Archive for March, 2013

Paramount Brews More ‘Joe’

March 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Yo Joe! Say hello to a three-quel! The muscular $132 million global bow for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” has spurred Paramount to move forward with plans for a third installment in the Hasbro franchise, sources confirmed Sunday morning. The seemingly snappy decision to make a third “Joe” isn’t surprising considering Par has had ample time to... Read more

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Samsung Says Apple’s Patent Damages Could Still Exceed $1 Billion

March 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

If you’re still following the back-and-forth between Apple and Samsung over their long-running patent fight: Samsung says it’s possible that Apple could end up with more than the $1 billion a jury awarded it last summer . Patent blogger Florian Müller has the details .

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‘G.I. Joe’ Opens Big with $132 Million Worldwide

March 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sometimes it pays to be bold. And judging by a $132 million worldwide opening haul, at least, Paramount certainly benefited from pushing “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” back nine months to Easter weekend. Bowing Wednesday evening, “G.I. Joe,” from MGM and Skydance Productions, collected an estimated $51.7 million domestically through Sunday. The 3D tentpole added $80.3 million in... Read more

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What’s Dell’s Bidding Process Really About? (Clue: It’s Not About Fixing Dell)

March 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Earlier this week, Dell revealed in agonizing detail the arduous months-long process leading up to last month’s $24.4 billion offer by CEO Michael Dell and the private equity firm Silver Lake Partner to take the company private. Friday’s long-awaited proxy filing by the once mighty Texas computing giant leaves no miniscule step in the process undocumented, starting with the earliest suggestions of such a transaction last June by someone at Southeastern Asset Management, Dell’s largest institutional shareholder, all the way to the preliminary offers made earlier this month by the private equity firm Blackstone and the well-known activist investor Carl Icahn. The special committee of Dell’s board of directors, charged with overseeing the buyout process as well as the go-shop period that ended a week ago, has said that the interest drawn from Blackstone and from Icahn may turn out to be superior. But also buried within the 274-page filing are lots of clues that the bidding process has less to do with any concrete plans to turn around a deeply troubled tech company and more to do with making a few private equity firms look powerful and, of course, make money in the process. And, more to the point, not much yet has to do with what it will take to fix Dell and transform it to face the challenges of the new era of computing. In its document, the company outlined its troubles in detail via a variety of voices — including Dell’s CFO — essentially describing a troubled company in a declining market. Instead, it’s now solely about the art of the deal. That’s no surprise. If consummated, a Dell buyout would be a huge private equity transaction, the biggest since 2007, and more than three times the size of the largest buyout deal of 2012 . Also no surprise: As the second largest private equity player according to research firm Private Equity International , Blackstone certainly has to appear to be making a move on Dell. But here’s the hint that its offer — which is as yet only preliminary and nowhere near final — is being made in part for the sake of appearances. Blackstone requested — and Dell’s special committee granted — that its transaction-related expenses be reimbursed, up to a limit of $25 million. In other words, Blackstone can make a bid for free and its managers will be able to argue to its limited partners that it took a plausible shot at Dell, even if it misses. Here’s the relevant section from page 45 of the proxy: In connection with its submission of the Blackstone Proposal, the Blackstone consortium informed the Special Committee that it was not willing to proceed with its evaluation of the transaction contemplated by the Blackstone Proposal unless, prior to 5:00 p.m

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Lisa Hsia, Executive Vice President of Bravo Digital Media

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March 31, 2013  |  Engage  |  No Comments

Lisa Hsia is Executive Vice President of Bravo Digital Media, overseeing Bravo’s digital businesses including BravoTV.com, as well as Bravo’s initiatives in emerging media – mobile, apps, gaming, social TV and multiplatform programming.  During her tenure at Bravo, Hsia built Digital Media into an interactive powerhouse with breakthrough innovations that include Bravo Talk Bubble, the first real-time social TV event to combine Facebook and Twitter with live TV viewing, Bravo Now, the first ever tablet/smart phone co-viewing companion experience and Emmy nominated Last Chance Kitchen, the network’s ambitious transmedia initiative for the Emmy award-winning series “Top Chef.” This cutting edge digital

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Sabrina Caluori, Vice President of Social Media and Performance Marketing for HBO

Sabrina Caluori, Vice President of Social Media and Performance Marketing for HBO

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March 31, 2013  |  Engage  |  No Comments

Sabrina Caluori is vice president, Social Media and Performance Marketing, for Home Box Office, responsible for HBO’s enterprise social media strategy including the execution of social marketing tactics for over 40+ HBO and Cinemax programming properties. She was named to this position in September 2011. An award-winning digital marketer with nearly ten years’ experience in strategy and management, Caluori was responsible for the concept, build and launch of HBO’s innovative Webby award-winning social TV website – HBO Connect. She joined HBO in September 2007 as director, Social Media and Marketing. Prior to HBO, Caluori headed the account team at interactive agency

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Film Academy Calls for Membership Huddle

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The confab will take place in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco on May 4.

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Script Tips: Books That Drew Early Looks

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Pre-emptive bidding shows no signs of ebbing among studios in search of hot scripts. Here’s how some of the latest tomes stack up.

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Rosabell Laurenti Sellers: International Star You Need to Know

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, 16, is becoming Italy’s biggest teen star, with tween fans in 50 countries.

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Global Village: Industry Highlights from Around the World

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International updates from Doha, India, Russia, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, Mexico, Israel, Brazil and Argentina.

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