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Taskovski Falls for CPH:DOX’s ‘Daughter of Genghis,’ a Nuanced Portrait of Radicalization From ‘The Lost Leonardo’ Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

Taskovski Films has acquired world rights to the Danish doc “Daughter of Genghis,” produced by “The Lost Leonardo’s” Andreas Dalsgaard for Elk Film. The debut feature of award-winning photo-journalists Kristoffer Juel Poulsen and Christian Als will world premiere in the F:ACT competition section of the leading international documentary festival CPH:DOX in Copenhagen. Variety has secured […]
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Nexstar Ad Sales Fall 36% in Q4 as CW Loss Narrows to $52 Million

Nexstar reported its fourth-quarter 2023 earnings Wednesday, revealing its TV ad sales were down 36% from Oct. 1- Dec. 31. In the same period, Nexstar’s losses at the CW narrowed to $52 million from $60 million in Q3. That marks a 45% improvement in the network’s losses (down from $94 million) since Q4 of 2022, when the […]
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IQiyi, Chinese Streamer, Loses Subscribers but Records First Annual Profit

IQiyi, the Chinese streaming platform that is part of Baidu, revealed its first full year net profits, in 2023, even as its subscriber total dropped by more than 10%. The company enjoyed a 10% increase in revenue to RMB31.9 billion ($4.5 billion) in the year to December, it said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. […]
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Endeavor Q4 2023 Results Dented by Write-Offs, Legal and Restructuring Costs

Endeavor’s fourth-quarter results reflected the company’s growth in sports through the acquisition of WWE last September, but its bottom line was hit by nearly $30 million in legal and restructuring costs and $47 million in write-offs from its Events, Experiences and Rights division. Last year Endeavor also paid out $101 million in advisory fees and […]
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Why Original Dragon Slayer Story Is the Focus for Big Budget Fantasy Show ‘Hagen,’ Backed by Fremantle, Constantin (EXCLUSIVE)

On Wednesday, Fremantle revealed that it had secured worldwide distribution rights, outside of German-speaking territories, to the premium fantasy drama “Hagen” — a working title — from Constantin Film. Variety spoke to Jan Ehlert, one of the producers on the show, and Jens Richter, CEO commercial and international at Fremantle, about why they backed the […]
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‘Reacher’ Star Alan Ritchson Lost Out on Thor After Not Taking Audition ‘Seriously,’ Assumed Marvel Cared About Looks Over Acting

Before starring as the title role in the hit Prime Video series “Reacher,” Alan Ritchson had auditioned for several notable superheroes and action heroes throughout his career, including Marvel’s Thor. In a new Men’s Health cover story, Ritchson revealed that he auditioned for the hammer-wielding god of thunder and, because of his appearance, figured he’d […]
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‘Rust’ Armorer Told Detectives She Checked Dummy Rounds ‘Most of the Time’

SANTA FE, N.M. — “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed told detectives that she brought dummy rounds to set that were left over from a previous film, and that had been loose in a bag in her car. Gutierrez Reed is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins, who was killed by […]
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Final Oscar Voting Closes: A Fun Q&A Guide to Who Could Win and More Anonymous Ballots

That’s all, Oscar folks! In just 12 days, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will crack open 23 illustrious envelopes to unveil the victors of this year’s 96th Oscars. It’s a night where predictability usually reigns supreme, but hey, there’s always room for a curveball or two. During the past six days of […]
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