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By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 2:29pm PDT

Ads for Deadline Hollywood were visible every 10 minutes on the Fox Screen by Sony Monday through Friday during last week’s TV upfronts. The brainstorm of DH business manager/advertising czar Nic Paul, our message flashed on state-of-the-art LED display technology measuring almost 35′ high and 40′ wide on some of the most valuable real estate in NYC’s Times Square. Cool, huh?

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The Wrap Loses Publisher Stacey Farish To Deadline; Was LA Times Sales Veteran

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 5:06pm PDT

Deadline.com strengthens its leading digital sales team with the addition of showbiz sales veteran Stacey Farish who was formerly the Los Angeles Times Vice President Stacey Farishof Media and Live Entertainment, and since November 2011 the Publisher of The Wrap. Effective immediately, she leaves and becomes Publisher of Deadline’s print magazine Awardsline as well as Vice President of PMC Entertainment. She will be working with Nic Paul, the Senior Vice President of PMC Entertainment ad sales. “Deadline.com remains one of our top priorities at PMC, and we think Stacey is exactly the right person to partner with Nic Paul, who has single-handedly built Deadline into the most successful digital trade business,” said PMC Founder and CEO Jay Penske. “Stacey has done so much in her career, and very few sellers can combine her insider trade knowledge with great consumer sales relationships. Hiring her demonstrates PMC’s commitment to the rapid growth of Deadline as one of the most dynamic companies to watch in the digital media arena.” Deadline.com first began in March 2006 as Deadline Hollywood Daily, the 24/7 Internet version of Nikki Finke’s long-running print column. Her site was purchased by Penske Media Corporation (PMC) in June 2009 and has expanded to include such showbiz editorial stars as Mike Fleming, Nellie Andreeva, Pete Hammond, David Lieberman, Nancy Tartaglione, and Dominic Patten. Sharon Waxman’s The Wrap continues to suffer a revolving door of ad and editorial personnel and executives.

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Deadline And Variety To Live Under One Roof After Westwood Building Deal

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 10:31pm PDT

Jay Penske’s PMC, the parent company of Deadline Hollywood as well as the new owner of Variety, has finalized a deal to put the two news organizations in one headquarters, securing 50% of the space in the ING Direct building, located at 11175 Santa Monica Blvd in Westwood. PMC’s new corporate headquarters will occupy four floors (including the top three) and will be completely renovated. One floor will include a full video production studio for news, a photo studio, and three green-screen rooms for PMC’s YouTube network ENTV as well as its other channels. What is unclear is an official move-in date for the new building, which is visible from the 405 just east of the freeway on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd. Deadline is now housed at PMC’s corporate headquarters at 9800 S La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles, where the media company occupies the entire top floor as well as newly installed video facilities on the lobby level. Variety is currently housed in the 31-floor skyscraper at 5900 Wilshire Blvd, atop which it planted its red signage in December 2008.

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Deadline ‘Moguls Panel’: Video & Transcript

By | Sunday December 9, 2012 @ 6:31pm PST

Deadline Hollywood’s 2nd annual event THE CONTENDERS about the movie awards season was held November 10th at LA’s Landmark Theatre for invited Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Guild voters. Watch the video of its marquee event: The ‘Deadline Moguls Panel’ composed of Warner Bros’ Jeff Robinov, 20th Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Amy Pascal, Paramount’s Rob Moore, Universal’s Adam Fogelson, Summit/Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman, and DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider who all discussed the challenges of this movie awards season. It was an insightful and fascinating discussion moderated by Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and Film/NY Editor Mike Fleming. A transcript follows the video below:

Transcript: ‘Deadline Moguls Panel’ at The Contenders November 10th:
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Proof LA Press Club’s National Showbiz Journalism Awards Are Just A Big Joke

What if an organization held an awards contest — and almost nobody entered? That happened last night. Because the Los Angeles Press Club can’t honestly call its contest the “National Entertainment Journalism Awards” if Deadline Hollywood, Variety, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Forbes, Fortune, Time, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, the network news shows, and a myriad other national media outlets covering entertainment didn’t participate. Which is why the ”Bests” handed out Sunday evening were a big joke. Take, for instance, ‘Best Entertainment Publication’: it was a contest between The Hollywood Reporter and the Antelope Valley Press. And so on. For this and other reasons, Deadline Hollywood boycotted the NEJ awards this year after we were winners or finalists in several categories last year. In fact, that’s when I began taking these awards to task – and the press club officers often failed to answer or even acknowledge my concerns. In my opinion, the LA Press Club seems more interested in collecting entry fees and selling gala tables than in rewarding high standards of journalism or conducting a competition with integrity. Read More »

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Deadline Parent Penske Media Corp Completes Variety Purchase

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 7:29am PDT
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Related: Mike Fleming On Variety’s Purchase By PMC

Variety SoldBREAKING: Penske Media Corporation has completed the acquisition of Variety from Reed Elsevier. The deal that just closed puts a venerable brand in Jay Penske’s digital publication stable that includes Deadline, TVLine, MovieLine, HollywoodLife, BGR and ENTV.

Here’s the official release:

October 9, 2012 – LOS ANGELES – Penske Media Corporation (“PMC”), a leading digital media and publishing company, announced today it had purchased Variety from Reed Business Information, part of Reed Elsevier. Terms of the asset purchase agreement between the parties were not disclosed.

Variety AcquiredJay Penske, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PMC, said, “Since 1905, Variety has been the world’s premier entertainment news source, and is today one of the most recognized global media brands. We are thrilled to welcome Variety and its exceptional team into the PMC organization. As part of this significant acquisition, we plan to rapidly build upon Variety’s foundation while extending this invaluable brand’s presence across the web, broadcast, mobile, and international markets.”

“We are enthusiastic that PMC will become the new steward of the great Variety franchise, which Reed Elsevier has built over the past 25 years, and the Silverman family for the 80 years before that,” said Neil Stiles, President of Variety. He added, “PMC is uniquely positioned to preserve and build the market presence of Variety. Their shared values and complementary assets

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Deadline Advisory: No 24/7 News This Week

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 5:32am PDT

(Repeat) The Deadline Team won’t provide 24/7 news coverage for at least this week. One of the reasons is DH business affecting the entire staff in LA, NY, and Europe. As a result, we’ll probably miss some breaking stories and delay monitoring some comments, emails, and phonecalls. Please cut us some slack for the duration.

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Rentrak Named Box Office Information Provider For Deadline Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2012 — Rentrak Corporation, the leader in multi-screen media measurement serving the advertising, television and entertainment industries, today announced a partnership deal to be the box office information provider to the most respected entertainment industry site, Deadline Hollywood, which has become the authoritative source for breaking news.

Rentrak will be providing all official, reported domestic box office actuals to Deadline Hollywood so its readers like producers, agents, dealmakers, and industry executives, can easily access the most accurate theatrical film performance information. Additionally, Rentrak will also provide Deadline readers with a uniquely designed Worldwide Box Office Estimates chart. The complete compilation of titles also will measure the global box office and be available each Sunday afternoon.

Deadline Hollywood was founded by industry veteran Nikki Finke, who serves as the General Manager and Editor-in-Chief. Her career in journalism includes positions at the Associated Press, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, New York Observer and New York Magazine.

“Rentrak is the most trustworthy source for box office reporting, and the perfect fit to my weekly box office analysis. In today’s competitive environment, easy access to this valuable resource will be a big convenience to our engaged readership,” Finke said.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide Deadline with the most trusted and accurate numbers for studio box office reporting. Rentrak’s unrivaled intelligence across the global theatrical market serves as a perfect complement

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Deadline Wins SoCal Journalism Awards

By | Sunday June 24, 2012 @ 10:34pm PDT

Deadline Hollywood Editor in Chief and Founder Nikki Finke was nominated for five categories in the 54th Southern California Journalism Awards. Tonight she won Entertainment News/Feature for her ICM Imploding, Pt. 1 scoop. She also placed second for Website, News Organization, Exclusive To The Internet. Deadline Hollywood congratulates all of  tonight’s winners.

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EMMYS: Drama Series Odds – ENTV Video

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 10:18pm PDT

Deadline’s Pete Hammond and Awardsline’s Christy Grosz discuss Emmy Drama Series odds with ENTV YouTube channel host Brian Corsetti:

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Deadline Advisory: Nikki Away On Vacation

By | Monday April 16, 2012 @ 6:43pm PDT

Everyone else at Deadline soon will be enjoying their summer holidays while I keep administrating and editing and reporting. Needless to say, I need to rest up now. So this past weekend I managed to sneak away for the start of some badly needed (and much delayed) R&R until May box office begins. I don’t care what Hollywood people do while I’m gone: just be sure to tell Mike, Nellie, David, Pete, Nancy, Patrick, and Kinsey about it. I’ll finish some updates tonight. Question is, after that, can I go more than a few days without posting? Gonna try.

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‘Deadline Knows’: A Tribute Video

By | Friday April 6, 2012 @ 3:13pm PDT

I’m embarrassed but honored by this unsolicited homage to our website made by filmmakers Carrie Certa (director/producer/writer), Patti Negri (co-producer/lead, Caitlin McCarthy (writer). Certa writes: “I hope you enjoy the film because we all had a blast making it.” Don’t miss the bonus scene in the credits:

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Variety For Sale! (Because It Can’t Compete With Deadline Hollywood)

I don’t want to start any rumors that Deadline Hollywood is going to buy Variety. But I am curious what the square footage is of Variety President Neil Stiles’ office… That Reed Business Information today announced it is beginning a process to sell Variety doesn’t come as a surprise to me. In fact, for the past year, I’ve been predicting it would go on the block in April 2012 based on my sources’ accurate information. (They told me Reed was merely waiting until the end of Oscar season and that “For Your Consideration’ ad revenue.) This follows the divestment by RBI of its other U.S. business magazines over the past three years. The last time Variety was put up for sale was when parent company Reed Elsevier trie to auction its b-to-b publishing unit RBI as a whole in February 2008 but took it off the block late that year citing the down global markets. But the price tag was unrealistically high. And now Variety is worth far less.

Reed can see that Variety’s best days are behind it: that awards advertising has slumped, that its paywall isn’t the panacea now that its print edition is too thin and its online posting not a priority, and that its showbiz reporting is increasingly inaccurate. (Just today, Variety wrongly claimed that The Hunger Games‘ midnight shows grossed $25M when the real number was $19.75M.) Why, just the other month, I was having a conversation with Neil Stiles where he admitted to me that a recent survey conducted by Variety showed that Deadline was the most consumed online trade by the entertainment industry: way more than Variety, and way way more than The Hollywood Reporter. (Stiles also confirmed to me he’s working without a contract but denies rumors that he’s on the way out and about to retire to his new home in Florida.) Meanwhile, other media outlets keep reporting that investor Guggenheim Partners wants to sell The Hollywood Reporter Read More »

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Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking The Oscars – Welcome To Harveywood!

By | Sunday February 26, 2012 @ 5:25pm PST

Oscar Winners List 2012
Backstage At The Academy Awards
OSCARS: Who Wore What On The Red Carpet
OSCARS: Wins By Studio
OSCARS: Wins By Film
Sacha Baron Cohen Punks Ryan Seacrest: ‘The Dictator’ Spills “Kim Jong Il’s Ashes” All Over Red Carpet Host! (Ryan Unamused)

Oscars Live Commentary 2012I’m live-snarking the 84th Annual Academy Awards for the outstanding film achievements of 2011 starting at 5:30 PM PT tonight. Comments will open when the show starts inside the Kodak Theatre. Come for the cynicism. Stay for the subversion. Add your comment. WARNING: Not for the easily offended or ridiculously naive.

This 84th Academy Awards show is supposed to be televised to more than 225 countries worldwide. So I’m tipping all you foreigners to something that Americans already know: The Oscars suck every year! And this year the Oscars are gonna suck worse than ever! Because we all know who’s going to win the marquee categories without a single envelope being ripped open.

So welcome to THE MOST BORING OSCARS EVER!

No one in Hollywood wanted to attend the Oscars this year. For the first time ever, instead of execs fighting for tickets, studio heads had to beg their spouses to accompany them. Why? Because the moguls and their lackeys couldn’t tolerate the prospect at sitting through the interminable telecast only to watch Harvey Weinstein gloat because he’ll win Best Picture et al for the second straight year. Everybody agrees that The Artist is a fun pic but hardly Best Picture Oscar worthy. And yet almost everybody voted for it anyway. I can’t even blame Harvey’s usual Oscar tactics (paying Academy members to fill out their ballots, redoing voters’ kitchens and bathrooms…). Hollywood only has itself to blame for Harveywood and bringing Harv back from the brink of extinction. So when he turns into a monster again, just remember that I said, “TOLDJA!”

The anti-Artist protest began as early as the Red Carpet tonight. It was summed up by Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of the book The Decendants on which the pic of the same name is based. She tweeted: The Artist people were in line in front of me, and now I smell like cigarettes and entitlement.” Bitter much?

Morgan Freeman welcomes everyone to the 84th Academy Awards.

Billy Crystal stars in a silent black and white movie. Like DUH!

Billy Crystal as Coma Woman! Full-on kiss with George Clooney. ABC just lost every Red State viewer and probably won the GOP presidential race for Rick Santorum. Seriously, Academy, you clearly don’t want families to watch, do you?

Nice touch that shtick with Billy Crystal as Sammy Davis Jr. (I forgot he did that impression.) But Crystal’s plastic surgery is so off-putting. His face looks like it was ironed — and I swear I can still see the scorch smarks.

Since only 3 people saw most of the Best Picture Oscar contenders, of course Crystal’s movie reel had to include one popular pic — Mission: Impossible 4. My guess is Tom Cruise paid for the product placement of himself. (Not even M:I4‘s ads showed the actor!)

It’s Billy’s 9th time hosting the Oscars, and he’s already bombing with his jokes. “We’re here at the beautiful Chapter 11 theatre” — reference to the fact that the Kodak Theatre is bankrupt. Two home viewers got that.

Best line: “Enjoy yourselves. Because nothing can take the sting out the world’s problems than watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.” You won’t hear a truer statement all night.

Oh god, Billy’s mincing (i.e. singing and dancing) onstage. Make it stop! He’s 63 (some say he’s really 65) and could break a hip.

Did you notice why you can’t understand the lyrics to the songs he’s singing? Because of all the Botox, he can’t move his mouth.

Billy Crystal tweeted before the show, “Opening number changed. War Horse broke his leg, had to put him down.” Funnier line than anything onstage now.

Presenter Tom Hanks loves to pretend he’s The Mayor Of Hollywood. Onstage with that beard, he looks like the boat captain on a box of frozen fishsticks. (Isn’t he in a movie about a skipper vs the Somali pirates?)

Cinematography
“Hugo” (Paramount) – Robert Richardson

Art Direction
“Hugo” (Paramount) – Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

So about an hour before the Oscars began, show producer Brian Grazer phoned me. I think he was worried what I would say about him during my live-snarking. I assured him that I wouldn’t make him the scapegoat for the inevitably bad show. Instead, I told him that I’ll keep reminding you readers that it would have been far worse under Brett Ratner!

Grazer told me that the show’s theme tonight is to celebrate watching movies in theaters “as we rapidly ascend into VOD”. (That’s video-on-demand for civilians.) “Too many people are seeing movies alone or at home with 2-3 people. We want to celebrate the collective community experience which is my indelible memory of movies, magnified by seeing it with hundreds of people. Otherwise, it doesn’t have the same emotional impact,” Grazer told me. Exactly what about this show illusrates that?

Who wants to be in the middle of a J-Lo-Cameron Diaz sandwich? Too bad it’s wasted on the zillion men watching the Oscars. All gay, they’d rather fix both actresses’ awful hair.

Costume Design
“The Artist” (The Weinstein Company) – Mark Bridges

First mention of Harvey Weinstein so far — many more to follow. Ad nauseum.

Makeup
“The Iron Lady” (The Weinstein Company) – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Uh-oh, the men didn’t mention Harvey. They’ll never work again for The Weinstein Co. But no worries: everyone else in Hollywood will reward them!

These filmed vignettes were directed by Moneyball‘s Bennett Miller.

With all her money, Barbra Streisand couldn’t afford shampoo?

Hey, Adam Sandler won the most Razzies today for the worst movies of 2011 with 11 nominations for that abomination Jack & Kill. I mean, Jack & Jill.

Just remember, I’m not nasty. My fingers which do the typing are the meanies. Blame them, not me.

Sandra Bullock is great no matter what lame material she’s given. (From my peanut gallery: “Did Sandy Bullock get that outfit from the old Star Trek wardrobe? She looks like an alien ambassador.”)

Foreign Language Film
“A Separation” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Dreamlab Films Production, Iran

First movie from Iran to win the Foreign Language Oscar. This guy went through hell and back. A shoo-in because of that. Reminds us that good movies can have great cultural impact. As long as Hollywood isn’t making them.

Christian Bale is even hunkier as he ages. Go ahead and make my day and scream at me, Christian. Let me be your whipping gal.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer in “The Help” (Touchstone)

Foregone conclusion and well-deserved. Spencer reveals genuine emotion which is rare for this show. “Thank you, Academy, for putting me with the hottest guy in the room… Thank you Steven Spielberg for changing my life. Thank you Stacey Snider for changing my life,” she says as tears stream down her face.

She also thanked The Help‘s writer/director Tate Taylor who changed agencies last week (from WME to CAA). I heard from a good source that he told CAA he doesn’t care what he does next “as long as it’s not a movie about pussies in pain…”

Focus group on The Wizard Of Oz? Genius concept, poor writing. But I Love the Second City/SCTV reunion. Of course, no one under the age of 55 has even heard of it… Way not to attract a younger audience, Acad.

Justin Bieber was in the opening film? I missed him. I must have thought he was one of the Disney dwarves…

Film Editing
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

This pair won last year for The Social Network. Obviously, the Academy gives Oscars to people who survive working with that pain-in-the-ass David Fincher.

Sound Editing
“Hugo” (Paramount) – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

Sound Mixing
“Hugo” (Paramount) – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

Surprising that Hugo is winning so many technical awards. On the other hand, with a cost of $200+M, it probably employed every member of every craft guild in Hollywood and beyond, and they all voted for it. The Graham King Films/Paramount 3D pic has only made domestic $69.3M and foreign $46.4M for a worldwide total box office of $115.8M. In other words, it’ll never earn out.

Was that Miss Piggy or Penelope Ann Miller? They both looked like pork sausage stuffed into their dresses. And Kermit looked as green as every movie executive during the last half of 2011 when the box office was slumping badly and their bonuses were vanishing.

Why the Cirque Du Soleil segment? Was this some sweetheart deal between the Academy and the Kodak Theatre which houses the Cirque show the rest of the year? What a stretch to make this have anything to do with the movie biz. It would have been more entertaining to watch the writer’s room. Read More »

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Deadline Hires New Los Angeles Film Editor Brian Brooks, Formerly Top IndieWire Editor

By | Sunday December 25, 2011 @ 1:32am PST

Deadline Hollywood continues expanding staff to further position us as the primary 24/7 breaking news entertainment business website. Today we are announcing another important addition: new Los Angeles Film Editor Brian Brooks (brian@deadline.com). He will work closely with New York Editor & Film Editor Mike Fleming to cover both the major studio and indie film business and festival scene. A veteran of indiieWIRE since 1996 and Managing Editor since 2007, Brooks was integral in the execution of daily editorial news and feature content about the movie biz. He was a regular at the Sundance, Toronto, LAFF, SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes, Berlin, Hamptons, Sarajevo, AFI, IDFA, Pusan, Reykjavik festivals and more. He has moderated and produced events and panels in New York, Toronto, and Austin and served on numerous festival juries. A California native and UCLA grad, Brian is relocating from NYC to Los Angeles to join Deadline in mid-January – just in time to cover Sundance with Fleming. “I want to thank all the amazing and brilliant people on indieWIRE’s editorial team with whom I’ve worked over the past 12 years,” Brooks said. ”Now I join a truly fantastic team at Deadline. I’m honored that Nikki Finke and Mike Fleming wanted me to work with them. And I look forward to covering the film business and its talented people from my new base in Los Angeles.”

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Deadline Advisory: Site Maintenance 8-10PM

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST

Deadline Hollywood will undergo some under-the-hood server updates tonight. So we won’t be able to post between 8-10 PM PT and you won’t able to make comments. Thanks for your patience.

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Movie Moguls Talked, Joked, Mused About Oscars At Deadline’s ‘The Contenders’ Event

I hoped there would be fistfights. Or at least a chair thrown or two. “I tried but no one wanted to rumble,” Jeffrey Katzenberg told me later. Instead, Jeff Robinov, Tom Rothman, Rob Moore, Stacey Snider, Harvey Weinstein, Rob Friedman, and Katzenberg demonstrated remarkable restraint as they talked, joked, and mused about the Oscars process today. Everyone was ribbing everyone, and a few zingers landed as well. There were so many studio bigwigs at the first day of Deadline Hollywood’s two-day ‘The Contenders’ event (which continues Sunday at 10 AM with still more moguls) that it became a running joke. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond opened up the 2 PM ‘Moguls Panel’ by saying, “This kind of event has never been held before. You realize that, if a bomb dropped in here, Amy Pascal would own Hollywood.” (The Sony Pictures chairman couldn’t attend.) The other studio chiefs came from hither and yon to attend ‘The Contenders’, and the packed crowd was obviously appreciative. ”Just sayin’ it doesn’t get any better than that. So rare in these times to have as august a group come together and discuss,” one of the attendees emailed me afterwards. That’s why our venue, the Landmark Theatre, pulled out all the stops, even reupholstering the seats in anticipation of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voters and select Hollywood Guild members who’d sit in them. More details about ‘The Contenders’ in coming days. Next week we’ll be posting the unedited video of the ‘Mogul’s Panel’ which was moderated by Hammond and Deadline Film editor/NY Editor Mike Fleming. Here’s some of the studio chiefs’ 1 1/2-hour-long discussion:

DEADLINE: “This is one of the most wide open Academy Awards seasons. Does that make you more likely to launch an aggressive campaign?”
TOM ROTHMAN, Chairman/CEO Fox Filmed Entertainment: “Yeah, we have a lot of pictures between the studio and Fox Searchlight. But I am a contrarian about this. I think the whole notion of a race and spending is hugely exaggerated. I think voters know what they want to vote for once they’ve seen the movies. Our job is to get them to see the movies. To advance positions for them to think about. Ultimately the Academy is gong to decide. And I think in contrast to what is often said, ultimately I think it comes down to the movies. As it should.”

DEADLINE: “Can an aggressive Oscar” campaign hurt?”
ROTHMAN: “Well, I don’t know, I guess there’s some truth to it. I suppose it depends on what you mean by campaign. Academy Award winners sometimes gain a momentum because of a particular performance, and sometimes for length of career and all the work that has been done. Look recently at Paul Newman. You might not say [1986's The Color Of Money] was his best performance. But he won for his great body of nominations and work. I don’t really think, being on the stump so to speak, when in the privacy of the voting booth which is their living room that it necessarily makes a difference.”
JEFF ROBINOV, PRESIDENT OF WARNER BROS: “I’d say Mr. Weinstein proves him wrong every year.”
HARVEY WEINSTEIN, CO-CHAIRMAN THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY: “That is the only thing that counts, so Tom and I agree more than you think.”
ROTHMAN: “You have just witnessed an historic moment.”
WEINSTEIN: “I’ve said this a thousand times. The most important job is getting voters to see the movie. If they don’t see the movie, they won’t vote.”

DEADLINE: “But it’s not as good to see these movies on a small screen via screeners.”
ROTHMAN: “It’s hard to get them to see movies on the big screen. Planet Of The Apes is not as good on a small screen. Also the other thing I think is time. It’s hard because of the crush of films that all come in at the end. Voters try to be responsible, but sometimes they’re seeing multiple movies [in one day]. I agree with Harvey completely on the need to see films in the theater as they were intended.”
KATZENBERG: “We could end up with a horse against an ape this year.”

DEADLINE: “Isn’t that especially true of 3D films?”
JEFFREY KATZENBERG, CEO DREAMWORKS ANIMATIONS: “Yeah, just to sort of cut to the chase on this, we spend 4 years and $150 million on trying to make an exceptional experience in the movie theater. And use tools one of which is 3D. So we settle for the fact that many many many people will never see it this way.”

DEADLINE: “Is it best to release an Oscar contender earlier in the year and get out early like The Hurt Locker did in June?”
ROB FRIEDMAN, CO-CHAIRMAN/CEO SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT: “I think what everybody’s saying is it’s vital to get the movies seen. In this case having the film out in June gave more time to build critical and audience response.”

DEADLINE: “How did The Hurt Locker manage to compete since its revenue cycle was over by the time big Avatar came out?”
FRIEDMAN: “By the way, I did offer Tom [Rothman] and Jim [Gianopulos] the offer to trade revenue streams.”
ROTHMAN: “We thought about it.”
FRIEDMAN: “Actually we had not completed our revenue cycle. It was not out on DVD yet. It performed massively in those revenue environments. We knew that any kind of Middle East/Iraq film was challenging at best. It found its level theatrically, but was enormous in the home market.”

DEADLINE: “Tom, would you have been happy to forget awards for Avatar as long as could count the money?’
ROTHMAN: “I guess the technical answer to that would be fuck, yes. [BIG LAUGH] Yes, we were disappointed to lose. I think Robbie and I found ourselves waiting for our cars by the heater that night, and I congratulated him mightily. But I made my career being honest, and if I said I wasn’t brutally disappointed it would be an understatement. I think it is a common problem that happens. David and Goliath is a very good narrative. It is easy to root for the little guy. I understand that emotionally. Fox Searchlight’s Slumdog Millionaire was small and won. The Academy giveth, and the Academy taketh away. We had a good year with Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan and Best Actress last time. Those things happen. I do think, if I can get on my bully pulpit for a few seconds, that sometimes I think the craftsmanship and artistry in what is thought of as commercial cinema is not always given its proper place. Hurt Locker was ultimately thought the better film that year, that I understand. But when you look down categories, sometimes I think that other crafts get swept along. I was surprised and I would also say disappointed that the hard-working creative folks on Avatar were not recognized.”

DEADLINE: “Which other of your films were unfairly overlooked over the years?”
ROBINOV: “I think the quality of Harry Potter films has been somewhat discounted. Especially the last one.  It feels like the type of movie that traditionally would receive some Oscar attention. Also Inception was a very bold movie, yet it was not rewarded for risk-taking, I do think there is some bias against Hollywood and the resources that it has. Nice when a movie like Titanic actually gets what it deserves.” Read More »

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12 Studios-Distributors, 29 Films, 9 Moguls: ‘The Contenders’ Deadline Hollywood Event

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 12:00pm PST

Deadline Hollywood has always tried to innovate while other showbiz media outlets merely imitate. So I’ve created a two-day event completely free to participants and invitees called ‘THE CONTENDERS’. Each studio and distributor, major and indie, will make a presentation of their Award contender films directly to invited Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members and select Hollywood Guild members. Invitees can choose to come for one day or both days. This entirely free event includes gratis Buffet Lunch catered by premium Los Angeles restaurants Craig’s (Saturday) and The Capital Grille (Sunday).

‘THE CONTENDERS’ has filled up so fast that we’re now opening a second theatre to accomodate the crowd. Those current AMPAS members who didn’t receive their invitations for whatever reason (we had a lot of complaints about our mailing house) can still gain admittance by emailing RSVP@deadline.com or calling the RSVP line at 310-484-2572. As a last resort current AMPAS members can come directly to the Landmark Theatre on 10850 West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles Saturday and/or Sunday. ‘THE CONTENDERS’ event has received official notification that it falls within the Academy’s approved guidelines.

Current AMPAS and select Hollywood Guild members should know that entrance and seating to ‘THE CONTENDERS’ is on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis and is by no means guaranteed. No guests allowed. Each invitee must pass through security clearance and show Academy or Guild identification cards to gain admittance throughout the day. But we suggest you get to the theatre as early as 9 AM on Saturday and/or Sunday to ensure prime seating. Check-in starts at 10 AM and presentations continue until 5 PM. Be aware that the Mogul Q&A Panels at 2 PM Saturday (majors) and Sunday (indies) will fill up quickly.

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Deadline Hires International Editor Nancy Tartaglione & Managing Editor Kinsey Lowe

By | Thursday November 24, 2011 @ 12:50pm PST

This is an exciting time for Deadline Hollywood as we continue our expansion plans to further position us as the primary 24/7 breaking news entertainment business website. Today we are announcing two important staff additions: new International Editor Nancy Tartaglione (nancy@deadline.com) and new Managing Editor Kinsey Lowe (kinsey@deadline.com). Kinsey will oversee the news at night, working closely with Deadline Managing Editor Patrick Hipes who oversees the news during the day. Nancy takes over from Deadline London Editor Tim Adler, who will continue to freelance for us.

Veteran showbiz journalist Nancy Tartaglione took over the day-to-day running of HollywoodWiretap.com in 2006 and continues as Managing Editor today. Based in Europe, she was the French Correspondent and a Contributing Editor for ScreenDaily.com/Screen International, breaking hundreds of exclusive news stories from 2001 until just recently. Nancy also is an on-call freelance editor for The New York Times‘ DealBook blog. Earlier in her career, Nancy worked in the Paris office of 60 Minutes collaborating on stories for correspondent Mike Wallace, and spent several years in the Features department of the International Herald Tribune. In 1997, she became a Variety reporter covering the French film industry and was the French Bureau Chief for Variety’s Moving Pictures. Later she became the European Media Correspondent for Inside.com. Nancy also co-hosted of “Bazar” a film program on Canal Plus’ Ciné Cinémas channel, and produced the weekly segment “News from Hollywood”.

Kinsey Lowe is a veteran showbiz journalist from the Los Angeles Times and Variety and most recently HollywoodWiretap.com. At the Los Angeles Times, Kinsey … Read More »

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