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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. 323, No. 7, 2014

Australian Streaming Heading toward Rapids
Australia is an odd market for entertainment. English-language fans of Hollywood content abound in densely populated major cities. But pay-TV penetration is a measly 30%, and the modest broadband infrastructure is overrun by piracy.But what may be odder...
Booster Club
While "Glee" has certainly raised the conciousness of primetime auds regarding the importance of music programs in schools and acceptance of LGBT teens, the Gleeks in the cast and behind the scenes live those beliefs offscreen, supporting music education,...
Corporate Direction: South by Southwest
AS MORE THAN 70,000 badge-holders converged in Austin for the 28th annual South by Southwest Festival, the sheer magnitude of films, startups and networking sessions should have produced the next great thing: a movie, social-media app or an undiscovered...
CW Orbits Target Demo
CW Orbits Target DemoThe 100Series; CW, Wed. March 19.9 p.m.Writer: Jason RothenbergStarring: Eliza Taylor. Paige TurcoSaying that a show plays on two levels can seldom be taken quite so literally as in "The 100," a better-than-average CW sci-fi drama...
Daniel Ek Is Collecting Data That Won't Let Him Fail
It's about the data and the footprint. In other words, the more information you have, the fewer mistakes you make, and if you're America-centric, you're gonna get your butt kicked by those who see the entire world.The music business did not see the technologists...
'Divergent' Doesn't Pass Test
'Divergent' Doesn't Pass TestDivergent Director Neil BurgerStarring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James. Kate Winslet, Miles TellerEven though it stretches to nearly two-and-a-half hours and concludes with an extended gunbattle, by the time "Divergent" ends,...
Download This
Themerthemerapp.com freeTransform the interface of your Android smartphone into something that doesn't look so Google-y. Available themes vary from clean tiles to a flashy futuristic "Tron"-like interface that perfectly integrates all of your apps without...
Facts on Pacts
Hollywood's six major studios have hardly rolled out the welcome mat in recent years for producers who aren't delivering tentpoles. And that's opened the way for other players to step up.Variety's updated Facts on Pacts reveals that the number of on-the-lot...
Feedback
RUPE'S ROCKY ROAD TO HALL OF FAMEBrian Lowry's column examined whether media mogul Rupert Murdoch merited a spot in the TV Hall of Fame ("Rupe in the Hall of Fame? Sure, With a Few Caveats"), spurring readers to offer their own answers to that question.Admitting...
Game of Thrones Drama Unfolds at Disney
Call it a show-within-a-show. A second succession drama has burst onto the scene at Disney with the March 11 disclosure that Anne Sweeney will step down from her executive perch as Disney/ABC TV Group prexy by January to pursue her goal of becoming a...
'Hand to God' Is Simply Socko
'Hand to God' Is Simply SockoHand to Cod Lucille Lortei Theater; 199 seats; $99 topPalywirght: Robert AskiesStarring: steven Boyer, Geneva CarrMeet Tyrone, the dirty-minded, foulmouthed sock puppet who steals the show in "Hand to God," Robert Askins'...
Hey Kids! Watch Us Here ... and Here ... and Here
The TV screen is about to get more competition when it comes to luring young eyeballs - and some of the content is going to come from the networks themselves.As upfront season approaches, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network have let loose a slew of new programming...
Hired
SundanceTV has upped two execs in digital. DrewPisarra will serve as VP, digital media and marketing; Mark Zadroga director, online content.Jon Berg and Courtenay Valenti have been promoted to exec VP, development and production, at Warner Bros. Pictures.FC...
Hong Kong Biz Looks Brighter
Stories about the death of the Hong Kong film industry are premature.Sure, the mainland China biz is grabbing all the headlines, and while Hong Kong's annual film production has dropped from more than 300 movies 25 years ago to less than 50 in 2013,...
How Hit Rewrote Sound of TV
One of the best nights of Brad Falchuk's life unfolded at Fenway Park last October. It was game two of the American League Championship Series - Red Sox vs. the Detroit Tigers - and Boston's home team was down five to one."Everyone is down and depressed,"...
Jump Ball
The broadcast nets have handed out a range of exotic development pacts this pilot season, keeping business-affairs departments working overtime on new deal points and templates. There are more straight-to-series orders, more plans to shoot pilots in...
Knockout Staging Delivers 'Rocky'
Knockout Staging Delivers 'Rocky'Rocky Winter Garden Theater; 1516 seats; $143 topBook: Thomas Meehan, Sylvester StalloneMusic: Stephan Flaherty; Lyrics: Lynn AhrensStarring: Andy Karl; Margo SeibertWhatever your expectations going into "Rocky," you...
Latin Pic Biz Fuels Up
If you're looking for proof that Hollywood is building ties to the rapidly growing Mexican film industry, one of the most vibrant in Latin America, look no further than the 29th Guadalajara Festival, which unfolds March 21-30 in the Jalisco city.Companies...
Looking for the 'It' Factor
Casting director Robert Ulrich is responsible for nearly every character in "Glee's" 100-episode history. For each of these actors, the first stop was a meeting with Ulrich and his associates in a tiny office."They come in and sing five feet from me,"...
Magical Moments
After the long journey to its 100th episode, the members of the "Glee" family can look back on five years' worth of memories. Variety asked some of the cast and crew to reflect on their experiences on the show. Here are some of their favorite behind-the-scenes...
Mexico Rewrites RULEBOOK
Mexico's Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Ifetel, which assumed oversight of the country's $30 billion telecommunications industry last September, is busy making moves that could reshape the country's TV, cable and telco businesses - and open...
Muppets Most Wanted
MUPPETS MOST WANTEDFILMSporting a title that can't help but smack of wishful thinking, "Muppets Most Wanted" casts Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and company in a hokey transcontinental caper that conspicuously lacks the winning blend of irreverence and...
Music Drums Up Big Business
While Media Asia started life primarily with a focus on the production of Hong Kong films, the company has expanded as the landscape of the entertainment industry across j\sia has expanded.The diversification of the Media Asia Group over the past 20...
Need a Battalion? He's Your Guy
Lt. Col. Steven Cole likes to say that the U.S. Army has been working with Hollywood before Hollywood even existed. The longstanding relationship dates back to 1927, when the Army provided an airplane for "Wings," the first Academy Award winner for best...
'Neighbors' Creatives Strike a Bargain
Although "Neighbors," the new comedy starring and produced by Seth Rogen, was fully financed by Universal Pictures, it reflects the need for a deft touch when navigating an original laffer within the studio system.Writers Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien...
New Tuner Covers All the Angles
If a show represents the only new musical on the spring Broadway slate that's not tied to a well-known movie property, then will the tuner struggle to attract attention in a crowded season?If the show is "If/Then," then maybe not. Propelled by the cachet...
'Nymphomaniac' Drawn into Turkey's War on Arts
When Serra Ciliv appeared before a packed house at the Fitas Cinema to announce that for the first time in its 13-year history the !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival would be accepting latecomers to a screening, she had good reason to rewrite the...
Raising New Sails for a Bold Voyage
Raising New Sails for a Bold Voyage Buf diversifies into production, transmedia and a commercial launch for its software By Martin DaleWHEN FILMMAKERS want a shot that's never been seen before and don't know how to do it, they come to us," says Pierre...
Ready for the Mainland
These days, Media Asia is a pillar of the Hong Kong film industry establishment. It can boast a production pipeline connected to a large talent pool, enviable connections in mainland China, a profile in Hollywood and even a stock market listing. But...
REMEMBERED: Abby Singer
Famed production manager lent his name to the pemdtimate shot of the day on setsUnit production manager and TV assistant director Abby Singer, famed for being the source of the name for the penultimate shot of the day, died March 13 at the Motion Picture...
REMEMBERED: Bob Thomas
Respected Associated Press scribe covered 66 Oscars and Hollywood for seven decadesBob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, and filed AP's...
REMEMBERED: Hal Douglas
Voiceover master narrated movie trailers from the dramatic to the comedieHal Douglas, who lent his vocal gravitas to hundreds of movie trailers in his long career as a voiceover artist, died March 7 at his home in Lovettsville, Va. He was 89 and had...
Sam & Shanit Schwartz: Patrons of the Arts
Sam Schwartz, co-founder of the powerhouse film and TV composer agency Gorfaine/Schwartz, has been collecting art for 15 years. But judging by the veritable museum he and his wife Shanit call home, youd think it was more like a lifetime.Discreetly tucked...
'Speed' Gamely Stays on Course
'Speed' Gamely Stays on CourseNeed for Speed Director: Scott WaughStarring: Aaron Paul, Dominic CooperTo say that "Need for Speed" is one of the better movies derived from a videogame source may not sound like much of an endorsement, but it's an apt...
Three Decades of Dazzle
1984Pierre Buffin joins Henri Seydoux (son of Pathe owner Jerome and father of actress Lea) to form Buffin Seydoux Computer Animation (BSCA). Creates Process Management Tool, software for 3D modeling and animation.1989Seydoux and Buffin part ways, and...
To Studios, Men Are the Heroes
he theme for this year's Oscars was "Heroes in Hollywood." Although the show referenced the subject with clips of predominantly male heroes, best actress winner Cate Blanchett pointedly noted in her acceptance speech that audiences also want to see women-centered...
Turning Kitsch into Classics
Five seasons, 100 episodes and 62 million song sales later, it's easy to underestimate just how odd "Glee's" business model must have looked to songwriters, label execs and music retailers upon its inception: A primetime jukebox musical, featuring a...
Variety Q & A with Christophe Lambert
EuropaCorp topper talks about the shingle's new focus on English-language filmsWhen Christophe Lambert was tapped CEO of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp in 2010, he got a lukewarm welcome from the local film industry. Indeed, he was best known as a leading advertising...
VFX Magicians Turn to Conjuring Content by Martin Dale
With a track record spanning more than 80 feature films and almost 1,000 commercials, Buf Compagnie is diversifying its revenue sources and forging longterm partnerships by positioning itself as a co-producer rather than just a standard vfx shop.The...
What Studios See in Machinima, Maker
Two major developments this past week have put all eyes on the Los Angeles-based corner of the online video world known as multichannel networks (MCNs): reports that Disney is in talks to buy Maker Studios for $500 million or more, and the $18 million...
Zac Shows Knack for Laffs in 'Neighbors'
Zac Shows Knack for Laffs in 'Neighbors'Neighbors Director: Nicholas StollerStarring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose ByrneLewder, weirder, louder, leaner, meaner and more winningly stupid than anything its director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen have...
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