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Berlin: StudioCanal Takes Mike Leigh’s Untitled Next Feature for U.K.

StudioCanal has acquired U.K. rights to Mike Leigh’s secretive and untitled next project, marking the first time the distributor has worked with the iconic director. The deal sees StudioCanal take over from eOne, which had been handling U.K. on the project in 2020 before it was stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bleecker Street still […]

TIFF: Bleecker Street Signs Canadian Output Deal With levelFILM

Bleecker Street has unveiled an exclusive output deal with indie distributor levelFILM for the Canadian market. As the Toronto Film Festival kicked into gear, Bleecker Street said levelFILM will release north of the border films for which the U.S. partner has North American or worldwide rights. The first title set to be released under the […]

How ‘Breaking’ Subverted the Heist Genre to Tell Brian Brown-Easley’s Story

[This story contains spoilers for Breaking.] On the morning of July 13, 2017, Brian Brown-Easley walked into a Wells Fargo Bank in Marietta, Georgia. He said his backpack contained C-4 explosive and, after asking customers and a handful of employees to leave, had two remaining bank workers lock all the doors. What happened next is […]

‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ Director on Adapting the Regency Romance for the Modern Era: “We Can Make Our Own Rules”

For the ensemble of characters in Mr. Malcolm’s List, convention is a hurdle to love. Written by Suzanne Allain and adapted from her book of the same name, the film stars Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù as Jeremy Malcolm, the season’s most eligible bachelor who is navigating the dating pool with a literal list of expectations for his […]

Bleecker Street Names Kyle Davies as President of Distribution

Bleecker Street, led by CEO Andrew Karpen, has hired veteran distribution exec Kyle Davies as president of distribution. Davies will spearhead the indie outfit’s theatrical distribution efforts, including upcoming releases like the Infinite Storm with Naomi Watts; Montana Story, starring Haley Lu Richardson; and Emma Holly Jones’ Mr. Malcolm’s List, with Freida Pinto. “I couldn’t […]

Berlin: Showtime, Bleecker Street Sign Output Deal

Bleecker Street has signed a new three-year output deal with Showtime Networks that will see the ViacomCBS unit take TV, on-demand and streaming rights to Bleecker’s slate of upcoming features, all of which Bleecker will release theatrically in the U.S. The deal, unveiled Thursday, kicks off in March and will see Showtime take up to […]

Bleecker Street Acquires ‘Mafia Mamma’ Action Comedy

Bleecker Street has taken the North American rights to Catherine Hardwicke’s action-comedy Mafia Mamma, to star Toni Collette, Monica Bellucci and Rob Huebel. The movie, to start production in May 2022 in Italy, follows a suburban American woman who inherits her grandfather’s mafia empire and exceeds all expectations as the new head of the family […]

Sam Gibney Promoted to President of Home Brew

Digital marketing and production company Home Brew has promoted Sam Gibney to president. Gibney, now in his ninth year with the company, previously served as head of motion and executive creative director, roles that saw him developing and producing numerous digital, social and tech strategies for the company’s set of entertainment clients across TV, film […]

Top Entertainment Execs Talk Creativity in THR Series ‘Show/Business’

This series was created in paid partnership with Amazon Ads. How viewers discover, engage with and enjoy films, television and games has been completely disrupted in the last 20 months. What hasn’t changed is the need to meet audiences where they are while creating — and maintaining — entertainment brands that understand the difference between […]