London Film Fest: Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker Talks Day-and-date Releases, Patience

London fund raiser for Zim tennis prodigy

STORY: Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard Win First Envision Award For SPC, Barker’s working budget range is “from $500,000 to $10 million” but the budget of a movie is “never a consideration” when deciding whether to work with a filmmaker, whom SPC always gives final cut. “We let the filmmaker guide the whole process,” Barker said. “We only step in when they call to ask for advice or go over budget.” Barker said he could only recall one occasion when a filmmaker had gone over budget while at SPC and also noted that there had only been one filmmaker who had never made a call to get some feedback on what they were doing. “I think we are so careful that [going over budget] doesn’t happen like it may do at the big studios,” he explained. Barker said it was up to the director to decide on casting too and pointed to Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married, starring Anne Hathaway, as a film that had broken SPC’s budget ceiling but had gotten through because Demme wanted the actress. STORY: How Sony Pictures Classics Is Wooing Women Only to ‘Austenland’ “We wouldn’t make a decision based on cast,” Barker said. But he also noted: “The older I get the more I see the importance of cast and editing is becoming for success.” Barker said he was “waiting” to see if SPC would land North American rights to Woody Allen’s freshly titled Magic In Moonlight, as SPC sees his latest Blue Jasminewith Cate Blanchett approach $35 million at the U.S. box office. And he also told THR that the Megan Ellison-produced true-crime drama Foxcatcher — starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carrelland Mark Ruffalo — would be released in early 2014. STORY: Bennett Miller’s Awards Contender ‘Foxcatcher’ Bumped to 2014 His keynote was quickly followed by an appearance on a film finance forum alongside Endgame Entertainment chief Doug Hansenand U.S.-based exhibition, finance and production banner Start Motion Pictures founder Ben Browning. When asked about the impact of piracy on the indie business, Barker said it was the most important question of the day. He said there was no doubt piracy was hurting the business, citing SPC’s release of James Toback’s Tysondocumentary which was scheduled for release in the U.S.

Michael Mhangami has won numerous junior tennis awards in the UK 16/10/2013 00:00:00 Multi award winner … Michael Mhangami RELATED STORIES A FUND raiser will be held in London Friday to support rising 12 year-old Zimbabwean tennis sensation Michael Mhangami whose talent has attracted the attention of global stars such as Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Zimbabwean, Glorianne Francis, an inspirational speaker, philanthropist, presenter and host to International events who will be presenting at the event said the fundraiser had the backing of former UK minister of olympics, Tessa Jowell, among others. More than one hundred guests are expected to attend the event, among them sports agents and stars as well as celebrities who include Rudolph Walker (Patrick) of BBC soap East Enders. aMichaelas dreams are too big for the earnings of his working class parents,a said the organisers. aTennis, unlike any other game out there, is expensive and caters for a limited and very active membership. Michael travels around the world for tournaments and the more he plays tennis, the more expenses are for his parents.a Mhangami began his tennis career at the age of three and has participated in many local and international tournaments, winning various awards, medals and trophies. He is already the winner of 9&U and 10&U Aegon Winter Masters Nationals, Clay Court National Championships, Aegon British National Invitational (2 years in a row), Multi Grand Prix winner, LTA Surrey Champion and Porsche Nottingham open Winner twice in a row. The LTA baked player and British Number 1 in 2010 and 2011 will this year compete at one of the worldas biggest tournaments, the Orange Bowl, Florida USA. aIn 2010 Michael was lucky to have escorted his favourite player and eventual winner, Roger Federer onto court for the match against Andy Murray,a said the organisers. aIn the same year Michael won three national level titles as well as winning the Surrey County event. He is part of the Aegon Future Stars program to nurture talented young tennis players.

London Mayor Opposes U.K. Press Regulation Plans

LONDON London mayor Boris Johnson in a newspaper editorial on Monday spoke out against planned U.K. press regulation following the Leveson Inquiry report late last year. our editor recommends “We are on the verge of eroding the freedom of the press,” Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph . “It’s a vigorous, voracious press that keeps our country honest. Regulating the media would undermine its ferocious ability to highlight wrongdoing.” He called a planned royal charter outlining the new regulation a “monstrous folly.” Johnson also suggested that a political expenses scandal led British politicians to call for the Leveson Inquiry, not the phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. “It was the hacking cases that gave them their pretext,” he wrote. Johnson also argued Monday that Britain’s current laws sufficiently protect people from media abuse. “We already have abundant law against obscenity or breach of official secrets. We have laws against libel and defamation, against bugging, hacking, theft, bribery of public officials,” he wrote. “We have a growing tort of breach of privacy. We have no need of some new body backed by statute…and it is wrong in principle.” Concluded the London mayor: “You either have a free press or you dont.

London cabs will promote Philadelphia

The campaign was launched this week by Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Email | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn London cabs are bearing advertising promoting Philadelphia. The campaign launched this week by the city, the airport and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau is promoting Philadelphia as a destination for trade, conventions and leisure travel. Next month Mayor Michael Nutter will take a trade mission to London and Tel Aviv, Israel. In London, hell attend the World Travel Market trade show, where some 47,000 travel professionals are expected. Philadelphia will have a group at the London show, including Jack Ferguson , president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. The delegation will host an event for airline executives, urging them to add international flights to Philadelphia International Airport a move that could net business and leisure travelers. Through these relationships, we will attract new international travelers, students, investment and trade opportunities for Philadelphia businesses, and create new jobs for Philadelphians, Nutter said. Nutter and Ferguson will attend the World Travel Markets ministerial dinner on Nov. 5. It will include tourism ministers from around the world. The magnitude of this mission is powerful with so many partners from various business sectors coming together to promote our great city as a hub for trade, travel, education and innovation, while positioning Philadelphia a world-class destination, Ferguson said. As part of the promotional effort, 11 London taxis have been wrapped with Philadelpia messaging and images, which will also appear on interior headrests and taxi receipts. Other partners on the trade mission include the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau.