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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. 325, No. 9, 2014

Actors Sail into Spotlight
Actors will take center stage at the 22nd annual Hamptons Inti. Film Festival, running Oct. 9-13 in East Hampton, N.Y.Many high-profile films will unspool and several thesps are set to attend, along with several members of the 2014 class of Variety's...
Aggressive Netflix Muscles into Movies
IN JUST 48 HOURS, Netflix sent the movie biz spinning - and where it stops is anyone's guess.The streaming giant made it clear last week that after challenging the TV industry, it now has designs on the bigscreen.Netflix announced two groundbreaking...
A Job Well Done
A Job Well Done Heart-tugging skein bridges the gap between CEOs and working staff By Christy GroszIf there's one thing cbs' "undercover boss" proves after five seasons, it's that the disjointed relationship between employer and employee is universal.After...
Back on the Block
Before there was One Direction, before there was 'NSync, there was New Kids on the Block. Comprising five street-smart kids from working-class neighborhoods in Boston, a city so flush with hometown pride that it threatens to throw a parade whenever one...
Berwick's Bailiwick: Mine Riches from Niches
Inside of a year, Frances Berwick has gone from running one high-gloss cable network for NBCUniversal to overseeing a family of four.With her promotion last week to prexy of NBCU Cable's Lifestyle Networks Group, Berwick has taken on the formidable challenge...
B.O. Success Launches Chinn DYNASTY
Few producers have a better record producing feature documentaries than Simon Chinn, who won Oscars, Baftas and just about every other award going for "Man on Wire" and "Searching for Sugar Man."But theatrical docs are a niche market, as Chinn admits....
Carousel of Hope Spins Evening of Glitz, Generosity
The challenge for Carousel of Hope co-founder Barbara Davis and producer George Schlatter at the org^ 27th biennial charity gala Oct. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel is to remember not to over-entertain the audience.That sounds like an easy assignment...
Cinema Queen's Gambit
Amy Miles speaks in a soothing Southern accent, is quick to flash a smile and, when the mood strikes, offers up a loud, disarming laugh. The Regal Entertainment Group chief exec cultivates an informal atmosphere at the firm's nondescript corporate headquarters...
Content Drives CTC's Future
Russia's ctc media, the largest independent player in the country, marks its 25th year with an expansive mind-set, focusing on new platforms, original programming and digital market gains.No longer satisfied with the broadcaster label despite its strong...
Davis Looks to Serve Others
When Viola Davis partnered with Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to introduce the Hunger Is initiative to eradicate childhood hunger earlier this year, her experience became just as emotionally purifying as it was uplifting."You...
Dedicated to Strength
It was Reese Witherspoon's 15-year-old daughter, Ava, who introduced the actress to the story of Malala Yousafzai, the girl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban for advocating the right to an education. "My daughter brought her book to me and said,...
Despite Choppy Start, Little Fish Deserve Chance to Learn to Swim
One of my guilty pleasures is to read the dozens of mini reviews of new indie films that run Fridays in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. I admire their commitment to support the indie scene with reviews, but it's daunting (if darkly amusing)...
Dirt: Craig Ferguson Snags Malibu Beach House
Nothing smells or looks like showbiz success more than a second or third or even fourth, multimillion dollar home on the beach. Just ask Craig Ferguson. According to both real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak and always-on-the-money Lucy Spillerguts,...
Drama Drives Gaul's Global Conquest
IN THE GLOBAL GAME of TV program distribution, France is a rising player.The land where only a few years ago U.S. series monopolized the primetime airwaves is now becoming one of Europe's top creators of international drama skeins.Not long ago French...
'Duff'ers: The Women Behind the YA Adaptation
Can a film about shallow beauty and high school popularity also be empowering for women? It can if it's CBS Films' comedy-drama "The Duff."The adaptation of the YA bestseller by then-17-year-old Kody Keplinger is due out Feb. 20. The women behind the...
Expansionist Outlook
Red arrow intl., which is the global distribution arm of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, is a mini-studio with major ambitions, which are reflected in its sales slate at the content market Mipcom in Cannes.The distributor, which is celebrating its 10th...
Fangs for Nothing
Fangs for NothingThere's nothing new under the moon in "Draeula Untold," a decorous but dull origin story that attempts to turn history's most famous vampire into a kind of male Maleficent - a misunderstood husband-father-ruler who turned to the dark...
Fonda Inspires Teens
When Jane Fonda founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential in 1994, she met with resistance."I'm a controversial person, right? Coming from Hollywood I was looked on with suspicion as an elitist. I move to Georgia (after marrying...
From the Mailroom to Mipcom Personality of the Year
When "got talent" was named the most successful reality TV franchise by the Guinness Book of World Records in April, it set a another benchmark for Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment. The top-rated Britain-born series has local versions in 58 territories,...
'Get This out of My Hair or I'll Take It out Myself!'
He started by playing the young Chris Rock in "Everybody Hates Chris," and Tÿler James Williams is now earning laughs sprouting a giant Afro in the hit Sundance satire "Dear White People." He's also rumored to be among the new cast of "The Walking Dead,"...
Global Temperature
BRAZIL By Anna Marie de la PuenteTV production in Brazil has spiked thanks to a new law that requires pay TV networks to air 3V4 hours of national content during primetime. Brazil's pay TV market is expected to grow 13.3% between 2013 and 2017, per the...
Hamptons Int'l Film Festival and Variety Present Break through Thesps
Our annual look at artists who are making wavesKaitlyn Dever'MEN, WOMEN' AND 'LAGGIES' STANDOUT STAYS BUSYWhen it comes to acting, Dever welcomes every new role and challenge with unabashed enthusiasm. The 17-year-old remembers being "super excited"...
Hired
Tom Cosgrove- G.M.Discovery Family Channel (Silver Spring, MD)- President. CEO3Net & 3Net Studios (Silver Spring, MD)Melissa Darman-Agent. TV LiteraryVerve Talent & Literary Agency- Manager. TV ProductionLionsgate TelevisionBerto Guzman- VP,...
Indie Flame Burns Bright
Perhaps the least interesting thing about Megan Ellison, Gigi Pritzker and Molly Smith is that these game-changing film financiers happen to be the scions of three of America's wealthiest families - a status that's more Trivial Pursuit factoid than it...
In Scripted Arena, Red Arrow Int'l Embraces Event Concept
Recent years have seen a strengthening in the market for bigger-budget drama that can serve as event programming for broadcasters. Red Arrow Inti, is in the vanguard of that trend, with high-profile shows like "Roald Dahl's Esio Trot," "100 Code" and...
Kavanaugh to Receive First Sherak Award
For nearly 20 years, the Hollywood community has gathered annually at the Stars Benefit Gala to support the Fulfillment Fund, which provides educationally underserved students with guidance, mentorships and scholarships that can help steer them to success....
Kid Lit Spawns Series
An oscar nomination and a successful 2008 children's series couldn't help Ireland-based Cartoon Saloon sell its new kids show "Puffin Rock," but that didn't dissuade the animation studio from continuing to work on the idea."We didn't want all that great...
Langley's Vital Work
As chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley is one of the few women in her postition in the entertainment industry. Her work with the nonprofit organization Vital Voices and its global mentorship program has also influenced her day job.Four years...
Local-Lingo Spoken Here
NO LONGER CONTENT WITH IMPORTED AMERICAN SHOWS, Russian auds have been tuning in to CTC original programming in growing numbers, validating a new direction the company's investing in."We've had unbelievable success with our 'Junior League' series," says...
Local Shows and Co-Prods Feed Success of TV Fiction
France has always considered itself to be a mecca of world cinema, while tending to disdain its homegrown television fiction. But that has changed as the country forges a reputation for edgy miniseries. In fact, on the business side, international TV...
Lumiere Shines a Light on Classics
In recent years, the fall festival season has turned fiercely competitive not just between the films themselves, but also among the fest directors selecting them - as the pressure to get first dibs on the newest, newsiest premieres has necessitated cutthroat...
Making Their Own Breaks
As one might imagine, it was slim pickings. "I think it was literally one studio that had a project for a female lead over 30," the actress recalls. "And I thought to myself, 'I've got to get busy.' "Busy indeed. Two years after launching Pacific Standard...
My First Time in Variety
October 14, 1991'Just for Variety'Julia Ormond was an actress on the London stage when she auditioned for the HBO movie "Stalin." She generated enough buzz to land a mention in Army Archerd's column - and win the fight for the role she wanted opposite...
Narrow Appeal for Fest Faves
TURKISH CINEMA is experiencing a burst of energy.A new generation of filmmakers is getting notice on the festival circuit, making for a lively, vibrant film scene. The most recent example is "Sivas," a potent first feature by director Kaan Mujdeci that...
Netflix Disrupts Local Vod Market
Netfllx's September launch of its SVOD service in France is expected to shake-up the country's VOD sector and usher major changes in the country's online platforms.Until now, French broadcasters have seen VOD services as a way to build viewer loyalty...
Not 'Terrible,' Just Ordinary
Not 'Terrible,' Just OrdinaryAn average American family becomes a giant human piñata in "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," a passable, tolerable, not unbearable, totally inoffensive adaptation of Judith Viorst's beloved 1972...
Nurturing Cinema's Young Turks
Half a century ago, the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival was launched to boost production of quality Turkish pics by showcasing them alongside global standouts in an international movie industry milieu.That plan seems to be working.Local auteurs are...
One Toke over Sublime
One Toke Over SublimeThe good-vibing '60s are slip-sliding away in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," and along with them a certain idea of pre-Vietnam, pre-Manson California life - of boho beach towns and uncommodified counterculture soon to be...
Opening Doors: Opportunity, Mentorship Mark AFI Directing Workshop
Now in its 40th year, the AFI Directing Workshop for Women continues to provide opportunities for industry women to become well-versed in the world of directing, and is expanding its program to include episodic development, business education and for...
Plugged In
SAY WHAT?Notable quotes on this week's storiesI sometimes stand around the baggage carousel at LAX with a sign that says 'George Clooney,' hoping he shows up."Rainn Wilson@ralnnwilson"Once again, female audiences are driving the box office, and not just...
Star Opens Doors to Health Care
Sisters Jennifer and Lynda Lopez had planned to launch a charitable organization since Jennifer was first vaulted into the public eye. Their talks grew more tangible when both were pregnant, and as Jennifer recalls: "We were sitting around doing a lot...
Sudsy 'Virgin' Delivers Charm
Sudsy 'Virgin' Delivers CharmDespite a few problematic aspects with the premise, "Jane the Virgin" contains a secret ingredient that is in short supply, perhaps especially on many of the CWs recent soaps: charm. Much of that comes from Gina Hernandez...
Taking Pride, Making Strides
Variety's 2014 Women's Impact Report highlights talented game-changers working to innovate in the entertainment industryOrly AdelsonPRESIDENT. ITV STUDIOS AMERICASince assuming her position as president of ITV Studios America in January, Adelson has...
The Master Plan Behind SoftBank's Big Spending
MASAYOSHI SON, the telecommunications mogul behind Tokyo-based SoftBank, has become the first Japanese player in nearly 25 years - since Matsushita's purchase of Universal Studios - to buy his way into Hollywood.With the entertainment industry still...
This Doll Shocks, but Devil's in the Details
This Doll Shocks, but Devil's in the DetailsThe scares are cheap but periodically effective in "Annabelle," a cut-rate spinoff from James Wan's superlative haunted-house hit "The Conjuring" that (partly) makes up in crude shock effects what it lacks...
Tooned in to Femme Issues
In spring 2013, Margaret Dean and Kristy Scanlan were approached with a very daunting task: taking leadership of a 20-year-old organization that seeks to empower the women that they had been working alongside and admiring for years."Women in Animation...
Women Call Shots for Fox Football
At NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's dud of a press conference on Sept 19, the commish seemed to confirm an embarrassing fact: The NFL had no women in the room as it decided how to handle discipline for Ray Rice after a tape became public showing the...
Women in Film: Schulman Advocates Level Playing Field for Talented Women
Preparing to speak at the Women in Film's annual fundraiser and awards gala 2% years ago, WIF president Cathy Schulman realized she was tired of having to beat the same drum yet again."If I stood up one more time and quoted flat-lined statistics about...
Women of Awards Season
Among the many women with major accomplishments this year, there is one group that is consistently impressive but unsung: awards strategists.These are the people who work hard to get awards voters to see their films. (And yes, a studio can spend energy...
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