Tribune Media Extends Food Network Partnership With Scripps Networks

Tribune Media’s cash raising efforts won’t include a sale of its 31% stake in Food Network — thought to be worth about $1 billion — to its parent, Scripps Networks Interactive.
The companies say this morning that they’ve agreed to a “multi-year extension” of their Food partnership agreement. They didn’t offer financial details.
Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori calls Food “the gold standard for cable networks of all kinds,” and anticipates “continued success in the years…


Emiliano Rocha Minter on Mexico’s Mix of Sex and Death, ‘J.J. the Master’ and How To Make a First Feature

Could Emiliano Rocha Minter, whose “We Are the Flesh” makes its Mexican premiere at this week’s Morelia Festival, be a standard bearer for a new generation of Mexican directors? The last two waves have been shaped by both their leading figures and industry context. A first, that of the Tres Amigos, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del… Read more »

Joan Collins Comedy ‘The Time of Their Lives’ Drives to AFM With Independent

Andrew Orr’s sales agency Independent has taken over international sales duties on comedy “The Time of Their Lives,” which stars Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and Franco Nero. The company will be screening first footage at the American Film Market in Santa Monica next week. As previously announced, Universal Pictures will distribute the pic in the… Read more »

Former Technicolor Exec Scott Francis Joins THX as Chief Technology Officer (EXCLUSIVE)

THX has a new CTO: The sound quality specialist is slated to announce Friday that it has hired former Technicolor exec Scott Francis as its new Chief Technology Officer. The announcement comes just a week after THX was acquired by gaming accessories maker Razer. Francis previously worked close to a decade in CTO positions for Technicolor and… Read more »

Amy Schumer Shares Essay Defending Her Beyoncé “Formation” Video

Amy Schumer Formation parodyLast week, the comedian Amy Schumer shared a video of herself and Goldie Hawn, her costar in a forthcoming movie, lip-syncing and dancing to Beyoncé’s “Formation.” Now: We are talking about two white ladies having fun with a moment-defining anthem that’s associated with a certain unapologetic blackness. And you will probably not be … More »

Kuschevatzky, Campanella, Oreiro Head Up New Argentine Academy

One of Argentina’s highest-profile film-TV executives, Telefe movie division head Axel Kuschevatzky, a former director of Telefonica Studios, has been named the new president of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Kuschevatzky heads up a new board of directors which includes actress Natalia Oreiro (“Gilda,” “The German Doctor”) as second vice president. Up-and-coming… Read more »