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Etan Vlessing

Canada Bureau Chief

Etan Vlessing has worked as a print and digital journalist and editor for 30 years, first in London as a financial reporter. Returning to Canada, he worked for the Financial Times of Canada and then as an entertainment journalist for Playback before joining The Hollywood Reporter as Canadian Bureau Chief. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and completed a masters degree in journalism at the City University in the UK. For THR, he covers the film, TV and digital sectors in Canada, based in Toronto, and contributes to the film and business sections.

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The 35 Most Powerful Women in International Television

The writers and actors strikes in Hollywood, and the related issues of AI and the disruption of business models brought on by global streaming platforms, have dominated industry discussions this year, overshadowing debates over gender equity, diversity and inclusion. But the progress in those areas continues, noted by groups like the 50:50 Equality Project, a […]

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer’s Pay Rises to $21.5M

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer saw his total compensation jump to $21.5 million for fiscal 2023, according to the company’s latest proxy filing disclosed Friday. That’s up from fiscal 2022 when Feltheimer received $5.6 million in total pay, and the $19.1 million he earned as part of his overall compensation package for fiscal 2021. Feltheimer’s 2023 […]

David Ellison’s Skydance Media Donates $1M to Support Humanitarian Relief Amid Israel Crisis

Skydance Media, led by David Ellison, has committed $1 million to humanitarian relief efforts in Israel and the region after Hamas terror attacks that hit the country over the weekend. The funds will go to American Friends of Magen David Adom through an employee match program subsidized in part by CEO Ellison. “Skydance stands with Israel, strongly condemns […]

Diablo Cody’s ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ Gets First Look, Launch Date

Lisa Frankenstein, the Focus Features horror comedy from Oscar-winning scribe Diablo Cody, is set to hit theaters Feb. 9, 2024, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The film, about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, is helmed by Zelda Williams in her feature directorial debut. In a first look released by Focus, Lisa Frankenstein […]

Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder Get Hexed in New ‘The Curse’ Trailer

Emma Stone and Nathan Fielder co-star as a newly married couple trying to conceive a child while starting their new home-improvement show in the latest trailer for Showtime’s The Curse, which dropped on Friday. About halfway through the nearly three-minute trailer, Fielder’s character, Asher Siegel, while doing a staged photo-op where he donates a lone […]

Comcast Donating $2M to Support Humanitarian Relief Amid Israel Crisis

Comcast is donating $2 million to humanitarian relief efforts in Israel and the region after Hamas terror attacks that hit the country over the weekend. The NBCUniversal parent is the latest Hollywood media giant to support humanitarian efforts after Paramount and Disney announced their own donations this week. “We are horrified and deeply saddened by the brutal […]

Timothée Chalamet Becomes Genius Chocolatier in New ‘Wonka’ Trailer

Timothée Chalamet as inventor Willy Wonka is determined to transform humanity one delicious chocolate bon bon at a time in the latest whimsical trailer for Wonka, which Warner Bros. released on Thursday. “I guess it’s time to change the world,” Chalamet playing the titular chocolatier declares in the teaser trailer (below) for the upcoming tentpole […]

Israeli Director Yahav Winner Found Dead After Hamas Terrorist Attack

Israeli soldiers have recovered the body of The Boy director Yahav Winner after he fought off an attack on his home by Hamas terrorists in the southern Israeli kibbutz Kfar Aza on Oct. 7, only to be kidnapped and eventually killed. On Thursday, Israeli sales and distribution company Go2Films confirmed the death of the Israeli […]

Paramount Donates $1M to Humanitarian Relief, Condemns Hamas Attack on Israel

Paramount Global has condemned the Hamas terrorist organization in the wake of its deadly attack in Israel and a retaliatory conflict now underway in Gaza. “Let us be clear that Paramount condemns the terrorist attacks by Hamas. We stand in support of the global Jewish community, and the innocent people in Israel and the region whose lives are […]

Vancouver Film, TV Production Slipped to $3.4B in 2022 Amid Labor Action Against U.S. Producers

Surging Hollywood production levels in and around Vancouver took a hit last year in part due to local labor action against North American producers, and the current industry shutdown around the Writers Guild of America and the SAG-AFTRA strikes will lead to additional losses, according to the Vancouver Film Commission. Overall film and TV spending […]

‘Stranger Things’ Star Noah Schnapp Tells Instagram Followers “Choose Humanity Over Violence” Amid Israel-Hamas War

Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp has taken to his Instagram account to address followers who insist on justifying this past weekend’s brutal attacks on Israelis by the Hamas terrorist organization. “I just reposted a beautiful picture of a young innocent girl whose life was taken by Hamas at a music festival I was met with […]

Israeli TV Execs Cancel MIPCOM Plans Amid Hamas War Fears

With Israeli producers and their breakout TV hits like Fauda and On the Spectrum in recent years dominating international TV markets and audiences, MIPCOM this year is set to see a far reduced presence by that Middle Eastern nation in the wake of the Hamas terrorist attacks on southern Israel. “Along with the rest of […]