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DGA Six-Year Study: TV Hiring Pipeline Disadvantages Women and Minority Directors at Point of Entry

Employers Hire Just 18% Female and 14% Minority First-Time Episodic TV Directors LOS ANGELES –(SPW)– Recognizing the fundamental role that a “first break” in the television business can play to increase diversity, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) today issued the results of a six-year analysis of the gender and ethnic diversity of directors who […]

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For Hollywood, the road to China is littered with broken deals

By RICHARD VERRIER Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg flew to Shanghai last summer to celebrate one of his biggest deals — a partnership with Chinese investors in Resolution, his new agency in Century City. Two hundred business executives, government officials, actors and journalists gathered at the swank Hotel Shangri-La to mark the occasion. Celebrities posed for […]

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Entertainment Partners Makes Acquisition

By Business Journal StaffThursday Payroll and production services provider Entertainment Partners has acquired competitor Ease Entertainment Services, the companies announced Thursday. Terms of the deal between Entertainment Partners, in Burbank, and Ease Entertainment, in Beverly Hills, were not disclosed. With the acquisition, Entertainment Partners will create a new division, Movie Magic Scenechronize Technologies. It will […]

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Pixar Animation Studios Licenses NVIDIA Technology for Accelerating Feature Film Production

SANTA CLARA, CA, Aug 07, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — To accelerate production of its computer-animated feature films and short film content, Pixar Animation Studios is licensing a suite of NVIDIA NVDA, +12.37% technologies related to image rendering, the companies announced today. The multi-year strategic licensing agreement gives Pixar access to NVIDIA’s quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) rendering methods. These […]

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FILM STUDIO RELATIVITY MEDIA FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY

BY IAIN ALEXANDER Relativity Media has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid reports it has up to $1 billion in liabilities to nearly 5000 creditors. The studio’s debt mountain has become unsustainable and it also failed to find a new lender in the past several months. Relativity Media is behind some of the most successful films […]

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Netflix makes the jump towards the film industry with four big-name movies in the works

Chris Newbould There is no doubt that ­Netflix changed the way we watch ­television. The online streaming service has already established itself as a pioneer of the new era of non-linear TV viewing. Thanks to the production of its own high-quality, original content such as the acclaimed dramas House of Cardsand ­Orange is the New Black, Netflix […]

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Independent films in Egypt, Middle East: coproductions and agendas

As a part of Hybrid Reels programme, Mostafa Youssef of Seen Film Production led a discussion about film co-production as a source of funding Marwa Morgan Every weekend, cinemas in Cairo are filled with audiences eager to see the biggest releases, which have been advertised on billboards all over the city. Given this enthusiastic audience, […]

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‘Netflix will destroy the ecosystem of film production in Europe: Andre Lange, EAO

By ET Bureau Netflix chief content officer Ted Saran dos defended his company against accusations at the Cannes Film Festival that the streaming service is hurting Europe’s subsidised film industry. During a question-and-answer session, Sarandos was challenged by Andre Lange of the government backed European Audiovisual Observatory for not paying into the system that provides […]

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Film Producer Backed by FedEx Founder Said Near Loan Refinancing

Alcon Entertainment, the independent film production company backed by FedEx Corp. founder Frederick Smith, is in talks to refinance about $200 million of loans, people with knowledge of the matter said. The company, which produced “Transcendence” and “The Blind Side,” is seeking funding for films in production, said the people, who asked not to be […]

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Lakeshore Entertainment Gets New Funding for Expanding Film Slate

By Todd Cunningham The money from Vine Investment Group will be used to co-finance 12 features Lakeshore Entertainment has received a new round of funding from Vine Alternative Investments Group that will be used to co-finance 12 upcoming films, Lakeshore said Tuesday. Lakeshore is an independent production, financing and international sales company. The new deal with […]

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