It was an amazing run.” The grandson of the co-founder of the Loews Theater Group, Picker got his start as a producer at United Artists in Hollywood, then became president of Paramount Pictures and later Columbia Pictures, greenlighting and guiding some of the greatest films of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. “I was in a unique position because [at United Artists], the company that I spent most of my time with, our goal was to make available to independent filmmakers the ability to make the projects that they cared most about, as opposed to the major studios, where you were bound to all sorts of ground rules [and expectations].” At UA he was responsible for such films as Midnight Cowboy, Tom Jones, Last Tango in Paris, Lenny and Help! along with recruiting legendary filmmakers Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle and Sergio Leone. At Paramount, he shepherded such classics as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Heaven Can Wait, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke and Ordinary People. At Lorimar, he was responsible for such films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Being There, Escape to Victory and S.O.B. At Columbia, his fingerprints are all over Punchline, Hope and Glory and The Last Emperor. As an independent producer, he made the Steve Martin/Carl Reiner-directed The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and The Man with Two Brains, plus Beat Street and The Crucible with Daniel Day-Lewis, among others. On the TV side, he set up Arli$$ and such miniseries as P.T. Barnum and The Tempations. As for capturing the Beatles before they broke out, Picker explains, “Through sheer good luck, we wound up having a three-picture deal with this group. We made a low-budget movie deal with a rock group because we thought they were kind of good but they hadn’t broken beyond their local market [in Liverpool]. [After they became a sensation in London], I walked into my boss’s office and said, ‘Guess what?
2. She looked incredible in a tight red dress and black peeptoe booties. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Julianne Hough spotted chatting on her phone while out and about in New York City, October 1. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts spotted on the set of ‘While We’re Young’ in New York City, October 1. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 A newly blonde Ashley Greene attended the screening Of Xlrator Media’s ‘CBGB’ at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles, Oct. 1. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Ashlee Simpson was seen leaving Vignette Lounge in Hollywood on Oct 1. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Sarah Michelle Geller posed outside ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ in New York City, October 1. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Kimye stepped out for dinner in Paris Sept. 30, and Kim stunned in a tight leather skirt paired with a casual white top. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis arrived on a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept.
Industry’s Movie & TV Expert Analyst Paul Dergarabedian Joins Rentrak
Markets closed Industry’s Movie & TV Expert Analyst Paul Dergarabedian Joins Rentrak Press Release: Rentrak Corporation 1 hour 31 minutes ago 34.75 +1.46 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rentrak ( RENT ),the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere,today announced the industry’s foremost movie and TV analyst Paul Dergarabedian will join its team as Senior Media Analyst. Dergarabedian brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Rentrak and will act as a marketplace expert to offer analysis on results from Rentrak’s real-time movie and television measurement services on various media outlets. Considered one of the industry’s most accomplished experts, Dergarabedian founded Media By Numbers, which later became a division of Hollywood.com , where he served as president of the box office division.In addition to credits across the web and in print, he is featured on television, in print and on radio programs weekly. “I am extremely excited to join Rentrak’s strong team to become the interpreter and communicator of their measurement for the movies and TV everywhere business,” said Dergarabedian. “This is an amazing opportunity as Rentrak’s information is the industry standard andsecond to none. I am anxious to tap into the vast wealth of data to use for the benefit of entertainment industry professionals and press corps that covers the media industry.” “The addition of Paul with his experience is a big complement to our team,” said Rentrak’s President of Theatrical Worldwide Ron Giambra. “His expertise will allow our clients to garner an even deeper understanding of the media that we measure.” About Rentrak Rentrak ( RENT ) is the entertainment and marketing industries’ premier provider of worldwide consumer viewership information, precisely measuring actual viewing behavior of movies and TV everywhere. Using our proprietary intelligence and technology, combined with Advanced Demographics, only Rentrak is the census currency for VOD and movies.Rentrak provides the stable and robust audience measurement services that movie, television and advertising professionals across the globe have come to rely on to better deliver their business goals and more precisely target advertising across numerous platforms including box office, multiscreen television and home video. For more information on Rentrak, please visit www.rentrak.com . RENTM