Posts Tagged ‘news’

‘Sunday Night Football’ Helps NBC Win Another Week in Demo

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The overall network ratings picture hasn’t changed much in the early going this season, as NBC last week made it four straight primetime victories in adults 18-49 while CBS remained top dog in total viewers for a fourth straight time. According to same-night Nielsen estimates for the week of Oct. 13-19, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” reclaimed... Read more

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Franco Lolli’s ‘Gente de Bien’ Wins Top Prize at Film Fest Gent

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Gente de bien,” a coming-of-age drama by Columbian-born, Paris-schooled filmmaker Franco Lolli that initially screened at Cannes in May, was awarded the top prize, the Grand Prix for Best Film, at the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent in Belgium.

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Tokyo Market is Increasingly Diverse, Busier

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The rights market that accompanies the Tokyo International Film Festival is still abbreviated as TIFFCOM, but its remit now goes far wider than movie rights.

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‘Big Hero 6′ Gets Typically Japanese Launch Ahead of Tokyo World Premiere

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Attention to detail included reproduction of Nippon manholes. New software packages allowed better light control, denser crowds.

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ABC Gives Put Pilot to Project Based on Tom Hanks’ ‘Bachelor Party’

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Doubling down on two TV trends — mining nostalgic movies for TV source materials and the new fall shows’ infatuation with romantic comedies — ABC has given a put pilot with a heavy penalty to a half-hour comedy anthology series based on the raunchy Tom Hanks comedy “Bachelor Party.” The project, which hails from Small... Read more

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NBC Buys Comedy Script from ‘The Millers” Austen Earl, Greg Garcia

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC has bought a comedy script penned by “The Millers” scribe Austen Earl, Variety has learned. The project, which is exec produced by Earl and “Millers” creator Greg Garcia, follows a newly married man who attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a world full of people he finds increasingly offensive.... Read more

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New ‘John Carter’ Movie Planned as Rights Revert Back to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney may not have scored with an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars,” but the author’s estate still hopes his book series can become a film franchise. The movie, TV and merchandise rights to “John Carter” have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., it announced this week, saying it will seek... Read more

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Mesa Global Taps Kevin Covert as Managing Director

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mesa Global is expanding its Los Angeles presence and has tapped veteran banker Kevin Covert as its managing director. Covert joins Mesa from Covert & Co., an investment bank he founded and oversaw as CEO. He will advise on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital, and will focus primarily on digital media and technology. Mesa... 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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USA Renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for Season 3, Sets Holiday Special

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

USA Network loves the Chrisley clan. The cabler has given a third-season renewal to “Chrisley Knows Best,” the comedy-reality series following a larger-than-life father, Todd Chrisley, a wealthy businessman who heads sprawling family of five children and two grandchildren in Atlanta. The series opened its second season last week to strong ratings rivaling USA’s original... Read more

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