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Toronto: Strand Releasing Acquires U.S. Rights to Michael O’Shea’s ‘The Transfiguration’ (EXCLUSIVE)

L.A.-based Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Michael O’Shea’s atmospheric New York tale “The Transfiguration,” which world-premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. Sold by Protagonist Pictures at Toronto, “The Transfiguration” marks the feature debut of writer-director Michael O’Shea, and stars Eric Ruffin along with Chloe Levine (“Savage Youth”). An elevated genre film dealing with… […]

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Filming Begins on Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House,’ with Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson

LONDON – The Agatha Christie renaissance continues. Principal photography has started in Britain on a big-screen adaptation of the mystery author’s 1940s novel “Crooked House,” a whodunit centering on the murder of a rich, cantankerous old patriarch. The movie stars Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Max Irons and Stefanie Martini, among others. The project… […]

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Fox Sports Streams College Football Match in Virtual Reality

Fox Sports is doubling down on virtual reality: The sportscaster will broadcast this weekends matchup between Ohio State and Oklahoma live via its new virtual reality app, which will be available for iOS, Android, Gear VR and Oculus Rift. The app will offer viewers the ability to either watch the action from a “virtual suite” in the stadium, or… […]

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Rich Battista Named Time Inc. CEO

Time Inc. has picked Rich Battista, a former Fox TV exec, as its new president and CEO as the media company sets its sights on cranking up its digital and video businesses. Battista, who had been executive VP of Time Inc. and president of brands, succeeds Joe Ripp as CEO. Ripp will continue to as… […]

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Defy Media, Digital Studio Behind Smosh, Raises $70 Million and Eyes Shows on Traditional TV

Defy Media, the studio whose brands include the popular Smosh comedy team, has closed a $70 million Series B round of funding led by institutional investor Wellington Management Co. With the cash infusion, Defy plans to expand programming — in both volume and formats — for its portfolio spanning comedy, lifestyle and gaming. It’s also looking to expand distribution on both traditional TV… […]

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Pandora Inks Deals With Sony Music, UMG, Indies for U.S. Music Subscription Service

Pandora, gearing up to launch a new on-demand music subscription service, announced licensing agreements with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Merlin Network, the Orchard and 30-plus indie labels and distributors. The agreements – which cover only the United States – will let Pandora “bring new products to market that enable enhanced subscription services, fuel… […]

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Banijay Group’s Rod Henwood Steps Down

PARIS – Rod Henwood, the CEO of Banijay Group’s U.K., Belgium and Netherlands offices, is stepping down from Banijay following the company’s recent merger with Zodiak Media. Henwood joined Zodiak Media in early 2014 and has served as CEO of the U.K., Belgium and Netherlands division, which comprises RDF, IWC, Touchpaper Television, Bwark, Comedy Unit,… […]

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