Focus closes a deal to make a feature-length adaptation of Jesse Atlas’ short Record/Play with Chuck Roven (Man of Steel) producing.

10/03/2013 by Tatiana Siegel | The Hollywood Reporter Despite an executive shake-up Wednesday that saw CEO James Schamus out and Peter Schlessel taking the reins, it’s back to business at Focus Features. The specialty label has closed a deal to make a feature-length adaptation of Jesse Atlas‘ short Record/Play with Charles Roven‘s (Man of Steel) Atlas Entertainment producing. Atlas is writing the screenplay with Aaron Wolfe and is attached to direct. The 11-minute short, which screened at Sundance in January, is described as tragic love story wrapped in a complex time-travel scenario. The time travel is achieved by manipulating a Walkman to transport to the source of a cassette recording. The project marks the first to move forward since Schamus’ exited the specialty label amid speculation that Focus would begin to move away from its art house sensibilities. A Roven-esque sci-fi project would be a departure for the old Focus and sheds light on the direction the specialty label might be headed under Schlessel’s charge. Jeb Brody is overseeing the project at Focus. Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle is producing, while Roven is executive producing. Jake Kurily is shepherding for Atlas Entertainment. Roven is producing the Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman for Warner Bros. He also has David O. Russell‘s awards-season hopeful American Hustle bowing on Christmas Day. Jesse Altas and Wolfe are repped by … Read More

AdamFocus closes a deal to make a feature-length adaptation of Jesse Atlas’ short Record/Play with Chuck Roven (Man of Steel) producing.

Andrew Bachelor could very well be the next big thing in comedy.

Alex Stedman | News Editor, Variety.com | OCTOBER 3, 2013  Andrew Bachelor could very well be the next big thing in comedy. He’s developing a pilot with BET, had a corporate-sponsored gig with Samsung and has even taken to selling his own merchandise. No wonder two of the top five talent agencies sought to represent him. But they didn’t discover Bachelor on the standup circuit or in any other of the usual places. The comedian was spotted on Vine, the Twitter-owned app, where he’s attracted 2.5 million followers under the name King Bach. Though Vine consists entirely of videos that are just six seconds long, talent agencies have been scouting the platform. “It’s important that clients go where their fans are,” said Eric Kuhn, UTA’s head of social media. “So many people are now on Vine, and it’s increasing every day.” Since launching in January, Vine has found more than 40 million users. Bachelor is the fifth-most-followed person on the app, thanks to self-produced videos consisting of funny situations brought to a new level of absurdity, usually co-starring a cast of his friends. Though Bachelor was in talks with BET to develop a pilot based on his YouTube series “BachelorPadTV” about two years ago, the project’s prospects had stalled. “At the … Read More

AdamAndrew Bachelor could very well be the next big thing in comedy.