Posts Tagged ‘year’

Disney India Expands Release Slate

January 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney will this year release seven Hollywood titles in India through its market-leading Disney UTV subsidiary. A further four Indian movies will also go out under the Disney brand.

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Doha Film Institute Postpones Launch of New Qumra Doha Fest To 2015

January 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Doha Film Institute has scrapped its plan for a 2014 launch of the inaugural edition of its Qumra Doha Film Festival this year, and decided to reschedule to 2015 the event focussed on first and second-time directors from around the world. “We have decided to reschedule Qumra Doha Film Festival to 2015,” said a DFI... Read more

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TV Review: Bravo’s ’100 Days of Summer,’ ‘Toned Up’

January 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bravo is in a rut, and as proof, look no further than the cookie-cutter blue-sky series the channel is trotting out right after New Year’s: “100 Days of Summer,” about Chicagoans during that third of the year when they can actually expose some flesh; and “Toned Up,” about two wacky friends who started a workout... Read more

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Actor Joseph Ruskin Dies at 89

January 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film, television and stage actor Joseph Ruskin died Saturday of natural causes in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 89. Ruskin garnered 124 television credits, including “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek,” and appeared in 25 films, including “The Magnificent Seven,” ”Prizzi’s Honor” and “Smokin’ Aces.” His last performance was onstage this year in the Anteus Theatre... Read more

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POLL: What Was the Worst Movie of 2013?

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Razzies have issued their annual shortlist for Worst Movie of the Year, making it the perfect time to ask our readers: What was your least favorite movie experience of 2013? Note–We added a few options to the Razzies list, including Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down” (pictured above).

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Another nugget of data from Apple’s latest shareholder proxy : CEO Tim Cook took home a compensation package valued at $4.25 million this year, little changed from the year prior. In its annual proxy filing on Friday, Apple said Cook’s pay for fiscal 2013, which ended in September, consisted of $1.4 million in salary and a bonus of $2.8 million. In 2012, Cook’s compensation package was $4.2 million. So Cook’s pay remained steady over those two years, with one noteworthy exception: He gave up about 7,123 Apple shares tied to the company’s annual performance. Because of the decline in Apple’s stock this fiscal year the company’s board decided that only 72,877 shares out of a tranche of 80,000 should vest. Cook — who in June explicitly requested vesting terms tied to the company’s performance — forfeited the remainder. Based on Apple’s closing stock price of $560.09 on Friday, those shares would have been worth nearly $4 million.

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Tech Stocks Hover Near 2013 Highs, Paving Way for 2014 IPOs Like Alibaba, Box and Dropbox

December 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

iStock Today, the tech sector got a pretty nice post-Christmas present, as stocks of many companies in the sector continued to remain near their highs for the year. And with 2013 seeing the most U.S. tech IPOs since 2000 — according to a recent report, there were 45 in the year — 2014 is looking to be another strong year for public offerings. Those include, though will not be limited to: Alibaba Group, which could exceed Facebook’s $16 billion outing; Box, the file-sharing site; Dropbox, the online storage upstart; Candy Crush maker;, the digital couponing site; Lending Club, the peer-to-peer lending service; clean-tech firm Opower; and Internet dating company Zoosk. The impact of the upcoming IPOs has already been felt on existing issues, most especially Yahoo. Though some of the excitement around the stock has been due to the shimmery image of CEO Marissa Mayer, its continued core business declines have been largely ignored by investors in favor of its 24 percent stake in Alibaba. In contrast to Yahoo’s lagging results, the Chinese Internet giant’s performance has been spectacular, and it has had more than a halo effect on shares of the Silicon Valley company. Yahoo’s stock is close to its 52-week high — reached on Tuesday at $41.05 — and is up 104.6 percent in the year to date. Search giant Google is getting its bump from its own strong performance, up 57.6 percent for the year and hovering close to its $1,118 per share high. The same goes for Microsoft — despite all the uncertainty around the identity of its new CEO, the pending departure of Steve Ballmer has its shares up 40 percent for the year and also close to its nearly $39 high. Retail giant Amazon is up more than 60 percent, close to its $405 high

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A New Perk for Google Employees? It Could Be Low-Interest Personal Loans.

December 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Forget the free gourmet food. If peer-to-peer lending marketplace Lending Club has its way, low-interest loans may be the next big employee perk at Google. According to sources, Google is among the companies Lending Club has been pitching on putting cash holdings to work by offering low-interest loans to employees, with the Lending Club platform facilitating the deals. (Perhaps it has to do with Google’s new late-stage investment fund Google Capital . which happens to have recently led a $125 million investment in Lending Club, by acquiring shares from existing shareholders.) Lending Club’s pitch is part of the company’s strategy to push beyond its initial focus on peer-to-peer loans by opening up its platform to large institutions such as banks and corporations as it eyes a potential 2014 IPO. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment, noting: “There’s nothing to share on Google’s end.” Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche said that his company is not currently working with Google on such an initiative, but would not confirm or deny that talks have taken place. Still, he did confirm that his company is in talks with large companies — with employee counts of Google’s size or larger — about facilitating this type of human-resources benefit. “The program we’re putting in place gives the ability for large companies with lots of employees to make loans to their employees and use their treasury reserves, on which they are earning like one or two percent, and put them to work,” he said in a recent interview. “At the same time, they would be offering a lower interest rate to their employees than what they’re paying on their credit cards or other loans they have. It’s really an HR benefit and recruiting tool.” Laplanche imagines employees using these loans to pay off high-interest credit card debt, large student loans or simply to consolidate debt into one loan, with payments being automatically deducted from paychecks

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Hulu’s Revenue to Pass $1 Billion This Year

December 18, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Hulu has had a solid year: the multiple-broadcaster joint venture is on track to break $1 billion in revenue for its owners this year, thanks in large part to the strength of subscription revenue and deep ad partnerships across its series, some of which are greenlit on the condition that they land sponsorships . Revenue, said newly appointed CEO Mike Hopkins, is "up from $695 million in 2012." Hopkins' blog post on the year can be found here , but here's the literal money quote: "When you think about the fact that Hulu first launched out of beta in 2008, it’s quite an impressive feat to scale the business from zero to $1 billion over the course of just six years." A lot of the company's growth has to do with increased adoption of Hulu Plus. Hulu has slowly amped up the number of ads in its free service and closed off larger and larger portions of its content to non-paying customers. As it's done that, Hulu has also brought on more and more partners, including boutique vintage movie distribution company The Criterion Collection , which shows classics (several of which it don't have in-print DVD pressings) ad-free in addition to the digital network's ad-supported content. In addition to beefing up international business (Hulu's Japanese arm is growing), the number of advertisers on the books has increased, though Hulu has kept mum about how much (or indeed, whether) the uptick in sponsors has fed increased revenue. "In 2013, we saw our roster of advertisers expand to more than 1,000 brands–a 15 percent increase over last year," Hopkins wrote. With increased spend on the original content front and high-profile series like The Wrong Mans

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Berlinale Unveils Six Pix in Perspektive Deutsches Kino Section

December 18, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — The Berlin Film Festival has announced the first six films in its Perspektive Deutsches Kino program, which showcases the work of up-and-coming filmmakers working in Germany. “This year, I paid special attention to variety in content and cinematic aesthetics,” said section head Linda Soffker. “Directors who tell familiar stories using new images, with... Read more

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