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Lionsgate investors who presumed there was no more value to wring out of “The Hunger Games” beyond its final installment next year got a nice surprise last week. CEO Jon Feltheimer announced a new way to capitalize on the mega-franchise: A touring exhibition devoted to the movie will kick off next summer, the first element of a bigger plan aimed at putting the studio in the theme park business.
Indeed, blockbuster entertainment franchises are getting integrated into the parks with increasing frequency. Universal Studios Hollywood unveiled Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem in April, expanded with Super Silly Fun Land, the seaside carnival featured in the film. Up next: Universal is teaming with Warner Bros. to open Diagon Alley, a faithful re-creation of the London location from the “Harry Potter” films, on June 20.
As part of the massive expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida built a »
- Marc Graser
The former Clinton era White House press secretary has been named evp of worldwide corporate communications and pubic affairs, replacing Sue Fleishman who is leaving after nine years in charge.
Myers will join the company on September 2 and report to studio CEO Kevin Tsujihara.
“We are thrilled that Dee Dee will join Warner Bros at this exciting and transformative time at our studio and in our industry,” said Tsujihara.
“Dee Dee brings a creative and strategic mindset to communications and public positioning. Her engaging and collaborative demeanour paired with her acute understanding of how to engage constituencies will help us strengthen our position as the leading global studio. I look forward to her becoming an integral part of our strong executive team.”
Myers will oversee all of the company’s corporate communications strategies and activities on a worldwide basis, including media relations, executive communications, corporate responsibility and philanthropy.
“Kevin has shown himself to be an original thinker »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The NY Times has published a new article in which they interviewed Kevin Tsujihara. He's the current CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Late last year, Tsujihara was named the successor to Barry Meyer as CEO and officially took the reins at the beginning of March. In the Times article, Tsujihara reveals that Warner Bros. will soon be announcing a new film series based on a DC Comics property. Brooks Barnes, the author of the piece, follows with an interesting statement regarding Justice League, which you can read in the quote below. I would caution that Barnes' Justice League comment might just be speculation. Though, he could have been privy to that information while interviewing Tsujihara. As for DC Entertainment, cross-studio collaboration to make better use of its comic book characters appears to have accelerated considerably since Mr. Tsujihara took over, in part because he eliminated some management layers. (He has »
If any of the films he worked on got the same turnout as his funeral, Tom Sherak would have been one happy distribution exec. The parking lot at Woodland Hills' Temple Aliyah was completely full; there was no parking available for blocks and it was standing-room-only inside the Conservative Jewish congregation's hall. Among the roughly 1,000 seated for the 10 a.m. service were Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal, Disney's Alan Horn, producer Joe Roth, Legendary board member Dick Cook, former Yahoo chief Terry Semel, Fox Filmed Entertainment's Jim Gianopulos, TriStar's Tom Rothman, Warner Bros.' Barry Meyer
- Bill Higgins
About 1,000 friends and family gathered Thursday for a memorial services for Tom Sherak, the longtime film marketing and distribution exec who died Tuesday.
The hour-long service, held at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, highlighted his idealism, humor, warmth and pragmatism and generated both tears and laughter among attendees. Sherak was interred at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley, Calif.
Sherak’s widow Madeleine spoke movingly at the service, describing how she had met her husband to be on a blind date on May 22, 1967, then received an engagement ring four months later on Sept. 22 and got married on Nov. 22. She was 18 and Sherak was 22.
“The numbers 18 and 22 were always very special for us,” she noted.
She also told the audience that Sherak was happy when he passed away, adding, “He was at peace with his life.”
Sherak’s daughters Barbra and Melissa also spoke, both pointing out his extensive philanthropic »
- Dave McNary
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy may not be up for reelection until 2016, but some of Hollywood’s leading executives are taking no chances with the future of one of the Democrats’ most reliable champions of civil rights and environmental legislation. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Disney’s Bob Iger and his wife Willow Bay will open their Los Angeles mansion for a fundraiser on behalf of the Senate President Pro Tempore -- that makes him third in line for the White House -- who remains the only Democrat ever elected to represent Vermont in either house of Congress. Co-hosts include Wendy and Barry Meyer,
- Tina Daunt
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