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Lionsgate Grows Starz Streaming Subscribers to 26.3M 

Lionsgate saw its base of streaming subscribers for Starz keep rising as the Hollywood studio released its second quarter financial results as it explores a sale or spinoff of the premium cable and streaming platform. On Thursday, the Hollywood studio saw its number of global streaming subscribers for Starz rise to 26.3 million for the […]

Walkouts, Weekly Meetings, Script Notes: The Next Stage of Hollywood’s Abortion Activism

Today in Hollywood, an out-of-office email message might not be for a vacation — but instead a subtle form of protest. Some industry workplaces, including most of the major talent agencies, will participate in a nationwide virtual walkout organized by Planned Parenthood to show support for abortion rights Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. PT. Some […]

Universal Studio Group Chief Pearlena Igbokwe Talks Peak TV, Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling

Hollywood may be grappling with the volume of TV content being made these days for established and emerging streaming platforms, but Universal Studio Group boss Pearlena Igbokwe sees that surge in programming as only good news for TV lovers. “Can there ever been too much TV? I don’t think so. Obviously all of us can’t […]

Directors Guild of Canada B.C. Reaches Tentative Deal With American, Local Producers

The Directors Guild of Canada’s British Columbia branch has reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing Hollywood producers, and its local counterpart, the Canadian Media Producers Association. “As of this afternoon, the DGC BC has reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP and the CMPA. We are finalizing […]

New Ontario Backlot Rises From Amazon’s ‘Reacher’ Set

Ontario has long been Hollywood’s go-to for Anytown, USA, for film and TV production. But fans of Amazon’s Reacher might be surprised to learn the crime thriller’s first season, which is set in a fictional rural Georgia town called Margrave, was mostly shot in an undeveloped corn field in Pickering, Ontario. “Our original plan in […]

Top Toronto Film Fest Programmer Steve Gravestock Steps Down

Steve Gravestock, longtime Toronto Film Festival programmer of Canadian and Nordic films, is set to step down. The TIFF senior programmer will leave the festival at the end of 2022. “It was always a thrill to see Canadian filmmakers — from every corner of the country — bring our stories to the screen,” Gravestock said […]

How Hollywood’s Streaming Boom Drives Ontario’s Production Juggernaut: “We’re Incredibly Busy”

Netflix may be struggling, but the streaming wars have certainly been good for Ontario. The sheer number of platforms and their surging viewership explain why the province’s film and TV producers, crews and VFX houses are running at record pace as concerns about the pandemic finally begin to subside. In 2021, Hollywood producers dropped $1.91 […]

James R. Olson, ‘Andromeda Strain,’ ‘Rachel, Rachel’ Star, Dies at 91

James R. Olson, who starred opposite Joanne Woodward in Rachel, Rachel and in the 1971 Michael Crichton plague thriller The Andromeda Strain, has died. He was 91. Olson died April 17 at his home in Malibu, The Malibu Times reported. Born on Oct. 8, 1930 in Evanston, Illinois, to Leroy and Florence Olson, Olson was […]

Ashley Nissenberg, Hollywood Attorney, Dies at 41

Ashley Nissenberg, a partner at Hollywood legal firm Yorn Levine Barnes Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner Endlich and Gellman, has died. She was 41. Nissenberg was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer in June of 2021. She died on May 7, surrounded by her family. “On behalf of the partners of Yorn, Levine, Barnes, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner, Endlich […]

Toronto Fest CEO Talks Plans to Reclaim Awards Season Spotlight: “The Festival Thrives When Everyone’s Here”

Toronto Film Festival CEO Cameron Bailey learnt a valuable lesson when his event was forced to go mostly online during the first two years of the pandemic. “The festival really thrives when everyone is here,” Bailey told The Hollywood Reporter as TIFF organizers laid out plans to reclaim the awards season spotlight with its upcoming […]

Toronto Film Fest Plans In-Person Event for Fall

The Toronto Film Festival has confirmed it expects to hold an in-person event in the fall for its 47th edition. The planned Sept. 8-18 festival will see TIFF’s industry networking and parties return on the ground in Toronto, including an opening-night party, the industry conference, filmmaker dinners, dealmaker networking events, press conferences and the TIFF […]

Kanye “Ye” West Makes Surprise Appearance at Screening of Netflix Doc ‘jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’

The first act of jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy is called “Vision” and takes us back to 1998 when Kanye West was a young, up-and-coming Chicago producer living “beat to beat,” absorbed in the pursuit of rap stardom, his feverish dream. Fittingly, the three-part documentary — the first installment of which is out on Netflix Feb. […]