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‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Hunt For Gollum’: Everything We Know So Far - deadline.com
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17.05.2024

‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Hunt For Gollum’: Everything We Know So Far

Even after Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2 arrives, there will be more of Middle Earth to explore, particularly through the lens of Gollum’s perspective. Deadline unpacked where the franchise is heading with longtime collaborators Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make more films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy work and the world founded on Peter Jackson’s original New Line trilogy of films, with one corresponding to each books.

Parallax Studio, Saga Film Studios Form Joint Venture to Distribute Films in the Philippines Starting With Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - USA - Italy - Canada - Netherlands - Philippines - city Manila
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19.05.2024

Parallax Studio, Saga Film Studios Form Joint Venture to Distribute Films in the Philippines Starting With Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Manila-based production outfit Parallax Studio and entertainment company Saga Film Studios have formed a joint venture that will distribute the two-part Western epic “Horizon: An American Saga” in the Philippines. The deal is the first of a number of acquisitions planned by the joint venture. The “Horizon: An American Saga” films are directed by and star Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

‘AI On The Lot’ Attendees Examine the Impact of New Technology and Tools on Entertainment Industry Jobs - variety.com - Los Angeles - Hollywood - county Jenkins
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18.05.2024

‘AI On The Lot’ Attendees Examine the Impact of New Technology and Tools on Entertainment Industry Jobs

Carolyn Giardina There’s been plenty of concern about the potential for AI to replace artists and human creativity, but during his keynote at the May 16 AI On The Lot event in downtown Los Angeles, Renard Jenkins politely reminded attendees that AI could affect most any job, including those of CFOs to CEOs. “I would simply suggest that if you give me 10 years of your financial performances [and additional data] I can design a CFO,” Jenkins, who is president and CEO of software development and consulting firm I2A2, said. “I can build an algorithm that can make Wall Street happier than a CEO [could].” But the exec, who is also president of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a Warner Bros.

The LA Screenings Are Back: Talent Returns & Slates Get International As Buyers Head For Studio Showcases - deadline.com
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17.05.2024

The LA Screenings Are Back: Talent Returns & Slates Get International As Buyers Head For Studio Showcases

As buyers touch down at LAX for the annual LA Screenings, it will be a case of a return to the norm following the unusual circumstances of last year. The Hollywood labor strikes not only threw confusion on what would be a realistic purchase, but also stopped acquisitions executives getting face time (and a quick selfie) with acting and writing talent — something many value as part of their buying process.

The CW’s Affiliates Still “Absorbing” Network’s Makeover, President Dennis Miller Says; No Update On Fate Of NY Flagship WPIX Amid FCC Battle - deadline.com - Chicago - county Miller
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16.05.2024

The CW’s Affiliates Still “Absorbing” Network’s Makeover, President Dennis Miller Says; No Update On Fate Of NY Flagship WPIX Amid FCC Battle

CW President Dennis Miller acknowledges the revamped network must still “prove ourselves” to local affiliates, which are still “absorbing” the amount of change.

Fox, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery sports-streaming venture to be called Venu Sports - nypost.com
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16.05.2024

Fox, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery sports-streaming venture to be called Venu Sports

sports-streaming service set to be launched by Walt Disney, Warner Bros.

Roblox Brand Partnerships Chief Stephanie Latham Talks Ads, Fan Hubs, User Safety and More: ‘The Shopping Lens is Endemic to Our Platform’ - variety.com
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16.05.2024

Roblox Brand Partnerships Chief Stephanie Latham Talks Ads, Fan Hubs, User Safety and More: ‘The Shopping Lens is Endemic to Our Platform’

Kaare Eriksen Media Analyst With an average of 77.7 million daily active users in the first quarter of 2024, Roblox is an interactive platform too good for just about any brand to pass up. Stephanie Latham, VP of global brand partnerships at Roblox, stopped by Variety podcast Strictly Business to discuss just how lucrative Roblox has become as an experiential platform for users, creators and brands alike to interface with each other, be it through experiences built around music, film, TV, sports or individual personalities.

Disney, Fox and WBD Unveil Name of Sports-Streaming Venture: Venu Sports - variety.com
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16.05.2024

Disney, Fox and WBD Unveil Name of Sports-Streaming Venture: Venu Sports

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor The joint venture of Disney/ESPN, Fox Corp. and Warner Bros. Discovery to package together a sports streaming bundle has a name — Venu Sports.

Banff Sets “Provocative” Diversity Panels Featuring ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Emily Hampshire & Disney Development Director - deadline.com - Britain - Hollywood
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16.05.2024

Banff Sets “Provocative” Diversity Panels Featuring ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Emily Hampshire & Disney Development Director

EXCLUSIVE: The Banff World Media Festival has set panels on the “mass exodus of Black women executives in Hollywood” and LGBTQ+ representation, featuring the likes of Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire and a Disney Development Director.

Kevin Costner’s Western Epic ‘Horizon: An American Saga’ Acquired in France by Metropolitan FilmExport (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - USA
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16.05.2024

Kevin Costner’s Western Epic ‘Horizon: An American Saga’ Acquired in France by Metropolitan FilmExport (EXCLUSIVE)

Kevin Costner‘s two-part Western epic “Horizon: An American Saga,” which makes its world premiere in the Out of Competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, has been acquired in France by Metropolitan FilmExport, one of the country’s biggest distributors. Daniel Baur’s K5 Intl. is handling international rights.

‘Found’ Adds Michael Cassidy As Recurring In Season 2 - deadline.com - USA - county Snyder
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15.05.2024

‘Found’ Adds Michael Cassidy As Recurring In Season 2

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Cassidy (Fatal Attraction) is set for a recurring role on the second season of NBC‘s Found.

Mindy Kaling’s Netflix Comedy Series Unveils First Photos Of Kate Hudson As Pro Basketball Team President - deadline.com - Los Angeles - New York - Jordan - city Sanchez - county Hudson - city Sandeman
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15.05.2024

Mindy Kaling’s Netflix Comedy Series Unveils First Photos Of Kate Hudson As Pro Basketball Team President

We’re getting the first look at Kate Hudson as President of a legendary basketball franchise in Mindy Kaling‘s new comedy series Running Point (fka Untitled Mindy Kaling Comedy Series), set for premiere in 2025. Hudson and Kaling presented the new title and photos Wednesday during the Netflix Upfront presentation in New York City. You can see the photos above and below.

WBD International Chief Hints At Changes To Output Deal With Sky As Max Expands - deadline.com - Britain - New York - Italy - Germany
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15.05.2024

WBD International Chief Hints At Changes To Output Deal With Sky As Max Expands

Gerhard Zeiler, president of Warner Bros. Discovery international, said an HBO output deal with Sky overseas will likely not look the same if it’s renewed. Sky has licensed content through the end of 2025 but it comes as no surprise that WBD will look to tweak that as Max expands globally. The streaming service wants a beachhead in the UK, Germany, Italy (and other markets) and needs HBO and Warner Bros. programming.

‘Furiosa’ Fires Up Cannes With 6-Minute Standing Ovation for Anya Taylor-Joy and Teary Chris Hemsworth - variety.com - Australia - USA
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15.05.2024

‘Furiosa’ Fires Up Cannes With 6-Minute Standing Ovation for Anya Taylor-Joy and Teary Chris Hemsworth

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” went wild for his latest high-octane action film, showering the movie with a six-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night. Taylor-Joy blew kisses into the camera as the clapping continued at the end of the credits, performing a theatrical bow. Hemsworth looked teary-eyed at the rapturous response.

‘Harry Potter’ Weasley Twins James and Oliver Phelps to Host ‘Wizards of Baking’ Competition at Food Network (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - New York
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15.05.2024

‘Harry Potter’ Weasley Twins James and Oliver Phelps to Host ‘Wizards of Baking’ Competition at Food Network (EXCLUSIVE)

Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer The actors behind the iconic Weasley Twins will be around to stir up trouble on Food Network‘s new “Harry Potter“-themed competition, “Wizards of Baking.” Variety has learned exclusively that James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley throughout Warner Bros.’ eight-film “Harry Potter” franchise, will be hosting “Harry Potter: Wizards of Baking.” The project, which will air on Food Network and be available to stream on Max, was announced by Warner Bros Discovery U.S. networks chief Kathleen Finch during the company’s upfront presentation in New York City Wednesday.

John Cena To Host Discovery Channel’s Shark Week - deadline.com - New York
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15.05.2024

John Cena To Host Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

John Cena has been tapped as this year’s host of Shark Week, Discovery Channel‘s annual summer celebration of All Things Shark. The week-long event kicks off on Sunday, July 7. The announcement was made Wednesday during Warner Bros. Discovery’s upfront in New York City.

CNN’s Mark Thompson Tells Advertisers Plans For New “Branded Verticals,” Magic Wall App Feature - deadline.com - Britain - Spain - USA - county Anderson - county Cooper
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15.05.2024

CNN’s Mark Thompson Tells Advertisers Plans For New “Branded Verticals,” Magic Wall App Feature

CNN‘s Mark Thompson told advertisers additional details about the network’s strategy, with plans to expand franchises to digital platforms and to build new branded verticals around topics beyond politics.

‘Conan O’Brien Must Go’ Renewed for Season 2 at Max - variety.com - New York - Ireland - Norway - Thailand - Argentina
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15.05.2024

‘Conan O’Brien Must Go’ Renewed for Season 2 at Max

Joe Otterson TV Reporter The travel series “Conan O’Brien Must Go” has been renewed for Season 2 at Max. The announcement was made as part of the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation to advertisers in New York on Wednesday.

Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront Focuses on Big Franchises Like ‘Harry Potter’; David Zaslav Confident NBA Will Return to TNT Sports - variety.com
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15.05.2024

Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront Focuses on Big Franchises Like ‘Harry Potter’; David Zaslav Confident NBA Will Return to TNT Sports

Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer Warner Bros. Discovery kept up with TV upfronts week’s biggest trend at their presentation out of The Theater at Madison Square Garden Tuesday: Promoting not just its TV slate as a prime ad-buying opportunity — but also its film franchises. First up from CEO David Zaslav’s team, WB Discovery revenue and strategy chief Bruce Campbell addressed the Madison Avenue crowd following a sizzle featuring top WBD IP and brands across film and TV series.

‘Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow’ From DC Studios Lands Summer 2026 Release - theplaylist.net
theplaylist.net
15.05.2024

‘Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow’ From DC Studios Lands Summer 2026 Release

DC Studios’ Gods and Monsters, a five-film/five-TV series plan, at least so far, is starting to inch forward. Following the upcoming “Superman,” film set for 2025, Warner Bros.

‘Harry Potter’ Competition Series ‘Wizards of Baking’ Ordered at Food Network, Will Feature Original Film Sets - variety.com
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15.05.2024

‘Harry Potter’ Competition Series ‘Wizards of Baking’ Ordered at Food Network, Will Feature Original Film Sets

Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer Food Network has a new magical treat in store for viewers this holiday season: The Warner Bros. Discovery-owned cable channel has ordered a baking competition inspired by the beloved “Harry Potter” franchise.

Streaming Puts Commercials in Movies, Top Series Where Ads Were Once Forbidden - variety.com
variety.com
15.05.2024

Streaming Puts Commercials in Movies, Top Series Where Ads Were Once Forbidden

Brian Steinberg Senior TV Editor The television industry’s annual “upfront” is usually a place where advertisers get to preview new series and specials, not blockbuster movies, so NBC raised eyebrows Monday when one of the first previews it showed to an audience at Radio City Music Hall was of the coming Universal film “Wicked.” NBCUniversal, chief content officer Donna Langley told the crowd, was “excited to build up our story legacy across film, TV and streaming.” Movies and premium cable series from HBO and Showtime used to be something traditional TV advertisers got their hands on only after they had made their way through theaters and pay-TV windows. Now, as a batch of this year’s upfront showcases reveal, they are increasingly being dangled before Madison Avenue as a major reason to support TV companies.

‘Alarum:’ Shooting Wraps On Action Pic Starring Sylvester Stallone, Scott Eastwood & Willa Fitzgerald, Highland Film Group Launches Sales - deadline.com - Poland - county Harrison - county Ford - county Highland
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15.05.2024

‘Alarum:’ Shooting Wraps On Action Pic Starring Sylvester Stallone, Scott Eastwood & Willa Fitzgerald, Highland Film Group Launches Sales

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group is launching international sales on the action film Alarum starring Sylvester Stallone, Scott Eastwood, and Willa Fitzgerald, which has just wrapped principal photography. 

‘Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow’, The Second Pic From James Gunn & Peter Safran’s DC Studios, Gets Summer 2026 Release - deadline.com
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15.05.2024

‘Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow’, The Second Pic From James Gunn & Peter Safran’s DC Studios, Gets Summer 2026 Release

Put it your calendar to wear your tights and capes on June 26, 2026 as the Warner Bros/DC Studios feature take of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow will hit theaters.

Warner Bros. Dates ‘Mortal Kombat 2’ & ‘Companion’ For 2025; Zach Cregger’s ‘Weapons’ For 2026 - deadline.com - county Drew - city Sanada
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15.05.2024

Warner Bros. Dates ‘Mortal Kombat 2’ & ‘Companion’ For 2025; Zach Cregger’s ‘Weapons’ For 2026

Warner Bros is filling out the 2025, 2026 calendar and beyond. Today, the Burbank, CA studio announced that New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat 2 will hit cinemas on Oct. 24, 2025 in Imax, while Drew Hancock’s Companion will kick off on Jan. 10, 2025, also in Imax.

‘Rick and Morty: The Anime’ Spinoff Series Debuts First Footage - variety.com
variety.com
14.05.2024

‘Rick and Morty: The Anime’ Spinoff Series Debuts First Footage

Meredith Woerner Deputy Editor, Variety.com The expansive “Rick and Morty” multiverse just got a little bit bigger. The hit Adult Swim animated series just debuted the first-ever footage from the hotly anticipated anime spinoff series simply titled, “Rick and Morty: The Anime.” According to the teaser, the new anime-inspired show will debut with 10 episodes on Adult Swim and HBO Max “sometime this year.” Additional plot details, including a plotline for all the participating legacy characters, were also announced during Warner Bros.

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