Variety's Mike Jones

Michael Jones reports on the independent film industry for Variety. Previously he was the managing editor of Filmmaker Magazine and editor-at-large for indieWIRE. Recognized and respected through out the world of show business, Variety is the premier source of entertainment news. Since 1905, the most influential leaders in the industry have turned to Variety for timely, credible and straight forward news and analysis - information vital to their professions.

Pushy Publicists and Fisticuffs

Article: Pushy Publicists and Fisticuffs

The last noteworthy fight out of Sundance can be read about in any book or magazine timeline that charts the fest’s history. Harvey Weinstein came to blows with producer Jonathan Taplin over “Shine.” That fight was about an acquisition. Harvey was pissed because someone else acquired the film.

Magnolia Snags HUMPDAY

Article: Magnolia Snags HUMPDAY

Magnolia Pictures has spent mid-six figures for worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton’s HUMPDAY. The lo-fi buddy comedy attracted six offers and a protracted bidding war. Film stars Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard as two straight best friends who decide to film themselves having sex for an art project. Pic preemed Friday in the Sundance Film…

Don't See TYSON or He'll Get in Trouble

Article: Don't See TYSON or He'll Get in Trouble

Director James Toback introduces Mike Tyson at a dinner for the documentary, “Tyson,” at the Sundance Film Festival.

Clearly moved by the growing interest in the docu since its Cannes preem, Tyson addressed the diners: “I’m really very humbled. I had no idea it’d get to this magnitude. I was looking forward to selling bootleg DVDs… I told James it might be a foreign movie because of the language I’d be using.”

Sony Grabs Rights to 'Black Dynamite'

Article: Sony Grabs Rights to 'Black Dynamite'

Scott Sanders’ blaxploitation comedy “Black Dynamite” has sold North American righs to Sony Pictures Worldwide for $2 million, a few hours after its Sundance Midnight preem.

Senator nabs "Brooklyn's Finest" as "work-in-progress"

Article: Senator nabs "Brooklyn's Finest" as "work-in-progress"

Senator Distribution has nabbed North American rights to Antoine Fuqua’s cop drama “Brooklyn’s Finest,” twenty-four hours after its world preem at the Sundance Film Festival.

B-Side to distribute indies

Article: B-Side to distribute indies

Dade Hayes reports today that B-Side has a bunch of money to distribute films: B-Side Entertainment, a 4-year-old tech company with a sizable profile in the film festival world, has landed $4.25 million in new financing and plans to enter the feature distribution biz. The Austin, Texas-based company, which runs websites that handle ticketing and mine…

BOTTLE SHOCK Helmer Randy Miller Forms New Company

Article: BOTTLE SHOCK Helmer Randy Miller Forms New Company

Adding to the dwindling lists of distribs, Consolidated Pictures Group has planted a flag at Sundance. The new company was formed by BOTTLE SHOCK helmer Randy Miller, producer Jody Savin, and Leonidas Films’ Timothy Cavanaugh and James Mancuso. With equity in place, the group plans to produce and acquire films, with Sundance being the first…