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Rupert Murdoch Feels Heat About His Fox News Sexual Misconduct Claims

Backlash is building against Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, who said during a Thursday interview that sexual harassment allegations against Fox News staffers were “all nonsense.” Murdoch spoke on an interview with his majority owned Sky News, addressing the Disney purchase of his company and the multiple sexual misconduct claims against some of his Fox News team, which have resulted in claims of at least $58 million in settlements and legal… Read

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Awakens To Early $61M Overseas; $106M WW – International Box Office

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UPDATE, WRITETHRU: In its first two days at the international box office, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has shot off to $60.8M in 48 material markets. Combined with Thursday’s domestic previews, the worldwide bounty is $105.8M so far. The eighth installment in the sci-fi saga opened at No. 1 in all markets (save Turkey and Korea), setting 2017 milestones in many. Looking at the same suite of offshore play and at today’s exchange rates, Jedi‘s first two days… Read

Chinese Film & TV Industry Is A $86.3B Business — Chinese Report

The Economic Contribution of Film and Television in China in 2016 report found that the film and television industry contributed a total of $86.3 billion (or 573 billion Yuan) to the Chinese economy in 2016. The overall economic contribution increased by $22 billion (or 177 billion yuan), a 25% surge since the research was last conducted in 2014. The sector supported a total of 4.1M jobs and generated a total tax contribution of $15.9 billion (or 105 billion Yuan). The… Read

Anant Singh To Produce Biopic Of Heart Transplant Pioneer Christiaan Barnard

EXCLUSIVE: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom producer Anant Singh and his South Africa-based Videovision Entertainment have acquired the film rights to biography Heartbreaker: Christiaan Barnard And The First Heart Transplant. Written by author James-Brent Styan, the book was recently published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first human-to-human heart transplant, performed by South African surgeon Barnard. Singh is producing the screen transfer with Brian Cox… Read

Egypt-Based Aroma Studios & United Brothers Eye U.S. Market With Thriller Films Team-Up, Set First Project

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Thriller Films has sealed a multi-production deal with Cairo-based Aroma Studios and United Brothers Partnership who have an eye on cracking the American film and TV market. First up in the three-company pact is First List, an hourlong eight-episode drama series toplined by Aussie Martin Dingle Wall. Under the co-production deal, Thriller International will sell the finished project to a network and/or major digital platform. Shooting is already underway in Los… Read

The Murdochs Would Become Disney’s Largest Individual Shareholders When Merger Clears

Trust a savvy deal-maker like Rupert Murdoch to wring the most from any negotiation. The 86-year-old media mogul and his family would emerge as the single largest individual shareholders in Disney once the proposed $66 billion deal for 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets closes. Only the mutual fund Vanguard would have more significant holdings in the Burbank media giant. The Murdochs stand to receive nearly 88 million Disney shares in the all-stock deal, based… Read

Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist Cuts Field To Nine; France’s ‘BPM’ Snubbed

Whittling through 92 submissions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its shortlist of nine titles to advance in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year. The final five Oscar nominations in the race will be announced along with the rest of the categories on January 23. As ever, the shortlist comes with its own share of surprises, including a snub for a lauded French film the second year running. The group advancing to the next stage… Read

Bob Iger & The Murdochs On The Disney-Fox Deal – Read The Memos

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Disney and 21st Century Fox this morning finally took the lid of their $66.1 billion deal that will see the former absorb several Fox properties including the film and TV studios, some cable networks and interests in Hulu and Sky. The massive deal, which will take a year or more to clear, had been widely anticipated, and will all but redraw  the entertainment industry when all is said and done. Here are memos to staff from Disney’s Bob Iger and Fox’s ruling family Rupert… Read

Fox: A 20th & 21st Century Timeline Of Key Moments Under The Murdochs

With Disney’s $66B acquisition of key 21st Century Fox assets, today marks the dismantling of a legendary studio that got its start all the way back in 1904 — about a century ahead of the iconic New York Street set (and the lamented poor cell-reception in Building 88) of the Pico Boulevard lot. Times have suddenly changed and the dust will be a while in settling. The long and storied history of 20th Century Fox (pre-Rupert Murdoch) began when Hungarian immigrant William… Read

Sony International Boards Pablo Trapero’s ‘La Quietud’ With Edgar Ramirez, Bérénice Bejo

Sony Pictures International Productions is moving into Argentina with La Quietudits first local-language co-production there. The film hails from Pablo Trapero, who won the 2015 Silver Lion Best Director prize in Venice for El Clan. Sony Pictures Releasing International has taken all distribution rights to La Quietud in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and the U.S., as well as TV rights in Latin America. The thriller stars Martina Gusmán, Bérénice Bejo and Edgar… Read

Disney-Fox Deal: Murdochs On ‘New Fox’ Strategy And “The Next Great Leg Of Our Journey”

Rupert Murdoch had a similar take to that of many media veterans on Disney's $66B acquisition of assets of 21st Century Fox. He called it "a momentous occasion for me, our investors and thousands of colleagues who have joined us over the years in building 20th Century Fox." During a conference call with investors this morning to discuss the "next great leg of our journey,” Murdoch was joined by sons Lachlan and James as well as CFO John Nallen. The execs detailed the… Read

Disney-Fox Deal: Rupert Murdoch Says No Loyalty To TV Networks, Only “Must See Fox News”

“Why now?” Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo asked boss Rupert Murdoch Thursday morning so he could walk viewers through the $66B deal for The Walt Disney Co. to acquire a major portion of 21st Century Fox. “There are a lot of changes coming,” the 21st Century Fox exec chairman said. “People are watching television differently. “Not news or business,” he hastened to add, because he’s hanging on to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. “But, entertainment… Read