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As Exhibitors Fret Over Studios’ Push To Crush Windows, Here’s The Sobering Reality About PVOD – CinemaCon

At last year’s CinemaCon, the exhibition and distribution community was up in arms over Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju’s Screening Room pitch to bring movies into the home simultaneously with theatrical. Among the verbal naysayers were filmmakers James Cameron, Todd Phillips and Nicolas Winding Refn, and even Warner Bros. Chairman/CEO Kevin Tsujihara seemed to be on exhibitors’ side regarding the concept: "I assure you we are not going to let a third party or middle man… Read

IM Global Television Expands Unscripted & Alternative Development Team

IM Global Television

IM Global Television announced the hiring of Jennifer Colbert, Tim Rosenman and Casey Kelly, in efforts to ramp up its Unscripted & Alternative division. Colbert was named VP Development, Rosenman is Director Development and Kelly takes on the role of Manager Development. "It's exciting times here at IM Global Television as we begin assembling the first wave of a team with dedicated focus on formats and programs with global appeal," said IM Global Television's President… Read

Broadway Interest Piqued As Former NY Times Drama Critic Charles Isherwood Heads To Web

Proving there are second, and even third, acts in theater reviewing, ex-New York Times and Variety critic Charles Isherwood will return to his aisle seat in time for Broadway’s pre-Tony April madness. Beginning with this Sunday’s opening of British import The Play That Goes Wrong, Isherwood will be writing for Broadway News, a new online venture from Broadway Briefing, an aggregator of theater news. Isherwood will be joined in reviewing by Elizabeth Bradley, an arts… Read

Huayi Brothers CEO Eyes Expansion Of STX Entertainment Relationship

The CEO of China's largest privately held film firm, Huayi Brothers Media Corp, says he’s eager to "renew and deepen” his company’s cooperation with Robert Simonds' STX Entertainment. Huayi's James Wang told Bloomberg over the weekend that — with their landmark three-year co-production and distribution deal due to expire in early 2018 — he wants to expand the relationship “beyond slate financing." The companies have held in-depth discussions about further investment and… Read

Broadway Review: In ‘Sweat’, Trump’s Pipe Dream Deferred; ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Sharp and threatening as a box cutter blade, Lynn Nottage’s drama Sweat opened last fall at the Public Theater shortly before the election, an unnervingly prescient reality check even before Donald Trump’s victory. “No play in recent memory has shed more light on the crises and tribulations of America’s great retrenched working middle class,” I wrote then, and that remains true these five tumultuous months later. With one cast change (Alison Wright, The Americans‘ Martha… Read

Dan Aykroyd, Griffin Dunne Remember Carrie & Debbie, “Beloved Showboats”

Dan Aykroyd, one of the speakers honoring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during the public memorial for the famed mother-daughter pair, was describing his friend Carrie but could just as easily been speaking of Debbie with these two words: beloved showboat. The former Saturday Night Live funnyman recalled a long-ago moment when he saved Fisher’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver. She was choking on a brussels sprout, he said before lamenting, only half jokingly… Read

Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Right On Time For Another WGA Strike

Since the first writers' strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations. And if the guild launches its seventh strike in May, as threatened, it will once again be under a Republican administration. There weren't any WGA strikes during the presidencies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson or John F. Kennedy. But there was one during the… Read

Watch Public Memorial For Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher Livestreamed Here – Update

UPDATE The livestreamed memorial service has closed. UPDATE with livestream, below Fans of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher can say goodbye today, with a public memorial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park set to be livestreamed and featuring the music of James Blunt and Star Wars composer John Williams. Organized by Todd Fisher (Reynolds’ son, Fisher’s brother), the memorial will take place in the cemetery’s 1,200-seat Hall of Liberty theater, with overflow crowds offered… Read

Richard A. Roth Dies: ‘Summer Of ’42’ Producer Was 76

Summer of 42

Richard A. Roth, producer of the romantic coming-of-age melodrama Summer of ’42, died March 17 at his home in New York City. He was 76. His death was announced by his family. He was a producer of 1975’s Gene Wilder-directed The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother. According to his family, Roth had graduated from Stanford University Law School and was working for a small literary agency when he read the Summer of ’42 screenplay from a slush pile. He borrowed… Read

SAG-AFTRA Blasts Local Spanish-Language Radio Stations for Not Paying Minimum Wage

Accusing local Spanish-language radio stations La Raza and La Mega of multiple violations of state and federal labor law – including paying some on-air talent less than minimum wage – SAG-AFTRA today urged the stations to come to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract. The stations' on-air talent voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the union last August, but the two sides have been unable to reach an agreement on what would become the first on-air union… Read

WGA “Broke Off Negotiations,” Producers Claim As Strike Vote Looms

One day before negotiations originally were scheduled to end between the WGA and AMPTP, the labor tension in Hollywood is at a 10-year high. As the scribes now confirm Deadline’s exclusive of earlier today that a strike-authorization vote has been called, the producers shot back this evening with claims of bad faith from the other side of the table. “The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its… Read