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Broadcast Conglom Clear Channel Redubs Self “iHeartMedia”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

“To capture all these concepts and still call it the legacy name really is a disservice to what we are and what people here have built. So we’ve taken our biggest national brand, our newest brand, our most digital brand, and made that the name of the company.”
Broadcast Conglom Clear Channel Redubs Self “iHeartMedia”

What Celebs Have Come Out For Scottish Independence?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Sir Sean Connery: “The campaign is rooted in inclusiveness, equality and that core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future.”
What Celebs (And Fearful Politicos) Have Come Out For Scottish Independence?

Meet 25 Top Red Carpet Designers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Meet 25 Top Red Carpet Designers

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Songwriter Bob Crewe Was 83

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Songwriter Bob Crewe Was 83

Theater Director Robert Wilson Sez It’s Okay To Get Lost

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Theater Director Robert Wilson Sez It’s Okay To Get Lost

How Par Plucked Chris Rock’s Top Five At TIFF, Plus Notes On Other Acquisitions

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

How Par Plucked Chris Rock’s Top Five At TIFF, Plus Notes On Other Acquisitions

Sony Looking At $2 Billion Loss For Fiscal Year

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Sony Looking At $2 Billion Loss For Fiscal Year

Nick Paumgarten On The Danger Of Filming Everything In The GoPro Age

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Nick Paumgarten On The Danger Of Filming Everything In The GoPro Age

Is British Working-Class Talent Being Priced Out Of Acting?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Is British Working-Class Talent Being Priced Out Of Acting?

Katie Couric Wants To End Gun Violence With New Documentary

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Katie Couric Wants To End Gun Violence With New Documentary

Chicago’s Odd Obsession Video Swims Against The Streaming

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Chicago’s Odd Obsession Video Swims Against The Streaming

“That this film about an important gay rights issue will feature an out gay actress will be turned into a reality is almost too much good news.”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

“That this film about an important gay rights issue will feature an out gay actress will be turned into a reality is almost too much good news.”

Seinfeld Heartbroken Over Text From Joan Rivers’ Reps About Being On His Internet Show

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Seinfeld Heartbroken Over Text From Joan Rivers’ Reps About Being On His Internet Show

2014 MacArthur Fellows Include Documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer, Comics Artist Alison Bechdel,

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

2014 MacArthur Fellows Include Documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer, Comics Artist Alison Bechdel

CD-Hugging Japanese Won’t Embrace Online Tunes

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

CD-Hugging Japanese Won’t Embrace Online Tunes

Spurlock-Allen Economy Doc Project Boasts Three Oscars And Six Nominations Among Its Twenty Directors

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Spurlock-Allen We The Economy Doc Boasts Three Oscars And Six Nominations Among Its Twenty Directors

The Story Of Joan Rivers’ Doctor Only Gets Worse

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The Story Of Joan Rivers’ Doctor Only Gets Worse

Trailering Alex Ross Perry’s LISTEN UP PHILIP (1’52″)

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

KEVIN GRAYSON NAMED PRESIDENT OF DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION FOR NEW ROBERT SIMONDS-LED STUDIO

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Los Angeles, September 16, 2014—Kevin Grayson will be joining Robert Simonds’ newly announced next generation film and television studio as President of Domestic Distribution for the Motion Picture Group, it was announced today by Simonds and Thomas McGrath, COO of the new studio.

Grayson segues to the Company at the end of the month from Universal Pictures, where he was Senior Vice President of Distribution and Assistant General Sales Manager. He joins the new venture after helping propel Universal to their best year ever at the box office in 2013.

“Like the other extraordinary executives we are recruiting to lead our key divisions, we went after the best and brightest distribution leader in the business and we could not be more proud to welcome Kevin to our growing company,” said Simonds.

Added McGrath, “Kevin is one of our early core executive team hires as we ramp up our distribution operations and start to chart our slate.  His expansive experience working with exhibition for nearly two decades on all types of films, large and small, will be essential to our success moving forward.”

“Kevin’s sales and distribution experience while working at Dreamworks, Paramount, and Universal offers our filmmakers and talent access to one of the sharpest and savviest distribution minds working in the industry today,” said Oren Aviv, the studio’s newly named President and Chief Content Officer for the Motion Picture Group, who will work closely with Grayson.

Said Grayson, “It’s rare when you are given the opportunity to create a distribution team from scratch. We are starting from the ground up and will staff a lean and efficient group that is second to none. I can’t wait to start working with Bob, Tom, Oren and all of my colleagues at the new studio.”

While at Universal, Grayson worked on such blockbusters as Fast and Furious 6, Despicable Me, Identity Thief, Neighbors, Ride Along, Snow White and the Huntsman, Ted, Lone Survivor, The Lorax, and Safe House, among others. Prior to joining Universal, he was a Senior Vice President of Sales and Distribution at Paramount where he worked on films for the main studio as well as the Paramount Vantage and Insurge labels.  He was integrally involved in the distribution of a diverse range of titles from An Inconvenient Truth and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, to Paranormal Activityand the Justin Bieber concert documentary Never Say Never. He also worked on global hits such asIron Man and Transformers. He spent 11 years in distribution and theatrical sales at Dreamworks SKG, working on the studio’s first release The Peacemaker thru the launch of their biggest and best known titles, from Gladiator, American Beauty, and Saving Private Ryan to Amistad.   Kevin started his career in distribution at MGM.

 

Sam Adams On “What We Lose When Netflix Wins”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Sam Adams On “What We Lose When Netflix Wins”
AndA Keen Dave Kehr Piece From 2011 That Foreshadows The Problem Of Streaming Rights Vs. Physical Media