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Universal TV President Bela Bajaria Exits, Pearlena Igbokwe Eyed As Replacement

Bela Bajaria is departing Universal Television, which she has run for almost five years, most recently as president. I hear NBC’s head of drama Pearlena Igbokwe is in talks to replace her. Bajaria, a well liked creative executive, was...Show More Summary

Universal Changes Release Date On ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Again; ‘Girl Trip’ Travels To July 2017

Twenty two days after changing the release date on Pitch Perfect 3 to July 21, 2017, Universal is now moving the film to the Christmas 2017 time frame with a launch on Dec. 22. They wanna make sure they date this threequel right. When the third installment to the $287.5M surprise hit of last summer was announced, July 21, 2017 was the target date. Show More Summary

‘Rogue One’: Re-Shoots But No Test Screening; Release Date Not Impacted

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, will definitely be undergoing re-shoots just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens did before it was released as well as Paramount’s next installment of Star Trek. With so much riding on these franchises, it’s gotta be good. Show More Summary

Weinstein Company Blasts Open Road & ‘Little Prince’ Producers Over $35M ‘Playmobil’ Breached Deal

EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company says it had a $35 million-plus deal for an animated movie based on the Playmobil toys, and today the company went to court to make sure that agreement is enforced or some hefty damages are paid out — even...Show More Summary

Don Mischer Will Be Back As Producer Of Primetime Emmy Awards

Don Mischer is returning as producer of the 68th Emmy Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Emmys will be broadcast live on ABC, Sunday, September 18, from LA’s Microsoft Theater. This will be Mischer’s sixth time producing the awards....Show More Summary

Viacom Watchers Wonder: Who’d Step In If Sumner Redstone Cleans House?

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s relationship with controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone used to be so strong that few could imagine a change at the top. But that’s quickly become topic No. 1 around the entertainment giant after Redstone...Show More Summary

Cate Blanchett’s Broadway Debut With Chekhovian ‘The Present’ Sets House & Cast

Cate Blanchett and company have rented a house for their Broadway debut next winter. Andrew Upton’s revisal of Anton Chekhov’s Platonov, also starring Richard Roxburgh, will begin previews December 17 at the Shubert Organization’s Barrymore...Show More Summary

Shari Redstone: Viacom Needs “Strong” And “Independent” Directors

Viacom Vice Chair Shari Redstone just returned fire following Lead Independent Director Fredric Salerno’s public letter yesterday saying that her father, controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone, long believed she “should not controlShow More Summary

WGA West Pencils In $4 Million Surplus For Fiscal 2016

Initiation fees from a record number of new members joining the WGA West has helped create a $4 million surplus for the guild in its fiscal year ended March 31. According to a guild source, membership dues on increased TV earnings, aided by a slight uptick in dues on income from feature film writing. Show More Summary

Colin Trevorrow’s ‘The Book Of Henry’ To Hit Theaters In September

Before Star Wars: Episode IX sees the light of day, Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow has the Focus Features drama The Book Of Henry, which centers on a single mother raising two boys, one of whom is a genius. The pic will open exclusive...Show More Summary

‘So B. It’ Clip: Alfre Woodard & Talitha Bateman Bring Sarah Weeks’ YA Book To Life – LA Film Festival

EXCLUSIVE: Alfre Woodard and Talitha Bateman star in So B. It, the adaptation of prolific YA author Sarah Weeks’ 2004 novel that will have its world premiere in the Limelight section of next month’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Stephen...Show More Summary

‘Legion’: FX Picks Up Marvel’s X-Men Pilot Starring Dan Stevens To Series

FX Networks has given an eight-episode order to Legion, its X-Men-themed pilot starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens. This marks the first live-action cable Marvel series, joining ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Netflix package of...Show More Summary

‘Team Ninja Warrior’ Renewed By Esquire; BBC America Sets ‘Dirk Gently’ Premiere Date, Projects With Amy Poehler, More – TV Briefs

Esquire Network has ordered an expanded 16-episode second season of its hit competition reality series Team Ninja Warrior. The new season of the American Ninja Warrior spinoff will debut a five-part special event, Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition (working title), featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities. Show More Summary

‘Roots’ Opens With Cable’s Biggest Overall Miniseries Audience In 3 Years

The premiere of A+E Networks’ four-night Roots reboot logged 5.3 million viewers across History, A&E and Lifetime on Memorial Day. Over its three telecasts, the premiere episode in this latest adaptation of Alex Haley’s best-seller averaged...Show More Summary

‘Hamilton’ Rings Up $1.9M At Richard Rodgers; Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Paramour’, $1.1M: Broadway Box Office

Cirque Du Soleil’s first made-for-Broadway venture, Paramour, launched the 2016-2017 season last week with a post-opening boost of $219K over Week 52 (notwithstanding a slew of downbeat reviews), ringing up $1.127M at the 1,896-seat Lyric Theatre box office. Show More Summary

‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel Gets Title & Release Date From Disney

Disney’s live-action sequel to its 1964 classic Mary Poppins will hit theaters on December, 28, 2018, as Mary Poppins Returns. The company just announced the title and date for its film starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The...Show More Summary

‘Biggest Loser’ Being Investigated By L.A. Sheriff For On-Set Drug Use

NBC’s The Biggest Loser might find itself on the losing end of the law over claims that illegal and prescription drugs were handed out on the long-running weight-loss reality show. “Malibu/Lost Hills Station personnel are conductingShow More Summary

‘The Shield’ Actor Michael Jace Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

Actor Michael Jace has been found guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife two years ago. Jace, who played a cop on 89 episodes of FX's The Shield, will be sentenced on June. 10. He faces up to...Show More Summary

Euro 2016: Will French Strikes & Fuel Shortages Be A Boon For Broadcasters?

Ever since the deadly Paris terrorist attacks in November, extra attention has been paid to security measures surrounding the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, which kicks off June 10 in France. Prime Minister Manuel Valls is due to provide an update on the status of those measures this week. Show More Summary

Broadway Powerhouse Key Brand Entertainment Raises Curtain On New Name, Mission

Key Brand Entertainment, a global powerhouse that develops, produces and markets live theater through Broadway Across America, Group Sales Box Office and several other companies, has renamed itself The John Gore Organization, Inc. Since...Show More Summary

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