New York Television Festival Launches Production Arm, Pacts with A&E, Fox, History, Orchard

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The New York Television Festival is expanding its reach with the launch of a production unit, fortified by development pacts with several of the fest’s longtime partners. NYTVF Prods. opens its doors with deals in place to help this year’s winners develop projects for A&E Network, Fox and digital network the Orchard. History is on... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Big Hero 6′

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In “Big Hero 6,” an obscure Marvel Comics title gives the Mouse House’s toon division just enough raw material to assemble its own superhero franchise.

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Elijah Wood Returns to Middle-earth with Air New Zealand for Final ‘Hobbit’

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Elijah Wood is returning to the Shire on board Air New Zealand. The actor who starred in New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is helping hype the final installment of “The Hobbit” films with an appearance in Air New Zealand’s newest safety video themed around the fantasy series. There are the requisite dwarves,... Read more

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Jerry Brown Appoints Thomas Davis, Michael Nyman to Film Commission

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Hollywood labor leader Thomas Davis and PR exec Michael Nyman to the California Film Commission. Davis, 56, is the third international VP of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Executive Board and business manager at IATSE Local 80, which reps grips, craft service, first aid and warehouse workers. A... Read more

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Film Review: ‘The Silent Storm’

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Few things in film are more dispiriting than the spectacle of very good actors giving very bad performances — and there's already a surfeit on onscreen gloom for viewers to contend with in "The Silent Storm."

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Film Review: ‘The Silent Storm’

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Few things in film are more dispiriting than the spectacle of very good actors giving very bad performances — and there's already a surfeit on onscreen gloom for viewers to contend with in "The Silent Storm."

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Relativity School Welcomes First Freshman Class

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

School is in session at Relativity Studios. The studio, founded in 2004 by Ryan Kavanaugh, announced that Relativity School, its educational arm and the first-ever accredited BFA program affiliated with a studio welcomed its inaugural class on October 8. Designed as a launch pad for the next generation of content creators, Relativity School is a... Read more

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ABC Launches ‘Shark Tank’ Companion ‘Beyond the Tank’

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With “Shark Tank” winning Friday night demos for ABC, the network has announced a ten-episode companion series, “Beyond the Tank.” While previous “Shark Tank” episodes have given glimpses at former deal winners, the new series will provide a close examination of both the successes and, perhaps more common, the failures of the people still pursuing... Read more

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Helps NBC Win Another Week in Demo

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The overall network ratings picture hasn’t changed much in the early going this season, as NBC last week made it four straight primetime victories in adults 18-49 while CBS remained top dog in total viewers for a fourth straight time. According to same-night Nielsen estimates for the week of Oct. 13-19, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” reclaimed... Read more

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Franco Lolli’s ‘Gente de Bien’ Wins Top Prize at Film Fest Gent

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Gente de bien,” a coming-of-age drama by Columbian-born, Paris-schooled filmmaker Franco Lolli that initially screened at Cannes in May, was awarded the top prize, the Grand Prix for Best Film, at the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent in Belgium.

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