week in review digest
EmptyFox int'l unit ups Londono to president
ROME — Fox International Channels has named Diego Londono its new president in the wake of Emiliano Calemzuk's departure for Los Angeles and the top job at Fox Television Studios, the company said Thursday (HR 5/4). Londono has been a key player in the company, most recently working as vp in charge of marketing, sales and research.
Gordon-Levitt, Cusack traveling
NEW YORK — John Cusack is attached to star in Jan de Bont's action thriller "Stopping Power" and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached as the romantic lead in producer Darren Star's directorial debut "The Frog King" (HR 5/2). Both projects come from the new Intermedia-backed sales and distribution outfit IM Global. IM Global president Stuart Ford and Intermedia chairman Martin Schuermann also said that Skip Woods will write "Power" with Eric Red, one of six new projects the newly named company will be selling at this month's Festival de Cannes market. IM Global's new name alludes to Intermedia's involvement, but the outfit will be run as a separate company by Ford and several other former First Look International executives.
New I-Club at Cannes offers all things Italy
ROME — Several of Italy's largest film organizations on Wednesday announced the creation of the I-Club, a multifaceted office and reception area at the Festival de Cannes designed to provide a one-stop shop for information about Italian films while on the Croisette (HR 5/3). Located on the first floor of the Hilton, the I-Club will serve as headquarters for several organizations and companies. The Hollywood Reporter will be the official international media partner of the I-Club.
Blueprint won't rest at Oasis
TORONTO — L.A.-based producer Blueprint Entertainment on Thursday said it will acquire a "significant stake" in Toronto-based Oasis International to launch itself into international distribution (HR 5/4). Terms of the private deal were not disclosed, but the agreement will see Peter Emerson continue to run Oasis International as president, while Blueprint secures an international pipeline for its TV product. "We need to control our destiny, not just by producing, but by selling our shows around the world," Blueprint chairman and CEO John Morayniss said. Morayniss did not disclose the size of his investment in Oasis, but did say the agreement includes options to increase its stake in the Canadian-based distributor down the road.
NBC Uni will park itself in Dubai in '10
NBC Universal has announced a licensing deal to create a Universal-branded theme park in Dubai that will be set for a grand opening in 2010 (HR 5/2). The $2 billion-plus project by Dubai developer Tatweer — dubbed Universal City Dubailand — will feature Uni-themed rides and attractions as well as 4,000 hotel rooms, 100 restaurants, retail outlets and office space as well as residential units, officials said.