China: Understanding & Respect Key To Massive Market, But Does Anybody Know Anything?
Ask pretty much any Hollywood exec what it takes to gain a foothold in China, and they'll tell you it's about patience and perseverance. That means spending lots of time in the market and grasping a cultural understanding of the ins and outs of a rapidly morphing industry that has become the second-biggest box office in the world. But it comes with restrictions — wielded, for the most part, by government-backed entities.
With all that in mind, there were a number of… Read
Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC’s Hugh Bonneville Starrer ‘W1A’ Back For Season 2; Denmark’s TDC Group Paying $2.15B For Norwegian Cabler
The BBC said Monday that it has ordered a second season of the BBC Two comedy W1A, starring Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville as Ian Fletcher, the Beeb's Head of Values and chair of its Way Ahead Task Force. The order is for one hourlong episode and three half-hours. The series, which features cameras following Fletcher documentary-style, is written and directed by John Morton for BBC In-House Comedy. Jessica Hynes also stars in W1A, whose title refers to the postcode of… Read
Huayi Brothers Spending $130 Million To Start U.S. Subsidiary
The Chinese film giant is launching a wholly owned stateside subsidiary to invest in movie and TV production, distribution and marketing. Huayi Brothers is spending $130 million on the unit, which will help expand its overseas business and strengthen ties to foreign film and TV companies, according to Chinese media reports. The company's Huayi International plans to pump an additional $80 million into the venture. No details yet on staffing or slates from the U.S… Read
11 Years Later, Feds Order CNN To Rehire Fired Union Workers
The National Labor Relations Board has reaffirmed its 2008 decision that CNN violated the rights of hundreds of unionized contract staffers in 2003 when it axed them in favor of non-unionized workers. The case stems from the cable net's use of Team Video Services, a contractor that provided camera and tech services to CNN's Washington and New York bureaus. The NLRB has ordered the network to offer jobs or ” substantially equivalent positions” to 100-plus of those affected… Read
Machinima Names Daniel Tibbets Chief Content Officer
Machinima has named former Bunim/Murray Productions executive Daniel Tibbets as Chief Content Officer, a new role in the gamer-oriented online-video network. The move is one of several in a change-filled few months at Machinima, which this year has laid off much of its sales staff, seen several executives go and come and received an $18 million round of investment led by Warner Bros.
In the new role, Tibbets will be responsible for both programming strategy and building… Read
Los Angeles Mayor Courts Chinese Film And TV Production To Come To City
Ahead of the signing this week of a much-enlarged California production tax-incentive package, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told a conference of U.S. and Chinese film and TV executives that “Hollywood is open for business and we will roll out the red carpet” for projects that bolster the city's entertainment industry. It was mostly a feel-good speech before about 400 attendees at the U.S. China Film & Television Industry Expo, but a Garcetti spokesperson said afterward… Read
Jon Turteltaub Producing CBS Family Comedy
After taking a comedic turn in features with sleeper hit Last Vegas for CBS Films, Jon Turteltaub is doing the same on the TV side for the film studio's sibling CBS. Turteltaub, executive producer of CBS drama series Harper's Island and Jericho, is executive producing Letters To My Daughter's Future Therapist, a multi-camera/hybrid comedy, which has received a scripted commitment from the network.
Written/executive produced by Jordan Roter and produced by CBS TV Studios… Read
Hot Trailer: Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss In ‘Listen Up Philip’
Writer-director Alex Ross Perry's dark comedy premiered at Sundance, and Tribeca Film picked it up in June. Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Dree Hemingway and Jess Weixler star in the film about an author (Schwartzman) awaiting the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. Not all goes smoothly, however, as he his idol (Pryce) offers the writer his isolated summer home as a refuge. The pic from Washington… Read
Gerald McRaney Joins D.J. Caruso-Helmed ‘The Disappointments Room’
EXCLUSIVE: Gerald McRaney has joined the cast of Relativity's The Disappointments Room. Kate Beckinsale stars in the psychological thriller as a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room within the attic where unimaginable horrors are accidentally unlocked. I Am Number Four and Eagle Eye helmer D.J. Caruso rewrote and is directing from an original script by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who penned last year's gothic… Read
Universal Reuniting Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass For Another Jason Bourne Film
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bourne is coming back. Universal Pictures has begun making deals with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to reunite for their third film in The Bourne Identity series, sources tell me. This is an absolute stunner -- and Universal would not comment nor would the reps -- because Greengrass told Deadline as recently as last year that once Bourne regained his memory, there was no place else for the character to go creatively. His search formed the spine… Read
Net Neutrality Debate Generates Record 3M+ Comments, And Counting, At FCC
Comments will continue to flood into the FCC up to midnight ET, the deadline for public input on its controversial open Internet proposal. But at 3M this afternoon, the number of responses has more than doubled since late last week. And that lower number beat the record for FCC comments set after Janet Jackson's famous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show “wardrobe malfunction.” The FCC will continue to hear different views about its net neutrality policies at a series of… Read
Chiké Okonkwo Set For ‘Banshee’ Arc; Scott Glenn Joins ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’
Chiké Okonkwo has signed for a multiepisode arc on Cinemax's Banshee. He will play Lennox, a mysterious business associate of crime kingpin Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen). Anthony Starr and Ivana Milicevic also star in the series, which returns for Season 3 in 2015. Okonkwo co-starred in the BBC miniseries Paradox and recently wrapped a run in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Julius Caesar. He next appears in Stephen Frears' untitled Lance Armstrong biopic. The English actor… Read