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Opinion: Cui Bono – Who Benefits from the Variety/THR Takeover?

Cui Bono is Latin for “Who Benefits?” It’s a question that needs to be asked whenever there is a major business deal, whether it’s in Hollywood or anywhere else. Who benefits when someone writes a multi-million or even billion dollar check to take over a potential competitor?  Who benefits from Walt Disney Pictures buying a good chunk of Fox’s television and movie ventures? Over the past year and a half […]

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Opinion: Below the Line Questions Variety, Hollywood Reporter Merger

One Industry Take on “Penske Merge-ageddon” Below the Line generally doesn’t cover the internal media business, but you may already know from yesterday’s announcement that the top two longest-running trades, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, are merging. The idea of two titans within the entertainment industry, bitter rivals for over 80 years, working together as one cohesive unit has the entire business in a tizzy. People on all sides of the […]


Below the Line Production Listing App – BETA

We decided on March 14th, the day after our industry came to a screeching halt to spend all our time building the long overdue App for Below the Line Production Listings. For those of you that don’t know it, I scoff at the notion there exists such an ill informed person but, go HERE ( to see the sample page. This represents every single hour and most of the treasure we […]


AES and SMPTE to Showcase Sound for Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Los Angeles Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) will host a joint meeting on January 31, 2019 at the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, California. This month they will be exploring sound production for Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s Golden Globe-winning feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In addition to the […]


Letter From The Publisher

Subject Line: We’re back! Good Morning All, This is Below the Line’s first morning email in a while. It’s been a roller-coaster ride for us, but starting tomorrow, our popular morning newsletter will be back. Editorially, we’ve had some time to rethink both what we want to cover and how we want to deliver news to the working crews, and more importantly, the voting craftspeople Below the Line was designed […]


FotoKem’s Restoration of The Sound of Music to Open TCM Classic Film Festival

FotoKem’s restoration of Twentieth Century Fox’s The Sound of Music will kick off the 6th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on March 26 in Hollywood. Originally released in 1965, the re-mastered version of this cinematic treasure will grace the screen of the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX as the fest’s opening night film.


Woody Allen Conjures up Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen has long had a fascination with magic and magicians. His latest film, Magic in the Moonlight, set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake and continues with that theme. […]