February 18, 2013 |
Hollywood is basking in one of those rare years when some of its biggest box-office successes are also vying for Oscars. And the biggest hit among the nine best picture nominees is the one many thought would fail to connect with audiences - let alone turn a profit. Director Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" has so far generated $570.9 million in worldwide ticket sales. That trumps its two highest-grossing Oscar competitors - "Les Misérables" at $359.7 million and "Django Unchained" with $342.6 million.
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.
March 27, 2007 |
Robert Harper is leaving his position as vice chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment to head the studio's most important outside supplier of movies and television programming, Regency Filmed Entertainment. As the top executive at Regency, Harper will oversee New Regency Productions, its feature film division, as well as Regency Television. New Regency produced such hits as "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." The TV unit was behind "Malcolm in the Middle." News Corp.
September 12, 2000 |
Tom Sherak, chairman of 20th Century Fox's Domestic Film Group, is leaving the studio after 17 years to become an equity partner in former Disney Chairman Joe Roth's new venture, Revolution Studios. Sherak was responsible for the roll-out of such high-profile films as "Titanic," "Die Hard," "Alien," "There's Something About Mary" and "Wall Street," among others. This move has been the subject of rumors ever since Roth announced his Santa Monica-based independent film company in January.
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.
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.