Tokyo Festival: David Puttnam and MPAA’s Chris Dodd Pick Winners in Digital University

Japanese filmmaker Hayato Sakuta is to take part in a five-day immersion program in Los Angeles after winning first prize at the Digital Hollywood University, a one-day educational event organized in Tokyo by the Motion Picture Association. Sakuta pitched “Virgin Mafia,” a film...
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‘Gone Girl’ Gives Local Missouri Economy $7 Million Boost

The Ben Affleck crime thriller is already a hit in Cape Girardeau after spiking tourism and employment Evidently, crime does pay — for the residents of one Missouri town at least. The production of Twentieth Century Fox’s crime thriller “Gone Girl” has already contributed...
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Media Institute Salutes Dodd, Martore

Former Senator Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, will receive the Freedom of Speech award from The Media Institute, the media company-backed free speech think tank. Gracia Martore, president of Gannett and on Fortune, Forbes...
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Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use

LOS ANGELES — The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood. The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to applications from seven filmmaking companies and pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America,...
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MPAA Chief Chris Dodd to Attend Morelia Film Fest

Hollywood’s top lobbyist is set to make his first appearance at the prestigious Mexican event Chris Dodd will make his first-ever appearance at the upcoming Morelia International Film Festival, one of Mexico’s most prestigious film showcases. Dodd presented the...
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Hollywood gives Washington the red carpet treatment

Actor RJ Mitte of AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” joined various other actors, makeup artists, costume designers and story board artists to give lawmakers a behind-the-scenes look at the “creativity, talent and innovation that drive the American film and...
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Hollywood Touts New Anti-Piracy Approach, Economic Benefits to Capitol Hill Crowd

“People … see the product, but they don’t understand all that goes into it. What we want to do is show piracy affects real people and their jobs” –Rep. Judy Chu The entertainment industry rolled out a little bit of Hollywood to Capitol Hill on Wednesday showcasing exhibits,...
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Jim Henson Company’s Former CEO Pushes for Stronger Intellectual Property Protection

“If we want to continue to see the movies we love, we need to reward those who create them,” says Charles Rivkin, now a US official Former Jim Henson Company CEO Charles H. Rivkin, who has been tapped by President Obama as an assistant secretary of state, has named the...
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Ninja Turtles movie boosts NYC economy

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have saved New York from aliens, robots and ninjas for years, and their latest adventure supercharged the Big Apple’s economy. The big budget reboot, which opens Friday, spent $55 million, including $30 million on salaries and $3.2 million...
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Hollywood boosts film, TV spending in Georgia

The film and television industry boosted its direct production spending in Georgia by 50 percent in the past fiscal year, topping $1 billion for the first time, state officials said Tuesday. The movie and television industry shot 158 projects in Georgia, including high-profile...
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