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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. 324, No. 2, 2014

1935-2014: Malone Spanned All Aspects of TV Biz
Nancy Malone, a groundbreaking and Kmmy-winning director-producer, Emmy-nominated actress and the first woman VP at a major studio, died May 8 at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., as the result of pneumonia that arose from complications of leukemia. She...
Accounting for Taste - and Clean Design
Accounting offices aren't supposed to be this zen, are they? But the newly designed headquarters of Freemark Financial, located in the east Beverly Hills nexus where Wilshire Boulevard. San Vicente and La Cienega collide, is rendered with the kind of...
Al MUNTEANU
Al Munteanu, head of German distributor SquareOne Entertainment, walked the red carpet on opening night at Cannes with a purpose, though the longtime exec didn't exactly plan it that way."We acquired 'Grace of Monaco' exactly two years ago at the script...
Bizzers' Big Ideas Help the Disabled Create and Grow
For Mick Ebeling, founder of production company the Ebeling Group, and Elliot Kotek, current editor-inchief of Beyond Cinema Magazine, the mission statement for Not Impossible Labs, the company they co-founded in 2009, is simple: "Technology for the...
Bumper Crop of Series
Broadcasters haw more than 10 new shows planned for next seasonDRAMASAMERICAN CRIMEABC StudiosExec producers: John Ridley (writer/dlrector). Michaeli McDonaldSTARS: Felicity Huffman, Timothy HuttonLogline. A violent crime sends shock waves into a community,...
Cannes Newsfeed
Sony Classics Takes Two In CompetitionSony Pictures Classics acquired North America and Australia/ New Zealand rights to Argentine filmmaker Damian Szifron's Cannes competition entry "Wild Tales." Szifron also wrote the movie, which is produced by Hugo...
CBS Studios Intl
Familiar titles headline CBS Studios' lineup for the L.A. screenings. These are powerful selling tools certain to attract international audiences."NCIS," one of the mostwatched shows around the world, is spawning another spinoff, "NCIS: New Orleans,"...
CEO's Looming Exit Hangs over DreamWorks
Dreamworks is in a precarious position.More than two months ago, CEO Stacey Snider informed partner Steven Spielberg - and telegraphed to Hollywood - that she would be leaving the company when her contract expires at year's end.Spielberg has barely begun...
Devour
WATCHLookupYoutube.com/GaryTurkThis rather treacly rhyming screed against social media that warns of the sorrows of not connecting with actual humans really struck a chord, tallying more than 36 million views. Is it ironic or just inevitable that haters...
Disney/abc
ABC Studios is selling a diverse slate of new hours as well as a trio of unique comedies.On the drama side, "Marvel's Agent Carter" and "The Whispers" may hold the most global appeal, but others have potential as well."Agent Carter," the second series...
'Dragon 2' Breathes Fire into Franchise
'Dragon 2' Breathes Fire Into FranchiseIf you think training vikings to coexist with dragons sounds tough, try following up an iconic coming-of-age story within the halls of a publicly traded animation studio. The pressures to make a giant four-quadrant...
Hired
Steven Cardwell-Head. Digital MarketingSundance Selects/ IFC Films (NY)-Director. Worldwide Marketing'The Book of Mormon' (NY)Sunil Chadda-Senior VP, FinanceNBCU Cable Entertainment (NY)-CFOOxygen Media (NY)Maria Crenna- PresidentStun Originals- PresidentMandeville...
Israel's Next Big Ideas Writ SMALL
At the fourth annual Hong Kong Inti. Mobile Film Awards in March, more than half of the films competing for prizes were products of Israel, created for a new Internet film competition that brought together the Israeli government, entertainment and tech...
Maybe There Should Be a Jury Prize for Angel Investors
The Cannes Film Festival will be dispensing awards to filmmakers this week, but they don't give awards to dealmakers.Yet as international co-financing pacts grow ever more complex and ubiquitous, the negotiators, not just the cinéastes, occupy centerstage....
'Mr. Turner' Gets a Masterful Portrait
'Mr. Turner' Gets a Masterful PortraitEnglish painting's master of light, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), gets a suitably illuminating screen biography in Mike Leigh's "Mr. Rimer" an ecstatically beautiful and exquisitely detailed portrait...
Nbcuniversal
Terry Gilliam's 1995 classic "12 Monkeys" gets the royal TV treatment in a one-hour drama pickup by Syfy. Supernatural drama "Dominion" also landed at Syfy.Israel is a notable presence in Peacock pickups, with one-hour drama "Allegiance," based on the...
Net Neutrality Fight Turns Up the Volume
JUST OUTSIDE the FCC's rather nondescript offices on the southwest side of the National Mall last week, chairman Tom Wheeler met on the sidewalk with the handful of protesters who had been camping out there, carrying picket signs urging the agency not...
Networks Changing Their Spots
To hook the interest of advertisers, the nation's biggest TV networks have come to a unique understanding: They need to sell more than just TV commercials, and not everything they sell has to appear on the traditional TV screen.This year's upfront market,...
'Normal Heart' Practically Bursts
'Normal Heart' Practically BurstsHBO has a storied tradition of movies and miniseries tackling gay issues (and not incidentally, timing those highclass productions toward the close of the Emmy-eligibility window, ensuring they're fresh in the minds of...
No Saving 'Grace' in Contrived Melodrama
No Saving 'Grace' in Contrived MelodramaThe offscreen palace intrigue between "Grace of Monaco" director Olivier Dahan and his on-again off-again U.S. distributor Harvey Weinstein turns out to be far livelier than anything onscreen in Dahan's cardboard...
Passion Players
Metropolitan filmexport, France's independent distribution leader owned by brothers Samuel and Victor Hadida, has not just survived; it has steadfastly thrived for the past 35 years.Thanks to the Hadida brothers' deep-rooted ties to Hollywood's power...
Peabody Awards Grow to Meet a Digital Era of Excellence
Peabody Awards will be handed out May 19 to 46 winners, the most in our 73-year history. Awards are not given in categories, for specific performances or production tasks. The sole criterion for winning is excellence in storytelling.Some have asked us...
Plugged In
What's on Variety.com this weekSAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's stories"I just want everyone to know, that I am OK. Itookthe cancellation hard ...but not as hard as Solange Knowles."Sarah Michelle Gellar on CBS pulling the plug on 'The Crazy Ones'...
Power of Teamwork
1 ETROPOLITAN FILMEXPORT has been involved in some of Europe's biggest international co-productions * over recent years, ranging from genre franchises "Silent Hill" and "Resident Evil" to more auteur-driven pics such as "Perfume," "Railway Man" and "Salmon...
Producer on Nordic Track
Call Gudrun Giddings the Scandinavia film whisperer. Ever since "Let the Right One In" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" delivered box office that headed straight north, Hollywood has been mining Nordic noir that's fresh, dark and edgy from Norway,...
Sitcoms under Siege
Desperate times call for desperate scheduling. And in the case of network comedy, that means breaking with longstanding traditions in seeking to invigorate a signature TV genre that is struggling mightily to find its place in the DVR age.The upcoming...
Sitting Pretty
Tw o minutes before NBC's - May 12 upfront presentation was scheduled to start, Bob Greenblatt ducked into Jimmy Fallon's dressing room for a quick pre-show hello.It was an instinctive move for Greenblatt. Producers like to keep a close eye on their...
Sony Pictures TV
With Emmy buzz still swirling around 'Breaking Bad," which aired its series finale back in September, Sony will be serving up the prequel "Better Cali Saul" for AMC, focusing on the exploits of lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) long before he ever met...
The Little Fest That Could
Back in 2003, Leo and Jan Sears traveled from their home on the Big Island of Hawaii to neighboring Maui to attend the Maui Film Festival. That's where they became inspired to start a film festival of their own."We were sitting with the film commissioner...
'They Are Younger Than I Am, So They Still Have Souls'
Bill Lawrence still has plenty of boyish charm, but he's become one of the elder statesmen of the sitcom biz, in recent years juggling three or more shows at a time through his Warner Bros. TV-based Doozer Prods. As NBC's "Undateable" approaches its...
Tzahi GRAD
'BIG' ROLEIsraeli thesp T^ahi Grad blow-torched his way into audiences' minds last year in Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's "Big Bad Wolves," a blackly comic thriller. The film was a hit on the global fest circuit, and was distributed in the U.S....
Warner Bros
DC Entertainment has borne four action-packed dramas on Warner Bros.' programming slate: NBCs "Constantine" stars Matt Ryan as John Constantine, a con man and occult expert of dubious moral standards doing battle with forces of evil. Donal Logue and...
World Buyers Hunger for Dramas and Procedurals
For international TV buyers headed to the L.A. Screenings this week, the range of selections couldn't be broader, including everything from ever-popular procedurals, event dramas, complex genre series and, to a lesser extent, comedies.Now that the upfronts...
'X'-Cellent Return to Form
FILM REVIEW'X'-cellent Return to FormNo skyscrapers blow up, no cities are leveled, and while the White House and a football stadium suffer some serious structural damage, the wholesale destruction of human civilization is kept to a refreshing minimum...
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