Here is the Key Art for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, which the TV Academy will reveal tomorrow. It has a disco/Dancing With the Stars vibe and a monochromatic background that makes NBC’s “more colorful” logo at the bottom a little out of place. The theme this year is “Starry, Starry Night.” Now that the slogan is set, the TV Academy brass sure are hoping that the Emmy nominations next month will live up to it, with the biggest TV stars making the cut and having a reason to walk the red carpet on August 29. BTW, for the first time, the TV Academy will be giving away 100 Emmy posters this year.
WME has signed Sam Taylor-Wood, the British photographer/conceptual artist who made her feature directing debut on Nowhere Boy, the BAFTA-nominated film about the childhood of Beatles frontman John Lennon. The Weinstein Co will release the film October 8 in the U.S. Taylor-Wood had been repped by UTA.
Taylor-Wood went from still photography to moving film with Love You More, the short film written by Patrick Marber and produced by Anthony Minghella.
Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison are in early talks to develop a movie based on Patrick Jean’s video-game themed sci-fi invasion video Pixels, which has become a viral sensation. No deal yet at Columbia, but Happy Madison bought the rights to Jean’s work and Adam Sandler’s company is a fixture on the lot. The idea would be to do it in 3D. Check out Jean’s work that created all the fuss:
Famed fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has passed away at the age of 82. The Brooklyn-born artist was a child prodigy and though he dabbled in baseball and scouted for major league teams, he became a hall of fame graphic artist. He started in comics. and drew for Standard Publishing, EC and others, and was the assistant for Al Capp on Li’l Abner. He made his greatest impression after he began painting paperback covers, where he carved out a reputation for his muscular, visceral, primal works like the one seen here. That branched into movie poster work. Frazetta’s work influenced artists, writers, musicians. A sad day, indeed.
Here is a trailer for the documentary made about his work. It conveys the essence of his distinctive work, which fetched as much as $1 million in art auctions.
Staffers at the WME office in NYC noticed recently that the portrait of William Morris is suddenly missing. The oil painting of the founder of the 112-year-old agency that Endeavor took over last year had hung by the main conference room for a long time. But it suddenly disappeared the same week that Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell and Rick Rosen were all in NYC. ”Perhaps it’s being repaired. Or relocated. Who knows? They certainly tell us nothing,” one employee emailed me. I think the old guy got fired instead of reprimanded.
What do you think happened to him?
Last week, I wrote about a Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment deal to acquire the original Addams Family drawings by Charles Addams so Tim Burton could direct a stop-motion 3D animated film. Numerous Deadline readers thought the story was false based on an MTV.com “exclusive” report. I stand by my story. The deal happened. Deadline hardly needs MTV.com to become a self-appointed truth squad. That site should stick to its strength –which appears to be aggregating, and all the breathless scoops that come from surface-scratching celebrity junket interviews. As for my own cynical readers, I figure you are the same ones who sent nyah-nyah missives when Neil Patrick Harris denied my report that he would be in the song and dance number that opened the Academy Awards. (He rehearsed with Martin Short, but the latter bowed out due to a personal emergency). You guys should learn to trust me.
UPDATE: MTV.com and I buried the hatchet.
Since July 28th when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art first announced that it would end its 4-decades-old film program in mid-October because of $1 million in losses over the last 10 years, an online protest has been growing. There are now over 2,100 signers of an online petition (including top-level movie critics, artists, dignitaries, and film-lovers from around the world), an active and vocal Facebook group, Twitter feeds, a Youtube video (search save film at lacma) and an email writing campaign. Marty Scorsese jumped into the fray with an open letter to LACMA director Michael Govan and the museum. Now the protest group http://savefilmatlacma.blogspot.com/ has confirmed it will meet with Govan on September 1st. “This so-called “popcorn summit” has as its stated goals to convey the critical importance of the LACMA film program for our community; help find ways to reinstate and enhance the museum’s commitment to film; and present Michael Govan with our petition,” the grassroots organization says. “The meeting location is still unconfirmed. Present at the meeting will be film scholars, movie critics, film lovers and others deeply affected by the museum’s decision. We are pleased Mr. Govan committed to this meeting.”
At the same time, SaveFilm@LACMA expresses puzzlement by LACMA’s lack of response to Scorsese’s passionate letter to preserve the film program and commit to film as an …
I hear the deal isn’t done yet. Remember how pre-merger he was pushed out by William Morris alpha female Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, and then took all his clients with him. Meanwhile, 3 Arts Entertainment has been trying to recapitalize.
Arthur’s work is his own and does not necessarily reflect my views. Creative license. (And to the dimwits who don’t appreciate Arthur’s graphic commentary: this is based on Francisco de Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son.)
According to an email making the Hollywood rounds, Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. “While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position,” the email reads. “We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts — now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.” The petition is located at: www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html.
What’s Really Happening Inside Morris? Allegations Pouring In That Spew Hate; Motion Picture And Talent Dept Layoffs; Key Tenpercenter Departs With Clients; But Another Agent Talks Way Back In
2ND UPDATE: WMA is so sensitive to my publicity surrounding this wave of leavings and layoffs (see my previous, William Morris Starts Laying Off Agents…) that the agency gave me info that was flat-out wrong. A Morris executive last night claimed that, since January 2007 and despite the writers strike, only 5 tenpercenters have departed Morris — while, in the same period, double-digit numbers of agents have left CAA and ICM, and single-digit numbers of agents have exited UTA. But that’s false.
I’ve since discovered that at least 14 agents have exited WMA since January 2007 — Holly Baril, Louise Ward, Ken Freimann, Theresa Peters, Jack Tantleff, Caroline Michel, Ed Bicknell, Jeff Kolodny, Marc Provissierro, Marcus Wiley, Kenny Goodman, Phil Alberstat, Scott Lonker, Brian Stern, and more may be out the door (like Brian DePersia even though he just argued his way back in). ”It wasn’t intentional,” the source said. And those numbers don’t include the wholesale firings and hirings that have rocked WMA for years after Jim Wiatt and Dave Wirtschafter took over in 1999.
It’s time for everyone to level: I have been stunned by the overwhelmingly negative comments flooding in to DHD about the William Morris Agency since this round of layoffs began. I haven’t been able to post 50% of them because they contain unsavory allegations of personal and professional conduct. (But I plan to examine each and every one.) This hate-spewing is far worse than anything I’ve …
NBC Universal and Google entered into a multi-year partnership in which Google will broker TV advertising on some NBC cable channels. The deal, set to go into effect in coming months, covers advertising inventory through Google TV Ads service on Sci Fi, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, Sleuth, and Chiller, and maybe more. Google and NBC will split the revenue and collaborate on marketing and research. The Google TV Ads service can report second-by-second TV usage data allowing more precise measurement of ad viewership. For NBC, this pact is a way to target ads at specific audiences and attract new advertisers.
I love anything dealing with Hollywood history, so I enjoy Tom Rothman’s historical monologue Fox Legacy on the Fox Film Channel. But, surprisingly, today’s New York Times profile on the Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman’s cable show didn’t mention the closing of the 20th Century Fox film research library since it seems relevant. So I’ve learned the original article did report on the library’s fate, but that portion was trimmed for space. The article says, ”Mr. Rothman writes the monologues himself, doing much of his own research… For Edward Scissorhands he pored through Fox archival material.” So does that mean Rothman uses the film research library, too? If so, sad that it won’t be there much longer. Meanwhile, I’ve heard it costs between $750,000 to $1 million a year to keep the library open. Now let’s get creative. Fox Legacy could embrace the facility and maybe even shoot the show there to help underwrite it. That’s a win-win situation for all concerned.
Like there isn’t enough media consolidation… News reports say NBC Universal and two partners have reached a deal to buy The Weather Channel from Landmark Communications, ending a long negotiation that had attracted several Big Media companies — Time Warner and CBS and Comcast. The AP says the purchase price was $3.5 billion in cash. NBC Uni was joined in the deal by private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. The entertainment company picks up The Weather Channel, seen by 97% of U.S. cable subscribers, weather services for newspapers and radio stations, and the widely used Web site Weather.com.