July 18, 2013 |
Reality television savant Mike Darnell is joining Warner Bros. Television Group as president of unscripted and alternative television. Considered one of the pioneers of the reality genre, Darnell has been a free agent since May when he resigned from Fox Broadcasting after almost two decades there. He has played a key part in the success of both wholesome shows such as "American Idol" as well as "When Animals Attack," "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" and more lowbrow fare. At Warner Bros., Darnell will be reunited with Peter Roth, a former top executive at Fox who is now president and chief content officer of the Warner Bros.
July 18, 2013 |
Time Warner Inc. is shaking up the leadership at its Turner Broadcasting unit. Phil Kent, chief executive of Turner Broadcasting since 2003, will give up that title at the beginning of next year to John Martin, Time Warner's chief financial officer. Kent will remain Turner's chairman until his contract expires at the end of next year. Turner, the parent of cable channels TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and TruTV, is Time Warner's biggest revenue and profit generator. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Martin's rise positions him as a potential successor to Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, whose contract with the media giant expires in about five years.
July 9, 2013 |
Film production powerhouse Legendary Entertainment has struck a financing, distribution and marketing deal with NBCUniversal, according to an executive with direct knowledge of the situation who declined to speak publicly because of the confidential nature of the matter. A formal announcement of the deal is expected Wednesday. The new arrangement is a coup for NBCUniversal, whose Universal Pictures has had a strong year with the release of hits such as "Fast & Furious 6" and "Despicable Me 2. " PHOTOS: Movies Sneaks 2013 Since 2005, Legendary, producer of the forthcoming sci-fi action movie "Pacific Rim," has had a distribution and co-production deal with Warner Bros., based in Burbank.
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July 8, 2013 |
Publicity preceding last week's release of "Despicable Me 2" carried over into DVD sales for its predecessor. Three years after its own theatrical release, Universal's "Despicable Me" cracked the top-10 DVD sales chart at No. 9 for the week. "Jack the Giant Slayer" topped the sales chart for the second week in a row, while Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" took the top spot in rentals. Here are the top-selling titles for the week that ended June 29 and the most-rented titles for the week ended June 30, according to Rentrak.
July 7, 2013 |
Particularly for those of us with children, Los Angeles residents are often left wondering why we live here. The basic costs of living are comically high, public transportation is woefully inadequate, and most public schools can't afford rudimentary arts programs. For all its size and sprawl, the city doesn't have nearly enough parks or public spaces but manages to generate choking traffic and diabolical motorists. And then you take your kids to "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II" at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by George Daugherty, and you realize, oh, yes, this is why we live in Los Angeles.
July 5, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Pacific Rim, the sci-fi action movie directed by Guillermo del Toro, is getting the SuperTicket treatment. Toronto-based Cineplex Entertainment and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. said the movie, which opens next weekend, is the first to debut the so-called SuperTicket. As the Times reported last month , Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures Canada, Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures are partnering with Cineplex to offer a SuperTicket package that combines an admission ticket with a pre-order of a digital copy of the film.
July 3, 2013 |
"Gravity," the long-gestating project about an astronaut trapped in space, will kick off the Venice Film Festival. The Warner Bros. production starring Sandra Bullock will premiere Aug. 28, festival organizers said Wednesday. The movie, which also features George Clooney, was directed by Alfonso Cuarón , whose “Y tu Mamá También” and “Children of Men" screened at the Italian event in years past. "Gravity," the first 3-D film to launch the festival, will not play in the competition.
July 3, 2013 |
Harvey Weinstein loves a good fight -- especially if it helps him promote one of his company's movies. So when the MPAA's title registration bureau decided this week that the Weinstein Co. couldn't use the title "The Butler" on Lee Daniels' upcoming biopic about the life of a longtime White House butler because it's also the title of a 1916 short film owned by Warner Bros., Weinstein immediately went into outrage mode. Today, he announced the hiring of prominent attorney David Boies, who represented Al Gore in the 2000 recount fight and gay marriage advocates in the recent Supreme Court challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban, as well as filmmaker Michael Moore when he ran afoul of the Treasury Department after visiting Cuba for the Weinstein Co. film "Sicko.
July 1, 2013 |
The Warner Bros. fantasy flick "Jack the Giant Slayer" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in the movie's first week in release, bumping Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" to No. 2. Paramount's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" held steady atop rentals. Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 22 for sales and June 23 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "Jack the Giant Slayer" (Warner Bros.). Week 1 PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 2. "Oz the Great and Powerful" (Disney)
June 25, 2013 |
The Kevin Tsujihara regime effectively began at Warner Bros. on Monday with the elimination of the studio's top film executive and the creation of a new top management structure. The company's recently appointed chief executive unveiled new leadership for the Burbank studio's movie division on Monday, promoting executives Sue Kroll, Greg Silverman and Toby Emmerich and confirming that film chief Jeff Robinov is leaving. The trio will lead Hollywood's largest movie studio, a unit of Time Warner Inc. The move finalizes a resetting of the company's film and television management hierarchy by Tsujihara, who assumed his post in March and has in the last five weeks replaced Robinov and former top television executive Bruce Rosenblum with six people.