Streamy Awards Honor 24 Winners In Prelims To 8th Annual Event
The winners of 24 Streamy Awards were announced tonight at the Streamys Premiere Awards at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The evening was hosted by BlameItOnKway and Montana Tucker in advance of the 8th Annual Streamy Awards, which will be streamed live globally at YouTube.com/Streamys on Monday at 9PM ET/6PM… Read
Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke Talks TV, Film Biz At USC Forum
Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who oversees film and TV series for the streaming service, isn’t shoveling dirt on broadcast TV.
"I don't think that it's on its deathbed," said Salke, speaking today at the Gould School of Law’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, a media summit at the University of Southern California. "I think it is evolving quickly. But I still believe, knowing the amount of people we were reaching at NBC, that there's a huge audience that… Read
Saudi Twitter Activist Army Quells Criticism, Shapes Images – Report
An army of social media activists is being employed by the Saudi Arabian government to troll dissenters and shape a positive online image of the kingdom, according to an explosive New York Times story.
The investigative piece raises new doubts about the kingdom’s influence and investments in… Read
‘Joy’, ‘Girl’ & ‘What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?’ Win At BFI London Film Festival
Joy, Girl and What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire? were among winners revealed tonight at the BFI London Film Festival.
Sudabeh Mortezai’s Joy took home the Best Film Award in the Official Competition. Winner of both the first ever Hearst Film Award 2018 for Best Female Direction and the 2018 Europa Cinemas Label at the 75th Venice International… Read
‘Halloween’ Scaring Up $14M+ Overseas, Slashing Way To $95M Global Weekend
EXCLUSIVE: Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse's David Gordon Green-directed reboot-sequel Halloween is scaring up an estimated $14.7M bow at the international box office this weekend. This is in line with Uni estimates heading into the launch where Jamie Lee Curtis' badass strode into 23 markets. Mexico, the UK and Russia are the only majors this frame (next weekend is a bigger push in key hubs). Coupled with domestic, the worldwide bow is expected to hit $95M — these figures… Read
Andy Serkis & ‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Among Hundreds Of Thousands Of Anti-Brexit Protestors In London
Lord of the Rings' Andy Serkis and Veep creator Armando Iannucci and director Chris Addison are among the hundreds of thousands of protestors at an anti-Brexit march in London today.
The pair have been joined by the likes of Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden and TV chef Delia Chef at the event in the British capital, with a series of speeches being compered by Richard Bacon, host of Nat Geo's Explorer, and Mariella Frostrup.
The police have not released official figures… Read
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Queen Biopic To Showcase Immersive ScreenX Format
The new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will be showcased in the ScreenX format, the second 20th Century Fox film to be released using the new technology following Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
CJ 4DPLEX, 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises made the announcement today. ScreenX is a multi-projection system used within a theater setting. It was created in 2012 by CJ CGV, part of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group, as one of the “next cinema formats,” along with 4DX, the… Read
Withoutabox Film Festival Submission Platform To End Service Next Year
Amazon-owned Withoutabox, the dominant indie film festival submission platform for the last decade, has decided to end its service.
In a letter to users, the service – run through IMDbPro – said it would “phase out” the service over the next year. Withoutabox was the official platform for Sundance and had been used by the LA Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and hundreds of smaller events, with the platform claiming it processed more than 100,000… Read
Eon Productions Taps Theater, Film & TV Producer Patrick Daly To Oversee Stage Projects
EXCLUSIVE: UK-based Eon Productions has hired theater, film and TV producer Patrick Daly to oversee production and development of the company’s theatrical projects.
Eon, best known in the film world for its longstanding production of James Bond movies, has been a big player on Broadway and the West End in recent seasons with involvement in, among others, Once and The Band’s Visit, both Tony Award winners for best musical.
Daly will serve as Eon’s Overseeing Consultant in… Read
Amazon Studios Ups James Farrell To Head Of International Originals
James Farrell, Amazon Studios’ Head of Content, International Expansion, has been promoted to the newly created position of Head of International Originals. Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke announced the move Friday effective immediately. In the new role Farrell will lead the International Original divisions in Japan, India, Europe, Mexico and Brazil, as well as all future hubs.
The move comes as Amazon Studios continues to hone its global content strategy, which… Read
Blue Fox Entertainment Boards Aaron Paul Starrer ‘The Parts You Lose’ — AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Blue Fox Entertainment has boarded international sales rights to Christopher Cantwell’s (Halt And Catch Fire) thriller The Parts You Lose, starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo), Scoot McNairy (Argo) and newcomer Danny Murphy.
Written by Darren Lemke (Goosebumps), The Parts You Lose follows the unlikely friendship that unfolds between a young deaf boy and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family's… Read
Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia & RT Features Wrap ‘Port Authority’ With ‘Dunkirk’ Star Fionn Whitehead, MUBI’s First Production
EXCLUSIVE: Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), newcomer Leyna Bloom and McCaul Lombardi (American Honey) lead cast in the recently wrapped feature drama Port Authority, produced by Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and Call Me By Your Name outfit RT Features.
Writer-director Danielle Lessovitz's feature debut, a result of RT and Sikelia’s joint venture to foster emerging filmmakers, is a love story set in New York’s kiki ballroom scene (the LGBT subculture that includes… Read