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January 2012 Archive


SAG-AFTRA Unveils Merger Documents

DEADLINE’s Exclusive SAG-AFTRA Post-Merger Details January 31, 2012 – 8:08pm Dear SAG and AFTRA Members: As you know, merger referendum ballots are scheduled to be mailed on or about February 27 – but members of both unions now have access to the complete merger documents online. Full printed merger documents will also be mailed to each voter with the referendum ballot, which will be due for return on March 30. This will give each member ample time to make a thoughtful… Read


Paramount Locking Down Katy Perry 3D Film


BREAKING: Paramount will make a deal for an untitled 3D feature focusing on pop sensation Katy Perry. I’m told the film has already been shot by director Nanette Burstein. Imagine Entertainment and AEG filmed Perry as she performed late last year with 3D cameras. The film includes concert footage but is a real story and the story of her growing up and becoming a global sensation. Several studios have been into it, but Paramount seems a natural given its success with Justin… Read


Les Moonves Willing To Pay $30M For Golden Globes TV Rights: Trial – Day 5

Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is covering the trial for Deadline. The most interesting testimony today in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lawsuit against Dick Clark Productions over rights to the Golden Globes broadcast didn’t take place in court. Instead transcripts from CBS chief Les Moonves’ deposition in the case illustrated how lucrative those rights could be if his network would be allowed to bid. And that’s the crux of HFPA’s suit against DCP. “Holy… Read


ESPN President Says He Won't Use Digital Platforms To Undermine Pay TV

John Skipper

Freelancer Cari Lynn is contributing to Deadline's coverage. ESPN execs must grow tired of defending the value of pay TV’s most expensive basic channel. But President John Skipper did so again today at a conference sponsored by All Things D. The estimated $4.69 monthly fee that cable and satellite companies pay for each customer who receives ESPN is justified because “we're bringing great value and getting paid for that value.” And he says it makes sense to charge people… Read


Chase Carey: Hollywood's Anti-Piracy Message Was “Twisted”

Freelancer Cari Lynn is contributing to Deadline's coverage. Add the News Corp COO to the list of Big Media execs who believe that they were simply misunderstood in the debate that led Congress to put aside the Hollywood supported anti-piracy bills. “Clearly this got turned upside down, the whole issue,” he said at a conference sponsored by All Things D. Despite the claims of opponents, including those in the tech industry, the proposals empowering the government to block… Read


Weinstein Company Sued By Author, Publishers Of 'The Reader'

The author and publishers of the novel on which The Reader is based have sued The Weinstein Company in a dispute over profit participation on the Academy Award-nominated movie. Plaintiffs Diogenes Verlag, Selb Limited and author Bernard Schlink contend that they are contractually entitled to 2.5%-5% of gross receipts, but claim they have received only one profit participation statement from TWC that says no monies are due. Plaintiffs allege the compensation report… Read


Ridley Scott In Talks For Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'

EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott is in talks to direct the Cormac McCarthy-scripted drama The Counselor. Scott has several films he’s considering, but there is a strong possibility this could be his next film and his followup to Prometheus, the 3D space film which Fox releases this summer. I guess this is what happens when one of the premiere living authors like the Pulitzer Prize-winning McCarthy takes a break from his novel writing to turn out his first spec screenplay… Read


Justin Timberlake Lands 'Trouble With The Curve'

EXCLUSIVE: Justin Timberlake has landed a starring role in Trouble With The Curve, the Robert Lorenz-directed Warner Bros film that will star Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. Eastwood plays a veteran scout who goes on a scouting trip with his daughter (Adams). The goal is to scout a new phenom. Timberlake will play a rival scout who is sweet on the elder scout’s daughter. Warner Bros just dated the film for September 28. Timberlake is about to star in Inside Llewyn Davis… Read


UPDATE: ABC Picks Up 4 Drama Pilots From Marc Cherry, Melissa Rosenberg, Michael Green & Paul Scheuring

UPDATED: ABC has handed 4 more hourlong pilot orders to Marc Cherry’s soap Devious Maids, Michael Green’s magical cop drama Gotham, Paul Scheuring’s Zero Hour and Melissa Rosenberg’s Penoza. Those are likely ABC’s last drama pilot orders this season. Devious Maids is loosely based on the Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood and centers on four Latina women who are maids in Beverly Hills. The original Televisa format revolves around five housekeepers… Read


Cameron Mackintosh Annoints Samantha Barks As Eponine In 'Les Miserables'

The coveted role of Eponine in the Tom Hooper-directed film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables has gone to Samantha Barks. While she’s a newcomer to the screen, Barks starred as Eponine in the London production of Les Miserables in 2010 and reprised the role in the 25th anniversary concert held at the O2 Arena last year. In fact, the stage musical and the movie’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, announced today from the stage that Barks had the role after she completed… Read


Rupert Murdoch Hires New Chief Of Staff

News Corp chairman/CEO Rupert Murdoch has hired New York City public schools communications director Natalie Ravitz to be his new chief of staff. Ravitz joined the NYC Department of Education in June 2010 under then-chancellor Joel Klein, who is now an EVP at News Corp. Before joining NYC’s education department, Ravitz was deputy chief of staff for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California. News of Ravitz’s hiring comes a day after News Corp promoted Julie Henderson to SVP… Read