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    Exec Watch: Jashni Legendary President, Stratton MGM Financial Officer, Universal's Fogelson Renews

    Six-year Legendary Entertainment veteran production exec Jon Jashni is moving up: he's now the company's new president. He will continue as Legendary’s chief creative officer, reporting to Legendary Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull. Jashni has long had a creative role in Legendary Pictures film developm...

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    Summer in Sun Valley: Moguls Convene at Herb Allen's, Murdoch Ducks

    It's been hard for NewsCorp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to relax this week at investment banker Herb Allen's 29th annual Sun Valley mogul retreat, which launched July 5 and lasts for five days. Murdoch is under too much fire with the News of the World bugging scandal threatening to derail his long-plan...

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    Mogul Wives Murdoch and Sloan Produce Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    Don't call Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan trophy wives. The women, who are married to media mogul Rupert Murdoch and ex-MGM CEO Harry Sloan, respectively, tell Harper's Bazaar about their new roles as Hollywood producers for their first film, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

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    Khanna Joins MGM as President of TV and Digital

    Going forward, executives in charge of Television and Digital--such as new MGM Television Group and Digital president Roma Khanna--will have vital roles to play. MGM co-chairs Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber signed the ex-president of Universal Networks International & Digital Initiatives. Khanna wil...

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    Production Exec Watch: Disney Adds To, FilmNation Hires Lunder

    Sean Bailey, president of production for The Walt Disney Studios, has hired Tony To as executive vp of production. To will oversee physical production for the studios’ live-action features.

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    MGM Hires Qualia's Schapiro as COO

    MGM co-chairs and CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum have named Ken Schapiro to the post of chief operating officer.

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    The Wright Stuff II Wraps at New Beverly

    Edgar Wright had a blast, by his own account, presenting his second The Wright Stuff program at the New Beverly (an L.A. rep theater saved by Quentin Tarantino): I wish I'd seen some of this. I had a blast when I attended a rare Joe Dante double feature there--and met Dennis Cozzalio for the first t...

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    Hollywood's Creme de la Creme Memorialize Class-Act Agent Ed Limato

    Long-Time ICM agent Ed Limato--who forged the careers of Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Michelle Pfeiffer--stood out among Hollywood's agent elite as a class act. He was old-school, yes, and he cared deeply about his clients. Agenting wasn't so much a business to him, although he was competitive: I remember him hanging late at a Twentieth Century Fox premiere party, hoping to catch a word with the recently agentless Kevin Costner. Limato looked after Robert Downey, Jr., for years, and Winona Ryder, too. He loved his exotic fish, and his white patent leather shoes. He was tickled pink when Vanity Fair did a photo shoot. Here's...

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    Sofia Coppola Needs to Escape the Safety Zone

    The Safety Zone is a dangerous place to be for filmmakers. When it comes to making movies, danger and risk is a good thing. And while I'm not saying that directors should pander to the widest possible audience, I do think that playing to an audience of one, yourself, is a must-to-avoid. Too many fil...

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    New Miramax: What Do We Know? Lang and Weinsteins Partner on Sequels

    What do we know about the new Miramax, which has finally closed its $660 million deal to separate from previous owner Disney?

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