Thomas Tull

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chinese conglom pays $3.5bn for Legendary

China’s Dalian Wanda is to acquire US studio Legendary Entertainment for US$3.5 billion. The Chinese conglomerate confirmed it had entered into a ‘merger agreement’ that would see it pay around RMB23 billion in cash for full control of Legendary. Previous investors such as Japan’s SoftBank and investment group Waddell & Reed are selling their stakes. […]

Chinese giant ‘cuts deal for Legendary’

Chinese conglom Dalian Wanda Group is reported to have taken a majority stake in US studio Legendary Entertainment. Reuters quoted an unnamed source who claimed the deal, which values Legendary at between US$3 billion and US$4 billion, had been done. Dalian Wanda already owns North America’s second-largest movie theatre chain AMC Entertainment, but this would […]

Legendary status

Former Sony TV sales boss Michael Grindon tells Jesse Whittock how Legendary Television’s emerging international sales division can offer an alternative to the Hollywood studios. Despite being the LA production studio behind The Hangover movie franchise, Legendary Entertainment’s push into television has been anything but lethargic. Less than a year since former Sony Pictures Television […]

Spike inks $7 Bucks deal with The Rock

US cable net Spike has struck a development deal with $7 Bucks, the US prodco run by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Dany Garcia. The Viacom net and $7 Bucks will make big live events, specials, sports shows and initiatives surrounding US troops and veterans. Johnson said: “Over the next year and beyond we’re going […]

Ex-Warner Bros TV boss Rosenblum resurfaces at Legendary

Bruce Rosenblum, until last month the boss of Warner Bros’ TV activities, has become president of Legendary Television and Digital Media. Legendary is best known as a movie producer and counts Man of Steel and The Dark Knight and The Hangover franchises among its credits. It has a longstanding production pact with Warner Bros., which […]