The California Film Commission Board has tapped Paramount exec Chris Essel as chair for a seventh one-year term and selected Danny DeVito as vice chair.
Los Angeles County saw solid levels of off-lot film production in the summer, up 30% from a year ago, while TV production remained on a red-hot pace fueled by reality TV.
The undead were anything but at the box office as the debut of Sony/Screen Gems' zombie sequel "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" dominated the weekend with $23.7 million at 3,284 playdates.
That was a small sigh of relief you heard last week. Breaking its news blackout for an instant on Sept. 6, the Directors Guild of America said it had achieved progress after two weeks of negotiations…
The Writers Guild of America West has named veteran exec and writer Gregory Bernstein to the newly created post of senior director of strategic planning.
Paramount has tapped Dean Georgaris to script thriller "Area 51" and produce with partner Michael Aguilar under their Penn Station banner along with Christine Peters and Midway Games.
Paramount has decided to serve up women's beach volleyball, purchasing a feature pitch by husband-wife team Lisa Addario and Joey Syracuse and setting up the project at Vincent Newman Entertainment.
Teamsters Local 399, which reps 4,000 studio drivers and location managers, has re-elected Leo Reed without opposition to a three-year term as secretary-treasurer of the local.
AFTRA national exec director Greg Hessinger has issued commitments by the performers union to boost Hispanic representation in English language media and organize Spanish language media.
Paramount has stepped up to the plate on "The Bad News Bears," tapping Richard Linklater to helm its remake starring Billy Bob Thornton.