Special Correspondents

Special Correspondents is a 2016 British-Canadian-American comedy film written, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais. The film is a remake of the 2009 French Comedy Envoyes Tres Speciaux and stars Gervais, Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin Pollak, Benjamin Bratt, American Ferrera and Raul Castillo. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 22 April 2016 and was released worldwide by Netflix on 29 April 2016.

Gervais debuted the first official trailer on his Twitter account on 23 March 2016. A second trailer was released on 12 April 2016.

Release

In November 2014, it was reported that Sony Pictures had purchased the rights to the film for territories including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Latin America. In April 2015, it was announced that Netflix had pre-bought the global distribution rights to the film for roughly $12 million. Special Correspondents received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 22 April 2016, followed by an audience discussion with Gervais, Bana and additional cast members. The film was released worldwide on 29 April 2016.

Media Ownership

Production Companies

  • Bron Studios
  • Unanimous Entertainment
  • Stage 6 Films (uncredited)

Distributors

  • Stage 6 Films (2016) (World-wide) (all media)
  • Netflix (2016) (Australia) (video) (internet)
  • Netflix (2016) (UK) (video) (internet)
  • Netflix (2016) (World-wide) (video) (internet)
  • Netflix (2016) (Japan) (video) (internet)

Special Effects

  • Union Visual Effects (visual effects by) (as Union)

Other Companies

  • Rancho Relaxo (on set caterer)
  • Focused on food Craft Service (craft service company) (as Focused on Food)
  • Goldcrest Production London (picture and sound post production provided by) (as Goldcrest Post Production, London)
  • Bling Digital / Slim Video (post-production facilities) (as Bling Sim)
  • Central Casting (background casting by: New York)
  • Gourmet To U (catering: New York)
  • Rolling Table (craft service: New York)
  • Air Studios (recording studio) (as Air Studios, London)
  • Eastcote Studios (drums recorded at) (as Eastcote Studios, London)
  • Chandler, Fogden, Aldous Entertainment Law (legal services provided by) (as Chandler Fogden Aldous, Entertainment Law)
  • Edgerton Immigration Law (USA immigration legal services provided by)
  • Laura Edgerton. ESQ (USA immigration legal services provided by)
  • Entertainment partners Canada (payroll services provided by)
  • Front Row Insurance Brokers (insurance provided by)
  • Discount Car and Truck Rentals (car and truck rentals provided by) (as Discount Car & Truck Rental)
  • SecurTrust (transport equipment provided by)
  • Polaris Star Suites(transport equipment provided by)
  • Coast to Coast (transport equipment provided by)
  • Panavision (Canada) Corporation (camera & lens equipment provided by) (as Panavision Toronto)
  • PS Production Services (grip & electric equipment provided by)
  • Deluxe Media (post production script)
  • Time (People Stylewatch Magazine: copyright)
  • Conde Nast Publications (Glamour Magazine: copyright) (as Condé Nast)
  • Ontario Media Development Corporation (film and television tax credits)
  • Protagonist Pictures (developed with the assistance of)

David Brent: Life on the Road – Case study

David Brent: Life on the Road is a 2016 British comedy film written, directed, and produced by Ricky Gervais and released by Entertainment One. The film stars Gervais as David Brent, a character he played in the BBC television comedy series The Office who has a film crew that shadows Brent as he travels up and down the country living his dream of being a rock star. Gervais said, “This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man.” He has emphasised that it is “not an Office film”.

The film was released in both cinemas and on Netflix in the UK and Ireland on August 19th 2016, in Australia and New Zealand on August 25th 2016 and in the US and the Netherland on February 10th 2017 however only online.

The film was produced by BBC Films and Entertainment One,  it was distributed by Entertainment One’s various international branches and Netflix. The other companies that worked on the film were:

  • Air Edel recording studios (music services)
  • Audiolink Radio Communications (walkie talkies)
  • European Film Bonds (completion bond company)
  • Freeway Cam B.V. (collection account management)
  • Hyperactive Broadcast (post-production facilities)
  • Molinare Studios (post-production)
  • Pinewood Digital (digital dailies)
  • Sapex Scripts (post production script services)
  • TLO Film Services (action vehicle supplier)

Entertainment One and BBC Films co-financed the film. Entertainment One distributed the film in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Open Road Films distributed the film in the United States, although Netflix later acquired distribution rights to the film in all territories excluding the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

A Field in England Research.

A Field in England is a 2013 British historical psychological drama film directed by Ben Wheatley. The film, shot in black-and-white, is set during the mid-17th century English civil war. The film was released on 5 July 2013 on multiple platforms simultaneously, including cinemas, home media and video on demand. It was also broadcast on Film4 on the day of its release.

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Red State Research

Red State is a 2011 American independent horror action film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, starring John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Michael Parks.

Kevin Smith originally announced the concept for what would become Red State at the 2006 wizard world con in Chicago, stating that it would be a straight horror film, differing from the comedy films he was known for. In April 2007, Smith revealed the title of the movie to be Red State and said that it was inspired by infamous pastor Fred Phelps, or as Smith claimed, “very much about that subject matter, that point of view and that position taken to the absolute extreme. It is certainly not Phelps himself but it’s very much inspired by a Phelps (like) figure.”The first draft was finished in August 2007.

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On October 13, 2009, Smith stated that funding had been secured for Red State but that he wanted to proceed with Hit Somebody and delay filming Red State for a year.

The film was originally set to be funded by listeners of Kevin Smith’s Smodcast podcast but the idea was later dropped. Film producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein also passed on funding the film and it was eventually funded by two private investors.

The film’s production ran over twenty five days with the crew apparently being so passionate about the project that many of them were underpaid or got no pay at all, with Smith hoping that the film would make enough money that everyone would eventually be paid.

Throughout the months of November and December, teaser posters were released featuring characters from the movie in auctions via his Twitter account with the winning bidder hosting the poster exclusively on their website, while the money raised by the auction went to charity. Smith released a teaser trailer for the film on December 23, 2010.

Although Smith had announced plans to auction off the rights to Red State to distributors attending his Sundance screening of the film, he revealed that was merely a ploy and Smith planned to self-distribute as a traveling roadshow.

Controversy soon erupted after Smith’s speech at the film’s debut screening at Sundance. Although Smith had decided to self-distribute the film, after a twenty minute long rant where he displayed his displeasure with the budget for how modern films are marketed in comparison to the budget for their production.

Smith chose to distribute the film as a travelling roadshow, travelling form theatre to theatre across the USA and airing it to people there and offering a Q and A afterwards. He assumed that the people who would come and watch the film were his fans and therefore hoped they would pay more to watch it stating that he may charge up to ten times as much money as a regular theatre viewing. After making $1,104,682 in the United States, Red State was released internationally and earned another $769,778 internationally for a total worldwide gross of $1,874,460.