With tentpoles driving overseas moviegoing, Hollywood majors saw 2008 foreign grosses rise 4% and set a new record of $9.9 billion.
With his future at SAG in question, Screen Actors Guild national exec director Doug Allen has kept pushing hard for a strike authorization from the guild's 120,000 members.
The Screen Actors Guild is starting 2009 with a civil war raging over a possible strike.
Amid the worldwide economic recession, international moviegoers played a starring role in keeping Hollywood out of the doldrums in 2008.
SAG's moderate wing plans to replace the guild's negotiating committee in hopes of breaking the contract stalemate with the majors.
With pressure mounting to call off SAG's strike authorization, the guild's top exec, Doug Allen, has asserted he's hoping a strike won't occur but that if it does, it won't shut down the industry.
DGA president Michael Apted has been tapped as jury co-chair for the Democracy Video Challenge, an online competition aimed at promoting global discussion of democracy.
The American Society of Cinematographers has included three CBS shows -- "Eleventh Hour," "CSI" and "Flashpoint" -- in its nominations in two TV categories.
Thanks to a quartet of powerful tentpoles, Paramount is the only studio this year to rack up $2 billion in foreign box office.
Fox and Warner Bros. remain at war over "Watchmen," with Warners proclaiming it's not moving off its March 6 release date.
Warner Bros. will have to scramble to settle with 20th Century Fox if it still wants to release "Watchmen" on March 6.