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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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Studios Sticking with Hulu

Hulu was for sale. But studios 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are doubling down in the web streaming service. They will maintain their respective ownership positions and together have committed to lay down a cash infusion of $750 million. They say they're investing in future growth.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2013 1:52 PM
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New Digital Features for 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' -- Flipbook and Essay on Single Dads in Films

Along with the new Blu-ray and DVD release of Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Twentieth Century Fox has created a couple of interactive features to accompany the film. The first is a "Hushpuppy Digital Flipbook," and the second is the mini-essay "Single Dads in Films," which focuses on the father-daughter/son relationship in contemporary cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 4:13 PM
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Ex-Disney Studio Chief Rich Ross Joins Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine America

Having moved up through the Disney ranks to head of Disney Channels Worldwide and then a short tenure running the Disney Studio, Rich Ross is now taking over chairman Elisabeth Murdoch's TV and production company Shine America as CEO, reports Variety.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 1:29 PM
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Bumble Ward Talks Leaving Fox

Bumble Ward is out as PR chief at Twentieth Century Fox. "It was a mutual parting of the ways," she says. Her contract expires February 29, 2013, but she left the studio Monday. "We had different approaches."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2012 1:51 PM
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Peter Rice Continues His Ascension at Fox, Now Chairman of Fox Networks Group

Long known as a favorite of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch and rising star at Twentieth Century Fox, Peter Rice was promoted two years ago from running motion picture subsidiary Fox Searchlight to being in charge of entertainment for Fox broadcast network and FX channel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2012 4:05 PM
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CBS Films Names Maria Faillace as Executive Vice President, Production

Today, CBS Films named Maria Faillace as the Executive Vice President, Production. This is a promotion from Faillace's previous role as Senior Vice President, Production. Her new role will allow her to oversee production for CBS FIlms' home-grown titles.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 25, 2012 2:13 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' and the Future of Animation

Producer Chris Meledandri knows all too well the meaning of "Rango's" Oscar victory last Sunday: You can't play it safe. And so far he's resisted the temptation with his impressive track record: First launching Blue Sky's blockbuster "Ice Age" franchise when he was president of Fox Animation and then having lightning strike twice with "Despicable Me" two years ago.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 2, 2012 12:49 PM
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