June 13, 2013 |
Will “Man of Steel” become Warner Bros.' next big superhero franchise? Certainly the studio hopes so , especially now that the “Dark Knight” trilogy has completed. But Superman fans are also invested, crossing their fingers that the movie, in theaters Friday, will soar. In one of the many promotional trailers for “Man of Steel,” Superman's biological dad Jor-El (played by Russell Crowe) reminds us of the story's moral and why it still endures, even 75 years after its creation.
June 11, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before preparing to moderate a panel of sports execs. The Skinny: Among the things I have to do today is moderate a panel of regional sports executives from Fox, Time Warner Cable and NBCUniversal. Send your questions my way. And yes, I'll ask about rising rights fees. Tuesday's headlines include a look at "Man of Steel," the big summer movie from Warner Bros. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live, please send me a note . Daily Dose: Al Jazeera America, the U.S. version of Al Jazeera which launches this summer (see item below)
June 11, 2013 |
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's the expectations for Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel"! The Superman picture comes at a crucial time for the studio. With the completion of the "Dark Knight" trilogy last year, Warner Bros. needs a new superhero franchise. In the near term, Warner Bros. could also use a blockbuster. "Man of Steel," which was directed by Zack Snyder and co-produced by "Dark Knight" filmmaker Christopher Nolan, is opening Friday on the heels of the studio's somewhat disappointing "The Hangover Part III. " And with the riskier sci-fi spectacle "Pacific Rim" slated to open in July, a strong showing for "Man of Steel" would ease pressure on Warner Bros.
June 6, 2013 |
Time Warner Inc. has formed a partnership with deep-pocketed China Media Capital to make investments in what has become one of the most important markets for entertainment companies. By partnering with CMC, Time Warner is hoping to smooth the way for purchases and partnerships in China. “Increasing our global presence is one of Time Warner's strategic priorities and China is one of the most attractive territories in which we operate, but it is complex," said Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes.
May 20, 2013 |
With its glitzy opening night premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last week, "The Great Gatsby" arrived overseas with a splash. Or at least that's what Warner Bros. was hoping for as the movie played for the festival crowd days before it debuted in many European theaters and beyond. After opening the movie in the U.S. on May 10, the studio sent the film's stars to France to promote the picture's international bow. On the red carpet outside Cannes' Palais des Festivals last Wednesday, May 15, Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio posed for the shutterbugs as rain fell -- the umbrellas somehow only adding to the old-school glamour.
May 16, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before my last day of upfront presentations. Phew! The Skinny: I love New York but it seems to have gotten even more crowded since I left years ago. I can't deal! Thursday's headlines include CBS's new fall schedule and a restructuring at the Warner Bros. TV Group. Also, a cable company is the latest to sniff around Hulu. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live please send me a note . Daily Dose: The pilot episode for the new CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones" starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar as a father-daughter advertising team gave McDonald's a lot of love.
May 15, 2013 |
Warner Bros. Television Group Chief Executive Bruce Rosenblum is resigning less than six months after being passed over for the top job at the movie and television production giant. "Bruce has been a vital member of the Warner Bros. family and a good friend to so many of us, and he will be missed," new Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara and former CEO Barry Meyer said in an email to the studio's staff. Rosenblum's departure had been expected after Jeff Bewkes, the chief executive of Warner Bros.
May 15, 2013 |
Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara has begun building his own team at the Burbank entertainment company, distributing power among a handful of key executives who have long toiled in the trenches. On Wednesday, Tsujihara announced a new management structure for the company's television, home entertainment and video games unit. "This is all about redesigning the company and how we do what we do," Tsujihara said in an interview with The Times. "One of the key goals we want to accomplish is running this company as one. We all work for Warner Bros.
May 12, 2013 |
Bruce Rosenblum, the longtime president of Warner Bros. Television Group and one of the top executives at Time Warner Inc., is expected to leave his position in the coming weeks. The departure had been anticipated ever since Rosenblum was passed over earlier this year to succeed Barry Meyer as chief executive of all of Warner Bros. in favor of Kevin Tsujihara, who had headed the studio's home entertainment unit. Peter Roth, the president of Warner Bros. Television, the creative unit within Warner Bros.
May 10, 2013 |
"Southland" is turning in its badge -- TNT has decided not to move forward with the cop drama. Its demise comes just weeks after its fifth-season finale, and while that episode brought a slight uptick in viewers, "Southland" wasn't a strong performer for the network; it hovered around the 1-million mark. Concerns grew for the show, about a group of LAPD officers, when word spread that three of its lead actors -- Ben McKenzie, Regina King and Shawn Hatosy -- were in pilots for new series.