November 30, 2006 |
In an attempt to adapt to changes in the entertainment industry resulting from digital technologies, United Talent Agency has hired veteran television executive Adam Ware as head of business development to help the agency seek out new media opportunities for its clients. Ware said he would help showcase the work of the agency's artists by identifying emerging distribution outlets beyond the established online players such as AOL, Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes and YouTube.
June 15, 1985 |
The long wait for Eddie Murphy's next movie at Paramount Pictures is apparently over. The movie will be "Golden Child," an action-comedy set in India and Los Angeles. A spokesman for the studio confirmed that a deal closed Thursday evening will have Murphy in front of the cameras this fall for a summer, 1986 release. "Everybody is very excited over here," said a high-ranking production executive. "We've got our Eddie movie." The choice is a surprise.
May 1, 2013 |
In a deal that underscores the growing importance of digital platforms for reaching young audiences, DreamWorks Animation said it is acquiring the YouTube teen network AwesomenessTV for $33 million in cash. Under terms of the agreement, DreamWorks will pay the up-front cash consideration and there are incentives that could ultimately make the acquisition ultimately worth as much as $117 million, if AwesomenessTV achieves certain performance goals over the next two years. "AwesomenessTV is one of the fastest growing content channels on the Internet today and our acquisition of this groundbreaking venture will bring incredible momentum to our digital strategy," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement.
March 29, 2011 |
Jeff Robinov is the anti-mogul. In an industry full of oversized personalities, he is a soft-spoken, austere and mercurial figure who works in an undecorated office and rarely smiles. Though his job depends on relationships, the president of the Warner Bros. motion picture group is uncomfortable with schmoozing, public speaking and filmmakers pitching ideas in person. And while many studio executives thrive on self-promotion, Robinov describes himself as "misunderstood. " Yet by the end of this week, the 52-year-old will wield one of the most powerful tools in show business: final authority to say what movies get made and to manage the $2 billion to $3 billion allocated each year to make and market movies at Time Warner Inc.-owned Warner Bros.
July 23, 1995 |
It was one of those interchangeable industry seminars at which a half-dozen agents, studio execs or producers, pontificate before a roomful of people who are desperate to break into the business, who care less about the knowledge these wise ones have to impart than about cornering them later and maybe walking away with a business card. A name! A phone number! A contact! This particular seminar was organized for an audience of would-be filmmakers, few of whom could boast of agency representation.
July 15, 1997 |
A decade ago, Bill Block was considered one of the hottest young agents in Hollywood and certainly one of the most ambitious. With slicked-back hair, trademark black attire and fast-talk hustle, he fit the part well. He practically pioneered the agent's use of the telephone headset and rarely missed a Monday night at Mortons. "He did the game better than anybody," says pal and former associate Jeremy Zimmer, an agent and partner at United Talent Agency.