more than 2.6 million assets.
NOT ALL IN A NAME
Rainer Kolmel has rebranded his Kinowelt Filmproduktion production outfit Starhaus Filmproduktion, rolling out a new slate of drama and docu projects. The name change was necessary after Kolmel sold the bulk of the Kinowelt group to StudioCanal in January for €70 million ($110 million).