In today’s Daily Bite, Twickenham’s new owner insists that the studio will remain a creative hub for filmmakers; The Weinstein Company look to buy back 200 film titles and a first-look at director David O Russell’s latest movie.
Twickenham Studios saved for film production… England’s Twickenham Film Studios has been saved as a film studio after its new owner promised to continue making films at the site. It had been feared the studios, which went into administration last February, would be sold to property developers. However, the BBC reports that the new owner has said the site would retain its production capability. The studio was recently used for ‘The Iron Lady’. Other films made there include ‘A Hard Day's Night,’ and Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster ‘War Horse’. The new owner, Twickenham Studios Ltd, which is led by property magnate Sunny Vohra, promised refurbishments and improvements at the site. He said: “There will be increased employment opportunities at the studios with investment in additional staff to make the studio a hive of creativity and an exceptional place to work.”
Weinstein Company bids to buy back films… The Weinstein Company is preparing to buy back around 200 film titles - such as ‘The Road’ and ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’ – from Goldman Sachs, reports Variety. Goldman Sachs is selling its stake in a portfolio of the TWC films, which the global investment bank took control of in 2010 as part of a massive financial restructuring of the Weinstein Company. Now, with Goldman’'s debt off its books, the Weinstein Company is prepping its bid to buy back the library. Reacquisition would allow TWC to start profiting from those movies again.
Oscars Academy elects 2012-2013 Board of Governors… Six first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Award Board of Governors. They are Dante Spinotti, representing the Cinematographers branch; Lisa Cholodenko, Directors branch; Dick Cook, Executives; John Knoll, Visual Effects; Scott Millan, Sound; and Bill Condon, Writers. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board. Returning to the board are director Michael Mann; composer Arthur Hamilton; and producer Kathleen Kennedy. The reelected governors are Tom Hanks, Actors; Jim Bissell, Designers; Rob Epstein, Documentary; Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup and Hairstylists; Rob Friedman, Public Relations and Bill Kroyer; Short Films and Feature Animation.
If you watch one trailer today… Here’s a first look at director David O Russell’s (The Fighter) new feature ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.