Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

Catalonia Woos Hollywood With New Incentives

June 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID — Barcelona is coming to the table. Having born the brunt of a double-dip recession, on Friday a delegation from Catalonia, boasting Barcelona as its capital, will present at the Hotel Andaz in West Hollywood what Spain’s most modern region can offer to Tinseltown. A dinner cocktail, washed down by Codorniu and Gramona cavas,... Read more

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DreamWorks Alumni Bibo Bergeron and Mike de Seve Launch Monkey’s Uncle

June 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ANNECY– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s. An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents... Read more

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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Dropped Against Former Disney Executive

June 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Michael Egan, who has accused Bryan Singer and three other Hollywood figures of sexual abuse when he was a teenager, has voluntarily dismissed one of the lawsuits, against ex-Disney TV executive David Neuman. The notice of dismissal was filed in a Hawaii federal court on Wednesday. No reason was given, but Neuman’s attorneys filed a... Read more

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Film and TV Stars Set To Crash Tony Awards

June 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Take a stroll through the theater district these days, and one thing is obvious: You’re just as likely to come across a Hollywood name on a Broadway marquee as you are on a screen. Film and TV stars have shown up on the Main Stem with increasing frequency over the last several years, but this... Read more

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What Hollywood Can Learn From the Jill Abramson Controversy

May 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The evisceration of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times earlier this month has sparked spirited debate across the media landscape. Does a sexist double standard still exist in the world of top management? Do some male executives pursue a style of aggressive management behavior that would not be tolerated from women?... Read more

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Italian Producer Aurelio De Laurentiis Gets Back Into Hollywood Biz And Lands Honorary Degree

May 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ROME – Italian producer Aurelio De Laurentiis is back to producing in Hollywood, he announced while receiving an Honorary Degree from the American University of Rome. De Laurentiis, who is the nephew of late great movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis and a mogul in his own right, was honored Friday (May 23) for his accomplishments in... Read more

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Streamy Romance: Americans’ Love Affair With B Movies Goes Digital

May 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On an October morning in 2008, a truck loaded with VHS cassettes pulled away from Distribution Video Audio’s warehouse in Palm Harbor, Fla.—and made history: It was the last major shipment of movies on VHS bound for retail stores. As owner Ryan J. Kugler told the Los Angeles Times: “It’s dead. This is it.” VHS was dead. In fact, A History of Violence, the last major Hollywood title put on videocassette, appeared in 2006. But the demise of VHS didn’t mean that Americans had wearied of watching movies in their living rooms. In fact, we do more of it all the time. A recent Harris Poll revealed that 57 percent of consumers would rather watch a film at home than in the theater. A survey from Motorola showed the average time we spend watching movies at home has jumped from five hours a week to six. So while the medium might change, the love for home screening had not—and that’s the lesson on view in the two ads here. In a technical sense, the only difference between this 1985 ad for CBS/Fox Video and its 2014 Warner Archive counterpart is that magnetic tape has ceded its place to digital. Otherwise, both ads testify not just to the profitability of the back catalog, but to a curious truth about American cinematic tastes. Even the most obscure, marginal B-grade movie has someone, somewhere, who loves it. Actually, a loyal fan base is probably the only thing that can explain why media companies this rich can get away with creating ads this marginal. “Neither is particularly pleasing to the eye or says much, visually, about the storyline of the films,” observed movie marketing consultant Sheri Candler

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Yekra Bolsters Board with Hollywood Exec Eric Doctorow

May 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Yekra, a digital distribution platform for independent filmmakers, has added former Paramount Home Entertainment president Eric Doctorow to its board of directors. The move should provide Yekra’s founders with an important asset as they look to grow its service and compete with a growing number of streaming services. Doctorow is one of the founders of... Read more

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Cannes: Road Bumps Along the Way for China-U.S. Co-Productions (EXCLUSIVE)

May 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The past few months have seen a constant flow of deals and announcements that look like an imminent convergence between Hollywood and China, which is already the world’s second largest film territory and continues to rise. But the reality is tougher. “Everyone is talking about co-productions between China and the U.S. But as I’ve discovered,... Read more

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Canal+ Makes Clever Use of Its + Symbol in Redesigned Movie Posters

May 12, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This Canal+ campaign, which uses the French TV channel's trademark "+" symbol as a visual cue in a series of reimagined movie posters, sure has lots of positives. The work was created by BETC Paris to celebrate the 67th Cannes Film Festival (which runs May 14-25) and will appear as outdoor and print advertising during the event. Nine movies screening on Canal+ are featured, including Despicable Me 2, Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel. The "+"s on these particular posters work extremely well, replacing, respectively, a Minion, tire tracks, stars in outer space and the stylized "S" on Superman's chest. Canal+ has produced notably offbeat advertising in recent years, including ads with bears and dwarf clowns (via BETC) and a mockumentary about the guy behind Hollywood's most famous scream (via FCB). The original poster artwork for many of the films in this latest campaign was intricate and memorable. (Trek's was quite dynamic, casting the outline-shape of the Star Fleet uniform badge as a dramatic "window" framing device.) Even so, the simplicity of Canal+'s sleek, stripped-down approach offers an uncluttered, clever homage that's ultimately a case of addition by subtraction. CREDITS Client: Canal+ Brand Management: Alice Holzman,

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