Universal has shelled out $600,000 against $900,000 for "American Pie" scripter Adam Herz's feature idea based on the 1977 Burt Reynolds starrer "Smokey and the Bandit."
America's 196 film commissions are forgetting their traditional rivalry to set up the first national commission, Film U.S., in an effort to woo productions back into the country.
Russia's leading homegrown movie event, the Open Russian Film Festival, better known by its traditional title Kinotavr, will unspool June 3-16 in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi in its jubilee…
HBO and Showtime walked away with two awards each at the fifth Vision Awards Friday night in Beverly Hills. The National Assn. of Minorities in Communications honored the best in cable television…
NBC has renewed comedies "Will & Grace" and "Suddenly Susan" for next season.
Oscar was good to "Entertainment Tonight," according to Nielsen's national syndie ratings report for the week ending March 28.
There's a new kid on the entertainment marketing block -- Dyer Communications, Michel/Russo and Skyrocket Interactive have merged to form Total Creative, an advertising firm for film and television.
Universal Records has tapped Pat Monaco as senior veep to round out its exec ranks.
Mipdoc, a two-day mart devoted to nonfiction programming, unspools this weekend in Cannes as a prelude to the larger Mip TV trade show.
Giant-screen film company Imax Corp. has signed its largest international theater deal -- a six-theater agreement said to be worth up to $25 million -- with Italian chain Medusa Film.