week in review digest
EmptyOz, Singapore ink co-production pact
SYDNEY — The governments of Australia and Singapore signed a co-production treaty, 10 days after China and Australia entered into a similar film and TV production partnership (HR 9/10). Australian Arts Minister George Brandis and Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo signed the agreement as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. The treaty covers film, TV and new media and ensures that film and television production incentives will be available to projects made as co-productions. The agreement is expected to come into force this year.
'Tron' remake online at Disney
TORONTO — Commercial director Joseph Kosinski is in final negotiations to develop and direct "Tron," described as "the next chapter" of Disney's 1982 cult classic (HR 9/11). Sean Bailey is producing via the Live Planet banner, as is Steven Lisberger, who co-wrote and directed the original film. Kosinski, who last month signed on to helm the remake of "Logan's Run" for Warner Bros., will oversee the visual development of the project and have input on the script.
WMA loss at U.K. top is PFD's gain
LONDON — WMA U.K. chief Caroline Michel has jumped ship to become CEO of rival British agency PFD (HR 9/13). One of the U.K.'s most established and largest talent agencies, PFD lists among its clients Keira Knightley, Richard Curtis, Kate Winslet, Mike Leigh and Alan Bennett. The agency's parent company, CSS Stellar, made the appointment public Wednesday, with Michel's hire attributed to the efforts of CSS executive chairman David Buchler.
NBC Uni taps Miranda for Asia post
SINGAPORE — NBC Universal Global Networks tapped former Walt Disney International Southeast Asia managing director Raymund Miranda as head of its new Singapore-based Asian operation (HR 9/11). Miranda will take up the regional post at the end of October or early November, sources said. He will report to London-based Roma Khanna, NBC Universal International's president of global networks and digital initiatives. NBC's new operation is expected to include two new channels — Sci-Fi and the Universal Channel — along with the recently acquired Sparrowhawk channels in Asia: Hallmark Channel, Movies24 and KidsCo.
'Orphanage' adopted by New Line
After months of negotiations, New Line Cinema has picked up English-language remake rights to Spanish-language thriller "The Orphanage," which marks the directorial debut of Guillermo del Toro's protege Juan Antonio Bayona (HR 9/10). Produced by del Toro and Spain's Telecinco Cinema and Rodar y Rodar with the participation of Warner Bros. Spain, "Orphanage" centers on a boy visited by the same invisible "friend" that terrorized his mother years earlier.