Category Archives: Industry News

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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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (5.13.16)

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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. There’s been a changing of the guard at Comedy Central, while Sony has a new CFO. That and more in this week’s shuffle!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (05.12.16)

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Captain America: Civil War will easily take the top spot in its second weekend, facing no real competition from newcomers Money Monster or The Darkness.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (05.09.16)

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Though Captain America: Civil War’s opening wasn’t quite as fanciful as we’d imagined, $179 million is now the record to beat for 2016. Even if it didn’t clear $200 million, it’s a great start, taking into account it’s $84 million higher than the last Captain America flick’s opening.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (5.6.16)

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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. Amblin Partners has a new Head of Communications, Sharon Bordas is the latest VP at Lifetime, OWN loses co-president Sheri Salata, nad more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (5.5.16)

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If you’ve somehow avoided seeing Captain America: Civil War advertised literally everywhere—from pizza boxes to Audi commercials—then FYI: lines might be long at your local theater this weekend.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (05.02.16)

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As expected, Disney’s The Jungle Book took the top spot at the box office over the weekend, pulling in over $43 million with just a 29% drop from the week before. That’s a roaring first three weeks for the live-action spectacular, which officially passed the $250 million domestic mark on Sunday as it surpassed the studio’s estimates.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (4.29.16)

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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. Tony Shaw heads from Captivate to Escape Artists, Alexandra Cocean joins Voltage, and Relativity emerges from bankruptcy with Adam Fields.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (4.28.16)

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The Jungle Book is poised to overtake the domestic cumulative of every Disney remake but Alice In Wonderland by Sunday night, leaving it around $250 million on Monday morning. Meanwhile, Key & Peele’s cat-centered comedy Keanu will claw its way into second.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (04.25.16)

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The Jungle Book reigned with a relatively small 40% dip in its second weekend, tripling newcomer The Huntsman: Winter’s War’s take, which had an icy reception at the box office.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (4.22.16)

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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. 51 Minds Entertainment makes a lot of moves, Vice Media replaces their Chief Revenue Officer, STX Entertainment finds its new COO, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (4.21.16)

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After a stunning first weekend that earned it the second place spot for record April openings, The Jungle Book has earned itself the title of fifth biggest movie in 2016 after only 5 days. And while the original Huntsman opened at $56 million, Winter’s War is looking at a far lower number, likely shy of $30 million in 2nd place.

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Golden Globes Makes Rule Changes & Announces 2017 Date

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is making some changes to its annual awards show. The new rules will apply to the 74th Golden Globes which have been set for January 8, 2017.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (04.18.16)

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Exceeding everyone’s expectations, The Jungle Book went above and beyond, firmly claiming the second place spot of all Disney live action remakes. Though still falling a bit shy of Alice in Wonderland’s $116 million opening, Jungle’s $103 million take proves it has the four-quadrant appeal Disney was counting on.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (4.15.16)

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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. Angela Silak moves up at Nickelodeon, Variety’s Brian Lowery heads to CNN, Gabrielle Carteris is officially elected president of SAG-AFTRA, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (4.14.16)

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With glowing reviews and an early $32 million in foreign sales last weekend, The Jungle Book is set to revive a box office that flagged in the quick drop-off of Batman v Superman. The number to beat is $67.9 million—that’s what the live action Cinderella remake made its first weekend last March.

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Michael Mann Inks Massive Book Deal With HarperCollins

HarperCollins won a multi-house auction to serve as the publisher of Michael Mann Books, the publishing imprint founded by the Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer earlier this year.

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