Warners Locks Cast Into `Hangover’ Deals

By | Tuesday March 30, 2010 @ 1:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

hangoverEXCLUSIVE: Even before The Hangover opened, executives at Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures had commissioned a script for another installment. Who knew it would take six months of headache-inducing negotiations to make it happen?

Finally, the participants have completed talks and are … Read More »

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Management Duo Shifts To Schiff Co.

By | Tuesday March 30, 2010 @ 11:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Managers Courtney Kivowitz and Christian Donatelli have jumped from Benderspink to The Schiff Company. They bring a collective client list that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lucy Punch, Colin Hanks, Sissy Spacek, James Frey, Ellen Burstyn, Cheyenne Jackson, Monica Potter, Emmy Rossum and Kevin Corrigan. Kivowitz’s work with Gyllenhaal brought her … Read More »

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Bankruptcy Judge Appoints Trustee To Control Assets Of Companies Controlled By Capitol Films/ThinkFilm Chief David Bergstein; Guilds “Welcome” Decision

By | Tuesday March 30, 2010 @ 6:44am PDT
Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE: Following is a joint DGA-SAG-WGA statement: ”The Guilds welcome the judge’s appointment of a trustee in this situation. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on this matter and protect the interests of our members.”

UPDATE: Bergstein never showed in Bankruptcy Court today. But  judge Barry Russell … Read More »

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‘Friday Night Lights’ Returns May 7 To NBC

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 11:38pm PDT

The start of Season 4 was moved back from April 30th to May 7th (8-9 PM ET).

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Susan Rovner Upped At Warner Bros TV

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 7:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Susan_Rovner,_EVP_Development,_WBTVSusan Rovner has been upped to executive vice president of development at Warner Bros Television, and will oversee both the drama and comedy development teams. Rovner, who has spent 11 years at the studio, takes the place of Leonard Goldstein, who … Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Editor Nellie Andreeva To Join Deadline.com

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 3:03pm PDT


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER‘S TV EDITOR NELLIE ANDREEVA JOINS DEADLINE.COM

LOS ANGELES – March 29, 2010 – Deadline.com is now covering the television industry full-time. Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC)’s Jay Penske and Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke today announced the hiring of Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter TV Editor who is one of the beat’s most preeminent and prolific journalists. Within the next 2 weeks, she will become the TV Editor of Deadline.com and will lead TV coverage for all of the Deadline.com verticals. Andreeva intends to continue to deliver high-profile scoops and on-the-spot analysis about the small screen’s new programs, pilot development, cast changes, business deals and industry trends that will further make Deadline.com the “must read” for influencers and leaders in global entertainment and media.

With the hiring of top journalism talents Mike Fleming to run Deadline|NewYork, and Tim Adler to run Deadline|London, and now Nellie Andreeva to run Deadline|TV, Deadline.com completes its second phase of editorial expansion. Andreeva will report to Finke, who remains Deadline.com’s general manager and editor in chief, and editor and founder of Deadline|Hollywood. All of the growing staff are committed to Deadline.com’s tradition of shattering the mold of traditional reporting and creating a new paradigm for delivering original content with New Media immediacy. Hiring The Hollywood Reporter‘s marquee TV journalist demonstrates MMC’s commitment to rapid growth as one of the most dynamic companies to watch in the digital media arena.

“We are excited and honored that Nellie has joined our talented team at Deadline.com — and with this significant hire, we further accelerate our mission to become the finest source on the business of entertainment and media,” commented Jay Penske, the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of MMC.

Said Finke: “We wanted Deadline to provide full-time coverage of the TV industry but first needed to find the right TV beat journalist to do it. Lots of reporters cover the small screen’s consumer news, but few get in-depth and behind-the-scenes of the networks and studios and talent. After our search started, TV insiders quickly made it clear that our first choice had to be one of my fiercest competitors, Nellie Andreeva, who daily dominates The Hollywood Reporter‘s front page with her scoops. We didn’t know each other personally, so when I first made contact with her by email, Nellie thought someone was playing a prank on her! I’m now her biggest admirer because she is tough and talented, my favorite combination in a journalist.”

Said Andreeva: ””Ten years ago, The Hollywood Reporter took a chance on me, a reporter from Bulgaria with zero Hollywood connections. For the last decade, it gave me the best editors, mentors, and friends I could’ve asked for. I probably never would have left if it weren’t for such a big new opportunity.”

Los Angeles-based Nellie Andreeva has been the TV Editor for The Hollywood Reporter online and print edition since June 2004 and has moderated panels and conducted Q&As at NATPE and the Paley Center for Media. She joined the daily trade paper in 2000 as a TV reporter. Before that, she worked as a reporter at Investor’s Business Daily where she tracked both television and radio, and interned as a science news reporter for Business Week magazine after receiving a fellowship through the American Association for the Advancement in Science while a master’s degree candidate in the Department of Physics at the University of Maine. But her interest in the television industry extends back to her homeland of Bulgaria where she became a journalist and then spent six years as a producer, writer, and director for Bulgarian National Television. Her work helming a popular skit comedy show akin to Saturday Night Live earned her two awards, including the Bulgarian equivalent of an Emmy. Andreeva has masters degrees in journalism and physics from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.

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Do We Really Need Another Godzilla Movie?

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 10:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros finally closed a deal with Toho to do another Godzilla. This has been going on for a year or so. Surely there will be 3D like in the Legendary/Warners Clash of the Titans. But can they breathe fire into an over-sized lizard that seemed out … Read More »

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Dark Hero Duo Find TV Home, As David Hayter Gets His Directing Shot On ‘Wolves’

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 9:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

david_hayterEXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter David Hayter and his producer partner, Benedict Carver, have set their Dark Hero Studios label into a two-year TV deal with E1 Entertainment. This follows a deal Dark Hero to become the creative catalyst for Push, the TV series … Read More »

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Tribeca Closes Fest With ‘Freakonomics’

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 8:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

tribeca-o8The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival will close with an April 30 gala premiere of Freakonomics, the documentary adaptation of the ridiculously bestselling book by economist Steven Levitt and his co-author, Stephen J. Dubner. Big documakers filmed chapters of the book, including … Read More »

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JoBeth Williams Exits SAG National Board: Will More MembershipFirsters Follow Her?

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 2:51am PDT

jobethwilliamsUPDATED: One of MembershipFirst’s most prominent members, SAG 2JoBeth Williams, has decided to leave the Screen Actors Guild’s National Board before her term is completed. Officially, she only cited time … Read More »

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Movie Starring Kevin Spacey As Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Finds Distributor

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 12:17am PDT

abramoff1EXCLUSIVE: Metropolitan Inc, led by film industry veteran James Schramm, is about to announce it has acquired the U.S. theatrical distribution rights from rights holder Rollercoaster Entertainment to Casino Jack. I’ve heard the company committed 8 figures to acquire … Read More »

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CBS Offered Tony Hosting Gig To Conan (…Starting NBC vs Coco War Of Words)

By | Sunday March 28, 2010 @ 4:47pm PDT

564952554TH UPDATE: Late tonight, “Team Coco” sources added this about “Team NBC”: “I am of the understanding that he can’t do that kind of thing until September. And you should ask what they are afraid of his saying that … Read More »

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‘Battlefield Earth’ Scripter Pens Apology

By | Sunday March 28, 2010 @ 12:27pm PDT

This month, Battlefield Earth, the 2000 big budget flop based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s novel, won the Razzie for “Worst Movie of the Decade”. J.D. Shapiro, the film’s original screenwriter, accepted the award in person. This appeared first in today’s New York Post:

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Shannon Gaulding Makes Move From Screen Gems To Relativity Media

By | Sunday March 28, 2010 @ 12:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

gauldingEXCLUSIVE: Shannon Gaulding, the Screen Gems senior vice president who was the liason between that Sony-based company and Relativity Media on Dear John, has jumped to Relativity. She takes the same title. Gaulding had been at Screen Gems for 3 years, … Read More »

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The Financials Of ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’

By | Sunday March 28, 2010 @ 12:16pm PDT

Here’s behind-the-scenes info given me by an insider on MGM/UA’s Hot Tub Time Machine, which was supposed to open to $20+M and earned only $13.6M:

hot_tub_time_machineThe film cost $50M to make, which is not really that cheap, especially for a movie that

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‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Doesn’t Fly As High As ‘Monsters v Aliens’; ‘Alice’ Still Hot; ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Only Lukewarm

By | Friday March 26, 2010 @ 9:59pm PDT


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SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM: Here are updated weekend box office figures from my sources. But the real story is that, for months now, Hollywood studios have been waging war behind the scenes to book … Read More »

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It’s Official: ’24′ Has Been Cancelled By Fox

By | Friday March 26, 2010 @ 4:44pm PDT


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The well-liked, well-rated Fox show was simply too expensive to keep making. Unfortunately, a 24 film version is still a long way off, if it ever comes together. But I think it could be another Bourne series. Meanwhile the … Read More »

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Bryan Singer Producing ‘X-Men: First Class’

By | Friday March 26, 2010 @ 3:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

bryansingerWhile many in Hollywood are having trouble finding work these days, Bryan Singer’s problem is there is only one of him to go around and everybody wants him. So Singer and 20th Century Fox have formalized his move from director to … Read More »

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Lining Up ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel And Kristin Scott Thomas For ‘Salmon Fishing’

By | Friday March 26, 2010 @ 1:32pm PDT

KRISTIN-SCOTT-THOMAS-largeFrom Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Producer Paul Webster tells me that Kristin Scott Thomas is to play the British Prime Minister’s press secretary in BBC Films’ Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which Bill Condon will start shooting in June. … Read More »

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