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ABC Close to Selling Out Oscar Telecast at $1.9 Mil an Ad

variety.com — Madison Avenue continues to rush to the Oscars. ABC is nearing sell-out of its advertising inventory for its 2015 broadcast of the annual awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, according to two media-buying executives and other people familiar with the situation, even though it is seeking what may be some of the highest prices ever charged for the event.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @craigzadan: #OSCAR HISTORY IS MADE AGAIN! Ad sales for telecast: Over $1.9m per 30 sec spot for record breaking sales! Read link: variety.com/2014/tv/news/a…

Oct 20, 2014

ABC Close to Selling Out Oscar Telecast at $1.9 Mil an Ad variety.com/2014/tv/news/a… <- If they run out of ads slots, just make the show longer.

Oct 20, 2014

Oscar ad space almost all sold out at nearly $2 million for a thirty second spot. Wow. variety.com/2014/tv/news/a…

Oct 20, 2014

The cost of a 30-second ad in ABC's 2015 Oscars telecast? A whopping $1.9M variety.com/2014/tv/news/a… via @Variety

Oct 20, 2014

RT @bristei: ABC is nearing sellout of its 2015 Oscars telecast even tho it's seeking one of the highest prices ever for the event variety.com/2014/tv/news/a…

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TPG Capital Buys Majority Stake in CAA

variety.com — TPG Capital has become a majority stakeholder in Creative Artists Agency, the first time in its history that the talent agency will be owned by an outside investor. The private equity firm already held a 35% stake in CAA and has been discussing the possibility of deepening its investment in recent weeks.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @adbrandt: Interesting acquisition news re biggest talent/sports agency: CAA sells majority stake to TPG Capital variety.com/2014/film/news…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @dkaplanSBJ: Equity fund now owns CAA, meaning top two sports agencies, WME/IMG and CAA in private equity hands variety.com/2014/film/news…

Oct 20, 2014

TPG Capital Buys Majority Stake in CAA variety.com/2014/film/news… via @Variety <-initial report by @NYpost speculated about an IPO.

Henry Rollins to Star in Comedy-Horror Miniseries ‘He Never Died’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com — TORONTO - Multitasking punk icon Henry Rollins is attached to star in a miniseries spinoff of the recently completed indie horror-comedy feature " He Never Died." Toronto-based 108 Media began shopping the miniseries earlier this month at Mipcom and will bring it to the American Film Market in Santa Monica next month.
Oct 20, 2014

My Henry Rollins story from last year about 'He Never Died' on.variety.com/1tFOPye

Oct 20, 2014

Hentry Rollins stars in miniseries 'He Never Died' as spinoff from movie -- exclusive from @JenniePunter on.variety.com/1tFOPye

Oct 20, 2014

RT @MBarone: Produced by Ryan Murphy? "@Variety: Henry Rollins to Star in Comedy-Horror Miniseries ‘He Never Died’ on.variety.com/1tFOPye"

Oct 20, 2014

Produced by Ryan Murphy? "@Variety: Henry Rollins to Star in Comedy-Horror Miniseries ‘He Never Died’ on.variety.com/1tFOPye"

James Gunn Talks ‘Guardians’ Sequel, VFX, Crossovers

variety.com — James Gunn didn't shy away from teasing spoilers about his " Guardians of the Galaxy " sequel at Variety's Entertainment & Technology Summit Tuesday. "It's going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes," Gunn joked. "In really horribly brutal fashion."

‘Midnight Rider': Cinematographers Guild Releases Safety App in Honor of Sarah Jones

variety.com — The International Cinematographers Guild, which represented the late Sarah Jones, has launched a free safety app for the iPhone and Android. Jones, the camera assistant killed on the " Midnight Rider " set, has already been honored with a "Set Safety" app by from the "Pledge to Sarah" safety awareness group.
Oct 20, 2014

Int. Cinematographers Guild releases safety app in honor of 'Midnight Rider' camera assistant Sarah Jones on.variety.com/1x1wiJy

How ‘Simpsons World’ Went from Deal Point to Immersive App Via FX Networks

variety.com — The genesis of " Simpsons World " - the authenticated app that is the multimedia playground for all things connected to the iconic toon - started with a deal point.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @Variety: How ‘Simpsons World’ Went from Deal Point to Immersive App Via FX Networks on.variety.com/1vDsArp

Oct 20, 2014

Jim Brooks had 1 stipulation re "Simpsons" VOD rights: The presentation had to be cool. Backstory on Simpsons World: bit.ly/1wrDznR

Key and Peele Set Cat Caper ‘Keanu’ at New Line

variety.com — Comedy Central's Key and Peele have set up " Keanu," a movie about a stolen cat, at New Line. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will produce with "Key and Peele" executive producers Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak. "Keanu" is expected to shoot in April.

‘Private Violence’ Review: Cynthia Hill’s Spousal Abuse Documentary

variety.com — The obstacles against effectively protecting battered women and prosecuting their abusers are vividly illustrated in "Private Violence." Rather than compiling a slew of grim nationwide statistics, helmer Cynthia Hill focuses on one leading justice advocate and one survivor of horrific spousal violence she's representing in their shared state of North Carolina.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @blowryontv: The timely HBO doc "Private Violence," about domestic abuse, premieres tonight. Variety's review out of Sundance: variety.com/2014/film/revi…

Oct 20, 2014

The timely HBO doc "Private Violence," about domestic abuse, premieres tonight. Variety's review out of Sundance: variety.com/2014/film/revi…

Lionsgate Taps YouTube Stars for ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Video Series

variety.com — Lionsgate pacted with Google for a weeklong video series in which top YouTube creators including iJustine and Veritasium imagine the dystopian world of "The Hunger Games." The "District Voices" promo, overseen by Google's Art, Copy & Code marketing group, launches Monday and will feature a new episode daily through Friday.
Oct 20, 2014

Lionsgate taps @YouTube stars for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' video series per @xpangler on.variety.com/1utSd9R

Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit Fall 2014

variety.com — The Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit, produced in association with Digital Hollywood, will focus on the top business issues impacting technology in entertainment today. In this digital age, technology is steering the future of entertainment, and the Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit will put you in the driver's seat to succeed.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds New Cast Member

variety.com — " Saturday Night Live " has found a new cast member in its writing staff. Leslie Jones, who has been a writer for the show since early this year, is joining the cast. She'll begin in this role starting with this week's Jim Carrey-hosted episode. More to come...

Young Hollywood to Launch Streaming Network with Long-Form Content

variety.com — Young Hollywood is growing up. The seven-year-old company is taking its stock in trade-celebrity interviews for young fans-and expanding into long-form programming for an over-the-top network to launch in January. Eight series are in the works, as is plans to license more in untapped genres like scripted.

ABC Close to Selling Out Oscar Telecast at $1.9 Mil an Ad

variety.com — Madison Avenue continues to rush to the Oscars. ABC is nearing sell-out of its advertising inventory for its 2015 broadcast of the annual awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, according to two media-buying executives and other people familiar with the situation, even though it is seeking what may be some of the highest prices ever charged for the event.

Hulu, Fullscreen, Maker Studios Execs Talk Subscription Streaming Challenges

variety.com — With recent news that HBO and CBS are making a go of the subscription stream business, it was only natural the subject be on the minds of top execs in the space Tuesday at Variety 's Entertainment & Technology Summit.

Live, From New York: Sprout’s Morning Show For Kids Wants Celebrities In Mix

variety.com — Some talk shows lure guests with the promise of hyping a new project. Others deliver instant fame. And then there's one that hopes to hook visitors with the sounds of an anthropomorphic chicken whose voice is reminiscent of a kazoo.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @timkubart: .@SproutChannel in @Variety! I love the people I make children's tv with. I love the chicken. We're live from 30 Rock.variety.com/2014/tv/news/l…

Oct 20, 2014

Live, From New York: Sprout’s Morning Show For Kids Wants Celebrities In Mix variety.com/2014/tv/news/l… via @Variety

Oct 20, 2014

In world o kids' animation, NBCU's @SproutChannel bets on shows w live hosts, evoking 'Capt. Kangaroo' 'Magic Garden' variety.com/2014/tv/news/l…

Oct 20, 2014

Learn why more celebrities may want to meet @carlyciarrocchi, her co-hosts and her talking chicken variety.com/2014/tv/news/l… via @Variety

Oct 20, 2014

.@SproutChannel bets on a kids TV show that is anthropomorphic, not animated, to help it win the kiddie-TV wars: variety.com/2014/tv/news/l…

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Disney Sails into Theaters with Animated ‘Moana’ in 2016

variety.com — After hitting the ice with "Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios is taking to the high seas with " Moana," an animated comedy adventure that will sail into theaters in late 2016. The film, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Princess and the Frog"), revolves around a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest.
Oct 20, 2014

Intrigued by this -- sounds great: Disney Sails Into Theaters With Animated ‘Moana’ in 2016 variety.com/2014/film/news… pic.twitter.com/gnlmxSP8XC

Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman, Neil Jackson, on The Weeping Lady

variety.com — Halloween is still more than a week away, but Fox's " Sleepy Hollow" isn't holding back its scares, revealing one of its most chilling monsters to date in its Oct. 20 episode, "Weeping Lady."

Resolution’s Rich Green Joins ICM Partners

variety.com — Resolution agent Rich Green, a specialist in film and TV rights deals, has joined ICM Partners in its media rights department. Green is the latest of notable Resolution agents to sign elsewhere following the Oct. 6 announcement that Jeff Berg was shuttering the business after less than two years.

Eli Roth Boards ‘Cabin Fever’ Reboot

variety.com — Eli Roth has come on board the remake of his 2002 horror film " Cabin Fever" as an executive producer. The remake stars Gage Golightly ("Teen Wolf"), Dustin Ingram ("Paranormal Activity 3″), Samuel Davis (TV's "From Dusk Till Dawn"), Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker.