MGM’s Roger Birnbaum Steps Down To Return To Producing; Gary Barber Now Revived Studio’s Sole Chairman & CEO

By | Wednesday October 3, 2012 @ 9:36am PDT

This is not surprising news. “There’s no drama here. He wants to produce,” an insider tells me about Roger Birnbaum’s decision. “He was just done with the business side. He now wants to focus only on movies … Read More »

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MGM Re-Ups DVD Deal With Fox Through 2016

Mike Fleming

One day after making a deal to co-finance the next two James Bond films and other feature films over the next five years, MGM chiefs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum solidified another piece of the reawakening studio’s puzzle by renewing its DVD deal with Fox through 2016. Here’s the official announcement:

LOS ANGELES, CA April 14, 2011 – MGM announced today that the company has renewed its worldwide Blu-ray Disc and DVD distribution pact with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment through 2016. As part of the new agreement, Fox will now oversee electronic-sell-through for MGM titles and will continue to handle MGM’s vast and extensive movie and television library, as well as distribute several upcoming new release productions in the home entertainment market, including the next JAMES BOND film, set for global theatrical release on November 9, 2012.”

“Twentieth Century Fox is a valued partner that has taken great care of the MGM library for many years with the highest degree of integrity,” said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. “They are a tremendous asset to the studio as we look towards the future.”

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MGM Today Lays Off Its Digital Department

I heard about a few secret layoffs at MGM right before Christmas 2010, and as recently as January 28th. Today, MGM laid off its entire Digital Department before the big move to the studio’s new Beverly Hills location. Post-bankrupt MGM … Read More »

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John Bryan Named President Domestic TV Distribution For MGM

By | Friday February 11, 2011 @ 12:38pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

John Bryan has been promoted to president Domestic Television Distribution for MGM. Bryan, who is currently EVP MGM Domestic TV, created the studio’s premium channel This TV. Under his new title, he will continue to work on This TV, the launch of ME TV, first-run syndication programming and sales … Read More »

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MGM Crowns Spyglass Partners Gary Barber And Roger Birnbaum New CEOs

Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE: MGM has just confirmed Deadline’s report that it has formally named Spyglass partners Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum its new chairmen/CEOs, and the studio has just issued a press release describing its reorganization effort. It appears … Read More »

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