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Netflix picks up rights to Vancouver studio’s Ricky Gervais film

Vancouver’s Bron Studios has sold the global rights to distribute its original feature film Special Correspondents to Netflix.

The film will debut next year.

Written and directed by Ricky Gervais, Special Correspondents stars Eric Bana as a struggling New York radio journalist, whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle have impeded his career. He hopes to save his job by faking front line war reports from his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.

“(Netflix) approached us once they learned about the film. They had a pre-existing relationship with Ricky because of his show Derek,” said Bron’s Aaron Gilbert, who is producing the film with Gervais, Unanimous Entertainment’s Chris Coen, and Manuel Munz. “They are now fully financing the picture.”

Gilbert is one of the few B.C. film producers who seldom goes to Telefilm Canada for funding and doesn’t do production service work for American clients. Gilbert has been particularly successful seeking funding from the private sector and also owns Media House, which provides short-term loans to independent filmmakers. Loans are secured against unsold distribution rights.

Special Correspondents, which is based on the French hit Envoyes Tres Speciaux, will begin filming next month in Toronto and New York.

“Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais — smart social satire with heart,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a news release. “It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world.”

Gervais also created and starred in The Office, Extras and Derek. The Office has shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes. Eric Bana has starred in films such as Munich, Black Hawk Down, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Star Trek.

Netflix has more than 57 million members in 50 countries who watch more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Front Page, Industry News

Netflix picks up rights to Vancouver studio’s Ricky Gervais film

Vancouver’s Bron Studios has sold the global rights to distribute its original feature film Special Correspondents to Netflix.

The film will debut next year.

Written and directed by Ricky Gervais, Special Correspondents stars Eric Bana as a struggling New York radio journalist, whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle have impeded his career. He hopes to save his job by faking front line war reports from his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.

“(Netflix) approached us once they learned about the film. They had a pre-existing relationship with Ricky because of his show Derek,” said Bron’s Aaron Gilbert, who is producing the film with Gervais, Unanimous Entertainment’s Chris Coen, and Manuel Munz. “They are now fully financing the picture.”

Gilbert is one of the few B.C. film producers who seldom goes to Telefilm Canada for funding and doesn’t do production service work for American clients. Gilbert has been particularly successful seeking funding from the private sector and also owns Media House, which provides short-term loans to independent filmmakers. Loans are secured against unsold distribution rights.

Special Correspondents, which is based on the French hit Envoyes Tres Speciaux, will begin filming next month in Toronto and New York.

“Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais — smart social satire with heart,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a news release. “It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world.”

Gervais also created and starred in The Office, Extras and Derek. The Office has shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes. Eric Bana has starred in films such as Munich, Black Hawk Down, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Star Trek.

Netflix has more than 57 million members in 50 countries who watch more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Front Page, Industry News

Netflix picks up rights to Vancouver studio’s Ricky Gervais film

Vancouver’s Bron Studios has sold the global rights to distribute its original feature film Special Correspondents to Netflix.

The film will debut next year.

Written and directed by Ricky Gervais, Special Correspondents stars Eric Bana as a struggling New York radio journalist, whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle have impeded his career. He hopes to save his job by faking front line war reports from his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.

“(Netflix) approached us once they learned about the film. They had a pre-existing relationship with Ricky because of his show Derek,” said Bron’s Aaron Gilbert, who is producing the film with Gervais, Unanimous Entertainment’s Chris Coen, and Manuel Munz. “They are now fully financing the picture.”

Gilbert is one of the few B.C. film producers who seldom goes to Telefilm Canada for funding and doesn’t do production service work for American clients. Gilbert has been particularly successful seeking funding from the private sector and also owns Media House, which provides short-term loans to independent filmmakers. Loans are secured against unsold distribution rights.

Special Correspondents, which is based on the French hit Envoyes Tres Speciaux, will begin filming next month in Toronto and New York.

“Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais — smart social satire with heart,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a news release. “It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world.”

Gervais also created and starred in The Office, Extras and Derek. The Office has shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes. Eric Bana has starred in films such as Munich, Black Hawk Down, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Star Trek.

Netflix has more than 57 million members in 50 countries who watch more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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