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James Rainey
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WNET agrees to keep 'POV' and 'Independent Lens,' two documentary films shows, in prime time. That means other PBS stations will also continue to give premiere spot to docs. Filmmakers pleased. For now.
Public television executives have agreed to keep two long running documentary film programs — POV and Independent Lens — in primetime and to substantially increase marketing support for the shows, ...
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Jeffrey Katzenberg took a pay cut in 2014. Down to $6.4 million for the year. That's a $7 million hit.
DreamWorks Animation chief executive officer Jeffrey Katzenberg took a more than $7 million pay hit in 2014 — his annual compensation reduced about 53% from $13.5 million to $6.4 million — as a res...
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Jeff Skoll's Participant Media has launched a strategic review and intends to appoint a board of directors. Significant change could be on the way for the 11-year-old film, TV and digital company.
Jeff Skoll had been working frenetically with epidemiologists, NGOs and diplomats for weeks last fall. The experts were racing to contain the wildfire spread of Ebola, only to have their benefactor...
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Some will be jealous that a film school graduate immediately got bankrolled by her rich godfather--the guy who gave the world the 5-hour ENERGY shot. But Shivani Rawat is a very sweet and humble young woman. And she wants to make good movies. That is not a bad combination.
Dan Fogelman had built a praiseworthy list of writing credits with such hits as “Cars,” “Tangled” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” But that didn’t bring the world clamoring to finance what he hoped would...
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Graham Moore made the most important "political" statement of the night at the Oscars. And not because immigration and civil rights and equal pay for women aren't important. But because Depression gets very little play in the media and particularly little mention from prominent people who suffer from it. Here is one who was gutsy enough to talk about it.
If social media is the judge, it was the most daring and heartfelt moment of the 2015 Oscar show. And it almost didn't happen. Screenwriter Graham Moore recounted Monday that, as he thanked family ...
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Stan Chambers, who practically invented the TV news "live shot," is dead at 91. Seems like Stan covered every story in L.A. post the Spanish land grants. He had a lot of verve and integrity.
Stan Chambers, the venerable newsman who helped introduce TV news in Los Angeles and delivered its first “live shot” in the late 1940s, died Friday morning at his Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles, ...
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@RussellCrowe has a new film, his first as a director, that is really worth a look. It's called #TheWaterDiviner  and its a postwar drama with touch of romance.
Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner” might be seen as just another film struggling to get a look from American audiences during a spring movie season dominated by the latest installments in the “Ave...
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I wrote a story less than two weeks ago about Participant Media, the company that made "The Help" and "Lincoln" and many other movies. I reported that CEO Jim Berk was under fire from some employees, as a an indecisive micromanager. Today, Berk quit. Here is the story.
Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned Friday after more than eight years atop the multimedia company, with founder Jeff Skoll announcing he would serve as temporary chief executive of the company...
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Joel Silver, high flying movie producer, has hit a wall in his bid to open a new headquarters in Venice. He owes $98,000 in back property taxes, has contractors filing liens against him for allegedly unpaid bills and has left the building, once home to a landmark Post Office, a grafitti-scarred mess.
Politicos, business titans and stars gathered for a press gala in the fall of 2012 to hear the big news: Joel Silver would bring his movie company to Venice's historic post office. To hear the prod...
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Will Smith, star of "Focus," won't be watching the films box office. A look at the star's new attitude. And the last time he was called a "has been." At age 20. 
You might not be able to take the schadenfreude out of the town – some in Hollywood love to root for a competitor’s heartaches – but you can take a bit of the town out of the man. Will Smith said h...
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My old beat in the political world and my new one in the movie world collide more often than one might think. Turns out the White House and particularly Michelle Obama have good reason to be rooting for one Academy Award contender. It's Graham Moore, nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay. Here is why he is getting some White House love.
Based on cryptic responses from inside the White House, President Obama and the First Family’s viewing plans on Oscar night must be a closely-guarded secret. What can be safely assumed, though, is ...
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After death of David Carr, New York Times bounced out a story on White House and Silicon Valley fighting and put Carr's obituary on Page One. My appreciation of the great NYT media writer.
In a New York Times newsroom filled with stars, David Carr ranked as one of the few whose death would merit a makeover of the newspaper's front page. But when the media columnist died suddenly Thur...
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    I cover the film industry for the venerable Hollywood magazine and website Variety.com
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I write about the Film Industry for Variety. I'm an ocean swimmer and basketball hack, ever-hopeful Cal Bear fan. Prior to January, 2015 I spent 29 years at the Los Angeles Times, covering media, politics, government, environment, the foster care system and a lot of other things.
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