Posts Tagged ‘year’

How To Be A Young Producer on Broadway

June 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At 26 years old, the young Broadway producer Megan Savage has two Tony Awards to her name. And a day job. Savage — a member of the producing team for this year’s Tony favorite “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” as well as last year’s winning play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”... Read more

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ABC Finishes Upfront Deals With Mid-Single Digit Increases, Low Volume

June 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC has confirmed that it is essentially done with upfront negotiations with the major agencies; a network source says that the broadcaster is making cleanup deals with a few smaller agencies but is happy with the deals overall. An industry source places the CPM increases between four and five percent; another says volume is down across the board and ABC is no exception. The network insider says that the company believes it is "pretty well poised for scatter." Budgets are down overall this year; networks have said in no uncertain terms that this means scatter will be pricey when the season's hits establish themselves, but marketing budgets may simply be down overall, say buyers. ABC's big swings this season include a two-show Thursday night block of Shonda Rhimes dramas including newcomer How to Get Away With Murder at 10 p.m. ET and established hit Scandal at 9 p.m. (Grey's Anatomy will start the evening at 8 p.m.) Several sources have said that CPG budgets are likely to be down this year, along with movie studios, which tend to run in two-year cycles. It's been a rough year for network television series, particularly sitcoms— The Wall Street Journal today reports on the shrinking pool of syndicated reruns on cable, due in large part to early cancelations that have plagued upfront slates in the past few years. That in turn has had a chilling effect on advertiser investment; why buy spots at a discount on a show that stands an excellent chance of getting canceled? A buyer didn't mince words on the topic: "ABC has a way of making you think their programming is going to be great but then they don't deliver numbers on it," one said. Even Jimmy Kimmel made light of the hit ratio problem: "Don't get too attached to any of these shows, because most of them won't survive," he told media buyers. "It's like adopting a kitten with cancer.

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‘Fargo’ Finale Sticks the Landing (SPOILERS)

June 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite an inordinately high degree of difficulty, “Fargo” didn’t just ace its routine, but even managed to stick the landing. The FX production is being categorized as a miniseries for award purposes, as it should be. Yet it’s sort of a shame that this year’s two self-contained standouts – the other being HBO’s “True Detective,”... Read more

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Film Review: ‘A Coffee in Berlin’

June 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Imagine if instead of “Titanic” taking the day, “Good Will Hunting” had swept the Oscars the year both films were nominated. That’s basically what happened in Germany.

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Film Review: ‘Maleficent’

May 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Now almost midway through the year, 2014 seems unlikely to produce many more visually arresting, brilliantly designed, stoned-college-kid-friendly pieces of eye candy than Disney’s “Maleficent.” As for its revisionist take on the travails of the iconic “Sleeping Beauty” villainess, however, it falls far short of something an imaginative fan-fiction scribe, let alone obvious role models... Read more

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‘Good Wife,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Top TCA Award Nominees

May 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Good Wife,” “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” are among the series landing multiple nominations in this year’s Television Critics Assn. Awards derby. HBO’s “True Detective” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” join that trio in the org’s program of the year category, which didn’t leave room for any half-hour comedies. CBS’ “Good... Read more

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CANNES: How Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’ Became the Buzziest Movie at the Festival

May 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

This year’s Cannes Film Festival unloaded its shared of turkeys, from “Grace of Monaco” to Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive,” David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” and the Ryan Gosling directorial debut, “Lost River.” But at least the festival ended on a dazzling high note. On Thursday night, Cannes premiered “Mommy,” directed by 25-year-old Quebecois director... Read more

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Cannes: eOne Takes North America on Doc ‘Dior and I’

May 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Entertainment One Films has sewn up North American distribution rights to Frederic Tcheng’s documentary “Dior and I.” Pic is slated for theatrical release later this year. Guillaume de Roquemaurel produced the film, along with Tcheng, who co-directed doc “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” and was co-editor and co-producer on “Valentino: The Last Emperor.”... Read more

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AOL Relaunches Moviefone with New Look, Expands Into TV Content

May 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

AOL’s Moviefone has a brand-new look and an expanded mission that now encompasses TV. The Internet media company teamed on the Moviefone relaunch with Whalerock Industries, which changed changed its name from BermanBraun after the exit of Gail Berman earlier this year. The new Moviefone website and apps are designed to span all entertainment content,... Read more

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Seth Meyers to Host 2014 Emmy Awards

April 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Seth Meyers has been tapped to host NBC’s telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25. NBC and the Television Academy have also set kudocast vet Don Mischer as exec producer of the live broadcast originating from downtown L.A.‘s Nokia Theatre. There was little doubt that the host of this year’s Emmycast would come... Read more

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