Ryan Kavanaugh

Kevin Spacey will not join Relativity

House of Cards star Kevin Spacey has decided not to join a new-look Relativity Studios as chairman. US trades have been reporting for some weeks that Spacey had become concerned over the amount of work needed to re-establish the US studio after emerging from its financial woes, and this was confirmed yesterday. “It is with […]

Relativity files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Ryan Kavanaugh’s US film and TV indie studio Relativity has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy filing covers the movie business and the TV operation, which is run by Tom Forman (below) and makes series including Catfish, but not the company’s sports division or its joint venture operation with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. The […]

‘Catalyst $320m deal rescues Relativity’

Toronto’s Catalyst Capital Group has reportedly come to the rescue of trouble Hollywood studio Relativity Media by investing a total of around US$320 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Catalyst has acquired all of Relativity’s senior secure debt for around US$150 million and will invest US$170 million of equity in exchange for an undisclosed share […]

Chinese firms invest in Relativity Media

China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp is taking an equity stake in Relativity Media as part of wide-ranging coproduction and strategic investment agreements the US studio struck last week. The pair will develop, co-finance, coproduce and distribute film and television content for international markets and China, with JSBC making an equity investment as one condition of the […]

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity gears up for TV distribution

Ryan Kavanaugh has told TBI that his media firm Relativity is gearing up to start selling its own TV shows internationally and plans to start doing so in time for the international launches of the just-announced Limitless and Act of Valor projects. Relativity’s hit series, Catfish, has been a hit on Viacom’s MTV and is […]

MIPCOM 2013 keynote speakers announced

The keynote speakers in the ‘Media Mastermind’ strand for this year’s MIPCOM have been announced. Event organisers Reed Midem have signed up Frances Berwick, president of US cable net Bravo; Cécile Frot-Coutaz (pictured), CEO, FremantleMedia; Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO, Relativity Media; and Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios for this year’s conference. Reed Midem said the […]

Sundance orders unscripted TV series about the TV industry

Sundance Channel has commissioned The Writers’ Room, a reality show about the TV business. Sundance and Entertainment Weekly jointly ordered the 6x30mins show, which will go behind the scenes and look into the writers’ rooms of hit TV series. The show will debut in the second half of the year. Sundance did not specify which […]