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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. 321, No. 12, September 25

A Fresh Way to Squeeze More Money out of VOD
LATE RETURNSDynamic ad insertion allows nets to swap in new commercials for shows available on demandIf TV networks have their way, advertisers will soon see fewer differences between placing their spots on a show viewers watch live at 9 p.m. on a Tuesday...
Avant Garde Section Expands Pic Parameters
PLATFORM DIVINGFestival's Convergence sidebar includes projects that tap into social networks, aud participationTransmedia may be a nouveau buzzword, but at the New York Film Festival the term sits alongside established genres like documentaries, retrospectives...
Big Data Weighs a Metric Ton in Media Biz
It's big data's world; we're just living in it.If corporate America's favorite phrase has yet to grace your ears, perhaps it's time to crawl out from whichever rock you live under. Because big data has been slowly taking root in the media business for...
Broadway Aims to Woo the Right Auds
Granular data allows shows to target those most likely to attendAudiences at Broadway musical "First Date" are unusually frequent moviegoers. Fans of Main Stem musical romance probably watch the Food Network. Own an espresso machine? You're a lot more...
Chilean Pics Aim to Break out in English
Global-minded filmmakers and producers target their latest efforts to speak to worldwide audsIn Chile, as in much of the world, English is becoming the lingua franca among a growing number of filmmakers, as arthouse and genre helmers alike make it the...
Copperfield Conjures Own Prod'n Shingle
PLENTY UP HIS SLEEVEIllusionist's Red Safe looks to collaborate on raft of projects, expanding his Hollywood credThe most commercially successful magician of the modern era now wants to conjure his own movie, television and theater projects. David Copperfield,...
Elegant Vegas Bunker Is Home to Museum-Caliber Collection
Emphasis on contemporary photography and distinct canvases sets house apartThere it exists, in harmony with the desert landscape and yet distinct from it. John Nelson and Milo Miloscia's sleek and surprising home - a modernist aberration in gate-guarded...
Executech
HEAD OF THE CLASSNendo Stylosnendo.jp/en I $79Created by Japan's Nendo studio, the sleek headset, named after the French word for ballpoint pen, takes a different, more modern approach to the typical Bluetooth headset: It's slim, lightweight and comfortable...
Feedback
FOX'S FEARLESS TV RETURNChief television critic Brian Lowry wrote that the feel-good "The Michael J. Fox Show" doesn't necessarily make you feel good after viewing. Our readers are divided about its potential ("Fox Return Fearless if a Bit Formless").Whether...
Fighting a Losing 'Battle'
Fighting a Losing 'Battle'Ostensibly concerned with reviving the art of b-boying, "Battle of the Year" proves far more effective as a feature-length testament to the wisdom of theater-hopping. Though it climaxes with a good quarter-hour of mind-boggling...
Friendships Help Elkann Establish ARTHOUSE REP
Italian shingle Asmara sees box office opportunity in niche pics, even as the nation's economy strugglesIn Italy, where economic woes are shaking up the film industry, a new generation of players with a bigger global vision is surfacing, epitomized by...
From Sin City to Arts Haven
Downtown Vegas' revitalization signals a new pride and cultural focus for a metropolis synonymous with excess By steve chagoiianLas Vegas is undergoing a renaissance, but not one associated with the theme-park-scaled hotels and casinos that dot the southern...
Hired
Ryan Seacrest Prods, has tapped Jason Sarlanis to join the unscripted team as senior vice president of development, and Vanessa Grunstein as VP of business and legal affairs. Sarlanis was most recently VP of original programming and series development...
Impact Players
From hotel moguls and company CEOs to producers and bookers to performers, these players are helping shape the Vegas of todayESakchin BessetteThis visionary is the co-founder and creative director of Moment Factory, which collaborated with Cirque du...
In India, DISNEY GOES BOLLYWOOD
Trio of local titles to get the studio's brand - with an eye to wider distributionDisney is making a bold move in India next year, releasing three high-profile Bollywood movies under its own label in a territory that has been notoriously tough for U.S....
Leading the Charge to Build and Brainstorm
New Acad chief wants the org to influence TV's multiplatform futureThe transformation of the TV biz that is underscored by Netflix's foray into the Emmys is big news in one sense, but a mere milepost on the medium's long evolution.Newly appointed TV...
Managers, Moolah and the Birth of the Modern Rock Star
Managers, Moolah and the Birth of the Modern Rock StarNew book makes the case that 1973 was a turning point for the music bizI've about given up reading rock 'n' roll books. Always poorly written, they never tell you what you want to hear and they leave...
'Mr. Burns' Almost Hits a Homer
r. Burns, a Post-Electric Play," an ambitious new work penned by Anne Washburn and developed with the Civilians, is a refreshingly original take on the fast-growing genre of the post-apocalyptic play. The earth is scorched and barren, but no worries:...
Must Attend
September25 Carol Burnett, Marilu Henner, LouGossettJr.,Loni Anderson and Helen Reddy will read the first act of Trish Vradenburg's play "Surviving Grace" at a benefit performance supporting US Against Alzheimer's. Event takes place at the Stephen J....
Must-Discuss TV Vexes the On-Demand Generation
The urgency to watch 'Breaking Bad' and other shows live feels strange to this beat reporterFor a TV beat reporter, I spend an alarming number of my evenings with my television off.I chastise myself for this constantly: I should watch more live TV. I...
'Night' Leaves Rebel without Applause
'Night' Leaves Rebel Without ApplausePrimetime is so overpopulated by petite, model-thin size zeroes it's refreshing to see a protagonist who isn't, especially when it's an ebullient presence like the one Rebel Wilson plays in ABC's "Super Fun Night."...
Not 'Crazy' about Williams' Mad Man
Not 'Crazy' About Williams' Mad ManRobin Williams completes a rather lengthy journey back to his TV comedy roots with "The Crazy Ones," which casts him as a wacky advertising genius - the sort of creativity-can't-be-shackled type that provides ample...
NYFF Has a Jones for Surprises
LINEUP CARDGotham fest director leans toward slotting a wider range of moviesWhen Kent Jones took the reins of the New York Film Festival last year from its leader of 25 years, Richard Pena, all eyes were focused on how his stewardship would shift the...
Parking Valet Keeps Events in Gear
ZSince the heyday of the Rat Pack, Chuck Pick has been on a roll parking cars for the town's eliteOVERVIEWIf there's one element crucial to a successful Hollywood event, it has to be efficient valet parking. You can get the right caterer, the right band...
Pay TV and Mobile Apps Take Aim at Doggie Demo
As more and more media target the pet market, will even Fido start texting?I'm going to miss something! That's the paranoia that grips me each week as I survey the media landscape. Though obsessive about monitoring reviews and press releases and staying...
Romantic Comedy Never Takes Off
Romantic Comedy Never Takes OffSometimes you have to travel 30,000 miles just to appreciate the guy who lives down the hall - or so goes "Baggage Claim," a movie about a Flight Attendant Barbie type who runs herself ragged chasing romance while her perfect...
Showtime's Bare Necessity
Showtime's Bare NecessityIn cable TV terms, "Masters of Sex" feels like a triumph of concept and casting even before you get to the perfectly entertaining series birthed out of those two well-devised elements. Revisiting 1950s sexual mores through the...
Small No More
With creatives frequently drawn to the smallscreen, Emmy voters need to get over their inferiority complex when it comes to filmFor years, the prevailing assumption has been that Emmy voters - and TV people in general - are positively ga-ga over movie...
Smith Center Designed to Stand Test of Time
Performing arts venue lifts all boats in Downtown Vegas' burgeoning arts sceneLas Vegas might have reclaimed its reputation as the Sin City of old with such campaigns as "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." But to culturally minded locals, their...
Something Fishy about This 'Mermaid'
Sorry, Disney, but your new app needs to be hid from my kidConsensus is hard to come by at my house when it comes to a movie that truly epitomizes the proverbial "fun for the whole family" rubric. But when Disney announced "The Little Mermaid" was returning...
Spacey Foundation Trains Emerging Talent
Actor-producer skeds D.C. dinner as fundraiser and tribute to his old friend and mentor. Jack LemmonKevin Spacey is sending the elevator back down.Three years ago the actor-producer created the Kevin Spacey Foundation to train emerging talent in the...
Spark Gets Mileage with Millesimals
INFO HIGHWAYEnlarged touchscreens make entertainment a key driver for sales of Chevrolet's compact carThe Spark may be one of the smallest vehicles on the road, but Chevrolet has found that a large screen inside is making the car a very big seller.A...
State 'Games' Competitors
SCOUT & ABOUT: GEORGIATax incentives have proved to be a major draw for California productions - and also pulled projects from Georgia's neighbors ByToddLongweiiGEORGIA'S FILM tax credit is spinning off some unintended benefits.When the CW series...
The Rumble over Ratings
Nielsen is scrambling to launch new services as network execs seethe over money left on the table because of the inability to track multiplatform viewingNo conversation about Nielsen in the media business is complete without the word "frustration." There's...
Truths Not Tricks
David Copperfield has no illusions about movie bizSitting in his very own multimillion-dollar Las Vegas museum of magic, Variety's Billion Dollar Illusionist David Copperfield seems remarkably relaxed for a guy who has to make an automobile disappear...
Turbulence in Tracking Takes Toll on Film Biz
Movie researchers embrace digital data options to keep up with wired moviegoersMany in the film industry believe that current tracking systems, which have been loudly criticized this summer for considerable inaccuracies in predicting opening weekend...
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