Posts Tagged ‘Peter Bart’
Nikki Finke’s got the scoop on Anne Thompson’s move from The Hollywood Reporter to Variety, along with editor Cynthia Littleton. Littleton is the editor at THR but will be deputy editor for news development at Variety, and Thompson, FBLA has learned, will be deputy editor of Variety.com, working with Dana Harris.
Thompson’s blog won’t travel with her, but RiskyBusinessBlog.com will be launched.
Peter Bart announced the news, saying
Variety is delighted to welcome two important new voices to our organization.
Jim Samples has stepped down as head of the Cartoon Network, after the edgy if stupid Aqua Teen Hunger Force marketing effort blew up (or looked like it could) in Boston.
Sarah, the Dutchess of York, aka the other Fergie, gets a producer credit on a project about Queen Victoria that she brought to Graham King. King and Martin Scorese will produce.
Peter Bart admits what the rest of America knows: too many lawyers.
As if the first one wasn’t bad enough: Disney will release Haunted High School Musical, the movie, in 2008. Then High School Musical on Mars in 2009. And then in 2010, High School Musical: Naked Study Hall. Don’t you wish.
ABC has a new reality project in the works called The Golden Cage, from EP John de Mol, creator of Fear Factor and Big Brother. Ten contestants live in a high end mansion with all the trappings of the filthy rich–servants, lavish parties, great food, etc. The thing is, they can’t leave. It’s The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie as a game show!
Roman Polanski will direct Pompeii, a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of Mt. Vesuvius just before and during its eruption. Toga party!
Peter Bart weighs in on the producer credit dilemna, writing:
There always seem to be several writers on a movie–why not several producers?
The more, the merrier or safety in numbers?
Mark Canton (you know–Wendy Finerman’s ex) is making a comeback, not that he ever really went away, and tells Anne Thompson all about it. He’s pinning his hopes on the big screen version of Frank Miller’s graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae. The movie is called 300, because no one in Hollywood can pronouce Thermopylae.
ABC’s Andrea Wong says reality tv has no rules, which is mighty big talk from the woman who killed the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire franchise. Still, ABC took a risk with Dancing With the Stars which paid off nicely. Asked what show she covets, Wong replied:
The steamroller of American Idol. I want to kill myself every time it’s on.
You and half the world, sister.
Variety, the show-biz bible, has struck a deal with Reelz Channel–writers appear as correspondents and analysts on the Dailies show and Reelz puts a camera in the newsroom.
Rod Perth, head of the cable channel, said
The goal for this network is to become for movie fans what the Food Network is for foodies or ESPN is for sports fans.
Editor Peter Bart is slated to be a regular on-camera presence, but many of Variety’s writers are notoriously shy about appearing on TV, probably because no reporter in show biz can be as glamorous as the stars they cover. Trust us, after a while, they won’t even notice the camera–or so all reality cast members claim.
Reelz, currently in 28 million homes, is predicted to clear 45 million subscribers by the end of this year.