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Jeb Brody Joining Focus Features as President of Production

Posted August 24, 2011

Jeb Brody is joining Focus Features as the worldwide film company’s president of production. Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen, to whom Mr. Brody will report, made the announcement today.

Mr. Brody, who begins work next month, will be stepping into the production presidency post being vacated by John Lyons, who is returning to working as a film producer as well as devoting more time to his philanthropic endeavors. While Mr. Brody will be based in Focus’ West Coast offices, he will oversee the global Focus production team already in place in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

The executive is joining Focus directly from his position as president of production at Vendôme Pictures, the development, production, and financing entity. At Vendôme, he supervised production of, and was executive producer on, the company’s first two movies: Duncan Jones’ hit Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne, starring Mr. Hanks and Julia Roberts. Before joining Vendôme, Mr. Brody was one of the partners who successfully established Big Beach, the New York-based independent film production and finance company. In his years at Big Beach, he was producer or executive producer on such films as the multi-Academy Award-winning Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris; Laurie Collyer’s SherryBaby, starring Golden Globe Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal; and Christine Jeffs’ Sunshine Cleaning, starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt.

Mr. Schamus and Mr. Karpen said, “Jeb is an exceptionally talented executive with great taste and instincts, with a genuine track record of making successful, smart movies. We’re thrilled to have found an ideal successor to John Lyons.”

Mr. Brody added, “I’ve long admired Focus; for close to a decade now, they’ve consistently made remarkable movies from visionary filmmakers. Under John’s leadership, the production team in place at Focus has already put together a terrific slate for next year, and I can’t wait to work with them to complete those projects and get new ones started.”

Earlier in his career, Mr. Brody was an executive at Ed Saxon and Peter Saraf’s Magnet Entertainment, working on such projects as Spike Jonze’s Adaptation. He previously was a curator at the Museum of the Moving Image; and was also editor and managing director at the celebrated film magazine Scenario.

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Soundtrack for ONE DAY features new song from Elvis Costello

Posted August 09, 2011

On August 16th, 2011*, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) releases digitally the motion picture soundtrack for the new movie One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The soundtrack One Day features a brand new track written and composed exclusively for the movie by Elvis Costello; titled “Sparkling Day,” the song is only available on this soundtrack. Also included is a stellar roster of songs by a diverse group of artists from the last two decades; plus selections from the original film score by Academy Award winner Rachel Portman (Emma, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat).

Twenty years. Two people…To be released by Focus Features in theaters nationwide on Friday, August 19th, 2011, One Day stars Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe). Directed by Lone Scherfig (director of An Education, Academy Award-nominated for Best Picture), the motion picture One Day is adapted for the screen by David Nicholls from his beloved bestselling novel “One Day.” After one day together – July 15th, 1988, their college graduation – Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself.

The music featured on the soundtrack One Day bookmarks moments in Dexter and Emma’s lives, mapping out a musical timeline that ties in to the complexity of their ever-evolving relationship.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. 1. Sparkling Day - Elvis Costello and the Imposters
  2. 2. Roll To Me - Del Amitri
  3. 2. Aftermath - Tricky
  4. 3. Reverend Black Grape - Black Grape
  5. 4. Born Of Frustration - James
  6. 5. Rocks - Primal Scream (*digital version only)
  7. 6. Praise You - Fatboy Slim
  8. 7. The Rhythm Of The Night - Corona
  9. 8. Angels - Robbie Williams
  10. 9. Life Is A Rollercoaster  - Ronan Keating
  11. 10. Sowing The Seeds Of Love - Tears For Fears
  12. 11. Joy - François Feldman
  13. 12. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) - Elvis Costello
  14. 13. One Day - main title - Rachel Portman
  15. 14. Wedding Chorus - Rachel Portman
  16. 15. July 15th - Rachel Portman 
  17. 16. We Had Today - Rachel Portman

* One Day will be released physically September 6th.

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