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Randy Falco Re-ups as Univision CEO for 2 More Years

  • The Wrap
Univision Communications Inc. (Uci) has extended President and CEO Randy Falco’s contract for two more years, the company said on Thursday. He’ll now lead the Spanish-language broadcasting company through January 2020. “Randy has been the architect of Uci’s evolution since 2011, guiding the Company’s tremendous expansion, steadily improving Univision’s financial performance and significantly improving the balance sheet by paying down debt,” said Haim Saban, chairman of the Board of Directors of Uci. “With Randy’s vision, Uci has remained the undisputed leader in Spanish-language media and at the same time successfully diversified into English-language media to provide young,
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Randy Falco Re-Ups As Univision President And CEO Through 2020

Randy Falco, the former longtime NBC exec who has spent this decade leading Univision Communications, has re-upped as the Hispanic media company’s president and CEO through January 2020. "Randy has been the architect of Uci's evolution since 2011, guiding the Company's tremendous expansion, steadily improving Univision's financial performance and significantly improving the balance sheet by paying down debt," commented Haim Saban, chairman of Univision’s board. "With…
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Netflix, Bloomberg Philanthropies Make New Gifts to Academy Museum

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Thursday announced three major gifts toward the creation of the proposed institution. The new donations bring the fundraising campaign's total to more than $300 million, nearly 80 percent of its $388 million goal, the Academy said. The announcement comes in the wake of the Sept. 27 news of the $50 million gift from Cheryl and Haim Saban.

“We’re enormously grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies, Netflix, the Charles V. Roven Family Foundation and the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation for their generous support, and are thrilled to welcome them to a growing community of...
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Academy Museum Opens Doors for Preview, But Big Financial Questions Remain

Academy Museum Opens Doors for Preview, But Big Financial Questions Remain
When the Academy invited press for a hard-hat tour of its long-delayed, over-budget Museum of Motion Pictures, we heard Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti say nice things, as did new Academy president John Bailey, museum director Kerry Brougher, new chair of new board of trustees Ron Meyer, and museum committee chair Kathleen Kennedy. Yes, it’s great that, after 90 (!) years of planning, we’re finally getting a 300,000 square-foot Los Angeles movie museum at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire to celebrate Hollywood past, present, and future.

However, that’s not what we came for. We wanted to know when it’s going to be finished and what it’s going to look like. (Notably, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who did much of the heavy lifting and controversy-dodging about museum funding and and construction, was on site but not part of the press conference. And Lacma director Michael Govan showed up late for the construction-site tour.
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Academy Museum Opens Doors for Preview, But Big Financial Questions Remain

  • Indiewire
Academy Museum Opens Doors for Preview, But Big Financial Questions Remain
When the Academy invited press for a hard-hat tour of its long-delayed, over-budget Museum of Motion Pictures, we heard Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti say nice things, as did new Academy president John Bailey, museum director Kerry Brougher, new chair of new board of trustees Ron Meyer, and museum committee chair Kathleen Kennedy. Yes, it’s great that, after 90 (!) years of planning, we’re finally getting a 300,000 square-foot Los Angeles movie museum at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire to celebrate Hollywood past, present, and future.

However, that’s not what we came for. We wanted to know when it’s going to be finished and what it’s going to look like. (Notably, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who did much of the heavy lifting and controversy-dodging about museum funding and and construction, was on site but not part of the press conference. And Lacma director Michael Govan showed up late for the construction-site tour.
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Academy Museum Gets Major Boost With $50 Million Gift From Haim Saban

Haim and Cheryl Saban will donate $50 million to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the largest contribution the project has received to date.

The Academy has struggled to raise funds while the cost of the project has ballooned in recent years. The Saban contribution brings the fundraising total to $288 million — still $100 million shy of the project’s $388 million budget.

The Academy announced that the 1939 May Company building, the five-story structure that will house the museum’s exhibits, will be renamed the Saban Building.

This is the first contribution announced since the departure of chief fundraiser Bill Kramer nearly two years ago. The Academy hired Katharine DeShaw to take Kramer’s position in 2016.

The Academy also announced the formation of a new board to oversee the project, which will be chaired by Universal vice chairman Ron Meyer.

“We could not be happier with the momentum the museum is experiencing on all fronts,” Kerry Brougher,
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Saban Films Acquires Us Distribution Rights to Remake of George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead

  • DailyDead
Featuring arguably the most beloved zombie ever put to film, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead is a seminal standout in the horror genre that has grown a diehard fanbase in the thirty-plus years since its release. New takes on Romero's groundbreaking 1985 film were featured in 2005's Day of the Dead 2: Contagium and 2008's Day of the Dead, and now Saban Films has acquired the Us rights to Millennium Media's new Day of the Dead reimagining, with a release expected late this year:

Press Release: Toronto – September 9, 2017 – Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media. The trio of titles includes Isaac Florentine’s Acts of Vengeance starring Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Robert Forster and Paz Vega; Paul Solet’s Bullet Head (formerly Unchained) also starring Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody; and Day of the Dead
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‘Shot Caller’ Director on Getting His Movie to Theaters: ‘This Was One Massive F—ing Boulder’

‘Shot Caller’ Director on Getting His Movie to Theaters: ‘This Was One Massive F—ing Boulder’
Ric Roman Waugh is no stranger to the examining the American criminal justice system.

The stunt-man-turned-director’s latest prison film, “Shot Caller,” shows how even the best of men can be corrupted by the current correctional system. Following “Felon” and “Snitch” Waugh finishes off what he has deemed his ‘Prison Trilogy’ with “Shot Caller” — a thriller that is part ’90s action movie, part character study.

Waugh spoke to Variety about inspirations for the film, his journey to get it made, and why the movie’s star, “Game of Thrones” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, was right for the part.

This completes your trilogy that included “Felon” and “Snitch.” How did the films come about?

I was writing a lot of movies and was very fortunate to work for a lot of major producers. I wanted to deviate away from the big, expensive action movies and direct stuff I was passionate about. I went to a really close friend, [film producer] Tucker Tooley
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Liberty Media’s John Malone Weighs Investment In Univision: Report

There’s a lot of activity in John Malone’s world: The Liberty Media chairman is discussing the possibility of buying a “significant stake” in Univision, the Wall Street Journal reports. Malone and Liberty CEO Greg Maffel met with Univision directors Haim Saban and Jonathan Nelson last week at the annual Allen & Co. gathering in Sun Valley, the paper says. They were “far apart on valuation,” though, it adds. Univision is considering alternatives, which include the…
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Dean Israelite feels Power Rangers' PG-13 rating hurt it at the box-office

  • JoBlo
There were some big plans in place for the future of the Power Rangers franchise, with series creator Haim Saban even mentioning that they already had a six-movie arc mapped out, but based on its rather lackluster performance at the box-office, the likelihood of a Power Rangers sequel is slim. With a budget of $100 million, Power Rangers only managed to pull in $140 million worldwide, and director Dean... Read More...
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Power Rangers: Could Strong Toy Sales Lead To A Sequel To The Box Office Dud?

  • LRM Online
Earlier this year, we saw the return of the beloved TV franchise Power Rangers to the big screen. It was the first theatrically-released film since Turbo: A Power Rangers movie in 1997 20 years prior. As such, fans and film lovers watched to see how if the world would accept this new interpretation. The trailers for the film were solid, and it seemed like it could do decently well at the box office.

Sadly, it received a soft $40 million opening, and only went on to gross $140 million worldwide on its $100 million budget. In terms of the film itself, it likely lost a decent amount of money once you took the advertising costs into account. However, it can’t be forgotten what the real moneymakers are here: the toys. There’s a reason why toy companies would invent a TV series around their made up figures — because they served as 30-minute commercials for the Real product.
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Jerry Perenchio, Billionaire Media Mogul Behind Univision, Dies at 86

Media mogul A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio, who amassed a fortune by building a powerhouse TV production company and later the Spanish-language network Univision, and was among California’s most prolific philanthropists and political donors, has died. He was 86.

Perenchio died of lung cancer at his Bel Air home on Monday, a family spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times.

His personal wealth, along with an early career managing high-profile stars and promoting major sporting events, belied a fierce determination to stay out of the limelight, in which he granted few interviews and rarely allowed his associates to do the same.

A partner with Norman Lear in the production of such shows as “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time,” Perenchio made a fortune on megahits of the 1970s, particularly from the sale of the shows into syndication.

No media investment, however, was as lucrative for Perenchio as the one in Univision, which
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Double Dose of Power Rangers in June

  • Comicmix
Not only is the DVD version of the Power Rangers feature film coming in June, but you can also find Power Rangers Dino Super Charge: The Complete Season. Here are specifics:

Santa Monica, CA (May 3, 2017) – The action-packed, coming of age feature film Saban’s Power Rangers will morph onto Digital HD June 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 27 from Lionsgate. As part of the 24-year-old global phenomenon and based on the five Rangers from the original TV series, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,”, the reimagined movie features a modern generation of Rangers including Dacre Montgomery (TV’s “Stranger Things”) as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Rj Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin
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It’s Morphin Time! Saban’s Power Rangers To Arrive On DVD In June 2017

  • LRM Online
The action-packed, coming of age feature film Saban’s Power Rangers will morph onto Digital HD June 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 27 from Lionsgate. As part of the 24-year-old global phenomenon and based on the five Rangers from the original TV series, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,”, the reimagined movie features a modern generation of Rangers including Dacre Montgomery (TV’s “Stranger Things”) as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Rj Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Becky G. (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, as they attempt to stop the evil and unpredictable Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games
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Israeli Filmmaking Programs Transform the Lives of At-Risk Youth

Israel’s film and television industry is one of its most lucrative exports, with series such as “Fauda” and the feature-length comedy “Zero Motivation” packing a collective critical punch on American screens. But the power of film is also being used for good in the Middle East nation.

The Lahav Assn., a nonprofit project founded in 1998 by director, producer and drama therapist Sylvain Biegeleisen, is changing the lives of children on Israel’s periphery — the low-income, low-achieving communities that exist beyond the satellites of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv — by harnessing the transformative power of film. Filmmaking, say Udi Segal and Itai Kahn, chairperson and director of the organization respectively, can also function as therapy. Working alongside schools and government funds, Lahav helps kids on the brink to make movies about the topics that are directly affecting their lives: violence, race relations, parental issues, social gaps and bullying.

It’s a cinematic twist on art therapy,
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Saban’S Go Go Power Rangers Comic Book Series to Premiere This July from Boom! Studios & Saban Brands

  • DailyDead
Last year, Boom! Studios found a fresh way to tap into ’90s nostalgia with their Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series. Now they're teaming up with Saban Brands to debut a new comic book series called Saban's Go Go Power Rangers this July, and we have a look at the various covers of the first issue.

Press Release:Los Angeles, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – Boom! Studios and Saban Brands announce Saban’S Go Go Power Rangers, an all-new ongoing comic book series that will debut in July 2017 and is based on the original, hit TV series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” The series will explore the transition of the original five Rangers from ordinary high schoolers to world-saving superheroes. Ryan Parrott (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy) returns to Boom! Studios and the Power Rangers franchise after his work on the sold-out, original graphic novel, Power Rangers: Aftershock, which followed the release of the 2017 feature film,
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Green Ranger Teased For ‘Power Rangers’ Sequel, Tommy May Be Gender-Swapped

  • Uinterview
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was recently rebooted for the big screen. However, while Power Rangers is still in theaters, the studio already knows the direction a sequel will go. Green Ranger Teased For Power Rangers Sequel Haim Saban, head of the multimedia franchise, mentioned to Vanity how he has plans for six movies, although they’re dependent on […]

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'Power Rangers': Original Green Ranger on Whether Tommy Should Be Female in Sequel

'Power Rangers': Original Green Ranger on Whether Tommy Should Be Female in Sequel
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Power Rangers.]

Go, go, Power Rangers.

Haim Saban's new Power Rangers has hit the box office full force, earning nearly $60 million worldwide in its first weekend.

And that's not all. The new Power Rangers: Legacy Wars game has surged to the number one app on iTunes (currently beating Snapchat), and there's already chatter on social media from fans of the teenage superheroes hoping they'll get to morph again for a sequel.

"I remember when Haim told me when I was 18 years old in his office, 'I'm going to make Power Rangers a...
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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dazzles Again, ‘Power Rangers’ Off to Solid Start

Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dazzles Again, ‘Power Rangers’ Off to Solid Start
Disney’s second weekend of blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” is dominating moviegoing in North America with $88.3 million at 4,210 locations — capping the best March ever.

Lionsgate’s rebooted “Power Rangers” is launching with a solid $40.5 million this weekend while Sony’s space-thriller “Life” showed only moderate traction with $12.6 million. Warner Bros.’ action-comedy “Chips” opened with a disappointing $7.6 million at 2,464 sites.

The “Beauty and the Beast” weekend is one for the record books as the fourth-largest second weekend of all time, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $149 million, “Jurassic World” at $106 million, and “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $103 million.

Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, declined just 49% from its opening weekend, which was the seventh-best ever. And after just 10 days in North American theaters, “Beauty and the Beast” is already 55th on the all-time domestic list at $317 million. It
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Lionsgate has plans for “six-movie story arc” for Power Rangers

Back in May of last year, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that the studio could make as many as seven Power Rangers movies, and now that the big screen reboot is here, it seems that plans are being put into action for the future of the franchise.

“We already have a six-movie story arc,” Haim Saban, founder of Saban Entertainment, told Variety. “If this film is as successful as I hope on March 24th, on March 25th we’ll have the first story meeting for Movie No. 2.”

Power Rangers is looking at a domestic opening weekend in the region of $40 million, and while there’s no word yet on international box office, it certainly seems that Lionsgate and Saban will be keen to press ahead with its plans.

See Also: Read our reviews of Power Rangers here and here

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