Category Archives: Industry News

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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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (06.13.16)

conj2 croppedThe Conjuring 2 easily scared up a 1st place win this weekend, pulling out all the spooky stops to open at $40.4 million, just $1.5 million shy of the 2013 original and a little ahead of last week’s prediction. Warcraft and Now You See Me 2 flip-flopped, with Warcraft claiming 2nd and finishing about as expected with $24.2 million for its first weekend.

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The Complete List Of Winners From The 70th Tony Awards

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It was an emotional night at the Tony Awards as James Corden hosted the annual event. Find out who the big winners of the night were here.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (6.10.16)

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Keep 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 as Russell Hicks steps down as Nickelodeon head, NBC Entertainment reorganizes unscripted department, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (06.09.16)

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Only three of the Top 10 films this weekend aren’t sequels, and only one of those resides in the Top 5. Newcomers The Conjuring 2, Now You See Me 2, and Warcraft will take the top spots, and though 1st place is easy, 2nd and 3rd are a bit more up in the air.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (06.06.16)

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Everything performed about as expected this weekend, with the notable exception of 2nd place X-Men: Apocalypse falling faster than anticipated and Me Before You picking up the slack. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows brought in its predicted $35 million, certainly not wowing anyone.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (6.3.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Steve Mosko exits as Chairman of Sony Pictures Television, Doug Belgrad exits from Sony Motion Pictures and is replaced by Sanford Panitch, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (06.02.16)

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The Turtles face off against Professor X’s students this weekend in something reminiscent of mid-90s Saturday morning cartoons. Out of the Shadows should have no problem claiming 1st place, with X-Men: Apocalypse trailing behind in its second week out.

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The Complete Lineup Of The 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival

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The Shanghai International Film Festival is set to begin this month and has announced a wide variety of films in this year’s lineup. Among the titles are Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire and Chinese rocker Cao Baoping’s Coke And Bull.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (05.31.16)

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This year’s Memorial Day box office was a bit of an improvement from 2015’s, but not by much. Though The Angry Birds MovieCaptain America: Civil War, and Neighbors 2 performed about as expected over the 4-day, openers X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass fell a bit shy of their marks.

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Launch Pad Alum Matthew Tente Becomes First Writer Signed By Chris Bender Shingle Good Fear (Exclusive)

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Launch Pad alum Matthew Tente, whose spec Burn Run is heating up the town this week, marks the first official signing for Chris Bender’s newly formed Good Fear.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (5.27.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Big changes at Vice Media, a few shake-ups at Starz, a new SVP of Unscripted Series at TBS and TNT, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (05.26.16)

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With a X-Men: Apocalypse on the horizon and the follow up to the Disney’s live action Alice in Wonderland on its heels, how will things shake out this holiday weekend?

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Cisneros Media Nabs Distribution Rights To Barreto Family’s Films

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The Barreto family, known as “Brazil’s first family of cinema”, has closed a deal for the worldwide representation rights of their cinematic slate with Cisneros Media Distribution.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (05.23.16)

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The Angry Birds Movie swooped into theaters this weekend, surprising everyone by overtaking Captain America: Civil War for the #1 spot.

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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival – The Complete List Of Winners

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On Sunday, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller’s jury for the 69th Cannes Film Festival handed out awards to the best of the fest on the Croisette.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (5.20.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Soo Koo is headed from Disney to Warner Bros., Peter Eskelsen is leaving Imagine TV, Malcolm Gray is joining the Russo Brothers, and more!

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Jeff Goldblum Confirmed As The Grandmaster In “Thor: Ragnarok”

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Marvel Studios has confirmed the cast for Thor: Ragnarok. In addition to Goldblum, the cast includes previously reported Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, and Mark Ruffalo.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (05.19.16)

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Predicting this weekend is like splitting hairs. Captain America: Civil War will have a sizable third weekend to be sure, but newcomers The Angry Birds Movie and Neighbors 2 will duke it out for a chance at 1st place.

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Amazon Studios Picks Up Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” — CANNES

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman has been acquired by Amazon Studios who will partner with Cohen Media Group for domestic distribution. The film joins a streak of indie film pick ups for the studio at Cannes.

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Benderspink Heads Chris Bender And J.C. Spink Part Ways


After 18 years together, Benderspink manager-producers Chris Bender and J.C. Spink have ended their professional relationship, in what is said to be an amicable split.

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We Do It Together Taps Freida Pinto & Juliette Binoche To Star In “Together Now” — CANNES

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We Do It Together has set Together Now as its first feature film with Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche attached to star.

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Celluloid Dreams Lands “Bone Tomahawk” & Daisy Ridley-Narrated “The Eagle Huntress” — CANNES

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Celluloid Dreams has secured deals for Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, and the documentary The Eagle Huntress, executive produced and narrated by Daisy Ridley.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (05.16.16)

capCaptain America: Civil War fell harder than expected, a nearly 60% decline thanks to The Jungle Book barely dropping at all, and Money Monster over-performing. The latest Marvel flick pulled in $72.6 million in its second weekend out, bringing its domestic total to $295.966 million and worldwide to $942,892 million.

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