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February 17, 2006 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to cash in on the independent film renaissance, two equity investment firms have agreed to bankroll Oscar-nominated producer Michael London in a venture to make low-cost movies under his own banner, Groundswell Productions. London, whose films "Sideways," "Thirteen," "House of Sand and Fog" and "The Family Stone" were developed outside the studio system, will have access to an initial fund of $55 million. That amount is expected to double within six months.
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May 20, 2010 | By Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, independent producer Michael London, whose credits include the acclaimed films "Sideways," "Thirteen" and "The Family Stone," had no problem raising more than $200 million in financing to make low-cost movies at his newly formed company, Groundswell Productions. At the time, independent movies were all the rage. Investors were hungry to cash in on a trend in which such unconventional pictures as Oscar-winner "Crash" and "Brokeback Mountain" not only win over critics but also mainstream audiences.
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BUSINESS
April 11, 1989
Michael London has been named senior vice president-production for the motion picture division of 20th Century Fox Film Corp., Beverly Hills. London previously was senior vice president-production at Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, the Paramount-based independent production company.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2006 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to cash in on the independent film renaissance, two equity investment firms have agreed to bankroll Oscar-nominated producer Michael London in a venture to make low-cost movies under his own banner, Groundswell Productions. London, whose films "Sideways," "Thirteen," "House of Sand and Fog" and "The Family Stone" were developed outside the studio system, will have access to an initial fund of $55 million. That amount is expected to double within six months.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 1985
Midnight has struck in a small rented house atop the hills of Silver Lake, and the Coen brothers of Minneapolis are Trying to Explain It. Their last extended stay in Los Angeles was a bust. Film makers Joel and Ethan spent the summer of '84 trying to interest studios in distributing "Blood Simple," a brazenly off-kilter murder tale set in deepest, darkest Texas.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2010 | By Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, independent producer Michael London, whose credits include the acclaimed films "Sideways," "Thirteen" and "The Family Stone," had no problem raising more than $200 million in financing to make low-cost movies at his newly formed company, Groundswell Productions. At the time, independent movies were all the rage. Investors were hungry to cash in on a trend in which such unconventional pictures as Oscar-winner "Crash" and "Brokeback Mountain" not only win over critics but also mainstream audiences.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Contract Suit: British pop star George Michael has sued Sony Music in London for restraint of trade in an attempt to break his 10-year contract with Sony-owned CBS Records. Michael's London-based attorney Tony Russell, who recently used the legal provision to successfully break "inequitable" contracts for pop music acts in England such as the Stone Roses and Holly Johnson's Frankie Goes to Hollywood, declined comment on the case Tuesday, as did Sony Music executives.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2009 | Claudia Eller
The gig : As president of Fox Animation Studios, Vanessa Morrison oversees development, production and marketing of family-friendly movies made by the studio's Greenwich, Conn.-based digital animation house, Blue Sky Studios. Films produced under her tenure include the global blockbuster "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" and the upcoming releases "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," based on Roald Dahl's 1970 novel, and 3-D animated comedy "Rio." Unusual in Hollywood : Unlike most executives, who tend to jump between studios and jobs, Morrison, 40, has spent her 15-year career at Fox, becoming a specialist in broad-appeal family movies.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. was ordered to pay $350,000 to the family of a deceased smoker. A hearing will be held Jan. 7 to determine what punitive damages the tobacco company may be assessed, said Michael London, an attorney for the family of smoker Harry Frankson. The verdict is the first in favor of a smoker in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik and Jonathan Landreth, Los Angeles Times
When aliens besiege Earth in Universal Pictures' recent action film"Battleship," it is the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong whom Washington credits with delivering the early proof that these invaders aren't exactly homegrown. But those aren't the only Chinese do-gooders on screen these days. In "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,"a romantic comedy about building a dam in the Mideast, Chinese hydroelectric engineers showed off their know-how; the original book included no such characters.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1989
Michael London has been named senior vice president-production for the motion picture division of 20th Century Fox Film Corp., Beverly Hills. London previously was senior vice president-production at Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, the Paramount-based independent production company.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 1985
Midnight has struck in a small rented house atop the hills of Silver Lake, and the Coen brothers of Minneapolis are Trying to Explain It. Their last extended stay in Los Angeles was a bust. Film makers Joel and Ethan spent the summer of '84 trying to interest studios in distributing "Blood Simple," a brazenly off-kilter murder tale set in deepest, darkest Texas.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1988
Steven M. Somers has resigned as president and chief operating officer of Initials Plus Inc., San Francisco, to pursue other opportunities. He will continue as a consultant to the company, which sells products that can be personalized by monogramming or engraving. Michael D. London, the chairman and chief executive, has assumed the positions of president and chief operating officer.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1985 | John M. Wilson
Nineteen months after her suicide by gunshot at age 20, Colleen Applegate--a.k.a. Shauna Grant--lives as a porn star. "Every Man's Fantasy," a compilation of previously unused Grant footage, just opened at local Pussycat Theaters. Her earlier films are playing on adult TV channels across the country. Tower Videos on Sunset Boulevard displays a special Shauna Grant collection. And packets of her photos sell for as much as $25, according to one source.
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