FilmNation Entertainment and 30West Partner To Finance The Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson Project "Late Night"

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30WEST and FilmNation Entertainment have announced they will partner to finance the upcoming comedy Late Night, starring Academy Award® Winner Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling (A Wrinkle in Time, Oceans 8). FilmNation Entertainment will launch international sales in Berlin. 

Kaling, who wrote the script, will also produce with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and Nisha Ganatra ("Transparent") will direct.  CAA and 30WEST will handle US rights.  Principal photography is set to commence in April.

Late Night centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life.

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FilmNation productions to be released in 2018 include Sebastian Lelio's Disobedience starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, "This Is Us" creator Dan Fogelman's Life Itself starring Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde, and The Children Act starring Emma Thompson. The company will be selling at the European Film Market in Berlin Amazon Studios' The Aeronauts, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, to be directed by Tom Harper, and Armando Iannucci's The  Personal History of David Copperfield.

In the Berlinale this year, FilmNation sales title Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot will screen In Competition with director Gus Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix in attendance.

Most recently in Sundance, 30WEST partnered with Bleecker Street to buy the U.S. rights to Wash Westmoreland's Colette starring Keira Knightley and arranged the partnership between NEON and AGBO Films to buy Assassination Nation, directed by Sam Levinson.

30WEST partnered with NEON to co-finance marketing and distribution of the acclaimed feature I, Tonya.  In addition, they financed Karyn Kusama's Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, and Peter Hedges' Ben Is Back, starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, both which are currently in production. This spring 30WEST will release the film Beast with Roadside Attractions, which premiered to acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival and most recently enjoyed its US premiere at Sundance.

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About 30West

With offices in Los Angeles and New York, 30WEST provides capital and strategic guidance to high caliber creative projects and forward-thinking companies operating throughout popular culture. Its media practice works with filmmakers to guide every stage of creative packaging, providing direct capital investment for production, sales, distribution and licensing in order to maximize production quality and audience reach. 30WEST was founded in 2017 by Dan Friedkin and Micah Green.

About FilmNation Entertainment

FilmNation Entertainment is a leading distributor, financier and producer of independent films and is a destination for many of the world's most renowned filmmakers including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Jonathan Glazer, Sofia Coppola, Jeff Nichols, J.C. Chandor, Rian Johnson, Anton Corbijn, Lenny Abrahamson, Denis Villeneuve, and John Lee Hancock.

Founded in 2008 by veteran film executive Glen Basner, FilmNation has established itself as a home for specialty filmmaking with global appeal by focusing on a highly selective group of filmmakers and projects that emphasize both creative integrity and commercial potential.

FilmNation is consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international film distributors. The company has become a prolific and respected producer, and its titles are amongst the most critically lauded in the film industry. FilmNation has more than 40 Academy Award® nominations and eight wins since its inception.

FilmNation's current slate showcases the work of many of today's most exciting filmmakers including the ongoing and upcoming releases of: Steven Soderbergh's LOGAN LUCKY starring Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig; Todd Haynes' WONDERSTRUCK starring Julianne Moore, which premiered as an official selection of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival; Richard Linklater's LAST FLAG FLYING starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne; Sebastian Lelio's DISOBEDIENCE starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola; Richard Eyre's THE CHILDREN ACT starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead; and Dan Fogelman's LIFE ITSELF featuring an all-star cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening.

The company is in post-production on Sebastian Lelio's GLORIA starring Julianne Moore. In recent years, FilmNation has produced and financed: Denis Villeneuve's Academy Award® winning ARRIVAL starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner; John Lee Hancock's THE  FOUNDER starring Michael Keaton; GIFTED starring Chris Evans; and Michael Showalter's critically acclaimed indie box office hit THE BIG SICK starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. In 2018, the company is producing Tom Hanks starrer GREYHOUND and THE LODGE starring Riley Keough.

About Imperative Entertainment

Founded in 2014, Imperative Entertainment is an innovative entertainment studio located in Santa Monica, CA. With a keen eye for bold and powerful storytelling that captivates and excites audiences, Imperative develops, produces and finances original & branded entertainment focusing on film, television and documentaries. 

The company is currently behind projects such as the Academy Award® nominated All the Money in the World (Best Supporting Actor), Academy Award® nominated and 2017 Palme d'Or® winning film The Square, and Arizona, which recently premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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