Category Archives: Industry News

The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (8.26.16)

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, including multiple hires at Pop network and a new executive position at Amazon Studios.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (08.25.16)

Don't BreatheAfter three weeks of dominating the box office, Suicide Squad is finally about to be dethroned. As we shake off the disappointing summer blockbuster season, smaller, more genre-focused films are bowing into theaters, including this weekend’s inevitable number one, the horror film Don’t Breathe.

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WME Acquires Lit Agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett

Girl on the Train ExcerptTalent agency WME has bought Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett (RWSG), the lit agency founded in 2000 behind upcoming works such as The Girl On The Train and The Snowman.

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ISA Spotlight: Winners Announced For The London 2016 Table Read My Screenplay Contest

We’ve partnered with the ISA Spotlight to provide the opportunity to highlight the winning screenplays from Table Read My Screenplay – London Screenplay and to introduce you to these talented writers.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (08.22.16)

Suicide Squad ExcerptSuicide Squad was able to remain on top of the box office results for the third weekend in a row, giving it another accomplishment to add to its growing list. The rest of the films proved some of the most predictable in recent weekends.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (8.19.16)

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, including multiple promotions at various Fox divisions and an EVP for Lionsgate and New Regency’s TV production venture.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (08.18.16)

War Dogs ExcerptSuicide Squad might come out on top for the third week in a row, but that’s the least interesting box office story here. Rather, will Sausage Party maintain its second spot, or will War Dogs ruin that? And will Ben-Hur be able to crack the top five?

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (08.15.16)

Sausage Party ExcerptSuicide Squad may have taken spot number one as was predicted, but it wasn’t the winner of the weekend. Instead, it turned out to be the surprise hit of the weekend: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s R-rated food-based animated comedy, Sausage Party. It was predicted to make a modest $15-20 million in its opening weekend and ended Sunday evening with $34 million.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (8.12.16)

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, including multiple moves at Netflix India and a new EVP at AMC.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (08.11.16)

Pete's Dragon ExcerptSuicide Squad will easily take first place again in this weekend’s box office race, but if it falls too steeply, it could be a bad sign for the future. Plus, expect newcomers Pete’s Dragon and Sausage Party to make some waves.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (08.08.16)

suicide-excerpt-excerptSuicide Squad may have dominated the weekend, bringing this weekend to its biggest numbers yet, but the sharp drops it suffered from might indicate a larger problem for the film, and the DC Extended Universe at large, going forward.

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The Complete List Of Winners From The 2016 TCA Awards

Mr-Robot (1)The Television Critics Association held their 32nd awards show this weekend, where The People V. OJ Simpson continued their awards success. They entered the event tied with Mr. Robot for the most nominations.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (8.5.16)

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. Lionsgate has brought in Chad Kennedy to shore up TV programming, Eben Davidson moves over to Paramount TV, longtime TWC publicist Dani Weinstein exits, and more!

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (08.04.16)

Suicide Squad ExcerptBefore it has even opened domestically, Suicide Squad sits at 28 percent with 149 reviews. But while these reviews are certainly a blow, they won’t stop die-hard fans and those wanting to determine an opinion for themselves from going out to the theater this weekend.

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Lily Tomlin Named 53rd Recipient Of SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

Lily Tomlin ExcerptVeteran actress Lily Tomlin will receive the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award for her career and humanitarian work at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, set to broadcast live on TNT and TBS from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2016.

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Elected For 4th Term As Academy President

Cheryl Boone Isaacs ExcerptFor her fourth consecutive one-year term, Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected to the position of president of the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the board of governors. She was elected last night at the organization’s headquarters in Beverly Hills.

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Funny Or Die Slashes Jobs And Closes Silicon Valley Office

Funny or Die ExcerptFunny or Die, the comedy video website and film/TV production company, announced some big changes today, including cutting 37 jobs and shutting down their office in San Mateo, California. The reason given for this decision was a refocusing and reorganization within the company.

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Ava DuVernay Directed “A Wrinkle In Time” Among 28 Films To Receive California Tax Credit

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Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, and Will Ferrell’s Russ & Roger Go Beyond are among the projects that have been selected to receive tax credits under the revised California Film & Television Tax Credit Program.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (08.01.16)

Bad Moms ExcerptJason Bourne dominated the box office this weekend with a surprisingly large haul, leaving Star Trek Beyond and Bad Moms to duke it out for second and third place.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (7.29.16)

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 moves have been made at The CW and Telemundo, and production company Rooster Teeth has hired multiple new execs.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (07.28.16)

Jason Bourne ExcerptAfter Jeremy Renner’s outing in the Bourne franchise in 2012, Matt Damon is back as the titular character and that fact alone should draw crowds to the action movie this weekend. We predict that Jason Bourne will easily come out on top, beating contenders like Star Trek Beyond and Bad Moms.

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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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