Archive for category Studio

Wayzata businessman indicted in $12 million moviemaking swindle

By Jennifer Bjorhus Star Tribune JUNE 30, 2016 Jerry Seppala promised to bring Hollywood to the Iron Range, opening a movie studio in an old hockey rink in the basement of Chisholm’s City Hall. Now Seppala and two California men stand accused of bilking investors out of $12 million meant to finance films. Seppala, 47, a businessman […]

No Comments

House Approves Bill To Crack Down On Foreign Visa Abuse In Film Industry

by David Robb UPDATED with comment from AMPTP: The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would crack down on producers who bring unqualified directors and movie crews into the country to take the jobs of American film workers. The bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the Department of Homeland Security to give […]

No Comments

IATSE & Producers Reach Deal For New TV Commercials Contract

by David Robb IATSE and the have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract covering TV commercials shot anywhere in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the behind-the-scenes union said that it includes “industry standard” wage and benefit increases and a “prioritization” of safety and training. The new agreement takes effect October 1 and […]

No Comments

Italian Film Industry Condemns Paramount’s EU Antitrust Deal

by Ariston Anderson Leaders in the Italian film industry say Paramount’s proposed actions will threaten the very core of the European audiovisual industry. The Italian film industry has condemned Paramount for offering concessions to the EU in an ongoing antitrust case. It joins the ranks of leaders in the European audiovisual industry who claim that the […]

No Comments

How a Donald Trump Presidential Win Could Chill the Global Film Industry

by Scott Roxborough and John Hecht The Republican frontrunner’s trade proposals and America-first rhetoric have international dealmakers on high alert. Says Mexico’s national film chamber, Canacine: “We hope that for the good of Mexico and the good of the United States Trump does not become president.” Bemusement at the ascension of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is turning to […]

No Comments

Warner Bros. to Address Diversity Issue With Directors Workshop

Justin Kroll   Warner Bros. is continuing its efforts to tackle Hollywood’s diversity problem by launching an emerging film directors workshop, a talent incubator designed to give access and voice to new and underrepresented talent. The studio will begin accepting applications next month and hopes to have the workshop up and running by the end of the […]

No Comments

Amazon to increase film production in their bid to ‘win an Oscar’

AFP, Berlin US online retail giant Amazon announced on Sunday that it is planning to produce 16 feature films a year, throwing down the gauntlet to Netflix, whose African war drama “Beasts of No Nation” may be headed for Oscar glory in February. “We want to win an Oscar,” Amazon boss Jeff Bezos told Sunday’s […]

No Comments

NETFLIX TO DOUBLE PRODUCTION IN 2016 ADDING 10 NEW FEATURE FILMS

BY IAIN ALEXANDER  Netflix is ramping up its production slate for 2016 in a bid to drive subscriber growth. The movie streaming giant is about to take original programming to the next level with 31 new scripted shows along with 30 brand new series for children and a production slate of 10 feature films. Netflix recently axed 100s […]

No Comments

Videogame maker Activision launches film studio

Activision Blizzard has launched a film and TV studio to create original content based on its popular videogame franchises such as “Call of Duty” and “Hearthstone” in its latest push to expand beyond console-based games. Activision Blizzard Studios’ first production will be “Skylanders Academy,” an animated TV series based on the company’s toys-to-life videogame “Skylanders”, […]

No Comments

Warner Bros inks film production tie-up in China

Warner Brothers Entertainment and China Media Capital are forming a joint venture to develop Chinese-language movies for global and domestic markets. http://media.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/entertainment-news/warner-bros-inks-film-production-tieup-in-china-6895638.html

No Comments