6 items from 2016
When Joi McMillon attended the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of “Moonlight,” someone asked her if she was one of the film’s stars. On another occasion, she was mistaken for a costume designer. “People would say it was a compliment to me because I dressed nice,” she recalled in a recent phone interview, trailing off with a sardonic laugh that sounded like the best defense against the absurd set of assumptions that have troubled her career for years.
In fact, McMillon is one of two editors on “Moonlight,” and poised to make history as the first African-American woman ever nominated for a best editing Oscar. “Thinking about it stresses me out a bit,” McMillon said. “Whether you want it or not, the responsibility holds.”
Although “Moonlight” marks McMillon’s first feature-length editing credit, she’s hardly a newcomer to the field. She attended Florida State University with »
- Eric Kohn
Keith Cox has been elevated to the role of president of production and development at TV Land.
Cox had been executive vice president of development and original programming. He will report to Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom’s Kids and Family Group.
Cox has had a hand in developing, producing and launching all of the channel’s current original scripted programs. The first, “Hot in Cleveland,” ran for six seasons and is now syndicated by CBS Television Distribution. Prior to joining TV Land, Cox was executive vice president of comedy and alternative development at the WB Television Network, where he oversaw all of the network’s half-hour and reality development of such hits as Ashton Kutcher’s “Beauty and the Geek” and 51 Minds’ “Surreal Life.” He joined the WB in 2001 as senior vice president, alternative programming at the WB. Earlier, he worked at Greenblatt/Janollari as vice president of comedy and drama development, and »
- Brian Steinberg
Things didn’t go as planned with “Free State of Jones.”
The $50 million Civil War drama, greenlit two years ago by STX Entertainment, was meant to announce the indie studio as a bright new player bent on producing quality movies for adults with top talent. But, despite the presence of star Matthew McConaughey and director Gary Ross, and an extensive advertising push, “Free State of Jones” collapsed at the domestic box office this past weekend, eking out less than $8 million in its debut and raising more questions about STX’s business model.
Stx got into the business precisely because it believes that there’s still an audience for the kind of projects major studios abandoned in favor of superhero adventures and tween franchises. The film, announced shortly after Stx was launched in 2014 by Robert Simonds and Tpg managing director Bill McGlashan, was handed a prime summer release date. Its failure »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
On the back of a confident CinemaCon appearance and the recent hire of David Kosse that has left nobody in any doubt about its global theatrical ambitions, Bob Simonds’ studio unveiled on Monday another component to its television platform.
Under Goldberg’s stewardship Stx said it would become the first Us-based company involved in a broadcast TV show airing in China.
For now that show is called Thank You For Your Love and is being developed in conjunction with Xg Entertainment and scheduled to premiere this year to a potential audience of one billion viewers.
Stx Non-Scripted launches with sales or development deals in place for 12 shows to networks in the Us and Asia, including NBC, CW, Food Network, Syfy, Oxygen, the History Channel and Freeform.
The production »
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As part of its expansion into television, Stx Entertainment has launched a non-scripted TV division. It will be run by former Katalyst co-founder/partner Jason Goldberg, co-creator and executive producer of hit reality shows Punk'd and Beauty and the Geek. Goldberg has been named Stx President of Non-Scripted and Alternative Programming. Goldberg and his team have been tasked with creating original programming in the U.S., China and India for distribution across linear… »
The hire marks the latest expansion for the fast-growing Stx film and TV venture, launched in 2014 by producer Robert Simonds with backing from Tpg, China’s Hony Capital and Gig Pritzker’s Dns Capital.
Goldberg has quietly been working with the Stx team and has set an initial slate of 12 projects, including some in China and other Asian territories. Stx Non-Scripted will focus on projects for the U.S., China and India with an emphasis on formats that can travel easily across borders.
“We strategically built Stx to capitalize on today’s evolved media landscape. Integrating our operations horizontally eliminates traditional creative barriers so that content ideation and development is centered on reaching and engaging audiences in the most compelling way,” said Simonds, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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