Originally Published in Media Play News April 21, 2019 With the March 20 closure of Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, much has been written about the storied history of the celebrated film studio, responsible for nearly a century’s worth of big-screen favorites, from Shirley Temple musicals to Star Wars, from The Sound … Continue reading 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment: A History of Distinction
Originally Published in Variety January 8, 2019 U.S. consumer spending on home entertainment hit a new record in 2018, buoyed by subscription streaming as well as transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group announced Jan. 8. Total consumer spending on home entertainment during the year shot up to an estimated $23.3 billion, up 11.5% … Continue reading Home Entertainment Spending in U.S. Hit Record $23.3 Billion in 2018
Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times June 22, 2000 This summer you are going to be reminded, again and again, of why you were afraid of the water. Universal Studios is blanketing lifeguard towers, beach cans and beach-bound buses on both coasts with enormous ads for “Jaws.” No, not “Jaws 5" but the original … Continue reading DVD Format Taking an Increasingly Larger Bite Out of the Home Video Market
Originally Published in Media Play News May 16, 2019 A second round of layoffs is reportedly rocking the Walt Disney Co. this week as the studio continues to integrate the 20th Century Fox film organization it officially acquired March 20. The layoffs, initially reported by Variety and then by the Los Angeles Times, are expected … Continue reading More Layoffs This Week as Disney Integration of Fox Continues
Originally published in the San Diego Reader October 17, 1985 In the airport bar at Lindbergh Field, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson tossed back the last of his second margarita. He handed the empty glass to a passing waitress and, banging both fists on the cocktail table, let out a belch. “Two hours,” he said, “is … Continue reading Hunter S. Thompson’s most recent adventure in San Diego
Originally Published in USA TODAY April 6, 2007 Hotshot Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is now playing ball with the big guys on an entirely different field. The agency, home to such A-list movie stars as Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman, a year ago opened CAA Sports with the … Continue reading Athletes follow stars in picking A-list agents
Originally published in San Diego Magazine September 2001 Pristine skies and vacation-caliber weather are omnipresent clues. But for Doug Flutie, one nonmeteorological moment brought his new surroundings into perspective. “I knew I was in California when I was listening to the radio and heard an ad for breast implants,” says the San Diego Chargers’ new … Continue reading Small Wonder
I have a new morning ritual. While sipping my first cup of coffee (of two) and catching up on my email and the latest news, all on my iPhone, I now also invariably finish the movie I fell asleep watching the night before. Yes, I am at that age where I begin to nod off … Continue reading Movies Anywhere – Studios Got It Right!