LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 (Reuters) – “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s
blood-splattered fantasy series featuring dragons, castles and
warring families, is turning into a franchise for the premium
cable channel that may rival its biggest hit, the mobster drama
Like “The Sopranos,” “Game of Thrones” has become a revenue
magnet for the Time Warner-owned cable channel,
attracting licenses for T-shirts, games, even its own line of
LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co
and Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind the blockbuster
“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and the summer flop “The
Lone Ranger,” will end their long-running film deal next year,
the media company announced on Thursday.
The company and Bruckheimer decided not to renew their
current deal which gives Disney first-look rights to the
producer’s films, according to a statement from Disney. They
will continue working together on various projects, including a
fifth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When fictional columnist Carrie Bradshaw helped HBO grab its first series Emmy award in 2001 for comedy “Sex and the City,” the premium cable network’s main competition came from broadcast networks CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox.
Today, the field fighting for Emmy glory includes contenders from the past few years like basic cable channels AMC and FX, but also the much talked-about rookie, the video streaming service Netflix. And then there’s a resurgent PBS, the U.S. public television channel.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Low-budget horror
sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2″ grabbed moviegoers searching for
a Friday the 13th scare, winning the U.S. and Canadian weekend
box office race over the Robert De Niro mobster comedy “The
Family” and setting a record for a September opening day.
The fright flick about a family haunted by spirits far
exceeded forecasts with just over $41 million in ticket sales
over its first three days, according to studio estimates on
Sept 12 (Reuters) – NBC’s “Today” is revamping its show as
it tries to retake the ratings lead it held for decades, adding
“The Voice” host Carson Daly and a new set to lure back viewers
who defected last year to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“Today,” which generates the bulk of the profits for NBC’s
news division, is looking to recapture viewers it lost after
anchor Ann Curry left in June 2012. Earlier that spring, “Good
Morning America” snapped the show’s 16-year winning streak atop
the morning ratings.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Vin Diesel’s return as glowing-eyed space traveler “Riddick” won the weekend movie race, ringing up $18.7 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and knocking three-time box office queen Oprah Winfrey to second place.
Civil rights drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and media mogul Winfrey, slipped to second, bringing in $8.9 million from Friday through Sunday.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Civil rights drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” took home its second U.S. and Canadian box office title, topping a Jennifer Aniston comedy and a newly released supernatural teen film.
“The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, earned $17 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Jennifer Aniston comedy “We’re the Millers” came in second with $13.5 million.
(Reuters) – ESPN said it has pulled out of a documentary with PBS’ “Frontline” about head injuries in the National Football League, but the Walt Disney co-owned sports network denied a media report that its decision was due to pressure from the NFL.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the league had expressed its displeasure with the direction of the “Frontline” documentary at a lunch last week attended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Network President Steve Bornstein, ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN Executive Vice President for Production John Wildhack.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ABC
television unit on Wednesday will begin laying off about 175
people, or 2 percent of its workforce, to adjust to changes in
technology and viewing habits, a person familiar with the
The move was prompted by a company-wide review to explore
cutbacks in jobs Disney no longer needs, either because of
improvements in technology or redundancies following a string of
major acquisitions in the past few years. Reuters first reported
on the internal review in January.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ABC television unit on Wednesday will begin laying off about 175 people, or 2 percent of its workforce, to adjust to changes in technology and viewing habits, a person familiar with the decision said.
The move was prompted by a companywide review to explore cutbacks in jobs Disney no longer needs, either because of improvements in technology or redundancies following a string of major acquisitions in the past few years. Reuters first reported on the internal review in January.