Steven Spielberg given gold Blue Peter badge

2016
Steven Spielberg is awarded the gold Blue Peter badge
– the BBC children’s television programme’s highest accolade.

He joins a select group including the Queen, JK Rowling and Sir David Attenborough. Spielberg confesses he has “always secretly privately wanted” the badge.

“I’m going to wear it with pride. I’ve been aware of Blue Peter ever since I started making movies here in 1980. I made Raiders of the Lost Ark here in the UK in 1980. This is my first Blue Peter badge … so thank you.”

Steven Spielberg given gold Blue Peter badge

Academy’s New Board of Governors Includes Steven Spielberg

2016
Steven Spielberg is elected
to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesBoard of Governors.

New elected

governors include Laura Dern who starred in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993).

Incumbent governors who have collaborated with Spielberg include:

Actors: Tom Hanks
Casting directors: Lora Kennedy
Costume designers: Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Designers: Jim Bissell, Rick Carter
Film editors: Carol Littleton
Makeup artists and hairstylists: Lois Burwell
Producers: Mark Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy
Public relations: Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Marvin Levy
Sound: Mark Mangini, Scott Millan
Visual effects: Craig Barron, John Knoll
Writers: Robin Swicord

Academy’s New Board of Governors Includes Steven Spielberg

NBCUniversal to Acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion

2016
Comcast-owned NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation.

The $3.8 billion deal is expected to close by the end of the year. It is subject to regulatory approval. The DreamWorks Animation brand will remain intact as an imprint.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO, will become chairman of DreamWorks Animation New Media. Chris Meledandri, head of Universal’s Illumination Entertainment animation wing, will oversee operations.

DreamWorks Animation was formed by the merger of the feature animation division of DreamWorks SKG and Pacific Data Images (PDI). It was spun off into a separate public company in 2004, with Jeffrey Katzenberg heading the new division – Steven Spielberg and David Geffen remained on board as investors and consultants. 

The studio has released more than 30 feature films, including the franchises of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon.

NBCUniversal to Acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion

CinemaCon: Frank Marshall Named International Filmmaker of the Decade

2016
Frank Marshall is honored at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry convention and trade show in Las Vegas, as “International Filmmaker of the Decade“.

In 1981, Marshall and
Kathleen Kennedy
co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg, producing many successful films such as Gremlins (1984), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) and the Back to the Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990).

As a producer, Marshall has received five Oscar nominations for Best Picture for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Seabiscuit (2003), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Color Purple (1985), and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

His feature film directing debut was the thriller Arachnophobia (1990).

After ten years at Amblin, Marshall and Kennedy formed their own production company, the Kennedy/Marshall Company.
Marshall
took over as sole principal, when
Kennedy became president of Lucasfilm in 2012.

He also produced the record-breaking film Jurassic World (2015) and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (2016).

CinemaCon: Frank Marshall Named International Filmmaker of the Decade

Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford Reuniting for Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’

2019
Anything Goes: Indiana Jones Returns…

On March 15, 2016, Walt Disney Studios announce a 5th Indiana Jones film to be directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, set to premiere July 19, 2019.

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce the as-yet untitled project (with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg serving as Executive Producers). 

Ford tells the BBC he took the role under two conditions:

“I’ve always thought there was an opportunity to do another. But I didn’t want to do it without Steven [Spielberg]. And I didn’t want to do it without a really good script. And happily we’re working on both. Steven is developing a script now that I think we’re going to be very happy with.”

Other actors have not yet been cast. Regular crew members include:

Screenplay
David Koepp

Original Music
John Williams 

Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski

Film Editing
Michael Kahn 

Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)

More about Indiana Jones…

Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford Reuniting for Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’

Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson Backing Sean Parker’s Bold Home Movie Plan (EXCLUSIVE)

2016
Napster Co-founder and Facebook’s first president Sean Parker plans to launch a controversial streaming service called Screening Room which lets subscribers watch new movies at home the same day they hit theaters. The idea is “to capture an audience older than teens and young adults, who might have responsibilities such as children that prevent them from going to the theater.”

Parker has lined up a number of Hollywood’s heavyweight filmmakers as key supporters and share-holders. Among them: Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese and J.J. Abrams

According to Variety, there is serious interest from several of the major studios, including Universal, Fox and Sony, whereas Disney does not appear to be interested in the plan.

Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and Titanic producer Jon Landau have declared their objection. Opposition has also come from the National Assn. of Theater Owners and the Art House Convergence.

One-time cost would be $150 for the anti-piracy equipped set-top box, plus $50 per movie, which would be rented for 48-hours. To smooth down opposition by exhibitors Screening Room is offering to cut theater owners in on some of the revenue, as much as $20 per film (Screening Room customers will receive two free tickets to see the movie at a cinema, which will further benefit exhibitors when concessions are purchased).

Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson Backing Sean Parker’s Bold Home Movie Plan (EXCLUSIVE)

2016 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Won By Mark Rylance

In his acceptance speech, Mark Rylance salutes Steven Spielberg, calling him “one of the greatest story-tellers of our time”. 

“Unlike some of the leaders we’re being presented with these days, he leads with such love that he’s surrounded by masters in every craft.”

Out of its six nominations, Bridge of Spies wins only 1 Oscar – but an important one: It’s only the second Spielberg-directed film to win an Academy Award for one of its actors – following Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012). Little by little, the Academy recognizes Spielberg’s craft as an actor’s director.

All nominations and wins of Bridge of Spies.

Mark Rylance plays the title role in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (2016). Christopher Nolan casts Mark Rylance for his World War II film Dunkirk (2017). 

2016 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Won By Mark Rylance

Steven Spielberg returns to Universal Pictures

2015
Newly formed company Amblin Partners co-produces Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One with Warner Bros.

Spielberg returns to Universal Pictures – where his professional career began in 1969. Universal signs a five-year deal to market and distribute films produced by Amblin Partners.

The LA Times reports Amblin Partners has more than $300 million in financing lined up and is expected to produce four to seven films a year.

Amblin Partners – a film, television and digital content creation company – is formed by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One.

For the first time since the foundation of DreamWorks in 1994, Spielberg decides to invest some of his own money: $50 million.

According to the company’s press releaseAmblin Partners “develops and produces films using the Amblin, DreamWorks
Pictures
and Participant banners and includes Amblin Television, a
longtime leader in quality programming.”

The company will release family friendly movies with the Amblin brand, adult fare under the DreamWorks label and films with a social-justice element under the Participant label.

Upcoming film projects include: Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans, Tate Taylor’s The Girl on the Train, and Lasse Hallström’s A Dog’s
Purpose
.

Steven Spielberg returns to Universal Pictures