Screen Media Acquires U.S. Rights to Garcia Bernal’s Sci-Fi Comedy “Zoom”

Gael Garcia Bernal will zoom into American theaters next year…

Screen Media has acquired the U.S. rights to the Pedre Morelli-directed dimension-hopping sci-fi comedy Zoom, starring the 37-year-old Mexican actor.

Gael Garcia Bernal in Zoom

Screen Media plans to release the film sometime during the third quarter of 2016.

Starring Garcia Bernal, Alison Pill, Jason Priestley and Tyler Labine, the partly animated, partly live action film sees three creative spirits — a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director — who live in different realities but end up each writing a story about one of the others.

The Rhombus Media and 02 Filmes Canada/Brazil co-production was written by Matt Hansen and produced by Niv Fichman and Andrea Barata Ribeiro.

Zoom saw its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated by Needle for Screen Media, with Gregory Chambet of WTFilms on behalf of the filmmakers.

Garcia Cast in NBC’s Fall Comedy “Animal Practice”

It’s official… JoAnna Garcia is returning to network television this fall…

The 32-year-old half-Cuban/half-Spanish American actress has been cast opposite Justin Kirk in NBC’s new fall comedy series Animal Practice.

Joanna Garcia

In the office comedy, Kirk stars as George, a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually despises their owners—especially the new woman who runs the clinic. Garcia will portray that woman—George’s intelligent and beautiful old girlfriend now engaged to another, who is assigned to run the animal hospital.

Garcia, who previously starred in Better With You, replaces Amy Huberman who played the role in the pilot.

Along with Garcia and Kirk, Animal Practice co-stars Tyler Labine and Bobby Lee.

Garcia was originally attached to a family comedy project written by Better With You creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan. When that project didn’t go to pilot, she was quickly cast as the female lead in CBS’ untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti comedy pilot, which came thisclose to a series order but ultimately missed the cut. Garcia was immediately approached about starring in Animal Practice and, after negotiations and a chemistry read with Kirk, was cast in the role.