Archive for April, 2011

MPAA’s Marc Spiegel dies at 92

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Obituary: Served org for five decades -- Marc Spiegel, who spent nearly half a century as an exec at the Motion Picture Assn. of America, died Thursday, April 29, of natural causes. He was 92.

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First glimpse of U.S. royal wedding aud

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Friday primetime specials draw more than 20 mil viewers -- In the first glimpse of U.S. viewership of the royal wedding, CBS, ABC and NBC drew more than 20 million viewers for their primetime highlight specials on Friday.

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CBS, NBC face similar hurdles

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Analysis: But Peacock has a lot more needs this fall -- CBS and NBC are approaching the end of the season from opposite ends of the success spectrum, but both face 2011-2012 as partners in crime.

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CBS, NBC face similar hurdles

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Analysis: But Peacock has a lot more needs this fall -- CBS and NBC are approaching the end of the season from opposite ends of the success spectrum, but both face 2011-2012 as partners in crime.

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Reality exec buffs brand

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Garvie ready to turn around next project -- All3Media's new international boss Wayne Garvie is no stranger to rejection.

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Daniel Craig to narrate BBC doc

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Natural history pic reworks six-hour TV series -- LONDON -- BBC Earth Films has signed Daniel Craig to narrate its theatrical natural history feature "One Life."

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Variance acquires trio of pics

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Company nabs U.S. rights to 'General,' 'Little Rock' and 'Blowfly' -- Variance Films has acquired US theatrical rights for "General Orders No. 9," "Little Rock" and "The Weird World of Blowfly."

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Relativity, Bing float Hawaii studio

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Eco-friendly facilities contingent on doubling of state incentive -- Promising exponential increases to Hawaii's production revenues, Ryan Kavanugh's Relativity Media and Steve Bing's Shangri-La Entertainment have proposed building two $200 million eco-friendly studios in the state, provided that the state increases its current 20% film incentive program.

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Schwarzenegger verbally commits to ‘Cry Macho’

April 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Governator still up in the air about his first post-office project -- Arnold Schwarzenegger has verbally committed to star in the indie drama "Cry Macho" -- but he hasn't decided whether it'll be his first film after leaving the Governor's office.

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OMG: Royal Wedding Leads to a Bouquet of Text Messages, FWIW [Mobilized]

April 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It turns out that the Royal Wedding wasn’t just big for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter . It also led to a huge surge of text messages. The blessed union led to text messaging volume that was more than six times normal in the United States and the United Kingdom at the start of the wedding. Though it dipped a bit as things went on (and on and on), the messaging rate stayed at more than double normal rates throughout. In all, that mad Friday a bigger texting day than Easter or Valentine’s Day. In fact, Friday was the second biggest text messaging day of the year, behind only New Year’s. Even stateside, where it was the middle of the night, traffic was up 31 percent, according to SAP’s Sybase unit, which compiled all this vital messaging data. For the record, there is only message I want to send when there is something going on at two in the morning: “Do not disturb.”

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