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Film Exec Maren Olson Joins CAA

The Traction Media president will become an agent in the finance and sales group read more

CAA Adds Maren Olson To Film Finance & Sales Group

BREAKING: Creative Artists Agency has hired Maren Olson to join the company's Film Finance & Sales Group. She will be based out of the agency’s Century City headquarters and will focus on the group's expanding packaging business, which...Show More Summary

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Trailer: Bobby Fischer Vs. The World In Bleecker Street’s Chess Drama

Bleecker Street jumped into the acquisitions fray for the first time in a splashy way at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival, sealing a seven-figure deal for Pawn Sacrifice. The Ed Zwick-directed drama that stars Tobey Maguire as iconic U.S. Show More Summary

Robert E. Howard’s Conan The Barbarian, Kull And Other Creations Acquired By Fredrik Malmberg

EXCLUSIVE: Fredrik Malmberg, who for years was the Hollywood face of Swedish company Paradox Entertainment’s campaign to turn Robert E. Howard properties Conan, Kull the Conqueror, Solomon Kane and others into features, has reconnected with all those properties. Show More Summary

How the compact disc lost its shine

It’s 30 years since Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms began the CD boom. How did the revolution in music formats come about and what killed it? Thirty years ago this month, Dire Straits released their fifth album, Brothers in Arms. En route to becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time, it revolutionised the music industry. Show More Summary

The Big Bang Theory STEM Scholarship Set At UCLA

The Big Bang Theory helped make scientists look cool on TV. Now the hit CBS/Warner Bris. TV sitcom and its executive producer Chuck Lorre are looking to help foster new generations of scientists with financial aid for low-income college students. Show More Summary

Apple Loses Appeal Over Court-Appointed Antitrust Monitor

Michael Bromwich raised hackles at Apple after being tasked to watch for antitrust abuse. read more

HBO Now Expands To Android Platforms – Google I/O Keynote

This is one of the first announcements from the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation, where execs unveil their software and product plans. Products SVP Sundar Pichai says that HBO Now — the premium channel’s $14.99 streaming serviceShow More Summary

SXSW Comedy ‘Addicted To Fresno’ Lands At Gravitas Ventures

EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has secured North American rights to Addicted To Fresno, the comedy starring Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer and directed by Jamie Babbit that premiered in March at SXSW with the title Fresno. A fall 2015 release...Show More Summary

‘MasterChef’ Ratings Rise, ‘Briefcase’ Debut Tops Viewership, ‘500 Questions’ Dips

The Golden State Warriors secured a long, long desired NBA Playoffs Finals slot last night with a 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets on ESPN, but on the Big 4 it was unscripted that was heating up the opening days of summer. The big...Show More Summary

Four Smart Ways To Use Your Press Materials Better

Most musicians know that songs, biographies, one-sheets, photographs, videos, press releases and interviews can all be used to help get gigs, blog reviews, radio play, endorsements, and so much more. But in what formats should these materials be submitted? Let’s review 4 possible options together with feedback from a few...

‘The Big Bang Theory’ Scholarship Set At UCLA

The Big Bang Theory and the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation are drawing on the hit show’s scientific roots in creating The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment at UCLA. The first-ever university scholarship at UCLA created by and named...Show More Summary

Bradley Cooper, Taylor Schilling Will Present On Tony Telecast – But What About Tommy Tune?

Cooper, a Tony nominee for his title performance in a hit revival of The Elephant Man, and Schilling, the Orange Is The New Black star who braved off-Broadway in a revival of Ivan Turgenyev’s A Month In The Country, have joined the roster of presenters for the 69th annual Tony Awards. Show More Summary

Is Bollywood’s Eros International Preparing A Dealmaking Campaign?

That’s the way things look this morning: The Indian film power announced that long-time dealmaker Prem Parameswaran is about to become its new Group CFO — and assume a new position as President – North America. Parameswaran was Global...Show More Summary

Joe Wright In Talks To Board ‘The Lifeboat’ With Anne Hathaway, Working Title & Focus Features

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Wright is in talks to direct The Lifeboat with Anne Hathaway attached to star in the adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s book. Hathaway is also producing alongside Working Title, Film 360 and Focus Features, which acquired the rights to and are developing Rogan’s book. Show More Summary

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Targeted As Visa, Coke Kick Up Pressure

Less than a day before FIFA’s elections, beleaguered president Sepp Blatter is facing growing pressure to speak out or resign following Wednesday’s arrests in Switzerland of top executives from the world soccer organization. Major sponsors...Show More Summary

Trevor Noah Takes Over ‘The Daily Show’ On September 28

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres September 28. It’s going to be sexy, according to the video from Comedy Central. Last month Jon Stewart announced he will depart as the show’s host on August 6.. Stewart had previously said he would step down after more than a decade as the show's host. Show More Summary

Entertainment Lawyer Carolyn Hunt Joins Barnes & Thornburg

Carolyn Hunt is leaving her position at Loeb & Loeb to join Barnes & Thornburg as partner. Hunt joins the Corporate Department and Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. Also joining the firm...Show More Summary

Hollywood Hologram Wars: Vicious Legal Feud Behind Virtual Mariah, Marilyn and Mick

From Homer Simpson to Jimmy Kimmel to Disney's upcoming 'Star Wars' movie, Hollywood’s new technology already is transmitting stars to multiple spots and reviving ones long gone. But now, a legal war between two entrepreneurs is holding back a potentially massive business as they squabble on social media ("Come at me, bro," says one). read more

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