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October 2009 Archive

Winners: 53rd London Film Festival

London – 28 October 2009: The 53rd London Film Festival announced its winners at the high profile awards ceremony held at London's Inner Temple this evening: BEST FILM In recognition of original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking, Best Film was awarded to Jacques Audiard's A PROPHET. Special mention to John Hillcoat's THE ROAD, praising the film's breathtaking vision, extraordinary performances and profound political statement. BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER Presented for the… Read

Ben Silverman vs Media Who Covered Him

Continuing his mega-media blitz of self-promotion for his newly named company Electus, Ben Silverman gave an interview to Worth magazine. Here are the interesting bits: Worth: You arrived at NBC with a glowing public image. That changed almost overnight. Ben Silverman: It was shocking how stupid some [reporters] were in their lack of research or their lack of knowledge. [In 2007] I'm the only two-time comedy Emmy nominee as an exec producer, and I throw a party for it and… Read

Disney/ABC To Build Huge Production Facility & Double Soundstage Space in LA County

Disney-ABC TV today filed paperwork seeking approval from Los Angeles County for a huge 56-acre production facility on property it has long owned in the Santa Clarita Valley. It would include a dozen soundstages, almost doubling the number it has now in LA County. Predictions are for a $533 million economic boost to the region and about 2,854 new full- and part-time jobs. It’ll be called the Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch, located on the western edge of Disney’s 890-acre… Read

CBS Digital Guru Quincy Smith Leaving

I’ve just confirmed the AllThingsD and BusinessWeek report that Quincy Smith, the one-time investment banker turned digital guru, is leaving his job in January as CEO of CBS Interactive to start his own consulting firm. (Back when he was venture capilatist and then investment banker with Allen And Company, Smith advised Google and Comcast.) Smith will continue to provide consulting services to CBS. Since joining CBS in early 2006, Smith has been Les Moonves’ top new media… Read

WME Denies Jon Rosen Wants To Exit WME

2ND UPDATE: WME says its head of East Coast Television and Lifestyle & Branding Group head Jon Rosen is staying with the agency. This despite several sources close to Rosen claiming he asked to be let out of his contract in order to start his own business. NY-based Rosen is a former William Morris “old school” agent with 17 years experience. WME does confirm that Rosen’s contract with Morris was up around the time of the merger, and that he signed another deal that has an… Read

Box Office

Top 20 Independent Films October 23-25

FROM THE INDEPENDENT FILM & TELEVISION ALLIANCE (IFTA relies on the definition that an independent film is financed in majority from sources other than the six U.S. major studios. So films on this list distributed by a major studio were independently produced and acquired.) TOP 20 INDEPENDENTLY FINANCED FILMS Weekend of October 23–25, 2009 Exclusive To Deadline Hollywood TITLE, DISTRIB, COMPANY, WKD BOX OFFICE, SCREENS/AVERAGE, CUME 1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (Par/IM Global)… Read

Ben Silverman Now Addicted To Self-Promotion; UPDATE: See '30 Rock' Diss

The 30 Rock diss of Ben Silverman is here. Amazing that the “Advertising Hall of Achievement” is honoring Ben Silverman as one of its “Newest Stars”. Check out the full page ad in The New York Times on Page A11 today. It seems that just a few months into his new venture with Barry Diller, Silverman is already “significantly impacting the advertising industry”. Madison Avenue and IAC can only hope that he doesn’t “significantly impact” them the way he significantly… Read