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TV Review: ‘The Quest’

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Quite possibly the nerdiest competition ever televised, “The Quest” constructs a full-fledged immersive fantasy world complete with ogres, dragons, dark forces and an imperiled Queen.

International Emmy Awards to Fete Globo Group Chief

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The International Emmy Awards will honor Roberto Irineu Marinho, head of Brazilian media giant Globo Group, with its Directorate Award. The award coincides with the 50th anniversary of Globo TV, the nation’s dominant TV network. Marinho, scion of the Globo founding family, has headed the group as CEO since 2003. His father earned the same… Read more »

ICM, Manatt and Originate Form Incubator for Media and Tech Startups

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ICM Partners, software developer Originate and law and consulting firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips have created O Labs, a joint venture designed to fund and develop media and technology startups by pooling resources from each partner. L.A.-based O Labs expects to launch three to five companies per year. The JV is led by CEO Matthew… Read more »

Larry Clark’s ‘The Smell of Us’ to World Premiere in Venice

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LONDON — Larry Clark’s Paris skateboarders pic “The Smell of Us” will have its world premiere in Venice Days, an independent sidebar running during the Venice Film Festival. The pic, which stars Michael Pitt, Alex Martin and Niseem Theillaud, is “the portrait of a group of self-destructive skateboarders in Paris,” Clark said. It was written… Read more »

Warner Bros. Conjures Up Harry Potter Global Franchise Development Team

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LONDON — Warner Bros. Entertainment has conjured up the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team, based in both London and Burbank, to “develop and execute a high-level strategic vision for the Harry Potter brand and its ancillary businesses,” Warner Bros. said Wednesday. The move follows last year’s announcement that the studio had formed an expanded… Read more »