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Series Mania’s Team Hosts Paris Virtual Reality Film Festival

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Mia Donovan’s “Deprogrammed,” Ali Eslami’s “DeathTolls Experience” and Gabo Arora’s “Ground Beneath Her” are among the 16 virtual reality works on track to compete at second edition of the Paris Virtual Reality Film Festival, a three-day program organized by the team behind Series Mania, the TV drama fest, in the French capital. The selection of… Read more »

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Once Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the third week in a row with “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Ads placed for the sci-fi/action film had an estimated media value of $6.38 million through Sunday… Read more »

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Continues to Dominate Social Media

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Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” continued to dominate social media buzz with 113,000 new conversations last week, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service. The activity was spurred by a news conference with the cast in New York on June 25, and announced details for the 2019 sequel. It was the second week… Read more »

‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script

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The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand. New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran. The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps…. Read more »

New Sony Pictures Chief Taps Jon Hookstratten as Key Lieutenant

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Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra has made his first big hire since taking the helm of the studio earlier this month, recruiting his former Fox Networks Group colleague Jon Hookstratten for a corporate post to help coordinate day-to-day operations of the studio. Hookstratten will serve as exec VP of administration and operations for Sony… Read more »

Jason Richman Inks New Two-Year Overall Deal with ABC Studios

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Jason Richman has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, Variety has learned. Under the terms of the agreement, Richman will develop new television projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. Most recently, Richman wrote for the Civil War drama “Mercy Street” on PBS. He also created the series “Detroit 187” for ABC, and… Read more »