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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ First Toys Unveiled in YouTube Videos

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Disney, hoping to ignite fan excitement for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” merchandise and the upcoming movie, kicked off a rolling series of toy unboxings Wednesday evening featuring YouTube creators around the world. The toy unboxing event will span an 18-hour block, with YouTubers in Disney’s Maker Studios network in 15 cities in 12 countries offering a… Read more »

Venice Market on Upward Trajectory Thanks to Co-Prod Mart and Stronger Fest

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VENICE – The Venice Film Market is not making any quantum leaps this year, but it looks set on a path of progressive consolidation with a robust representation of industry professionals, comprising more producers than in the past, plus high-ranking European Commission honchos lured to the Lido for the first time, and enough fresh mostly… Read more »

Venice: The Match Factory Buys Rights to Alper’s ‘Frenzy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Rounding up its Venice sales slate to four features, one of the biggest on the Lido, Michael Weber’s Match Factory has acquired international rights to Venice competition entry “Frenzy.” A political thriller, “Frenzy” marks the second feature from Turkish writer-director Emin Alper, whose 2012 debut, “Beyond the Hill,” established him as a talent to track,… Read more »

‘Mr. Robot’ Finale Caps Mind-Bending Season, With Some Glitches (SPOILERS)

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How strange that the summer’s most-buzzed-about show, creatively speaking, would come from a network generally known for solid but unspectacular original dramas, a novice showrunner and a low-profile star. Yet “Mr. Robot,” the USA network series that completed its 10-episode run Wednesday night, fits all those descriptions, instantly giving producer Sam Esmail and star Rami… Read more »

NBC Sports Site Relaunch Highlights Video for Pay-TV Subs

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NBC Sports next week will unleash its first major website redesign in five years — a rejiggering of the digital furniture largely designed to promote live-streaming video available only to authenticated subscribers of the Peacock’s pay-TV partners. The new NBCSports.com, slated to go live Monday, Sept. 7, will provide a “clean, streamlined experience” that will… Read more »

Deluxe Postproduction Employees Vote to Unionize with IATSE

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Employees of Deluxe Entertainment’s postproduction facility in Culver City, Calif., have voted to unionize. The results were announced following balloting Wednesday in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board over the question of whether to be represented by the Motion Picture Editors Guild and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). The bargaining… Read more »

Relativity Bankruptcy Auction: ‘No One Is Excited About This’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Relativity Media has been put up for a bankruptcy auction that the company claims will draw excitement and lively bidding, but bankers, hedge fund operators and potential bidders who have examined the failed mini-studio said they expect the auction to fall flat. Two bankers and a hedge fund manager who are familiar with the company… Read more »

Sony Reaches Settlement in Hacking Lawsuit

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Sony Pictures Entertainment and a group of ex-employees have reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over claims that the studio was negligent in securing itself against a hacking attack. “On September 1, 2015, plaintiffs and SPE reached an agreement in principle to settle all of the claims of the putative class against SPE,… Read more »