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Utopia Hires Danielle Digiacomo as Head of Content (Exclusive)

Film executive Danielle Digiacomo is joining the upstart distribution company Utopia as head of content, Variety has learned.In this new role, she’ll be acquiring movies and developing release strategies for the boutique label, which last year released titles such as the drama “Mickey and the Bear” and Errol Morris’ political documentary series “American Dharma.”“We care […]

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Matthew Heineman Directs True Wildfire Survival Drama ‘Paradise’

Documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Oscar-nominated “Cartel Land”), who directed harrowing biopic “A Private War” last year — Rosemund Pike was robbed of an Oscar nod — is a strong choice to direct fire survival drama “Paradise.” Focus Features will develop and produce the drama, which he will write, in hopes of starting filming next year.The […]

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Film News Roundup: Fire Survival Movie ‘Paradise’ in Development at Focus

In today’s film news roundup, a movie about the deadly Camp Fire is in the works, “The Infiltrators” will open the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and former Rogers and Cowan topper Tom Tardio will run the Napa Valley Film Festival.Project LaunchFocus Features is producing the survival story movie “Paradise,” based on events during […]

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Apple names producer Molly Thompson head of documentaries

Thompson founded A&E IndieFilms and has a string of documentary producing credits.Molly Thompson, the founder of A&E IndieFilms and executive producer of documentary films including Jesus Camp, Life, Animated and City of Ghosts, has joined Apple as the tech giant’s head of documentaries.Thompson founded A&E IndieFilms, feature production arm of Us cable channel company A+E […]

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The Orchard Acquires Doc ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ From Werner Herzog, Andre Singer

The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Meeting Gorbachev from directors Werner Herzog and Andre Singer.History Films, the A&E network’s independent film label, has retained all television rights. Meeting Gorbachev is The Orchard’s third collaboration with History, after Oscar-nominated films Cartel Land and Life, Animated.The feature is a behind-the-scenes memoir from the eighth […]

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Rosamund Pike’s ‘A Private War’ Gets Awards-Season November Release

Aviron Pictures has given Rosamund Pike’s drama “A Private War” an awards-season release, starting with Nov. 2 openings in Los Angeles and New York with a Nov. 16 wide launch.The cast includes Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and Tom Hollander. Matthew George’s Acacia Entertainment is producing and financing “A Private War” alongside the Fyzz Facility, which […]

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