October 17, 2003 |
Representatives of seven major studios left in place their ban on the circulation of awards-season DVDs and videos after a Thursday conference call with Motion Picture Assn. of America chief Jack Valenti. A spokesman for the MPAA said "deliberations were ongoing" but didn't offer specific dates for future meetings. Critics of the ban had hoped the call would yield a revision of the policy. The Sept.
September 20, 2013 |
Salil Mehta, a former senior executive at NBCUniversal, has joined Twentieth Century Fox Film as president of content management. In that newly created role, Mehta will oversee content distribution for the studio's movie and television fare, paying particular attention to exploiting new distribution platforms. Mehta will also have oversight over Twentieth Century Fox's technology and engineering activities and be heavily involved in its anti-piracy efforts. “Salil possesses the perfect mix of problem-solving skills, leadership proficiency, technological savvy and collaborative expertise to play a critical role in guiding our content through the multi-faceted media world we operate in today," said Twentieth Century Fox Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Gianopulos, to whom Mehta reports.
September 21, 2011 |
Walt Disney Co. has struck a deal to bring flying banshees, giant blue aliens and other fanciful creatures from the blockbuster "Avatar" to its global theme parks, seeking to capitalize on the most successful film in Hollywood history. Disney reached a long-term, exclusive licensing agreement with "Avatar" director James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau, as well as the film's financier and distributor, 20th Century Fox, to develop theme park rides and attractions based on the 2009 hit and its two planned sequels.
July 12, 2013 |
The characters of “X Men,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar” could be singing and dancing their way across the Broadway stage. That's because 20th Century Fox has joined forces with Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum (“Rent”), film producer John Davis (“Predator”) and Crossroads Media's Tom McGrath to turn the studio's films into staged productions on the Great White Way. McGrath will run the daily operations of the new venture. Over the next four years, the foursome will dip into Fox's deep well of movie titles and develop at least nine musicals based upon the studio's films.
March 28, 2009 |
Former America Online Chief Executive Jonathan Miller is expected to join News Corp. as head of global digital strategy, according to well-placed sources. Working with the heads of News Corp.'s business units to spur digital initiatives across the company, Miller would be filling a void soon to be left by President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin, who is leaving in June. Miller is expected to report directly to Chairman Rupert Murdoch. Miller cannot join News Corp.
January 12, 2011 |
Looking to boost its movie ticket sales after a rough year, 20th Century Fox has hired former Disney executive Oren Aviv as chief marketing officer. Aviv has also been named president of theatrical marketing, sharing the title with Fox veteran Tony Sella, who also takes on the additional role of chief creative officer. Many in Hollywood will be watching how newcomer Aviv will work as a team alongside Sella, who has been at Fox for 19 years. Sella was most recently co-president of marketing with Pam Levine, who left the studio in December.
June 6, 2012 |
From on stage at "Backstage at the Geffen," the annual gala for the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, host Jane Lynch of "Glee" said she had participated in the theater's previous fundraisers, alongside such stars as Annette Bening, Alfre Woodard, Julie Andrews and others. "But now I'm the clearly most famous person in the room," Lynch said, sliding into the personality of her "Glee" alter-ego, Sue Sylvester. In truth, the Geffen had quite a lineup of A-list stars for Monday's event, which broke the theater's fundraising record by raking in $1 million from silent auction sales, sponsorships and tickets, which sold for $350 and up. On hand to make presentations, provide musical entertainment and regale the audience with behind-the-scene tales of theatrical life were actors Bening, Helen Mirren, Andy Garcia, Warren Beatty, Dick Van Dyke, Matthew Morrison, Dana Delany, Joe Mantegna and Beth Behrs, jazz great Arturo Sandoval, singer Monica Mancini, and Bruce Vilanch, the 17-time writer for the Academy Awards telecasts.