Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

The parent company of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival is giving TV its own show. Tribeca Enterprises said Wednesday it will launch the stand-alone Tribeca TV Festival this fall.

The three-day event will showcase episodic storytelling from TV, online and virtual reality. It promises an...

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

NBC’s summer run of “Weekend Update” segments from “Saturday Night Live” and ABC’s two-part special on Princess Diana were modest successes for their television networks last week.

The first of four weeks where “SNL’s” Michael Che and Colin Jost deliver topical jokes on NBC’s primetime...

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

"Populist Pictures" reads the buzzer to Steven Soderbergh's Tribeca office. You might easily mistake it as ironic. It's a grand title for a little nameplate on an otherwise nondescript Manhattan building.

But he means it.

Four years after dramatically quitting moviemaking,...

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

DDB New York has hired Hannah Meium and Rocky Probst to serve, respectively, as director of content and sr. social media strategist. Both executives will report to Reema Mitra, group director of digital strategy, who joined DDB NY in March, and will work on such clients as State Farm, Unilever...

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

The Toronto International Film Festival® today unveiled its second serving of titles premiering in the Gala and Special

Presentations programs in September. Six Galas and 32 Special Presentations have been added to the lineup of leading titles already announced. Audiences can look forward...

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Bicoastal Big Block has added director Richard Farmer to its roster. Among his spotmaking credits are Free Credit Score with a magically appearing Fancy Bear, and LG V20 phones which entailed creating 1990s’ R&B songs about iconic memes.

The recent LG commercials reflect Farmer’s...

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

On their face, the numbers are grim. Movie ticket sales in North America are running roughly half a billion dollars behind last summer's box office, making this one of lowest-grossing summers in years.

The 12.4 percent downturn comes at a critical juncture for Hollywood, with constantly...

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Prolific writer, producer and television hitmaker Shonda Rhimes is bringing her Shondaland production company to Netflix under a multi-year deal to produce new series and other projects. Longtime producing partner Betsy Beers makes the move to Netflix as well. 

The move further unites...

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

The "Conjuring" spinoff "Annabelle: Creation" scared up an estimated $35 million in North American theaters over the weekend, making it easily the top film and giving the lagging August box office a shot in the arm.

The opening came close to matching the film's predecessor, "Annabelle,"...

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

The stardust has settled from the just-ended Television Critics Association's annual summer meeting, revealing a lot, if not everything, about the 2017-18 TV season. With a posh hotel as staging center, a two-week parade of actors, producers and executives dished in Q&A sessions about their...