Broccoli, Wilson among Variety500

Barbara Broccoli

Sorry, something that slipped by a few months ago.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of Eon Productions were part of the Variety500, which the trade publication bills as “an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry.”

People in the index were “selected by the Variety editorial board, which conducted extensive research for its selections.” According to a separate announcement on Sept. 26, the list of 500 members is not ranked.

In September, Variety revamped its website. Variety500 was added as part of the redesign. The list is to be updated annually.

Michael G. Wilson

Each member has a short bio, along with links to Variety stories about them. To see Broccoli’s entry, CLICK HERE. To see Wilson’s entry, CLICK HERE.

Also in the Variety500:

— Gary Barber, CEO of MGM Studios. MGM is 007’s home studio and controls half of the franchise. Barber which led the studio out of a 2010 bankruptcy.

Megan Ellison, principal of Annapurna Pictures. Annapurna has expanded from producing films to adding a distribution operations with last year’s Detroit, a drama about the 1967 riots in that city.

In October, MGM and Annapurna announced they were forming a joint venture to release each other’s films.

For now, that deal doesn’t include Bond 25. But the distributor for the next 007 film hasn’t been announced. So it remains to be seen whether the Annapurna-MGM venture may release the movie in the U.S., as reported by Deadline: Hollywood in November.

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