February 13, 2014 |
"Ma, sooner or later, there comes a point in a man's life where he's gotta face some facts. And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain't got it. " - Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine) in the 1955 Oscar winner "Marty" On May 24, 1953, NBC's "Goodyear Television Playhouse" aired Paddy Chayefsky's transcendent drama "Marty," starring Rod Steiger as a lonely Bronx butcher who finds love with a shy, plain woman (Nancy Marchand). Running just 51 minutes, the live telecast directed by Delbert Mann became one of the triumphs of the Golden Age of television in the 1950s.
December 16, 2013 |
Harvey and Bob Weinstein are getting the reunion they've long sought. The brothers' film company, Weinstein Co., has struck a production and distribution deal with Miramax, the iconic firm they founded in 1979 that has been responsible for critical and commercial hits including "Pulp Fiction," "Shakespeare in Love" and "Chicago. " Under terms of the 20-year co-production and co-distribution agreement, the companies will collaborate on a variety of projects that mine Miramax's film library, in addition to developing new content.
December 9, 2013 |
Legendary Entertainment is expanding its television production repertoire by acquiring Asylum Entertainment, the firm behind the biographical miniseries "The Kennedys. " Legendary, the entertainment company controlled by film producer and financier Thomas Tull, announced Monday it had completed a deal to buy 100% of Asylum Entertainment, a 10-year-old production firm. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Asylum specializes in unscripted and scripted fare.
July 12, 2013 |
Santa Clarita's film business reached a record level in the last fiscal year, fueled by such television shows as "Justified" and "Franklin and Bash. " The suburban northern Los Angeles County city generated 1,069 film days in the year ended June 30, an 18% increase compared to last year's level, which was also a record, the city said. Film and TV productions spent an estimated $25.7 million in the Santa Clarita area during the fiscal year, up 22% from the prior year. "Santa Clarita is one of Hollywood's first choices for location filming, as shown by yet another strong year for location filming,” Mayor Bob Kellar said in a statement. “Filming is a big part of our business community and local economy, supporting high-paying jobs and hundreds of companies involved in the industry.” ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll In March 2012, the City Council approved a three-year extension of the city's Film Incentive Program, which refunds permit fees to locally-based productions, those that film on location four or more times in a year, as well as those that qualified for the state of California's film and television tax credit program. Santa Clarita locations have doubled for many cities around the world, including New York, Washington and Paris.
June 25, 2013 |
Despite a near-record number of pilots made here this year, Los Angeles is still struggling to keep television production in town. Out of 186 television pilots this season, 96 were produced in the Los Angeles region, the second-largest annual tally in the city's history, according to a study by FilmL.A., a nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. However, the region continued to see a troubling slide in its share of the overall pilot production pie -- especially in the lucrative category of one-hour dramas -- as New York and rival cities grabbed a larger share of business, the report said.
May 1, 2013 |
Hollywood North is going south. That's the fear among many in the once-booming production community in Vancouver, Canada. Although Vancouver still attracts high-profile movies and television shows, including A&E's recently launched "Bates Motel," the city is rapidly losing its perch as one of the industry's busiest production hubs as it faces rising competition from cities in eastern Canada and south of the border. The city that pioneered the use of film incentives now finds itself struggling to compete with emerging rivals offering stronger tax credits and rebates.