AMC Squeezing ‘Mad Men’ In Season 3

By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 11:43am PDT

With the Lionsgate TV series Mad Men set to make its Season 3 bow in August on AMC, I’m told there’s a big fight leading up to the premiere over, of all things, ads. AMC has told the show’s producers to … Read More »

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More Actors Explain “Vote No” Position: Rob Schneider, ‘Leave It To Beaver’ Cast

By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 10:47am PDT

The group “Keep SAG Relevant” today unveiled another video, this one from Rob Schneider “who wanted very badly to be in a ‘Vote NO’ video but was working out of town. So, he shot one himself and sent it to us”:

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RHI Opens New L.A. Programming Office

By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 10:41am PDT

NEW YORK, NY – May 28, 2009 – In a major strategic initiative that will strengthen its presence within the Hollywood creative community and expand its output of original television programming, RHI Entertainment has opened a Los Angeles based programming office and named Tom Patricia, Executive Vice President, Movies

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Spoof Video: Paparazzi Protection

By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 10:21am PDT

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Time Warner Will Finally Separate AOL

By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 10:02am PDT

NEW YORK, May 28, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Time Warner Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized management to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of AOL from Time Warner. Following the proposed transaction, AOL would be an independent, publicly traded company.

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One Equity Partners Joins TV Guide Net

By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 9:54am PDT

SANTA MONICA, CA, and VANCOUVER, BC, May 28, 2009 — Lionsgate announced today that One Equity Partners (OEP), the global private equity investment arm of JPMorgan Chase, will become a 49% equity partner in Lionsgate’s TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com. One Equity Partners will pay approximately $123 million in cash

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DreamWorks Boosts Its Pic Production: Plans To Release 5 Films Every 2 Years

By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 9:52am PDT

GLENDALE, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) announced today its plans to release five feature films every two years, adding an additional film every other year to its existing two picture a year release schedule on a going-forward basis. The Company also announced its

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Now WGA Accusing Larry Levinson Prods

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 11:57pm PDT

UPDATE: First IATSE organized a morning protest against Larry Levinson Productions. Then a confab was held this afternoon at WGA West headquarters with guild staff and writers to discuss the union’s next move against LLP as well as RHI Entertainment. Dozens of WGA members who’ve worked on both companies’ TV movies allege that LLP … Read More »

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Oh No He Didn’t! Oh Yes He Did!

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 11:01pm PDT

Who’s fooling who? Jim Wiatt was sitting at one end of those coveted Endeavor seats adjacent to the Lakers bench at tonight’s game with Patrich Whitesell at the other end (next to Les Moonves). Ari Emanuel was across town at that fundraising dinner with President Obama attended by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, … Read More »

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IATSE Pickets Hallmark Channel Over Larry Levinson Productions Using Scabs

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 9:17pm PDT

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UPDATE: Now WGA Accusing Larry Levinson Prods

About 50 IATSE Hollywood guild workers gathered for an informal picket in front of the Hallmark Channel offices on Ventura Blvd this morning to protest the cable … Read More »

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‘Museum 2′ Far Outselling ‘UP’ Online

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 5:50pm PDT

MovieTickets.com says holdover Night at the Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonianis selling 36% of all its online tickets vs UP which is selling 11%, Angels & Demons 10%, Star Trek 9%, Terminator Salvation 5%.

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Endeavor To Run WME Indie Film Division

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 5:20pm PDT

I’ve learned that Cassian Elwes and Rena Ronson, the co-heads of the William Morris Agency’s independent film division, are exiting the company before the merger. Taking over the department will be Endeavor’s Graham Taylor.

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Ed Harris Explains SAG “Vote No” Position

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 2:54pm PDT

The SAG member also expresses outrage over the guild’s smear campaign of those voting against the tentative TV/Theatrical contract with the AMPTP. The “Vote Yes” contingent, whose video is here and on the SAG website, also is robocalling SAG members with 100s of automated phone calls featuring a … Read More »

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Now There’ll Be Client Layoffs From WME

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 2:47pm PDT

I wonder if they’ll use that old line, “It’s not you, it’s me. I’m under pressure to trim my list.” Or perhaps, “You’ll be better off at a smaller agency, I promise…” In any case, get anxious if you’re an Endeavor or William Morris actor or writer, and you get … Read More »

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Which Movie Studio Will Cause The Most Youth To Smoke This Summer? Yours?

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 2:33pm PDT

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Youth Advocacy Network, and the American Medical Association Alliance (the AMA’s volunteer arm made up of doctors and spouses) is partnering for an “Anti-Smoking In Movies” campaign launching today. Mobile billboards will drive around Los … Read More »

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Movie Marketers Push Back At Studios

By | Wednesday May 27, 2009 @ 2:16pm PDT

Even though he didn’t make this video, the president of the Association of Entertainment Marketing Agencies is sending it around to trailer houses. That’s because it’s especially apt given that Hollywood studios right now are slashing prices on trailers and posters but wanting the same or better quality and more … Read More »

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ABC Network & Studio Shakeup Coming

By | Tuesday May 26, 2009 @ 8:31pm PDT

It’s been long in the works. But now the executive shuffling and pinkslipping may be finally coming down this week – as soon as Thursday? — as Steve McPherson consolidates his power as head of ABC Entertainment Group overseeing both ABC … Read More »

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WME Really Gets Meeting On June 1st: WMA’s Dave Wirtschafter Stays At WME

By | Tuesday May 26, 2009 @ 6:10pm PDT

Starting June 1, Hollywood’s newest talent agency will hold a series of staff meetings, interdepartmental meetings, and operational meetings to combine its two tenpercenteries. WMA and Endeavor will start officially sharing office space. There’s even a confab and cocktail party planned at the home of Ari Emanuel, WME’s co-CEO along … Read More »

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Shawn Levy Makes It Six In A Row

By | Tuesday May 26, 2009 @ 6:09pm PDT

Lost in the “how-much-money-did-it-make this weekend” discussion of Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian is the fact that Shawn Levy has now directed 6 straight No. 1 or No. 2 movies in a row: Big Fat Liar, Just Married, Cheaper By The Dozen, The Pink Panther, Night At Read More »

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