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September 24, 1991 | JEFF KAYE and JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
British Sky Broadcasting PLC, the London-based satellite TV service formed last year by the merger of rival ventures Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting, appears to be close to winning some concessions from three Hollywood studios for its costly program contracts. According to sources in London, BSkyB has negotiated cheaper contracts with Sony Entertainment's Columbia Pictures division, Warner Bros. and Disney's Touchstone Pictures unit.
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January 2, 2013
"Skyfall" became the first James Bond film to ever receive a nomination from the Producers Guild of America, as its producers and those of  "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty" were nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award for theatrical motion pictures. The complete list follows, and the full story can be read here . FILM Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures (Darryl F. Zanuck Award)
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November 22, 1996
Touchstone Pictures promoted Todd Garner to senior vice president of production. He will continue to oversee development and production of films under Touchstone's banner. * Gary Marcotte has been named vice president and chief financial officer of Disney Regional Entertainment.
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June 28, 2001 | BY SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Touchstone kicks off its new Vista DVD line with the thriller "Unbreakable" ($30). The Vista series, according to the press release, is a "collection of important contemporary films presented on DVD with premium picture and sound enhancements, as well as in-depth supplemental bonus programming, that gives an exclusive look into the filmmaker's inspirations and visions for the film." "Unbreakable" is director M. Night Shyamalan's follow-up to his 1999 blockbuster, "The Sixth Sense."
BUSINESS
April 13, 1988
David Hoberman has been named president of production, Walt Disney Pictures, and Ricardo Mestres has been named president of Touchstone Pictures, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures. The promotions are part of a restructuring of the motion picture production division. Hoberman and Mestres previously were senior vice presidents.
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July 29, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Bette Midler will star in four more motion pictures with Touchstone Pictures under a new contract she signed with the Walt Disney Co. this week. The old contract would have expired with the completion of two additional films. Midler, who currently is starring opposite Lily Tomlin in Touchstone's "Big Business," began her association with Touchstone with the 1986 blockbuster comedy, "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," and continued on with "Ruthless People" and "Outrageous Fortune."
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February 25, 1991 | From United Press International
Songwriter Sues Over Disney Film: Victor Cesario sued Alan Silvestri and producers of the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit? ," alleging that Silvestri used Cesario's music in the film. The U.S. District Court lawsuit alleges that Cesario had Silvestri arrange a 1974 composition he wrote, "Let's Start Out, Where It Ended."
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July 27, 1992 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The New York-based team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, known in the film industry for artful, low-budget movies, is entering a three-year distribution deal with an unlikely partner: one of America's leading merchants of pop culture, Walt Disney Studios. Disney's deal with Merchant Ivory Productions means that, for the first time, the makers of such specialty films as "Howards End," the Oscar-winning "A Room With a View" and Oscar-nominated "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge," will have a U.S.
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April 2, 1999 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three months before its planned release, a graphic, startling cut of director Spike Lee's new film for Walt Disney Co.'s Touchstone Pictures, "Summer of Sam," has been deemed too racy to be released under an R rating, causing Lee to go back to the editing room to tone it down. Lee's original cut of the film, which chronicles how the 1977 killing spree of David Berkowitz (a.k.a. Son of Sam) affected one Italian American section of the Bronx, was shown to the Motion Picture Assn.
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October 13, 1998 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some say it was the religious-themed title that turned off audiences, others point to a weak trailer and tough competition from other films. Whatever the cause, "Holy Man" just about died coming out of the starting gate over the weekend with Disney's chances of reviving the Eddie Murphy comedy virtually nil. The film debuted at only $5.1 million, finishing a distant No. 5 behind the week's box-office leader, "Antz," the computer-animated bug cartoon from DreamWorks that took in $14.7 million.
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July 1, 1998 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Miniature plastic planets had been placed on Lucite pedestals in the middle of each table where the guests would dine. The acoustics in the temporary state-of-the-art theater had been checked and rechecked, and the stage where Aerosmith would perform had been strewn with jagged Styrofoam chunks to look like the surface of an asteroid. Here, at Monday night's world premiere of Touchstone Pictures' "Armageddon," the folks at Disney seemed to have thought of everything. Party crashers?
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June 27, 1998 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States Congress created NASA in 1958 to send men to the moon. Forty years later, the folks at Disney want NASA to help send Americans to the movies--specifically, to "Armageddon," the $100-million asteroid-threatens-Earth saga that is the studio's most expensive film ever. And NASA seems eager to comply.
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May 29, 1998 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Donald DeLine, president of Walt Disney Co.'s Touchstone Pictures, will be leaving his post after 13 years at the studio, sources confirmed Thursday. The well-respected production executive has no other job lined up. But he is said to have been considering a career change for some time and finally in the last few weeks asked his boss, Disney Studios Chairman Joe Roth, for early release from his contract, which has 1 1/2 years left.
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June 14, 1997 | ERIC MALNIC
Four years ago, some government officials told me about a federally run airline that was used to transport prisoners back and forth across the United States. They called it "Con Air." Thinking it might make a story, I pitched the idea to an editor. A month later, I was winging my way to Oklahoma City with a planeload of convicts. My story--a factual account of the grim but uneventful flight--ran within a few weeks.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1996
Touchstone Pictures promoted Todd Garner to senior vice president of production. He will continue to oversee development and production of films under Touchstone's banner. * Gary Marcotte has been named vice president and chief financial officer of Disney Regional Entertainment.
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February 21, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Last week, Walt Disney Co. head honcho Michael Eisner made a rare appearance at the studio's weekly motion picture group meeting. This particular meeting, called and run by movie chief Joe Roth, was rare in and of itself since it was the first time executives from all three Disney film labels--Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures--were called together collectively.
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