Paramount Pictures Sets Multi-Pictures Deal With UK’s Locksmith Animation

Locksmith Animation, the UK production banner founded in 2014 by Julie Lockhart and Sarah Smith with financial backing from Elisabeth Murdoch, has a closed a co-development and co-production deal with Paramount Pictures.
Under the deal, the two companies will move forward on three projects, which Locksmith has been developing since it launched in 2014. The plan would be for the first project to head into production within the next 12 months and to release the first…


This Copywriter’s Ad About Motherhood Was So Touching, It’s Now a Children Book

In January 2014, Boba, a small Colorado company that makes baby carriers and accessories, posted a video online—created by Futuristic Films—that would prove to be one of the most popular ads ever made about motherhood.

Titled “You Made Me a Mother,” it featured a voiceover that was a visual poem of various moms each talking to their child—recounting their journey together from pregnancy through the first few years of their child’s life.

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Paramount Pictures Inks Deal with Locksmith Animation

LONDON — Paramount Pictures and Locksmith Animation have inked a deal to co-develop and co-produce a series of animated projects for the studio. Under the pact, Paramount and Locksmith are progressing three properties, which Locksmith has been developing since it launched in 2014, with plans to head into production within the next 12 months and… Read more »

James Schamus Partners with Black List to Discover Horror Screenwriter

James Schamus’ Symbolic Exchange and the Black List are partnering to find an emerging screenwriter who would write an original horror film, Variety has learned exclusively. The project would fall within the Writers Guild of America’s low-budget guidelines. The Black List has similar partnerships with The Picture Company and Studiocanal, Warner Bros., Disney and the… Read more »

Live Nation Will Stream Hundreds of Concerts in Virtual Reality

Live Nation has partnered with virtual reality (VR) streaming startup NextVR to stream hundreds of concerts and other events to users of VR headsets. A first concert will be streamed this summer, and both companies plan to release a full schedule later this year. Users will be able to watch converts through the NextVR app on… Read more »

‘The Intouchables” Directors, Gaumont Reteam On Comedy (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Intouchables”‘s director duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache are reteaming with Gaumont on “C’est la vie,” a magic-filled comedy turning on the behind-the-scenes of a lavish wedding. Set over the course of one night in an 18th century French castle, “C’est la vie” chronicles a crazed wedding party from the perspectives of its caterer,… Read more »

Weekly Ratings: CBS Closes in on Season Crowns With Another Victory

CBS is moving closer to clinching the season demo crown, winning the primetime ratings race again in young adults for the sixth time in the last seven weeks behind TV’s top comedy (“The Big Bang Theory”) and reality show (“Survivor”). Last week, according to Nielsen, CBS tied with ABC for the 18-49 lead while winning… Read more »