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Media Watch: Murdoch Escapes From Parliament, Catapulted Pie

In nearly three hours of intense interrogation by the British Parliament, Rupert Murdoch still refused to provide sufficient answers or admit to any responsibility.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 3:47 AM
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Grant Helped to Push Murdoch's News of the World's Demise by Bugging Reporter

Bravo to Hugh Grant for not only being righteous, but articulate and smart in his crusade against the Murdoch tabloid News of the World and its egregious bugging practices.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2011 1:03 AM
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Summer in Sun Valley: Moguls Convene at Herb Allen's, Murdoch Ducks

It's been hard for NewsCorp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to relax this week at investment banker Herb Allen's 29th annual Sun Valley mogul retreat, which launched July 5 and lasts for five days. Murdoch is under too much fire with the News of the World bugging scandal threatening to derail his long-planned BSkyB takeover bid--even after he opted to kill the tabloid.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2011 12:32 PM
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Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: The Fighter and Social Network Producers, Pixar's Catmull, Murdoch

Best Picture Nominees: Producers Dana Brunetti & Michael De Luca, The Social Network
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 10:27 AM
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Fox Marketing Shuffle Signals Management Turmoil

Fox Marketing Shuffle Signals Management Turmoil
Pam Levine is out, ex-Disney exec Oren Aviv is in at Fox Marketing. Veteran industry watchers know that this means that studio co-chairmen Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos are under duress. When a major studio suffers a bad run at the box office and then lets go of a top marketing exec, it's considered a scapegoat maneuver. It usually signals that if the management team doesn't produce some hits in the following year, they could be next. (Here's the LAT.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2011 2:57 AM
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Eisner's FameTown Will Be Huge

I am as guilty of wasting time playing Flixster movie games on Facebook as anyone else. And I am forecasting here and now that ex-Disney chief Michael Eisner's bet on the new social game FameTown (Napster's Shawn Fanning brought him into the start-up Diversion) will pay off big-time (as it did with Zynga's FarmVille and Mafia Wars). The FameTown game launches on Facebook November 1 and will reap income from selling virtual goods.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2010 7:16 AM
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Del Toro's DreamWorks Deal and Trollhunters, Jackson Fights Unions on Hobbit

- Guillermo del Toro, back from promoting two productions at the Toronto Film Festival--Julia's Eyes and Biutiful (the official Mexican submission for the foreign Oscar)--is now working closely as a consultant and exec producer with DreamWorks Animation. He will help out on Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and another TBA project as well as Trollhunters, which he will write and direct.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2010 6:21 AM
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IFC Gets Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project

IFC has acquired worldwide rights to Barry Avrich's documentary Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, narrated by Peter Fonda. The film tracks Weinstein from his concert promoter days in Buffalo, NY through his Miramax years and such Oscar-winning heights as Pulp Fiction and beyond. It examines his relationship with his brother Bob, staff and the Hollywood machine, complete with insider interviews.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 16, 2010 5:30 AM
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Italian Producers Gori vs. Nunnari: Judge Rules $14 Million in Lost Profits to Gori

- An L.A. Superior Court Judge has ruled (tentatively) in favor of Italian film mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori (pictured, right) and against producer Gianni Nunnari (pictured, left) (The Departed, Shutter Island, 300, From Dusk Till Dawn).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 3, 2010 2:44 AM
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PBC: Top Producers Dish on Lousy Filmmaking Present, Death of Drama and Cable Future

PBC: Top Producers Dish on Lousy Filmmaking Present, Death of Drama and Cable Future
Amid the general doom and gloom for studios and indies alike, at this weekend's Produced By Conference, producers Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Richard Zanuck, Larry Gordon, and Mark Johnson marked some cautious upbeat notes, reports Amy Dawes:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 7, 2010 8:41 AM
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