Posts Tagged ‘news’

Hong Kong’s ATV Halts News Broadcasts as Financial Crisis Deepens

February 7, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Newscasts were halted on Saturday at Hong Kong's Asia Television after the company’s ongoing crisis turned into a death spiral.

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Vietnam Remake of ‘Miss Granny’ is Top Local Title of 2015

February 5, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Sweet 20” has become the second highest grossing local film of all time in Vietnam.

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Graphic India to Expand Blockbuster ‘Baahubali’ to Comics, Animation

February 3, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Arka Mediaworks has teamed with Graphic India to expand blockbuster “Baahubali” into comic books, novels, animation and gaming.

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‘Amy’ Director Asif Kapadia to Helm Maradona Documentary Film

January 29, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Asif Kapadia, the director of the Oscar-nominated “Amy,” is to helm a feature documentary about the soccer player Diego Maradona. The film will be handled internationally by Altitude Film Sales and introduced to buyers at Berlin, with U.S. sales being handled by Cinetic Media. More to follow.

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Roger Deakins on ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ Old Hollywood and Going Back to Celluloid

January 25, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Cinematographer Roger Deakins discusses his work on the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!"

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Six Flags Begins Work on China Theme Park

January 21, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

U.S. theme parks operator Six Flags Entertainment has begun construction of a $4.6 billion venture in China.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Release Date Pushed Back

January 20, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Star Wars” fans will have to wait a little longer for “Episode VIII,” with Disney moving the release date from May 26, 2017, to Dec. 15, 2017. More to come…

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Leonardo DiCaprio Attacks Energy Industry ‘Greed’ in Davos Speech

January 20, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Leonardo DiCaprio has attacked the “greed” of the energy industry in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More to follow.

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Netflix Returns Fire, Says NBC Has ‘Remarkably Inaccurate Data’ and 18-49 Demo ‘Means Nothing’

January 17, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix has kept its ratings metrics under lock and key for several years, refusing to share that data even with the creators of its own original series. So predictably, the streaming service was none too thrilled last week when NBC shared Netflix ratings data from Symphony Advanced Media , which measured the 18-49 demographic of each Netflix episode released last fall. Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, returned fire today as he spoke at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour and blasted the "remarkably inaccurate data" from NBC and Symphony. "The methodology and the measurement and the data itself doesn't reflect any sense of reality of anything that we keep track of," said Sarandos, who noted that the 18-49 demographic that Symphony measured "is so insignificant to us that I can't even tell you how many 18-49 year old members we have. …It's an advertising-driven demographic that means nothing to Netflix." Sarandos took a shot at NBC, which in addition to releasing that data said that Netflix doesn't yet pose a "consistent" threat to broadcasters . "Why would NBC use their lunch slot with you to talk about our ratings? Maybe because it's more fun than talking about NBC ratings!" said Sarandos of NBC, which is comfortably leading all networks in adults 18-49. "There is not an apples to apples comparison to Netflix watching and any reported Nielsen rating," said Sarandos, though as usual, he declined to give any specific metrics. "I do think that once we give a number for a show, then every number will be benchmarked off of that show," he said , explaining that some Netflix series are "built for 2 million people" while others are "built for 30 million…that puts a lot of creative pressure on the talent that we don't want to." However, Netflix did make an exception to its "no ratings" mantra by recently sharing some metrics about its original movies Beasts of No Nation and The Ridiculous Six. "A movie with no box office is different than a show with no TV ratings," Sarandos said. "We also wanted to give some people some sense that the investment was making sense." About the only data that Sarandos would provide about Netflix viewing: "somewhere in the world, every second of every day, someone is pushing play to start a Netflix original show." Netflix will spend $6 billion on content in 2016, a figure which covers both original and acquired series, and offer "more than 600 hours of new, high quality original content," said Sarandos. That includes returning shows Marvel's Daredevil (Season 2 debuts March 18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (April 15), Grace & Frankie (May 6), Orange is the New Black (June 17). Additionally, Netflix announced today that Marvel's Jessica Jones has been picked up for a second season. Netflix is also rolling out several new series—including Will Arnett comedy Flaked (premiering March 11), Ashton Kutcher comedy The Ranch (April 1), French drama Marseille (May 5) and Baz Luhrmann's music drama The Get Down (Aug. 12)‚ while also "doubling down" on kids and family series, launching 20 more of those this year. Despite that overwhelming volume of original content, "we don't think there's too much TV. And if there is too much TV, someone else is going to have to slow down, because we have big plans for 2016 and beyond," said Sarandos. And even as it has accelerated its output, "we don't think we've sacrificed an ounce of quality." Netflix, which is now available in 190 countries, said it thinks globally, not domestically.

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China Media Capital Buys Stake in Base FX

January 14, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Base FX, the Beijing-based company that provided visual effects for “The Force Awakens,” has sold a share stake to China Media Capital.

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