Posts Tagged ‘news’

Stacey Snider to Be Named 20th Century Fox Co-Chairman as Start Date Nears (Exclusive)

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a sign that Stacey Snider is preparing for life after DreamWorks, the executive has visited the 20th Century Fox studio lot to check out her new office space and introduce herself to the leaders of Fox Searchlight, according to people familiar with the matter. By next week, Snider is expected to be extricated from her... Read more

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Joel McHale Extends ‘The Soup’ Hosting Gig Through 2016

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Actor and comedian Joel McHale will continue to offer his take on pop culture, extending his agreement to host E!’s “The Soup” through 2016. McHale’s Free Period Prods. will also continue its production development deal with E!, which gives the network first-look rights to ideas for non-scripted series. “Whether he is entertaining the audience with the... Read more

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces That He’s Gay

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple chief Tim Cook said that he is “proud to be gay,” becoming the most high-profile CEO to come out, in a column Thursday that he said he felt compelled to write in order help establish equal rights for people regardless of sexual orientation. In a column in Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook said he’s been open with many people about... Read more

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DreamWorks Animation First Studio to Consider Moving Away from Marvel Release Dates

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After introducing plans and release dates for ten new movies through 2019, Marvel Studios is starting to cause other companies with films coming out around those dates to reconsider their schedules. DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg is the first studio head to express some concerns. Titles from the toon studio which could especially be impacted... Read more

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BBC Buys John Boorman’s Final Movie ‘Queen and Country’ for North America

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BBC Worldwide North America has acquired North American rights to John Boorman’s “Queen and Country,” which the director has said will be his last. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and was acquired after making its North American debut at the New York Film Festival. Variety’s Scott Foundas said in his... Read more

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AFM: Fortissimo Raises Glass to ‘Kampai’

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fortissimo Films will handle international sales of Japanese documentary “Kampai! For the Love of Sake.”

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BSkyB Partners with Whistle Sports in Push to Capture Young Audiences

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — European pay TV operator BSkyB, in which Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has a 39% stake, has invested $7 million in Whistle Sports, one of the world’s largest sport-focused cross-platform networks. The two companies will work together to create new content for younger sports fans, particularly young millennials. Whistle Sports partners with online... Read more

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Syndication Ratings: ‘Wendy Williams’ Hits Series High While Rookies Continue to Shine

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A month into its sixth season, “The Wendy Williams Show” hit a series high last week highlighting a syndication frame that also saw several new shows continue to perform well. “Williams,” distributed by Debmar-Mercury, rose 13% week to week to hit a 1.8 household rating for the first time (equating to about 2.33 million viewers),... Read more

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Universal, CW and Hulu Buy Into Yahoo’s Tumblr Autoplay Video Ads

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Entertainment companies have yet another social-marketing tool to play with: Yahoo’s Tumblr micro-blogging site has launched autoplay video ads, with initial advertisers including Universal, CW and Hulu. The video ads on Tumblr will show up in users’ feeds, muted by default and presented in a continuous loop — like Facebook’s autoplay ads. On Tumblr’s Android and iOS apps, the... Read more

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‘Big Brother’ to Launch in China on Youku Platform (EXCLUSIVE)

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HONG KONG – Global hit reality TV show “Big Brother” is to launch in China from early 2015 following a deal between Endemol and Youku Tudou. The deal is the first time that the iconic format, which has been produced as 25 series in over 70 territories, has been sold to a video platform, rather... Read more

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