EmptyPGA AT PALLADIUM
The 20th annual Producers Guild of America Awards will be held Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium. Awards co-chair David Friendly said the recently remodeled Palladium is the ideal venue for the event, which honors the producers of the year in film and TV categories that include feature, episodic drama, longform TV and live entertainment. Honorees for the awards as well as competitive categories will be announced soon.
WBIE IS 'WANTED'
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said that it will publish a game based on the Angelina Jolie starrer "Wanted." WBIE was chosen to publish the licensed game, which has been in development for 18 months, in part because of its strong marketing and distribution infrastructure. WBIE hopes to get the game on shelves at about the same time as the DVD.
'MUMMY' A-OK IN CHINA
Chinese officials have cleared "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," a distributor said, dispelling fears that the film had run into problems with government censors. Reports said the release had been delayed, raising speculation that it had been held up because of content.
'UNSEEN' IS HERE!
Here! Films has acquired all North American rights to director Shamim Sarif's "The World Unseen." From Enlightenment Prods. film in association with DO Prods., the movie, set in 1950s South Africa, will be released theatrically in the fall by Regent Releasing, Here!'s sister company.
HAYS A GENARTS CHIEF
Katherine Hays has been appointed CEO of VFX software developer GenArts. Insight Venture Partners this year made an investment in the company. GenArts founder and president Karl Sims will continue playing a leading role in the company.
A $367 million, six-year Hungarian film aid plan, which includes a $20 million annual grant directed toward tax breaks, was cleared Wednesday by the European Commission. The aid package runs through July 1, 2013, which can't provide for more than 50% of a film's budget.
Showtime has inked a deal with Electric Sheep to create a stand-alone Web-based virtual world for their drama series "The L Word." The L Word virtual world begins testing next month and formally launches with the debut of the series' final season in early 2009.