Tag Archives: Film

Content Isn’t King When It’s Stuck on Your Hard Drive

When I considered using an illegal file sharing program to download songs I had already bought, I had a moment of insight. No wonder people rip this stuff off. Continue reading

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Viacom’s Earnings Drop Reflects Broader Ills

Behind Viacom’s earnings drop announcement today is a simple reality: Hollywood’s DVD sales are collapsing and they aren’t likely to recover. Continue reading

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Keep Your Eyes on Chinese Animation

China’s animation industry is no threat to Japanese anime, but I wouldn’t dismiss their early awkward efforts. Continue reading

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Google Makes Nice with Hollywood

Google to Hollywood: Don’t shut us out! We’ll play nice! Continue reading

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COO Bruce Tobey Said Out at CBS Films; Lionsgate Exec In

CBS Films, saddled with flops like Extraordinary Measures and last weekend’s Faster — is sacking Chief Operating Officer Bruce Tobey, according to New York Magazine’s Vulture column. Tobey will reportedly be replaced by Lionsgate executive Wolfgang Hammer, who will report … Continue reading

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Harry’s Excellent Weekend

So those pirated 30 minutes of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” on the web didn’t kill the movie’s opening after all. Continue reading

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More Studio Pain: Fewer Tax Credits?

Studios rely on tax incentives from more than 40 states (and other countries) to help cover the cost of production. Now the executives at big studios (and presumably indies) who take advantage of this so-called soft money are feverishly reworking their risk assessments to take into account the probability that some of that rebate money will dry up — a casualty of state governments trying to stay solvent themselves. Continue reading

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Horrors! Online Auditions!

Filmaka promises to create A-list directors out of ordinary people who submit videos online. Massify.com is pulling the same stunt with actors, urging its community to vote on who should get the top 20 acting slots in a horror film. In a … Continue reading

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Why Hollywood Loves Search

Marc Esper is NBC Universal’s Vice President of Search. Five years ago, such a title at a major broadcast network would have been unthinkable. Today, it’s indispensable. Esper, recruited a year and a half ago from AOL’s brand marketing team, … Continue reading

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