MRC Film Names Romance Division, Appoints Sydney Fleischmann as Vice President – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: MRC Film has named its romance label, led by Elizabeth Cantillon, Bisous Pictures, also announcing the appointment of Sydney Fleischmann as Vice President, Development and Production.

The first film from Bisous Pictures Persuasion, starring Dakota Johnson, Cosmo Jarvis, Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant, is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, which debuts on Netflix today. Carrie Cracknell (Broadway’s Dyke / A life) directed the film – made with Mad Chance and Fourth and Twenty Eight Films – in his feature debut, from a script by Alice Victoria Winslow and Ron Bass.

Bisous Pictures

Going forward, the label will explore a wide range of stories from the romantic genre that are inclusive and expansive, traditional and modern, original and based on literature, and real-life stories that serve all audiences. He stays in development on previously announced projects, including:

  • Pictures of youbased on the novel by Tammy Robinson, adapted for the screen by Tom Dean (Blacklist 2016, The Time Traveler’s Round). Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton of All this panic are committed to leading. Pic focuses on Ava, who after a devastating diagnosis, breaks off her engagement, decides to embark on a marriage without a groom, and becomes something of a sensation and a voice of empowerment. She discovers that it is never too late to find the love of her life.
  • 28 summersadapted by Allie Hagan (Blacklist 2017, When in doubt, seduce). Based on the New York Times #1 bestselling novel by Elin Hilderbrand, 28 summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-a-year affair, its profound impact on lovers and the lives of the people around them.
  • The return, adapted by Tom Dean. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, which spent 22 weeks on bestseller lists, centers on a wounded military doctor who moves into his late grandfather’s house in New Bern, North Carolina, where he meets two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.

Fleischmann comes to MRC from Duplass Brothers Productions, where she was most recently head of development and production. She was notably executive producer on HBO of this company anthology series, Room 104.

“We are proud to unveil our name, Bisous, the French word for kiss, which honors our label’s focus on the romantic genre in all its forms,” ​​Cantillon said. “We also welcome an incredibly talented executive, Sydney, to our team as we continue to grow our label and look forward to bringing our debut film, ‘Persuasion,’ to audiences alongside our partners at Netflix.”

MRC Film’s releases have collectively grossed over $6 billion at the worldwide box office and received accolades, including 12 Academy Award nominations and 11 Golden Globe nominations. Coming for the Enterprise is the Netflix movie from writer-director Matt Charman The mothership, with Halle Berry. He recently published Paramount+ by David Frankel drama Jerry and Marge are getting bigwith Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening, and has also been behind films like Ted, Knives out, baby driver, babel and Lovebirds. MRC has co-financed films including The movie Spongebob Squarepants: The Sponge on the Runthe Peter Rabbit franchise, the second and third tranches of Hotel Transylvania, 22 jump street, Think like a man too and Fast & Furious 7. It is also a partner of Deadline’s parent company, Penske Media, in two publishing and content joint ventures, where the two companies have a significant stake.

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