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Don Mirisch, Business Affairs Exec Who Led MGM Animation, Dies at 67

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Veteran business affairs executive Donald I. Mirisch, who senior executive positions at Fox Studios, Universal Studios, Embassy Home Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera Productions and MGM over the course of his career, died of brain cancer at his home on July 26. He was 67. At MGM, where he served as executive vice president of MGM Animation, Mirisch… Read more »

Beyoncé Checks Out Chelsea Penthouse

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Ever since a (leaked) surveillance video caught Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles, giving her brother-in-law, Jay-Z, a beat down in an elevator at the Standard Hotel after the Met Gala in New York City a couple months ago, all the celebrity blogs and gossip glossies have been relentless that the hip-hop royals are headed for the… Read more »

Jody Gerson Appointed Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group

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Universal Music Group announced Friday that Jody Gerson, currently co-president of Sony/ATV Publishing, will be appointed as the chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group on Jan. 1, 2015. She will replace Zach Horowitz, who has decided to step down from his role after being with Universal Music Group for three decades, and at… Read more »

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch to Go on the Market

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Word on the real estate street via the fine folk at Forbes is that Neverland Ranch, the Los Olivos, Calif., mega-estate where Michael Jackson lived in (in)famous, child-like splendor will soon be put on the market for an unrevealed price. The crazy talented but terrifically troubled Mister Jackson decamped from Neverland years before he died… Read more »

Israeli TV Business Grinds to Halt as War Continues With Hamas

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With a red-hot format industry, warm ties to Hollywood and two major U.S. productions lensing on its soil, the Israeli TV business looked, until this summer, like it would grow into a global force. But when war erupted in early July between Israel and Hamas, sending thousands of rockets raining on Israeli cities and the… Read more »

AOL Studios Chief Gabriel Lewis Exits, Nate Hayden Tapped to Run Originals (Exclusive)

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AOL named Nate Hayden VP of originals and branded entertainment, following the departure of AOL Studios head Gabriel Lewis. “Gabe (Lewis) has left to pursue other opportunities,” an AOL rep said. Friday is Lewis’ last day at AOL. Hayden (pictured above) now oversees AOL’s content creation and premium original programming. He had been creative director of AOL… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Explodes Friday for $90 Million Opening

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Summer box office is receiving a much-needed boost, thanks to a boffo opening by Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Early Friday afternoon estimates placed the new superhero property’s opening weekend at $90 million — far above recent forecasts in the $70 million range. Starring Chris Pratt, “Guardians” debuted to the highest Thursday opening of the… Read more »

Clifford The Big Red Dog Fetches 2016 Release Date

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Universal has dated its “Clifford The Big Red Dog” movie for April 8, 2016. The story of the 25-foot-tall dog will be a live-action/animated 3D comedy-adventure. Scholastic Media’s Deborah Forte will produce the film, based on Scholastic’s book series by Norman Bridwell. The first book was published by Scholastic in 1963, leading to more than… Read more »

Argentina Currency Crisis Stops Hollywood from Exporting Profits (EXCLUSIVE)

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Hollywood studios have been unable to take tens of millions of dollars out of Argentina for roughly two years, a victim of the country’s ongoing financial crisis, Variety has learned. It’s an issue that plagues all U.S. companies, but is particularly problematic to the entertainment business as it has struck one of the biggest markets… Read more »