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Paramount Acquires Middle Men

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 19, 2010 at 9:22AM

While the deal for Paramount to acquire George Gallo's Middle Men, starring Luke Wilson and James Caan, was closed late in the year, details are just emerging. Essential Entertainment started handling sales for the Oxymoron Entertainment-funded movie at Cannes, reported Screen:
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While the deal for Paramount to acquire George Gallo's Middle Men, starring Luke Wilson and James Caan, was closed late in the year, details are just emerging. Essential Entertainment started handling sales for the Oxymoron Entertainment-funded movie at Cannes, reported Screen:

Middle Men is based on a true story and follows a straight laced businessman who builds the first online billing company dealing exclusively with adult entertainment. He finds himself caught between the Russian mob, a 23-year-old porn star and the FBI in his bid to make money.

It's a worldwide distribution service deal: Paramount grabs a fee and recoups its costs, and the filmmakers kick in initial P & A money. This is the new norm. Studios acquire indie projects for a distribution fee, while movie backers supply prints and ad coin.

This article is related to: Studios, Indies, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.