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Adam McKay, Emory Cohen Board Corruption Drama ‘Crook County’

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning The Big Short director/co-writer Adam McKay has become executive producer on Crook County, a Black List script by Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly that they will direct, based on the true story of the biggest undercover corruption bust in American history. Show More Summary

‘This Is Us’ Upcoming Guest Stars: Katie Couric & Brian Tyree Henry

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman told TCA press corps today that Katie Couric and Brian Tyree Henry will guest star on future episodes of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominated series. Former Today host Couric will make aShow More Summary

Netflix Shares Rise On Surprisingly Strong Q4 Sub Growth

Netflix credits original shows including The Crown, Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Gilmore Girls for the stronger than expected growth in subscribers in Q4 — numbers that helped to lift the stock price by nearly 8% in post-market trading. If...Show More Summary

New Line Posts Up ‘Boston College Fix’; Seth Gordon To Direct Robert Carlock Script

EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema has acquired Boston College Fix, a pitch about the true story of the Boston College point-shaving scandal, where infamous mob figures infiltrated its basketball team to fix games during the late 1970s. Chief among the mobsters were the guys played by Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta in Goodfellas. Show More Summary

Oscars: Deadline’s Pete Hammond & Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil Predict Final Best Picture Nominees In Latest Smackdown (Watch)

With Oscar nominations just a few days away (Tuesday at 5:18 AM, to be exact), Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go at it again, trying to determine exactly how it will all fall into place in the hotly contested Best Picture race this year. Is La...Show More Summary

A+ Voice Cast Shines For Sony Pictures Animation’s ‘The Star’

An A-list voice cast is lending talents to Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star. Executive produced by DeVon Franklin, who is known for the faith-based films Heaven Is For Real and Miracles From Heaven along with Lisa and Brian Henson,...Show More Summary

President Obama Pushes Media To Be “Skeptics” In Dig At Trump During Final Press Conference

"America needs you, and our democracy needs you," President Barack Obama told the media today in his final White House press conference. "My hope is that you will continue with the sane tenacity that you showed us," he added to the press corps. Show More Summary

‘This Is Us’ Renewed For Second & Third Seasons By NBC – TCA

NBC breakout drama This Is Us is getting an early renewal, times two. The network has picked up two seasons — second and third — consisting of minimum 18-episodes each of the Tuesday night phenom. The announcement was made at the top...Show More Summary

Music Streaming's New Playlist Economy

With the advent of streaming, playlists have risen to become many consumer's default interface for listening to music, something which has some serious implications both for the music business and music itself. _________________________ Guest Post by Bas Grasmayer on Synchblog Playlists have become the default for listening to both new...

Sony’s Untitled ‘Spider-Man’ Animated Film To Feature Miles Morales As Lead Character

Sony has announced that its upcoming animated Spider-Man film will focus on Miles Morales and not on Peter Parker. The announcement, made by Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson this morning, confirms months of speculation...Show More Summary

My Electric Toothbrush Hums in Middle C: Using the Sounds Around You to Improve Your Ear

Want to get the music out of your head and into the world? The best way to do that is to pay attention to the sounds around you. Here are some habits that you might want to develop to become a better musician. By Daniel Roberts and Dave Kusek (We’ll...

Fox Suffers Likely Motion Loss To Netflix In Ongoing Executive Poaching Lawsuit

A day before the first court hearing in the increasingly bitter battle between 20th Century Fox and Netflix over the streaming service's snagging of two executives under contract to the studio, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge hasShow More Summary

‘The Wall’: New NBC Game Show Picked Up For 20 More Episodes

After a promising ratings start, NBC has ordered 20 more episodes of its new game show The Wall, executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment, and hosted by Talking Dead‘s Chris Hardwick. In...Show More Summary

Sprout Taps Children’s Media Exec Deirdre Brennan As General Manager

Sprout has hired veteran children’s media exec Deirdre Brennan as General Manager. Reporting directly to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainmen, Brennan will oversee all aspects of Sprout's programming,...Show More Summary

How A Christian Rock Star Started A Six-Figure Music Business Online [INTERVIEW]

In this interview Chris Greenwood, aka Manafest, talks about how was able to build a six-figure online business as a Christian rock star thanks to magic of online sales and passive income. _____________________________ Guest post by Jeff Rose from Forbes As someone who has earned over $1 million dollars blogging,...

Grateful Dead Sundance Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Acquired By Amazon

Ahead of its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Amazon Studios has acquired Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about the Grateful Dead from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence). Show More Summary

New Payout Rates Shared For Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube

Given the controversy around streaming rates, it's important to have some idea of what these numbers actually are. Here David Lowery shares his per stream rates across various platforms and see how the numbers shifted in 2016. _____________________ Guest post from David Lowery of Cracker and The Trichordist The last...

Nielsen Lands Deal To Tap Set Top Box Data From AT&T’s DirecTV And U-Verse

Nielsen’s local and national TV ratings will begin include set-top box data from the nation’s No. 1 TV distributor, AT&T, this year as a result of a multi-year agreement the companies announced this morning. The information, they say,...Show More Summary

Abbey Road Graduate CloudBounce Closes $250K Seed Round

Abbey Road Red Incubator graduate CloudBounce, an instant digital audio mastering service, has raised a $250,000 seed round. Investors in this round include UK-based VC Ascension Ventures, and a group of Finnish business angels. CloudBounce offers instant feedback on an audio track using AI. The (artificially) intelligent machine, unlike Shazam...

Wanda’s Wang Jianlin On U.S. “Protectionism”: “If China Were To Retaliate, It Would Be Bad For Both” – Davos

Much as China's President Xi Jinping did yesterday, Dalian Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin today sounded concern and a warning over potentially increased U.S. government controls on Chinese investment. Calling the concept “protectionism,” Wang said, “The main growth market of English-language films is China. Show More Summary

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