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To Win Olympics, NBCU Must Lure Big Crowds – and Small Streamers

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:45
Whenever NBCUniversal broadcasts an Olympics, the massive media company is eager to make a big splash. To succeed, however, executives must increasingly sweat the small stuff. Yes, NBC has lined up Katie Couric to co-anchor the usual colorful primetime broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies from PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 9th. But the company will […]

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:22
Dylan Farrow detailed her allegations of sexual assault at the hands of her father, Woody Allen, in a lengthy interview with Gayle King that aired on Thursday’s edition of “CBS This Morning.” Farrow, 32, recounted her story of being touched by Allen, her adoptive father, in August 1992. She also said she experienced other incidents […]

Natpe: Javier Olivares, Showrunner at Globomedia, Pays Tribute to BBC Drama, Spanish Film-TV Classics (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:05
One of Spain’s best-known TV showrunners, Javier Olivares has kicked-off a new stage in his professional career, inking an exclusive deal with TV giant Mediapro’s production house Globomedia to develop new TV fiction projects. Olivares was the showrunner on pubcaster RTVE’s La 1 TV drama “Isabel,” one of the biggest Spanish fiction hits in recent […]

Film Review: ‘Den of Thieves’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:00
Ambition isn’t a bad quality to see in a January movie. The simplest thing to call “Den of Thieves” would be a heist thriller, but it’s a relatively elaborate one, an underworld action drama that sprawls and digresses and for a while, at least, appears to have something on its mind. The movie is set in […]

Universal Kids Picks Up U.S. Second Window Rights on Cottonwood, ZDF Tween Series ‘Find Me in Paris’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:57
The highly-anticipated time-traveling ballerina series for tweens, “Find Me in Paris,” co-produced by Cottonwood Media, part of France’s Federation Entertainment, and Germany’s ZDF and ZDF Enterprises, has reached a second-window broadcast deal with Universal Kids in the U.S. The show had previously been sold to Hulu in the U.S., France Télévisions in France, Disney in […]

Peak TV Brings New Models, Windows, Problems and Opportunities for TV’s Busiest Producers

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:55
MIAMI — In this Peak TV moment, the dearth of new first-run product for sale at NATPE speaks volumes about the fragmented state of the content marketplace. Yes, it’s the best of times for producers who have no shortage of outlets hunting for distinctive original content. But it’s not the best of times for finding […]

TV Entrepreneurs Still Roam the Halls at NATPE

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:40
MIAMI — Dave Mech of Springfield, Mass., donned his “Potsquatch” suit and headed for Miami this week. Mech has an idea for an unscripted TV show set in the booming cannabis business. It’s a branding initiative for the recreational marijuana dispensary he hopes to open in Springfield later this year. He figured he’d try his […]

Berlinale Sets TV Drama Series Days Lineup

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:38
Australian drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and AMC series “The Terror” are among the seven scripted TV projects that will feature in the Drama Series Days running alongside the Berlin International Film Festival. The TV component of the Festival has been growing in size and importance, and Israeli series “Sleeping Bears,” German-originated drama “Bad Banks,” […]

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to Perform at NBA All-Star Game, Fergie to Sing National Anthem

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:29
The National Basketball Association announced today that Pharrell Williams and his band N.E.R.D will headline the 2018 NBA All-Star halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem prior to tip-off, and long-running Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies will sing the Canadian national anthem. The game will […]

Capitol Christian Music Group Elevates Brad O’Donnell, Hudson Plachy

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:00
Capitol Christian Music Group has elevated Brad O’Donnell (pictured at right) to chief creative officer and Hudson Plachy to chief marketing officer. The appointments follow the promotion of Peter York from president to chairman and CEO of the leading Christian music hub. Both O’Donnell and Plachy report to York and are based out of Nashville. […]

Harry Potter Role-Playing Game Trailer, New Details Released

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:00
The creators of “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” — the first game in which players create their own avatar as a Hogwarts student — have released the first teaser trailer and additional details of the title. The free-to-play mobile game — set for release this spring — is being developed by mobile games studio Jam City […]

Huffington Post Kills Off Unpaid Contributor Blogger Program

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:10
Huffington Post announced that it will immediately cease its unpaid contributors program — which led to its rise as a media brand — to improve the editorial quality of the news site and cut down on unvetted reporting. HuffPost’s blogger network has ballooned to some 100,000 contributors. The decision to end the program by the […]

Telefonica’s Movistar + New Head Sergio Oslé on First Series Results, Cinema, Engaging Audiences (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:07
MADRID — The office of Sergio Oslé, the new head of film and TV at Spain’s Telefonica, one of Europe’s biggest telecoms, sports a dazzling red-toned painting of a bowl of fruit. Otherwise the walls are bare. “I must put something of my own up on the walls,” Oslé jokes. He might not have the […]

Film Review: ‘The Green Fog’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:07
To close its 60th anniversary edition last spring, the San Francisco International Film Festival had the excellent idea of commissioning Guy Maddin (along with his “Forbidden Room” collaborators, siblings Evan and Galen Johnson) to make a San Francisco-centric feature. “The Green Fog” compiles bits from about 100 San Fran-set movies and TV shows into a […]

Korea’s CJ Orders up Merger of Media and Shopping Units

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:55
CJ E&M, South Korea’s largest film and TV group, is set to merge with CJ O Shopping, the CJ group’s home shopping and e-commerce business. The move was proposed at a board meeting Wednesday and is set to go ahead in August, if it receives approval in June from both sets of shareholders. “The decision […]

Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:04
Stanley Tucci has enlisted in “A Private War,” the upcoming movie about famed war correspondent Marie Colvin, Variety has learned. He joins Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), and Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager”) in the picture. Pike plays Colvin, and Dornan photographer Paul Conroy. Based on a Vanity Fair article, […]

FremantleMedia International Pre-Sells ‘My Brilliant Friend’ to Canal Plus

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:05
FremantleMedia International has pre-sold Saverio Costanzo (“The Solitude of Prime Numbers”)’s “My Brilliant Friend” to the Canal Plus Group for France and French-speaking territories. “My Brilliant Friend” is based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name, is currently in production in Italy. The eight-part drama is an HBO, Rai Fiction and TIMVISION series […]

Palm Springs Film Review: ‘The Last Movie Star’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:45
Nobody played the role of movie star in the 1970s with more confidence than Burt Reynolds. Even as his choice of vehicles grew so indiscriminate as to gradually erode his box office appeal, he still radiated swagger, that ever-present smirk suggesting he — and we — knew it was all a put-on anyway. Perhaps the […]

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:48
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90. Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety. “Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding […]

‘Go Karts,’ ‘100% Wolf’ Head Funding Slate for Screenwest, Screen Australia

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:37
New Year funding announcements by Australia’s federal and regional-level film support bodies have allowed the green-lighting of a string of features and documentary films. Prominent among them is “Go Karts,” a family film about a boy who must overcome difficulties, including his own recklessness, to win a kart championship. The film is directed by Owen […]
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