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2008-10-14 12:00:19

It didn't take long for Steven Spielberg's new production company to find a home. In one of Hollywood's worst-kept secrets, the superstar director's new company -- to be called DreamWorks, just like his old studio -- signed a seven-year deal with NBC Universal to distribute the six films it will start releasing later next year. Terms of the deal weren't released, although BusinessWeek has been told that the company to be headed by Spielberg and Stacey Snider, his partner in the new venture,...

2008-10-06 12:30:00

It may have sounded like saber-rattling. But the year-old war between Viacom's (VIAB) Paramount Pictures and superstar director Steven Spielberg ended pretty quickly with a truce about his impending departure. Only three weeks after Spielberg teamed up with India's Reliance BIG Entertainment to set up his own studio, he has agreed to make an as-yet-undetermined number of films for his old studio as well. The deal, to be announced on Oct. 6, will finalize the separation agreement between...

2008-10-04 15:00:14

U.S. movie director Steven Spielberg has signed a deal with an Indian film group to create a new studio, sources say Unidentified sources in Los Angeles said Spielberg and Reliance Big Entertainment were finalizing an agreement potentially worth up to $1.5 billion to create the new Hollywood studio, the Times of India reported Saturday. Currently, $700 million of the cinematic deal will be provided by the JPMorgan Chase financial group, while Reliance will pay an additional $550 million....

2008-09-24 21:00:22

Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, are the latest celebrity donors to the fight against California's November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Spielberg and Capshaw have donated $100,000 to fight Proposition 8, they announced in a statement . "Such discrimination has NO place in California's constitution, or any other," the statement said. Brad Pitt gave the same amount to the cause last week. Jewelry worn by...

2008-09-21 15:30:00

Paramount Pictures says Steven Spielberg's ties to the Hollywood studio are cut as the famed director has signed a new deal with an Indian film group. A statement from Paramount said the studio allowed certain provisions in Spielberg's initial Paramount contract to be waived so the Dream Works official could sign a $1.2 billion deal with Reliance Big Entertainment, the Financial Times reported Saturday. The Indian studio's purchase of Dream Works, which Spielberg co-founded with producer...

2008-09-16 06:00:19

By Martyn McLaughlin ONE day, writer Peter Benchley came across a newspaper story about a Long Island fisherman who caught a 4,500lb great white shark. "I thought to myself, 'What would happen if one of those came around and wouldn't go away?'" Benchley later recalled. It was a scenario that launched one of the most successful debut novels in history, and laid the foundations for one of cinema's iconic creations. By the time Benchley realised his 1964 idea, and published his...

2008-09-03 18:00:16

COULD this be a great white shark emerging from the water just off the Welsh coast? The terrifying picture (right) was shot by fisherman David John while on a fishing trip just 100 yards off the popular tourist destination of Caldey Island. Mr John, 40, from nearby Manorbier, said he just happened to be taking pictures of his girlfriend on his mobile phone when what could be one of the sea's most feared predators leaped from the water. And last night, marine experts refused to rule...

2008-08-27 18:00:37

James Moll, Emmy winner and an Academy Award winning filmmaker for "The Last Days," Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, the Oscar winning producers of "American Beauty," produced the seven minute tribute to the country's veterans to be shown Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. "A Timeless Call" is narrated by Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg, with music by John Williams. It was written by Lorna Graham, a New York based television writer and producer. Andy Spahn, who runs...

2008-08-02 00:00:23

By Joanne Kimberlin, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 2--WACHAPREAGUE -- Out here on the Eastern Shore, where voracious greenhead flies rule the marsh and waves of grass roll to the sunrise, scientists are fishing for sharks so they can learn how not to catch them. More than 11 million sharks die every year on fishing hooks that aren't intended for them. Up until recently, few people really cared -- at least no one who remembers "Jaws." Now, it's becoming clear that these wolves...

2008-07-28 06:00:53

By Brooks Barnes How did Hollywood lose Steven Spielberg? In June, DreamWorks, the boutique movie studio that Spielberg co- founded in 1994, let it be known that it had found a way to exit its unhappy three-year marriage with Paramount Pictures. Reliance ADA Group, a Mumbai conglomerate, was nearing a deal to give the dream workers $550 million to form a new movie company. That Spielberg and his business partner David Geffen had found an investor wasn't surprising. Spielberg is a...


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