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  • Jack Gao: Wanda, Legendary Departure Was

    What Prompted Jack Gao's Departure From Wanda and Legendary?

    If China’s Dalian Wanda is going to make a comeback in Hollywood, after weathering its present storms, it will do so without Jack Gao. The polished and high-flying executive this week parted from Wanda, the property to entertainment giant, and from its Hollywood producer subsidiary Legendary Entertainment. Wanda insiders insist that the group maintains a [...]

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    Harvey Weinstein Firestorm Marks an Inflection Point for Entertainment

    In all the years we’ve been in the entertainment news business, there’s never been a firestorm quite like the one ignited by the sordid saga of Harvey Weinstein and his alleged far-reaching sexual abuse scandal. The Variety staff has been working overtime to cover every angle, including Tuesday’s extensive coverage. This moment is about more than just [...]

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    European Filmmakers and Producers Protest Sacking of Polish Film Institute Director

    European film producers are voicing outrage over what they allege was the politically motivated sacking of the head of the Polish Film Institute, the nation’s key funding and international networking hub for cinema production. Magdalena Sroka’s ouster, announced Oct. 9 by Poland’s culture minister, Piotr Glinski, prompted street protests at the Warsaw film festival this [...]

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    Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

    Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period pictures. Maybe, between the best picture Oscars that those movies scored, he should have brushed up on his Hollywood history. His penchant for the casting couch — the practice of powerful white men exploiting young actresses [...]

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    Amazon, the Democrats and the Fallout From the Harvey Weinstein Scandal

    The New York Times and New Yorker stories detailing a decades-long history of alleged sexual abuse have undone the career of Harvey Weinstein. Bounced from his role as co-chairman of the company he founded with his brother Bob, his name scrubbed from multiple projects, expelled from the Academy, and publicly denounced by dozens of high-profile [...]

  • EOne Brings Film and TV Together

    Entertainment One Merges Film, TV Production (EXCLUSIVE)

    Entertainment One has unified film, TV, and digital production with Steve Bertram and John Morayniss now co-presidents of the consolidated operation. Independent studio eOne signaled its intention to align TV and film earlier this year and the sales teams have already come together under Stuart Baxter, who has proceeded to bring in Dan Gopal and [...]

  • Dynamo and YouTube Hit Enchufe TV

    Mipcom: Colombia’s Dynamo and YouTube Sensation Enchufe TV Co-Produce Enchufe’s First Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

    Basking in the success of its production service involvement in Netflix’s mega hit “Narcos,” Univision’s “El Chapo” and Doug Liman’s Tom Cruise-starrer “American Made,” Colombia’s powerhouse production company Dynamo,is melding digital and traditional media in its upcoming feature film production, “Rock ’n Cola.” Sony Pictures Int’l Prods. will distribute the comedy in the U.S. and [...]

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