Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

Hollywood’s Growing Faith in Religious Movies

April 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases. Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this... Read more

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Shirley Jones Talks Frank Sinatra, Gordon McRae at TCM Opening Night Gala

April 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Old Hollywood glamour was in the air on Thursday as Shirley Jones, Maureen O’Hara and Kim Novak turned out for opening night of the TCM Classic Movie Festival. The fifth annual fest kicked off with the world premiere of the restoration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Prior to the screening, TCM... Read more

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Dick Clark Productions Is Dramatically Increasing Its Output

April 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This year, dick clark productions will present some 100 televised musical performances, most of them live and in prime time. Roughly double 2013’s count, that tally includes regulars such as the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and signature Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve , and newcomers such as the Hollywood Film Awards on CBS, the People Magazine Awards on NBC and the U.S. version of Israeli singing competition Rising Star on ABC. Adweek spoke with Allen Shapiro, CEO of dcp, and company president Mike Mahan, about sponsors, social media and the live TV revival. (Disclosure: dick clark productions and Adweek are owned by affiliates of Guggenheim Partners.)

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Game of Thrones Becomes a 1970s Sitcom in Newest of Many Mashups

April 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In today's installment of making new things look old, Game of Thrones gets retrofitted into a 1970s sitcom, complete with overly long exposition and freeze-frame introductions for each actor. The idea isn't exactly revolutionary, as you can see from the previous mashups we've collected below, but there's still something entertainingly jarring about the contrast of murderous, Machiavellian schemers and an aw-shucks title treatment reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie.

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Tribune Digital Ventures Acquires TV by the Numbers

April 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Tribune Digital Ventures bought ratings resource TV by the Numbers for an undisclosed sum and hopes to parlay its information into additional revenue streams.

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China Expected to Confirm Second Theatrical Distribution License (EXCLUSIVE)

March 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A seismic shift is set to hit the Chinese film distribution sector within the coming weeks. The Chinese government is expected to confirm the allocation of a second theatrical distribution license. That would break the monopoly currently held by China Film Group (CFG) over the releasing of Hollywood and other imported revenue-sharing films. It is... Read more

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Chris Pine and Lauren Ambrose to Star in Sam Shepard Play at Williamstown Theater Festival

March 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chris Pine and Lauren Ambrose will spend the summer doing a little play in the Berkshires, signing on to star in Sam Shepard’s 1983 play “Fool for Love” at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, Mass. Pine, a theater guy before Hollywood found him, returns to Williamstown for the first time in a dozen years.... Read more

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UCLA and USC Announce 5th Annual Transforming Hollywood Conference

March 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and USC School of Cinematic Arts announced Wednesday that they will team up once again for the fifth annual Transforming Hollywood: The Future of Television conference. The event, presented by the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation, will take place April 4... Read more

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Anne Sweeney Is Leaving Disney

March 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that Anne Sweeney is leaving the company, effective January 2015, so that she may devote time to directing. An 18-year Disney veteran, Sweeney currently serves as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. John Skipper is the Mouse House’s other co-chair, and he also is president of ESPN. Sweeney joined Disney in 1996, signing on as president of Disney Channel and evp of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Before that, she was president and CEO of FX Networks. Sweeney broke the news to The Hollywood Reporter . Shortly, after that story went live, Disney issued an official press release. “I’ve been a part of an amazing evolution in our business and our industry, and have achieved far more than I ever thought possible,” Sweeney said, by way of announcing her decision to move on. “But as wonderful as the experience has been, there has always been a nagging voice in the back of my head pushing me to step out of the comfort zone of the executive ranks and more directly into the creative arena that enticed me to TV in the first place.” Sweeney went on to add that while her plan to walk away from corporate life to pursue a discipline in which she is untutored may seem a bit peculiar, directing a TV series would prove to be the culmination of “a long realized dream.” She then thanked Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger for his “leadership, guidance and his friendship over the years,” before saying that Iger had offered her an extension on her contract. Sweeney will remain in place through the end of the year, where she looks to “position the TV Group for even greater success.” For his part, Iger credited Sweeney with growing Disney Channel into a global powerhouse while making ABC “a strong, successful content creation engine.” He went on to “applaud Anne for knowing what she wants out of life and for having the courage to follow her dream.” While a short list of executives is rumored to be in line to succeed Iger when he steps down in June 2016, Sweeney’s name is rarely listed among them

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FX Is the Edgiest and Most Prolific Drama Producer on Ad-Supported TV

March 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Not so long ago, the prospect of an established actor accepting a role on a television series was as remote as the moons of Saturn. Backsliding from film to the boob tube was a tacit admission of defeat, one that could only lead to the purgatory that was a seat inside a garishly lit 6-foot-square window, flanked by your newfound friends and peers Dixie Carter and ALF. Billy Bob Thornton remembers it well. “When I was coming up, we all did television initially, and that was OK,” he says, speaking from the Calgary set of Fargo , an adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 theatrical . “I’d get a bit part on Hunter or Matlock or Evening Shade, but if you were already established and you did TV, it meant the next stop was Hollywood Squares.” While certainly in no danger of fading into the long twilight of syndicated game-show obscurity, Thornton says the changing face of the independent film marketplace has made it increasingly difficult to tell the stories he’d like to pursue as a writer and an actor. “The $20-30 million adult drama, the medium-budget independent film, is a vanishing breed,” Thornton says. “Especially an adult drama with humor, which is my wheelhouse. Television has taken the place of those films. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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