After the coffee. Before the green beer.
The Skinny: Happy St. Patrick's Day! That was quite an earthquake, L.A. folks. Anyone who read my box-office projector column this week saw everything turn out as expected. Just kidding! Some people thought "Need for Speed" could race away with the weekend victory. So, of course, it landed in third. Monday's stories include the box-office roundup, Bob Iger succession stories and some apparent issues with the "Veronica Mars" digital downloads.
Daily Dose: CBS Corp. has officially begun the initial public offering process for its outdoor unit by...
DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" scored a box-office victory with a strong second weekend as "Need for Speed" fell short of expectations and "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club" bombed.
The 3-D animated "Mr. Peabody," a comedy about a hyper-intelligent, time-traveling dog and his adopted boy, took in an estimated $21.2 million in ticket sales Friday through Sunday in the United States and Canada.
The kid-friendly film distributed by 20th Century Fox and featuring the voice of Ty Burrell has grossed $63.2 million so far in those two countries.
The gig: As the head of Sterling Venue Ventures, Lance Sterling runs the recently renovated Saban Theatre concert venue in Beverly Hills and also owns and operates the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.
Early days: Sterling, 51, studied civil engineering at the University of Arizona. While in school, he worked in bars, nightclubs and concert venues that booked groups such as Grand Funk Railroad. "I was making more money running concerts than I would as an engineer," he said.
After college, he briefly worked for a billboard company and then went into the hotel business.
A coalition of entertainment industry groups, politicians and community members rallied Saturday to support legislation that would extend and expand California’s film and TV tax credit, which is due to expire in 2017.
Hundreds of people gathered at Independent Studio Services, a prop house in Sunland, to push for the recently proposed AB 1839 at the California Film
In a climactic car-chase scene in the new movie "Need for Speed," a race car barrels into the back of a police SUV, sending the truck flying through the air.
To put viewers in the drivers' seats, director Scott Waugh placed cameras inside the SUV so they could feel the sensation of the truck rotating in the air. He positioned cameras on the head of the stunt driver maneuvering the vehicle that collides with the SUV, and in the car driven by Tobey Marshall ("Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul) as he races by the chaos. Camera operators also took aerial footage from two helicopters flying above the...
Time Warner Cable Inc. has stirred anger over its hike in subscription rates for customers and its efforts to extract hefty fees from rivals to air the L.A. Dodgers channel.
Now it has incurred the wrath of city officials.
On Friday, the city of Los Angeles sued the cable giant, alleging it stiffed the city on franchise fees over four years through 2011. The city seeks nearly $10 million in fees, money it said could have helped ease its budget problems during the financial crisis.
"Time Warner owes L.A.'s taxpayers millions of dollars for the privilege of having its franchise," City Attorney...
It's one of Hollywood's longest-running guessing games: Who will succeed Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger? And it just got a little more interesting.
Anne Sweeney's announcement this week that she will step down as head of Disney's media networks, including ABC-TV, could help set up important moves on a corporate chess board as Disney prepares for bigger and more dramatic changes.
Iger agreed last summer to stay on as CEO through June 2016, 15 months longer than initially planned. That has extended the day of reckoning for choosing his successor, who many think will be...
Time Warner Cable has more problems in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer took a swing on Friday, filing a lawsuit against the region's largest pay TV provider. The federal suit, filed on behalf of the city of Los Angeles, alleges that Time Warner Cable has "stiffed" the city out of nearly $10 million in fees -- during the financial crisis when the city was struggling to make ends meet, as the cable company was raking in billions of dollars from its customers.
"This is a day where we are saying enough is enough," Feuer said Friday morning at a City Hall news conference...
At just 21, a kid from the San Fernando Valley named Jim Berk began work as a music teacher at Carson High School. Within a couple of years, the teacher, not much older than some of his students, had turned a woebegone marching band into one of the best in Southern California. Then Berk moved to struggling Hamilton High School to launch a music magnet program. It gained national acclaim and so many new students that officials reversed their threat to close the Westside campus.
"The Wunderkindof education" the Times dubbed him in 1992. But after a little more than a decade in education, Berk...
The 12th season of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox premiered with ratings that were generally in line with last year's opener, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
The culinary boot camp reality series kicked off with an average of 5.3 million viewers, up slightly from last year, though it was down 5% among key 18- to 49-year-olds. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, the 8 p.m. telecast drew a rating of 1.9.
"American Idol" moved to 9 p.m. and held steady from last week's low of 2.2 in the demo. In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.
Fox came in second...
After the coffee. Before finding my winter coat.
The Skinny: Friday's roundup includes the box-office preview and John Malone's latest financial maneuverings. Also, a look at DreamWorks, which hopes "Need for Speed" can be a hit. I'm out of town this weekend, so behave yourself and beware the Ides of March.
Daily Dose:The regular season starts for the Dodgers a week from Saturday, with games against the Diamondbacks in Australia. While much of the country will be able to catch the action from down under, the majority of Angelenos will likely be shut out. Time Warner Cable, which is...
DreamWorks Pictures' "Need for Speed" is expected to outpace Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" for a box-office victory this weekend.
The $65-million, stunt-filled picture, starring Aaron Paul of the AMC series "Breaking Bad," could generate $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
That will muscle the PG-13 car flick to a win before Summit Entertainment's highly anticipated dystopian teen adventure "Divergent" hits cinemas next week.
Dick Clark Productions is in advanced talks to hire ABC executive Mark Bracco for a senior creative role at the company, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Bracco, currently a vice president of alternative series and specials for ABC, is expected to become executive vice president of programming and development at Dick Clark Productions (DCP). He would report to Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan, the chief executive and president of DCP, respectively.
In his role at ABC, Bracco has oversight over ABC's roster of awards shows including the Oscars as well as DCP properties on the network...
"American Idol" posted a weekly ratings decline Wednesday, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Still, Fox held off CBS to win Wednesday night in the key viewing demographic.
The veteran singing competition drew an average of 10.1 million viewers and a rating of 2.4 among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, the category most cherished by advertisers. That's a drop of 11% from last week's score in the coveted age group.
CBS won the night in overall viewership with an average audience of 10.2 million.
CBS' "Survivor" delivered 9.9 million viewers and a 2.5 rating in 18-49, rising slightly for the...
After the coffee. Before finding a way to get that lost hour back.
The Skinny: I literally got chills watching "The Americans" on FX last night. I know I keep plugging it but trust me, it's worth an hour of your time. Thursday's roundup includes a look at Disney's search for an Anne Sweeney successor and the new journey for Noah's ark. Also Jimmy Fallon has made NBC's "Tonight Show" his own with a dose of energy and originality, says our critic Mary McNamara.
Daily Dose: The WWE is still shopping its franchise shows "Raw" and "Smackdown," which have been airing on NBCUniversal's USA and...
The Federal Communication Commission's efforts to apply stricter oversight of partnerships between local television stations has created tensions inside the regulatory agency and with broadcasters.
On Wednesday, the FCC's Mass Media Bureau issued a public notice saying it would "closely scrutinize" applications from television stations seeking to enter joint sales agreements or local marketing agreements.
Such arrangements have become commonplace in the industry. Typically, a strong station partners with a weaker station on ad sales and/or other operations. There have been concerns from media...
Help Wanted: Walt Disney Co. seeks executive with experience in both broadcast and cable television. Must embrace new technologies, display keen programming instincts and be deft at corporate politics. Internal candidates welcome.
The impending departure of Anne Sweeney from her role as president of the Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks will leave a large hole at the media giant.
Besides overseeing the ABC broadcast network and its local stations, Sweeney is responsible for key cable properties including the Disney Channel and ABC Family both in the U.S. and...
BEIJING -- China’s box office has made its first $1 billion for the year, crossing the mark in the week that ended Sunday with some help from “Robocop.”
Year-to-date box office receipts for the mainland -- the world’s second biggest movie market behind the United States -- now stands at $1.03 billion for 2014, film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said, a pace significantly ahead of 2013.
“Robocop,” Jose Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 futuristic dystopia classic, took in $21.5 million in its second week in release, claiming the...
Female country singers are complaining that their music is being pushed off the airwaves by a new crew of young, male, “bro-country” musicians singing interchangeable songs about dirt roads, pickup trucks, girls in tiny cutoff jeans and beer, lots of beer.
Carrie Underwood is leading the charge, telling Billboard magazine that the country music business seems to have very limited room for new female musicians, but that it’s different for the guys. “There seem to be so many male singers out there who can be viewed as similar, and there seems to be plenty of room for all...
Tuesday's episode of "The Voice," the final round of blind auditions, fell in the ratings from last week but was still the top show in prime time, propelling NBC to a nightly victory in a key demographic.
"The Voice" averaged 13.1-million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Its rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, the demographic preferred by advertisers, fell 17% from last week to a 3.4. In the 18-to-49 category, a ratings point equals about 1.3-million people.
The new comedy "About a Boy" also fell week-to-week by 16% in a key demo to a 2.1 and drew an overall audience of 7.9...
After the coffee. Before deciding if what I really want to do is direct.
The Skinny: Just bought the book "Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America." I'll give you a full report when I finish. I've always been fascinated by that case. Today's roundup includes Anne Sweeney's exit from a top TV position at Walt Disney Co. Also, Bill Maher sticks up for pal Jay Leno.
Daily Dose:Although there will soon be no more Time Inc. at Time Warner, don't look for the media giant to rethink its name. In fact, the company is excited that once Comcast acquires Time Warner...
When the producers of “Last Days in the Desert” needed an environment for their biblical allegory, they knew just where to travel. They headed 31/2 hours southeast of Los Angeles to one of the largest state parks in the country.
Spanning 600,000 acres, hundreds of miles of dirt roads and a dozen wilderness areas, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has been an attractive, if underused, film location, featured in such movies as Warren Beatty’s “Bugsy” and the Universal Pictures action film “The Scorpion King.”
But the producers behind “Last Days in the...
The most powerful woman at the Walt Disney Co. — and perhaps in all of Hollywood — said that she would leave her job overseeing the company's $10-billion-a-year entertainment TV networks, leaving Disney to search for a successor in an increasingly treacherous television business.
After 18 years at the Burbank entertainment giant, Anne Sweeney surprised many by saying she would step down as president of Disney/ABC Television Group by next year to work on the creative side as a television director.
Her successor must navigate a business in transition and steer the company's ABC...
It's only been a few hours since Anne Sweeney announced her intentions to resign from her senior role at Walt Disney Co. next January, and speculation is already heating up about who will replace her.
Holding the titles of co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, Sweeney is responsible for the ABC broadcast network and its local television stations as well as Disney's cable networks, including the Disney Channel and ABC Family.
Sweeney has been with Disney almost 20 years and is its highest-ranking female executive. She also has oversight over ABC's...
Beats Music has raised additional financial backing to help it take on Spotify and other rivals in the growing streaming music industry.
Beats Music LLC, the music streaming company launched by hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has completed a new round of $60 million to $100 million in funding, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
The service launched in January as a stand-alone company with features to help listeners discover new music, including playlists created by artists and taste-maker publications. Big promotional efforts for the...
While other television executives have often viewed new technologies and platforms with fear and trepidation, Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney embraced them.
Sweeney, who announced Tuesday that she is leaving Disney next January after 18 years to pursue a career in television directing, recognized before many other media executives that viewing habits were going to change rapidly in the 21st century.
In 2005, Disney and ABC were the first to reach an agreement to sell TV shows via Apple’s iTunes. At the time, there was fear that such a move could hurt ratings and upend the...
Anne Sweeney, who has been in charge of Walt Disney Co.'s expansive Burbank-based television empire for nearly a decade, is leaving the company next January.
Sweeney, 56, who is one of the top women executives in Hollywood, helped build the Disney Channel into a juggernaut, and revitalized ABC Family. She has been a steady hand at ABC since 2004, the year the network exploded in the ratings with such hits as "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."
On Tuesday, Sweeney announced that she would leave Disney in January to pursue a career in television directing.
The Harvard-educated executive, who...
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to post big numbers as it made its debut on retail shelves.
The "Hunger Games" sequel sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend in release, Lionsgate said Tuesday. The original sold 3.8 million units in its first weekend.
Sales for digital copies of "Catching Fire" increased 40% from the first film, according to Lionsgate, which did not disclose how many electronic units were sold for either movie, though the company said "Catching Fire" marked its biggest digital debut ever.
Technicolor visual effects and animation chief Tim Sarnoff is getting a big promotion.
The French entertainment and media technology company announced that Sarnoff will head the company's new production services group, effectively overseeing all of Hollywood's Technicolor operations, including the main office on Sunset Boulevard, as well as facilities at Paramount Pictures and in Burbank.
Sarnoff's group combines two previously separate units -- creative services and digital productions -- and will represent all visual effects, post-production, animation, and digital cinema distribution...
NBC's "The Voice" beat the 18th-season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" in the ratings Monday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
Juan Pablo Galavis' "Bachelor" run came to an end, wooing fewer viewers than last year's finale. The reality series' season closer averaged 9.6 million viewers over two hours, with a rating of 3.2 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, Nielsen said.
In the advertiser-desired young-adults demographic, "The Bachelor" was down about 9% from last spring's finale, which faced "The Biggest Loser" on NBC instead of "The Voice."
Although Time Inc. won't be part of Time Warner much longer, don't expect the media giant to change its name to better reflect its assets.
"We haven't decided to change the name," Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said during an interview Tuesday at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Fla. Bewkes was responding to a question from Deutsche Bank analyst Doug Mitchelson. Company insiders also have said a name change is unlikely.
Instead, Bewkes seems pleased Time Warner Cable won't be around much longer, assuming its sale to Comcast gets through...
After the coffee. Before creating my own entertainment festival.
The Skinny: Nothing against "True Detective," but you know what I like about "The Walking Dead"? I like that I am not required to read 10,000-word essays about each episode or search for hidden clues. It's all right in front of me. Today's roundup includes Sean "Diddy" Combs making a play for Fuse and Fox Broadcasting restructuring its entertainment unit.
Daily Dose: Although the Justice Department's review of Comcast's deal to buy Time Warner Cable won't get going for several weeks, one area of focus will likely be whether the...
Sixty-eight years ago a cartoon director, a radio station owner, a military film editor and a Glendale schoolteacher came together with the goal of turning an emerging technology into a respected profession.
Their pet project — the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — on Tuesday plans to unveil a similarly ambitious campaign to rebuild its North Hollywood headquarters complex, update its image and encourage a more diverse workforce in the television industry.
"We need to be more contemporary," Bruce Rosenblum, the former Warner Bros. television executive who is chairman and...
Prime Focus, the India-based post-production and media technology company, is expanding its presence in Hollywood.
The technology subsidiary of the Mumbai-based conglomerate has signed an agreement to acquire DAX, a fast-growing Culver City company that helps major studios manage their digital work flow needs.
Prime Focus Technologies will pay up to $12.5 million over three years to acquire the assets of DAX, which is best known for a service that enables studio executives and filmmakers to watch digital dailies -- scenes from movies and TV shoots -- on their iPads. The companies are expected...
Fox Broadcasting has retooled its programming executive ranks, putting into place a new streamlined structure that entrusts more power to the television network's chief operating officer, Joe Earley.
The new structure was announced Monday afternoon by Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly, who runs the network's entertainment division.
As part of the move, program development executives who had previously reported to Reilly now report to Earley.
Earley continues to report to Reilly.
The restructuring was significant because it...
Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store — a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Apple executives contend that on-demand music services have begun to cannibalize download sales, and its representatives are demanding the labels create a period reserved for digital purchasing.
Music industry insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the industry's dominant retailer,...
Sean Combs wants to light a fuse under his new cable network Revolt.
The hip-hop mogul is said to have made a bid to buy Fuse, a music channel owned by Madison Square Garden Co.
The bid comes after Combs launched his own music cable network Revolt TV last year. If Combs is successful in his efforts to acquire Fuse, he would most likely replace it with Revolt. Fuse is in over 70 million homes, while Revolt, which only launched last fall, is in a fraction of that.
The rap star offered $200 million for Fuse, according to Bloomberg News. That is far less than the more than $300 million that New...
Prospect Park Networks -- the production company that launched with high hopes of bringing two canceled ABC soap operas back to life -- has put itself on legal life support.
The production firm based in Century City, headed by veteran producers Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, said Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The group spent nearly three years and more than $10 million trying to revive two canceled daytime dramas, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," that ran for four decades on the ABC television network.
Prospect Park secured the rights to the dramas in...
Aprille Magille spends about eight hours a day watching videos on the Internet.
But the 56-year-old retiree isn't bored or in need of a hobby. She's actually earning rewards for every video she watches that she has used to buy a Kindle, a tablet, pots and pans, a rice cooker and even a counter-top oven.
Magille is a member of Swagbucks, a Los Angeles firm that offers virtual currency to people in return for watching videos, playing games or taking part in market research.
Think of it as a frequent-flier program for online video watchers. Members are rewarded "swagbucks" for watching videos...
Facing a supernova of TV rivals, Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" launched with a solid 8.5 million viewers from 10 networks Sunday night, according to Nielsen.
The heavily promoted, 13-part science documentary series, featuring astrophysicist host Neil deGrasse Tyson touring the universe in a CGI spaceship, arrives more than three decades after Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" debuted on PBS.
"Cosmos" marks an unusual roll-out for TV, and not just because it's a science program from a major broadcaster in prime time, but also because it was simulcast across a variety of outlets,...
An average of 3.5 million viewers tuned in for Sunday's season finale of "True Detective," the HBO crime anthology starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, according to Nielsen.
That's the biggest audience ever for the 9 p.m. cable drama and 50% higher than the 2.3 million who watched the show's premiere.
The show's big closer faced heavy competition on cable and broadcast networks, including the premieres of ABC's "Resurrection" and Fox's "Cosmos," along with an episode of the AMC hit "Walking Dead."
McConaughey and Harrelson played investigators hunting for a Louisiana serial...
Comcast Corp. has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment that will increase the number of titles offered for sale through Comcast's recently launched digital store.
The deal with Sony is noteworthy because it allows Comcast customers to purchase digital copies of such Oscar-nominated movies as "American Hustle," and "Captain Phillips" from Comcast's Xfinity On Demand digital service.
"American Hustle" will be available beginning Tuesday, and "Captain Phillips" and other movies, including "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," will be available within a few weeks.
ABC's "Resurrection" came to life with strong ratings Sunday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
"Resurrection," in which residents of Arcadia, Mo., are visited by the dead, drew an average of 13.3-million viewers in its premiere.
Among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, the premiere scored a 3.6 rating, marking TV's best mid-season series debut in about two years in that demographic, since "Smash" launched with a huge lead-in from "The Voice." A ratings point in the 18-to-49 category equals about 1.3 million viewers.
Sunday's numbers mark a strong start for the new drama that faced...
After the coffee. Before seeing how "Cosmos" did in the ratings.
The Skinny: Man there was a lot of good TV last night. We had the "True Detective" finale, the return of "The Good Wife," the debuts of "Cosmos" and "Resurrection," and, of course, "Girls" and "The Walking Dead." Alas, my Time Warner Cable DVR didn't record "The Good Wife" so I missed the first 20 minutes. Hope Comcast does better (see below). Today's headlines include the weekend box office recap and a look at the future of music. Also, Charlie Sheen may be melting down again.
Daily Dose:Time Warner Cable told its subscribers...
The bloodthirsty forces of "300: Rise of an Empire" proved victorious at the box office on its opening weekend, easily surpassing the family-friendly animated movie "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."
"Rise of an Empire," a 3-D sequel to the 2007 movie "300," grossed an estimated $45.1 million in ticket sales across the U.S. and Canada to take the No. 1 spot at the box office. The film, based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller and directed by Noam Murro, follows the battle between ancient Greek warriors and their Persian foes.
The first "300" movie was a surprise success when it was released seven...
Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook.
He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a Grammy-winning global sensation. Above all, he wants to forge new partnerships with his industry's erstwhile adversaries — the technology firms that have upended the way people get their music.
Skeptics question whether anyone can reverse the decline of an industry that has seen global sales plummet from $28 billion in 1999 to $16.5 billion in...
At least 500 film industry workers gathered in West Hollywood on Friday night to pay tribute to Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old assistant camerawoman killed on a film set last month in Georgia.
Hundreds of union members walked along Sunset Boulevard from the Directors Guild of America building to a parking lot behind the headquarters of the International Cinematographers Guild, where they held candles, and watched videos of Jones' life on two large video screens. Several wore T-shirts with the messages: "We're all Sarah Jones" and "Never Forget. Never Again."
Richard Jones thanked the industry...
The release of a new Wes Anderson film has been a highly anticipated event among the quirky filmmaker's fans ever since his breakout success "Rushmore" in 1998.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is debuting in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, is sure to continue that tradition.
The movie takes place in Eastern Europe between World War I and World War II and stars Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who befriends a lobby boy. It has generally won over critics, as indicated by a 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- a good sign for a limited release poised to expand...
A "Big Bang Theory"-powered CBS beat its rivals in the ratings Thursday night with solid showings from most of its comedies.
"Big Bang" was the highest rated show with 17.9 million viewers total and a rating of 5.2 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. A ratings point in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic equals about 1.3 million people watching.
CBS averaged 10.7 million viewers and a rating of 2.7 for an easy win in prime time.
The Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" rose from last week to a 3.0 and a 2.7, respectively, but "The...
The new 3D Greco-Persian epic from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures began its box office charge with $3.3 million in ticket sales from Thursday night showings in the U.S. and Canada.
That's a strong start for the bloody $100-million sequel, which is expected to pull in roughly $45 million through Sunday. That would mark a solid domestic debut, though not as powerful as the 2007 original.
The first "300" opened seven years ago with nearly $71 million and went on to gross $456 million worldwide, with slightly more than half of the total coming from overseas.
After the coffee. Before confessing that I invented Bitcoin.
The Skinny: My Sunday TV viewing is going to get more complicated. I'm already juggling "The Walking Dead," "Girls," "True Detective" and "The Good Wife." Now ABC is adding "Resurrection" to the mix. I really liked the pilot and hope the series can deliver. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also the FCC is working on new rules for local TV, and Disney makes big cuts at its interactive unit.
Daily Dose: Stu Snyder is outas head of Turner Animation, the unit that oversees Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Snyder'...
ArcLight Cinemas is hoping to enhance the moviegoer experience by developing free original content that will be screened in theaters and online.
The L.A.-based luxury cinema chain will co-produce footage of red carpet premieres, press junkets and other behind-the-scenes interviews with people in the industry and feature these clips on its website and in theaters before movie showings. The cinema will also promote the footage on its Twitter account.
In February, ArcLight partnered with production company Mid-Century Media, started by former CNN entertainment correspondent JD Cargill, to begin...
Beijing-based film production company Huayi Brothers Media Corp. plans to invest up to $150 million in a new movie company from Jeff Robinov, the former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
The deal would be one of the highest-profile partnerships between Chinese and Hollywood film entities. Robinov departed Warner Bros. in the summer of 2013 after leading Hollywood's biggest movie studio since 2007.
Huayi Brothers said in a statement that it would invest $120 million to $150 million in Robinov's Studio 8, and distribute the company's movies in China. An official agreement has not yet...
Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures have stuck a multiyear partnership agreement to co-develop Disney-branded movies that would be released in China and other international markets.
China's film business is expanding rapidly. Last year, its total box office take topped $3.6 billion, up about 27% from 2012. According to Motion Picture Assn. of America data, the country is the world's second-biggest movie market behind the United States.
Under terms of the deal, Disney Studios, a unit of Burbank-based Walt Disney Co., would pair U.S.-based writers with writers and filmmakers in...
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and other properties. The separation is expected to happen this summer.
Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a non-executive role. Hartenstein plans to stay on as...