‘Days Of Our Lives’ Producer Swats “Audacious” Sony TV With $20M Lawsuit
(UPDATED 5:51 PM with Sony TV statement) EXCLUSIVE: A little over a month after Days of Our Lives was renewed for a record 55th season by NBC, the producers behind the long running and Emmy winning daytime soap today have squared up against Sony Pictures Television in a distribution legal dust-up that could see tens of millions of dollars in damages and the termination of a half a century old deal.
In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday… Read
‘Simple Wedding’ Worldwide Rights Acquired By Blue Fox Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: The worldwide rights to Simple Wedding, executive produced by and starring Rita Wilson, with Shohreh Aghdashloo and Tara Grammy, has been reached in an agreement with Blue Fox Entertainment for domestic distribution.
Blue Fox is introducing the film to buyers this week at the European Film Market in Berlin, while the domestic distribution arm is planning a late-Summer 2019 US theatrical release.
Simple Wedding was produced by Mainstay Entertainment and made… Read
‘Hellboy’ To Be Unleashed In China Via JL Vision Film
EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Media has set an agreement with China's JL Vision Film for the latter to distribute the 2019 Hellboy reboot in the Middle Kingdom. Starring Stranger Things' David Harbour and Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich, the Neil Marshall-directed monster movie will begin its international rollout April 10. Lionsgate is opening it domestically April 12. The China date is not yet set, though April 12 is the aim.
Harbour plays the titular dark hero who first came to… Read
‘The SpongeBob Movie’ Moves To May 2020 For Paramount
With rumors swirling that Maroon 5 is planning a SpongeBob tribute as part of the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, Paramount has shifted The Spongebob Movie to a May 22, 2020, opening.
Representing the third SpongeBob SquarePants movie, the installment was originally scheduled to launch on July 17, 2020. Its only announced competition for the new date so far is Warner Bros. Godzilla vs. Kong fantasy flick, although the traditionally busy weekend should fill up at some… Read
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway & Steven Knight Upset With Aviron Over ‘Serenity’ Bailout
UPDATED: Though Aviron initially declined comment on this story about it not honoring the P&A spend its execs said they would make on Serenity, the distributor has now asked to comment. Here is that comment:
"We had the best intentions for Serenity. We were excited for the opportunity to release this uniquely original movie and work with such a stellar cast and talented filmmakers. As much as we love this film and still hope it finds its audience, we tested and retested… Read
Andy Gruenberg Dies: Major Film Distribution Executive Was 68
Andy Gruenberg, who had a long career in studio film distribution and most recently was the overseer of theatrical distribution for Netflix, died yesterday at age 68, according to his family.
Gruenberg started his career in distribution at Warner Bros., moving to Columbia Pictures as senior VP and assistant sales manager, working on such films as Ghostbusters, Karate Kid and Silverado.
He then moved to MGM, serving as executive VP from 1991 to 1998. During that time, he… Read
Metrograph Taps NYC Arthouse Roots With New Distribution Entry
Three years after successfully redrawing the cinema map of Manhattan with the opening of an influential arthouse theater on the Lower East Side, Metrograph is launching a distribution company.
Metrograph Pictures will put out both new releases and restored classics. It will be led by Head of Distribution George Schmalz, an industry vet who most recently curated AMC Networks’ Sundance Now streaming service. Schmalz will team with Jake Perlin, Artistic Director and Director… Read
Verizon Fios Drops Jennifer Lopez-Owned Fuse Media
UPDATED With a statement from Verizon
Verizon Fios has decided to drop Fuse, the multicultural network partially owned by Jennifer Lopez.
Fuse will disappear from Verizon’s Fios service at the end of the day, representing the second such loss of carriage in a week. Cable giant Comcast reached a similar decision yesterday.
The media company put the blame solidly on Verizon, claiming it said offered terms that the telecommunications giant knew were unacceptable to… Read
Disney And Verizon Reach New Carriage Deal For Fios, Avoiding Blackout
Verizon Communications and the Walt Disney Co. have reached a new agreement that will keep ESPN and ABC-TV on the Fios service.
The deal replaces one that expires tomorrow and comes following Verizon warning its customers last week that they were in danger of losing Disney-owned properties on the service. Disney also ran ads warning of the possible blackout.
News of the new agreement did not offer specifics. “Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a… Read
‘Cold War’ Gets Warm Response; ‘Beale Street’ Solid: Specialty Box Office
Limited release newcomers were few over the weekend ahead of the Christmas rollouts, while some higher profile holdovers, including Mary Queen of Scots and The Favourite, continue to get royal treatment from specialty audiences.
Focus Features jumped Mary Queen of Scots to 795 theaters in its third frame, grossing $2.24M for a $2,818 per theater average, landing the title in the overall top 10. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight's The Favourite was just outside that… Read
‘Creed II’ Sets China Release Date; First ‘Rocky’ Saga Pic To Weigh In Theatrically
MGM and has set an agreement with JL Vision Film Co to release Creed II in China on January 4. This is the first movie in the Rocky saga to get a theatrical date in the Middle Kingdom, although previous titles have been available via other media. The sequel to 2015's $174M worldwide grossing Creed was released domestically in late November and has cumed $133.7M globally through last weekend. MGM controls the China distribution rights.
Creed II is directed by Steven Caple… Read
‘Today’ And ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Lead Hulu’s Streaming Tally For 2018
Hulu has issued an end-of-year summary of streaming activity on its service, tallying the TV shows, movies and sports its users were watching for the first 10 months of 2018.
The biggest reveal from the data was the outsize performance by NBC’s Today. Viewers watched more than 6 million hours of the morning news show, according to Hulu, which also claimed that viewers were watching more than 26 million hours per day on the service, with news and sports the most popular… Read