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Jonathan Lynn to Direct AFF Award Winning Screenplay Jasper Milliken for Experience Media Studios
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Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—During the opening remarks of the 2011 Austin Film Festival (AFF) it was announced that veteran director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards) has signed on to helm Jasper Milliken, a story written by Julie Howe that won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award in the 2010 AFF Screenplay Competition.

Lynn will work closely with Howe to continue shaping the creative direction of the movie until filming begins the second quarter of 2012.

Earlier this year Howe signed a deal with Experience Media Studios to produce the award-winning screenplay, and has since expanded the team to include Sony Pictures Entertainment based producers Alex Siskin (Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds) and Joyce San Pedro (an AFF judge and panelist).

“We are very excited to have Jonathan bring his talent, vast experience, and comic sensibility to this movie,” said Michael-Ryan Fletchall, chief executive of Experience Media Studios. “With a charming and witty script by a very talented writer, a veteran comedy director, and a our producing partners, we know we have a winning team to make something very special for the big screen.”

Jasper Milliken is a quirky feature length comedy about a psychic orphan whose odd predictions derail a crooked deal that lands him in hot water with the egotistical mayor of his newly adopted town.

Jonathan Lynn is represented by Gersh agent Sandra Lucchesi and manager Mike Marcus, and Julie Howe is represented by attorney Matthew Saver.

 Experience Media Studios is a privately held next-generation global entertainment media company launched in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2009, and expanded to North America in 2010. The company specializes in movie and television show investments, development, creation, management, licensing and distribution across all current and emerging media and platforms. In March, the company will release Carmel-by-the-Sea, starring Lauren Bacall, Josh Hutcherson, Alfred Molina, and Hayden Panettiere.

 The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.