Posts Tagged ‘year’

TV Land Promises ‘Reinvention’ in 2015 with Single-Camera Comedies

January 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At TV Land it’s goodbye Betty White, hello Hillary Duff when it comes to original comedy series. TV Land prexy Larry Jones promised reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour Saturday that the cabler will unveil “a whole new TV Land” this year. “There’ll be a big reinvention for us between now and next... Read more

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Sundance: Fox Searchlight Buys Noah Baumbach Comedy ‘Mistress America’

January 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In the first major deal prior to the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights to Noah Baumbach’s comedy “Mistress America,” starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke. The film will world premiere at Sundance before its release later this year. Baumbach directed from a script he co-wrote with Gerwig. The film is produced... Read more

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Bono Addresses Injury and iTunes Debacle in New Year’s Blog Post

January 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

U2 frontman Bono took to the blogosphere to ring in the New Year on Thursday, posting a 6,000-word reflection on his year entitled “Little Big Book of a Big Year: Bono’s A to Z of 2014,” including notes on the hubbub around the free iTunes release of U2’s latest album and the November bicycle accident that left... Read more

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Steve Carell Breaks the Mold in ‘Foxcatcher’

January 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After spending years making audiences laugh, Steve Carell delivered one of the most chilling performances of the year in the true-crime thriller “Foxcatcher.” The role has already garnered him Golden Globe and SAG Award noms, and now the actor is being honored with the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award on Jan. 4 at the... Read more

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Becomes 2014’s Best-Selling Album

December 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Ending the year in typical fashion, Taylor Swift held the top of the U.S. album chart for a seventh non-consecutive week, becoming the year’s bestselling title in the process. The singer’s Big Machine smash “1989” maintained its position at No. 1 with total sales of 430,000, according to Nielsen Music data for the week ending... Read more

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2014 Top 10 Books: Film Adaptations Fuel Young Adult Novel Sales

December 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

There’s no fault in these stats. Nielsen’s list of the year’s top selling books reinforces how important film adaptations are to driving sales of young adult novels. Nine of the 10 top selling books of the year were tied into a film adaptation or film franchise of some kind, with various publications of John Green’s “The... Read more

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Latest Advertising Spending Estimates Underscore Softness in TV

December 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The latest numbers on advertising expenditures underscore the trend of softness in TV growth this year, according to ad tracking firm Kantar Media. Spanish-language TV was the big driver of modest TV advertising growth during the third quarter, according to the latest Kantar report. Spanish-lingo TV registered a 23.7% gain in spot TV advertising, thanks... Read more

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The Best Branded Entertainment of 2014

December 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Producers of branded entertainment usually struggle with two things: not making their projects seem too much like marketing, and wanting audiences to discover the content on their own. Effectively exploiting social-media platforms helped address the latter. But what worked especially well for brands this year was loosening up the corporate pitch and letting popular culture... Read more

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David Schurmann Advances on ‘Little Secret’ Shoot

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID – Brazilian film director David Schurmann is shooting “Little Secret,” inspired by the life of his adopted sister Kat Schurmann, written by Marcos Bernstein, scribe of Walter Salles’ Oscar-nominated “Central Station,” and one of the most ambitious and unusual fiction films to have moved this year into production in Brazil. Brazilians Julia Lemmertz (“My... Read more

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These Films, Books and TV Shows Ruled Tumblr’s Sponsored Entertainment Posts in 2014

December 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's the end of the year, and Tumblr is recapping its top branded entertainment posts of 2014. With the average desktop user spending 14 minutes per visit in October, according to comScore, it's clear why leading entertainment companies are advertising on the Yahoo-owned microblogging site.

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