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.
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.
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 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.
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.
January 18, 2011 |
Arnon Milchan's company New Regency Productions and News Corp.'s Fox Filmed Entertainment have struck a deal to extend their longtime partnership through 2022, while at the same time providing a more active role for New Regency in its films released by Fox. New Regency will develop and fully finance a larger percentage of its films that Fox will continue to distribute in theaters and on DVD. The new arrangement enables New Regency to assert more...
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.