Variety

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. 331, No. 9, 2016

A 'Battle' the World Can SING ABOUT
Who could have predicted that the world's next great TV format would be tossed off in a late-night talk show segment?In a May 2013 airing of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," the host stepped to the mic to face off against guest John Krasinski, fresh off...
A New World Power
When top executives of Endemol Shine Group gather next week at the Majestic hotel in Cannes, the scene inside the conference room might be mistaken for a United Nations Security Council meeting/ Germany, France, Italy, Australia. Israel. Russia, China...
Appetite for Drama
Five years ago saw the U.K. launch of Sky Atlantic, pay TV operator Sky's home for upscale drama series and feature documentaries, which started life based around an exclusive partnership with IIBO. The channel launched in Germany and Italy shortly after."I...
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicedirector: Zack Snyderstarring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy AdamsWho would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? Could the Flash outrun Superman? Could Superman craft a boulder so heavy even he couldn't lift it? While...
Bright Star
Bright StarTHEATER: Cort; 1048 seats; $145 topbook: Steve Martinlyrics: Martin. Edie Brickellstarring: Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, A.J. Shively, Hannah EllessA little bit of bluegrass music is quite enough of a good thing, so it's just bad luck...
Broadcasters Gear Up for Spectrum Auction
With as much as $60 billion in play at the start of this week's auction of TV spectrum, the time has come for station owners to put up or shut up.The FCC's deadline for those willing to sell off spectrum is 6 p.m. ET on March 29, kicking off a massive...
Cannes Seeks to Reassure with Heavy Security
Europe remains in a state of high alert in the wake of the March 22 terror attacks in Belgium, just as thousands of TV bizzers are getting ready to descend on Cannes for the MipTV market that kicks off April 4.Following the deadly November Paris attacks,...
Crews Wrestle with Dangerous Beast: Alaska
Shows conquer weather, wildlife, isolation By Karen IdelsonAlaska is the sort of place that routinely crushes adventurers. The stabbing cold, the not-so-friendly wildlife and more test any outdoorsman's raw survival skills.Yet Dorsey Pictures is shooting...
Dawn of New Adventures
AT THE TURN of the 21st century, publishing executive Chris Dorsey noticed a worrisome trend: advertising revenue was drifting from print to other media.Dorsey recalls, "1 had created TV concepts around a couple of different magazines, one of which was...
Devour
WATCHThe Bizarre Death of Elisa Lam(youtube.com)A young woman's death in LA's supposedly haunted Cecil Hotel was already mined in 'American Horror Story: Hotel." Now Buzzfeed tackles the sad incident in a short video - perhaps a little too glibly - as...
Drama Panorama
From polar bears to poltergeists, Sky's focus on exclusive high-end TV drama is helping the satellite broadcaster retain its momentum in the face of keen competition.In common with Netflix and Amazon, Sky is plowing large amounts of coin and marketing...
Dry Powder
Dry PowderLEGIT REVIEW / OFF BROADWAYTHEATER: Public / Martinson; 224 seats; $95 topPLAYWRIGHT: Sarah BurgessSTARRING: Claire Danes, John Krasinski, Hank AzariaWhat language are these people speaking, anyway? The equity traders in Sarah Burgess' frighteningly...
Former Partner Recalls Garry Shandling's Genius
It seems unnatural to think about Garry Shandling and feel sad. Garry was about laughter. And about causing one to marvel at his ability to place his words in an order that no one else could.We met in 1986 after my manager, Bernie Brillstein, recommended...
High-Tech Developments
Pay tv operator Sky is focused on meeting the needs of customers now, as well as anticipating what they will be looking for in the future. With that in mind, it is investing in startups that can supply new forms of content and new means to deliver its...
Hulu Clears 'The Path'
They say you should never talk about politics and religion.While there's little hope these days of escaping the first, Hulu's new drama series "The Path" is boldly tackling the second.As conceived by Jessica Goldberg and Jason Katims, who worked together...
I Started to Scream on the Airplane
Gal GadotA former Miss Israel who served in the army before breaking into modeling, Gal Gadot was studying law when a casting director spotted her, leading to roles in such films as "Fast & Furious." She's now lighting up screens as Wonder Woman...
John Cusack Puts Up Malibu House for Sale
As we first heard from increasingly perspicacious celebrity real estate informant Ben A. Snitch, John Cusack hoisted his Spanish-style beach house along a sandy stretch in Malibu up for sale at $13.5 million. The politically vocal veteran actor and producer,...
Kudoscast Serves as Showcase for Future Stars
AFTER LAST YEAR'S 50th birthday extravaganza took the Academy of Country Music Awards from its usual stomping grounds at MGM's Grand Garden Arena in I .as Vegas to Dallas' AT&T Stadium, ACM CEO Bob Romeo knew it would be a tall order to top the golden...
Late-Night Lesson: Now Is Not the Time to Go Soft on Politics
Harmless."Of all the words ever used to describe "The Daily Show," that adjective has rarely come up. Unfortunately, that's the only way to describe the Comedy Central program at the momentUnder the leadership of new host Trevor Noah, "The Daily Show"...
Lining Up Targets for Red Arrow
Germany's Red Arrow Entertainment Group, part of Munichbased broadcasting group ProSiebenSat.1, acquired a majority stake in Dorsey Pictures In January.For Red Arrow chairman and CEO Jan Frouman, it was the ideal match, "It's a terrific team: the founder...
Michael Wright, Vince Vaughn Strike a Deal
It was ever-dogged celebrity real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak who first let the cat out of the proverbial bag - and property records do indeed confirm - that it was Amblln Partners ( formerly DreamWorks) CEO Michael Wright who slapped down $4.8 million...
Miles Davis Biopic Mixes Real, Surreal
Sometimes, production designers strive for total period accuracy. At other times, the story dictates that they take liberties with certain details in order to serve a larger purpose.Hannah Beachler used both approaches in "Miles Ahead," the Miles Davis...
My First Time in Variety
January 25,1950'New Crop of Announcers Coming Steadily.Vin Scully is heading into his 67th (and, he says, final) season with the Dodgers. On Jan. 25,1950, Bill Coleman of Fordham University predicted a great future for Scully, who had just been hired...
Networks Bingeing on SVOD Strategy
APRII. 10 WILL BE A BIG DAY for bingeing. Ail 13 episodes of Steven Soderbergh's series "The Girlfriend Experience" will be available to stream that morning, as will all six episodes of Andrew Dice Clay's new comedy "Dice." But neither show will stream...
New Visions of Reality
A SUPERSTAR OF THE Self-help WOlid, doctors aiding Syrian refugees and an array of relationships ranging from intimate to obsessive are among the subjects showcased at the fifth annual American Documentary Film Festival. The sprocket opera will feature...
Picture Perfect
Sky is known for taking "The X Factor" to the next level in Italy. Now in a bold experiment, it's launching the first European talent-competition show dedicated to photography, with Isabella Rossellini as host"Master of Photography," which will see Rossellini...
Raffaella Leone
In January, when Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" launched in Italy at a special venue at Rome's Cinecitta Studios equipped with a 70mm projector, Raffaella Leone had reason to be particularly proud.Leone Film Group, the company founded in 1989...
Rosenthal Lists Epic Sprawler in Manhattan
More than a year after their divorce was announced in the New York Post, powerhouse producer Jane Rosenthal and financier Craig Hatfcoff, who together with Robert De Niro founded the TYibeca Film Festival, hoisted their exceptionally spacious, multi-unit...
Rush Hour
Rush Hourseries: CBS, Thurs. March 31,10 pmwriters: Bill Lawrence. Blake McCormickstarring.- Justin Hires, Jon Foo. Wendie MalickCBS has exhausted so many permutations of the buddy-cop format that the network has inevitably resorted to adapting and recycling....
SAG-AFTRA President Often Played Leaders
Emmy and tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor and president of SAG-AFTRA known for starring in "The White Shadow," "Crossing Jordan" and more recently for his appearances on "30 Rock," died March 23 at 71.Howard earned an Emmy for his...
Sales Key to Expansion
Sky vision is emerging as an important player following several key scripted deals to add to its bedrock of factual shows and a growing number of production assets.The sales house was set up in 2012 and was launched at that fall's Mipcom TV market in...
Sky News Mixes Media to Reach Viewers
Many media sages have predicted the death of Sky News since its launch in 1989. They thought the 24-hour U.K. broadcaster would be marginalized by the online news avalanche. They thought that Sky News' traditional, impartial take on the day's events...
Sky's the Limit
At content tradeshow MipTV on April 4, Sky group chief executive Jeremy Darroch will be honored with Variety's Achievement in Inti. Television Award, which is given to individuals who exhibit leadership, creativity and innovation in the global television...
The Path
The Pathseries: Weds., March 30. Huluwriter: Jessica Goldbergstarring: Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan. Hugh DancyHugh Dancy and Aaron Paul know a thing or two about acting in intense dramas loaded with moral and psychological complexity. Though "Hannibal"...
The "Real" Mr. Robot
March 7 was the first day of production on season two of USA's "Mr. Robot," and star Christian Slater had a question for his showrunner, Sam Esmail. "I wasn't sure where we were in the story," recounts Slater, who plays the titular character.Slater found...
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