April 2013 Archive


Global Showbiz Briefs: Tribeca & Doha End Partnership; ITV Studios Global; Unifrance; DreamWorks Animation In Macau

Tribeca And Doha Film Fest End Partnership After four years of collaboration, the Doha Film Institute and Tribeca Enterprises have announced the dissolution of their partnership on the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Doha Film Institute CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater says the Qatar-based festival will continue in a “new niche” with future plans to be laid out during Cannes next month. I'm told the separation was amicable after Tribeca helped launch the festival. Last year, DTFF… Read


Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Tammy’ Spending Fourth of July At Megaplex Next Year

Four days after Sony slotted the Cameron Diaz-Jason Segel comedy Sex Tape for July 2, 2014, Warner Bros has lit the fuse on a potentially explosive faceoff with Melissa McCarthy. The Identity Thief star's latest road-trip raunchfest Tammy will hit theaters that same Independence Day weekend, setting up an intriguing showdown. McCarthy stars in the New Line pic as a woman who loses her job and discovers her husband is cheating, then hits the highway for a bout of… Read


R.I.P. Deanna Durbin

Canadian singer and actress Deanna Durbin, who enjoyed a short but successful career as a Universal contract star from 1936 to 1948, has died. She was 91. Durbin passed away “a few days ago”, her son Peter H. David told the NYT. Cause of death was not disclosed. Durbin was discovered at age 13 by MGM but moved to Universal the next year. There her debut film Three Smart Girls earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination and launched her career as one of the most popular teen… Read


TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ Gets Order For Four Additional Episodes, ‘Perception’ For One

EXCLUSIVE: TNT drama Major Crimes is getting its upcoming second season supersized. The network has ordered four additional episodes from The Closer spinoff, bringing its second season order to 19 episodes. That is almost twice the size of Major Crimes' first season, which consisted of 10 episodes. Additionally, another TNT drama going into its second season, the Eric McCormack starrer Perception, has received a pickup for one additional episode, bringing its Season 2… Read


Les Moonves Says CBS Could Go To Cable In “A Few Days” If It Loses Aereo Suit

Les Moonves is out to get Aereo by any means necessary, but he "doesn't lose sleep over it," the CBS Corp president and CEO told the Milken Institute's Global Conference today. "Barry Diller has done what he likes to do, disrupt things," Moonves added. However, the CBS chief did say that if the situation couldn't be resolved in the courts, he is more than willing to take CBS to cable. "We can do it in a few days. If we go to cable, if we are forced to, then about 10% of… Read


Outdoor Channel Remains In Play After InterMedia Partners Ups Offer

Outdoor Channel shares are up 7.4% in post-market trading after InterMedia Partners, in a surprise move, offered $9.15 a share – about $236.5M – for the cable network. That tops the $8.75 a share bid from real estate and sports mogul Stanley Kroenke the board accepted in March. “We are confident that you, after consultation… Read


TV Weekly Warfare: ‘The Voice’ Dethroned, Fox & CBS Hold Demo And Viewer Leads

The May sweep has begun, and this was the week that scripted struck back. After NBC's The Voice took the top spots in both total viewers and adults 18-49 during the week of April 15-21, it seemed the show might be poised to lead a reality a win streak, joined by fellow unscripted shows Dancing With The Stars and American Idol, which filled out the rest of the Top 5 most-watched of the week. Idol also came in third overall in the demo. Well, it was a very short streak… Read


Robert Downey Jr Rings NYSE Opening Bell To Celebrate ‘Iron Man 3′: Video

Tony Stark himself (aka Robert Downey Jr) rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning in celebration of Iron Man 3's May 3rd release. Several Marvel execs, as well as NYSE's Scott Cutler also were on board. Whatever happens with the movie, Disney's a hit on Wall Street: Its shares reached yet another all-time high yesterday after UBS Investment Research's John Janedis upgraded his recommendation to “buy” from “neutral,” raising his target price to… Read


Yahoo Paid CEO Marissa Mayer $36.6M In 2012

Not bad for six months of work. To be fair, though, the tally includes $14M in restricted stock units to replace some of the compensation that Marissa Mayer forfeited in July when she left Google to take the top job at Yahoo, according to the proxy filed today at the SEC. There's also a one time retention award of worth $30M that vests over five years. Her package for last year included $454,862 salary, $35M stock awards, $1.1M in non equity incentives, and $40,540 in… Read


DreamWorks Animation Chief Talks Up Possible TV Programming Initiatives

The studio's being “pretty aggressive” about at least one potential venture and hopes to have “news to share pretty quickly,” CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told analysts this evening following his company's Q1 earnings release. He didn't provide details, but offered his comment in response to a question about TV opportunities with a traditional cable channel, a possible DreamWorks Animation channel, and online. “There are too many plates spinning right now and we don't have… Read


‘Pretty Little Liars’ Tyler Blackburn Joins Spinoff Series ‘Ravenswood’

The first confirmed resident of ABC Family's Ravenswood is bad boy Caleb Rivers. Pretty Little Liars co-star Tyler Blackburn will be joining the series' upcoming spinoff. The series hails from the same auspices as Pretty Little Liars: Warner Horizon, Alloy and executive producers Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick and Joseph Dougherty. The new series takes place in Ravenswood, a town near Liars' hometown of Rosewood PA, and revolves around five strangers who are connected by… Read


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