August 1, 2013 |
Former 20th Century Fox executive Tom Rothman and Sony Pictures Entertainment are launching a new joint venture to bring back TriStar, the company said Thursday. The new venture, called TriStar Productions, will develop, finance and produce films and television programming, starting in September. Rothman will serve as the entity's chairman and Sony Pictures will provide financing and keep distribution rights. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Rothman will report to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The new entity will produce up to four films a year under the TriStar Pictures brand and will develop TV programming for Sony Pictures Television. This move will revive the TriStar label, which has been mostly dormant for years. TriStar Pictures, originally launched in 1984, had a mixed cinema record.
September 25, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if I can become an NFL replacement by this Sunday. The Skinny: The bad officiating wasn't the only thing wrong with ESPN's "Monday Night Football" game between the Packers and Seahawks. The game ran for well over three hours. Tuesday's headlines include a profile of producer Randall Emmett, a new co-host at "Today" and a review of CBS' new drama "Vegas. " Daily Dose: From boffo to toldja? My co-worker Ben Fritz reports that Penske Media, owner of Hollywood blog Deadline, is making a serious play for Variety . The price tag for the venerable trade paper is in the neighborhood of $30 million, which is far less than what current owner Reed Elsevier was initially seeking.
September 20, 2012 |
News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey had nothing but nice things to say about the media giant's movie unit just days after ousting Tom Rothman from his position as co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment. "Our film business has had a fabulous run for years, really been a leader and certainly the team there have been essentially the ones who have driven that," Carey said Thursday at the annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York. Carey added that "we feel very proud about what the film management team has done.
September 17, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before celebrating the New Year. The Skinny: It may be a new year for some (including me), but that doesn't mean a holiday for your Morning Fix. Monday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office, the big shake-up at Fox Filmed Entertainment, new judges on "American Idol" and a review of NBC's "Revolution. " Daily Dose: While Fox Filmed Entertainment goes through a big shift with longtime Co-chairman Tom Rothman leaving (see below)
September 16, 2012 |
Following the unexpected ouster Friday of Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Tom Rothman, Hollywood's eyes have turned to a son of Greek immigrants known for his expertise in international distribution, digital devices and filmmaker relationships but not making and marketing movies. Jim Gianopulos, who has been co-chairman alongside Rothman since the two were promoted in 2000, will stay on as the studio's sole chairman. Rothman officially leaves Jan. 1, but lame ducks don't merit much respect in Hollywood.
September 14, 2012 |
Tom Rothman learned this week in a meeting with News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey that he was being forced out of his job as co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly. Rothman's contract was set to expire in March 2014. News Corp. announced Friday that Rothman would be leaving Jan. 1, 2013 and that Jim Gianopulos, his fellow co-chairman for the last 12 years, would take over the helm of the movie studio.