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New York Television Festival Announces 2014 Winners

New York TV Festival Announces 2014 Winners

The New York Television Festival wrapped up its 10th edition tonight at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, including a keynote from House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon, a screening of Fox's Mulaney, as well as the fest's annual awards ceremony.  NYTVF announced the winners of its Independent Pilot Competition  in 12 categories, including "Best of the Fest" and NYTVF Critics Award honors to "Dispatch" and  "Witnesses" respectively, as well as recipients of 20 development… Read


Produced By NY:Harvey Weinstein Says “I’m Not Competitive, I Sing Kumbaya”

Harvey Weinstein Talks At Produced By NYC

For the final act of the PGA's first New York Produced By confab, Harvey Weinstein took a career tour from his life-altering teenage encounter with Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows through some shots he's he's received for releasing the next installment of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in theaters and on Netflix. There was even an eyebrow-raising revelation when the Weinstein Company co-chairman (with brother Bob) admitted that during the 1994 Oscar best-picture race… Read


Aronofsky: Auds Expecting “Playmobil Toy” Take On ‘Noah’, Would Be Offended

Darren Aronofsky Talks At Produced By NYC

Whither the 90-minute dramatic feature? Even though Darren Aronofsky's students at NYU, where he is teaching these days, tell him they want to make movies, the director of Noah and Black Swan told the crowd at Produced By NY today that the future of movie-going is relegated to horror, comedy and event films. Interviewed by Lakeshore Films President Gary Lucchesi –who was forced to wear it when Aronofsky and his producing partner Scott Franklin teased him about how… Read


‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Envisions Five Seasons For Amazon Series

Film Independent 2014 Film Forum - Day 1

The creator of Amazon Studios' acclaimed Transparent has an endgame timetable planned out for the streaming series, she said today. "In my mind, it's 5 years It's 5-years because Six Feet Under went for 5-years, " Jill Soloway told me after delivering the filmmaker keynote Saturday morning at the Film Independent Forum, held at the DGA HQ. “Five years because for some reason 5-years equals syndication money, even though this is a whole different ballgame. I don't even… Read


‘Lego Movie’ Sequel Gets Phil Lord, Chris Miller Script Commitment


EXCLUSIVE: Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on with Warner Bros to write The Lego Movie sequel. They wrote and directed the first film, but it has been an open question of whether they would return beyond producing the sequel. It's a big step for Warner Bros to broaden the franchise. No word on whether they'll direct it. The first film grossed $468 million worldwide, the third highest grossing film of the year so far. It was also a stylish transfer of a branded toy… Read


James Schamus On Bad Advice, Data Flow & The Four Most Important Words In The Business — Produced By NY

James Schamus Talks At Produced By NY Conference

Leading off the second Produced By NY 2014 interview session, producer Bill Horberg (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Disconnect) led an often hilarious conversation with film-biz polymath James Schamus, who started out by playing the devil's advocate on the theme of advice to young producers. As usual in such scenes, the question began with a reference to William Goldman's endlessly quoted observation of that in filmmaking, "nobody knows anything.” "Here's the thing about… Read


Barbara Hall On Showrunning Rules; Winter Reflects On ‘Boardwalk’ — Produced By NY

Produced By 2014

During a loose, hour-long session at the PGA's Produced By NY conference, TV's top showrunners, sardonically prodded by moderator Mark Gordon, held onto spoilers and indicated, that, alas, the only way to learn how to be a show runner is to become a show runner.  Unlike this morning's Produced By panel “The Ms. Factor” which was specifically angled on the breakthrough of femme-centered content in TV and film, the “Inside Showrunning” session, which included Terence… Read


‘Constantine’ Debuts OK, ‘Blue Bloods’ Inches Up Against World Series – Ratings

Constantine fire on hands

Three years ago, the series premiere of Grimm had to face Game 7 of the World Series. In a true breakout fashion, it surprised, opening with a strong 2.1 Live+ same day rating among adults 18-49 and leaping from its lead-in (1.0 for Chuck). No such heroics from the newest NBC genre Friday entry, DC-based Constantine.  It did OK by Friday standards, debuting with a 1.4 18-49 rating against Game 3 of a tepid World Series. It held onto 93% of its lead-in, the fourth season… Read


Women Break Through On TV & B.O., But Glass Ceiling Remains – Produced By NY

produced by nyc: women make strides on film & Tv

Producer Cathy Schulman held up a list of more than a dozen titles on a sheet of paper: They were the movies made, since Bridesmaids that were about and for women. This was progress, Schulman, president of Mandalay Pictures, noted, joking that her list could formerly be contained on a gum wrapper. Things are getting better for women in Hollywood, onscreen and below the line. That's the good news. The other news is that when a movie is produced or directed by a woman it's… Read


Jake Gyllenhaal Interviewed By Hawk Koch: “I Love The Abrasion” – Produced By NY

Jake Gyllenhaal At Produced By NY

The first NYC edition of the PGA's `Produced By' confab launched this morning with a conversation between former PGA president and producer Hawk Koch and Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal, also in town prepping for his Broadway debut in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Constellations. Pointing out that Gyllenhaal already is a certified film star (with an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain behind him all the way up through his "amazing performance" in Nightcrawler… Read


‘Empire’ Shows Off Hip Hop’s High Stakes Drama — Hot Trailer

'Empire' Trailer

Fox dropped a trailer to its midseason hip-hop family drama Empire during the World Series last night. From Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer, Empire centers around Lucious Lyon (Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Raised on the streets, he has never backed away from a fight and will resort to any measures, fair or foul, to defend his beloved Empire. Taraij P. Henson stars as Lucious'… Read

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‘Ouija’ Box Office May Scare Up $20M, ‘John Wick’ No. 2 With A Bullet, Bill Murray Graces ‘St. Vincent’ – B.O. Weekend

Ouija John Wick

2nd UPDATE, Saturday 7:53 AM: This morning's estimates are pretty much on the money with what we had last night with few exceptions. Ouija could actually pull off a $20M weekend for Universal and Blumhouse if their audiences hold today, and the Keanu Reeves' actioner John Wick from Lionsgate will likely come in right around $15M, as we predicted. For a micro-budgeted film, this horror film — talking Ouija, not the ultra-violent John Wick — should end up yet another… Read


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