DreamWorks Animation Beats Q1 Earnings Estimates With Help From TV
How’s this for luck? DreamWorks Animation just disclosed better-than-expected financial results for Q1 at a point when — with its $3.8 billion agreement to sell out to Comcast — the strong performance can’t really influence the stock price.
The studio reported a net profit of $13.8 million, up from a $54.8 million loss a year ago, on revenues of $190.4 million, up 14.4%. Analysts thought the sales number would be lower, at $182.6 million. Earnings at 16 cents a share were… Read
‘All The Way’ Review: Bryan Cranston & Anthony Mackie Superb In LBJ/MLK Pic
Debuting on HBO on May 21, the Jay Roach-directed All The Way is eminently timely television and intentionally so, as President Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. form an unlikely partnership and weave a masterful strategy of procedural power and patronage to achieve their mutual goal of greater civil rights for African Americans. Certainly, as I say in my video review above, an America tearing itself apart over race, justice, anger and opportunity… Read
Matthew Perry’s West End Playwriting Debut Draws Crowds Despite Critics’ Barbs
EXCLUSIVE: Midding-to-scorching reviews have not dissuaded London theatergoers from making Matthew Perry’s star turn in his playwriting debut a breakthrough West End sellout. Entering the final week of its run, The End of Longing has become the Playhouse Theater's most successful drama to date.
The four-hander, which also stars Christina Cole, Jennifer Mudge and Lloyd Owen, has banked over $2 million in ticket sales, with more than 62,000 tickets sold. If the fact that… Read
Samuel Goldwyn Films Gets Into ‘Spirit Of The Game’
Just in time for the NBA playoffs, Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired worldwide rights to the faith-based drama Spirit of the Game, with plans for theatrical release in partnership with Purdie Distribution. Inspired by the so-called Mormon Yankees, groups of Mormon missionaries who used Basketball to evangelize in Australia from the 1930s through the early 60s, the film follows a squad who played exhibition games against Australia’s fledgling National Basketball Team as… Read
‘Angry Birds’ Get Happy With Day-And-Date China Bow
Rovio Animation's The Angry Birds Movie just landed a May 20 debut date in China which means it will now drop in North America day and date. The film will be marketed and brought to the cinemas throughout the country by 1905 Pictures and will have its China premiere at the Beijing National Stadium "Bird's Nest," which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics. China accepts only about 34 international films a year. This is a film based on the wildly popular mobile game which has… Read
James Tupper & Anne Heche To Topline Post-Apocalyptic Series ‘Aftermath’
Real-life couple James Tupper (Revenge, Men In Trees) and Anne Heche (Hung, Men in Trees) will star as husband and wife in Aftermath, the Canadian post-apocalyptic thriller series from Noreen Halpern's Halfire Entertainment. It’s set to premiere on Syfy in the U.S. and Bell Media's Space in Canada later this summer.
Tupper and Heche will play Joshua and Karen Copeland who, along with their three teenagers, must battle for survival after civilization comes to an… Read
‘The SpongeBob Musical’: Here Come The Songs In Behind-The-Scenes Promo
Are you ready, kids? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Bikini Bottom (Eventually) Goes Broadway — otherwise known as The SpongeBob Musical. The clip focuses on the songs and songwriters that will fuel the show, which premieres next month in Chicago en route to the Main Stem for the 2016-17 season.
“The score has a huge range of style and scale,” director and co-conceiver Tina Landau says. That’s an understatement consider the talent lined to contribute the tunes. It’s… Read
Jeff Zucker Talks Up Video Network Great Big Story As CNN’s Phone Home: Newfront
Addressing a packed house at a scene-y downtown beer hall Thursday, a confident if limping Jeff Zucker extolled the success of his six-month-old baby Great Big Story, the video channel aimed at mobile and social twentysomethings that CNN launched last October.
“What’s exciting for me,” Zucker told Deadline, “is that this is going where the consumers are, where the hard-to-reach consumers are. Everybody talks about wanting to reach young people on their mobile devices… Read
Katie Couric Joins Lifetime’s Flint Water Crisis Movie As Executive Producer
Katie Couric is joining Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as an executive producer on Flint, the duo’s Lifetime original movie about the drinking water contamination disaster in Flint, MI, from Sony Pictures Television.
The hard-hitting, fact-based drama will examine the events that led to the "toxic crime" committed against the residents of the town of Flint, Michigan. It is looking to focus not only on the politics and poor management that led to the poisoning of the water… Read
MTV Taps Jacqueline Parkes As Head Of Marketing, Eli Lehrer To Run MTV2
New MTV President Sean Atkins has made key hires in his executive team, bringing in longtime Major League Baseball chief marketing offer Jacqueline Parkes as EVP of Marketing and Creative and Lifetime’s SVP and head of non-scripted Eli Lehrer as EVP overseeing MTV2.
Parkes, who was the first female CMO in professional sports, replaces longtime MTV marketing chief Tina Exharos, who left the company at the end of last year, while Lehrer is succeeding Chris McCarthy, who was… Read
‘Warcraft’ Sets China Release Two Days Ahead Of U.S.: A Burgeoning Trend?
Even before Legendary was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group, it had Middle Kingdom involvement in Warcraft. The ambitious adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's video game juggernaut has Chinese money in it via Tencent Pictures which said it had made an equity investment back in September. At the same time, Wanda said it would work with the two companies and use its network to promote and market the film. Now, Legendary has smartly positioned Warcraft for a rare… Read
Steve Papazian, Trusted Warner Bros. Veteran, Moves Into Consulting Capacity
Steve Papazian, who has been with the company for 47 years and through the various incarnations of management at the studio — from Terry Semel and Bob Daly, through Alan Horn and Jeff Robinov to the current regime of Kevin Tsujihara — is leaving his President of Worldwide Production post and is now Worldwide Production Executive. He will serve as a consultant on physical production for the next two years.
The trusted executive, who started in the mailroom at the company… Read