August 21, 1998 |
In trying to find ways to manage risk in a capital-intensive, low-return business, Hollywood's major studios have been increasingly depending on production outfits that can bring their own financing to the table and serve as reliable suppliers of top-grade product to their distribution pipelines.
May 23, 2000 |
Sometimes in Hollywood, a guy can get lucky. The partners in Spyglass Entertainment, executive producers of "The Sixth Sense," the supernatural thriller that has grossed $660 million worldwide, know how it feels. Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and their 18-month-old production company have made calculated bets on a number of films. "Sixth Sense" has paid off in spades.
December 3, 2010 |
After 18 months of turmoil and uncertainty, MGM has gotten a green light to start anew. A New York federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday confirmed the "prepackaged" plan by creditors to wipe out about $5 billion in debt, clearing the way for the 86-year-old entertainment company to focus its efforts on producing and releasing movies and television shows. With Thursday's ruling that the plan meets the requirements of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, no legal obstacles remain for MGM to relaunch under Spyglass Entertainment founders Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum.
August 11, 2010 |
After several weeks of haggling over deal terms, Spyglass Entertainment is in the final stages of hammering out an agreement to take over the management of debt-ridden Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, according to people familiar with the situation. The parties have agreed on the major deal points, including how much Spyglass founders Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum would be compensated in management fees and equity, but a few outstanding issues need to be resolved, said one of the people, who added that an agreement would be consummated shortly.
March 20, 2013 |
MGM Studios plans to send James Bond on his next mission sooner than later, announcing Wednesday that it hopes to have the next installment of the popular spy series in theaters within the next three years. MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Gary Barber, in a conference call with investors, said the studio is developing the screenplay for the next Bond film, the 24th entry in the 50-year-old franchise. “We look forward to announcing a director soon,” Barber said. “We are really thrilled with where we have taken this franchise.” PHOTOS: James Bond through the years Sam Mendes, director of the most recent Bond film, 2012's "Skyfall," announced earlier this month that he passed on an offer from series producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to return as director. Star Daniel Craig is signed for two more films as the British secret agent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1993
Two men were uninjured in the crash-landing of a small plane on the Santa Clara River bottom Thursday, authorities said. Gary Barber, 57, of Ventura was piloting the plane out of Camarillo Airport when it developed engine trouble, according to a statement by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Barber safely landed the plane on the river bottom half a mile east of Toland Road in Santa Paula about 4:25 p.m., and he and passenger Roger Rogers, 57, of Australia walked away without injuries.