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Content is indeed king.
The transformation of the “TV business” into the “content business” has accelerated to a gallop, forcing the industry to face the harsh realities of trying to run a traditional network in an on-demand world.
The signs of upheaval were impossible to miss last week as the major networks closed out upfront season with 2015-16 schedule presentations that emphasized how much they recognize that there’s no such thing as a status quo anymore.
“The erratic schedules of the past just don’t work anymore,” Fox TV Group chair Dana Walden told the crowd in her first upfront presentation as head of programming. Her partner atop Fox, Gary Newman, vowed that Fox would redouble its efforts to “market (shows) relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform.”
The sense of urgency emphasized onstage comes at a time when the traditional economic model »
- Cynthia Littleton
Disney CEO Bob Iger has suggested that the company's successful TV division could be getting something a little extra in the future - namely a channel or channels dedicated to their two biggest properties - Marvel and "Star Wars".
According to Daily Finance, as part of a conference call last week Iger was asked about the chances of the Mouse House unleashing its own streaming service. His response seemed to suggest that those in the studio are continually looking at ways to expand their brands:
"We have said that with these channels and these brands - Espn, ABC, Disney, maybe even down the road something related to Star Wars and Marvel - we do have an ability as a company to take product, specifically filmed entertainment, television, movies, directly to consumers."
This of course has raised many questions regarding how such a channel/channels would be delivered, details that Iger did not go into. »
- Garth Franklin
Disney already owns a bunch of television channels, including ABC and Espn. And now, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors that the company is planning to create "Star Wars" and Marvel channels. He said: "We have said that with these channels and these brands . Espn, ABC, Disney, maybe even down the road something related to Star Wars and Marvel . we do have an ability as a company to take product, specifically filmed entertainment, television, movies, directly to consumers." It's not clear whether the channels will be full of original Marvel and "Star Wars" programming or something else entirely. Stay tuned. »
“Honey, what do you want to watch tonight?” “I don’t know, what’s on the Star Wars channel?” That seemingly impossible conversation could happen if Disney CEO Bob Iger has his way. The man in charge was recently doing an investors call and casually mentioned that Disney, which already has a booming TV division with ABC, Espn […]
The post Disney Potentially Planning Marvel and Star Wars TV Channels appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Is the force officially with Diego Luna?! The 35-year-old actor is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One spinoff movie, according to Variety. Not much else is known about the casting or who Luna will play. Luna will join Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn in the highly anticipated film (Mendelsohn is set to star as the film's primary villain according to the trade). The plot of Rogue One reportedly revolves around the heist of the Death Star by a group of rebel fighters with Ahmed and Luna playing rebel fighters. Back in March, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the news of a Star Wars stand-alone film, which, according to the press release, is »
Scratch off the list of things that the Walt Disney Company is worried about: superhero “fatigue.” The company’s chief financial officer said in an interview Wednesday in New York that Disney’s comic book franchise films are sufficiently diverse and audiences abundantly welcoming. He said good times should continue to roll for the shiny offerings.
“They are not all thematically the same, and I think that creates diversity and audiences don’t feel like they are seeing the same movie every time,” said Jay Rasulo, Disney’s CFO, speaking on a panel at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit. “If they are fun and exciting and they give great action … people will come and see them. It’s not something we talk about at all or are at all concerned with.”
Rasulo and Lowell Singer, Disney’s senior VP for investor relations, told host Michael Nathanson that the power of »
- James Rainey
Fox’s “Empire” swallowed up so much oxygen that it’s easy to forget ABC had a very strong 2014-15 season too, anchored by not just “How to Get Away With Murder,” Shonda Rhimes’ latest dramatic hit, but the network’s ability to renew several new comedies, among them the diversely cast “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” Naturally, the network was all too eager to remind advertisers of that fact during Tuesday’s upfront presentation, which saw ABC unveil a more stable lineup than we’ve seen in recent years while taking a few interesting stabs, designed to create a bit of buzz, if not necessarily knock ’em dead by Nielsen standards.
Like Fox, ABC came into the upfront with a bit of momentum to tout and a clear vision of where its strengths lie. And unlike NBC, the network was able to point to the power of its news division, »
- Brian Lowry
Jimmy Kimmel once again enlivened ABC’s upfront presentation with a standup performance that lobbed zingers at his own employer and plenty of others in the TV biz.
Here are the highlights:
“I spoke to Bob Iger — since we have ‘Avengers’ and ‘Star Wars,’ we don’t need money from you guys this year.” Of ABC’s commitment to diversity: “We’ve got women, we’ve got men, we’ve got women who are turning into men.” “We’re so diverse, when CBS drives by us they lock their doors.” Noting the ratings success of Diane Sawyer’s Bruce Jenner interview on his transgender transformation: “We promise this fall someone on ABC will change genders every week.” To ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee: “Without Shonda you’d be back at Hogwarts with the other Muggles.” The death of Patrick Dempsey’s character in a car crash on “Grey’s »
- Cynthia Littleton
George Lucas revealed earlier this year that following his selling of Lucasfilm to Disney, the studio decided not to use the treatments he'd outlined for the next trilogy of Star Wars films. "The treatments that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those," he told Cinema Blend. "So they made up their own. So it's not the one that I originally wrote for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has said as much over two years ago when quoted by Bloomberg saying, "We needed to have an understanding that if we acquire the company, despite tons of collegial conversations and collaboration, at the end of the day, we have to be the ones who sign off on whatever the plans are." In the same piece Lucas was fine with this situation saying, "Ultimately you have to say, »
- Brad Brevet
Walt Disney Studios have announced the big presentation line-up for D23 Expo 2015. The line-up includes a Disney Legends Awards Ceremony hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, presentations by Disney Animation and Pixar, as well as Walt Disney Studios live action (which includes Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm). Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will have a […]
The post D23 Expo 2015 Schedule Announced: Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Theme Parks and More appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Silicon Valley’s most powerful people attended a memorial service this week for tech entrepreneur Dave Goldberg. They were joined by many of Hollywood’s influential names – from Disney CEO Bob Iger and actor Ben Affleck to George Lucas and U2’s Bono, who performed the song “One.” Goldberg, who died last Friday from head injuries sustained after falling off a treadmill, spent a significant portion of his career in Los Angeles. And his influence can be felt in a range of media industries, from music to the YouTube ecosystem. Also Read: Dave Goldberg Memorial: Bono, Ben Affleck, Mark Zuckerberg Among Hollywood, »
- Jon Erlichman
Star Wars fans seeking clues as to what Disney has in store for the lead-up to the next film installment were treated to a slew of them Tuesday courtesy of Disney CEO Bob Iger, though details remain intentionally murky. “We’ve already got some increased product in the marketplace, but the real ramp-up from the consumer-products perspective won’t come until just a few months prior to the release," Iger said during a conference call to discuss quarterly earnings. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due out Dec. 18, and Disney says that, at midnight on Sept. 4
- Paul Bond
The last film, of which a ton of people disliked, aka The Crystal Skull was released in 2008 so the fans have eagerly awaited a new addition to the Indiana Jones franchise. It looks like we have finally been heard.
In 2014 Disney’s CEO Bob Iger said that they would love to make another Jones movie but wanted to pace themselves but it looks like they have finally caved to the demands of the masses.
In buying the company, Disney also got rights, for better or worse, to less-storied Lucasfilm properties, among them Willow and Radioland Murders. A bigger prize is the Indiana Jones franchise. Kennedy confirmed rumors that another Indy movie ‘will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Petty)
After a turbulent year for entertainment and media companies — the Sony hack, a net neutrality fight, attempted mergers and acquisitions — volatility in executive pay overall appears to have gone off script. The 2014 pace-setter so far is Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, whose compensation ballooned to a massive $63.6 million — up 400 percent from 2013’s $12.6 million — on the heels of the success of the fiscal year’s “Hunger Games” installment and fuelled by Feltheimer’s stock options. Even Disney’s Bob Iger couldn’t compete with that — though his compensation also soared 35 percent. On the flip side, ailing media mogul Sumner »
- Tony Maglio
Walt Disney Chairman Bob Iger has shown a willingness to write big checks, plunking down nearly $16 billion to purchase Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. This marks the first year these big bets will result in such a nuclear-powered slate that the other Hollywood players are scrambling to replenish their own arsenals. In the process, the movie industry has transformed into a business dominated by one superpower, a handful of favored states and a few rogue nations.
The Burbank studio’s upcoming 2015 movie lineup features a new “Star Wars” picture from Lucasfilm; two offerings from Marvel, a sequel to “The Avengers” and an “Ant-Man” entry; a pair of films from Pixar, “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur”; plus Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” with George Clooney, from Disney’s own movie unit.
Forget the Magic Kingdom. This is how a cinematic empire is built. “Disney is the new high-water mark with brands,” says Tony Wible, »
- Brent Lang
One of the less talked about but no less important panels of the Star Wars Celebration convention over the weekend was a panel held with the members of the Lucasfilm Story Group - a group of employees in charge of the new 'Star Wars' canon.
Created by President Kathleen Kennedy and headed up by Kiri Hart, these Lucasfilm employees have to make sure that not just the films but all the new tie-in media efforts including books, comics, TV shows, video games, etc. are all part of this new continuity and don't contradict each other.
One interesting revelation though (via Slashfilm) is that while the Expanded Universe characters and stories have been wiped clean, there are plans to reboot or reintroduce characters from that world in the canon.
As 'The Old Republic' video games are set millennia before the original films, they're presently working under the assumption that »
- Garth Franklin
At this very moment, three of the most crucial people in the world of Star Wars are J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger. One is the co-writer and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the second is the President of Lucasfilm, and the third runs Disney, which owns Lucasfilm and, effectively, Star Wars. Those three people […]
- Germain Lussier
During the last day of Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm threw a panel to promote their upcoming standalone – or “Anthology,” as they’re calling them – Star Wars films. Josh Trank was expected, but ended up being very sick; as it happens, after announcing his absence, not a word was said about Trank or his film.
But Gareth Edwards did show up, and he did have some new details on his film, Star Wars: Rogue One. The concept art that had been premiered at Bob Iger’s investor’s breakfast was shown again, and thanks to the official Star Wars blog, you can see it in this post.
And, just like he did with Godzilla at Comic Con a few years back, Edwards showed off a teaser trailer that he has put together before the film itself has even gone into production. This is fast becoming Edwards’ thing, it seems. »
- Brendon Connelly
Star Wars Celebration kicked off yesterday with the first panel, where several actors from Star Wars: The Force Awakens appeared on stage, and fans finally got to see the first full-length trailer. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the whole panel, though, was the reveal that lovable ball droid Bb-8 is an actual, practical robot. When Bb-8 was introduced in the first teaser trailer last year, many fans thought and/or assumed that the droid was a digital creation, since it is literally a rolling ball with a head somehow attached. But many fans looked on in wonder as Bb-8 literally rolled out onto the stage. How is this possible? Forbes reveals the company that developed the technology behind Bb-8 is called Sphero, a Boulder, Colorado start-up company.
In a moment that Jedis across the galaxy have waited for, today's Star Wars Celebration opened in Anaheim, CA with a special panel devoted to Jj Abrams's highly-anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Empire managed to keep a tight lid on the sequel 30 years in the making for quite some time, but today saw the release of a new trailer and revelations about the biggest blockbuster of the year.
Digital Spy was in Anaheim for the once-in-a-lifetime media event as Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy welcomed cast members old and new onto the stage for a peek behind the curtain. While secrecy remains over several key elements of the film, today's panel certainly shed light on what fans can expect when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens this Christmas.
Below, we take a look at nine major developments that were discussed at the Star Wars Celebration »
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