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February 2008 Archive

How Did Agencies Place In Oscars Race? Endeavor #1, UTA #2, CAA #3

Let’s do a count of the Academy Award nominees by looking at the Hollywood talent agency ads in Variety today and breaking them down into the following major categories: Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Feature Documentary, and Foreign Film. (FYI, if someone received multiple nominations, those counted as multiple nominations for the agency. For example, the Coens got six nominations between… Read

More On Variety's (& RBI's) Sale…

I’ve been talking to some very smart folks over the past 24 hours about the just-announced sale of Reed Business Information, including Variety, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. Here are some excerpts from conversations: “It is what Reed Elsevier says it is. Reed is changing the entire portfolio. It’s smart what they’re doing. They’ll end up being a company that looks like Thomson Reuters: heavy in data. Reed recently bought ChoicePoint, this insurance data… Read

National Entertainment Journalism Award

HOLLYWOOD — The winners of the 1st annual national contest for entertainment journalists were announced tonight at a reception in the Steve Allen Theater during Oscar week. The Los Angeles Press Club inaugurated the U.S.-wide entertainment journalism awards in recognition of its unique location in the nation's showbiz capital. A trio of judges decided the best news story, best feature story and best critic in the separate categories of print, television, radio and online… Read

Will There Be One Less Hollywood Sucker?

Even rag trade billionaire Sidney Kimmel has heard that he’s getting out of the movie business. He told me today he’s cutting back, changing his bank terms, and probably allowing his distribution deal with MGM to expire — but not planning on shuttering his film company. Though Kimmel does acknowledge that all those changes probably fueled the film buzz that he was fed up losing money on the eve of the opening of his R-rated teen comedy pic Charlie Bartlett which MGM is… Read

Pellicano Trial Delayed Until March 5th; More In Hollywood On Subpoenaed List

I’ve just been told that the trial of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano and four co-defendants has been postponed for the fourth time. (I, too, thought it was being held way too close to Oscars…) Jury selection was set to begin on February 27th, but federal prosecutors and attorneys for 3 of Pellicano’s 4 co-defendants ex-LAPD Sgt. Mark Arneson, former SBC employee Rayford Earl Turner and businessman Abner Nicherie requested a week’s delay, which was… Read

Hollywood Opines About Its Smackdowns

This is from an actual Hollywood power player poll conducted by People magazine for its latest Daily Oscar large format paper which goes out to just the Industry for a few days before each awards show. (FYI, Jeff Robinov did finally admit internally he said what I reported he said — but claimed he was just kidding. Interestingly, People magazine and Robinov are owned by the same parent company, Time Warner.) Read

SHOCKER: Behind Reed Business Sale; Who Wants To Be Variety's New Owner?

Who wasn’t gobsmacked by Reed Elsevier’s announcement this AM that it plans to sell Reed Business Information, the magazine publishing division that includes Variety and Daily Variety, Broadcasting and Cable, Multichannel News, and Publishers Weekly. Well, everyone except RBI-U.S. CEO Tad Smith who sent a memo reassuring his staff that “the announcement this morning neither surprises nor worries me”. And Reed Business CEO Gerard van de Aast, who thinks “we will continue… Read

UPDATE: Hollywood Oscar Parties Sked

SATURDAY PM UPDATE: More Last-Minute Oscar Viewing PartiesBarry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg, Bob Shaye, Colin Callender, Arnold Kopelson… TUESDAY PM UPDATE: Some intriguing last-minute Oscar parties are in the works since so many have been cancelled (Vanity Fair‘s, Barry Diller’s, Dani Janssen’s, Ed Limato’s). I’m told Guy Oseary and Madonna and — no, I’m not kidding — Demi Moore are trying to collaborate on a private after-Oscars party to take the place of… Read

Major Hollywood Law Firm Parts Ways

Peter Nelson’s powerhouse entertainment law firm Nelson Felker Toczek Davis, which has long repped writers, directors and actors, is no more. Nelson has gone off with former partners George Davis and Mark Wetzstein to start a new firm called Nelson Davis. Marquee clients Peter Jackson, David Duchovny, Andrew Adamson, Allison Janney and Tea Leoni are expected to follow Nelson to his new firm. “We all had a great run with our former partners and we wish them success in… Read

AMPTP Gloats Over DGA Ratification

The AMPTP just issued this statement today: The members of the Directors Guild of America have ratified the sensible labor agreement we concluded. Our negotiations with DGA proved beyond any doubt that when both parties are prepared to bargain seriously, groundbreaking new media labor pacts can be reached without resorting to harmful and unnecessary… Read