Half A Dozen Companies Tire-Kicking GE’s NBC Universal In Advance Of Vivendi Put: No Deals Imminent, No Prices Yet

By | Wednesday September 30, 2009 @ 8:09pm PDT

Earlier this month, I posted about all the rumors surrounding GE and its 80% ownership of NBC Universal now that the Vivendi put is coming due. (The conventional wisdom, as yet unconfirmed, is that Vivendi may decide to sell its … Read More »

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Massive Layoffs At E! Entertainment Today

By | Wednesday September 30, 2009 @ 5:53pm PDT

I’m told between 30 and 40 staffers are being let go in this bloodletting.

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LA Times Names Online Showbiz Editor

By | Wednesday September 30, 2009 @ 5:04pm PDT

latpalmWhy does everytime the Los Angeles Times makes an entertainment coverage personnel move, the positions always sound identical? The newspaper today announced Lisa Fung as Online Arts & Entertainment Editor to oversee multimedia coverage of all arts and entertainment, including Calendar, … Read More »

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GLAAD’s 2009-2010 TV Season Study: More Gay Characters On Network, Fewer On Cable

By | Wednesday September 30, 2009 @ 3:05pm PDT

Tomorrow, GLAAD’s 14th annual “Where We Are on TV” report, which measures the quantity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people on primetime and cable television for the the 2009-2010 TV season. I’ve learned some of the key stats will show:

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Bill Mechanic On Moguls’ Bad Decisions

By | Tuesday September 29, 2009 @ 11:07pm PDT

I’ve been sent Bill Mechanic’s keynote speech about the future of indies from this morning’s Independent Film & Television Production Conference. The former chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 1994 to 2000, is now an indie producer (Coraline) and owner of Pandemonium LLC. Mechanic has always been one of the … Read More »

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Email Asking Global Film Community To Sign Petition For Polanski Release

By | Tuesday September 29, 2009 @ 9:54pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: I have obtained the email which is going out tonight imploring Hollywood and world moviemakers to add their names to a petition protesting Roman Polanski’s Swiss jailing and possible extradition to Los Angeles.

Dear Friend,

roman_polanskiThierry Fremaux told me the shocking

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Weinstein Co’s Dimension Films Stops Pre-Production On ‘Halloween 3D’; ‘Halloween II’ Set For Holiday Re-Release

By | Tuesday September 29, 2009 @ 5:54pm PDT

halloween 3dEXCLUSIVE: So here’s what happened: the script only came in Friday, and it was the first draft that Dimension Films had seen. And The Weinstein Co was rushing to get the film into production for a November start date … Read More »

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WGA East Announces 11 New Digital Media Signatories, First Under Writers Guild 2.0 New Media Initiative

By | Tuesday September 29, 2009 @ 4:52pm PDT

These WGAE signings are especially important as they are the first signings under the union’s Writers Guild 2.0 initiative — and the first real foothold in the digital media realm, which is the future of showbiz:

NEW YORK CITY –The Writers

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Now It’s Summit Prowling For Acquisitions

By | Tuesday September 29, 2009 @ 10:39am PDT

The following memo just went out to Summit Entertainment employees from bosses Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger about what the fledgling studio plans to do with all its Twilight franchise cash. I hear the company is looking mostly for libraries to acquire:

Team Summit:

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If You Care About Another ‘Terminator’…

By | Monday September 28, 2009 @ 12:01pm PDT

terminator401Yet another media company has been forced to restructure. Halcyon Holding Group, which owns the Terminator franchise and which filed for Chapter 11 protection last month, has hired FTI Capital Advisors to evaluate strategic alternatives for the company. Halcyon is in … Read More »

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“I’ll Fuck Nikki Finke Before I Let Her Affect My Business Decisions!”

By | Monday September 28, 2009 @ 10:25am PDT

Great line from last night’s Entourage, and it’s going on my tombstone.

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Hundreds Of Sell-Outs For 1st Day Of North American Advance Sales Of ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’: Huge Global Demand

By | Monday September 28, 2009 @ 10:15am PDT

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Sony_pictures_logoI don’t know anyone who doesn’t think that Sony Pictures and Sony Music were smart to purchase that rehearsal footage of Michael Jackson preparing for his concerts before … Read More »

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Time Warner To Make Showbiz Acquisitions

By | Monday September 28, 2009 @ 9:42am PDT

If you, like me, think Big Media will eventually just consist of Disney, Time Warner, and News Corp as MGM, Viacom/Paramount, and NBC Universal get gobbled up because of consolidation, here’s more evidence: Time Warner Inc, already flush with extra cable cash, will eventually sell the Time Inc magazine unit and could use the … Read More »

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‘Cloudy’ Soars, ‘Fame’ and ‘Surrogates’ Flop

By | Sunday September 27, 2009 @ 9:18am PDT

SUNDAY AM: Analysis coming…

1. Meatballs (Sony) Week 2, Wkd $24.6M (-19%), [3,119] Cume $60M
2. Surrogates (Disney) NEW, Wkd $15M [2,951]
3. Fame (MGM) NEW, Wkd $10M [3,096]
4. The Informant (WB) Week 2, Wkd $6.9M (-34%) [2,505] Cume $20.9M
5. I Can Do Bad All By Myself (LG) Week 3, Wkd $4.7M [2,120] Cume $44.5M
6. Pandorum (Overture) NEW, Wkd $4.4M … Read More »

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Roman Polanski Double-Crossed By Swiss

By | Sunday September 27, 2009 @ 8:38am PDT

roman_polanskiUPDATE: The Los Angeles Times reported this morning that LA prosecutors planned Roman Polanski’s arrest in Switzerland after learning he would be accepting a film festival award in Zurich. Prosecutors sent a provisional arrest warrant to the U.S. Justice department which … Read More »

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Tom Ortenberg Exits The Weinstein Co

By | Friday September 25, 2009 @ 4:36pm PDT

weinsteinlogoEXCLUSIVE: The company and Tom Ortenberg say he asked to leave TWC for “personal reasons”. This news comes against a backdrop of financial drama at TWC including a new round of layoffs to get the company down to 90 people. But the president … Read More »

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First Fall TV Season Fatality: CW Cancels ‘The Beautiful Life’

By | Friday September 25, 2009 @ 4:18pm PDT

After just 2 airings, CW shut down production today. “I think we’ve earned the dubious distinction of the first cancellation of the season,” an insider said. It begain airing Sepember 16th at Wednesday at 9 PM. Only 1.4M saw the first outing, and only 1M the second.

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EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: MGM Makes Phone Plea To Bondholders To Stay Alive; Both ‘Hobbit’ And James Bond In Peril; Bondholders Tell Studio To Go Bankrupt; MGM Calls That Worst Possible Outcome

By | Thursday September 24, 2009 @ 9:59pm PDT

MgmlogosmallI’ve collected several knowledgeable accounts of what happened during yesterday’s multi-hour contentious MGM conference call with bondholders who were “very loud and very upset”. Here’s why:

The call was for the benefit of the lenders, and MGM management made the presentation along with … Read More »

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SAG OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS: Ken Howard Elected New SAG Prez, Amy Aquino Secretary-Treasurer, USAN’s Mike Hodge NY Division Prez; UFS/USAN/RBD Coalition Picks Up Seats For Bigger Majority

By | Thursday September 24, 2009 @ 6:45pm PDT

Refresh for breaking news…
5th UPDATE: One interesting note which both sides have pointed out to me tonight. If the SAG presidency race had just consisted of Unite For Strength’s Ken Howard and Membership First’s Anne-Marie Johnson (without spoiler Seymour Cassell whose positions were extremely hardline), then Johnson would have won … Read More »

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