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Girault Gets Crimes

Roberto Girault is set to direct the Jon Mercedes penned political thriller Crimes Against The People.

Crimes will be produced by BRANDON ENTERTAINMENT, an independent production company headed by Brandon Duracher, who has previously produced Book Club and Love Geneve.

Girault, who is repped by Sherry Robb of The Robb Company, will begin principle production the Summer of 2017 with a Fall release date.

Book Club Wins Best Short Award!

After 10 days of premieres and deals in Park City, the Sundance Film Festival jury handed out honors across a range of categories on Saturday evening. Book Club won The Best Short award by a landslide.

Meanwhile, The Wolfpack, a look at a family of six siblings living in Manhattan, claimed the U.S. grand jury prize for a documentary. Robert Eggers, whose film The Witch was acquired by A24 films shortly after the festival opened, claimed the directing award for U.S. dramatic title.

Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, which was acquired by Open Road and given a June 12 theatrical release, claimed the special jury honor for excellence in editing while Kyle Patrick Alvarez's The Stanford Prison Experiment took home the U.S. dramatic screenwriting award. See the trailer below.

Brandon Entertainment Chairman & CEO,
Jon Mercedes, Dies at 65

Jon Mercedes, a personal manager, publicist, producer, writer and film executive, died Monday at his Hollywood home from colon cancer. He was 65.

In 1978, Mercedes founded Mercedes/Cohen Management and United Public Relations, and two years later launched The Mercedes Co. His clients included Charlene Tilton (Dallas), Claudia Lonow (Knots Landing), Susan Richardson (Eight Is Enough), Tracey Bregman (The Young and the Restless) and Jimmy Baio (Soap).

Mercedes served for two years as vp development and creative affairs for Esparza/Katz Productions, the company behind the TNT/New Line Cinema film Gettysburg (1993), and was chairman and CEO of Fiesta Studios. Mercedes wrote for the Canadian game show Party Game and later became a staff writer for ABC’s Happy Days. He was an executive producer on Pale Horse Pale Rider, a 1980 short film that featured Tilton and Ray Walston.

Born in Cuba, Mercedes produced more than 50 Latino stand-up shows at The Improv and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Mercedes attended Los Angeles City College and UCLA, where he was a film major. He was a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Hollywood Radio and TV Society, Independent Film Project/West, the Screen Actors Guild and WGA West, where he served as chairman of the Latino Writers Committee.