Declaring that most corporate and public officials don't yet fully appreciate the threat of piracy and counterfeiting, NBC Universal topper Bob Wright issued a call to arms to a range of business and…
Lee Tergesen and Tony Curran will star in the Spike TV series pilot "A.M.P.E.D." from exec producers Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan. Fox 21 and Brightlight Pictures are producing the drama about a…
Sony Pictures Animation's debut pic, "Open Season," shot to No. 1 over the weekend, bringing in family auds to the tune of $23 million. "Open" had been projected to be in a tighter battle for first…
Columbia Pictures made headlines last week when it disgorged 500 movies from its 4,000-title library in one eye-opening seven-year deal with Starz and Encore's 16 pay-TV networks.
After a year of rolling out mostly acquired pics and leftovers from the Miramax and Dimension slates, Harvey and Bob Weinstein plan a lineup of films that mix fresh faces with Miramax alumni.
When Disney inked its download deal with Apple's iTunes last month, the rest of the biz sat back and watched for Wal-Mart's reaction. When it heard that a deal was in the works, the retail behemoth…
Stateside series are hot again but local soaps are making waves during primetime, too, in the Czech ratings battle between the longtime terrestrial foes TV Nova and Prima TV.
Build it and they will tune in. That was the philosophy of Saudi Sheik Waleed bin Ibrahim in September 19991 when he decided, at age 31, to set up the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), the Arab…
A big importer in the 1990s, Argentina is fast expanding as an exporter. Telefe Intl. has sold telenovela formats such as "Los Roldan" (The Roldans) for remaking in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Kevin Beggs learned everything he knows about TV from "Baywatch." As the assistant to the series' exec producers, among them David Hasselhoff, Beggs was privy to the process of morphing a relatively…
Variety correspondents Ali Jaafar, Shilpa Bharatan Iyer and Tom Birchenough report on three of the most intriguing global TV markets: the Mideast, India and Russia.