Abbate, a longtime producer with the animation studio, is now executive vice president for Warner Animation Group, and Chris Leahy has been appointed senior vice president.
“Allison and Chris are well-known and well-respected in the animation community and will be key to expanding our operations at Warner Animation Group,” Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer for Warners, said in a statement. “We have ambitious plans for Wag and will rely on Allison and Chris to attract world-class animation talent to help us develop and deliver a robust slate of both animated and live-action/hybrid titles.”
Over a 20-year career in the film business, Abbate has produced several animated pictures, including “The Iron Giant,” which earned her a BAFTA Award in 2000. Her credits also include “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Tim Burton’s [link
Variety reports that Jon Berg will leave his post as the head of the DC Films division. Berg will apparently become a production partner with Roy Lee, the producer of It and The Lego Movie and Warner Bros. is reportedly currently looking for a replacement for Berg.
In fact, if Variety’s latest scoop is any indication, the studio is about to shake things up at the executive level in the hope of course-correcting its DC Extended Universe. The restructuring effort has allegedly been earmarked for January, and will see Jon Berg stepping down from his post – a post that involved running DC Films alongside Geoff Johns – in favor of a production role opposite Roy Lee (The Lego Movie, It).
Word is Berg never wanted to oversee the entire division for Warner Bros., and approached the studio about adopting a producer role almost six months ago. No word yet on who will replace Jon Berg at the helm of DC Films, but WB will likely want to name his successor sooner rather than later – particularly with Aquaman on the horizon. Meanwhile, Geoff Johns will continue
Jon Berg will be leaving his current job running the comic book’s film production division, according to several sources with knowledge of the studio’s plans. A search is underway for his replacement. Berg will instead become a production partner with Roy Lee, the producer of “The Lego Movie” and “It,” who has a deal on the lot.
“This is something that Jon approached me about six months ago, and he expressed his goal was to ultimately be a producer at the studio,” Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich said in a statement to Variety. “I first met Jon when, as a producer, he brought ‘Elf’ to New Line, which remains one of the best and most evergreen titles in the library. We’re thrilled that Jon is partnering with Roy
If all had gone as planned, Warner Bros. Pictures president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich was expecting to ring in the new year by celebrating two key developments at the film studio: a box-office recovery in 2017 and At&T's $85.4 billion acquisition of parent company Time Warner.
Instead, on Nov. 20, executives across all divisions of the empire were jolted when the Trump administration sued to block the merger on anti-trust grounds. Now, with the cloud of uncertainty over the studio's future, Emmerich, who is approaching his one-year anniversary in the job, is aggressively filling out its 2019...
With all of the production issues Justice League clearly had, many fans have wondered why Warner Bros. didn’t just delay the movie and wait until it was right. Well according to a new report from The Wrap – so do take this with a pinch of salt – Warner Bros. executives needed to get the film out in order to get their bonuses for the year. WB president Toby Emmerich and CEO Kevin Tsujihara “wanted to preserve their bonuses they would be paid before the merger [with At&T],” and were concerned that “if they pushed the movie, then their bonuses would have been pushed to the following year and they might not still be at the studio.” Hmm. Read more here.
Iris West Recast
Someone missing from Justice League was Iris West, played by Kiersey Clemons, who was set to reprise that role in Flashpoint. While
With all that went wrong during production, with director Zack Snyder leaving playing a big role, some are surprised that Warner Bros. didn’t decide to delay the release of their marquee blockbuster.
Well, according to a report in The Wrap, WB president Toby Emmerich and CEO Kevin Tsujihara “wanted to preserve their bonuses they would be paid before the merger [with At&T],” and were concerned that “if they pushed the movie, then their bonuses would have been pushed to the following year and they might not still be at the studio.”
The Wrap’s report also claims that at the highest levels of the studio, bonuses are awarded “for making good decisions,” so if delaying a film turned out to be the ‘right decision’ that executive could have been rewarded for it.
On the surface of things,
That’s not baseless speculation or an inflammatory notion from left-field; when Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s DC blockbuster opened to mixed reviews on November 17th, it soon became clear that Justice League, undoubtedly Warner’s biggest movie yet, was rushed across the finish line.
Lackluster CGI and an uninspired script were just some of the criticisms leveled against Snyder’s starry epic, so it’s small wonder why fans are now petitioning Warner Bros. to release a director’s cut on home video. But imagine if the Powers That Be surrendered that November 17th launch date and, by effect, allowed Justice League to spend more time in post. It’s this line of thinking that evokes Shigeru Miyamoto’s famous quote about video game production: “A delayed game is eventually good. A bad game is bad forever.
Following its overwhelmingly successful UK opening earlier this month and currently #1 at the UK box office, “Paddington 2”—fully financed by Studiocanal and produced by multi award-winning producer David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” films, “Paddington,” “Gravity”)—is set to debut in theatres across North America on January 12, 2018.
The Studio has acquired distribution rights for the film in the U.S. and Canada from Studiocanal and TWC/Dimension Films, it was jointly announced today by Studiocanal, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
This comes just weeks after we reported that Paddington 2 producers wanted to move away from The Weinstein Company, following the
It stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant, TV's Hemlock Grove) as the story's central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV's Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween
Justice League is set to arrive in theaters this weekend and Ben Affleck has been out promoting the movie, which is the culmination of the entire Dceu up to this point. When asked about appearing in The Batman, which still doesn't have a release date, Affleck said it's "something I'm contemplating," casting doubt on his appearance in the first solo Batman movie in this new DC movie universe. He went on, adding that
With less than a week to go until the release of Justice League (and the first reactions ranging from mixed to “fine” to positive), Warner Bros. has fully opened the floodgates on the promotion for the DC blockbuster (which – given the extensive reshoots – reportedly has a budget north of $300 million). London played host to The Justice League Experience this week, with the cast and crew on hand for the film’s junket and press conference. Our invite got lost in the post, but Flickering Myth’s Thomas Harris did
After being announced a couple of months ago, it looks like DC Films and Warner Bros. have been working hard to find a director for Flashpoint. And according The Wall Street Journal, Toby Emmerich, they closing in on a director and hope to be greenlit soon. Read more here.
Hope Never Dies
With a little over a week to go until Justice League arrives in cinemas, a new Superman motion poster has been revealed featuring Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel which includes a voiceover from Amy Adams’ Lois Lane. Read more here.
Deadpool In Trouble?
It was revealed a couple of days ago that Disney were looking to acquire certain elements on 21st Century Fox, which would include their film studio 20th Century Fox. Should that be the case, Disney could potentially own Marvel characters like the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. With The House of
With Justice League so close on the horizon, attention will quickly turn to what’s next for the Dceu, with a lot of that likely being down to the success of the aforementioned team up movie.
WB, are of course already on the case, and have highlighted Ezra Miller’s Flash as the movie’s breakout star, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The character’s own solo movie has long been in the works, and has seen a number of directors attached already. But author of the WSJ piece, Ben Frtiz, has tweeted out that WB are close to finalising the movie’s new director:
“Detail not in story: WB’s Toby Emmerich said ‘close to hiring a director’ on Flashpoint, hopes to greenlight soon.”
Detail not in story: WB's Toby Emmerich said "close to hiring a director" on "Flashpoint,
According to a new in-depth report on the troublesome production of Justice League, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara put his foot down and said that the movie needed to be under two hours in length. There's no question this was in response to the divisive nature of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. While the runtime wasn't the primary problem with that movie, it's much more reasonable to expect your average moviegoer to sit through a two-hour movie,
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