Warner Bros. had a billion-dollar summer after all.Against all odds, the studio hit the magical milestone with an unexpectedly strong finish during the season-concluding Labor Day weekend. A week earlier, Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman had said it was highly unlikely its industry-leading domestic summer tally would top $1 billion.As things turned out, the studio did -- by $10,269.Warners was helped by its 3D horror pic "The Final Destination," which topped the North American boxoffice for a second consecutive weekend to arrive at a $50.4 million cume through 10 days of release.Warners missed matching its industry-record performance from summer 2008, a period fattened by historically strong grosses from Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight," by less than $20 million. The studio has topped market-share rankings the past two summers, corralling 23% of domestic boxoffice during the latest swimsuit season with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "The Hangover" and … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. hits billion mark
It is the first such promotion the lottery company has embarked on and coincides with the 50th anniversary of Warner Bros. Records."Warner Bros. Records was born in California, and we have a rich history and heritage in the state," said Andrea Kinloch, brand partnerships VP for Warner Bros. Records, in a statement. "It's always nice to be first - and since this is the first music-based promotion that the California Lottery has done we are even more thrilled to make this happen."Warner Bros. Records Scratchers are now retailing at $2 in the 21,000 California Lottery ticket outlets throughout California. As well as the regular instant cash prizes - the top prize is $10,000 - the Scratchers will offer second-chance prizes online. Music prizes include 100 downloads each for 2,400 winners and a top prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to a 2010 summer music festival.Warner Bros. artists Seal, Michelle Branch, Goo Goo Dolls and Taking Back Sunday will feature in the promotion, although … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. joins lottery for campaign
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution will exclusively handle releasing to digital outlets for the film company startup, including download-to-own platforms and VOD.The agreement comes on the heels of Warners' Digital releasing Oscilloscope's Michelle Williams drama "Wendy & Lucy" in the spring on VOD and digital platforms. Time Warner Cable, Comcast and iTunes are among those that have made the pic available.Oscilloscope, which specializes in the acquisition and release of boutique films, has purchased rights to the Los Angeles-set inner-city tale "The Garden" and the murdered-father exploration "Dear Zachary." Both will be among the titles released on digital platforms this year via Warners.Said company founder Adam Yauch, the former Beastie Boy with a penchant for speaking his mind: "We went out to breakfast with these cats, had a good time hanging out. So I said, 'What the hell, they seem like they know what they're doing; let's do this.' "Most of the company's films will appear in … [Read more...] about Oscilloscope teams with Warner Bros. digital
The agreement also covers catalog titles including "Ocean's 11," "Ocean's 12" and "The Matrix.""For Warner Bros., it's a pleasure to announce this deal with ONO," Warner Bros. digital distribution international's senior vp Marc Gareton said. "ONO has at this time a large number of VOD users in Spain, and thanks to this initiative, its clients will have access to Warner Bros. Digital Distribution whenever they want it, without waiting."ONO boasts 3.7 million subscribers and 6 million users of its broadband services that include phone, Internet and television services. … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. Digital inks VOD deal in Spain
Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer, president and COO Alan Horn and executive vp, International, Warner Bros. Richard Fox announced Tuesday (Nov 3) that Berger will combine his new position with his existing responsibilities as president and managing director of U.K. and Ireland.Berger, who reports through Fox to Meyer and Horn, will work closely with the local executives of the various Warner Bros. business units in Spain -- Warner Bros. Pictures International, Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and Warner Bros. Consumer Products -- to develop a growth plan for the market, identifying areas for driving revenues and profits, leveraging operational efficiencies and maximizing cross-divisional, cross-company and third party opportunities.No stranger to Spain, Berger was managing director for Warner Bros. International Television Distribution in Spain and Portugal in the … [Read more...] about Josh Berger named head of Warner Bros Spain
Warner Bros. is going to the dogs, signing on to acquire and develop "Nubs," a feel-good story of a pooch and a U.S. Marine based on a publishing sensation.The project will reunite Warners with Justin Zackham, the writer of its Jack Nicholson breakout "The Bucket List" two years ago. Zackham will pen and produce the canine tale."Nubs" tells the story of a stray dog that Maj. Brian Dennis rescued while on a tour of duty on the front lines in Iraq. After nursing the dog back to health and caring for it as his own, he arranged to have him shipped back to the U.S. and was reunited with the dog when his tour ended.The story became a media phenomenon in the fall, with Dennis and Nubs making appearances on such programs as "Today," "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."In addition to Dennis' life rights, filmmakers have acquired the top-selling children's book "Nubs: A Marine, a Mutt and a Miracle," which Dennis wrote with Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson. The … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. laps up dog story ‘Nubs’
Greg Silverman has been named to the newly created position of executive vp creative development and production at Warner Bros. Pictures.Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, to whom Silverman will report, announced the promotion Monday.In his new position, which he'll begin on Jan. 1, Silverman will oversee Warners' development activities and budget.In effect, he'll be Robinov's second-in-command, replacing Kevin McCormick, who resigned as president of production in October to segue into a producing deal.Silverman had been serving as exec vp production, where he shepherded such hits as "300," "The Dark Knight" and "The Hangover." He is overseeing such upcoming films as "Jonah Hex," "Inception," "Sucker Punch" and "Green Lantern.""As his track record clearly indicates, Greg has an uncanny ability to tap into cultural trends as well as his extensive relationships in the creative community to deliver what audiences want," Robinov said. "He has a deep understanding of … [Read more...] about Greg Silverman upped at Warner Bros.
The veteran music exec and producer will report to Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov, who announced the appointment Tuesday.He will be responsible for the creative direction of Warners' music operations and also will oversee the department's administrative, production and day-to-day business functions and will work with Warners producers and directors on music-related initatives. He also will serve as president of New Line Records, which he will run with executive vp Jason Linn, while reporting to New Line president Toby Emmerich on that business.Broucek most recently launched Common Market, a music consulting, production and publishing company. He also formed a creative partnership with record producer Salaam Remi for a lineup of film projects, including New Line's "Sex and the City 2," and served as exec producer of the Javier Navarrete score for the upcoming martial-arts Western "The Warrior's Way." While Broucek will step away from its day-to-day operations, Common … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. Pictures taps music president
McAleese included her Hollywood visit as part of a larger California tour to boost Ireland's profile on the West Coast. The event at Warner Bros. was organized by the Irish Film Board and Enterprise Ireland. McAleese quipped that so popular have Hollywood films been in Ireland for so long that she suspected her children would prefer her to be president of Warner Bros. rather than president of Ireland.Jonathan Loughran of the Irish Film Board's Los Angeles office noted that the presidential visit came at an important and exciting time for the Irish film industry. "Our indigenous film sector is booming with 25 feature films funded this year alone by the IFB and on the incoming production side, we hope to see Showtime's 'The Tudors' return for a 4th successive season and look forward to welcoming more US feature films and television series to Ireland in 2009."On hand at the event was Warner Bros. Entertainment president and COO Alan Horn, and Bill Daly, senior vp postproduction, who … [Read more...] about McAleese makes stop at Warner Bros.
The film team on Warner Bros.' historic lot in "beautiful downtown Burbank" will be forgiven if they sound a little giddy this holiday season.The Warner Bros. Pictures Group on Monday projected a year-end worldwide boxoffice for 2009 totaling $3.99 billion, besting the studio's own industry record from 2007. Warners projected a domestic tally of $2.13 billion -- surpassing its industry record of $1.79 billion from 2008 -- and foreign grosses totaling $1.86 billion.The studio's latest 12-month performance represents a ninth consecutive $1 billion-plus year for both the domestic and international film distribution arms."We're really proud of this achievement, and it was only possible through the combined efforts of an incredibly talented group of people," Warners film president Jeff Robinov said. -Nielsen Business Media … [Read more...] about Warner Bros.: $3.99 billion b.o. for ’09