Big Media CEO Compensation Rose 21% In 2016: Is It More Out Of Whack Than Ever?
EXCLUSIVE: 2016 was a so-so year for Big Media companies. But you wouldn’t know that if you look at how much boards paid the chiefs of CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom.
Their collective compensation rose 21.1% to $343.8 million — their second highest total ever — we find in Deadline's seventh annual in-depth examination of media and entertainment CEO pay.
Each year at least one CEO’s pay stands out due to special circumstances… Read
‘Beauty And The Dogs’ Acquired By Oscilloscope – Cannes
Oscilloscope has acquired U.S. rights to Beauty And The Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit), the film that’s playing in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. A 2017 release is planned for the pic written and directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, about a young Tunisian woman (Mariam Al Ferjani) who is raped by police officers after leaving a party and is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her… Read
‘War Machine’ Review: Brad Pitt’s Military Satire For Netflix Lacks Firepower
With President Donald Trump traveling in the Middle East and talking his hopes for peace, Netflix couldn't have strategized a better time to debut its Brad Pitt-starring military satire War Machine. Unfortunately, despite a few good swings from Pitt, the May 26-launching film from director David Michôd is a mind-numbing misfire.
As we did back in March for a review of Netflix's docuseries Five Came Back, my colleague and TV Talk podcast partner Pete Hammond and I have… Read
Directors Guild Sets 2018 DGA Awards Date & Timeline
The Directors Guild of America has set the 2018 date for its 70th Annual DGA Awards, and announced the timeline for other key events. The 2018 awards show will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film nominees will be announced on January 11, 2018 and Television, Commercial, and Documentary nominees will be announced on January 10, 2018.
DGA members will be able to vote online between… Read
China As Holy Grail & Headache: How It’s Influencing Hollywood Strategy – Deadline Disruptors
China's breakneck box-office growth may have ground to a sputter in 2016, but one need only look at the recent success of The Fate Of The Furious for proof there is still gas in the market. Last month, F8 crossed 2.43 billion RMB to become the No. 1 import ever in the market. As of Sunday, it has climbed to 2.662 billion RMB ($386.7 million).
That performance reflects what has become a source of excitement and consternation for Hollywood. In the five years since it paved… Read
Chinese-Born Filmmaker Ann Hu On ‘Confetti’ And What Hollywood Needs To Know
EXCLUSIVE: Confetti, a U.S.-Chinese co-production is getting underway from producer Josh Green and writer/director Ann Hu, a director whose first film Shadow Magic actually beat out Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the Chinese Academy Award back in 2001 and became one of the highest box office performers in China. Hu was born in China and is now an American citizen. Her experience about connecting to both U.S. and Chinese audiences should be heeded by any… Read
Vin Diesel Escapes ‘xXx’ Sequel “Sham” Case From Ex-Biz Partner
Just over a year after Vin Diesel was dragged into court by the former chief of his production company over cash and credits on xXX: Return of Xander Cage and other films, a judge has allowed The Fast and the Furious franchise star to drive off the murky case.
In a downtown hearing this morning in Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge John Doyle shut down the third amended complaint from George Zakk, effectively ending the matter that started last May. Having been knocked… Read
Oliver Stone Goes Face To Face With Putin: “You’ll See A Different Point Of View” — Deadline Disruptors
Last year, three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone made his 20th directorial outing with Snowden—a look at the life of former NSA consultant and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film took Stone on numerous trips to Russia, where Snowden has lived in exile since 2013, which then led to a series of interviews with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The format is something Stone has used to great effect before in his documentaries about controversial politicians such as Fidel Castr… Read
Annapurna Continues To Grow With eOne Multi-Year Distribution Deal
Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One just entered into a multi-year distribution deal which will launch on August 4 with Kathryn Bigelow's race-riot crime drama Detroit. The film is also the first under Annapurna's new marketing and distribution divisions. Continuing Annapurna's increasing global presence, the eOne partnership covers all media for all Annapurna film titles in five major territories: Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United… Read
Universal Brands New Monster Movies As ‘Dark Universe’; Bill Condon’s ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ Up Next In 2019 – Video
Universal Pictures’ relaunch of its classic monster movie characters, starting with the Tom Cruise feature The Mummy on June 9, will be known as the Dark Universe franchise.
In addition, the studio confirmed today what Deadline exclusively reported last month: Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condon is locked in to direct Bride of Frankenstein, which will be the next Dark Universe title following The Mummy, set for release on February 14, 2019 — a day that Uni already had… Read
‘Star Wars’ & Films Drove 4.4% Licensed Merchandise Sales Bump In 2016
Star Wars and other entertainment properties helped to lift global spending on licensed merchandise by 4.4%, to $262.9 billion, in 2016, according to an annual tally released today.
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (known as LIMA) released its “Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey” to coincide with the Licensing Expo confab taking place this week in Las Vegas.
The U.S. and Canada accounted for 57.9% of global retail sales, up from… Read
Cirrina Studios Launches, Sets Up Equity Fund – Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Jim Pesoli, Karine Martin, David Lipman and Jeff Stentz have launched Cirrina Studios, a new entertainment finance, development and production outfit based in Santa Monica. The new studio will focus on creating commercially viable film and TV projects, as well as other media.
The banner, inspired by the octopus after which it is named, will be a collection of companies with numerous business arms that will emanate from a common center.
Said veteran… Read