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Listen: ‘Strictly Business’ Retrospective as Podcast Hits 100th Episode

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Listen: ‘Strictly Business’ Retrospective as Podcast Hits 100th Episode
Kevin Hart declared that he plans to become a media mogul. Richard Plepler promised that the premium subscription TV business is not a zero-sum game. Dana Walden explained why she took the big TV gig at Disney. Dawn Ostroff spoke about the humbling process of learning how to produce for digital platforms after a long career in TV.

Conversations with those industry A-listers and dozens more have been featured on “Strictly Business,” Variety‘s weekly podcast that is marking its 100th installment with a retrospective episode featuring highlights from the past two years. The interview-driven podcast that debuted on April 3, 2018, is hosted by Variety business editor Cynthia Littleton and Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein.

Strictly Business” casts a wide net across media and entertainment, sitting down with power players and specialists who can provide insights about seismic shifts in the marketplace amid the haze of disruption and consolidation.

Interview subjects have
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Adapt or Die: Why 2020 Will Be All About Entertainment’s New Streaming Battleground

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From a consolidation of historic Hollywood studios and the reunification of two major media companies to Apple taking the leap into content as the streaming wars ensue, 2019 was a massively turbulent year that changed everything in the ecosystem of the entertainment business. As the calendar turns, 2020 is shaping up as a critical marker for high-stakes execution — when those in the C-suite have to prove they made the right decisions to realign their businesses for media’s next epoch.

Last month saw the launch of two huge bets on the direct-to-consumer streaming model pioneered by Netflix: Apple TV Plus (Nov. 1) and Disney Plus (Nov. 12). Two more mega-platforms are on the way next spring from NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia.

Billions of dollars are flowing into transformative ventures. Studios and corporate structures are being revamped to reflect the demands of a business that is increasingly playing out on a global scale. When the
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Media Investment Firms Snap Up Former Hollywood Execs Set Adrift by Mergers

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The shake-out in media and entertainment after a few years of mergers, cost-cutting initiatives and massive restructurings has thrust many experienced executives back onto the job market — but they’re not all landing at mainstream Hollywood companies. A growing number of them are making their way into new roles as partners, advisers or entrepreneurs-in-residence at private equity and venture capital funds.

The burst of available executive talent has coincided with an upsurge of interest among investors in putting money into media and related businesses. Now that the dust is settling on the Disney-Fox, AT&T-Time Warner and Comcast-Sky megamergers, veteran observers see the next wave of industry consolidation coming through transactions greased with private equity capital. Some executives are lining up to be in a good position to help prospective new owners operate TV, film and digital content and distribution acquisitions.

Gary Newman, former co-head of Fox Television Group, is
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‘Myst’ Film and TV Rights Sell to Village Roadshow

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‘Myst’ Film and TV Rights Sell to Village Roadshow
“Myst,” the influential video game that helped usher in the CD-rom era, may inspire an ambitious multi-platform film and television universe.

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, the co-producer and co-financier of the “Matrix” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises, has acquired the rights to the first-person graphic adventure. For those born post-90s, “Myst” was wildly popular and hailed as a bold step forward in gaming when it debuted in 1993. It took players to a magical island and had them solve a series of puzzles. The graphics were considered to be state-of-the-art, and some fans had a quasi-religious attachment to its mythology.

“Myst” inspired several sequels and spinoffs over the decades, but its primary story follows Atrus, grandson of a woman who discovered the D’ni civilization in a cavern deep below the New Mexico desert. These mystical people create books that link to other worlds, but the discovery triggers a cultural clash
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Village Roadshow Developing ‘Myst’ Video Game Into Multi-Platform Film & TV Universe

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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group has taken film and TV rights to the bestselling video game Myst, with plans to expand the existing mythology to develop a multi-platform universe that would include film, scripted and unscripted TV content. Village Roadshow will develop and work alongside the game’s original co-creator Rand Miller, as well as his brother Ryan Miller and Isaac Testerman and Yale Rice at Delve Media.

Myst, released in 1993, is a first-person graphic adventure game created by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller via Cyan, the company they founded.

Village Roadshow will develop Myst into content across all divisions with the studio’s entire creative team working together to adapt these projects across film and television. Under the direction of its controlling shareholder, Vine Alternative Investments, Vreg recently set a new mandate with the appointment of CEO Steve Mosko to transform into a broad-spectrum content creator with an emphasis on television,
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‘Myst’ Film and TV Rights Sold to Village Roadshow

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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) has acquired the film and TV rights to best-selling video game franchise “Myst,” the company announced on Wednesday. The company will rely on and expand upon the game’s existing mythology to develop a multi-platform universe including film, scripted and unscripted television content.

Created in 1993 by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller through their company, Cyan, “Myst” is a series of first-person graphic adventure-puzzle video games. Village Roadshow will develop and produce alongside the original co-creator Rand Miller and his youngest brother Ryan Miller, as well as Isaac Testerman and Yale Rice at Delve Media.

Vreg will take a full-scale approach to developing “Myst” into content across all divisions with the Company’s entire creative team working together to adapt these projects across film and television. Under the direction of its controlling shareholder, Vine Alternative Investments, Vreg recently set a new mandate with the appointment of
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'Myst' film, TV adaptations on Village Roadshow Entertainment Group roster

'Myst' film, TV adaptations on Village Roadshow Entertainment Group roster
Vreg feature development, co-fi slate includes Joaquin Phoenix origins story Joker.

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) has acquired film and TV rights to the wildly popular video game Myst as it expands its proudction mandate.

The company plans to expand the game’s mythology and develop a multi-platform universe that covers film, scripted and unscripted television content.

The first-person game was created by Rand and Robyn Miller through their Cyan and launched in 1993, earning wide popularity for its mystery-adventure format.

Set in a world with more than 10,000 years of history, Myst chiefly follows saga Atrus, the brilliant grandson of Anna,
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Village Roadshow Hires Alix Jaffe As Evp Television

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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group CEO Steve Mosko has made another key hire as he continues to build his executive team.

Former Amigos de Garcia president and CBS current executive Alix Jaffe has joined Vreg as Evp Television. She will oversee Vreg’s independent television business focusing on scripted content, reporting to Mosko.

Jaffe’s appointment follows the recent hire of Jillian Apfelbaum as Evp Content as Vreg is making a push in development and production of content with an emphasis on television.

“Alix is an ideal addition to our executive team as we ramp up content production in all areas of our business,” said Mosko. “She brings invaluable experience and knowledge to all aspects of this role, and I look forward to building Vreg’s content slate with her direct input.”

Since 2013, Jaffe had served as President of Greg Garcia’s production company, Amigos de Garcia, which is based at
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Village Roadshow Names Alix Jaffe Executive Vice President of Television

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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group is bringing on Alix Jaffe as executive vice president of television.

The veteran producer will continue the company’s recent commitment to ramp up its development and production of content, with an emphasis on TV. Reporting to chief executive officer Steve Mosko, she will oversee the company’s plans to build out an independent television business with a focus on scripted content.

“Alix is an ideal addition to our executive team as we ramp up content production in all areas of our business,” Mosko said Monday. “She brings invaluable experience and knowledge to all aspects of this role and I look forward to building Vreg’s content slate with her direct input.”

Also Read: Village Roadshow Names Jillian Apfelbaum Evp of Content

Jaffe’s past experience before joining Village Roadshow includes serving as president of Amigos de Garcia, Greg Garcia’s production company, as part of
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Alix Jaffe to oversee Vreg push into scripted TV

New hire was president of Amigos de Garcia.

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) has appointed TV producer and former network executive Alix Jaffe to oversee its plan to push into scripted television.

As executive vice-president, television, Jaffe will report to Steve Mosko, the former Sony TV chief named CEO of Los Angeles-based Vreg last October.

Jaffe was previously president of Amigos de Garcia, the production company of Greg Garcia, creator of network sitcoms The Millers and My Name Is Earl. Before that, she was vice-president of current programmes at CBS.

Mosko said, “Alix is an ideal addition to our executive
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Village Roadshow Taps Former CBS Exec to Lead TV Push

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group has made another key hire as it builds out its TV business.

Producer and former CBS executive Alix Jaffe has joined the company as executive vp television. She will focus on development and production of scripted TV series as part of the company's efforts to up its output across media. Jaffe will report to Village Roadshow CEO Steve Mosko.

"Alix is an ideal addition to our executive team as we ramp up content production in all areas of our business," Mosko said Monday in a statement. "She brings invaluable experience and knowledge to ...
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Listen: Steve Mosko on Shifting From Studio Life to Startup Mentality at Village Roadshow

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Steve Mosko is on a mission to build the indie TV studio for the streaming era in his new role as CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.

Mosko, the former Sony Pictures Television chief, details for this week’s episode of Variety‘s “Strictly Business” podcast his mission to build out Village Roadshow into a production entity for original movies and TV shows for the first time in its history.

Mosko also speaks candidly about making the shift from studio boss in 2016 to being the leader of a lean and scrappy startup operation in 2019.

“I knew coming in it would be different than working for a big studio,” Mosko says. “Things that would have been done by people who worked for you — I’m doing them now.”

In between his time at Sony and Village Roadshow, Mosko worked with Jeff Robinov on raising money for Robinov’s Studio 8 venture.
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Village Roadshow Entertainment Hires COO, Launches New Production Unit Under Steve Mosko

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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group said Wednesday it hired former Mrc chief financial officer Louis Santor as chief operating officer and that it is launching a film and TV production division to be headed by Shannon Perry, the former Embassy Row exec who becomes Svp Reality and Production Services and will oversee the launch of an unscripted slate. Vreg, a producer-financier, also has hired Adam Dunlap, who will become VP Television Development.

Santor, Perry and Dunlap will report to Mosko, the former Sony Pictures TV boss who continues to set his team after being hired as CEO in October. In November, he hired Imperative Entertainment exec Jillian Apfelbaum as Evp Content, with her focus on identifing and developing feature film projects with an additional focus on content development for TV and alternate platforms.

Santor will work with Mosko in executing the company’s new strategy and expanded production mandate. In addition to overseeing finance,
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Film News Roundup: Aaron Paul Honored by Sun Valley Film Festival

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Film News Roundup: Aaron Paul Honored by Sun Valley Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Aaron Paul is honored, Bruce Berman is re-upped at Village Roadshow, and Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher get a book deal.

Festival Honors

The Sun Valley Film Festival has selected Idaho native and three-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul as the winner of its Pioneer Award, presented by Variety for his work in television and film on March 15.

He will attend the world premiere screening of Christopher Cantwell’s “The Parts You Lose,” in which Paul stars and also serves as a producer, and will participate in a moderated discussion about his career.

Alex Ross Perry will receive the Rising Star Award for Directing on March 16, and attend a screening of his latest film “Her Smell,” which stars Elisabeth Moss, and Fisher Stevens will receive the Snow Angel Award on March 16 and screen his film “Tigerland.” Meg Ryan will receive the festival’s Vision Award.
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Bruce Berman Reupped As Village Roadshow Pictures Chairman/CEO

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Exclusive: Village Roadshow Entertainment Group CEO Steve Mosko has reupped Bruce Berman as chairman/CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. Berman, who has served that post for more than two decades since transitioning out from the Warner Bros executives suites after serving as president of Ww production, will retain oversight of Vreg’s feature film activities and collaborate with the entire development group to create content for television, streaming and emerging platforms. Berman will report to Mosko, who is focused on increasing the production of content for all media and platforms; as a complement to Vreg’s long-standing business of producing and co-financing feature films.

“Bruce is a very important part of Village Roadshow’s past success and our plans for the future,” Mosko said. “Bruce understands the business and has relationships within the creative community that will aid us in bridging the gap in creating content beyond feature film using
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Ryan Seacrest, Tyler Perry Among New Additions To Paley Center Boards

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Ryan Seacrest, Tyler Perry Among New Additions To Paley Center Boards
Exclusive: Ryan Seacrest, Tyler Perry and interim CBS chairman Strauss Zelnick are among seven new members of The Paley Center for Media’s Board of Trustees, with top execs from Hulu, Amazon and Turner joining the organization’s Los Angeles Board of Governors.

The nonprofit organization has unveiled seven new trustees and five new governors, chosen from the realms of television, music and technology.

Joining the Paley Board of Trustees will be Adam Bird, Senior Partner, McKinsey and Company; Steve Cooper, CEO, Warner Music Group; Jennifer Mullin, CEO, Fremantle; Tyler Perry, Founder & Owner, Tyler Perry Studios; Jimmy Pitaro, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks & President, ESPN; Ryan Seacrest, Creative Entrepreneur, TV Radio Host and Producer; and Zelnick, who is chairman and CEO, Take-Two Interactive Software as well as his CBS role.

New members of the Los Angeles Board of Governors will include Randy Freer, CEO, Hulu; Tina Perry, General Manager, Own: Oprah Winfrey Network; Kevin Reilly,
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Jillian Apfelbaum Named Exec VP of Content at Village Roadshow

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Jillian Apfelbaum has been named executive vice president of content at Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.

As part of an internal mandate to up production volume, Apfelbaum has been tasked with finding and developing feature films, and keeping an eye on potential television and digital opportunities.

She will report to Bruce Berman, CEO and chairman at Village Roadshow Pictures, all under the purview of Steve Mosko — the just-named CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.

“Jillian’s appointment as a senior ‘content’ executive marks a new chapter for Vreg to tell stories and engage audiences beyond films and into the television arena and related platforms,” Mosko said in a statement.

Apfelbaum joins the company from Imperative Entertainment, where she served as film head. Her oversight included creative and physical production on projects like the upcoming Warner Bros. pic “The Mule,” starring Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper.

She was also an on-set producer
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Village Roadshow hires Jillian Apfelbaum to boost production mandate

Executive was previously head of film at Imperative Entertainment.

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) has appointed Jillian Apfelbaum as executive vice president of content in a boost to its mandate to increase production.

Apfelbaum arrives from Imperative Entertainment where she served as head of film and oversaw a slate that includes Clint Eastwood’s upcoming The Mule. Her primary focus will be on identifying and developing feature projects with an additional focus on content development for television and related platforms. She will report to Bruce Berman, Village Roadshow Pictures chairman and CEO.

“Jillian’s appointment as a senior ‘content’ executive
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Village Roadshow Names Jillian Apfelbaum Evp Content As First Big Hire Of Steve Mosko Era

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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group has hired Imperative Entertainment exec Jillian Apfelbaum as Evp Content. It’s one of the first moves made at Vreg since the producer-financier appointed ex-Sony Pictures TV boss Steve Mosko its new CEO last month.

Apfelbaum’s focus will be to identify and develop feature film projects with an additional focus on content development for TV and alternate platforms. Boosting its TV auspices was one of the main components in bringing in Mosko, who left Spt in June 2016 after a successful run overseeing global TV production, distribution of feature film and television content, and the studio’s international networks in 180 countries.

Apfelbaum will report to Bruce Berman, chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures.

“Jillian’s appointment as a senior ‘content’ executive marks a new chapter for Vreg to tell stories and engage audiences beyond films and into the television arena and related platforms,” Mosko
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Village Roadshow Names Jillian Apfelbaum Evp of Content

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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) has appointed Jillian Apfelbaum as Executive Vice President of Content, the company’s CEO Steve Mosko announced on Thursday.

Apfelbaum’s primary focus will be on identifying and developing feature film projects with an additional focus on content development for television and related platforms. She will report to Bruce Berman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Pictures.

Jillian Apfelbaum

Apfelbaum joins Village Roadshow from Imperative Entertainment, where she served as Head of Film. She was responsible for managing a slate of more than 40 film and TV projects, and she was responsible for identifying, developing and acquiring underlying material as well as overseeing creative and physical production staff.

Also Read: Steve Mosko Named CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment

“Jillian’s appointment as a senior ‘content’ executive marks a new chapter for Vreg to tell stories and engage audiences beyond films and into the television arena and related platforms,
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