Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ Set as Tokyo Festival Opener

July 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Robert Zemeckis drama "The Walk," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as wire-walker Philippe Petit, has been set as the opener of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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China Stock Markets Crash Again, Some Media Firms Spared

July 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Some media stocks were spared as Chinese share markets crashed by more than 8% on Monday, their biggest one day fall since 2007.

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Korea Box Office: ‘Assassination’ Shoots Top Spot

July 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Star-studded period action drama “Assassination” hit its target and achieved the highest scoring opening this year by a Korean film.

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Australia’s Ten Network Hires Paul Anderson As Sixth CEO In Five Years

July 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Australia’s troubled free-to-air TV broadcaster Ten Network has appointed Paul Anderson as its sixth CEO in five years.

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Tokyo Festival to Showcase Iconic ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’

July 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Iconic Japanese robot-themed animation Mobile Suit Gundam will be given pride of place this year at October’s edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival

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Film Review: ‘Dark Was the Night’

July 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Well-crafted horror that compensates (at least to a point) for its lack of original ideas with nice atmospherics and judicious restraint.

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Ad of the Day: Cable Companies Are Playground Bullies in Hilarious Ads for Sling TV

July 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Everyone knows cable companies can be total bullies, but pointing it out can still make for some pretty funny ads. SlingTV, the small-bundle Internet TV offering from Dish, is out with its first national ad campaign—from agency Camp + King and Prettybird directors Tim & Eric—casting "Old TV" as a bunch of mean-spirited kids extorting adults with playground tactics like wet willies. There's even a bratty service rep character that—given the slew of horror stories about, say, Comcast —doesn't really have to stretch the truth to evoke a striking sense of tragicomedy. She has a smug, hovering Bill Lumbergh wannabe of a supervisor—also pretty credible, and in a sense, a kind of nice, sympathetic nod to a certain class of worker bee. Maybe she's not really awful, she's just playing along to keep her job. The 60-second centerpiece is the most effective, though the 30-second spinoffs include some eyebrow-raising moments, like when a cable bully tries to "milk" money out of a defiant prospect (the deviants among you can probably guess how). There's also a question of whether the casting flirts with a sort of body shaming, reinforcing stereotypes by front-loading larger body types for the bullies. But it makes sure to feature skinny jerks, too. Regardless, while SlingTV doesn't require contracts, it does require a broadband connection, in case you were worried you wouldn't get to deal with a telecom company at all. CREDITS Client: SlingTV Agency: Camp + King Chief Creative Office/Partner: Roger Camp Chief Executive Officer/Partner: Jamie King Creative Director/Art Director: Rikesh Lal Creative Director/Copywriter: Jesse Dillow Creative Director/Copywriter: Paul Sincoff Art Director: Chris Nash Director of Content Production: David Verhoef Producer: DP Odishoo Brand Director: Dana Rabb Brand Manager: Nicole Nowak Director of Strategy: Shannon Williams Brand Strategist: Jose Higuera Production: Prettybird Director: Tim & Eric Executive Producer: Ali Brown Post Production/Editorial: No6 Editor: Kyle Brown Executive Producer: Crissy DeSimone Producer: Kendra Desai Post Production/Finishing: Misfit Online Artist: Steven McEuen Executive Producer: Jim Vaughan Assistant: Stu Barnes Music/Composer: SOUTH Mix: One Union Recording Engineers: Joaby Deal and Andy Greenberg

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China’s Regulators Target Reality Shows in Latest TV Cleanup

July 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

China’s media regulators have openly criticized the country’s TV content and unveiled tougher rules for reality TV shows.

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‘Monster Hunt’ Reaches $170 Million in Eight Days at China Box Office

July 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Monster Hunt,” the Chinese fantasy by ‘Shrek’ creator Raman Hui, has become the fastest Chinese movie to score RMB1 billion.

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Nikkei Sees Global, Digital Expansion at Core of $1.3 Billion Financial Times Deal

July 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Nikkei Inc. sees acquisition as major step in the internationalization and digitization strategy that it has already been pursuing.

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