Mouse House’s consumer products topper Andy Mooney had his rank upgraded Monday, boosted from prexy to chairman of the unit overseeing global brand merchandising and the Disney Stores retail chain.
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Seeking an inside guide to vidgame properties that can be developed into movies, Warner Bros. has tapped cable channel G4 to be its talent scout.
The BBC will launch BBC Vecta, a venture capital group that will use its technology and services to set up companies to sell, float or participate in joint ventures with commercial rivals.
CBS reality adventure skein “Survivor: The Amazon” wrapped a winner Sunday, as its two-hour finale and reunion show dominated the evening’s final three hours, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. This was the lowest-rated of the six “Survivor” finales, however, due in part to lower TV usage levels on Mother’s Day.
Celador International, the U.K. distribber behind “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?,” has appointed commercial and marketing director Adrian Woolfe as its new managing director.
“Hairspray,” the hit musical adapted from John Waters’ indie picture, topped the Tony Awards nominations Monday with 13. It was followed by “Movin’ Out,” which scored 10 noms. The musical danced to a score of Billy Joel songs is tipped to be “Hairspray’s” chief competish.
Kristin Scott Thomas and Romain Duris will star in the $25 million “Arsene Lupin,” an actioner based on the adventures of French literature’s most famous gentleman-thief.
Rarely do documentary features make the Cannes film festival’s final cut. Only one, Louis Malle and Jacques Cousteau’s “Silent World” (1956), has ever won the Palme d’Or. But in 2002, the festival not only invited Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” to compete, jurors awarded it a special prize.
Any film festival worth its salt is political in that it dares to screen pics that may not otherwise find a ready forum.
NBC has greenlit a Randy Quaid-led telepic sequel to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and concert events headlined by Elton John and Shania Twain as part of its 2003-04 roster of movies and specials.
Universal Pictures has upped a pair of execs. Michael Moses will take the helm of U’s publicity department as exec VP, while production exec Holly Bario is getting a title bump to senior VP.