Les Moonves Staffs Up CBS Films Division

By | Wednesday March 26, 2008 @ 11:53am PDT

cbs-films.jpgDebbie Miller has been named executive VP of worldwide marketing for his new CBS Films division. She comes over when her contract expires in June with Warner Bros. Pictures, where she serves as executive VP of domestic theatrical marketing. What has yet to … Read More »

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Sony Signs Screen Gems Boss Thru 2012

s_from_heaven.jpgSony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Clint Culpepper (photo below with Jane Campion) has extended his contract and will continue to oversee the studio’s Screen Gems label through 2012. The once dormant label was rekindled by Culpepper in 1998 and has … Read More »

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Feds Explain Their Bert Fields Snafu…

By | Wednesday March 26, 2008 @ 9:23am PDT

bert_fields_pic-smaller.jpgUPDATE: Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Saunders gave a statement to the media this AM trying to extricate himself from a sticky snafu: why he told federal court yesterday that Bert Fields was taking the Fifth Amendment if called to testify, and why … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial: CAA Partners Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane May Testify Wednesday

By | Tuesday March 25, 2008 @ 6:27pm PDT

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The government may ask them to testify Wednesday or Thursday at the latest at the court proceedings inside the Roybal federal building. CAA partners Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane were mentioned in Footnote #11 of the government’s trial memo on the Pellicano case because “recovered … Read More »

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LA Mayor Tells Hollywood Guilds: “We Must Keep This Town Working”

By | Tuesday March 25, 2008 @ 6:18pm PDT

Regarding the entertainment industry negotiations, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement today:

“The recent work stoppage within the entertainment industry cost the Los Angeles economy $2.5 billion and caused personal hardship for thousands of Angelenos. As the national economy continues to weaken, there is little doubt that another

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EXCLUSIVE! BERT FIELDS WILL TESTIFY (…And Won’t Take The Fifth)

By | Tuesday March 25, 2008 @ 8:23am PDT

bertfields1001.jpg2ND UPDATE: I just got off the phone with top Hollywood litigator Bert Fields who tells me, “I intend to testify. I have nothing to hide. I have not been subpoenaed but if I am, I will show up and testify.” … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Walden Media Has New Co-CEO

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UPDATE: The announcement came through today.

Previous: Sources are telling me that film producer Michael Bostick will be announced as the new Co-CEO of Walden Media today, working with CEO Cary Granat who actively recruited his longtime pal. Bostick has long been director Tom Shadyac’s … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial: Chuck Roven Up Tuesday

roven1.jpgHollywood producer Chuck Roven will testify tomorrow. Maybe now we’ll find out what really happened between director John McTiernan and Roven over the movie Rollerball.

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    When Is An Interview Not An Interview?

    By | Monday March 24, 2008 @ 1:26pm PDT

    The New York Times interview with ex-Hollywood reporter/editor Anita Busch is such a non-story that it’s embarrassing not only in its hype but also in its omissions. newyorktimes_logo.pngFor one thing, I wrote this identical … Read More »

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    New AP National Showbiz Photo Editor

    By | Monday March 24, 2008 @ 11:10am PDT

    Guinevere Smith has been appointed National Entertainment Photo Editor for The Associated Press. Smith had been with Getty Images since 1999, most recently as North American manager for field editing. Based in Los Angeles, Smith will direct, develop and enhance AP’s entertainment photo coverage in the United States. She succeeds Dan Becker, … Read More »

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    Ryan Seacrest, Inc.

    By | Monday March 24, 2008 @ 11:01am PDT

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    If, like me, you can’t comprehend the success of Ryan Seacrest because he has no discernible talent, then this will really perplex: he’s quickly becoming ”the next Dick Clark, Merv Griffin, Larry King, for our generation”.  So he says to TV critic Tom Shales. But who he’s … Read More »

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    Lori Sale Jumps From ICM To Paradigm

    By | Monday March 24, 2008 @ 10:21am PDT

    sale_lori.jpgLori Sale, who decided to leave ICM as head of global branded entertainment, was the subject of a hot pursuit by both United Talent and Paradigm. In the end, she decided to go with Paradigm, because of the strong music division, … Read More »

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    Box Office Update: Owen Wilson Bullied; ‘Horton’ No. 1 Again; ‘Tyler Perry’s Browns’ #2, ‘Shutter’ (#3), ‘Drillbit’ (#4)

    owen-wilson-2.jpgSUNDAY AM: Fox’s family fare holdover Horton Hears A Who! rose to No. 1 again this Easter Weekend with a big $25.1 million haul, this time with $10.2 million Friday, $9.2 million Saturday and an estimated $5.6 million Sunday from 3,961 venues. That … Read More »

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    AP Planning Massive Celebrity Coverage

    At a time when major media organizations are cutting back on the most vital ap-celebrity.jpgnews coverage, how discomforting to know that some are increasing their celebrity reporting instead. I’ve learned that the venerable Associated Press is finally making good on its promise … Read More »

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    Hooray! One Less Celebrity Gossip Outlet

    By | Thursday March 20, 2008 @ 11:38am PDT

    PageSix.com, the New York Post‘s attempt to compete with TMZ.com, is shutting down. No, not the paper’s long-time Page Six, which still has its web page, but the Post‘s expanded 24/7 stand-alone celebrity gossip online site. According to reports, it tried to staff up, especially … Read More »

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    Brad Grey’s Pellicano Testimony: “Boring”

    trial-brad-grey-4.jpg So the Paramount chief just finished testifying at the Pellicano trial. And the verdict is boring. Seriously, boring. “It was as boring as boring could be,” a spectator told me. Hollywood P.I. Anthony Pellicano didn’t even bother to cross-examine … Read More »

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    UTA Partner Defects To Endeavor

    By | Wednesday March 19, 2008 @ 9:11pm PDT

    korman_marc.jpgMarc Korman was United Talent’s most junior partner, one of 20, and one of six TV lit agents at the tenpercentery. Now he’s jumping to Endeavor talent agency where I’m told he’s joining several good friends. Korman had been part of the UTA … Read More »

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    Brad Grey Heads To Pellicano Trial Thurs

    By | Wednesday March 19, 2008 @ 3:34pm PDT

    greyx.jpgI can report that the federal prosecutors in the Pellicano wiretapping trial have told the Paramount chief it’s a very real possibility he’ll take the witness stand tomorrow to talk all about Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano. Because of that, the studio boss is heading to Roybal federal … Read More »

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    Feds Indict Emmy-Winning TV Producer On Charges Of Massive Stock Fraud

    By | Wednesday March 19, 2008 @ 3:01pm PDT

    nasdaq.jpgDrew Savitch Levin, a currently working Hollywood producer who won both an Emmy and a Cable Ace award and was founder and CEO of the NASDAQ traded TV production and distribution company Team Communications Co, was indicted in L.A. … Read More »

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