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12 items from 2016


Writer Jami O’Brien Inks Overall Deal With AMC, Joins ‘Fear The Walking Dead’

12 August 2016 2:13 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Coming off a five-season stint on AMC’s Hell On Wheels, writer-producer Jami O'Brien has signed a two-year-overall deal with the network. Under the pact, she’ll join the writing staff of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead as a co-executive producer. She also will write and executive produce NOS4A2, a supernatural horror series based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill, which is in development at AMC with Michael Eisner’s Tornante TV producing. O’Brien worked on Hell On Wheels… »

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Friday the 13th Remake Gets Last Witch Hunter Director

8 August 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in December, Paramount's long-awaited Friday the 13th reboot last director David Bruckner, who had been attached for nearly a year and a half, while gaining screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners). Since then, we've heard a number of reports about this story, including producer Brad Fuller confirming that fans will meet Jason Voorhees' entire family, including his mother Pamela and his father Elias, the latter of which has never been seen on screen. Today we have word that the studio has finally found a new director, with The Crazies filmmaker Breck Eisner entering talks to direct.

Bloody-Disgusting broke the news that Breck Eisner is in talks to direct, while also revealing that Aaron Guzikowski turned in his script last month. The site also reports that Elias Voorhees is featured in the script "quite a bit," but no specific details were given. Here's what producer Brad Fuller had to say about this project back in June. »

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The CW Developing ‘Blowback’ Thriller Drama From Justin Lin, Hannah Shakespeare, Michael Eisner & Intrigue

29 July 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The CW is developing Blowback, a thriller drama project executive produced by Star Trek: Beyond director Justin Lin. The project, written/executive produced by Killer Women creator Hannah Shakespeare and also executive produced by Michael Eisner and Tariq Jalil, was originally sold as a spec to the CW late last season, coming close to a pilot order. I hear Blowback is now getting a boost with an order for two additional scripts by Shakespeare and a bible. The scripts have… »

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Michael Eisner ('BoJack Horseman')

23 July 2016 4:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Very few people understood what we had," Michael Eisner, the veteran Hollywood executive, says of his latest project, BoJack Horseman, which his venture capital firm Tornante Company produces. "It is, by far, the best thing I've ever been involved with, as far as reviews," he adds, as we sit down in Tornante's Beverly Hills offices to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. (The third season of the edgy animated comedy series debuted on Netflix on July 22 and a fourth season was ordered that same day.) Over the course of a 90-minute conversation, Eisner, 74, candidly

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Renewed for Season 4

22 July 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix’s critically praised comedy “BoJack Horseman” has been renewed for a fourth season, fresh on the heels of the release of its third season today.

The announcement was made via the show’s official Twitter account:

guys. season 4… it's happening! #ibingedtoohardlastnight #thankyoutomyfans #hopeyouarelovingseason3 pic.twitter.com/lZwuqRkpj0

BoJack Horseman (@BoJackHorseman) July 22, 2016

The voice cast includes Will Arnett as BoJack Horseman, Aaron Paul as Todd Chavez, Amy Sedaris as Princess Carolyn, Alison Brie as Diane Nguyen and Paul F. Tompkins as Mr. Peanutbutter.

The third season follows BoJack trying to get an Oscar for his film “Secretariat,” and along the way takes him to even darker depths than last season provided. Given how ambiguous the ending of the third season is — no spoilers, but there is a bombshell dropped in just the last few minutes — from a plot perspective, this fourth season practically had to happen.

BoJack Horseman” is created and executive produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Steven A. Cohen »

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Great Job, Internet!: In the ’90s, Disney came this close to building a Civil War theme park

20 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Former Paramount Pictures chief Michael Eisner had a lot of big ideas when he took over as CEO of the then-foundering Walt Disney Company in 1984. Controversial as he eventually turned out to be, Eisner did initially succeed in reversing the company’s fortunes in the late 1980s and early ’90s. After years of critical and commercial misfires, Disney finally started releasing hit films again, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Little Mermaid. But Eisner wanted to revitalize and expand Disney’s theme parks as well, especially as rivals like Universal Studios Florida began to crop up. In November 1993, not long after the launch of Euro Disney in France, the family entertainment powerhouse announced the construction of an all-new, historically themed park called Disney’s America to be built in Virginia. The project, however, never came to fruition. The reasons behind that are covered in an episode of »

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Lego, Transformers, and the rise of the brand movie

29 June 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 1, 2016

Emojis. Playmobil. Lego. Brands seem to be here to stay in movies. Ryan looks at its rise and rise...

On paper, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl probably shouldn’t have been a hit. Earlier movies based on Disney’s theme park rides certainly hadn’t been a success - least of all The Country Bears, a family film released a year before Pirates and largely shunned by audiences. Disney boss Michael Eisner moaned at Pirates’ steep $140m bill. Did it have to be so expensive? And could Johnny Depp - hardly known as a bankable star - really lead the movie to box office glory?

The answer was a resounding yes; released in the summer of 2003, Pirates Of The Caribbean made over $650m worldwide. Pirates also appeared to break two curses in one blow: first, it proved that adventure movies set on the »

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Receives Annecy’s First – and Surprise – Golden Ticket Award

15 June 2016 9:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A surprised but moved Jeffrey Katzenberg received the Annecy Festival’s first Golden Ticket Award on Wednesday in recognition of his services to animation. The honor had been kept secret from Katzenberg, who is at Annecy to support a strong DreamWorks Animation presence.

A lifelong supporter of Annecy, Katzenberg’s Golden Ticket now gives him a lifelong pass to the Festival. The surprise presentation took place at the end of a keynote masterclass by Guillermo del Toro, who spent much of its second part talking with Katzenberg about DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming family series “Trollhunters” before a standing-room-only audience in Annecy’s central theater, the 1,000-seat Grande Salle Bonnie.

“This is a set-up,” Katzenberg joked, as Annecy Fest artistic director Marcel Jean came on stage to ask what his career highlights had been so far and as a show-reel featuring DreamWorks and Disney animated films and talking heads such as Steven Spielberg began to play on a big screen.

After a standing ovation, Katzenberg recounted how, in 1984, on his first day at Disney as head of Walt Disney Studios, he had a meeting with CEO Michael Eisner in the office once occupied by Walt Disney. At its end, Eisner motioned him over to the window and pointed to a building across the street. “That’s where they make the animated movies. It’s also your problem,” Katzenberg recalled Eisner telling him.

Despite being neither a student nor fan of animated films at the time, Katzenberg said, animation became “my passion and love,” yielding “30-something years of incredible happiness and joy.”

“Not only has Jeffrey been a longtime collaborator and supporter of all of us here in Annecy, his track-record in animation is nothing short of legendary,” Jean said in a statement.

He added: “From reviving the industry with such critically acclaimed films like ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Lion King,’ to launching DreamWorks Animation and giving us such memorable characters in films like ‘Shrek,’ ‘Madagascar,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ there is no one more deserving of lifetime pass to our festival.”

The award comes less than two months after Comcast’s NBCUniversal confirmed its purchase of DreamWorks Animation, the company that Katzenberg launched in 1994 and that’s now often mentioned in the same breath as Disney or Pixar.

Under the Comcast purchase terms, Katzenberg will now segue from his position as head of DreamWorks Animation to head up a newly created division, DreamWorks New Media, made up of Awesomeness TV and Nova.

But it remains to be seen whether Katzenberg will ever sever completely his connections with the animation world.

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If Comcast Deal Happens, How Would Dwa and Illumination Co-Exist?

27 April 2016 3:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ever since an October car accident shattered his right arm and wrist, Jeffrey Katzenberg has been methodically gripping and releasing his hand. During meetings, at meals, during any stray down time, he works the wounded wing.

The DreamWorks Animation CEO has been told by physical therapists that it could take more than a year to regain full mobility. But he continues to flex the hand obsessively, determined to prove the medical community wrong and beat expectations, again.

Katzenberg has brought that trademark tenacity and single-mindedness to the table in recent years, as he looked for a company willing to pay a premium price for his animation studio, which has been struggling to gain solid footing as a stand-alone theatrical studio, with a growing television production unit.

His persistence appears to be on the verge paying off, with Comcast reportedly offering more than $3 billion to acquire Dwa, a significant premium over »

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Star Trek: the battle to make The Motion Picture

16 March 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Massive cost overruns, script rewrites and an angry Leonard Nimoy. Ryan charts the battle to make the original Star Trek movie...

After years in limbo, the rush to make a Star Trek movie suddely began in earnest on the 28th of March 1978. That day saw a lavish press conference arranged by Paramount president Michael Eisner, chairman Barry Diller and the entire cast of the original Star Trek series. Eisner announced to an assembled group of reporters that a film spin-off from the cult Trek TV show was finally going to be made. Its appropriately grand title - Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The director, Eisner continued, would be Robert Wise - an industry veteran who was not only a safe pair of hands (he’d directed such hits as West Side Story and The Sound Of Music), but also had a proven track record with science fiction. »

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Paradigm Adds Two Agents To Roster

9 March 2016 8:28 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Eric Pertilla and Matt Snow have joined Paradigm as agents. Both are already in the mix at the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Pertilla arrives from Mosaic, where he managed writers, directors and actors. Snow, who began his career at Endeavor, most recently was VP Television Development at Michael Eisner’s production company Tornante. He will work in the TV Lit department at… »

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Paradigm Adds Two Agents To Roster

9 March 2016 8:28 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Eric Pertilla and Matt Snow have joined Paradigm as agents. Both are already in the mix at the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Pertilla arrives from Mosaic, where he managed writers, directors and actors. Snow, who began his career at Endeavor, most recently was VP Television Development at Michael Eisner’s production company Tornante. He will work in the TV Lit department at… »

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