After Big Boost in State Incentives, L.A. Shifts Attention to Resolving Production Hassles

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With a hefty boost in the state’s film and TV incentives signed and sealed, Los Angeles city council members on Tuesday took a number of steps to resolving permitting and bureaucratic issues to try to make filming in city limits a bit smoother. The tax credit program, which is more than tripling in size, is... Read more

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Hailee Steinfeld Starring in Romance ‘Love at First Sight’

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hailee Steinfeld will star in the indie romance “The Statistical Probabilty of Love at First Sight” with Dustin Lance Black directing. The Exchange will begin selling international rights next week at the American Film Market. CAA holds domestic sales rights. Black will direct from his own script and exec produce.  The film is based on... Read more

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Syndication Ratings: ‘Wendy Williams’ Hits Series High While Rookies Continue to Shine

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A month into its sixth season, “The Wendy Williams Show” hit a series high last week highlighting a syndication frame that also saw several new shows continue to perform well. “Williams,” distributed by Debmar-Mercury, rose 13% week to week to hit a 1.8 household rating for the first time (equating to about 2.33 million viewers),... Read more

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Universal, CW and Hulu Buy Into Yahoo’s Tumblr Autoplay Video Ads

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Entertainment companies have yet another social-marketing tool to play with: Yahoo’s Tumblr micro-blogging site has launched autoplay video ads, with initial advertisers including Universal, CW and Hulu. The video ads on Tumblr will show up in users’ feeds, muted by default and presented in a continuous loop — like Facebook’s autoplay ads. On Tumblr’s Android and iOS apps, the... Read more

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Rich Ross to Exit Shine America, Eyes Discovery Post (EXCLUSIVE)

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rich Ross is poised to exit his post as CEO of Shine America and is expected to land at Discovery Communications in a top programming job. Ross’ move comes amid the restructuring of Shine Group operations following its merger with Apollo Global Management’s Endemol and Core Media Group entities. The new management picture at the... Read more

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‘Big Brother’ to Launch in China on Youku Platform (EXCLUSIVE)

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HONG KONG – Global hit reality TV show “Big Brother” is to launch in China from early 2015 following a deal between Endemol and Youku Tudou. The deal is the first time that the iconic format, which has been produced as 25 series in over 70 territories, has been sold to a video platform, rather... Read more

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‘Fazura’ set as E!’s First Malaysian Miniseries

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Celebrity and socialite Nur Fazura Sharifuddin gets her own show.

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Jon Feltheimer Sheds Little Light on Lionsgate-Alibaba Deal

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer says he is looking for the right partner in China, as markets talk of a stake sale to Chinese ecommerce giant.

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Regal Entertainment Sale: Get While the Getting is Good?

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

For years, Regal Entertainment Group has been one of the theater industry’s biggest buyers. But on Monday, the world’s largest circuit announced that it was entertaining the idea of being a seller, signalling that the consolidation boom that Regal helped accelerate could potentially claim the company itself. Coming on the heels of Netflix’s recent move into... Read more

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Broadway Box Office: Glenn Close Tips ‘A Delicate Balance’ Toward Strong Start

October 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Broadway revival of “A Delicate Balance” got off to a stellar start last week, as a cast that includes Glenn Close — appearing in her first Main Stem gig in 20 years — pushed the play into the Top 10. Playing to full houses and posting an average price paid per ticket of almost $134,”Delicate Balance” ($884,596) easily broke the... Read more

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