May 25, 2011 |
Former Universal Pictures co-Chairman David Linde has unveiled his new independent film finance and production company, the latest Hollywood venture to be backed by India's Reliance Entertainment. A spokesman for Linde declined to disclose details of the deal with Reliance, including how much capital the company is investing in the yet-to-be-named venture and what its ownership stake is. Reliance Entertainment, a division of the Indian media conglomerate Reliance ADA Group, has been stepping up its investment in Hollywood over the last several years.
June 19, 2008 |
Anil Ambani is a major player in Bollywood. He has designs on being the same in Hollywood. The Indian billionaire owns movie production facilities and theater chains in his homeland, as well as a piece of an Indian post-production company, Prime Focus Group, that lately has been acquiring similar firms in Hollywood. His wife is Tina Munim, a famous Bollywood actress and former Miss India. Now Ambani is making a play for a major share of the Hollywood limelight.
October 6, 2008 |
Ending a short-lived and bitter relationship, DreamWorks SKG, the movie studio founded by Steven Spielberg, and Paramount Pictures said Sunday that a deal had been struck to part ways. The pact, resembling an amicable divorce settlement with joint custody of about 40 movie projects, came rather smoothly and faster than expected in light of the tense relations between the two studios. Paramount's parent, Viacom Inc., acquired DreamWorks for $1.6 billion in 2006.
October 16, 2008 |
Looking to cut overhead and operating expenses after the recent departure of DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg, Paramount Pictures plans to release fewer films, consolidate operations and slash 25 jobs among those DreamWorks employees who remain. Paramount's management is under heightened pressure from corporate parent Viacom Inc. to continue finding efficiencies at the studio amid a tough economic climate and the increasingly profit-challenged movie business.
September 22, 2008 |
Check out those parting words Paramount Pictures chose Friday when kissing DreamWorks goodbye. In its prepared statement, the studio brass told Steven Spielberg and his pals that not only could they leave and take everyone with them to their new production company (never mind those pesky employment contracts), but they could do it "without delay." In other words: Good riddance. But, hey, no hurt feelings.
November 4, 2008 |
Sumner Redstone hinted Monday that he might sell his family's movie theaters to fix his pressing debt problems. In a conference call with analysts, the 85-year old media mogul said his privately held National Amusements Inc., which operates 1,500 theaters, owns "valuable real estate holdings throughout the country." The company must come up with an $800-million debt payment next month as it negotiates with lenders to restructure $1.6 billion in loans. Redstone, during the call for Viacom Inc.'