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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (07.25.16)

Chris Pine plays Kirk in Star Trek Beyond from Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark and Perfect Storm EntertainmentPart of the reason Star Trek Beyond fell short here at home is thanks to the crowded summer box office. This is only the sixth weekend on record to have five separate films each gross at least $20 million in the same weekend, after all, and 3rd through 5th place were all very nearly tied.

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Brad Turell Leaving Paradigm To Start Media Consulting Company

brad-turrell-excerptVeteran publicist Brad Turell is stepping down from his role as EVP of Corporate Communications at the Paradigm Talent Agency. Turell is looking to start his own media consulting company which will launch September 1.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (7.22.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Roger Ailes resigns as the head of Fox News, Starz has a massive executive shake-up, Paradigm promotes five trainees to agent, and more!

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Rupert Murdock Takes Over Fox News As Roger Ailes Steps Down

fox-news-logoIt’s official: Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman of Fox Television Stations, has stepped down effective immediately.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (07.21.16)

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Another prospective summer tentpole, Star Trek Beyond, bows this weekend after its world premiere at SDCC on Wednesday, though it remains to be seen if it can break out past other live action studio hopefuls that have had lackluster openings this year.

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6 New Governors Elected To The Academy, Including Steven Spielberg And Laura Dern

Steven Spielberg ExcerptThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors fulfills its mission and helps maintain the organization’s strategic vision. Today, they announced their newest elected Governors for the 2016-17 year.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (07.18.16)

Ghostbusters 2016 ExcerptUnfortunately for Sony Pictures, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters made what it was expected to make, rather than meeting its stretch goal. With nearly any other film, this wouldn’t be a cause for concern. But with this reboot of the 1984 comedy classic, there are a few reasons to hesitate over this opening weekend intake.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (7.15.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. There are executive shake-ups at Time Inc., multiple moves at Endemol Shine, and more.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (07.14.16)

ghostbusters excerptPaul Feig’s new Ghostbusters reboot arrives in theaters this weekend, and people across the board are waiting on tenterhooks to see where its box office numbers will fall. Plenty of reviews are in for the film, and they’re trending mostly positive. The film has been receiving good word of mouth, which should help it perform slightly above expected.

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The Complete List Of The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

excerptThis year’s nominations included the usual appearances from House Of Cards, Game Of Thrones, and Modern Family as well as attention for newcomers like Mr. Robot, The Night Manager, and Master Of None.

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Thanks To “Pokémon Go,” Legendary Pictures Is Back In The Game For Film Rights To “Pokémon”

Legendary PicturesLegendary Pictures is nearing a deal with Nintendo to make a live-action film based on the popular pocket monster franchise, after months of being involved in a bidding war for the film rights to Pokémon.

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Francis Ford Coppola Revamps Zoetrope.com To Seek New Voices

19187499Francis Ford Coppola has announced a relaunch of Zoetrope.com. The site will be a showcase for short films and will include interactive crowd-sourcing and online writing workshop platform.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (07.11.16)

Secret Life of PetsThe Secret Life of Pets shocks with a massive opening weekend, taking in over $100 million. Plus, The Legend of Tarzan barely edges out Finding Dory for second place.

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Amblin Signs Exclusive Output Deal With Showtime

stevenspielbergSteven Spielberg’s production giant Amblin Partners has signed an exclusive pact with Showtime that will give the premium network company the rights to air feature films from the company now through 2021. This includes the catalogue of films from Amblin, DreamWorks, and Participant Media.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (7.8.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Multiple promotions within CBS, a longtime President of 20th Century Fox leaving, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (07.07.16)

Secret Life of PetsFinding Dory will find itself dethroned this weekend by another animated film about talking animals: Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets. And where will Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates land after its first weekend?

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Steve Rabineau Makes The Move From UTA To WME

rabineau-excerptA major name in the agency game is making a big move to a familiar place. Steve Rabineau is migrating from his post at UTA to WME where he will be a partner in the agency’s Motion Picture Literary department.

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Comcast To Incorporate Netflix Into Its X1 Set-Top Box

comcast-netflix-excerptIt looks like Comcast and Netflix have set their differences aside and called a truce. The two have made an unprecedented partnership to incorporate the streaming giant’s library of film and television into the X1 cable platform.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (07.05.16)

finding dory 1 excerptFinding Dory did it again over the 4th of July weekend, swimming past guppies The Legend of Tarzan and The Purge: Election Year to the top of the 4-day weekend box office – the third straight week that the Pixar sequel has held the number one spot.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (7.1.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Multiple shake-ups at 20th Century Fox, Blumhouse TV continues to expand, Sony hires Jake Zim to head up VR development, and more!

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Lionsgate Acquires Starz For $4.4 Billion – What The Merger Could Mean For The Media Landscape

lionsgate logoOn Thursday, Lionsgate announced that it plans to buy premium cable outlet Starz for $4.4 billion in cash and stock, in a deal that will unite two companies with ties to media mogul John Malone. The deal is expected to provide real advantages for both companies, and further disrupt the premium cable space.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (06.30.16)

purge Finding Dory will just keep swimming to the top spot again this weekend, leaving the real battle for 2nd place. Newcomers The Purge: Election Year, The Legend of Tarzan, and The BFG will duke it out to see where they land in spots 2nd through 4th.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (06.27.16)

Finding-Dory-Disney-pixar-2016Just like fellow Disney-Pixar all star Toy Story 3, Finding Dory fell only 46% in its second weekend, blowing big budget newcomer Independence Day: Resurgence out of the water and bypassing our projection by nearly $6 million to take its rightful 1st place.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (6.24.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Starz upped two vets, HBO lost a long-time comedy exec to Amazon, OddLot continues to bolster its exec talent, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (06.23.16)

id resurgence box officeTo say that Finding Dory has made a, well, splash, is an understatement. It’s a tidal wave, at least. Dory will stick around in 1st place for at least another weekend, easily holding off new openers Independence Day: ResurgenceFree State of Jones, and The Shallows.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (06.20.16)

finding dory 2Finding Dory not only exceeded expectations but blew them away this weekend, leaving every other animated film in its wake. At a tremendous $135 million, Dory nearly doubled Finding Nemo’s 2003 opening.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (6.17.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. The shake-up continues at Viacom with changes at CBS and MTV, while Stacey Snider makes a huge move at Fox, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (06.16.16)

finding-dory-excerptFinding Nemo was the highest opening Disney-Pixar had ever seen. And though the best opening has since been taken over by Toy Story 3 in 2010, Nemo is still the third highest grossing film in their repertoire. Early estimates are putting Dory between the two, though some outsize projections have it beating out TS3.

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“Fruitvale Station” Co-Creator Ephraim Walker Named President Of Productions At D Street Pictures

a85652bc3c4d85375661824b96edd196Walker, who worked very closely with director Ryan Coogler to develop the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station, will oversee the production unit at D Street Media Group known as D Street Pictures.

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Action Director Renny Harlin Launches Production Company In China

1288448326112Action director Renny Harlin is launching Midnight Sun Pictures in China where he is now based permanently. He previously set up a production company in Los Angeles with the same name.

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