Hammer, eOne Nail First-Look Pact For Production, Financing & Distribution
An iconic brand, London-based Hammer has had a resurgence over the past few years beginning with smash horror pic The Woman In Black in 2012. Expanding on a relationship that started with that film — via Alliance — and carried over to its upcoming sequel, Hammer and eOne have inked an exclusive multi-year first-look agreement, which includes production, financing and distribution. Under the pact, eOne will distribute Hammer films in Canada, the UK, Benelux, Spain and… Read
Derek Jeter Teams With Legendary Entertainment To Launch Sports Site: The Player’s Tribune
Does the former New York Yankees captain and likely Hall of Fame shoo-in — whose 20-year baseball playing career ended on Sunday — want to become a media mogul? If so, then this is his lead-off hit: Derek Jeter is the Founding Publisher of a Web site, The Players' Tribune, that promises this morning to provide athletes with the tools to “share their unfiltered, honest and unique perspectives, bringing fans closer to the games they love.” Legendary Entertainment will… Read
Glen Campbell Sued Over Film Documenting His Alzheimer’s Fight
Country recording legend Glen Campbell has been sued for breach of contract over his upcoming documentary film, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which chronicles the singer's battle with Alzheimer's disease. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), raises serious legal questions about the validity of contracts signed by people with Alzheimer's, which scholars consider a legal "gray area."
The suit, filed by the Record Company, an L.A.-based production… Read
Greg Ellis Signs With Gersh; Pantheon Signs J.C. Chasez, Chris Payne Gilbert
Hawaii Five-O regular Greg Ellis has signed with the Gersh Agency, while Pantheon has signed former 'N Sync singer J.C. Chasez and Chris Payne Gilbert, in the day's agency announcements.
The English-born Ellis has a recurring role on the CBS action show set on the islands but also is starring in the upcoming animated TV series Star Wars Rebels and the Western feature Forsaken. Other notable roles have come in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Star Trek, Beowulf, Mr.… Read
Suddenlink To Drop Viacom Channels In Dispute Over Contract Terms
Here's the latest sign of Viacom's fraying relationship with small cable operators: Due to a contract impasse, at midnight Suddenlink will become the second cable company — following Cable One — that doesn't carry the entertainment power's channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. Viacom wanted “a nearly 50% increase in payments, even though viewership has decreased in the last several years for their main channels, some by almost 30%,” the St… Read
Is the Movie Business Healthy Or Hurting? Deadline’s Fleming and Busch Duke It Out In DeadlineNow Video
Is the movie business doing well, or is it in trouble? After a summer that was down double digits from 2013, rampant runaway production, and layoffs at multiple major studios, some would argue it's been a bad year in the middle of a long, slow decline.
On the other hand, there are new investors, bringing lots of money and optimism to the game, including former Warner Bros. executive Jeff Robinov and and his overseas backers, and Robert Simonds' STX. Who's… Read
AMC Joins Opposition To ‘Crouching Tiger 2′; IMAX Chief Urges Theaters To Reconsider
The No. 2 chain, AMC Entertainment, just joined other major exhibitors that say they won't offer Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on their IMAX screens next year when it simultaneously debuts on Netflix. “We license just the technology from IMAX,” AMC says. “Only AMC and [its parent company] Wanda decide what programming plays in our respective theatres. No one has approached us to license this made-for-video sequel in the U.S. or China, so one must assume… Read
ICM Partners’ Interns Lawsuit Likely Heading To Mediation
EXCLUSIVE: The high-pitched legal drama over the potential class-action lawsuit against ICM Partners by two former interns seems to have paused for a breath. "The parties agreed to explore early resolution with a private mediator," says a case management plan submitted earlier this week by the lawyers for agency and the attorneys for ex-interns Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau. "The parties will endeavor to schedule the mediation to take place within the next 60 days,"… Read
Otter Media Adds Top Execs As Chernin-AT&T Online Strategy Clarifies
Otter Media has named former airline and telecomm executive Virasb Vahidi as CEO, and just-departed YouTube executive Tom Pickett to head a new group under Vahidi running niche online-video channels CrunchyRoll, KDrama and Creativebug.
Otter is the joint venture, announced earlier this year, between The Chernin Group and AT&T. Today's announcement finally begins to provide structure and clarity to a series of other moves by the joint venture, including last week's deal Read
Elisabeth Murdoch To Leave Shine After Endemol-Core Merger
Ever since the Shine-Endemol-Core Media mega-merger was first floated, speculation has swirled over what it would mean for Shine founder Elisabeth Murdoch. The speculation can now be put to rest as Murdoch will indeed leave her role as chairman of Shine if and when the proposed merger goes through, a source with knowledge of the situation confirms.
It was Murdoch's father Rupert's then-News Corp that acquired Shine in 2011. Now it's dad's reshaped 21st Century Fox that is… Read
FCC Spikes Its Sports Blackout Rules
It took a while, but the FCC today finally voted — unanimously — to end its sports blackout rules, following up on the rulemaking notice it issued in December. They were adopted in 1975 primarily to help broadcasters and the NFL by barring cable and satellite services from offering games in the teams' markets if the stadium isn't sold out. That's a rarity these days: Only two games were blacked out last season. And even without the FCC rules, the NFL can cut deals that… Read
Helen Mirren’s UK Co-Stars Set For Broadway ‘Audience’
Actors Equity has given its OK for Brit thespians Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Richard McCabe, and Rufus Wright to accompany Olivier Award-winning Mirren's Queen Elizabeth II to Broadway in the spring. The Stephen Daldry production of Peter Morgan's play will run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre beginning on February 17, 2015, with opening night on March 8. It runs through June 28. The rest of the 18-member company is TBA.
The Audience is described as: “For sixty… Read