October 23, 2009
Michael Jackson movie: A Business article Thursday about "This Is It," the Michael Jackson concert film, reported that Sony Pictures had seen only 97 seconds of footage before bidding for the film rights. Some Sony executives viewed 12 minutes before bidding.
August 11, 2009 |
Sony Pictures Entertainment received court approval to bring Michael Jackson to the big screen, and it set a release date on what just may be the toughest weekend of the year at the U.S. box office. The court's authorization, announced Monday in Probate Court by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, allows them to edit more than 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage into a movie. The deal was negotiated last month by Sony Pictures and its sibling unit, Sony Music Entertainment, with the Michael Jackson Estate and AEG Live, producer of the late singer's planned London concert series.
July 22, 2009 |
Frenzied interest in all things Michael Jackson notwithstanding, it appears a TV special based on the pop star's comeback concerts won't be on the air this fall. AEG Live, the promoter behind Jackson's 50-date This Is It London concert engagement, has been negotiating for several days with movie studios for the film rights to high-definition video footage of his rehearsals as well as broadcast rights to a tie-in TV special.
February 10, 2009 |
Universal Studios, part of General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal, sold television rights to its 2009 film slate to GE's USA Network. USA Network will receive two dozen of the studio's films, the companies said.
December 5, 2008 |
Showtime Networks said it acquired the rights for up to 42 movies released by Summit Entertainment, including the independent studio's new blockbuster, "Twilight." The premium cable network, one of the most profitable units of CBS Corp., will have access to Summit movies released from 2008 through 2012, including all films in the "Twilight" franchise. Summit Entertainment plans to release 10 to 12 films a year. This year Showtime did not renew its existing deals with major studios Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate Entertainment in a dispute over price.
July 10, 2008 |
The deal Dilshad Vadsaria (Rebecca on ABC Family's "Greek") options Sarah Mlynowski's "Fishbowl," the hilarious yet poignant tale of three post-college roommates grappling with mice, men and other melodramas in a small apartment. The players Vadsaria to produce and appear in a feature film; Mlynowski represented by Laura Dail Literary Agency in New York and on film rights by the Lisa Callamaro Literary Agency. The book is published by Red Dress Ink. The back story When Callamaro sold the film rights to the novel "Legally Blonde," she had a perfect pitch ("Private Benjamin goes to Harvard")