Rio Signs First U.S. City Pact With Atlanta

October 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two of Rio de Janeiro’s key film authorities – film-TV investment fund RioFilme and the Rio Film Commission – inked Tuesday in Rio a film/TV co-operation pact with Atlanta, Georgia, its first such agreement with any city in the US. Deal is the second North American pact signed by Rio in... Read more

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BUSAN: Festival launches Talent Incubator With China’s Youku

October 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese online video site Youku is to pact with the Busan festival to launch a new talent discovery program.

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‘Exodus’ Star Christian Bale on Playing Moses: ‘You Can’t Out-Heston Charlton Heston’

October 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox offered a peek at its “Exodus: Gods and Kings” for the media at the Zanuck Theater, where Christian Bale told the audience it’s very different from previous versions of the tale. “You can’t out-Heston Charlton Heston,” he deadpanned, adding that the Moses here is “a troubled and tumultuous man.” The preview consisted of eight scenes from the... Read more

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Report: Jury Orders CBS to Pay $10.4 Million in ‘NCIS’ Death

October 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has reportedly ordered CBS to pay $10.4 million in connection with the death of a security guard who was killed in an freak accident on the set of “NCIS” in Santa Clarita, Calif. The 52-year-old security guard, Julio Villamariona, was killed after the driver of a CBS production van... Read more

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NFL Tops Jeter’s Last Game in Twitter TV Ratings

September 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC’s Sunday Night Football contest between the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys came out on top of Nielsen’s TV Twitter ratings for sports programs this past week. The game was dominated by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who threw three touchdowns despite coming off back surgery. Running back DeMarco Murray also contributed to the balanced attack with another 100-yard game, which the Cowboys won 38-17. The game attracted almost a million tweets, which reached a unique audience of 6.2 million Twitter accounts. The victory was summed up by this tweet: In case you wondered what 3-1 feels like, THIS... pic.twitter.com/ZfwPzL7LJH — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) Sept. 29, 2014 Romo also praised his team’s running game. Romo: "We're going to be tough to deal with because of our ability to run the football." #NOvsDAL — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) Sept. 29, 2014 TBS came in second with its broadcast of the Yankees-Red Sox game, which featured Derek Jeter’s final base hit before his retirement. The game produced 304,000 tweets to a unique audience of around 6 million Twitter accounts. The tweets said it all about Jeter’s stellar career in pinstripes. Derek Jeter had an outstanding career. He left it ALL on the field: http://t.co/c78zgCu0UQ #FarewellCaptain pic.twitter.com/dYGSk6DeMT — New York Yankees (@Yankees) Sept. 29, 2014 They also featured a lighting tribute from the Empire State Building.

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Shonda Rhimes Smashes It in TV Twitter Ratings

September 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Shonda Rhimes is on a roll in Nielsen’s TV Twitter ratings. The producer and screenwriter’s steamy Scandal, set in Washington D.C., generated the most Twitter traffic last week. It inspired 718,000 discrete tweets reaching 4.16 million Twitter accounts, numbers that smashed the competition. The Season 4 premiere episode on ABC featured commentary about Olivia’s Zanzabarian trysts, changes in hair style and some body language observations from Twitter fans of the series. Omg when Olivia and Fitz walked right past each other I got chills all through my body!! Ahhhh #catchingup #scandal — C•dee•C (@EyezLouisVBrown) Sept. 29, 2014 And there was some wry political commentary. Turns out "The Dog ate Obamas intelligence briefings" #Scandal — toni smith (@palmaceiahome1) Sept. 29, 2014 Rhimes’ Thursday night winning streak also featured a TV ratings win with the debut of her latest show, How to Get Away With Murder, a legal drama that pulled in 14 million viewers among adults. The show stars Viola Davis as a take-no-prisoners defense attorney. NBC’s The Voice came in a distant second in Nielsen’s TV Twitter ratings.

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TBS Orders Reality Show Following NBA Vet Kenny Smith

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TBS has greenlit “The Smiths,” an unscripted series following NBA star Kenny Smith, his wife Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith and their five children. The series is set to shoot in Los Angeles and Atlanta. It’s produced by Good Clean Fun, with Jason Carbone (“The Bachelor”), Nick Lee (“The Bachelor”), Jeff Altrock (“The T.O. Show”) and Smith (pictured... Read more

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‘Crouching Tiger 2’ Deal Reinforces Netflix’s Rebel Brand

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix doesn’t need every single one of its subscribers to have a burning desire to see the sequel to a 14-year-old Asian martial arts movie — nor does it really matter to the company that few in the U.S. may actually be able to see it on the bigscreen. Its goal with the landmark deal with The Weinstein Co.... Read more

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‘Mistresses’ Renewed for Season 3

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC has picked up its summer series “Mistresses” for a 13-episode third season. “Mistresses” just wrapped its second season run earlier this month. It was a solid but unspectacular performer, airing behind “The Bachelorette.” It averaged a 1.6 rating in 18-49 (down about 10% from its first year) and about 5 million total viewers (about even).... Read more

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‘1001 Grams’ and ‘Heaven Knows What’ Head Tokyo Festival Competition

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TOKYO — The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled a 15-film competition section with five world premieres and a strong contingent of films from other autumn festivals. Pick-ups from Toronto include Bent Hamer’s Norwegian Oscar contender, drama “1001 Grams,” Cedric Jimenez’s crime thriller “The Connection,” Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s school drama “The Lesson,” and Joshua and Benny Safdie’s... Read more

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