O.” (See also, socko, whammo) boom — Industry term: Overhead microphone used to record actors’ voices bow — (n.) opening or premiere; (v.) to debut a production; “The pic’s bow was in January”; “The Nederlander Organization will bow its revival of ‘Wonderful Town’ next year.” busted pilot — Each year, the nets order about 20 pilots a piece (about evenly split, half comedy, half drama), which are then cast and filmed for consideration for the fall skeds.
But only about half a dozen pilots are picked up to become the premiere episodes.
The other pilots are never heard from again — and are rarely ever seen beyond network boardrooms.
In part it was a device to fit long words into small headlines, but it was also to create a clubby feel among the paper’s entertainment industry readers.
People in the business understood thrush; those outside the business, well, they weren’t -A- A&R — relating to the artists and repertoire department of a record company; “Capitol sent an A&R man to catch the new act at the Troubadour.” a.d.
— assistant director; “Alan Smithee’s career began as the a.d.
on Warners’ ‘Gypsy.’ ” above the line — Industry term: Industry term for movies and TV budgets.
The line refers to money budgeted for creative talent, such as actors, writers, directors, and producers. ad-pub — relating to the advertising and publicity department of a motion picture studio; “Alan Smithee has been elevated to ad-pub VP at Paramount.” ADG — Art Directors Guild.
affil — television network affiliated station; “Each broadcast network has an annual gathering of its affils.” AFTRA — American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
National labor union representing performers, journalists and other artists working in entertainment and news.
“SAG’s elected leadership looks to be holding out hope for a merger with AFTRA.” AMPAS — Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
ankle — A classic (and enduring) Variety term meaning to quit or be dismissed from a job, without necessarily specifying which; instead, it suggests walking; “Alan Smithee has ankled his post as production prexy at U.” anni — anniversary; “American Movie Classics scheduled a night of Elvis Presley pics in observance of the 20th anni of his death.” arthouse — motion picture theater that shows foreign or non-mainstream independent films, often considered high-brow or “art” films; ” ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ was one of the biggest hits ever on the arthouse circuit.” ASC — American Society of Cinematographers. for ‘Men in Black’ is whammo overseas backdoor pilot — Not a Variety creation, pilot episode filmed as a standalone movie, so it can be broadcast if it is not picked up as a series; Cabler has begun casting its telepic/backdoor pilot “Ichabod and I.” BAFTA — British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
aud — audience; “Liza Minnelli has always had a special rapport with her aud.” Aussie — Australian; “The Aussie government will vote next week on budget allocations for indigenous film production.” (See also: Oz) ayem — A Variety coinage meaning morning (a.m.); “Barbara Walters is producing a new ayem skein for ABC.” -B- b.f. — box office or box office receipts; ” ‘Boogie Nights’ did brisk biz at the B. Beantown — Variety slanguage for Boston, Mass.; “The Cars were one of the biggest rock bands from Beantown.” (See also: (the) Hub) Beertown — Variety slanguage for Milwaukee, Wisconsin; “Beertown is the final stop on the current ‘Show Boat’ tour.” Bev Hills — Beverly Hills; “The Museum of Radio & Television held a gala fundraiser at its Bev Hills branch.” BFCA — Broadcast Film Critics Association.
— an abbreviation for boyfriend, usually used in reviews (also g.f.– girlfriend); “The story concerns a woman whose b.f. biopic — A Variety coinage meaning biographical film; ” ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ about Loretta Lynn, is one of the most successful biopics ever produced.” bird — A Variety term for satellite; “The proposed channel would be carried by an Asian bird to be launched next spring.” biz — shorthand for business or “the business” — show business; “Alan Smithee started out in the biz as a grip” or “Alan Smithee was promoted to VP of biz affairs at Par.” Blighty — Britain; ” ‘Bean’ is one of the biggest hits to come out of Blighty.” blurb — TV commercial; “Ridley Scott started his career directing blurbs.” boff (also boffo, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); ” ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.