Posts Tagged ‘news’

FremantleMedia Takes Control of Europe’s Leading MCN Divimove

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Global production company FremantleMedia, whose shows include “Idols,” “Got Talent” and “The X Factor,” has increased its stake in Europe’s leading multi-channel network Divimove to 51% to make it the majority shareholder. Divimove, which was founded in 2012 by Brian Ruhe, Philipp Bernecker and Sebastiaan van Dam, has grown rapidly to become the... Read more

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Charles King Taps 3 Execs to Join Startup Macro Venture

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Macro, the media venture launched by former WME partner Charles King, is taking shape with the appointment of three execs in key roles. Poppy Hanks, formerly senior VP for Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films, has joined as senior VP of development and production. She will focus on recruiting talent and overseeing film and TV development.... Read more

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Berlin: Simon West to Direct ‘The Blob’ Remake

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a pre-Berlin move, action specialist Simon West has come on board to direct a remake of the iconic 1958 horror-science fiction film “The Blob.” Goldcrest Films, which is co-producing and co-financing, will launch sales at the Berlin market. UTA is handling U.S. rights. Producers are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten. Korea’s Taewon Entertainment and... Read more

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DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs; Takes $290 Million Charge

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

DreamWorks Animation is cutting approximately 500 jobs across all locations and all divisions of the studio. It’s also cutting back its feature film output from three to two a year with plans to release a sequel and an original title in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The job loss figure is significantly higher than the estimate... Read more

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‘The Sound of Music’ Kicks Off 50th Anniversary With Screenings of Restored Version

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Sound of Music,” which earned five Academy awards in its 1965 debut, is returning to the bigscreen to celebrate its half century legacy. “The Sound of Music” will show at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival on March 26, with Robert Osborne hosting a Q&A with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Twentieth Century Fox has... Read more

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Sundance: Cantinas Entertainment Buys Mission Pictures

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film financier Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures to form Cantinas Distribution as a wholly owned subsidiary. Mission Pictures co-founder Cindy Bond will assume oversight of Cantinas Distribution, which seeks to acquire positive, life-affirming films for North American theatrical release. Bond and her team plan to have a major presence in film markets including the... Read more

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Eyeworks USA Relaunches as 3 Ball Entertainment

January 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Indie unscripted production company Eyeworks USA is relaunching as 3 Ball Entertainment. The move follows the acquisition of Eyeworks’ foreign operations by Warner Bros. last year. Reinout Oerlemans is chairman of 3 Ball. Todd Nelson and Ross Weintraub will serve as co-CEOs. JD Roth, who co-founded the company as 3 Ball Prods. with Nelson in... Read more

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With Support From Yahoo, Community Now Looks to Go Beyond ‘6 Seasons and a Movie’

January 14, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Community has managed to cheat death more times than Jason Voorhees . This year, the cult sitcom pulled off its most improbable comeback yet: after NBC's cancellation, finding a home not on Hulu (where its studio, Sony, already had a digital syndication deal ), but Yahoo Screen. The show's sixth season will debut on the streaming service March 17, with a two-episode premiere, and additional episodes following each Tuesday after that. But the Yahoo deal barely came together, creator Dan Harmon said at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. It was finalized June 30, with Harmon getting the news just hours before his cast's contracts were set to expire . "It was very last minute," recalled Harmon, who admitted not knowing why talks with Hulu collapsed . The Yahoo Screen version of Community will be free but ad-supported. "The

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Sachiin Joshi to Produce Aishwarya Rai’s Comeback Film ‘Jazbaa’

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

INDIA – Actor Sachiin Joshi will now don an independent hat – that of a producer. The film in question is the much in the news comeback of the former beauty queen Aishwarya Rai. Rai makes a return to cinema after a three and a half year hiatus, in the film “Jazbaa” which also features other... Read more

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‘Interstellar,’ ‘Guardians’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Interstellar,” “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Unbroken” have been selected as the nominees for best sound mixing for a live-action film by the Cinema Audio Society. The sound mix for “Interstellar” had generated complaints that loud music overwhelms dialogue in scenes, but the filmmakers asserted that was their intention. Winners will be... Read more

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