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Inside the Spec Script Market with Agent David Boxerbaum

SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast<p>We all have heard about screenwriter selling a spec script for seven figures (<i>see Max …

Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over

With theater attendance at a two-decade low and profits dwindling, the kind of disruption that hit music, publishing, and other industries is already reshaping the entertainment business. From A.I. Aaron Sorkin to C.G.I. actors to algorithmic editing, Nick Bilton investigates what lies ahead.<p>I. The …

Silicon Valley

Apple: Kim Rozenfeld, Max Aronson, Ali Woodruff & Rita Cooper Lee Join | Deadline

As expected, former Sony TV head of current programming <b>Kim Rozenfeld</b> has landed at Apple, rejoining his former Sony TV bosses, Zack Van Amburg and …

Emmy Awards reflect TV's new world order

Streaming video solidified its place as the vanguard for television creativity as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was honored with five statuettes including outstanding drama series at the 69th Emmy Awards.<p>The win in the drama category marks the first time a streaming series has earned the most …

Awards

Hulu to Spend $2.5 Billion on Content in 2017

Hulu is spending a bundle on programming this year: Its content budget for 2017 is around $2.5 billion, CEO Mike Hopkins said Thursday.<p>Hopkins, …

Televisions

For the first time ever, a video game has qualified for an Academy Award

VIS Vienna Shorts, an annual short-film festival held in Austria, recently announced its award winners, and tucked away among the details is an odd, …

The Oscars

Upfronts 2017: ABC Talks Up ‘Defining Moments’ | Broadcasting & Cable

ABC said it has a vast array of “defining moments”—memorable instances with a lasting impact on viewers—at its upfront presentation at Lincoln Center …

6 Things We Learned From ESPN’s Upfront

The name ESPN conjures up images of “Monday Night Football,” “SportsCenter” and reams of stats about your favorite contests. But during an “upfront” …

Advertising

10 Things We Learned From Fox’s Upfront

Fox’s programming presentation went into overtime on sports Monday afternoon. The first half of the upfront at the Beacon Theater was devoted to the …

TV

10 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal’s Upfront

NBCUniversal kicked off this week’s marathon of upfront presentations and parties Monday morning with a two-hour, company-wide affair at Radio City …

Will & Grace

10 Things We Learned From ABC’s Upfront

With an “American Idol” revival, a “Roseanne” reunion and the Backstreet Boys performing, ABC’s upfront presentation at Lincoln Center had a certain …

TV

Unscripted ‘success after success’ prompts A&E strategy shift

With very few hours dedicated to scripted content to begin with, A&E Network in the U.S. has marked its exit from the scripted genre and is instead …

Opinion: YouTube channels are dying left and right, and Google isn’t doing enough about it

YouTube is an amazing platform. It lets anyone put their message out there for the world to see and hear; all they need is a camera, a computer (or even just a phone), and something to say. Better yet, it lets them make a buck off of it along the way. That’s a double-edged sword, however. YouTube …

Caesars Entertainment Offers Sneak Peek of Its New Las Vegas Production Complex

The 48,000-square-foot facility is slated to open in June.<p>Caesars Palace, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last summer, is no stranger to the …

Las Vegas

The numbers behind Netflix Original movies and TV shows

In last week’s article, I looked at the claim that mid-budget dramas are not being made anymore. Although the conclusion was that this is a myth, …

10 Trends in the International TV Business

PARIS — <i>Variety</i> held its first-ever TV Summit Europe in Paris on Thursday at its Series Mania TV festival. At it, key top executives from Europe and …

TV

Conecta Fiction Analyzes Latino Scripted Format Business

PARIS — Conecta Fiction, the new Latino TV drama co-production forum, hosted a panel at Series Mania which analyzed adaptations of scripted formats …

TV

TV One expands true crime programming

U.S. cable net TV One recently unveiled a slate of originals during its annual Upfront presentation, with plans to enhance its lifestyle, true crime …

TV

SELLING YOUR SCREENPLAY: Dutch Filmmaker Martin Koolhoven on Brimstone Starring Guy Pearce & Dakota Fanning

Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven about his new Western, 'Brimstone,' starring Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.The post …

Screenwriting

Netflix slaps additional $1 billion on the price tag of producing more original content | Ars Technica

More people will pay for original content like House of Cards.<p>Netflix's ambitious plans to release more original movies and TV shows are well-known, …

Netflix

U.S. Money Pours in and Fuels Production Boom in Ontario

Ontario’s entertainment business is in the midst of a golden age.<p>That may seem like a dubious proposition. The province, after all, is not exactly …

Toronto

INTERVIEW: Christian Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions on Judging Screenplay Contests

Christian Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions shares his thoughts on what makes a script stand out above the rest when judging a screenplay contest.The …

Writing

STORY: Creating Character Transformation Through Understanding the Void

Jen Grisanti explains how when we learn to fill the void in story and in life, we can guide the transformation of our characters to help them achieve …

Storytelling

Oscars: 8 of This Year's (Female) Producer Nominees Sound Off on the Industry's Gender Divide

Women behind 'Hidden Figures,' 'Moonlight' and more reveal the strengths they bring to the job as their growing clout (a record number are nominated) …

Entertainment

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Scores Rare 100 Percent on Rotten Tomatoes

It is an “unmitigated triumph,” gushes one critic<p>Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, horror movie “Get Out,” is receiving rave reviews from critics who …

Paul Feig, Nina Jacobson and 50 A-Listers Reveal New Campaign to Tackle Hollywood Gender Inequality (Exclusive)

Enough talk! Studio and agency insiders, producers, directors and industry leaders reveal ReFrame, a focused and results-oriented push to break …

Hollywood

Netflix Preps Reality TV Push: Rivals "Should Be Scared Out of Their Minds"

The streamer already has upended the original series, stand-up and film businesses; now, with a key new hire and a lofty budget, it's taking on …

Hollywood

The 5 Virtual Reality Films You Should Experience Right Now

As Virtual Reality is making its bid to become more mainstream, an ever-growing number of experiences are being created. They range in length, …

Virtual Reality

Every Studio Film Directed By Female Filmmakers Coming Out Over the Next Two Years

Disney and Fox won't open a film directed by a woman in 2017, but that's only half the story.<p><i>Updated, see below:</i> Numbers don’t lie. A recent study …