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DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg reassured staffers Thursday that the best days were ahead of the company behind “Shrek” and “Madagascar” following news that Comcast’s NBCUniversal has a deal in place to acquire the studio. “The next chapter of our company’s historic journey begins today, and as I’ve said many times, there is no doubt… Read more »
Fox is developing “The First Omen,” a prequel to 1976’s horror-thriller “The Omen,” with Antonio Campos in talks to direct and David S. Goyer on board to produce. Ben Jacoby has written the script for the prequel. Campos directed “Christine,” which premiered at Sundance and starred Rebecca Hall as Christine Chubbuck, the 29-year-old news reporter… Read more »
Pandora’s founder and newly-appointed CEO Tim Westergren had a bold message for investors Thursday: Don’t worry about losses right now. Instead, think of Pandora as the music industry’s equivalent of Netflix, which built its streaming service with the money it made from DVD rentals. Or Amazon, which wasn’t profitable for years as it built its cloud and… Read more »
Veteran producer Barry Poznick had been hired to head unscripted programming for MGM Television, the studio announced Thursday. The move is the first major hire made since Mark Burnett took over as president of the studio in December. As president of unscripted television, Poznick will report to Burnett and will lead the creative and development… Read more »
Music video platform Vevo relaunched its website Thursday with bigger, bolder and more dynamic imagery and a new focus on personalization that mimics the company’s recently-launched iPhone and Apple TV apps. The new website nudges visitors to sign in, and first-time users are guided through an onboarding process during which they can pick genres and individual musicians they like…. Read more »
The man who allegedly threatened WBFF, Fox’s Baltimore news affiliate, with a bomb Thursday was shot by police outside the station, according to local authorities. The bomb threat suspect, who was outfitted in a panda suit, reportedly broke into the WBFF building around 1:20 p.m. Thursday to demand that the station cover a government conspiracy-related story…. Read more »
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are heading to Hollywood for a good purpose. Next week, the D.C. duo will appear on NBC’s “The Voice” together. The first lady will also appear on CBS’ “NCIS.” The TV appearances have been booked for the women to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their Joining Forces initiative, which was… Read more »
Zoe Kravitz is in early talks to co-star with Scarlett Johansson in the Sony Pictures comedy “Rock That Body.” Lucia Aniello (“Broad City”) will direct the film and produce along with Paul W. Downs through their Paulilu banner with Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky. Downs is also attached to star. The script, which appeared on… Read more »
From its first release, “Antz,” in 1998, to January’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” DreamWorks Animation has seen some huge worldwide successes as well as a few notable flops.