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Producing and financing films, rather than just taking a fee to sell them, has always been an important part of Sierra/Affinity’s blueprint since the company launched in 2009. Nevertheless, it took several years for the company’s ambitions beyond sales to be fully realized.
The company has produced and financed several titles over the past couple of years and is pushing hard in that direction. As company founder Nick Meyer, who is being honored at Cannes with Variety‘s Achievement in International Film Award, sees it, “a key part of our growth as a company is that we are a production entity.”
Set for release this July via Focus Features is “Atomic Blonde,” the graphic-novel adaptation starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy. Recent titles also produced and financed by Sierra include the critically hailed “Lost City of Z” by director James Gray, 1960s melodrama “A Kind of Murder,” John Hillcoat »
- Dade Hayes
After HBO reveals plans for TV offshoots from their hit adaptation, Martin promises he is still working on sixth book The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones creator George Rr Martin has reassured fans that he will complete the sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, despite working with screenwriters on five new TV spin-offs. But he has admitted that the TV commitments had pushed the hotly anticipated book down the agenda.
“Yes, I am still working on Winds of Winter and I will continue working on it until it’s done,” Martin wrote on his blog. But fans, who have already waited six years for the latest instalment in the fantasy series, should not hold their breath. “I will confess, I do wish I could clone myself, or find a way to squeeze more hours into the day, or a way to go without sleep. »
- Danuta Kean
Though some people may be unaware, there’s an awards ceremony held every year to honor the true heroes behind our favorite films: the marketing team. That’s right, the Golden Trailer Awards hand out statues to those who work tirelessly putting together trailers, commercials and posters for hundreds of releases each and every year. And not just in film, but video games and TV, too. It’s an incredibly comprehensive ceremony as well, with awards for a whopping 116 categories. Yes, 116 – though not all of those are given out on stage.
The nominations for the 18th annual edition, set to go down on June 6th at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, are now in and it seems that Warner Bros. is leading the pack amongst the various studios, scoring an impressive 68 nods in total, 11 of which come from The Lego Batman Movie – the most of any title to be nominated. »
- Mark Cassidy
UK outfit picks up international rights to Galway Film Fleadh title.
International sales rights for Irish romance-drama Twice Shy have been picked up by 7&7 Producers’ Sales Service for the Marché du Film ahead of the film’s summer release by Wild Card Distribution in Ireland.
Featuring Ardal O’Hanlonand Pat Shortt, the film follows the journey of a young couple played by Shane Murray-Corcoran and newcomer Iseult Caseyas who travel to England for a legal abortion (the procedure is illegal in Ireland).
The film, which played at last year’s Galway, Indie Cork and Irish Screen America festivals, features a soundtrack including The Corrs, Gavin James and Ash.
Producer Fionn Gregor pulled the finance together from private sources in Ireland.
Maura Ford of 7&7 said: “We are excited to introduce Twice Shy at this year’s Marché and give the film the international exposure it deserves. Its subtle and engaging take on a very topical issue will resonate »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Startup Indian streaming video service Veqta — the country's first Ott operator dedicated to sports content — has inked a partnership with Major League Baseball.
Through the deal, Veqta will stream over 20 live Mlb games each week during the regular season, along with full coverage of the league's major events, including the All-Star Game, Wild Card Games, Division Series, League Championship Series and the World Series.
The partners said they will also launch a variety of initiatives to grow the Indian audience for Major League Baseball, including promotional activities and events, along with digital fan activation and engagement.
- Patrick Brzeski
[[tmz:video id="0_xzqr9f99"]] Odell Beckham made his triumphant return to Miami Sunday night ... 4 weeks after the infamous boat party ... only this time, there was no playoff game to worry about. Just hours after the NY Giants superstar played in the Pro Bowl in Orlando, he got on a plane and flew out to Miami along with his pal, Von Miller. The two hit up Liv on Sunday where they partied their faces off with the likes of Migos -- and Von's Broncos teammates, »
- TMZ Staff
Updated, 11:50 Am: The NFL lost plenty of ratings momentum during the 2016 regular season, but last night’s Afc Divisional playoff on NBC has to make network and league brass happy. NBC said today that Pittsburgh’s tight win over Kansas City in the Afc Divisional playoff averaged 37.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched primetime game ever in the NFL's Divisional and Wild Card Playoff rounds. Viewership for Steelers-Chiefs peaked at 39.1 million from 9-9:30 Pm… »
NBC’s coverage of Sunday’s rescheduled game between the Steelers and Chiefs delivered all-time highs for a primetime NFL Wild Card or Divisional Playoff game in the overnight metered-market numbers.
In fast nationals, the divisional playoff match-up drew 32 million total viewers and a 10.4 demo rating, up from last year’s comparable Packers/Cardinals Ot thriller (which on a Saturday did 29.3 mil and a 9.2 in fast nats).
Fox’s coverage of the Cowboys/Packers afternoon thriller, meanwhile, averaged 48.5 mil, making it the most-watched divisional playoff game ever.
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Elsewhere in the ratings… »
A forthcoming ice storm in Kansas City is expected to heat up Sunday night ratings for NBC.
The NFL announced on Friday that Sunday’s playoff match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, originally scheduled for 1:20 p.m. Et, has been moved to a primetime slot of 8:20 p.m. Et due to a storm in Kansas.
The Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys game will still be played at 4:40 p.m. Est on Fox.
Last week, NBC drew over 26 million viewers to its Saturday night broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks-Detroit Lions Wild Card playoff game. It was the largest Saturday night audience for any television program since Jan. 16, 2016.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” has seen a dip in ratings this season but still remains the top-rated broadcast on TV.
- Variety Staff
Last weekend’s NFL Wild Card Playoffs featured a lot of bad quarterback play and very little drama, leading to a performance only a Texans, Seahawks, Steelers or Packers fan could love (because their teams won). Fortunately, restless football fans might get some relief tonight in the form of the College Football Playoff Championship Game, which pits the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide against the Clemson Tigers for the second straight year and features two dynamic quarterbacks in Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. The 2016 contest had plenty of offensive fireworks, as the Tide held off Heisman Trophy »
- Matt Pressberg
Per very preliminary overnight numbers, NBC’s broadcast of the Jimmy Fallon-hosted 74th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night delivered 20 million total viewers and a 5.6 demo rating (per finals).
That’s up 8 percent and a tenth from last year, when Ricky Gervais hosted for a fourth, non-consecutive time.
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Sunday night’s Globes were almost comically dominated on the film side by La La Land, while all but one of the »
Update, 1:35 pm: Last night’s Lions-Seahawks Wild Card Playoff on NBC averaged a total audience delivery of 27.1 million viewers across NBC & NBC Sports Digital. NBC’s 26.9M viewers made the showdown the most-watched Saturday night show on any network since January 16, 2016 (Green Bay vs Arizona on NBC). The Lions-Seahawks game peaked at 28.4 million viewers from 9-9:15pm Et, and the game ranks as NBC Sports Digital's best-ever Wild Card Game with 1M uniques and 34M live… »
The NFL Wild Card Weekend matchups are all set for both the Nfc and Afc playoff teams, check out the schedules for the weekend games including the Las Vegas odds (lines) below. Expert predictions and picks against the spread from the Las Vegas oddsmakers are also mentioned and linked to below as well. The largest move of any opening line was in the Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants game and favors NY. The Aaron Rodgers led Packers are at home in the Sunday night contest (keep an eye on the weather) and opened a 6.5 point favorite, but were quickly bet down to the current line of 4.5 points. The early money being bet in Las Vegas and abroad is on Eli Manning and the Giants in the premier game of the National Football League’s Wild-Card weekend. Some expert picks from around the web are already posted. Josh Schonwald »
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