Time Warner In Frame To Buy UK’s Five

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 8:13am PDT

FiveThe US media group is understood to be one of those mulling a bid for the UK’s smallest terrestrial broadcaster. Endemol, ITV and BSkyB are also kicking the tyres. Would-be buyers have until June 21 to submit bids. Warner Bros declined … Read More »

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Lionsgate Focuses On 68% Of Company Carl Icahn Doesn’t Control, Urges Shareholders Not To Panic

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 7:44am PDT
Mike Fleming

lionsgate-logoIn response to yesterday’s news by Carl Icahn that his $7 per share tender offer resulted in 13.2% of outstanding shares that bring the Icahn Group’s stake to 32%, Lionsgate has focused on the 68% of stock Icahn doesn’t control. There … Read More »

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Harry Potter’s Orlando Theme Park Opens

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 3:20am PDT

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I still say ugh to such crass commercialism. But the studio tells me that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its grand opening celebration last night with help from … Read More »

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Breakout Hit ‘Karate Kid’ Headed To FX

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 4:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

karate kid2EXCLUSIVE: FX has snapped up the TV rights to this summer’s first surprise boxoffice hit The Karate Kid. I hear the cable network quietly made the deal with Sony a couple of weeks before the film’s opening, a smart … Read More »

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Changing Release Dates: Sony Pics Sked

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 4:06pm PDT

Sony Pictures LOGO6/25/10 GROWN UPS, COLUMBIA, 3000+
7/23/10 SALT, COLUMBIA, 3000+
8/13/10 EAT PRAY LOVE, COLUMBIA, 2500 +
8/27/10 TAKERS, SCREEN GEMS, 2000+
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Icahn Says He’ll Own 31+% Of Lionsgate

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 1:21pm PDT

icahn lgHis $7-a-share tender offer doesn’t expire until 8 PM ET tonight. But he’ll be Lionsgate’s largest shareholder after stating publicly today he has received 12.5% of the studio’s shares from stockholders presumably including Mark Cuban. That 31% is a … Read More »

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‘Green Hornet’ Debuts On IMAX 3D Jan. 14

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 11:05am PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 16, 2010 – IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Releasing announced today that The Green Hornet, the adaptation of the radio and television masked superhero character, will be released to IMAX® theatres, simultaneously with the film’s wide domestic 2D and 3D release on January 14, 2011.

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Bravo’s Cori Abraham Named Oxygen SVP Development

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Another Bravo development executive, Cori Abraham, is moving to sibling Oxygen. Abraham has been named SVP development for the female-centered channel. She follows Amy Introcaso-Davis, who moved from Bravo to Oxygen in early 2008, shortly after NBC Universal’s acquisition of Oxygen. Abraham, who will oversee network’s development on both coasts … Read More »

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Paramount Ups ‘Last Airbender’ By 1 Day

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 10:30am PDT

last_airbender_movieParamount and Nickelodeon Pictures’ new date of release is now Thursday  July 1st for the 3D and 2D versions of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Insiders tell me, “Early tracking is very good. Especially with males. So the studio is moving up to get a … Read More »

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Casts Firm Up For Following Pics: ‘LOL,’ ‘Abduction,’ ‘Tom’s Dad’ And ‘Ghost Rider’

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 3:30am PDT
Mike Fleming

get-attachment.aspxLot of pieces were falling into place on movies yesterday. Here are some of the highlights: Miley Cyrus got a leading man for her Mandate film LOL in Douglas Booth. The British actor who makes his American feature debut after starring … Read More »

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End Of An Era: NBCU Top TV Marketing Executive John Miller To Step Down

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 7:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NUP_131847_0125EXCLUSIVE: I hear John Miller, chief marketing officer for the NBC Universal Television Group, will step down at the end of the year.  Miller, a 28-year NBC marketing veteran, has already started telling people within the company about his plans to … Read More »

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Sony Pics High-Kicking ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 6:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

karate kid2After The Karate Kid‘s opening weekend gross of $56 million blew past its $40 million budget, a sequel to the Jaden Smith-Jackie Chan-starrer seemed inevitable. Sure enough, agency sources tell me that Sony’s Columbia Pictures execs are meeting with … Read More »

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Doug Liman May ‘Kill’: ’3 Musketeers’ DOA?

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 5:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fair Game director Doug Liman is circling All You Need Is Kill, the Dante Harper-scripted adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka drama which Warner Bros acquired in a 7-figure spec deal this spring. The rumors of this pending deal come as suspicion builds that Warner Bros might well be cooling … Read More »

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Warner Bros Promotes TV PR Executives Scott Rowe And Tammy Golihew

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 5:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran studio publicist Scott Rowe has been named SVP of worldwide communications for the Warner Bros Television Group, and Tammy Golihew has been upped to SVP publicity of Warner Bros Television. The promotions come several months after the departure of Sharan Magnuson, SVP of worldwide publicity for WBTVG, who left because … Read More »

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GAME CHANGER? Paramount & Redbox Enter Pact To Release Day And Date In The Sell-Through Market After 10-Month Test

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 1:25pm PDT

paramountlogoHOLLYWOOD, CA and OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL (June 15, 2010) -Paramount Home Entertainment Inc. (PHE) and Redbox Automated Retail, LLC (redbox), today announced that Paramount exercised its option to extend its revenue sharing license agreement, providing redbox access to PHE DVD

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Tory Metzger Exiting Media Rights Capital

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 12:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: In a surprise move, Tory Metzger will leave her post as president of film production for Media Rights Capital when her contract expires at the end of the month. MRC co-CEOs Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu are starting an immediate search to replace her with one or two seasoned … Read More »

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Robert & Susan Downey Hire President And Tap Spirit of Steve McQueen For First Pic

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 11:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

Vanity Fair PartyEXCLUSIVE: Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Downey have named their  Warner Bros-based production company Team Downey, and hired David Gambino to be president of production. For their first producing project, the Downeys have come aboard Yucatan, … Read More »

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June Gloom Consumes Hollywood: The Week That Studios Sought Out Agents

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 9:43am PDT

Mount_OlympusIntensively over the next few days, extending even for the next few weeks, a gaggle of studio moguls and/or their executives have scheduled a series of meetings with top agencies in Hollywood. Yes, the movie gods are coming down off Mount … Read More »

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Sam Raimi Hired To Direct ‘Oz’ (& Downey?)

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 4:10am PDT

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UPDATE: Let me confirm that Sam Raimi is set to direct Disney’s extravagant ‘Wizard of Oz’ 3D prequel. I understand that talks to hire Raimi for Oz: The Great And Powerful turned into a deal … Read More »

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