INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Embrace New Economic Models
By Jon Feltheimer, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lionsgate, who was on hand at the annual MIPCOM industry conference at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, to offer a keynote address this afternoon. Transcript courtesy of indieWIRE.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking my oldest daughter, Jillian, for her first day of college. She's enrolling at my Alma Mater, Washington University in St. Louis, a wonderful school...And Laurie [my wife] and I loved being there with Jillian just to do the simple things for her...To set up her bed, her bookshelves, to meet her roommate...And to join her for her first orientation meeting. As we prepared to say goodbye, Jillian seemed very nervous. She held on to us and didn't want us to go. Just a few months before, she was that confident high school graduate, enjoying her summer, her friends and her new car. She seemed to have all the answers.
But now she was starting over. She was facing new challenges, and she would need to come up with new relationships, new friends and new answers. And I thought, "You know, that's just like me."
Every time I think I've got this down, something happens and I have to start all over again. Every time I think I have all the answers, it's time to go back to the drawing board. And every time I'm comfortable that things won't change, they do. Because the only constant in our business is change.
That's what I'd like to talk to you about this afternoon: how we look at change, how we respond to it, and how we make it our strength.
MTV Picks Up Latin-Flavored Comedy Pilot
From Deadline Hollywood
MTV has handed out a pilot presentation order to "Patito Feo," a half-hour comedy based on the hugely successful Argentinean format. The adaptation was written by Easy A scribe Bert V. Royal. Feature helmer Andy Fickman (You Again) is in negotiations to direct the project, executive produced by former Reveille and NBC executive Teri Weinberg. Patito Feo (in English, "Ugly Duckling") centers on a Mexican teenage girl who moves to Florida with her mother and grandmother only to discover that the reality of high school in America is nothing like she expected when she crosses paths with the Queen Bee and accidentally sets off a war at school.
"Patito Feo," which has a strong music component, has become an international phenom since the original Argentine teen drama hit the air in 2007. It ran for 300 episodes, spawned a No.1 soundtrack, a sold-out concert tour and a massive merchandising line. It has been sold in over 32 territories, with half dozen local adaptations in the works. The Mexican version," Dare to Dream," ran for 262 episodes on Univision, drawing big ratings.
This marks the first pilot order for Weinberg as an independent producer through her Yellow Brick Road Prods. She is executive producing "Patito Feo" with Beatrice Acevedo and Doug Greiff of Hip Entertainment Group, a production company for mainstream Latin-oriented programming in the U.S. In addition to "Petito Feo," MTV earlier this year partnered with Weinberg's former boss Ben Silverman and "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera to develop another Latin-themed project, "Pedro & Maria," a bilingual English-Spanish interactive telenovela. Weinberg served as an executive producer on Betty and is also a co-executive producer on "The Office."
Call for Entries: ITVS Diversity Development Fund
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) seeks applications to this year's Diversity Development Fund (DDF)! Please note that this year, the DDF deadline has changed the new deadline is Friday, November 12, 2010.
The DDF provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to independent producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Projects should speak to the ITVS mission to serve under-served audiences with programs that take creative risks, explore complex issues, inspire dialogue and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television.
Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities.
The Diversity Development Fund Supports:
- Producers that identify themselves as belonging to one or more of the
following communities: African American, Arab American, Asian
American, Latino/Latina, Native American/Native Alaskan and Pacic Islander
- Single documentaries or creative genre combinations
- Projects that have not yet begun production
For more information about guidelines and how to apply, visit: http://itvs.org/funding/ddf
Call for Entries: San Diego Latino Film Festival
Media Arts Center San Diego is now seeking films and videos for the 18th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 2011). This prestigious and internationally recognized film festival soars into its' 18th year with impressive and exhilarating new activities, special events and initiatives. The 2011 San Diego Latino Film Festival will include expanded opportunities for participating filmmakers and their films/videos to take the spotlight.
Entry deadline: November 5, 2010
Late deadline: December 3, 2010 (a $25 late fee will be charged for any late entries)
Details and submission information available online here.
SDLFF will take place March 2011 at the Ultrastar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in beautiful San Diego, California. Last year's festival was attended by an audience of 19,500 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists. The San Diego Latino Film Festival has used the unique geographical and cultural position of the San Diego Border Region to make the festival a premier venue for the exhibition of international and U.S. Latino features, shorts and documentaries.
Call for Entries: Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Cine Las Americas invites filmmakers, producers and distributors to participate in The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, now in its fourteenth consecutive year. The festival showcases contemporary films from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, and films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.
Submissions should be at the Cine Las Americas office by the following dates and times (not postmark deadlines):
- Deadline: January 14, 2011 at 5:00pm (Non-refundable entry fee US$20)
- Late Deadline: January 31, 2011 at 5:00pm (Late entry fee US$40)
- Emergencia Youth Films Deadline: January 31, 2011 at 5:00PM (Youth Films pay no entry fee)
Students or NALIP members: US$15 regular deadline and US$30 late deadline.
For complete guidelines and more information please visit www.cinelasamericas.org
To be submitted for consideration, projects must have been completed after January 1, 2009. All film entries are also eligible to participate in the festival's non-competitive sections. For all works where the spoken language is not English, English subtitles and/or narration are required.
Jury Awards in the categories: First or Second Dramatic Feature; Documentary Feature; Dramatic Short; and Documentary Short.
Audience Awards in the categories: Best Documentary Feature and Best Dramatic Feature.
Youth Jury Award for best "Emergencia" film.
Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) Award for best Made in Texas film.