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Longtime Sony Distribution Exec Rory Bruer Retiring From Studio

Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, is retiring. This comes as no surprise as Bruer had been talking about stepping back for a long while. What is surprising is that Bruer has only worked at one company in his lifetime — he began in the mailroom at Columbia Pictures in 1977 and moved into distribution a year later in the New Orleans office. During his 40 years, he had survived many management changeovers — at least seven going… Read

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Monument Releasing Picks Up SXSW Favorite ‘Flesh And Blood’

EXCLUSIVE: Monument Releasing has acquired North American distribution rights to Mark Webber's latest film Flesh and Blood, the indie that premiered at SXSW this year to critical acclaim. The company will release the film theatrically this fall. It marks Webber's fourth feature film as director. "Flesh and Blood is a film that is very close to my heart, and it takes a special crew who thinks outside of the box and is attuned to the ever-changing distribution landscape to… Read

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Black Label Media & Lionsgate Heading Toward Divorce On ‘Granite Mountain’ And ‘Soldado’

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EXCLUSIVE: Black Label Media and Lionsgate are heading toward a divorce on the upcoming high-profile pictures Granite Mountain and Soldado, the latter a sequel to Sicario. It has come down to an inability to see eye to eye over marketing and distribution plans for the two films. Short of some miracle save, they will part company shortly. Other distributors already are vying for the pictures. Granite Mountain is the first one up. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the drama… Read

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‘Ballad Of Lefty Brown’: SXSW Darling With Bill Pullman To DirecTV Before Theatrical Via A24

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After competitive bidding, A24 and DirecTV have acquired The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a Western starring Bill Pullman that had its world premiere at SXSW to critical acclaim. The film will be released in an 30-day exclusive window on DirecTV before it goes to its theatrical run via A24. This comes at a time when the industry is in full-tilt discussions on theatrical windows. This is not the first time that a deal like that has been constructed. A24 and DirecTV also acquired… Read

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How ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ Beat ‘Deadpool’ & ‘Rogue One’ – The Data Behind The Dollars

The Secret Life Of Pets Movie Profit

This is Illumination Entertainment chief Chris Meledandri’s second trip up the proverbial ladder to cut the nets as the victor of Deadline’s Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament. He won in 2013 for Despicable Me 2. According to our experts who looked extensively at the behind-the-curtain data to derive the net profit and Cash on Cash Return that means most to studios, The Secret Life Of Pets beat out a slew of strong contenders, several of which surpassed the… Read

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No. 1 ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

Secret Life Of Pets

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. THE SECRET LIFE O… Read

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No. 2 ‘Deadpool’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. DEADPOOL 20th Cen… Read

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No. 3 ‘Rogue One’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. ROGUE ONE: A STAR… Read

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Bill Mechanic On Movie Biz: Big Problems & A Few Suggestions On How To Fix Them

Editors Note: Bill Mechanic is chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films and a former top executive at Paramount, Disney and chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment when the studio generated Die Hard With A Vengeance, Independence Day and Titanic. He most recently produced Best Picture Oscar nominee Hacksaw Ridge. He was moved to weigh in after all the noise about windowing that came out of the just-wrapped CinemaCon. The industry is in big trouble. Yes, that's perhaps… Read

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No. 4 ‘Finding Dory’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. FINDING DORY Disn… Read

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The Outliers Of 2016: Smaller Movies With Big Profits

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Each year when Deadline runs its Most Valuable Blockbuster film profitability countdown, readers understandably ask about certain wildly profitable films that for one reason or another, didn’t crack the Top 20. But that doesn’t mean these films don’t tell compelling stories in their own right. Here are snapshots of three overachieving pictures. The final four films in our tournament will roll out tomorrow and Monday. BAD MOMS STX Entertainment THE FILM STX’s first $100 mil… Read

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20th Century Fox CinemaCon: No ‘Avatar’ News, But Riveting Reels From ‘Greatest Showman’, ‘Alien’, ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ & More

There was no James Cameron this year at 20th Century Fox’s CinemaCon presentation, nor was there an update on those Avatar sequels. However, the studio more than made up for that lack of goods with truly riveting reels of this year’s product,. Let’s just say the overall theme for Fox’s session here in Las Vegas and for how their year will end is on a note of music. Last year, domestic distribution boss Chris Aronson arrived onstage dressed like Vanilla Ice, as a nod to… Read