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John Pleasants, Samsung’s Top Media Exec, Is Leaving (EXCLUSIVE)

Samsung’s retreat from its media ambitions continued Friday with a high-profile departure: The company’s highest-ranking U.S. media executive John Pleasants is leaving, Variety has learned. He will be replaced by longtime Samsung executive Yoon C. Lee, according to sources familiar with the matter. A Samsung spokesperson declined to comment via email, and instead sent the following… […]

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FOX News Cuts Away During Father of Slain Muslim Veteran’s Speech at Democratic Convention

One of the most enduring images from Democratic National Convention was of Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala, Pakistan-born immigrants who told the packed Pennsylvania Convention Center on Thursday night how their son Humayun sacrificed his life to save his comrade in arms. The Muslim American soldier died after stepping forward and preventing a car rigged with explosives from killing others. Millions… […]

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Ohio’s Recently Bolstered $40 Million Incentive Provides Significant Lures for Producers

From the urban landscapes of Cleveland (recently seen by millions on TV, thanks to the Republican National Convention) to picture-perfect rural Midwestern wholesomeness, Ohio offers diverse all-American locations. What’s more, the state recently bumped up the annual cap for its incentive program to $40 million, and offers a 30% refundable/transferable tax credit The minimum spend… […]

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Broadband Giants File for Rehearing on FCC’s ‘Unlawful’ Net Neutrality Rules

As expected, trade associations representing U.S. Internet service providers launched legal challenges Friday seeking to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the FCC’s net neutrality rules. The groups — the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn., CTIA, USTelecom and the American Cable Assn. — filed petitions for an en banc rehearing with the U.S…. […]

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Visual-Effects Pioneer Douglas Trumbull on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Digital Innovations

Visual-effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull first appeared in Variety on Dec. 17, 1968, in a review of the sex satire “Candy,” for which he created two outer-space sequences. His other movie credit that year was more memorable: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” on which he was one of the masterminds behind the groundbreaking special effects. Trumbull —… […]

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Film, TV Shoots on the Rise in South Africa

Production in South Africa is on the upswing, prompted not only by the country’s sagging currency, the rand — the exchange rate makes local services cheaper for filmmakers coming in from abroad — but by a host of new production resources. Studio Joburg: This sprawling film and TV studio complex, complete with a helicopter landing… […]

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‘Passion’ Performer Michael W. Smith Has Faith In The Future

Michael W. Smith is no stranger to faith-based entertainment. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has scored on both the mainstream and contemporary Christian charts and has released a bevy of successful instrumental and worship albums, such as “Freedom” (2000), “Glory” (2011), and “Decades of Worship” (2012). While Smith, keynote speaker at Variety’s Purpose: The Family Entertainment and… […]

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Hollywood Looks for Higher Ground

Faith, religion, existential and eschatological issues are popping up everywhere in Hollywood from Fox’s new panel talk show, “The Preachers” to films such as “Heaven Is for Real” and “Miracles From Heaven.” “It’s a fascinating conversation you almost never see on television,” says Tara Montgomery, creative executive and vice president: programming, production & development at… […]

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