China’s Fosun in Funding Pact With Shanghai Film Group

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Conglomerate backing Jeff Robinov takes further step in entertainment

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‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Set Up as Movie Franchise at Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. is launching development of a movie franchise based on the sci-fi series “Dragonriders of Pern.” The studio has optioned the 22-volume book series from the estate of American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who died in 2011. It has yet to set up the project with a producer. The books are set in a pre-industrial... Read more

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Jenny Slate’s Bedtime Routine Includes a Little Weed

July 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Jenny Slate Age 32 Accomplishments Star of Obvious Child (in theaters now); co-star of FX series Married (Thursdays at 10 p.m.); guest star on Kroll Show , Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and Bob’s Burgers Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Oftentimes I grab my phone by my bed and read my email, but sometimes I’ll go into the kitchen and I turn on KPCC in L.A. and listen to NPR’s Morning Edition. What are your go-to social media platforms? Twitter . I have an Instagram account, but I don’t use it that often. My Facebook is defunct; I haven’t used it in years. Who do you follow on Twitter? Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, Dean Fleischer-Camp (my husband), Chelsea Peretti, Noah Garfinkel and then, you know, like, Cher. How do you get your news? I get my news from NPR. I have it on in the car all day. We don’t have cable TV because I’m in a constant argument with my husband over whether we should have it. I want it, and he doesn’t

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Ireland Welcomes Film and TV Production With Incentives

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Emerald Isle is about to dispense more green. In 2015, the location for “Game of Thrones” and “Penny Dreadful” will boost its cash rebate from 28% to 32% in order to attract an even greater number of international productions. Plus, the program will have no restrictions on nationality-based eligibility, no requirements to team with... Read more

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DirecTV Refuses to ‘Bail Out’ Time Warner Cable in Dodgers Standoff

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite a threat from the FCC to begin arbitration, DirecTV refuses to back down in its standoff with Time Warner Cable over rights to the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA channel. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the satellite provider again pushed Time Warner Cable to agree to a deal in which DirecTV could offer the games... Read more

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Awards Race Shaping Up for Below-the-Line Talent

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Artisans account for 10 of the Academy’s 17 branches. Yet most Oscar handicappers tend to focus on the best pic and/or acting races. Those pundits don’t know what they’re missing. For one thing, the artists are often more fun to talk with than the stars. More important, this year’s craft races have already seen some... Read more

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The Chairman of the FCC Is Annoyed With Time Warner Cable

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Maybe it was the widespread feeling that Tom Wheeler is too close to the industry he regulates . Maybe it was pressure from Congress. Maybe it was John Oliver calling him a dingo . Whatever the reason, Wheeler is now telling Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus personally that "your actions appear to have created the inability of consumers in the Los Angeles area to watch televised games of the Los Angeles Dodgers." In a business where finger-pointing is considered the sport of kings, that's a pretty harsh blow from an industry regulator—it's not often that an external agency directly apportions blame, but wrangling over costs or no, Wheeler is making an example of TWC in its dispute with the SportsNet LA, the network owned by Dodgers (disclosure: Guggenheim Partners, Adweek's parent company, acquired the Dodgers in 2012). Wheeler has demanded that Marcus supply the FCC all material pertaining to the SportsNetLA contract. Wheeler made it clear that he has a handle on the situation, too: "I understand that TWC's contract with SportsNet LA provides TWC with exclusive rights to the affiliate sales for SportsNet LA," Wheeler writes in a letter to Marcus. "I further understand from press reports that, in its carriage negotiations with other [ multichannel video programming distributors ], TWC has demanded that SportsNet LA be carried on the basic service tier at rates of $4-$5 per subscriber. Other MVPDs in the network's footprint reportedly have refused to agree to these terms, claiming that the price is too high and objecting to terms that could require all subscribers to pay for access to the network." That stalemate has indeed shut 70 percent of the L.A

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The Chairman of the FCC Is Annoyed With Time Warner Cable

July 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Maybe it was the widespread feeling that Tom Wheeler is too close to the industry he regulates . Maybe it was pressure from Congress. Maybe it was John Oliver calling him a dingo . Whatever the reason, Wheeler is now telling Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus personally that "your actions appear to have created the inability of consumers in the Los Angeles area to watch televised games of the Los Angeles Dodgers." In a business where finger-pointing is considered the sport of kings, that's a pretty harsh blow from an industry regulator—it's not often that an external agency directly apportions blame, but wrangling over costs or no, Wheeler is making an example of TWC in its dispute with the SportsNet LA, the network owned by Dodgers (disclosure: Guggenheim Partners, Adweek's parent company, acquired the Dodgers in 2012). Wheeler has demanded that Marcus supply the FCC all material pertaining to the SportsNetLA contract. Wheeler made it clear that he has a handle on the situation, too: "I understand that TWC's contract with SportsNet LA provides TWC with exclusive rights to the affiliate sales for SportsNet LA," Wheeler writes in a letter to Marcus.

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Fatih Akin to Receive Douglas Sirk Award at Filmfest Hamburg

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Filmfest Hamburg is to honor Hamburg-based director Fatih Akin with its Douglas Sirk Award, which is presented to a personality for outstanding achievements within film culture and the film industry. Festival director Albert Wiederspiel said the award was in recognition of Akin’s work as both a director and a producer. “His films, which... Read more

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Bryan Singer’s Accuser Dropped by Lawyer Amid $100K Settlement Report

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Jeff Herman has withdrawn as the attorney for Michael Egan, the plaintiff who accused director Bryan Singer and Hollywood executives of sexual assault in the late 1990s, when he was a minor. In a statement, Herman said that his firm is “in the process of withdrawing from representing Mr. Egan in all his cases and... Read more

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