September 24, 2013 |
Wang Jianlin is the wealthiest man in China, owns the biggest theater chain in the world and wants to create the world's largest movie studio in his home country. Hollywood is taking the billionaire chairman of Dalian Wanda Group Corp. seriously, but proceeding cautiously. Studio executives, talent agents and luminaries such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and Harvey Weinstein stood with Wang for the Sunday unveiling of the planned Oriental Movie Metropolis - an $8.2-billion project that would include 20 film and TV sound stages near Qingdao, along with a theme park, wax museum and space for an annual film festival.
May 21, 2013 |
The numbers on United Talent Agency's new 130,000-square-foot Beverly Hills digs are notable. The Civic Center Drive property includes a 158-piece art collection, 11 conference rooms and a private plaza that can accommodate as many as 500 people. But the standout figure is 275. That's the number of screenings UTA has held at its new screening room since the company's new headquarters opened last September. The new theater was christened with a showing of longtime client Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," which was screened for the filmmaker's friends and family, along with UTA agents.
January 16, 1996
United Talent Agency confirmed it has reorganized its executive structure, with President Marty Bauer stepping down in favor of a seven-member committee. Bauer will be on that committee along with agents Jeremy Zimmer, Gary Cosay, Gavin Polone, Nick Stevens, Jim Berkus and Peter Benedek. Daily Variety reported that the change was announced to UTA's staff late Friday. UTA is a fast-growing agency representing such stars as Jim Carrey and Kelsey Grammer.
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.