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Posts Tagged ‘Claudia Eller’

Daniel Miller to Join LA Times’ Company Town

Hollywood Reporter senior writer Daniel Miller is leaving the entertainment trade for the  pastures of the LA Times‘ showbiz blog Company Town. He starts his new gig next Monday. Looks like he’ll be on the studio beat.

Miller will report to entertainment news editor Claudia Eller.

Memo to staff from LA Times assistant managing editor John Corrigan after the jump:

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Top Gun Sequel’s Best Asset May Be 28-Year-Old Billionaire’s Son

Recent rumblings that a sequel to Top Gun may be brewing brought about a large, collective groan. But after reading today’s LA Times profile of David Ellison, the 28-year-old son of Oracle Corp. billionaire Larry and potential sequel producer, FishbowlLA is cautiously optimistic.

Under a headline that suggests Ellison Jr. is intent, with $350 million in funding, in working with Paramount Studios to make his Skydance Productions a “media company 2.0”, writers Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz put forth a portrait of a young man who has little hesitation about what he is doing:

Ellison pitched Top Gun‘s original team — Cruise, director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer – on ways to update the story to the 21st century, such as integrating the increasing use of unmanned drones by the military.

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Warner Bros. Buys Into UK Production Facility

For a long time now, the Hollywood industry skein has been a tale of two kitties. While much of the TV production has remained in Los Angeles, feature film have decamped to all corners of the U.S. and beyond.

The latest confirmation of this trend comes courtesy of a newswire pick-up by Claudia Eller and Richard Verrier at the LA Times “Company Town” blog. Warner Bros., a studio that has been heavily involved in a UK production facility near Watford, is buying the compound and making further investments that will result in two new soundstages, a Harry Potter museum and an estimated 300 additional non-LA jobs.

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Lions Gate Trying To Play In The Big Leagues — Let’s Lay Off

Lions Gate Entertainment, which is enjoying a wild ride with its “Saw” franchise and its Emmys for “Mad Men,” announced Friday that it was laying off 8% of its workstaff across the board,including production, television, home entertainment, business affairs and legal.lionsgate.jpg

Out of a workforce of 550, the Santa Monica-based studio eliminated 41 positions. The layoffs should save the company some $10 million annually, out of its $140 million overhead.

The moves may come as a treat to corporate raider Carl Icahn, who recently bought about 9% of the company, which many on Wall Street felt as an overture to an corporate raid on the company. Icahn has said he thought Lions Gate was undervalued and could perform better.

The Los Angeles Times take from reporter Claudia Eller on Lions Gate’s woes is below:

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LAT In 90 Seconds — Hero Edition

ledger_3fff_2.jpgHero Complex: Fanboy/reporter Geoff Boucher begins the first of his three-part interview with The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. We weren’t half as interested in Nolan’s answers as we were in Boucher’s questions, which were filled with commentary: “I winced when I read a lot of the political messaging that people said they detected in your film. I think a lot of that says more about my industry than it does yours.”

43067410.jpgDisney Gets A ‘Bolt’ From Pixar: Claudia Eller and Dawn Chmielewski explore how Disney Animation has become ‘Pixar South.’

eeeefgrergrgdfg.jpgPrimetime Heroics? The LAT Opinions page (Hearts) Barack Obama, but not his infomercial: “There’s something cheesy about a 30-minute commercial. One half expects Obama to be introduced by a pitchman in a loud sweater: “But wait, there’s more! If you act by Nov. 4, you also get the foreign policy expertise of Sen. Joe Biden!”

LAT In 90 Seconds

40677727-03133848.jpgSubliminal Messages? We know it’s not like a naked chick in an ice cube or anything, but we can’t help it: Every time we click on the LAT elections editorial page, we can’t help but think that whoever named the page was a (not very subtle) Barack Obama supporter.

41070436-17111957.jpgMaking Mountains Out of Moles? Elizabeth Snead pays loving homage to a bit of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s former facial flesh.

41049933-16124527.jpgCat’s Meow: Claudia Eller has the goods about Michael Vollman leaving Paramount Pictures to become executive vice president of worldwide marketing at MGM.

LAT In 90 Seconds

dreamsss.jpgCelebrity Splits: Claudia Eller likens the breakup of DreamWorks SKG and Viacom Inc.‘s Paramount Pictures to a divorce, saying “the only issue now is who gets custody of the children. Like custody battles anywhere, this one could get nasty.” At stake, hundreds of movie projects and employees who work for DreamWorks.

anilambani.jpgHollywood Going Bollywood? Indian movie mogul Anil Ambani is “in talks to help finance a move by DreamWorks SKG, the studio founded by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, to become an independent company again.”

s263720.jpgPatt Morrison Throwing Signs? Patt Morrison compares her book club to a troubled youth book club and learns that all book clubs are kinda gang-like. At least, that was our read.

Loeb Award Finalists Announced — SoCal (Finally) Represented

01largenews.jpg Unlike some of the other prizes recently, SoCal newspapers are better represented in this morning’s announcement of Loeb finalists (the award is based out of Los Angeles, so we’d better be!).

Some of the local points of pride:

Finalists in the Breaking News category include Claudia Eller, Richard Verrier, Maria Elena Fernandez, Jay A. Fernandez, Meg James, John Horn and Joseph Menn for their LAT writers’ strike coverage.

In the Best Writing category, Lisa Girion is up for her story “Coverage Denied.”


(photo of 2001 winners from the OC Register)

Craig Mazin Apologizes for Not Shutting Up


Craig Mazin seems to think that Claudia Eller screwed him over in the LA Times:

When I spoke to Claudia Eller, her intent was to do an article alleging a possible growing splinter movement within the Guild.

Soooo…while I have no problem reiterating my essential thesis, which is that New Media is the only thing that matters right now and our union should drop its valueless bargaining chips in order to get to the meat of the issue, I insisted to Claudia that she also print my larger point, which was that this was no time for splinter groups in our union.

She promised to do that.

She didn’t.

Here’s the LAT piece, if you missed it. And the offending statements–really short:

Writer Craig Mazin, a former board member and frequent critic of union leaders, called some of the additional demands, such as jurisdiction over feature animation and reality TV, misguided and not achievable.

“New media is the only thing that matters,” Mazin said, who also has been sharply critical of the studios’ proposals. “It’s what the leadership went on strike for.”

Mazin needs to cheer up. He got nearly 150 comments, which is about 50x great than the number of readers of Eller’s piece.

Nikki Finke to Return to the LAT? No, But LA Mag Thinks She Should

Los Angeles Magazine has a few suggestions for “fixing” the LAT — one of them being that the paper of record lure Nikki Finke away from her post at LA Weekly. A excerpt per Hollywood Wiretap:

She isn’t always accurate (but)…she is almost alone in conveying a palpable excitement about what the Industry is doing. She is all but alone in not treating it like it’s the aircraft industry or the car business. She makes you think movies matter and brings an appropriate — or at least wildly entertaining — moral indignation.

Finke takes the publication to task, telling us via e-mail:

“While I have not seen RJ.’s article, based on what you’re telling me, I suppose I’m flattered. But I’ve already been a staff writer for the LA Times, so my response is: been there, done that. Besides, I’m way too provocative for that place, and it gets you drop-kicked on your head by editors there. And I’d have to stop referring to the moguls as morons and assholes, so that’s no fun. But I do take strong issue with Smith’s ridiculous assertion that “she isn’t always accurate”. (C’mon, RJ, give me even one example. What’s that? You can’t?) It’s just not true, and he knows it.”

In a follow-up e-mail, she writes:

“I’ve been kinda nasty about los angeles magazine in recent months, so good for them for being able to look past that and pay me a compliment. but i won’t let up on them, either.”