Post-Weinstein, post-Eisner, Disney is setting out to conquer the world. Their Buena Vista International will produce a children's film called The Secret of the Magic Gourd on mainland China this spring. The film will be co-produced by an agency called China Film Group, and as such, it will be exempt from the country's censorship process and automatically eligible for release there. The idea is to produce a film with Chinese resources, specifically targetted to the Chinese market but with breakthrough potential.
In more Disney news, the studio has promoted Alan Bergman to president. He'll oversee "strategy and operations for all divisions under the studio umbrella", including Buena Vista International and the new Miramax.
Fox has signed a three-year deal with Tapestry Pictures, the production company responsible for both The Wedding Crashers, and the 477 direct-to-video movies starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They're currently producing a film called Get a Life, which apparently has little, if anything, to do with Chris Elliott.