Republicans Call on FCC to Release Net Neutrality Proposal Before Vote

January 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

House and Senate Republicans are asking the FCC to release Chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal before it comes to a vote on Feb. 26. The FCC usually does not release the complete text of proposals before a vote, even though the policy language is circulated among commissioners and members of the media are briefed... Read more

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Michael Kors Set to Spend Big on West Village Penthouse

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BUYER: Michael Kors LOCATION: New York, NY PRICE: $17-21,000,000 SIZE: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Word out of the New York City property gossip columns this week is that deservedly lauded, effortlessly sassy and always deeply faux-bronzed American fashion designer and former “Project Runway” judge Michael Kors is all set to spend somewhere... Read more

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Witch’

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A fiercely committed ensemble and an exquisite sense of historical detail conspire to cast a highly atmospheric spell in “The Witch,” a strikingly achieved tale of a mid-17th-century New England family’s steady descent into religious hysteria and madness. Laying an imaginative foundation for the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials that would follow decades later, writer-director Robert... Read more

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TV Academy Recruits DWA’s Susan Spencer to Lead Marketing Push

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Television Academy has tapped DreamWorks Animation alum Susan Spencer to oversee marketing and PR as the org prepares for a burst of activity surrounding the construction of a media center on its North Hollywood campus, among other initiatives. As senior VP of media and brand management, Spencer will be tasked with burnishing the TV Academy’s... Read more

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FremantleMedia Takes Control of Europe’s Leading MCN Divimove

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Global production company FremantleMedia, whose shows include “Idols,” “Got Talent” and “The X Factor,” has increased its stake in Europe’s leading multi-channel network Divimove to 51% to make it the majority shareholder. Divimove, which was founded in 2012 by Brian Ruhe, Philipp Bernecker and Sebastiaan van Dam, has grown rapidly to become the... Read more

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Charles King Taps 3 Execs to Join Startup Macro Venture

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Macro, the media venture launched by former WME partner Charles King, is taking shape with the appointment of three execs in key roles. Poppy Hanks, formerly senior VP for Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films, has joined as senior VP of development and production. She will focus on recruiting talent and overseeing film and TV development.... Read more

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Berlin: Simon West to Direct ‘The Blob’ Remake

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a pre-Berlin move, action specialist Simon West has come on board to direct a remake of the iconic 1958 horror-science fiction film “The Blob.” Goldcrest Films, which is co-producing and co-financing, will launch sales at the Berlin market. UTA is handling U.S. rights. Producers are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten. Korea’s Taewon Entertainment and... Read more

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DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs; Takes $290 Million Charge

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

DreamWorks Animation is cutting approximately 500 jobs across all locations and all divisions of the studio. It’s also cutting back its feature film output from three to two a year with plans to release a sequel and an original title in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The job loss figure is significantly higher than the estimate... Read more

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Berlin Film Festival Chief to Meet North Korean Ambassador after ‘Misunderstanding’ Over ‘The Interview’

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Dieter Kosslick, the chief of the Berlin Film Festival, is to meet the North Korean ambassador in Berlin on Thursday over a “misunderstanding” about “The Interview.” The North Korean government had issued a statement Wednesday alleging that screening the film at the festival would encourage “terrorism.” The fest has confirmed to Variety that... Read more

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Vimeo Pacts with Web Publishers to Sell VOD Titles on Their Sites

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Call it “Vimeo everywhere”: The Internet-video company has opened up its paid video-on-demand catalog of 16,000 titles to let third-party web publishers sell or rent them directly on their sites. Vimeo has inked pacts with three online publishers — CBS Interactive, The Atlantic and TEN: The Enthusist Network — for the Vimeo On Demand Publisher Network. Under the... Read more

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