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Catherine and Angela Paura Hired as Alcon Marketing Chiefs (EXCLUSIVE)

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Alcon Entertainment has hired Catherine Paura and Angela Paura as co-heads of marketing. The Paura sisters are taking over the marketing duties for Richard Ingber, who announced in October that he was departing. The due have been hired as co-presidents of worldwide marketing and will report to co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The Pauras… Read more »

‘Fast & Furious 6′ Helmer Justin Lin to Direct ‘Star Trek 3′

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Justin Lin is boarding the USS Enterprise and will direct the third installment in Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise. The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig. Orci had been hired for the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to… Read more »

Broadway Box Office Surges Ahead of the Holidays

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Star-driven vehicles and some long-running musicals helped boost the Broadway box office to very strong numbers last week in advance of its typically robust holiday frames. According to The Broadway League estimates, total box office for the week of Dec. 15-21 surged to $31,278,712 for 36 shows — up about $1.2 million from the previous… Read more »

The Best Branded Entertainment of 2014

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Producers of branded entertainment usually struggle with two things: not making their projects seem too much like marketing, and wanting audiences to discover the content on their own. Effectively exploiting social-media platforms helped address the latter. But what worked especially well for brands this year was loosening up the corporate pitch and letting popular culture… Read more »

Comcast-TW Cable Opposition Heats Up Even With Another FCC Delay

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Opponents of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger are prepping for the next round of verbal brawling on Tuesday, the FCC’s deadline for more comments regarding the pros and cons of the $45 billion deal. Separately, the FCC on Monday implemented another delay of the time clock governing the schedule of its review. The commission said… Read more »

‘Imitation Game’ Honored by Human Rights Campaign

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The Human Rights Campaign will honor the cast and filmmakers of “The Imitation Game” at the organization’s upcoming New York Gala Dinner on Jan. 31 at the Waldorf Astoria. “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, has become an awards season frontrunner along with films like “Birdman” and “Boyhood.” “We are proud to… Read more »