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IS WARNER’S PRESIDENT ABOUT TO QUIT? CLASHING REPORTS

June 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtually every major news publication with a reporter assigned to a Hollywood beat was speculating Thursday on the possible departure of Jeff Robinov as president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. While the New York Times reported that Robinov was in “still unresolved discussions” about leaving, the Los Angeles Times said in its lede that Robinov […]

PIRATE MOBILE APPS TARGETED BY STUDIOS

March 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Movie studios are increasingly monitoring apps developed for smartphones and tablet devices that employ unlicensed content from their films, Reuters reported on Thursday, and they are often finding those bootleg apps available via top Internet destinations like Google Play and iTunes. Only last week, the wire service said, Warner Bros. sent Google a “take down” […]

SURPRISE CHOICE FOR NEW WARNER BROS. CHIEF

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In a surprise announcement, Time Warner has named Kevin Tsujihara, who has headed its home entertainment business, to head Warner Bros. Entertainment. He will succeed Barry Meyer as CEO at the end of this year. Tsujihara was not on most analysts’ radar screens for the job. Most had predicted that Mayer would be replaced by […]

REPORT: LUHRMANN NEEDS MORE CASH TO FINISH GATSBY

August 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby may be facing more serious difficulties than complicated 3D special effects. Earlier this month it was reported that the movie had been yanked from its scheduled awards-season release in December and was being moved to an undisclosed date in the summer, ostensibly because […]

NO BOX OFFICE REPORTS FOR DARK KNIGHT RISES THIS WEEKEND

July 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros. announced late today that they will not be releasing box office figures for The Dark Knight Rises until Monday “out of respect for the victims and their families.” The Hollywood Reporter quoted a studio spokesman as saying that it would be “insensitive” to be talking about the numbers in light of the midnight […]

ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION ENTERS BATTLE AGAINST WARNER BROS.

March 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a friend-of-the-court brief backing the cyberlocker Hotfile in its suit against Warner Bros., which it accuses of taking down content that the studio didn’t own. As reported by TorrentFreak.com, which tracks the BitTorrent scene, Warner Bros. blames the takedowns on a software malfunction. However, EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne […]

WARNER BROS. SLASHING PRODUCTION

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros. is aiming to cut production costs by reducing the number of movies it turns out annually by 26 percent — from 27 movies per year in 2008 to 20 ASAP, Jeff Robinov, president of Warner’s motion picture group, has told the London Financial Times. The studio has already reduced the number of films […]

PARAMOUNT AT BOX-OFFICE PEAK

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in more than a decade, Paramount Pictures is ending the year as the box office champion. The strong showing of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which took in $46.2 million over the Christmas holiday pushed Paramount’s receipts over the top to $1.86 billion for the year (as of Dec. 25). That put […]

TIME WARNER’S BEWKES: “NETFLIX IS OUR FRIEND”

December 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While only a year ago Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes was saying that Netflix was “like the Albanian army [trying] to take over the world” and predicting that the world — meaning media conglomerates like his — was bound to win. The company’s Warner Bros. unit has imposed a 28-day delay on the release of […]

DISNEY: NO 99-CENT MOVIES ON YOUTUBE

November 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Walt Disney Co. on Monday shot down speculation that it planned to offer new releases on YouTube for 99 cents, as some reports had indicated. Disney spokesperson Bridget Osterhaus emailed Home Media magazine a message saying that no films from Disney will be available for 99 cents, and YouTube spokesperson Chris Dale later confirmed […]

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