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Extra: Network Ent. to adapt Brat Pack memoir for doc; Neon hires VP, acquisitions and production

Network Entertainment picks up Andrew McCarthy memoir for documentary adaptation Vancouver-headquartered Network Entertainment has acquired the rights to adapt actor Andrew McCarthy’s best-selling memoir, Brat: An 80′s Story into a documentary. McCarthy ...
November 2, 2021

Network Entertainment picks up Andrew McCarthy memoir for documentary adaptation

Vancouver-headquartered Network Entertainment has acquired the rights to adapt actor Andrew McCarthy’s best-selling memoir, Brat: An 80′s Story into a documentary.

McCarthy will star in, direct and produce the documentary with Brian Liebman from Liebman Entertainment. Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray, Paul Gertz and Brian Gersh will executive produce the project.

Coming into stardom in the 1980s, McCarthy is known for his roles in films such as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Weekend at Bernie’s and Less Than Zero, and for being part of the troupe of successful young actors referred to as the “Brat Pack.” In the memoir, McCarthy looks inwardly about how his role in the Brat Pack affected his life, and what it meant to be be a part of this group of movie stars.

In Brat, McCarthy will travel across the U.S., seeking out other members of the Brat Pack to find out what the group and that period in their lives meant to each of them, reconnecting with actors he hasn’t seen in years and discussing the popular films they made together in the 1980s.

In McCarthy’s career, the actor has also directed nearly 100 hours of television, and served as an editor-at-large with National Geographic Traveler while writing for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic and Time.

Korea’s Something Special partners with 4DREPLAY technology

Seoul-based international format agency Something Special, has formed a co-development partnership with media technology company 4DREPLAY.

The two companies will create unscripted and scripted formats that incorporate 4DREPLAY, which is a four-dimensional time slice video production system creating detailed, any-time and any-angle highlights. The technology has mostly been used in major sporting events including NBA and MLB games, PGA Championship tournaments, U.S. Open Tennis championships and UFC matches, and by broadcasters such as CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC, France TV, TF1 and NHK.

“4DREPLAY, a frontier media company which leads an innovative viewing culture via creating videos that leap beyond the boundaries of time and space, is looking forward to showcasing more experimental and successful K-Content in the future in collaboration with Something Special, which has successfully established various entertainment formats in the global market,” said DJ Lee, chief content officer of 4DREPLAY, in a news release.

Neon appoints new VP, acquisitions and production

Neon has hired Jason Wald as vice president of acquisitions and production, the company announced on Monday (Nov. 1).

Wald previously served as director of acquisitions at Searchlight Pictures, acquiring films for the label’s slate of theatrical titles and Hulu Originals. Wald also served as Hulu’s senior content acquisition manager, working for more than four years on the company’s inaugural film team.

Wald will report to Jeff Deutchman, EVP of acquisitions and production, and will help the team curate its slate.

New York-headquartered Neon’s slate includes Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s acclaimed documentary, Flee.

a Cure for the Common Classroom doc to premiere at COP26 next week

519 Films’ documentary feature, a Cure for the Common Classroom, will make its world premiere at COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, on Nov. 9.

The Canadian production, directed by Andy Hourahine, is one of two films invited by the Climate Action Lab and After the Pandemic public sidebar program at COP26. The films are meant to spark change and dialogue about re-imagining and redesigning cities and communities to be greener, more resilient and more vibrant.

The film follows three students: Stella at Avalon School, a small tuition-free public charter school in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Jabari at 3DE School in Atlanta, which is a school within a school working on an inside-out approach to changing the classroom; and Justin at Think Global School, the only high school in the world where students live and learn in four countries a year from 10th to 12th grade.

The film aims to rethink what education should do for students, and demonstrates changes that are already taking place across the U.S.

Executive producers on the documentary include Joann McPike and Essie North, with Hourahine, Stephen Paniccia and Blair Johannes producing.

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