Netflix Reveals Original Documentary Feature On Orson Welles


Netflix announced today that filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom, Best of Enemies) will direct an original feature documentary contextualizing the final fifteen years of maverick auteur Orson Welles’ life. Produced by Tremolo Productions, and executive produced by Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymzsa, Neville will explore Welles’ complex relationship with Hollywood, both artistically and commercially. The company’s previously-announced acquisition of Welles’ final feature The Other Side of the Wind, will have a significant presence throughout the new documentary, providing a framework into the legendarily volatile dynamics between Welles and the industry. The two films will launch in tandem in 2018. 

"The Other Side of the Wind has long been a ghostly legend in cinema history, but the story behind it is equally fascinating,” said Neville. “I’m excited to be able to tell the incredible story behind this film and to explore what made Welles such an enduring figure."

Netflix recently announced that it acquired global rights, and will finance the completion and restoration of, The Other Side of the Wind. The film, which has remained unfinished for decades, was shot by Welles beginning in 1970, features a screenplay by Welles and Oja Kodar, and stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Robert Random, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Mercedes McCambridge, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Paul Stewart and Dennis Hopper.  The film is a Royal Road Entertainment production and was originally produced by Welles and Les Films de L’Astrophore.

SOURCE: Netflix

 

Netflix Congratulates Filmmakers Of 'The White Helmets'

A statement from Netflix congratulating our first Academy Award winners - the filmmakers behind "The White Helmets."

Netflix congratulates Joanna Natasegera and Orlando Von Einsiedel for a well deserved Oscar win for The White Helmets, an incredibly timely documentary focusing on the bravery of Syrian humanitarians. A first for Netflix, we are privileged to have been on this journey with these inspirational storytellers since their nomination for Virunga, and continue to be in awe of their efforts to shine a light on the work of real heroes. 




 

 

 

Amazon Acquires Grateful Dead Doc 'Long Strange Trip'


Amazon Studios today announced it has acquired Long Strange Trip, an unprecedented four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence). Set to debut May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the US and UK as a six part documentary, with additional territories to be announced, Long Strange Trip probes the creative forces, subversive ambitions, and interpersonal dynamics that drove the Grateful Dead in their 30-year quest for moments of collective inspiration. By inventing a unique fusion of folk, jazz, R&B, avant-garde experimentation, world music and rock and roll, they earned the devotion of the most committed fan base in the music business, while gleefully disdaining every cliché of pop success.

The world premiere of Long Strange Trip will take place at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as well as Trixie Garcia will be in attendance.

Long Strange Trip is produced by Eric Eisner(Hamlet 2), Nick Koskoff (Bad Hurt), and Alex Blavatnik (For the Love of Spock) who also financed the project. Additional producers include Ken Dornstein (My Brother's Bomber) and Justin Kreutzmann (The Who: Fragments). Executive producers in addition to Scorsese are Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Silence), Rick Yorn(Wolf of Wall Street), Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV (Somewhere Tonight), and Alicia Sams (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama).

"I first reached out to the Grateful Dead about this film back in 2003," said Bar-Lev. "Since then, everyone who has come aboard has treated this project with a renegade spirit of cooperation and ingenuity worthy of the subject matter. I recognized immediately that Amazon was the perfect distributor when I met their team, and I can't wait to see how many brains they can infect with the Dead's contagious brand of anti-establishment fun."

"I've always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead," said Scorsese. "They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force--a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century."

"The story of the Grateful Dead is that of music and culture of the 20th Century," said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios. "Told with vast scope and an unprecedented cast of real life characters, Amir has taken advantage of this larger than life canvas to make an era-defining musical portrait that we can't wait to bring to audiences everywhere."

Bob Weir commented: "Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages. Here's the movie..."

Mickey Hart commented: "Stranger than fiction - a user's guide for an impossible journey."

On behalf of the producers, Eisner and Blavatnik commented: "We're honored to be involved in this historic, ambitious and passionate undertaking. The Grateful Dead have played and continue to play an integral role not only in our lives, but in the very development of contemporary American society. Amir's encompassing and engrossing look truly captures the story of this unique band."

The 30-year odyssey of the Grateful Dead was the most unlikely success story in rock and roll history. Famously averse to publicity, seemingly incapable of recording radio-friendly hits, they flouted music-industry convention by giving their live music away to a global network of tape traders, becoming the highest-grossing concert act in America on word of mouth alone. Executive produced by Scorsese (Silence), Long Strange Trip is the first full-length documentary to explore the fiercely independent vision, insistence on continuous innovation, and uncompromising commitment to their audience that propelled the original jam band from a Bay Area pizza parlor to the ranks of the most enduringly influential musicians of their generation. By assembling candid interviews with the band, road crew, family members, and notable Deadheads, director Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) unearths the untold history of the Dead and the freewheeling psychedelic subculture that sprouted up around it, while providing poignant insight into the psyche of late lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who disdained leadership of the increasingly sprawling collective organization that kept the show on the road. With a soundtrack that captures some of the band's most dynamic live performances as well as unguarded moments offstage and never before seen footage and photos, Long Strange Trip is an epic exploration into a uniquely American experiment in radically eclectic music-making that continues to earn the passionate loyalty of generations of fans worldwide.

The deal was negotiated by WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.

SOURCE: Amazon


Amazon Studios Greenlights Two New Original Kids Series 'Pete The Cat' And 'Costume Quest'


Amazon today announced it has ordered two new Amazon Original Kids Series, Pete the Cat, based on the award-winning book series, and Costume Quest, from the popular video games. Amazon's new children's series come from talented creators, including Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Phineas and Ferb), Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) and Frederator Studios' Fred Seibert (The Fairly OddParents). Both series will be available exclusively for Prime members and will debut next year.

"The creative talent behind Pete the Cat and Costume Quest have a sensibility and pedigree that will resonate well with our customers," said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. "We are thrilled to be working with such innovative and visionary thinkers in the business."

Based on the award-winning book series by illustrator/creator and consulting producer James Dean, Pete the Cat is an animated kids series that has been ordered straight-to-series for 14 episodes. The show follows Pete the Cat, the coolest cat ever and his groovy guide to life--from rockin' out with his guitar to riding a skateboard. The series is a co-production with Alcon Television Group and will be developed by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Phineas and Ferb) and Appian Way production company. Harper Collins has published more than 34 Pete the Cat books, which have been translated into 13 languages and received 18 literacy awards, including the Theodore Geisel Seuss Award. Slated to voice as Pete's parents are musical luminaries Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. Marsh is slated to executive produce along with Alcon's Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, and Laura Lancaster, as well as Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson. Alcon's Ben Roberts is slated to produce, with Appian Way's Nathaniel Posey slated to co-produce.

Based on the smash video game series by Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Broken Age) and the world originally created by Tasha Sounart, Costume Quest is a funny and mysterious animated series aimed at six to 11-year-olds. The show stars four kids facing off against the dark forces lurking in the shadows of their sleepy town of Auburn Pines. To overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, they must learn to unlock and master the magical powers of supernormal costumes--with each costume comes a new set of transformations and powers. The series is executive produced by Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) who also serves as story editor, as well as Frederator Studios' Fred Seibert (The Fairly OddParents), Kevin Kolde (Adventure Time) and Eric Homan (Adventure Time). Costume Quest is produced at Frederator Studios, a WOW! Unlimited Media company.

 

SOURCE: Amazon Studios

 

Amy Schumer Comedy Special Launches On Netflix In March



Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, is bringing its members an all-new stand-up special from one of the leading forces in entertainment and comedy today, Amy Schumer. The special, taped Saturday, November 5 at Denver, Colorado’s Bellco Theater, will launch globally on Netflix Tuesday, March 7th, 2017.

“As a comedian, actress, writer, director, producer and best-selling author, Amy Schumer is a boundless threat and a one-of-a-kind talent. We couldn’t be more excited that she’s making Netflix her home for her next stand-up comedy special,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix.

"Very happy to be a part of the Netflix family for this special,” said Schumer. “Maybe now they will look at my "Stranger Things" audition tape to play the demogorgon for Season 2."

"Totally fearless and always hilarious, Amy Schumer's bold and singular voice in comedy is a brilliant match for Netflix and our global comedy fans," said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary and Comedy.

SOURCE: Netflix