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Businesses from across the creative sectors create a new way forward with co-operative Future Artists Live and are already to work with Channel 4.

November 24, 2010

Cameron’s Big Society idea happening? Not likely!

The ‘Big Society’ is happening with out the need for Priminister David Cameron as businesses from the big to the small from across the creative sectors are coming together to form a new way forward with co-operative Future Artists Live and are already to work with Channel 4.

LogoIn the face of government cuts companies have come together to cut costs, improve opportunities and access to talent and are announcing the launch event and networking party on the 4th December in Manchester at Fac251 for anyone interested in finding out more.

Future Artists, a Salford based film and new media company that have used innovate approaches that have seen the company grow throughout the recession, have decided to turn part of their company into a co-operative and are kicking it off with live bands, DJ’s and Art.

So far members are both UK and international companies including film distributor Renderyard, the worlds biggest branded video contest and competitions company Mofilm’s President Andy Baker, Music industry thought leader co-founder of Unconvention Jeff Thompson, the world’s most comprehensive visual directory The Chook, the youngest producers currently working in the West End Hartshorn and Hook and the media content producers best friend DNA actors resource as well as Twitter Journalist Ian Aspin

Mark Ashmore of Future Artists explains ‘As a company we pride our selves in collective working and sharing so it just seemed natural that the next step was to turn Future Artists Live arm into a co-operative.’

The co-operative is intended as an informal trade network, knowledge sharing platform with the ability to provide training for members as well as an education resource, due to work with Channel 4’s 4 Talent and the UK’s most successful Twitter Journalist Ian Aspin in 2011.

‘It’s not about politics its about getting up, doing it and sorting it out for ourselves so we’re having a party for people to come down and see what they think’, explains Jenny Inchbald of Future Artists.

‘We are really pleased to have both large multimillion companies right down to freelancers on board. Its a meeting of minds with the great, the good, the old and the new!’ Mark Ashmore added.

Future Artists Live is also asking creatives and industry professionals to submit examples of their work to be screened at the event to show case their talents with each other.

Tickets are priced at £7 each and are available from www.futureartists.co.uk with all profits going to the co-operative. For more information or to join go to www.meetup.com/futureartists or search Future Artists Live on line.

ENDS

Please contact jenny.inchbald@futureartists.co.uk or call 07500 256 968 for more information

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Babelgum & Channel 4 Team for Episodic Doc Prequel

July 13, 2010

from worldscreen.com

Babelgum has entered into a co-production deal with Native Voice Films that sees the web platform working alongside traditional media partners to support the release of the documentary featureThe Bengali Detective.

The new project is a co-production between Babelgum, the Channel 4 British Documentary Foundation, DR2 Denmark, Commonwealth Broadcasting Trust and Salty Sea Music. Further production and broadcast deals are being confirmed.

Babelgum is to broadcast, starting today, specially commissioned prequel episodes for the film. The exclusive customized episodes will roll out on a weekly basis. These mini-documentary episodes will then be used to virally promote the feature film festival appearances and theatrical release of The Bengali Detective in 2011.

The feature-length documentary centers on the day-to-day investigations of Rajesh Ji. He is a dance-obsessed gumshoe with a motley band of helpers who look to expose the secrets, fears and covert lives of today’s middle-class Indian society. The accompanying doc series takes a look at modern India and highlights the real-world characters investigating cases in Calcutta.

“This deal is a crystallization of what we have been working towards at Babelgum’s film division,” said Karol Martesko-Fenster, the senior VP and general manager of the film division at Babelgum. “A true 360-degree production approach that doesn’t just pay lip service to the online dimension—but rather where online and mobile are the driving factors, working with, not against, traditional media, to virally create interest in the project before it is released on traditional platforms. Bearing in mind the ever-fragmenting nature of the media landscape and the need to target audiences across all platforms, it is the kind of approach that filmmakers will increasingly be adopting. We are excited to be working with Native Voice Films on this fantastic project.”

Phil Cox, director for Native Voice Films, added, “At Native Voice Films, we’ve always strived to make films built on strong storytelling that challenge our audience’s view of the world, while at the same time revealing the essential humanity of our subjects. We’re especially excited to be working with our co-producing partners at Babelgum on the premiere of The Bengali Detective. Together we’ve crafted a fresh, compelling approach to distributing the film, first as an episodic prequel and then as a full-fledged theatrical feature, harnessing their platforms to reach the widest global audience possible. It truly will be a landmark event and hopefully a guidepost for other independent filmmakers.”

see original article at http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/26226

Kick-Ass Hardcover Nears 100,000-Copy Mark

April 13, 2010

from wired.com

Sales of Kick-Ass, the hardcover collection of the violent and funny comic book series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., are about to hit the 100,000 copies as the movie version heads for theaters, according to Marvel Comics.

“My first inclination is to try to be clever and say that I have 100,000 relatives to thank … but I won’t,” said Kick-Ass artist Romita. “I’m extremely proud of this all, and very excited about working on the next two chapters!”

The 144-page book, which collects the eight Kick-Ass single issues published so far, focuses on the bloody misadventures of a wannabe superhero who dons a costume to take down bad guys. Loaded with grit, gore and adult language, the comic about young crime-fighters is definitely not for kids.

“The idea that a $25 book has hit 100,000 sales in a little over a month is just insane,” said Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar. “That’s roughly 10 times what Johnny and I were expecting and we would like to thank the comic-book retailers in America for their support of this book. This was not cheap and they took a gamble on us and I promise that Johnny will buy each and every one of them a drink at every convention he ever hits from now on.”

While Kick-Ass proved popular in its original run, the huge sales of the hardcover version show the power of the Hollywood-comic book crossover. The book is currently ranked No. 7 on Amazon.com’s comics and graphic novels best-sellers list.

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