‘Star Trek’ Poised To Become New Marvel? CBS & Viacom Merger Brings Franchise Under One Fleet

It was, of course, the next year that CBS and Viacom were split into two separate companies. With no lingering licensing barriers, the lucrative property created by Gene Roddenberry is now under one ownership for the first time since Star Trek: Enterprise came to an end in 2005.
Taking a page from the now Fox-expanded Disney book, new ViacomCBS kingpin Bob Bakish made very clear just now on today's investor call, Star Trek and the Mission Impossible franchises have significant potential to leverage "across all the companies' platforms." Soon to be minted CBS CEO Joe Ianniello hit the drum hard himself when he added with an international angle that "scale is becoming more and more important all the time."
At this very early stage, we hear that any great Trek will fall under the fiefdom of the David Stapf-run CBS Studios – as we await who truly rules what and whether a fourth Star Trek movie in the latest reboot round is truly coming in an R-rated form from Quentin Tarantino or whoever.
The Paramount library also includes the powerhouse Transformers franchise (with six feature films to date and close to $5 billion in worldwide box office) as well as major-league animated properties from DreamWorks (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda) as well as the studio's own Oscar-winning animated western, Rango.” />
The introduction of Spock last season on CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery may be the first in many final frontiers for the fabled franchise now that Paramount owner Viacom and CBS are about to hit the warp drive to corporate reunification.
The original Mission: Impossible was created by Bruce Geller as an espionage procedural that aired from 1966 to 1973. The upside isn't restricted to Federation space. Star Trek: Discovery and Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone are already the linchpin franchises for CBS All-Acccess and it's not hard to envision a small-screen revival for Paramount's Mission: Impossible, another classic 1960s brand that naturally lends itself to episodic television especially when a budget is present for stunt work, make-up effects and CG spectacle. The brand was brought back (along with original star Peter Graves) for a 1988-1990 updating of the concept, which follows the high-risk, geo-political adventures of the IMF, a covert team of highly specialized spies.
As CBS All Access heads towards launching the much hyped Star Trek: Picard next year with an animated series, shorts, and a Michelle Yeoh-led Discovery spinoff coming down the line, Paramount properties of the first iteration characters like James T. Kirk could become integrated into one even bigger Trekverse.
It may not be Marvel yet but it certainly has the potential to rival the Disney-own comic giant with a legacy and currency that is almost as valuable – especially as part of Shari Redstone's overall strategy is a great global footprint.
Tom Cruise has starred in six Mission: Impossible films since director Brian DePalma brought the spy saga to the big-screen in 1996 and the feature film series is aging well — the most recent installment, Mission: Impossible Fallout, earned $790 million worldwide, which makes it Cruise's highest-grossing film ever (albeit that ranking is not adjusted to account for inflation). The IMF brand is bigger than ever.

Vanessa Kirby, Adam Leon Wrap Drama In New York City

Production has just wrapped in New York City on an untitled film that Adam Leon wrote and directed, and which Vanessa Kirby starred in. Leon's recent films are Gimme the Loot and Tramps. Kirby has most recently been see in The Crown, Mission Impossible: Fallout, and wrapped Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw.
Animal Kingdom, which teamed with Leon on Tramps, produced alongside Topic Studios and Tango Entertainment.
Individual producers include Jamund Washington and Animal Kingdom’s Brad Becker-Parton, Andrea Roa and Joshua Astrachan.” />
The story is being kept under wraps. It was developed by Leon in close consultation with Kirby for many months in advance of shooting. Kirby is also an executive producer on the film.

Paramount Confirms Marc Weinstock As President Of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution; Mary Daily Upped To Co-President

Weinstock starts work on Feb. Weinstock and Daily will be responsible for the design, development and implementation of all marketing, advertising and distribution strategies for Paramount Pictures’ global theatrical releases. 25.
“Having worked closely with him during our shared time at Fox, I am confident that he is the right person to craft our marketing campaigns and show audiences what makes a Paramount movie stand out from the rest.” “Marc is an incredibly talented and savvy marketer who has been instrumental in many of the most successful and memorable marketing campaigns in recent film history,” said Gianopulos.
“David Sameth has contributed greatly during his time at Paramount, particularly with the campaigns behind A Quiet Place, Mission: Impossible–Fallout, Book Club and Bumblebee,” said Gianopulos. “We will miss him greatly, and wish him all the best in his next chapter.”
I really can’t wait to dive in, and am thrilled to be working alongside Mary and the entire Paramount team.” Said Weinstock, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Jim, and to be a part of one of the most iconic movie studios in history.
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His campaigns there included Logan, Hidden Figures, The Revenant, The Martian, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Peanuts Movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fault in Our Stars, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Prior to joining Paramount, Weinstock served as President of Annapurna Pictures, where he was involved with securing the label's distribution and marketing deal with MGM, in particular Bond 25 and Creed 2. Weinstock joined Sony in 2000 from Fox Searchlight Pictures, where he began his film career. Prior to Annapurna, Weinstock served as 20th Century Fox's President of Domestic Marketing during a time when the studio set domestic and global box office records. During his tenure at Sony, Weinstock oversaw the openings of 30 number one films and a slate of movies that accounted for more than $16 billion in box office receipts. Before Fox, Weinstock worked at Sony Pictures, where from 2009 to 2013, he served as President of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing overseeing The Amazing Spider-Man, Grown Ups, Hotel Transylvania, 21 Jump Street, Men in Black 3, American Hustle, District 9, and Skyfall, the highest grossing 007 title ever at $1.1 billion at the global B.O. In 2016, his team won a Clio award for best theatrical integrated marketing campaign for its work on Deadpool.
In just a year, she has completely transformed our international marketing efforts by delivering terrific campaigns that have translated into our box office results. Added Gianopulos: “Mary has an exemplary record in global marketing and, in addition, stellar achievements in the international arena. Working in lockstep, Marc and Mary will be an unstoppable force and the ideal combination of skills and leadership experience to move our marketing and distribution teams forward.”
Mary Daily, who currently serves as President of International Marketing & Worldwide Home Entertainment, is also being promoted to Co-President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. Paramount Pictures made it official today what Deadline reported last week: Marc Weinstock is coming to the Melrose lot as President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. The two will work together and report to Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos.
Daily has worked across many disciplines, having served as President and Chief Marketing Officer, Worldwide Marketing for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. She delivered award-winning, highly creative multi-platform campaigns for Avatar, Titanic, Braveheart, X-Men, Deadpool, “The Bible” and “Sons of Anarchy.”  Before joining Fox, Daily held senior positions at MTV Networks and Universal Pictures International. While there, her portfolio included 20th Century Fox Film, Fox TV, FX, National Geographic and third-party global partners including AwesomenessTV, DreamWorks Animation, E1, EuropaCorp, Lightstorm Entertainment, MGM TV and Film, Pathé and Regency.
Daily has been at Paramount since 2017 and since then she's developed and spearheaded the campaigns for such hits as A Quiet Place, Bumblebee and Mission: Impossible–Fallout, the highest grossing film in the franchise’s history at $791M.
As previously reported David Sameth, who has served as President of Worldwide Marketing, is leaving the studio to pursue other ventures.

‘Aquaman’ Amazon Prime Previews Hook Near $3M Besting ‘Jumanji 2’

Already, Aquaman has caught plenty of fish abroad with an overseas box office of $261M before officially opening stateside.
Disney's Mary Poppins Returns opens Wednesday and many think its first five days will be around $57M-$62M while Paramount's Bumblebee is seeing a $35M-$40M Friday-Tuesday 5-day start.” /> Right now, the James Wan-directed movie, which has a 70% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, is expected to post a $57M-$62M three-day to lead all films next weekend, and a five day around $115M. Given how Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, many are looking at the five-day path that Aquaman is going to burn in its opening.
Recently we hear that last weekend's Saturday sneaks of Paramount's Bumblebee made around $500K at 325 sites, for an impressive $1,5K screen average. Paid sneaks, more than packed free previews, are truly an indicator to a major studio about the size of the demand for their upcoming release. While there's no barometer of success when it comes to paid sneaks, recent preview scenarios have yielded big hits at the B.O.: In addition to Jumanji 2 (opening $36.1M), Sony had Amazon paid previews on Hotel Transylvania 3 ($1.3M previews off Friday 3PM sneaks, $44M opening) and Warner's A Star Is Born which minted $1.35M from Tuesday/Wednesday previews).
20), and to date the title has shattered the mobile movie ticket retailer's record for top pre-sales of all time, besting Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Black Panther. In the first 24-hours of sales on Fandango (back on Nov. For Atom, Aquaman became their top ticket-seller ever in the movie's first 24 hours on sale (reported on Nov. Note Atom is younger than Fandango in regards to its movie ticket sales history and doesn't canvas the same swath of theaters as its rival. 20), Aquaman pre-sales eclipsed that of Venom ($80.2M opening weekend) and Mission: Impossible –Fallout ($61.2M).
Atom Tickets partnered with Amazon Prime and Warners as the exclusive paid sneaks retailer whereby Prime members could purchase up to 10 tickets each for last night's show.
UPDATED 12:09PM: with more preview figures: One Saturday 7PM show at roughly 1,225 theaters last night of Warner Bros./DC's Aquaman made a huge $2M $2.9M in paid sneaks, a figure that beats the $1.86M earned by Amazon Prime's previous collaboration with Sony a year ago on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. chart it would file in 13th  10th place ahead of Universal's Green Book ($2.78M at 1,215 theaters), Fox Searchlight's The Favourite ($2.5M weekend at 439 theaters) and Fox/New Regency's Widows ($1.2M at 1,228). If we were to rank Aquaman on this weekend's B.O.

‘Aquaman’ First Day Ticket Sales Robust: Atom Hits 24-Hour Record; DC Superhero Pic Beating ‘Venom’ On Fandango

Atom Tickets has been selling movie tickets for roughly the last two years versus Fandango which has been around since 2000. Advance ticket sales aren't always an indicator that a film will open huge. However that was the case this past year when early on, advance tickets for Black Panther were seen to be besting Captain America: Civil War's 24-hour sales record. In the end, Black Panther beat that threequel, $202M to $179.1M in comparative opening weekends.” />
21 release, is Atom Tickets' top advance ticket seller ever in its first 24 hours, beating the previous 24-hour ticket sales record set by Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year. The James Wan-directed Dec.
The last three Christmases have been about Star Wars at the box office, and Warner Bros. is looking for DC to leave its mark, starting with Aquaman this year.
Meanwhile, over at Fandango, Aquaman's first day pre-sales eclipsed those for Venom ($80.2M opening weekend) and Mission: Impossible –Fallout ($61.2M). 1) as gifts with ticket purchase. Fans buying tickets for Aquaman on Fandango with their VIP Accounts receive five free digital DC Comic books (including Aquaman, No.
advance screening partnership for the film on Dec. Amazon struck a similar promotion with Sony last year on their holiday hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which reaped close to $2M (there's also been other Amazon sneaks with such pics as Hotel Transylvania 3). 15 in 1,000 locations. Atom's first day sales include those sold for the Amazon Prime/Warner Bros. Prime members can exclusively buy tickets from Atom (up to 10 tickets each) for sneaks that will take place on that day at Regal, National Amusement, AMC and ArcLight Cinemas.