December 5, 2012
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, mother of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, has died at her home in Australia at the age of 103. Murdoch was well known for her philanthropy and remained active late into her life. "Throughout her life, our mother demonstrated the very best qualities of true public service," Rupert Murdoch said in a statement published in the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal. "Her energy and personal commitment made our country a more hopeful place and she will be missed by many.
December 11, 2012 |
The three public television stations that serve the New York-New Jersey region got the greenlight from the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast Wednesday's "12-12-12," which is the concert that Cablevision President Jim Dolan, the Weinstein Co. chief Harvey Weinstein and Clear Channel executive John Sykes are putting together to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Because this is a fundraising event, the noncommercial stations needed permission from the government to telecast it as public TV stations are prohibited from raising funds for organizations other than themselves.
November 27, 2012 |
Discovery Communciations has developed a taste for Middle Eastern food. The cable programming giant whose holdings include Discovery Channel and TLC has struck a deal to acquire Dubai-based Takhayal Entertainment, the parent company of Fatafeat, a popular food network in the region. "The acquisition of Takhayal, the premier company for cuisine and culinary programming in the Middle East, significantly strengthens our portfolio in this important region and adds content in a genre that has proved popular with our viewers around the globe," said Mark Hollinger, chief executive of Discovery Networks International. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but people with knowledge of the transaction put the price at less than $10 million.
November 1, 2012 |
More summer tent-pole movies boosted Sony Pictures' results in the quarter ended Sept. 30, but the studio still suffered in comparison to the same period last year. This year's summer was full of costly event movies, though the results were mixed, with "The Amazing Spider-Man" a hit, "Total Recall" a flop, and "Men in Black 3" a modest disappointment. However, more big movies resulted in higher theatrical revenue. Summer 2011 was a light one for Culver City-based Sony, with a successful big-screen version of "The Smurfs" its only relatively big-budget tent pole.
September 14, 2012 |
Is the man who directed an anti-Islam film that sparked riots in Egypt and Libya the same person who directed soft-core porn movies with titles such as "Young Lady Chatterley," "The Sexpert" and "The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood"? And might he be using an alias? Casting notices for the movie under the name "Desert Warrior" listed Alan Roberts as the director for the film, which was shot in Los Angeles County in the summer of 2011. The producer was listed as Sam Bacile, which is believed to be an alias for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Los Angeles-based, 55-year-old Coptic Christian and a felon.
November 5, 2012 |
Hollywood's largest guilds and unions are calling on their members to vote against Proposition 32, a ballot measure they maintain will sharply limit their political freedoms. The Directors Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Professional Musicians Local 47, Teamsters Local 399 and IBEW Local 40 said they are actively working to defeat the proposition, which would eliminate deductions from members' paychecks for political fundraising. Republican donors, anti-tax activists and business executives have invested tens of millions of dollars in television and radio ads to boost support for the measure, but unions in Hollywood and elsewhere have mounted a campaign to fight the proposition.