ANALYSIS: Lessons Of The Fall & What Lies Ahead For The Big 4 Broadcast Networks
As broadcast network executives were leaving for their holiday destinations last week, most of them were certainly glad to get away, and not only because of the dreary wet Los Angeles weather. The broadcast networks had little to cheer about this fall, which failed to produce breakout hits of the size of Modern Family or Glee a year ago. This year, the breakout hits were all on cable: The Walking Dead on AMC and Rizzoli & Isles on TNT, which ranked as the top basic cable… Read
UPDATE: Last-Minute Extension Agreement Between Comcast & DISH Keeps E! & Style
Hours before DISH Network's carriage agreement with Comcast's E! and Style was to to expire at midnight, threatening a blackout of the two cable networks on DISH, the two sides have agreed to a short-term extension. The deal is “in hopes of reaching a long term solution,” E! and Style said in a… Read
Discovery's Michael Jackson Autopsy Documentary 'Postponed Indefinitely'
Two days after Michael Jackson's estate blasted Discovery Channel for their decision to air a documentary about the autopsy of the late pop star, the cable channel has pulled the program off the schedule. "Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson's estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson's official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely," the network said in a… Read
Reports Of Sony Courtship Of IMAX Drives Stock Price Spike
Fueled by a speculative report in Britain's Daily Mail that IMAX is being courted by Sony Corporation, the oversized screen company's stock price rose from $27 to $32 per share, ending at $28.07. The report asserted that Sony would pay $40 per share for the publicly traded company. The pre-holiday stock run prompted IMAX to respond to a request from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada on behalf of the Toronto Stock Exchange. “IMAX Corporation is not… Read
In Other New Year's Eve News…
In a tough blow for the brick and mortar bookstores coming out of the holidays and heading into the new year, Borders has acknowledged that it delayed payments to vendors. In a statement released yesterday to PublishersMarketplace.com, Borders claimed restructuring its vendor financing was part of an ongoing potential refinancing of its existing credit facilities. Without such a move, the company faces a liquidity shortfall. The Wall Street Journal reports that the… Read
Warner Bros Wins 2010 Film Market Share; Year's Box Office Grosses Not A Record; Overall Movie Attendance Down Sharply; Should Studios Slash Number Of 3D Pics?
The movie moguls hate it whenever their studios are judged by market share. Which is why it's so much fun to spotlight at the end of the year. Final figures aren't in yet, but the order isn't going to change: Warner Bros is No. 1 (for the third straight year), followed by Paramount, then Fox, then Disney, then Sony, and finally the bomb factory known as Universal. Next comes the mini-majors with Summit Entertainment, and Lionsgate bringing up the rear. The only surprise… Read
Flackery Humiliates 'Buried' Screenwriter By Helping Him With Oscar Rule-Breaking
And here I thought only Los Angeles flackery mPRm's name was moronic. Turns out this fish stinks at the head because its co-founder and president Mark Pogachefsky is now blaming his own client for an Oscar rule-breaking situation that the PR firm should have prevented instead of aided and abetted. After a lot of Sundance hype because of its claustrophobic nightmare premise and star Ryan Reynolds, this movie came and went at the box office in record time after making only… Read
UK Honors Film Director Steve McQueen And TV's 'Poirot' Detective David Suchet (Oh, And Annie Lennox, Too)
UPDATE: This New Year's UK Honours list from the Queen includes only two names of major film/TV interest for CBEs (one notch below knighthood): film director Steve McQueen (Hunger) who's about to start shooting Shame in January with Michael Fassbender, and actor David Suchet, best known for playing Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in those marvelous Agatha Christie mysteries for ITV and PBS. Music legend Annie Lennox was on the list, too, but a notch below with an OBE. I… Read
Comcast's E! and Style Face Blackout On Dish Network In Carriage Dispute
UPDATED: The countdown to New Year's eve is on, and so are the countdowns to a couple of possible channel blackouts as a number of carriage agreements expire at midnight on Dec. 31. Comcast's E! and Style just issued a statement warning viewers that the two networks may go dark on DISH Network. Also tomorrow night, another satcaster, DirecTV, could drop the Golf Channel. Additionally, Sinclair's 33 broadcast stations face blackout on Time Warner Cable systems as the two… Read
Video: Making Of 'The Fighter'
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has issued a featurette on director the David O. Russell-directed The Fighter, a film that is developing momentum that might give it more than a puncher's chance in awards… Read
Wednesday: Holiday Box Office Grosses
THURSDAY AM: Here are unofficial numbers from my sources for Wednesday's box office as the holidays continue. The Weinstein Co's Blue Valentine opened in 4 theaters; the Derek Cianfrance film starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams logged an estimated opening day gross of $47K for a best day location average of $11,750. Sony Pictures Classics' Another Year debuted in 6 runs:
1. Little Fockers (Universal) Week 2 [3,536 Theaters]
Monday $8.4M, Tuesday $7.7M… Read
Hot Clip: Justin Bieber 'Never Say Never'
And in Deadline's shameless plug for Justin Bieber tweener traffic… Paramount Pictures is doing a slow build toward the February release of Never Say Never, that feature film which is Bieber's biopic. This clip shows how Bieber learned to play the drums. Looks like the lessons paid… Read