Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group president Kenneth Lemberger says the Sony-owned studio has earmarked $200 million to invest in international film production over the next five years.
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Having cut direct film and TV production subsidies by 30%, Australia’s conservative government has at last greenlit a tax plan to raise A$40 million ($25.2 million) for screen production.
On his way to selling Hollywood on a feature version of Gotham real estate mogul Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal,” a young wannabe producer is showing his own flair for creative dealmaking.
Making one of his first material purchases, actor Leonardo DiCaprio has optioned Kevin Baker’s recently published debut novel, “Dreamland,” for an undisclosed sum.
Who really has more freedom: a married man in America or a single man in communist China? If that sounds like one of those ephemeral “Seinfeld” topics that Jerry and the gang on used to kick around, it should. The quirky query comes from a bit that marks the return of “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David to the standup scene via an upcoming HBO comedy spec.
Internet fever has infected the Seagram Co., sending its stock up 7.4% Wednesday to a record $59 a share after the conglom unveiled plans with new joint-venture partner BMG Entertainment to become “the No. 1 music destination on the Web.”
As Fox affils react with outrage and disbelief to the network’s plan to reclaim an estimated $175 million of ad inventory from stations, UPN has given its affils a pleasant surprise by doing just the opposite.
USA Networks chief Barry Diller has nailed down his deal to buy October Films and Polygram Filmed Entertainment from Seagram Co. — but not everyone will be invited to Barry’s party.
Shirley Powell has been named senior VP of NBC entertainment publicity, where she will oversee all communications for NBC’s entertainment-related businesses.
Once again, Broadway star and Kent resident Patti LuPone is coming to the aid of the Kent Land Trust in this rural Western Connecticut town, having done so to the tune of $100,000 with one benefit concert last year.