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Working Title to Keep Working at Universal International

Working Title Films has extended their contract with Universal Pictures for another seven years. The deal was announced Sunday by Universal, though terms were not exactly, as they say, disclosed; still, no need to panic: "They've done well for our company, " said Universal co-chair David Linde, "They deserve to be taken care of."

2007 will see Universal attempt a partial reinvention of themselves as Universal International. (To steal a joke from Mystery Science Theater 3000 - if it's "universal," doesn't that automatically make it "international"?) The company was previously known as Universal International between 1946 and 1963, following a merger with the independent International Pictures. This time around, Universal intends the name change to reflect more than just semantics, aiming for more of a global marketshare.

Working Title would certainly play a big part in that strategy, as their films, such as "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "Shaun of the Dead" often do more than double American domestic box office overseas. Additionally, Working Title co-chairmen Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan intend to up their output to five films or more a year.

source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Posted by on January 15, 2007 5:12 PM
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