‘Green Book’ Drives Past $100M At Worldwide Box Office

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Best Picture Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Green Book this weekend scooped a BAFTA for Mahershala Ali in Best Supporting Actor — and hit a new worldwide milestone. The Peter Farrelly-directed film that also stars Viggo Mortensen crossed $…

Lena Dunham Set To Pen Syrian Refugee Survival Tale For Spielberg, Abrams & Paramount

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Girls creator Lena Dunham has been brought on to adapt Melissa Fleming’s A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival, a real-life account of a young female Syrian refugee’s arduous journey i…

‘Trial Of The Chicago 7’ Movie Ramps Up Again With Aaron Sorkin & Sacha Baron Cohen

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Aaron Sorkin is attached to direct and Sacha Baron Cohen is in early talks to star in The Trial of the Chicago 7, a long-in-the-works feature film from Amblin Entertainment, Deadline has confirmed. The movie is based on the 1969 federal conspiracy tria…

Kristin Stark Promoted at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners

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Veteran publicist Kristin Stark has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing and communications at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners. The company made the announcemnet Monday through Marvin Levy, executive VP of marketing, and Susan Fleishman, executive VP of corporate communications. In this new role, Stark will manage all aspects of Amblin’s marketing, working closely […]

Kristin Stark Promoted In Marketing Ranks At Amblin Partners

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Kristin Stark, who has spent two decades at Amblin (DreamWorks), has been upped to senior VP, marketing and communications for Amblin Partners and will now manage all aspects of Amblin’s marketing efforts. She will work closely with distribution partners around the world while continuing to report to marketing exec VP Marvin Levy and corporate communications exec VP Susan Fleishman.
“She is a brilliant colleague who continues to demonstrate and expand her executive skills…

Christina Leotis Named CFO Of Amblin Partners

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Christina Leotis has been named CFO of Amblin Partners, coming over from the L.A. Clippers where she served in the same post. She replaces Lyndsay Harding who, as previously reported, is leaving the company. She will report to Jeff Small, president and co-CEO.
“Chris brings deep knowledge and broad entertainment experience to Amblin, and we are delighted to welcome her to our team,” said Small in making the announcement. “At a time when change is the new normal and…

Amblin Partners Options WWII Book Pitch ‘Daughters Of The Resistance’

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Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners has optioned rights to Daughters of the Resistance: Valor, Fury and the Untold Story of Women Resistence Fighters In Hitler’s Ghettos, a book proposal from author Judy Batalion. DreamWorks Pictures will take on the film based on the book, a narrative history that details the previously untold story of young Jewish women and girls who fought in the resistance against the Nazis. Batalion, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, discovered…

UTA Taps Lyndsay Harding as Chief Financial Officer

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United Talent Agency has appointed Lyndsay Harding as its chief financial officer. Harding was most recently at Amblin Entertainment in the same role. Before that, she served as the as a senior VP for MGM, where she oversaw corporate development and financial planning for the studio. “Lyndsay is an important addition to UTA’s accomplished senior […]

Amblin Partners Inks Exclusive Music-Publishing Deal With BMG

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Amblin Partners has signed an exclusive deal with BMG to administer its music publishing rights worldwide. Recent films under the Amblin Partners umbrella include “Bridge of Spies” (pictured), “The Girl on the Train,” “Office Christmas Party” and “A Dog’s Purpose” as well as the upcoming Steven Spielberg-directed project “The Post.” Current productions from Amblin Television […]

Amblin Partners Ups Mia Maniscalco to VP of Production

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Mia Maniscalco has been promoted to vice president of production at Amblin Partners. “Mia’s talents are unparalleled — she is a voracious reader, has great relationships with filmmakers, and has a laser-sharp focus in moving her projects forward,” said Holly Bario, Amblin’s president of production. “We are fortunate to have her on our team and […]

Participant Boards ‘Green Book’ Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali & Linda Cardellini

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Participant Media has come aboard to produce and finance Green Book, the Amblin Partners film that is set to star Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Peter Farrelly is directing, and Linda Cardellini has just joined the cast. The pic is set to start principal photography this week.
Penned by Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie, Green Book tells the true story of Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer with a seventh-grade education who in 1962 was hired to drive Dr…

Jeb Brody Joins Amblin Partners As Co-President of Production

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Amblin Partners Chairman and CEO Steven Spielberg announced today that the company has brought on Jeb Brody as Co-President of Production. Brody, along with President of Production Holly Bario, will oversee Amblin’s team of creative executives. The two will report to Spielberg and Co-CEO Jeff Small.
Prior to this new post, Brody was at Secret Hideout, where he served as an exec producer of the recent Tom Cruise-led The Mummy reboot. Before this, he held the President of…

Amblin Partners’ Michael Wright Steps Down as CEO

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Michael Wright is stepping down as chief executive officer of Amblin Partners and becoming executive producer of two of the company’s forthcoming films, the company said Tuesday. Steven Spielberg, chairman of the company, will step into the CEO role after Wright’s exit. Wright oversaw films like “The Girl on the Train” and “A Dog’s Purpose”… Read more »

Michael Wright to Step Down as Amblin Partners CEO

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Michael Wright is stepping down as CEO of Amblin Partners to become an executive producer on two of the production company’s upcoming films, Amblin announced in a Tuesday statement.

Legendary director and Amblin Chairman Steven Spielberg will take over as CEO. Jeff Small will retain his president and co-CEO title and will oversee operations alongside Spielberg. Production President Holly Bario will also continue in her role in charge of Amblin’s film business, while Amblin Television Co-Presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will remain in their positions overseeing TV development and production.

At Amblin, Wright oversaw films including “The Girl on the Train” and “A Dog’s Purpose” as well as the development of “”The House with the Clock in its Walls.”

Also Read: China’s Alibaba Takes Minority Stake in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin

Chinese mega-conglomerate Alibaba acquired a minority stake in Amblin in October, and its marketing might helped propel “A Dog’s Purpose” to a healthy $88 million in the Middle Kingdom.

“I have always enjoyed working with Michael and the unique creative collaboration we’ve shared going back to his days at Turner Broadcasting,” Spielberg said in a statement. “I am very pleased to continue our relationship and that he is joining our upcoming projects, ‘The Talisman’ and ‘The Wand,’ as an executive producer. I also want to express my gratitude to Michael for helping us launch our company and creating a strong foundation to build on in the future.”

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Michael Wright Exiting As Amblin Partners CEO; Steven Spielberg Assumes Role

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Michael Wright is stepping down as CEO of Amblin Partners to become a producer on two films at the company. Amblin chairman Steven Spielberg will take on the chief exec title. This news just broke.
Jeff Small remains president and co-CEO, and with Spielberg will oversee operations. President of production Holly Bario, and Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, all continue in their current roles, the company says.
Wright, the onetime head of programming…

Alibaba Pictures Loses $84 Million in Six Months

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Losses at Alibaba Pictures Group deepened to $83.7 million (RMB561 million) in the six months to June. Revenue pointed in the opposite direction and nearly quadrupled from RMB257 million to $158 million (RMB1.06 billion). The company, part of Chinese commerce giant Alibaba, said that it expects to enter “a new phase of development in the… Read more »

Amblin Partners Lands ‘Sky High’ Pitch From Erb & Oremland For Helmer Thor Freudenthal

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EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners just acquired a pitch from writers Greg Erb and Jason Oremland based on the book Sky High, for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid director Thor Freudenthal. Sky High is a fantastical adventure about an ordinary man and his son who have to survive a journey through the tallest, craziest, most amazing house in the world – all while trying to repair their fractured relationship and uncover the incredible secret history of the house itself.
Sky High, written by…

Participant Inks Output Deal With Nordisk Film on Amblin Partners’ Films

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Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media has entered an output deal with leading Scandinavian distributor Nordisk Film Distribution for titles produced by Amblin Partners. The multi-year deal further expands Participant’s global distribution network following a similar pact with eOne. The new agreement, announced Wednesday, will see Nordisk release Amblin Partners titles across Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden…. Read more »

DreamWorks Pictures Makes Good On ‘Bad Cop, Bad Cop’ Spec With Fortune Feimster Attached To Star

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EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks Pictures is looking for a few bad men. The production company just picked up the spec screenplay Bad Cop, Bad Cop written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, with Feimster attached to star.
Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films is also in talks to produce as what is being billed as an R-rated action buddy comedy about two hapless cops who stumble on a case that exposes a conspiracy of corruption in their own precinct.
This marks the second…