Posts Tagged ‘media’

AFM: Katie McGrath’s ‘Leading Lady’ Bought by Freestyle (EXCLUSIVE)

November 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have acquired all theatrical and VOD rights to the romantic comedy “Leading Lady,” starring Katie McGrath, Bok van Blerk and Gil Bellows. The deal was announced Friday at AFM. “Leading Lady” is a U.K./South Africa co-production from writer/director Henk Pretorius and Dark Matter Studios. The film was produced by... 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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Sony Takes Stake in Telenovela Channels in Israel, Indonesia

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Sony Pictures Television is to acquire 50% of Israel’s VIVA and VIVA Plus cable channels, and online service VIVA Walla, along with 50% of Baby TV in Indonesia. Deals are part of an agreement inked with Dori Media Group. The VIVA branded telenovela channels, VIVA and VIVA Plus, are carried by all Israeli... Read more

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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Conan’ Tumblr’s Up the Chart, TruTV Trends Thanks To Fall Premieres

October 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined (this week’s edition excludes Twitter). For more on the methodology behind DAR, scroll to the bottom of the article. Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) Weekly Top 10 Monday Sept 22, 2014 – Sunday Sept 28,... Read more

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Legendary, Derek Jeter Launch Digital Media Startup for Pro Athletes to Post ‘Unfiltered’ Content

October 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Derek Jeter, the now-retired New York Yankees ballplayer, has a new career: multimedia entrepreneur. Jeter is teaming up with movie studio Legendary Entertainment to launch The Players’ Tribune, a digital startup that promises to be a home for professional athletes to share “their unfiltered, honest and unique perspectives, bringing fans closer to the games they love.” “I do think fans... Read more

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‘Dallas’ Star Jesse Metcalfe Leads Cast in Legendary’s ‘Dead Rising’ Movie for Crackle

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert will star in “Dead Rising: Watchtower,” the feature-length film that Legendary Digital Media is producing for Crackle. The movie, based on Capcom’s videogame franchise, will start lensing Sept. 30 in Vancouver, under the helm of “Leprechaun: Origins” director Zach Lipovsky. The 90-minute movie is Legendary’s first film produced... Read more

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Apple Watch: This Is Not the Media Device You’re Looking For

September 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Anyone who expected the Apple Watch — or any of the current crop of smartwatches — to yield a tiny new canvas for mobile TV, streaming video or Dick Tracy two-way “wrist TV” is bound to be disappointed. The Apple Watch, launched with the Cuptertino magic factory’s usual fanfare, reps its first new product category... Read more

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Time Warner Unmoved by Fox’s Board Seat Offer

July 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

21st Century Fox is will to give Time Warner shareholders representation on its board as part of a bid for the media giant. However, participation in the leadership of the tightly controlled conglomerate may not be enough to make much difference, according to an individual close to Time Warner. “It’s cosmetic; it doesn’t matter,” said... Read more

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Quentin Tarantino Confirms He’s Still Doing ‘The Hateful Eight’

July 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Quentin Tarantino fans, rejoice: The director announced at Comic-Con that post-Civil War film “The Hateful Eight” is still happening. “The Hateful Eight” has had a colorful life so far. Back in January, pages from the screenplay had leaked, and Gawker posted a story pointing to them. Tarantino filed a lawsuit against the media outlet (which... Read more

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Time Warner Sale: CEO Incentives Could Inspire Troublesome Megadeals

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The prospect of 21st Century Fox acquiring Time Warner has Wall Street and Hollywood bracing for a wave of mergers and acquisitions to hit the media sector. Conventional wisdom holds that entertainment conglomerates must bulk up to counter the size of tech giants like Google and the pending combinations of Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV.... Read more

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