Keira Knightley speaks her mind. While most movie stars frequently offer up anodyne responses to reporters’ inquiries and deploy an army of publicists and image makers to ensure they never say anything remotely controversial, Knightley refuses to dodge tough questions. She’s ostensibly talking to Variety about “Colette,” a historical drama centering on the legendary French novelist that will premiere Jan. 20 at […]
Citi and Live Nation announced today that their “Citi Sound Vault” series will again host exclusive concerts for Citi cardmembers during Grammy week. Eminem, Childish Gambino, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The National and Dave Matthews (with his longtime guitarist Tim Reynolds) will each headline concerts at New York’s Irving Plaza during Grammy Week, from Jan. 24-28. The […]
National Geographic Channels is heading to NATPE with a shopping list. The cable group is sending a small team to Miami this week for the Jan. 16-18 National Association of Television Program Executives conference in a search for movies and docu-series content. The goal is to find films based on true stories and documentary-style content […]
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford. The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman-produced “Catastrophe” for the U.S. The comedy series, about […]
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is expanding its business relationship with Disney Music Publishing (DMP) to additional territories including the United Kingdom, Ireland, continental Europe, Israel and countries in Africa and the Caribbean. DMP is the music publishing division of The Disney Music Group (DMG) and is comprised of 34 individual publishing companies holding worldwide rights […]
BritBox has snapped up the entire catalog of British detective drama “Midsomer Murders.” The deal gives the best-of-British streaming service all 20 seasons of the show, which is one of the biggest U.K. drama exports globally. The long-running detective series follows Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby as he investigates a series of crimes in the […]
MoviePass has tapped Natasha Mulla as the company’s first chief marketing officer. She is being tasked with helping the subscription service expand its footprint at a time of rapid growth for the company. MoviePass’s membership rolls swelled after it cut its prices over the summer from nearly $50 to $9.95 per month. The service allows […]
Top Chilean film-TV production house Invercine & Wood, which brought a fresh air of social neo-realism to the 2016 MipDrama Screenings with “Ramona,” has linked with Turner Latin America to produce one of the most anticipated series currently coming out of Chile. To be presented to buyers by Turner at Natpe, “Mary & Mike” marks […]
Tributes to Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died suddenly on Monday of undisclosed causes, poured in throughout the day. Fellow Irish icons U2 remembered the singer, writing on the group’s Instagram account: ““The band are floored but it’s of course her family we’re all thinking of right now. Out of the West came this storm […]
The Raine Group has bought into Propagate Content, the production and distribution firm run by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. The TMT-focused bank has taken an unspecified “significant” stake in the business, and it become a major Propagate backer alongside A+E Networks. Propagate said it will use the investment to launch of new ventures […]
Seeking a bigger distribution punch for its high-end lineup, HBO Latin America has launched its own direct international sales and distribution operation, HBO Latin America Licensing, which will present at Natpe its lineup, including some of the most praised and prized high-end TV series from Latin America. Featuring Intl. Emmy Award winner “Sr. Avila,” “The […]
CBS Television Distribution has acquired digital multicast rights to “The Carol Burnett Show.” CBS set the deal directly with Burnett, who controls the library of the variety show that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978. “The Carol Burnett Show” is among the most renowned series in TV history, thanks to Burnett’s enduring appeal and […]
Long Island City may be a quick subway jaunt from Midtown Manhattan, but for a lot of New York’s Broadway-centric theater industry, it feels about as far away as Long Beach, Calif. That’ll change, if RWS Entertainment Group has anything to say about it. Currently specializing in shows and experiences for resorts, cruise lines, theme […]
Chinese video streaming giant, iQIYI is edging nearer to an IPO in the U.S. The company could seek raise $1 billion of fresh capital. International Financing Review, part of Thomson Reuters, said Tuesday that the company had confidentially filed documents for the share sale. The company had no comment, when contacted by Variety. The report […]
Syfy has greenlit “The Outpost,” an original fantasy series for its international networks. “Stargate” producer Dean Devlin, and “Stargate SG-1” showrunner Jonathan Glassner, will executive produce the ten-part series. It will bow on NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Production got underway Tuesday, in Utah, for delivery […]
The 12th TV Drama Vision platform which runs Jan.31-Feb 1 at the Göteborg Film Festival, will be held with the theme “The Golden Era of Drama.” More than 300 participants from 18 countries will discover nearly 30 new drama projects from the Nordic region and beyond, and listen to more than 40 keynote speakers, such […]
Ann Hui’s “Our Time Will Come” was named as the best local film of 2017 by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. The film charts the resistance efforts of indigenous Leftist guerrillas during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong between 1941 and 1944. The critics association announced that Sylvia Chang is to receive the prize […]
As a reality show personality, Kyle Richards is no stranger to inviting the public into stories from her life and family. “I feel like on the ‘Housewives,’ my family stuff was really out there,” she says. “When my sister was on the show, that was an automatic opening to things you may not really want […]
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won its fifth consecutive weekend at the Japanese box office. For the January 13-14 frame, the film made $1.87 million on 142,000 admissions, raising its cumulative total to $59 million on 4.4 million admissions. This is still far from the $105 million recorded by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Japan in […]
Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has joined Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in “Creed 2,” sources confirmed to Variety, with production expected to start in spring 2018. Along with Jordan and Stallone, Munteanu also joins Tessa Thompson, who will also return for the sequel, reprising her role as Bianca. Munteanu is set to play Ivan […]