Trade Breaks: Zaillian, Hour, Christmas

“Writer-director Steven Zaillian (“Gangs of New York,” “Awakenings”) and Mandate Pictures are teaming to produce modestly budgeted, character-driven films and have inked a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Zaillian’s company, Film Rites, will produce projects he writes and/or directs as well as films from emerging writers and filmmakers…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced documentary “The 11th Hour” through its WIP & International divisions this Fall. The film offers interviews about the Earth’s ecosystem with more than 50 scientists, thinkers and world leaders. DiCaprio narrates the film which premieres in a few weeks at the Cannes Film Festival…” (full details)

“Nash Entertainment is feeling jolly about “Christmas in July,” a pic about the convention of professional Santas that takes place each July in Montana. Bruce Nash and Bob Kosberg are seeking writers to develop a screenplay on the convention, which draws more than 300 professional Kris Kringles. A reality TV show may follow the film…” (full details)