Sky To Become HBO’s Home In Britain

The pay-TV giant has struck an exclusive output deal to be the only place to watch HBO shows from now on. Boardwalk Empire, Martin Scorsese’s series about Atlantic City gangsters, will be the first show to air through the … Read More »

Comments (4)

EMMYS: Do Cable Dramas’ Scheduling Patterns Give Them An Emmy Advantage?

Nellie Andreeva

emmyIt’s hard to look around and not come across an ad for the upcoming fourth season of AMC’s drama Mad Men. There are billboards, promos, reviews, stories, and interviews with the cast and creator Matthew Weiner seemingly everywhere this week, which leads … Read More »

Comments (18)

‘Sopranos’ Creator To Film Rock Drama

By | Monday March 8, 2010 @ 1:17pm PST
Mike Fleming

chase1EXCLUSIVE: Two years after baffling audiences with his abrupt cut-to-black ending for HBO’s The Sopranos, David Chase is back — this time, with a feature film. Unfortunately, it’s not about the Mafia. But the subject matter could be just as compelling. I’ve learned … Read More »

Comments 27

Paramount To Open Only 20 Films A Year; Re-Consolidated Studio Will Save $50M

By | Wednesday October 15, 2008 @ 8:36am PDT

Paramount Delaying 2 Oscar-Buzzed Pics 

UPDATE: So now we have a glimpse of a new Paramount in the post-DreamWorks divorce, current credit crunch, era. Also the studio finally clarified the job … Read More »

Comments 25

Paramount Ready To Get More Litigious

By | Thursday September 4, 2008 @ 11:06am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is beefing up its corporate litigation department. Karen Magid, a well known name in the studio’s legal affairs department, is moving over to the general counsel’s office to go from contracts to litigation. Sources tell me to expect a … Read More »

Comments (11)

Lionsgate, A Studio With No Conscience

By | Thursday August 28, 2008 @ 12:59pm PDT


The Pulitzer-prize winning New Orleans local newspaper thinks it’s an outrage that Lionsgate is releasing Disaster Movie on the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The studio that has hawked torture porn for years has now decided to make a buck off the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people, … Read More »

Comments 52

TOLDJA! Alli Shearmur Joining Lionsgate

By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 1:45pm PDT

I was out of the office yesterday but DHD readers already knew what Joe Drake finally announced: that Lionsgate hired Alli Shearmur to head a new production arm as part of the studio’s expansion. See my previous from July 18th: … Read More »

Comments (5) Also Says MGM Is For Sale…

By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 12:04pm PDT

So my sources, BusinessWeek‘s sources, and now’s sources all report that MGM is for sale despite the studio’s denials. Last night, the well-known financial website (whose articles require a subscription) noted that MGM doesn’t need Goldman Sachs because it already … Read More »

Comments (7)

‘Valkyrie’ Nazi Extras Sue Tom’s UA Studio

By | Monday August 25, 2008 @ 11:02pm PDT

There’s more bad news for the movie studio part-owned by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner with MGM. Last summer, 11 extras dressed in Nazi army uniforms fell out of the back of a World War II-era troop carrier truck as it … Read More »

Comments (11)

MGM Now Claims It’s Not On The Block

By | Monday August 25, 2008 @ 11:50am PDT

MGM issued the following statement today after I and BusinessWeek received tips that Goldman Sachs had been retained to shop MGM. (See Goldman Sachs Shopping MGM — Again.) Back when MGM was last … Read More »

Comments (13)

Primetime Pilot Panic: ABC Picks Up 5

By | Monday August 25, 2008 @ 11:15am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Because of the writers strike cutting short this past spring’s pilot season, ABC delayed its development so that most of the network’s new primetime scripted series would go midseason. Pilots were shot in July, and today ABC finally started making decisions. None of this has been officially announced:  

Better Off Ted — The … Read More »

Comments 25

Goldman Sachs Shopping MGM — Again

By | Friday August 22, 2008 @ 9:14pm PDT

Yesterday I received a tip from a reliable source in film financing circles telling me that Goldman Sachs had been retained to shop MGM. “It’s doubtful that something will come out of the process. But one never knows,” my insider told … Read More »

Comments (10)

New Line About To Party Like It’s 2007…

By | Tuesday August 19, 2008 @ 1:37pm PDT


Say you’re a downsized Hollywood studio that recently laid off almost all your employees. Well, if you’re New Line you throw the annual summer staff party for those remaining few. Ex-New Liners are emailing me that the pool party on Thursday at Skybar will cost $35,000 and “all … Read More »

Comments 22

ABC Studios Stays Inside To Replace EVP

By | Monday August 18, 2008 @ 5:54pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Sources tell me that Barry Jossen, EVP of physical production at ABC Studios, is replacing Julia Franz as ABC Studios EVP of development. Franz is stepping down voluntarily after recently having a baby. Jossen has been overseeing production for the studio’s slate of … Read More »

Comments (9)

SAG-AMPTP: It’s Been A De Facto Lockout

UPDATE: Here is the definitive answer to whether there is now a de facto strike or a de facto lockout in Hollywood. I’ve repeatedly opined it’s nonsensical to think there’s been a de facto strike when it’s the Hollywood CEOs who control … Read More »

Comments 24

Showbiz Smoking B.S. From Governator (& Similarities Between Hellboy & Arnold)

By | Thursday July 10, 2008 @ 5:53pm PDT

California governator Arnold Schwarzenegger is so useless — and not just because nearly every morning he sits around drinking coffee in a Brentwood cafe instead of tending to state business in Sacramento. Now, instead of helping the California economy by stopping the networks’ and studios’ runaway … Read More »

Comments (13)

Sony’s Gargotta Upped, Goldstine Moved

Just came back from a meeting to find that Sony Pictures Entertainment has promoted Tommy Gargotta to president of worldwide creative advertising, replacing Josh Goldstine who’ll now work on a few Columbia titles a year as a senior creative exec. (See my previous, … Read More »

Comments (3)

Bombshell ABC Studios Memo Is Blatant Blueprint To Rip Off Foreign TV Series

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve obtained a shocking official ABC Studios memo written by EVP Howard Davine to showrunners and executive producers with deals there. Those who’ve seen it are shaking their heads in disbelief. “I’m stunned that they would have done this,” one insider tells me. “I can’t believe they actually put this … Read More »

Comments 50

SAG vs AMPTP: The Nastiness Ramps Up

Tonight the AMPTP issued this statement on something they call “final offer retroactivity.” (But if you ask me, it just sounds like the Hollywood moguls don’t want their summer vacations interrupted…):

“The Producers remain committed to making a deal with SAG as soon as possible, which is why the AMPTP’s

Read More »

Comments (15)
More Deadline | Hollywood »