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November 2009 Archive

'The Hurt Locker' Dominates Gothams

The 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held in NYC tonight. The winners were: BEST FEATURE The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Director: Kathryn Bigelow Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro BEST DOCUMENTARY Food, Inc (Magnolia Pictures) Director: Robert Kenner Producers: Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE The Hurt Locker BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR Robert Siegel, Big Fan BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR Catalina Saavedra… Read

AP: GE & Vivendi Finally Reach Tentative Deal On That 20% NBC Universal Stake

The price tag is said to be $5.8 billion. This, even after GE chairman Jeff Immelt last week went to Paris to beg the one-time French water company to come to reasonable terms. Then again, the French love money even more than screwing their partners, and Vivendi knew it had GE by the balls. What I can’t understand is why GE ever put itself in such a vulnerable position in the first place by placing Vivendi in the catbird seat during this Comcast-GE negotiation for NBC… Read

Changes At ABC Sales & NBC Marketing

Broadcasting & Cable today says longtime ABC sales and marketing president Mike Shaw is leaving and that Disney is considering creating a new position for ad sales across all its properties. The NBC Agency announced today a consolidation of its West Coast Creative Team under the leadership of Jim Vescera, EVP & Creative Director of NBC Entertainment. The reorganization combines the on-air promotion and off-air advertising/digital teams into one creative group, and… Read

Producers Guild Announces TV Awards

LOS ANGELES (November 30, 2009) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the nominations for Television Series and Non-fiction Television categories that will advance in the voting process for the 21st Annual Producers Guild Awards. The PGA Awards television categories include: Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television, Comedy; Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television, Drama; PGA Producer of the Year Award in… Read

SPOOF: 'DeGrassi: The Next Generation'

I’ve been meaning to post about YouTube star Shane Dawson. So now the Fine Brothers have brought some production value to his channel by co-writing and co-directing this weekend’s epic 11-minute send-up of the Canadian TV show DeGrassi: The Next Generation which is a U.S. cable staple. (Must be on its 4th generation by now.) The video, like every video Shane makes, was seen half a million times in less than a day on November 21st, and now has a total of over 2 million… Read

Fox Searchlight Marketing EVP Leaving

I’ve learned that Stephanie Allen, EVP of marketing at Fox Searchlight Pictures, is leaving after a decade there promoting Slumdog Millionaire, Sideways, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, and other pics. “Stephanie has decided to take a break from the movie business. She is already enrolled in graduate school, pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts, and also wants to become a better surfer. We will miss her mightily,” an insider tells me. Fox Searchlight is in the… Read

IWantMedia's 2009 Media Person?

Once again my pal Patrick Phillip at is asking you to vote for the top figure in media for 2009. Previous winners have been Arianna Huffington, writers on strike, Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Jon Stewart, Bonnie Fuller, and Martha Stewart. So who do you think was the leading personality in the media industry this past year? Who left a lasting imprint — for good or ill? You have 10 finalists from which to choose: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey, Jay… Read

WB 'Hangover' Exec Greg Silverman Upped

(November 30, 2009 – Burbank, CA) Greg Silverman has been named to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Creative Development and Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. In his new position, effective January 1, 2010, Silverman will report to Robinov and have full oversight of Warner Bros. Pictures' development activities and budget. He will be charged with seeking new… Read

UPDATE: UTA's David Guillod Not Leaving Agency Biz After All; Jumped To Paradigm

MONDAY AM: It looks like this was not a resignation, but a defection. That’s right — UTA partner and co-head of the motion picture talent department David Guillod told the tenpercentery he was leaving the agency biz to supposedly join a content company. He said he was going into business with Eric Gitter, his client who’s a partner in the comic book company Oni Press. On Saturday, Guillod sent UTA head Jim Berkus a request for modification of his exit payment so he could… Read

Box Office

RECORD-BREAKER THANKSGIVING $278M: 'New Moon' $42.5M Weekend/$66M Holiday; 'Blind Side' $40.1M/$57.5M

SUNDAY AM: Official numbers coming in now… Analysis on its way… 1. NEW MOON (Summit Entertainment) Week 2 [4,042 Theaters) Wed $14.3M, Thurs $9.2M, Fri $17.7M, Sat $16.5M 3-Day Total: $42.5M  (includes Sunday estimate) (-70% over last weekend) 5-Day Total: $66M  (includes Sunday estimate) Domestic Cume: $230.7M  (includes Sunday estimate) International Cume: $243M Worldwide Cume: $473.7M 2. THE BLIND SIDE (Alcon/Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,140 Theaters] Wed $7.9M, Thurs… Read

Actors Will Do Anything To Land A Role…

TJ Miller, an LA-based comedian (Cloverfield, Carpoolers) shot this video after two unsuccessful auditions for the Warner Bros’ Yogi Bear movie. Studio boss Alan Horn and producer Donald De Line saw this footage and offered him a major part in the film. He’s already in New Zealand shooting:  Read