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Directors Guild Taps Outgoing Cinematographers Guild Leader Rebecca Rhine as Western Executive Director

Outgoing International Cinematographers Guild national executive director Rebecca Rhine is joining the Directors Guild of America. The veteran Hollywood union executive will soon start work as the DGA’s Western executive director, DGA national executive director Russell Hollander announced on Friday. “I am so pleased that Rebecca will now be a part of the DGA’s senior […]

Report: Regal Owner Cineworld Prepares for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing in U.S.

Cineworld Group, the owner of Regal Cinemas, is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Executives at Cineworld in a statement to THR said Cineworld and Regal theaters remain open for business as usual. And they reiterated an Aug. 17 statement that indicated the […]

Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok Cause Mental Health Problems in Teens, Lawsuits Claim

Meta, TikTok and Snap were each hit with a new lawsuit accusing them of fueling mental health disorders in teenage users. The plaintiffs are among a wave of parents and their children that are taking social media platforms to court arguing that the companies not only hook users but do so knowing the harms they […]

MSG Entertainment Explores Spinoff of Assets, Including Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall

MSG Entertainment is exploring a spinoff two of its most iconic properties — New York’s Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, as well as its regional sports channels — in a bid to provide cash and new options for its MSG Sphere project, which is set to open next year in Las Vegas. […]

AMC CEO Sees Higher Admissions After Soft Third-Quarter Film Slate

After Regal-owner Cineworld Group warned of a theater admission dip until November 2022 amid summer doldrums, AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron says he is optimistic about higher admissions in the fourth quarter of 2022 and into next year.   “Yesterday Cineworld, which is the world’s second-largest movie theater circuit, issued a public statement that it […]

Why Power Lawyer Bert Fields Once Eyed Major Career Switch

Hollywood lost one of its most revered litigators when Bert Fields died Aug. 7 at the age of 93. Looking back on his six-decade legal career — which included taking on Disney to get Jeffrey Katzenberg nine figures, helping actor Edward G. Robinson sneak a Degas painting out of his house in the middle of the night, and […]

‘Lenox Hill’ Directors Ruthie Shatz, Adi Barash Sign With CAA (Exclusive)

Lenox Hill filmmakers Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash have signed with CAA. The duo are known for making character-driven projects that touch on taboo subjects through their production company, Yulari Films. Shatz and Barash created, produced and directed the Netflix documentary series Lenox Hill that took an intimate look at the lives of four doctors working […]

Exit Interview: Producers Guild Chiefs Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher on Disappearing Backend Pay, Health Care Challenges

About midway through their tenure as heads of the Producers Guild of America, Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher saw potential catastrophe looming. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two PGA presidents and longtime producers (between them, they’ve worked on Elvis, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Great Gatsby and Jarhead, among others) met with […]

Warner Bros. Discovery to Divest in Right-Leaning U.K. TV Startup GB News One Year After Launch

Warner Bros. Discovery is set to sell its stake in GB News, the U.K. news channel that launched in June 2021 as a right-leaning alternative to the likes of the BBC and ITV News. Discovery was one of the early investors in GB News, which was hit by a string of issues and embarrassing ratings […]

As Streaming Growth Slows, Wall Street Finds Another Metric to Put Under a Magnifying Glass

As Wall Street takes a magnifying glass to Hollywood’s streaming businesses — beyond scale and subscriber growth — one metric is gaining favor: average revenue per user (ARPU). Netflix records more revenue for each subscriber than such rivals as Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery, with global monthly ARPU of nearly $12, or close to $16 […]

‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘The Hobbit’ Movie, Games and Other Rights Holder Sold to Swedish Gaming Company Embracer

Swedish gaming company Embracer Group has agreed to acquire Middle-earth Enterprises from The Saul Zaentz Company. The division owns an intellectual property catalog and worldwide rights to motion pictures, video games, board games, merchandising, theme parks and stage productions relating to the literary works of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It also […]

828 Productions to Relocate to New Mexico, Plans to Build Studio Complex

California-based 828 Productions will join Netflix and NBCUniversal and set up a new full-service film and production shop in New Mexico, the state’s governor’s office said Wednesday. Over the next six years, 828 Productions plans to invest $75 million to build a 300,000-square-foot studio and 20-acre backlot in Las Cruces. It intends to shoot its […]