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Founded in 1905, Variety is an entertainment newspaper published weekly by Reed Business Information. The subtitle of the paper is The International Entertainment Weekly. Variety features stories and columns pertaining to theatre, television, radio, music, records and movies. Variety's Vice President and Editor-in-Chief is Peter Bart. Charles Koones serves as President and Publisher. Dana Harris is the Editor and Olivia Hemaratanatorn is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 319, No. 7, April 30-May 6

ABC off on Another Manhunt for Fall
NETWORK NEEDSThe Alphabet hasn't fallen as much as the leaders this season, but it needs to broaden its demosUPFRONTS 2013It hasn't been a fairytale season for ABC, but things could be worse.While this may be faint praise, the Alphabet should be encouraged...
After Two and a Half Men Renewal, Laugh-Track Operator Excited to Be Employed Again
Following last week's announcement by CBS that Two and a Half Men will be renewed for its 11th season, Jerry Wilkes, the hardest working laugh-track operator in Hollywood, rejoiced that he'll be gainfully employed for at least one more year. According...
Agencies O'seas Keep Local Focus
As showbiz gets increasingly global, U.S. talent reps are establishing more outposts around the world. But a cross-section of key markets shows that the tenpercenters in each country retain their own business style while they cooperate with the American...
Agency Investments
Assets held by the agencies encompass equity stakes, strategic investments, advisory roles and ventures incubated by the tenpercenteries.CAAEmpowered: Online education company offering professional certificates and career counseling for adults transitioning...
AGENTS of CHANGE
The tenpercentery world has been rocked by seismic shifts in the content marketplace and Hollywood's economics, the emergence of WME as a challenger to CAA and the growth of biz opportunities outside of the showbiz realm. And that was before private...
Apres Cannes, a Retreat from the Madness
After the cacophony of the Croisette, some options for players who just wanna have funThe Cannes Film Festival has always been the place to see and be seen. But after spending a week or more running between the jam-packed Croisette Palaces and red-carpet...
A Tantalizing Tech Tango
The grace of Dancing With the Stars is buttressed by innovative camera and special-effects wizardryDANCING WITH THE STARS 300TH EPISODEWhen Andy Dick ziplines into a dance number dressed like a matador, or a bunch of professional dancers seem to be on...
Bizzers Sound Off
Participants in Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit, held April 29, were quizzed on their social media habits, favorite apps and how technology affects their work.Aimee VilesSenior VP of emerging media, Bravo Media"Twitter has really been our...
Broadway Hits Are Kudos-Proof
B.O. BOOSTAudiences have already turned this year's most-nommed shows into sellout blockbustersEvery year at this time, there's usually a Broadway show that legiters say really needs a Tony - a worthy but underselling title for which an award looks like...
CBS Sees Double for Upfront Gains
SALES PITCHCBS topper Leslie Moonves unofficially opened the annual upfront haggle last week by declaring that the Eye should be able to secure hikes for ad time prices that could be at least as high as 10%.For weeks, analysts and ad buyers have projected...
Comedian's Empire Built on Humor and Heart
Multimedia titan Steve Harvey's dance card is impossibly full, and his eye is on even newer horizonsSteve Harvey wakes up every at 4. He showers, eats a piece of fruit, grabs some coffee and immediately goes to studio to record his radio show from 5-9...
Confront the Causes of Cord-Cutting Now
The cable industry must devise a strategy to cater to younger consumers before it's too late to tryBefore there was Napster or BitTorrent, the cable industry served as the original revolutionaries.I was there. Thirty-two years ago, I was an affiliate...
Critical Divide for TV, Film
Role of reviews changes: Studios set more limits on pics; smallscreen drives postgame chatterBeyond their good works, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel's TV showcase helped simplify film criticism, bringing a gladiatorial thumbs-up or thumbs-down ruthlessness...
Culture High and Low in BevHills and WeHo
Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica and Melrose is turning into the WeHo street that Bravo and Absolut built. The Here bar has been an audition venue for Patty Stanger's The Millionaire Matchmaker, Sur lounge is the home of Vanderpump Rules, and...
Durbin Was Teen Darling
Singer-actress Deanna Durbin, who was the highest-paid female star in Hollywood in 1947 but quit the biz the following year at the age of 26, has died, her fan club announced April 30. She was 91.That she still had a fan club some 65 years after leaving...
Falling Tree Makes Hardly Any Sound
TELEVISIONFalling Tree Makes Hardly Any SoundFamily TreeSeries; HBO, Sun. May 12, 10:30 p.m.Director: Christopher GuestStarring: Chris O'Dowd, Nina ContiGiven his history, it's a wonder Christopher Guest and HBO haven't hooked up sooner, what with the...
Fear and Gloating Abounds in the Land of Commissions
Tenpercenters have lost their leverage in a buyer's marketThe most important fact about talent agents today is that no one is scared of them anymore.In years gone by, studio chiefs and network buyers were intimidated by Lew Wasserman at MCA, Abe Lastfogel...
Feedback
OUT OF BOUNDSIf the spectacle of a pro athlete publicly identifying himself as gay wasn't controversial enough, the reaction of ESPN anchor Chris Broussard certainly was. Jon Weisman's coverage of his on-air comments (Chris Broussard Under Fire Over...
FilmAid Brightens Lives of Refugees
The org founded to entertain, now educates and trains those it servesDadaab Stories is the latest project from FilmAid, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that uses film to help struggling communities. The interactive website helps members of the...
Firm Helps Charities Connect with Celebs
Heart Assn., cancer fund see a spike in giving thanks to the work of marketing company CK&DYou're a big star who wants to work for a cause, and you have a personal story tied to the cause, but where do you start? Try CK&D, an L.A.-based marketing...
Gatsby Campaign Keeps Eye on the Prize
POSTER BOYWarners goes to Great lengths in outdoor marketing effortLike the omniscient eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg in F. Scott Fitzgerald's prized novella, the outdoor marketing campaign for The Great Gatsby seems to follow you wherever you go.There...
Glancing at Dancing
A look at the sorcery behind Stars - and the marketing opportunities it helps create compiled by jonweismanfive days for musical director Harold Wheeler to write an arrangement for each song. Changes happen all week, so he ends up making a lot of last-minute...
Glitzy Gatsby Remains Book-Bound
GLITZY GATSBY REMAINS BOOK-BOUND4/10Sinking into my seat before The Great Gatsby, I tried to keep some encouraging wisdom from the book in mind: "Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope." Afterward, removing my 3D glasses and brushing invisible...
Global Village
THE MAPH'wood subsidy gets EU blessing; newsies get an Iraq crackdown; Unifrance gets a surprising topper1 INDIAPonzi Fallout: B'cast ProbeIndia's Information & Broadcasting ministry has asked every TV channel to provide details of its equity structure...
'Iron' on Fire at B.O
Aereo Heads to Court to Seed Expansion Phns Into BostonBy TODD SPANGLERAereo filed a request in New York federal court May 6 seeking a declaratory ruling that its Internet TV service is legal, citing CBS execs' statements threatening to sue the startup...
It's Time for a Bold Oscarcast, with More Show and Less Biz
As Academy mulls its future, it's important to remember that the ceremony drives the entire orgWill the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences please address the solid-gold elephant in the room?At the first town hall meeting with AMPAS members...
Kid Rock Gives the T-Shirt off His Back to Cut Ticket Prices
A Robin Hood pact with promoter Live Nation on ancillary coin might redefine the concert bizWhere I grew up, there were no rich people. No bankers, no rightwing titans ranting the poor were lazy and the government was taking all their hard-earned money....
Luhrmann Makes a Classic His Own
LUHRMANN MAKES A CLASSIC HIS OWN7/10No wonder Cannes invited The Great Gatsby to open the festival this year. Baz Luhrmann's glittery adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is as strong an example of auteur cinema as Hollywood can support - which...
Mentoring Program Blooms in Gotham
Former SPC exec, felled by a stroke, hooks up next-gen filmmakers with established talentWhen it comes to nurturing the next generation of New York filmmakers, Marcie Bloom believes in the personal touch.The former co-president of Sony Pictures Classics...
One-Off Down Under
WORLD REPORT: AUSTRALIAGovernment coin continues to be the magic behind the Oz film industry curtain. But the high Aussie dollar threatensThe recent $21 million payment to keep 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea afloat Down Under is clear evidence of a country...
Playing for the Big Score
Percenters are increasingly turning into investors as they look to diversify By Marc GraserCAA made a lot of money off of a single deal late last year, but it wasn't from landing one of its stars a big role or packaging the next film franchise. Instead,...
Public Profile?
Showbiz is usually a wild ride for investors, but agencies have glitzy assets By Rachel AbramsWith private-equity money backing CAA and WME, it's no surprise that both agencies are the subject of IPO rumors.But while the U.S. economy's slow recovery...
Ready to Deal: NBCU Maven Revels in Sport of Blurb Sales
UPFRONT WARRIORLinda Yaccarino's under pressure to bring in the bucks for Peacock's broadcast and cable networksUPFRONTS 2013The Real Gilligan's Island is not likely to go down in TV history. Linda Yaccarino sold the show like it would.The 2004 reality...
Rising from the Pinkslips with Verve
Young Agency Built on Bonds of FriendshipBolting WieHbefore another round of post-merger layhit in January 2010, film lit agents Bryan Besser, Adam Levine and Bill Weinstein left with plans to launch their own boutique agency. Naturally, they faced a...
Scenes from a Deposition
Ari Emanuel sheds light on fierce competition among agencies and the mindset of uber-percenters.On Sept. 21, 2010, attorney Howard Rubinroit, representing developer George Comfort & Sons, questioned Ari Emanuel in the dispute over WME's decision...
Scorsese's Prayers Finally Answered
SILENCE IS GOLDENWith Garfield aboard, helmer will make his passion project on the 'essence' of ChristianityM ARTIN SCORSESE can finally give voice to Silence.After two decades of false starts and near misses, the director can now look forward to shooting...
Star Finds Time to Pay It Forward
Harvey's passion for mentorship programs finds many formsSteve Harvey's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is not his first accolade. In 2011, BET awarded Harvey with the Humanitarian of the Year award for his continued commitment to mentor urban and...
Stars Come out for Online Video Series
TOUTING TALENTDigital outlets go heavy on celebs at NewFronts, while YouTube sticks with homegrown talentAT THE SECOND RUNNING OF the Digital Content NewFronts last week in New York, the online video players and TV nets hyping themselves displayed two...
Star Trek's Rockin' Reboot Continues
FILMStar Trek's Rockin' Reboot ContinuesStar Trek Into DarknessDirector: J.J. AbramsStarring: Chris Pine, Karl Urban. Zachary QuintoJ.J. Abrams sets his filmmaking to "stun" for Star Trek Into Darkness, a sequel in every respect equal or even superior...
The Good, the Baz and the Ugly
FILMThe Good, the Baz and the Ugly4/10It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that bling in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which arrives six months after its originally scheduled December release date but maintains something of a gussied-up holiday feel,...
The Young and the Buzzworthy
Everyone has to start somewhere - even those who one day wind up calling the shots. Variety polled dozens of producers, studio execs, entertainment lawyers, managers and agents to identify those who are on track to become the superagents of tomorrow.FILM...
Towers of Power
Lavish digs are a symbol of the showy nature of the agency biz, and a testament to the size of the town s top shopsPerhaps the best way to describe the hefty sums top talent shell out for their headquarters comes from one of Hollywood's best-known tenpercenters,...
U.K. Agency Flexes Its Prod'n Muscle
INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVEFilm, TV work are part of the expansion for Curtis Brown, but it's not about packagingSince joining Curtis Brown in 1997, Nick Marston has led its transformation from musty literary boutique into one of London's largest and most...
Underdog Programs Survive Ruff Road
TV ACADEMY HONORSAs the television org celebrates smallscreen gems promoting positive social change, viewers take notice, slowly but surelyThe initial audience for HBO's One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal was barely 100,000 viewers...
UTA Fosters Culture of Creativity
Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer's contemporary art collection frames the soul of the firm's Beverly Hills digsLew Wasserman, the talent agent-turned-studio chief, was known to keep his art collection - which included such Impressionists as Degas and Matisse...
Weinstein Crashes MPAA's Tech Tryst
BASH BROTHERTWC topper threatens a content jihad in the midst of the film org's play for diplomacy with NetcosFormer President Bill Clinton toed the party line at the recent D.C. gathering of tech and entertainment honchos, preaching a live-and-let-live...
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