Fulfilling his prediction that it would take two people to fill his role as fest director, Cannes Intl. Film Festival topper Gilles Jacob has announced his replacement in the form of two…
As Vivendi prepares to clinch its merger with Seagram, Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier considers Barry Diller and his USA Networks Inc. to be key assets -- so much so, he said, that Diller will make…
The French Directors and Producers Assn. (ARP) is using novel tactics to step up its fight against flat-rate monthly cinema passes sold by France's main exhibitors. As of today, they will grant free…
Tommy Lee Jones told Deauville festgoers that the long-awaited "Men in Black 2" is "just a matter of time." ones, one of the stars of 1997's $580 million-dollar grossing "Men in Black," said the…
UGC is in hot water again over its highly successful cheap cinema pass.
Michele Cotta, director of French pubcaster France 2, has slammed such shows as "Survivor" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," saying that they are involved in "the exploitation of violence, money…
United Intl. Pictures has named Jean-Paul Rougier director of its French subsidiary. He also will be head of distribution in France.
The overwhelmingly successful cheap cinema pass launched by French exhibitor UGC looks set to revolutionize the country's entire cinema industry as indie exhibs seem close to coming on board.
Vivendi topper Jean-Marie Messier is an elegant, sophisticated Frenchman who is thumbing his nose at one of his country's longest-standing traditions -- the almost obligatory aura of mystery that…
Pay TV giant Canal Plus will snub the ceremony for Les Sept d'Or, the French equivalent of the Emmy Awards, for the first time since the awards began in 1985. Canal Plus said it was not happy with…
French exhibitor MK2 has joined the ranks of UGC, Pathe and Gaumont and will launch a cheap cinema pass in September. "We can't let ourselves be crushed by UGC, otherwise we will disappear," Marin…
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