10 items from 2014
After about 20 years of trying, Warren Beatty is finally getting his gestating biopic about Howard Hughes off the ground. The last we heard about the project had Beatty rounding up a cast that included Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) signed on for the film along with names like Alec Baldwin, Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Annette Bening circling the film. Now with the help of billionaire duo Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, with Terry Semel of Windsor Media and Arnon Milchan of New Regency, Beatty will direct and star, but who else has a role? Deadline says Beatty will play Hughes, but the film will focus on the historical icon's assistant (Alden Ehrenreich of Beautiful Creatures) and his love story with a young girl (Lily Collins of Mirror Mirror). This sounds like it could be similar to Me and Orson Welles where Zac Efron's story took the focus, »
- Ethan Anderton
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
NBCUniversal’s news division has made a minority investment in NowThis News, styled as a next-generation mobile-social video news provider, in a bid to better reach millennials and other digital audiences — which are watching far less TV news these days.
The Peacock’s unified news group owns a 10% stake of NowThis News, the New York-based startup founded in September 2012 by Huffington Post co-founder and former chairman Ken Lerer and former Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau. Other investors include Bedrocket Media Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, Lerer Ventures and SoftBank Capital.
Under the pact, the two companies will coproduce original short-form news videos out of NowThis News’s Gotham studio. Those will be distributed across multiple properties including NBC’s “Today” show, MSNBC, NBC News and CNBC. The video will fall into two buckets: mashups, covering daily political, entertainment or business news; and “explainers” analyzing business and political news.
The deal comes »
- Todd Spangler
In his first executive appointment since taking on the position of president and chief content officer at NBCU Cable Entertainment, Jeff Wachtell has tapped Dawn Parouse Olmstead to head its scripted development. Olmstead will serve as executive vice president of development. In the post, she’ll oversee the development and sale of all scripted series for Ucp. Richard Rothstein will now head current programming for the cable production group. Both Omstead and Rothstein will report to Wachtel. Also read: NBCU, Terry Semel Back New Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg Venture Revere Digital “It’s a real coup for us to land »
- Jethro Nededog
Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg are still in their first 24 hours of launching Recode.net, the venture replacing their long-time perch at AllThingsD. In an exclusive interview with TheWrap, they discuss what led to becoming entrepreneurs, the bidding war won by NBCU and Terry Semel’s Windsor Media and the fate of the red chairs. Sharon Waxman: Congratulations on a successful launch. What is the difference between Recode and AllThingsD? Walt Mossberg: The truth is that at the very beginning, other than an utterly new design, there won’t be an enormous difference. We are in the process of hiring a half dozen. »
- Sharon Waxman
NBCUniversal's NBC News Group late Wednesday confirmed its investment in Revere Digital, a technology media company started by AllThingsD founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. Former Warner Bros. and Yahoo boss Terry Semel’s investment firm Windsor Media is also investing in Revere. Financial details of the investments were not disclosed, but expectations have been for investors to acquire minority stakes in the new venture. Swisher and Mossberg last year ended their AllThingsD partnership with Dow Jones & Co., which is now part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. They said that the name of their new site was Re/code. "We are thrilled to announce
- Georg Szalai
Re/code, the new website from former AllThingsD editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg launched shortly after midnight Thursday as part of a new media venture with NBCUniversal News Group and Terry Semel’s Windsor Media. Swisher and Mossberg announced the formation of the new company, Revere Media, along with the site’s launch. Also read: AllThingsD Creators Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg Reveal New Venture: Re/code “We are thrilled to announce that we are forming our own new and independent media company, Revere Digital, with a pair of respected investors and partners — the NBCUniversal News Group and Terry Semel’s Windsor Media, »
- L.A. Ross
NBCUniversal News Group confirmed its investment in Revere Digital, the tech media company started by journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, who ended their partnership with Dow Jones & Co. for the now-defunct AllThingsDigital last month.
On Wednesday, Swisher and Mossberg launched a new site called Re/code (at recode.net). NBCU said it will incorporate Revere Digital’s content across multiple media platforms.
Revere Digital has already planned out the lineup for its first big conference, the Code Conference, set to run May 27–29, 2014, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast — which owns NBCUniversal — is among skedded speakers, along with Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Intel topper Brian Krzanich.
“Kara and Walt »
- Todd Spangler
NBCUniversal and Terry Semel’s Windsor Media have backed Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg’s new business venture, called Revere Digital, the media company announced on Wednesday evening. Swisher and Mossberg’s new company, slated to launch on Thursday at midnight, will manage a digital media and technology news, reviews and analysis web site called Re/code.net. (Photo above from Swisher’s Instagram feed) As part of the deal Swisher, Mossberg and other Revere journalists will appear on-air across all of the News Group properties including CNBC, MSNBC, the Today show, and “Nightly News with Brian Williams” and will »
- Sharon Waxman
10 items from 2014
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