Legendary Entertainment


Legendary names Josh Grode new CEO

Legendary Entertainment has named Josh Grode as its new CEO almost a year after the exit of its former chief and founder Thomas Tull. Grode was formerly at the law firm Irell & Manella, where he advised Legendary for years as well as other media businesses such as Lionsgate and Marvel. He inherits the group […]

Wanda’s $1bn Dick Clark deal collapses

The US$1 billion sale of US entertainment prodco Dick Clark Productions into Chinese hands has collapsed. A regulatory filing from current DCP owner Elridge Industries on Friday revealed Dalian Wanda Group had pulled out of its agreement to buy the company, which is one of America’s oldest and most-prolific entertainment producers. Elridge is seeking a […]

Legendary founder exits year after Wanda deal

Thomas Tull has resigned from US studio Legendary Entertainment a year after selling to Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group (Dalian Wanda). Effective immediately, he will step down as CEO and chairman, though he does assume a heritage position as founding chairman of the LA operation. Jack Gao, senior VP of Wanda Group and CEO of international […]

Dalian Wanda buys Dick Clark for $1bn

China’s Dalian Wanda has paid US$1 billion to acquire the historic US producer Dick Clark Productions. The deal hands conglom Dalian Wanda 100% of the shares in DCP, and marks a significant step into production for the Chinese company. DCP will sit alongside Legendary Entertainment as another US production asset in the Dalian Wanda stable, […]

Legendary creates Geek & Sundry SVOD platform

Legendary Entertainment’s digital wing has created a subscription on-demand platform for the LA studio’s Geek & Sundry subsidiary brand. Alpha is being billed as a “standalone membership video platform”, which will include exclusive content from Geek & Sundry and sister brand Nerdist, and interactive elements. Legendary Digital Networks, which houses Geek & Sundry and Nerdist, […]

Legendary creates Geek & Sundry SVOD platform

Legendary Entertainment’s digital wing has created a subscription on-demand platform for the LA studio’s Geek & Sundry subsidiary brand. Alpha is being billed as a “standalone membership video platform”, which will include exclusive content from Geek & Sundry and sister brand Nerdist, and interactive elements. Legendary Digital Networks, which houses Geek & Sundry and Nerdist, […]

Sky buys US drama Colony

Sky’s latest US drama acquisition is Colony, the futuristic drama from Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse. Cuse created the show with Ryan Condal (Hercules). Set in the near future, it follows a family struggling to survive in a Los Angeles that has been occupied by a mysterious military force. Legendary, the independent US studio recently acquired […]

Legendary finds Parent as Rosenblum exits

Legendary Entertainment has brought in producer Mary Parent to run its film and TV operations, as television and digital chief Bruce Rosenblum exits. Parent has been named vice-chair, worldwide production at the US studio, which was recently acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group. He hire comes after the exit of Legendary’s president and chief creative […]

Legendary president exits after Wanda deal

Legendary Entertainment president and chief creative officer Jon Jashni is leaving the US studio to form an entertainment investment fund. Jashni is forming Raintree Ventures, an investment and incubation operation and fund, after ten years with Legendary. This comes just weeks after Chinese conglom Dalian Wanda bought film and TV firm Legendary for US$3.5 billion. […]

US rubber-stamps Legendary-Wanda deal

US regulatory authorities have approved the deal that will see Legendary Entertainment pass into Dalian Wanda’s hands, marking the first time a US studio has come under Chinese control. China-based Dalian Wanda’s US$3.5 billion deal to buy the Hollywood studio has got the greenlight from the US Department of Commerce less than a month after […]