June 7, 2012 |
Reality TV star and billionaire developer Donald Trump is looking to buttress his show business credentials by building a film and television studio in Florida. Trump wants to develop a giant production facility in south Miami- Dade County on 800 acres near the Homestead Air Reserve Base. Dubbed Trump Studio City, the complex would be twice as large as Universal Studios in Orlando and employ thousands, Michael Cohen, Trump's legal counsel, told county commissioners in a meeting Tuesday.
July 7, 2011 |
A coalition composed of movie and television studios, cable and phone companies and record labels are launching a wide-ranging initiative aimed at cracking down on Internet piracy. The effort brings together Internet service providers — companies that are the gatekeepers to the worldwide Web — and content creators in the fight against the theft of intellectual property. It will be overseen by the newly created Center for Copyright Information, whose backers include the Motion Picture Assn.
June 1, 2011 |
More popular movies helped boost Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s revenue in the fiscal year that ended March 31, but higher costs caused its net loss to more than double. The Santa Monica film and television studio reported revenue of $1.8 billion, up 6% from the previous fiscal year, and a net loss of $53.6 million. The revenue was in line with an estimate the company issued this month, while the net loss came in lower than expected. The studio's motion picture group had the biggest boost, with revenue up 10% to $1.23 billion thanks to a slate with more big-budgeted releases, including the action hit "The Expendables" and the low-budget horror success "The Last Exorcism" as well as flops such as the romantic comedy "Killers" and the Russell Crowe drama "The Next Three Days.
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May 5, 2011 |
Jackie Cooper, whose tousled blond hair, pouty lower lip and ability to cry on camera helped make him one of the top child stars of the 1930s in films such as "Skippy" and "The Champ," has died. He was 88. Cooper, who grew up to become a successful TV star in the 1950s, a top television studio executive in the '60s and an Emmy Award-winning director in the '70s, died Tuesday at a skilled nursing facility in Santa Monica after a brief illness, said his son John. A former "Our Gang" cast member who began his Hollywood career as an extra in silent movies at age 3, Cooper shot to stardom at 8 playing the title role in "Skippy," the 1931 film based on a popular comic strip about a health inspector's son and his ragamuffin pal, Sooky.
February 11, 2011 |
Facing challenging film economics, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is launching a new initiative to release up to 10 low-budget movies a year costing less than $2 million each to produce. Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer announced the plans in a conference call with analysts Thursday to discuss the Santa Monica film and television studio's financial performance in the quarter that ended Dec. 31. Feltheimer said the low-cost endeavor was one of the key steps the studio was taking to deal with a "motion picture environment facing head winds.
September 1, 2010 |
A good August ended on a sour note for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. After releasing back to back box-office hits "The Expendables" and "The Last Exorcism" and scoring a best drama Emmy for its cable television series "Mad Men" for a third consecutive year, Lions Gate was surprised Tuesday when its largest shareholder, Carl Icahn, raised his bid to take over the movie and TV studio's outstanding shares to $7.50 a share from $6.50. The increased offer makes it more difficult to fend off the activist investor in his aggressive fight for control of the studio.