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Bavaria Fiction at 10: German Production Company Eyes International TV Market

When U-boat U-612 sets sail from La Rochelle in France, it will be a major TV moment, the sequel to the iconic 1981 German war film and 1985 TV series “Das Boot.” With a budget topping $30 million over eight episodes, it is one of the priciest series ever out of Germany, and marks the […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 12th, 2017

Hertel to Helm Bavaria Media’s New International Sales Unit

Bavaria Media will now operate TV sales under the Bavaria Media International banner, with Carlos Hertel rejoining the company to run the operation. Global Screen previously handled distribution of Bavaria’s titles, and Bavaria was a shareholder in the company. It has sold its shares in Global Screen it will do its own distribution, through the... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJul 18th, 2017

Bavaria Fiction at 10: German Production Company Eyes International TV Market

When U-boat U-612 sets sail from La Rochelle in France, it will be a major TV moment, the sequel to the iconic 1981 German war film and 1985 TV series “Das Boot.” With a budget topping $30 million over eight episodes, it is one of the priciest series ever out of Germany, and marks the […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 12th, 2017

The Weinstein Company May Be Headed For Bankruptcy — But The Film Studio Calls The Rumors "Complete Fiction"!

Is The Weinstein Company doomed following Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal?? Sources say yes, but the independent film studio says no. Huh. Related: New Accuser Says Harvey Forced Oral Sex On Her In 2006 According to TMZ, TWC is currently in a financial freefall. In fact, thanks to Harvey's bad behavior and poor management, the company is expected [...] Is The Weinstein Company doomed following Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal?? Sources say yes, but the independent film studio says no. Huh. Related: New Accuser Says Harvey Forced Oral Sex On Her In 2006 According to TMZ, TWC is currently in a financial freefall. In fact, thanks to Harvey's bad behavior and poor management, the company is expected to file for bankruptcy within mere weeks. One source close to the situation spilled: "There's an unstoppable meltdown and bankruptcy is inevitable." Oof. Apparently, per company insiders, The Weinstein Company is essentially functioning without assets. As you may've guessed, many deals have recently fallen through and numerous financial backers have walked away from TWC. Another tipster added: "The Weinstein Company can't survive this way, and bankruptcy will come in a matter of weeks." While filing for bankruptcy may temporarily fix the situation, it won't be able to save the company's financial future altogether. Yes, the claim will stave off creditors -- but for how long?? To make matters worse, Colony Capital (the business which planned to acquire TWC) is backing away from the potential deal as the company is a financial and managerial disaster. Nonetheless, the film studio refuses to acknowledge any drama on the home front, as a spokesperson told the webloid: "Any suggestion that The Weinstein Company is on the verge of imminent bankruptcy is complete fiction. Clearly, TMZ is being lied to by anonymous sources with hidden agendas." Hmmmm, doth thou protest too much?? We guess we'll just have to wait and see how this whole thing plays out! [Image via Media Punch.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 25th, 2017

Finalists in fiction, non-fiction named for 2017 National Book Awards

Five finalists each have been named for the National Book Awards in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature.         Five finalists each have been named for the National Book Awards in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature.        .....»»

Category: topSource: usatodayOct 4th, 2017

Bavaria Film Recruits Christian Franckenstein to Serve as Co-Chief Exec

CANNES — Christian Franckenstein has been appointed as co-CEO of Bavaria Film, one of Germany’s leading film and TV companies. He will serve alongside Achim Rohnke. Franckenstein joins from MME Moviement, where he was chairman and CEO. He’ll.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMay 23rd, 2014

Paramount Pictures Just Got Caught Shitting All Over Their Production Assistants

Awkward… Paramount Pictures just paid a nearly seven-figure settlement to some production assistants after the group of employees brought a lawsuit against the film company arguing about brutal, inhumane working conditions on some of their biggest films. Related: Shiloh Child Star Blake Heron Dead At 35 There are big movies involved — stuff like Wolf Of Wall Street, [...] Awkward... Paramount Pictures just paid a nearly seven-figure settlement to some production assistants after the group of employees brought a lawsuit against the film company arguing about brutal, inhumane working conditions on some of their biggest films. Related: Shiloh Child Star Blake Heron Dead At 35 There are big movies involved -- stuff like Wolf Of Wall Street, Noah, and Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon -- and yet the production assistants claim that Paramount not only forced them to often work 100 hours a week, but that they never got overtime and they weren't allowed to leave their posts even to get food or go use the restroom. And get this, here's the real kicker: the rule about sticking to their posts was so severe, the production assistants allege they had to urinate and defecate INTO BOTTLES AND BUCKETS IN THEIR OWN DAMN CARS. What the fuck, Paramount?! You make how much money, and still pull shit like this?? Nobody is saying being a production assistant ought to be a glamorous job -- it's the lowest of the low -- but THIS?! Ugh. Related: Five Fast Facts About The IT Remake! Well, at least they got caught, because now Paramount is paying out $700,000 in a settlement to a group of production assistants because of how shitty they were treated. It's ultimately a small price to pay for the massive film company, but still... Justice is (sort of) served......»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 9th, 2017

Things Do NOT Look Good For The Weinstein Company As Financiers Pull Out & Lawsuits Come Trickling In!

The Weinstein Company may be doomed following Harvey Weinstein's ousting. As we previously reported, the indie movie mogul was fired from his company after The New York Times and The New Yorker unearthed decades worth of sexual harassment and rape allegations. Man, oh man. Related: Harvey Is Blaming His Brother Bob For Leaking Damaging Info And while the [...] The Weinstein Company may be doomed following Harvey Weinstein's ousting. As we previously reported, the indie movie mogul was fired from his company after The New York Times and The New Yorker unearthed decades worth of sexual harassment and rape allegations. Man, oh man. Related: Harvey Is Blaming His Brother Bob For Leaking Damaging Info And while the decision to fire Harvey was clearly the right one, it seems there is some financial repercussion to letting the Hollywood heavyweight go. According to TMZ, a major film financier has removed its loan from TWC because Harvey is no longer leading the company. Apparently, AI International Holdings fronted a $45 million loan to TWC last year and has since demanded that the money be returned. Yikes! In a letter written by AI's legal team for TWC's lawyers at O'Melveny & Myers, the company claims that "the dismissal of Harvey Weinstein from his position as co-chairman" creates a "material adverse change." In short: Weinstein's firing allows them to request for an immediate repayment of the loan. AI isn't a stranger to the entertainment industry as the company financed several blockbusters -- including Lee Daniels' The Butler, Hacksaw Ridge, and the upcoming flick I, Tonya. To make matters worse, TWC has been hit with its first lawsuit post-Harvey. It's said the lawsuit has been filed by former Paramount President of Production Brad Weston and producer Michael Menchel. The industry vets claim they produced the James Corden led One Chance for a reduced fee in exchange for back end profits. The producing pair agreed to this deal as TWC promised that the movie would appear on 800 screens, but in reality, only showed on 43. Damn. Understandably, Weston and Menchel are seeking $1.25 million each. As it's believed that Harvey was the linchpin for TWC's years of success, these updates add more fuel to the gossip fire that the mini-major film studio can't last without the scandalized filmmaker. Sucks to suck, The Weinstein Company! [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzOct 11th, 2017

International Newswire: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Tom Wlaschiha Boards U-boat Drama ‘Das Boot’

In today’s International Newswire, German producer Bavaria adds further high-profile cast to ‘Das Boot,’ Fox confirms the addition of Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson to the cast of ‘The Kid Who Would Be King,’ and Hulu takes U.S. rights to British comedy ‘GameFace.’ “Game of Thrones” star Tom Wlaschiha and “Mad Men” actor Vincent Kartheiser […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 26th, 2017

Bavaria Fiction Revives ‘Das Boot’ for a New Voyage

The “Das Boot” sequel is set in the fall of 1942, months after Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 movie ended. The tide is turning against the German war effort after the Allies solve the Enigma code and opposition to the Nazis intensifies. A key departure from the earlier film is that this project tells dual stories. There […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 12th, 2017

AFM: German Sales Outfits Toon Up Market With Animated Pics

Animation is front and center for leading German companies attending the American Film Market. The wide selection includes original productions and adaptations of popular literary works from German and international animation studios. Munich-based ARRI Media Intl. presents the 3D feature “Ploey — You Never Fly Alone,” about a young golden plover that has trouble learning […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 3rd, 2017

Wayne Garvie Named President of International Production for Sony Pictures TV

Wayne Garvie has been upped to president of international production for Sony Pictures Television. Based in London, Garvie will oversee all international TV production and Sony’s 20 joint production ventures around the world. He’ll report to Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman-CEO Tony Vinciquerra. “Wayne has been a strong leader, galvanizing our international production team with his […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 12th, 2017

Massage Envy Slammed With 180 Sexual Misconduct Lawsuits & Complaints In Damning New Report

Massage Envy is by far the largest chain of massage franchises in the country, and its billion dollar business is well known in pretty much any city throughout the United States… but a damning BuzzFeed News investigation out Sunday morning may change what you think you know about the company. According to the longform investigation, more [...] Massage Envy is by far the largest chain of massage franchises in the country, and its billion dollar business is well known in pretty much any city throughout the United States... but a damning BuzzFeed News investigation out Sunday morning may change what you think you know about the company. According to the longform investigation, more than 180 people have filed sexual assault lawsuits, made police reports, and filed state board complaints against Massage Envy franchises across the country, as well as their employees, and the national company. Worse yet, many have now come forward to report that their claims were mishandled or ignored by employees and owners of the individual Massage Envy spas, or by the national company itself. Related: Al Franken Continues To Deny Sexual Misconduct Allegations From the BuzzFeed News piece, which talked to dozens of women and found the lawsuits of dozens more concerning their unwanted experiences at Massage Envy spas (below): "Dozens of women reported digital and oral penetration. One Oregon woman said her massage therapist forced his entire fist into her vagina before ejaculating in her face. In Florida, a woman said she tried to push away her massage therapist as he licked her vagina. Over 100 reported that massage therapists groped their genitals, groped their breasts, or committed other explicit violations, such as the California woman who said she opened her eyes during a prenatal massage to find her massage therapist sucking on her nipple." Now, Massage Envy is flailing to try to run away from the bad press -- at the center of which is not only the sexual assaults and misconduct itself, but also the company's inconsistent policy to policing their employees and aligning with their customers when things go REALLY wrong. Related: Brigitte Nielsen Slams Sexual Assault Allegations Against Sylvester Stallone More from the piece (below): "Massage Envy told BuzzFeed News that it would not be 'appropriate to respond point-by-point' to questions 'because of pending litigation' and the confidential documents involved. But overall, Melanie Hansen, general counsel of Massage Envy Franchising, said the company has worked hard to create the industry's 'most stringent, rigorous policies' for hiring, screening, and training therapists. 'We hold franchise owners accountable to our policies and, when we say nothing is more important to us than treating clients with respect and giving them a safe, professional experience, we mean it,' she said in an email to BuzzFeed News. But a review by BuzzFeed News found the company's policies on reporting improper conduct do more to protect the company brand than to ensure customer complaints are handled appropriately. Customers have been violated in shocking ways, then seen their reports brushed aside, while offending therapists have been allowed to keep their professional standing with no consequences." Wow... Related: Angelina Jolie Discusses Hollywood Sexual Misconduct In Powerful Speech Yeah, this is a really, really, REALLY bad look for Massage Envy -- and could spell serious doom for the company. Read the full investigative report HERE. Thoughts?? [Image via Massage Envy.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 26th, 2017

AFM: Arclight’s Gary Hamilton Dives Into Market

Gary Hamilton, chairman of sales and production outfit Arclight Films, discusses his company’s structure and the indie film market at the American Film Market. What sets Arclight apart from other sales companies? What defines it? From our perspective we are as much a production company as we are a sales company. Our focus is very […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 3rd, 2017

The Weinstein Company Might Be Sold After All — To A Company Owned By A Trump Confidante!

Last week, The Weinstein Company assured investors it was NOT shutting down after being hit by the explosive sexual assault scandal of co-founder Harvey Weinstein. Well, it looks like it might be curtains for the company after all! On Monday, it was announced that not only will Colony Capital invest in TWC, but TWC is also negotiating [...] Last week, The Weinstein Company assured investors it was NOT shutting down after being hit by the explosive sexual assault scandal of co-founder Harvey Weinstein. Well, it looks like it might be curtains for the company after all! On Monday, it was announced that not only will Colony Capital invest in TWC, but TWC is also negotiating with Colony about the possible sale of "all or a significant portion" of its assets. Related: Why Kate Winslet Refused To Thank Harvey In Oscar Speech! In a statement, TWC board member Tarak Ben Ammar said the film production house believes Colony's "sponsorship" will "help stabilize the Company's current operations." Interestingly enough, the private equity real estate trust is headed by billionaire Tom Barrack, who is also known for being one of Donald Trump's closest friends. Barrack, who headed Trump's inaugural committee, said the film studio has "substantial value and growth potential," adding: "We will return the Company to its rightful and iconic position in the independent film and television industry." Will the company finally fall in the right hands? [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 16th, 2017

"House of Cards" Production Hiatus Extended Amid Kevin Spacey Sexual Misconduct Allegations

House of Cards has extended the production hiatus amid reports of sexual misconduct by Kevin Spacey. Despite the fact that Netflix has severed ties with the star of the show, investigation into the claims is ongoing. A letter written by producers Media Rights Capital was obtained where the hiatus will be extended until at least [...] House of Cards has extended the production hiatus amid reports of sexual misconduct by Kevin Spacey. Despite the fact that Netflix has severed ties with the star of the show, investigation into the claims is ongoing. A letter written by producers Media Rights Capital was obtained where the hiatus will be extended until at least December 8. It’s unclear how Spacey will be written off of the show at this point. There are rumors that his character may be killed off. Click inside for the full letter… Dear Cast and Crew, As we move into the holidays, we want to express our appreciation for all of the meaningful messages of support we have received from you and want to update all of our loyal cast and crew on our progress and where things currently stand. We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon. As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus – beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th. In addition to the writers, there will be a small contingency of office/accounting staff who will remain in the production office on a continuous basis. Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us. We sincerely appreciate all you have done. Cast and other union members who are not actively working will be paid in accordance with applicable union guidelines through this period and we will be reaching out directly to your representatives to work through the details; we will get to everyone as quickly as possible and appreciate all of your patience here. These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business. We will provide an additional update by 12/8/17. Thank you all. Pauline Micelli (via THR).....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 26th, 2017

Rai Com Sales Chief Mattia Oddone Joins New Italian Production Company Propaganda Italia (EXCLUSIVE)

CANNES — The head of international sales at Italy’s prominent Rai Com company, Mattia Oddone, has stepped down to become managing director of  Propaganda Italia, a new Italian production company which has a slate of film and TV projects for the international market in various stages. These include an ambitious revenge crimer toplining Italian A-lister Toni Servillo […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 16th, 2017

Shania Twain Debuts "Swingin" With My Eyes Closed" Music Video - Watch Here!

Shania Twain rocks a sparkling jumpsuit in the just released music video for her latest single, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed“! The uplifting anthem is the second official single off of the 52-year-old country pop star’s fifth studio album NOW, which was just released today (September 29) and can be streamed via Spotify here. PHOTOS: [...] Shania Twain rocks a sparkling jumpsuit in the just released music video for her latest single, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed“! The uplifting anthem is the second official single off of the 52-year-old country pop star’s fifth studio album NOW, which was just released today (September 29) and can be streamed via Spotify here. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Shania Twain Shania says “the fighter in [her]” is responsible for the track. “I was thinking of a boxer taking a swing, or a baby first coming out with his eyes and fists closed,” Shania expressed in a statement. “They can’t even see yet and they’re swinging with their eyes closed.” Watch the music video below… Shania Twain – ‘Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed’ (Music Video).....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 29th, 2017

Netflix Severs Ties With "House of Cards" Star Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey is officially parting ways with House of Cards and Netflix. The 58-year-old actor and the streaming service will no longer be working together, following allegations of sexual assault. In a statement, the company said that they will not be involved in production of the show while Kevin is included and will work with [...] Kevin Spacey is officially parting ways with House of Cards and Netflix. The 58-year-old actor and the streaming service will no longer be working together, following allegations of sexual assault. In a statement, the company said that they will not be involved in production of the show while Kevin is included and will work with them during the show’s hiatus to figure out an alternative path. “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey,” Netflix said. It is rumored that production on the show will resume production after Thanksgiving......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 3rd, 2017

10 books we loved reading in 2017

Our critics fell in love with these 10 fiction and non-fiction titles this year, from 'Lincoln in the Bardo' to 'Leonardo da Vinci.'         Our critics fell in love with these 10 fiction and non-fiction titles this year, from 'Lincoln in the Bardo' to 'Leonardo da Vinci.'        .....»»

Category: topSource: usatodayDec 6th, 2017

Jesmyn Ward wins National Book Award for 'Sing, Unburied, Sing'

Annual awards are given for fiction, non-fiction, young people'st literature and poetry.         Annual awards are given for fiction, non-fiction, young people'st literature and poetry.        .....»»

Category: topSource: usatodayNov 16th, 2017