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January 2011 Archive


IMAX Moves From NASDAQ To New York Stock Exchange

New York, NY – January 31, 2011 – IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ:IMAX; TSX:IMX) today announced the pending transfer of the listing of its common stock from the NASDAQ Global Select Market ("NASDAQ") to the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"). The Company expects to begin trading on the NYSE on February 11, 2011, under its current ticker symbol "IMAX" and will ring the opening bell that morning. The Company will continue to trade under the ticker symbol "IMAX" on the NASDAQ until… Read


Disney's Chuck Viane Retiring: Dave Hollis Promoted To EVP Theatrical Exhibition Sales/Distribution

BURBANK, Calif. – January 31, 2011 – Chuck Viane, president of Global Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, announced today that he will retire in July after 25 years with The Walt Disney Company. "Chuck is one of the most knowledgeable and savvy individuals in the film industry," said Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. "Throughout his distinguished career at Disney, he has proven himself to be a rare legend, deeply respected by those who have… Read

Tarak Ben Ammar Financing Story of Tunisian Martyr Mohamed Bouazizi

While the growing unrest in Egypt is playing out before us, the recent overthrow of the government of Tunisia is on its way to becoming a feature film. Tarak Ben Ammar will finance and produce a feature about Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian who set himself ablaze to protest unemployment and lack of freedom. His self-sacrfice set off a historic chain of events that led to the Jasmin Revolution and the overthrow of president Zein El-Abedin Ben Ali. Ben Ammar, a nephew of… Read


Writers Guild East Sets Awards Roster; 'Bourne' Scribe Tony Gilroy To Present Dad Frank Gilroy Lifetime Achievement

NEW YORK CITY – Television, film, stage, and news headliners are set to take the stage for the 2011 Writers Guild of America Awards ceremony in New York City. Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Flight of the Conchords) will host the 63rd annual Writers Guild Awards in New York City on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the AXA Equitable Center. Award presenters include: Kathleen Turner, John Larroquette, Donnie Wahlberg, Judah Friedlander, Merritt Wever… Read


Hammond Analysis: Oscar After SAG, DGA

This has been one of the most schizophrenic awards seasons in recent memory. It has consisted of two distinct contests: first, the critics awards cycle which had The Social Network in a walk. Now the industry awards which completely reversed that decision, blanking the Facebook movie and honoring the royal dilemma story to the point where everyone involved with The King’s Speech may just want to start getting their own speeches ready for the Kodak Theatre on February… Read


Scribes John Collee, Karl Gadjusek Join Verve

Verve has signed John Collee, the Australian writer whose credits include Master & Commander, Happy Feet, Creation and Legend of the Guardians. Collee had been at CAA. He is currently scripting Walk with the Dinosaurs, the animated that that IM Global recently sold to Fox for $65 million at AFM. Collee is also repped by Kaplan Perrone and The Agency Group. Verve also signed Karl Gadjusek, who has written on The Mechanic and the upcoming Unknown and Trespass. He most… Read


Jonah Hill Launches Production Company, Signs First-Look TV Deal With Fox

EXCLUSIVE: Multihyphenated Jonah Hill has launched his own production company, JHF. In the company’s first major move, JHF has signed a first-look TV development deal with Fox. Under the deal, Fox has bought an untitled single-camera comedy spec written by Hill, which he may direct. The network will also have first rights to future JHF projects in television. "Jonah is one of the most prolific young talents in comedy today, and possesses a fearless, wickedly smart… Read


OSCAR MOGULS: Harvey Weinstein Q&A

What started as a wide open contest all those months ago remains a still impossible to predict one with just four weeks to go as The King's Speech has erased The Social Network's once-thought impenetrable lead. And if a photo finish is needed between these two front runners, could a third movie, a true spoiler, sneak in? The Deadline Team of Nikki Finke, Pete Hammond, and Mike Fleming have spent recent days interviewing the studio moguls to gauge their perspective on this… Read


Katherine Heigl Will Celebrate 'New Year's Eve' With Bon Jovi Instead Of Halle Berry

EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl, not Halle Berry,  will be the one smooching Jon Bon Jovi in New Line's ensemble romantic comedy New Year's Eve. I'm told Berry has dropped out of the picture, which is just getting underway. Heigl was available because she recently withdrew from Adaline, a film that was supposed to shoot in March from Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Her reps said Heigl, who recently adopted her first child, didn't want to go back to work right away. N… Read


RATINGS RAT RACE: Betty White Is Sunday Double Winner, Fox Is Tops With Pro Bowl

On Sunday, it will be one year since Betty White stormed into pop culture with a memorable Super Bowl ad at last year’s Super Bowl, which led to a Saturday Night Live hosting gig, a hit sitcom, awards and more. A year later, the Betty White express is not slowing down. Last night, at age 89, she won her first comedy actress SAG Award for TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland and delivered CBS’ best TV movie ratings in years. The Lost Valentine (2.3/6 in 18-49, 14.5 million viewers)… Read


Spike TV Orders Two New Reality Series

Spike TV has ordered two new unscripted series from producers behind Jersey Shore and The Biggest Loser. The half-hour Repo Games, from Jersey Shore exec producer Sally Ann Salsano and her 495 Prods., has received a 20-episode order. It is a game-show described as Cops meets Jeopardy and follows a crew of real-life repo men, Josh Lewis and Tom Detone, who give debtors one last chance to keep their cars but only if they're willing to play for it.  The debtors get five… Read


CBS Signs Talent Holding Deal With Young British Actress

Talent holding deals are pretty rare these days, especially with young up-and-comers. CBS and CBS TV Studios have signed such as deal with 24-year-old British actress Lucy Griffiths. Under the pact, the network will cast her in a drama or comedy project. It marks Griffiths’ first U.S. gig. In the U.K., she is best known for doing the first 2 seasons of the BBC drama Robin Hood, on which she played Maid Marian. The actress, who recently starred on the West End in the… Read