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. 323, No. 9, 2014

Achievement: Variety's Int'l TV Award 2014
At mip tv, Anke Schaeferkordt and Guillaume de Posch, co-CEOs of RTL Group, will be feted with Variety's Achievement in International TV Award, which recognizes creativity, leadership and business acumen within the global TV industry.RTL Group, which...
A Literary Twist for Rockefeller Con Tale
Walter Kirn's novels "Thumbsueker" and "Up in the Air" were adapted for the screen, but his latest work, "Blood Will Out," faces a few Hollywood hurdles, even though the nonfiction piece tells a stranger-than-truth story that seems meant for the movies.Even...
AMC's War Thriller Is a 'Turn' Off
AMC's War Thriller Is a 'Turn' OffTurnSeries; AMC. Sun. April 6.9 p.m.Writer: Craig SilversteinStarring: Jamie Bell. Seth NumrichAs a fan of period pieces in general, I take little pleasure in saying AMC should perhaps steer clear of them for a while....
Bard and Beyond
FOR A KID IN LONDON, Hollywood seems like such a mythical place," says Orlando Bloom, who is set to receive a star on the Hollywood I Walk of Fame on April 2 after limning parts -L in two of the biggest mythical franchises the company town has ever produced....
Brand New Reality
W * ^ he boldest new format ' I ' that FremantleMedia will I be hawking at Mip is ItaI I "Masterpiece," touted 1 as the world's first talent show for wannabe writers. Perhaps more important, "Masterpiece" stems from changes under way at Fremantle's growing...
Breaking Up the MONOPOLY
second pipeline for movie imports is opening in China soon, causing a seismic shift in the country's distribution sector, and promising to offer better financial terms to studios on films that are allowed to enter the mainland, improving the split on...
Cloud Brightens Indies' Outlook
CI.OUD COMPUTING WAS ONCE an esoteric tech tool, something for visual-effects companies and tech-forward filmmakers. But as they've come down in price, cloud services - like such once-exotic tools as CGI and digital intermediate - have been adopted by...
Cloudy Future Forces Music Biz out on Tour
To the outsider, the music business has always seemed not only cool, but downright surreal. In film and TV, for example, stars still have to act, but in the music world, the hottest acts don't always sing. And some of the big names that fans are lining...
Critics Weigh in on Their Cannes Wishlist
Although films like Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" and David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars" look like shoo-ins, the festival's 2014 lineup is still very much a work in progress. That hasn't stopped our top reviewers from naming what they'd like to see...
Devour
First Kiss(YouTube.com - Tatia Pilieva)Why did a simple black-and-white video of 20 attractive strangers kissing for the first time garner more than 63 million views? Why were viewers peeved when they realized it was a viral marketing campaign for the...
Digital Key to Content Creators
As digital players continue to shape the traditional television landscape, the 51st edition of Mip TV plans to up the ante on showcasing multiscreen innovations, creating more synergies and opportunities for content creators."More than ever, it's crucial...
Highlights
9:20 A.M.Keynote Conversation: Convergence: A New Model for Brand-Content Partnerships. Panelists: Ryan Kavanaugh (1) , CEO, Relativity Media: Danny Stepper, co-CEO, M advine, a Relativity company; Angela Courtin (2) , president, Dentsu Aegis Network...
Hired
Elverage Alien-Exec VP, Advertising Sales** Central Sales DirectorBounce TV (Chicago)Erick Asenlo-VP, Ad SalesBounce TV (New York)*- Senior Account DirectorTV One (NY)Frank Balkln- Partner, Head, TelevisionWorldwide Production Agency- Co-Head, Physical...
Hollywood's Top Blacksmith Hammers out a Living
Tony Swatton looks like he came straight from central casting - which is perhaps appropriate since, as blacksmith, he's the mastermind behind some of Hollywood's most recognizable props. The bearded, brawny Swatton scored his first feature film job in...
Hong Kong Cinema's SECRET WEAPON
Pang Ho-cheung is an unlikely hero. Nerdy and not flashy, he could be overlooked in a crowd. But to look past him would be to miss his self-assuredness and inner drive.His films are technically polished, but often too raw for auds to be entirely comfortable...
Is Big-Game Hunting Paying off for Disney?
COMPARED WITH THE SIZABLE acquisitions Disney CEO Bob Iger has made in the past, his $500 million-plus payout for Maker Studios last week seems downright thrifty. But the purchase not only moved Disney-watchers to question Maker's value, it also had...
Israeli Duo Game for New Concepts
Tal shared and einat shamir were crossing the road together at Mip in Cannes two years ago when they decided it was time to make a change.They flew back to Israel, quit their jobs and founded the local outlet A Capella, a boutique content management...
Kingdom of Fresh Merch for 'Game of Thrones'
"Game of Thrones" has more than 60 licensing partners, marketing everything from jewelry to ale to action figures, and HBO has stepped up efforts to capitalize on fan mania for the show and its highly distinctive look. Here are some of our favorite products,...
Moran ATIAS
CLAIM TO FAMEIsraeli-born Moran Atias became known to U.S. auds as Inez in Paul Haggis' 2008 series "Crash" on Starz. She also teamed with Haggis on 2010 thriller "The Next Three Days "INNER FIREThe 33-yearold Atias began her career as a globe-trotting...
Movie Biz Grapples with World of Change
FOR THE SIX MAJOR STUDIOS, the business of going global is anything but a foreign concept. International potential was the bright spot at CinemaCon in Las Vegas last week for studio executives and industry leaders, confronting flat admissions and diminishing...
Music Business Has Tackled Streaming; Now It's Movies' Turn
Thank God we're in the music business. We've already been through the transition; we've already been pushed back to zero. We're in an era of rebirth so strong that if you think the music business is in trouble, you're not in it. Blockbuster acts make...
New Crop of Comedies Stir Heart Murmurs
It's been a dismal season for freshman comedies on the networks, based on ratings. That's the industry's general perception, which is unfortunate, because it overshadows some notable efforts to break the sitcom mold. The most promising trend might be...
Newsfeed
Cage Embarks on 'Left Behind'Religious drama "Left Behind," starring Nicolas Cage, has been set for an Oct. 3 release in the U.S. via Stoney Lake Entertainment. Centered on the Bible-themed books by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim La Haye, the release comes...
'New York Can Unexpectedly Give You the Answer'
Beau Willimon is the creator and showrunner of "House of Cards." He was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for "The Ides of March." Now he's world-premiering his play "Breathing Time," which runs through April 13 at Teatro Iati, a tiny theater...
Pouring Oil on Troubled Airwaves
ONE OF THE MAIN duties Of National Assn, of Broadcasters president and CEO Gordon Smith is to manage the relationship between stations and policymakers.Rarely does an NAB Show go by without some sort of acrimony directed at the FCC - and, at times, visa...
Rage Fuels Solid 'Les Miz' Revival
Rage Fuels Solid 'Les Miz' RevivalLes MiserablesImperial Theater; 1,409seats,- $147 top.Directors: Laurence Connor, James PowellStarring: Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy, Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus'Les Miserables" is back, and those irreverent...
Ready to Rumble
The deafening roar from a record crowd of more than 93,000 packed inside Pontiac, Mich.'s, Silverdome when Hulk Hogan scoop-slammed Andre the Giant there in 1987 is still music to Vince McMahon's ears.Twenty-seven years after "WrestleMania 3," the chairman...
Search Party
Turn on the TV on any given day and you're likely to be watching a scripted series borne of a foreign country and reformatted for an American audience. From Showtime's "Shameless" - a revamp of a British series - and "Homeland" - which originated as...
Series Take Red Carpet Bows
Television trade shows like Mip TV have become valuable springboards for high-profile drama series and the top tier of these product launches are the red-carpet screenings.Black-tie bows at the Palais have been a feature of Mip TV and sister event Mipcom...
Smallscreen Lion Roars
With a muscular catalog of some 4,000 feature film titles and 10,500 TV episodes, MGM Television has a bounty of material from which to draw in fashioning its development slate, and prexy Roma Khanna, at the helm of TV and digital distribution since...
The Beginning of the End
Weiner deflected the question with a pragmatic answer that he hoped would hide how much it had caught him off guard."I said I didn't know if there was going to be a second season - at that time we were only shooting the second episode," Weiner recalls....
The Cars Stay in the Picture
The car commercial used to be a pretty predictable affair: a shiny new sedan driving through a downtown Los Angeles tunnel or across Big Sur's Bixby Bridge, unencumbered by traffic, or a celebrity espousing the gadget-laden features of an SUV or minivan.The...
This 'Rio' Is Not So Grande
This 'Rio' Is Not So GrandeRio 2Director: Carlos SaldanhaVoices: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenoweth, williamA rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of "Rio 2," an eye-popping, ear-tickling...
White May Leave SAG-AFTRA, but It's No Slam-Dunk
He's been national executive director of SAG-AFTRA since 2009, so you can't really call David White's possible exit from that post in the next few months a fast break.White emerged in mid-February as a finalist for a similar post with the National Basketball...
WWE Is Active Not Just Inside the Ring but across a Variety of Platforms
WWE STUDIOS: Established in2002 and re-branded in 2008, WWE Studios produces a slate of direct-to-homevideo and theatrical releases that it finances or funds with producing partners. Acquisitions of titles from film festivals is another part of its model....
WWE Studios Knows What It Wants
For a decade, WWE has wrestled with the kind of movies it wants to make, shifting from actioners and horror fare headlined by wrestlers John Cena, Kane and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to comedies and dramas that seemed more at home on the Hallmark Channel....
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