Posts Tagged ‘year’

New York Film Fest: Less Risk, More Reward for Studios

September 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As Toronto fought Telluride for premieres, and fest competition for prestige pics reached a fever pitch this year, the New York Film Festival quietly delivered some key victories: world premieres of two highly anticipated lit adaptations for its opening night (David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” Fox) and centerpiece (Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” Warner Bros.). At... Read more

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The Voice Inks Three-Season Sponsorship With Nissan

September 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When NBC’s The Voice comes back on air Monday with new celebrity judges Pharrell Williams

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Media and Entertainment Sector Profitability Forecast to Rise Again in 2014

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Big media and entertainment companies worldwide are expected to average 28% profit margins this year, up from 26% last year, according to a forecast from consulting firm EY. That’s better than major stock-market indices, and the highest level since it began tracking sector-wide profitability in 2006. Of the 10 media and entertainment sectors EY tracks, cable TV leads the pack.... Read more

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Doritos Recruits Elizabeth Banks, ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ to Promote its Super Bowl Ads

September 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Doritos is making a very different play this year to promote its appearance at the Super Bowl. As part of its “Crash the Super Bowl” campaign, the snack brand has turned to Elizabeth Banks, who is currently directing “Pitch Perfect 2″ for Universal Pictures, to serve as a judge and work with the winner of... Read more

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5 Summer Box Office Takeaways: Marvel Rules, China Rises and Stars Matter

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade. To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to... Read more

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And the Year’s Hottest TV Show Is…

September 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Big Bang Theory. True Detective. Orange Is the New Black. The Walking Dead. Which was the year's must-see show, on TV or the Web?

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In Danger of Closing, Mumbai Festival Turns to Crowdfunding

August 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A social media campaign has been launched by stars and film fans in India in an attempt to keep this year Mumbai Film Festival from closing down.

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Donald Sweeney, Father of Anne Sweeney, Dies at 88

August 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Donald E. Sweeney, an educator who achieved breakthroughs in the integration of intellectually challenged children into the Kingston, New York, school system, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 88. Sweeney was the father of Anne M. Sweeney, who stepped down earlier this year as Disney/ABC president to direct television. A native of White Plains,... Read more

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The Emmys Are Basically Fantasy Football for Network Executives

August 26, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Emmy Awards are a game. That doesn't mean they're worthless, or meaningless, or cynical; it just means that there is high-level strategy around who gets what award and why, beyond simply who turned in the best performance. And this year in particular, we were able to see that game being played a lot more baldly than it has been in years past. So let's take a look at said strategy, shall we? One of the reasons cable TV shows split "final" seasons into two parts is so that they'll cross years and potentially end up sweeping more than one awards season. Breaking Bad did this perfectly last night—it's difficult to argue that they didn't deserve it. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Vince Gilligan and the rest of the honorees worked on a show that is already being talked about in the same breath as The Wire and Homicide. How It's Done HBO pioneered more than daring cable content. It originated the nomination-gaming strategy, raising eyebrows and earning the consternation of broadcasters when they pulled off an unprecedented 16 nominations in 1999, including several for their brand new series, The Sopranos. It was the first time the cable world had ever landed even a single Emmy nod. This year, they got the most nominations of any network (as they have in an unbroken streak

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The Parents Television Council Is Already Upset About What Nicki Minaj Will Do on Sunday

August 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Really, you wonder if the Parents Television Council is secretly letting MTV write their press releases. Nicki Minaj's butt-heavy video for her new single Anaconda (why, yes, it does sample Sir Mix-A-Lot) dropped today, and the hip-hop artist's outfits and dance moves already have the PTC outraged about the VMAs, despite the fact that the broadcast is several days away. "Given the explicit video," said a statement from the group, which included a helpful link to a site hosting the video, "the Parents Television Council said that if her performance at the VMAs is anything like her new video, then the show must be rated TV-MA." The VMAs will probably be rated TV-14, as usual. MTV had no comment. The rating of the VMAs is a particular bee in the PTC's collective bonnet this year: earlier this week Tim Winter issued a statement demanding that MTV "commit publicly" to a statement authored by the PTC saying they wouldn't show "explicit sexual content," apparently as defined in relationship to Miley Cyrus's much-discussed twerking performance last year, in addition to agreeing not to violate its own standards, as the PTC claims it did in '13. So why is the PTC getting bent out of shape over this? Well, partly because the organization has logged something of a precipitous decline in donations over the last few years (the most recent form 990 available has the organization bringing in $2.7 million in total for the year 2012, with a little more than $2.5 million coming from donations. As recently as 2008, the organization was seeing

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