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Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films Reups Film & TV Deal With Universal, Hires Executive

Jason Bateman formally entered producing in 2012 with a two-year first-look deal at Universal Pictures and its TV sibling Universal Television for his then-newly launched Aggregate Films, co-run by James Garavente. Over the course of that deal, the company landed a series on the air, NBC's Growing Up Fisher. Show More Summary

Zach Galifianakis & Louis C.K.’s Comedy ‘Baskets’ Gets FX Series Order

On the heels of his Emmy win on Monday for Louie, Louis C.K. is expanding his footprint on FX with a new series. The network has given a 10-episode order to Baskets, the comedy pilot starring Zach Galifianakis, and co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. Show More Summary

Daniel Dae Kim To Produce Adaptation Of Korean Medical Drama ‘Good Doctor’ For CBS

Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim is taking a homeland spin on the red-hot medical drama genre. The South Korean-born star has partnered with the network, CBS, and studio, CBS TV Studios, behind Hawaii Five-0 for an adaptation of the South Korean drama series Good Doctor. Show More Summary

L.A. Unplugged: Did Teamsters Foil Plan To Bring Power To The Movie People?

A top official at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says a relatively inexpensive city effort to make filming in the city easier might have flopped because of interference from local Teamsters fearful of losing their jobs. Related:...Show More Summary

Walden Media, TWC Pledge Partial ‘Giver’ Proceeds To Literacy

Two weeks after opening Lois Lowry's novel adaptation The Giver in the #5 weekend box office spot, Walden Media and The Weinstein Co. are making a pledge for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Fifty cents of every ticket sold during the holiday frame will go to the National Education Association's Read Across America program. Show More Summary

Rockbot Scores New Funding From Universal Music, Detroit Venture and More

Rockbot today announced that the company has closed an additional round of financing. The round is led by Detroit Venture Partners and includes top global music group Universal, Susa Ventures, XG Ventures, Susa Ventures, and an AngelList syndicate led by Sundeep Ahuja. Show More Summary

Garry Marshall’s ‘Double Indemnity’ Play Will Star ‘Mad Man’ Pete Campbell

Off-Broadway's ever-fecund Vineyard Theatre has nabbed Vincent Kartheiser — who plays obnoxious ladder climber Pete Campbell on AMC's Mad Men — for its upcoming show about the filming of Double Indemnity. Hollywood demi-god Garry Marshall...Show More Summary

NBC Ups Jenny Groom To SVP Alternative Programming & Development

Jenny Groom has clearly risen through the ranks at NBC, starting as a page in 2003, and now elevated to SVP Alternative Programming and Development. In her new role, Groom is responsible for overseeing all of development for the alternative department, shepherding new series from concept through production of the first season. Show More Summary

Discovery Finally Kills ‘Sons Of Guns’ Citing “Serious And Horrific Nature Of Charges” In Star’s Second Arrest

"Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against William Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of Sons of Guns and cancel the series," Discovery Channel said in a statement about the star of its reality series. ...Show More Summary

‘Nightcrawler’ To Close Fantastic Fest 2014; ‘John Wick’ Joins Lineup

Lionsgate's John Wick starring Keanu Reeves will have a Gala screening at the 10th annual Fantastic Fest and Jake Gyllenhaal starrer Nightcrawler will close the confab in its U.S. premiere, organizers announced today. The rising genre film fest held from September 18-25 in Austin, TX will open with the previously announced Tusk from Kevin Smith. Show More Summary

Gov. Jerry Brown, California Legislature to Approve Film/TV Tax Incentive Increase

The credits reportedly will be installed over a five year period and be totaled at $330 million a year read more

Samuel Goldwyn To Help Kirk Cameron “Put Christ Back Into Christmas”

That's the promise Kirk Cameron's made with his latest film, Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas, which Samuel Goldwyn Films has set for a November 14 limited theatrical release. Cameron stars in the film which regrounds the Christmas tradition...Show More Summary

Dark Day For Civility In Trade Journalism

When I learned this morning that some sleaze mongers had crawled out from under a rock to unveil a grotesque blog aimed at the founder of this site, I was certain that the decent people at Hollywood trade publications would condemn it to instant oblivion. Show More Summary

Can Music Careers Be Jumpstarted On Vine?

Vine's an interesting phenomenon. The 6 second limit on video length seems to inspire creative acts that may not translate into longer formats but it does create a proxy for measuring first glance marketability. While the early waveShow More Summary

Now On Its Own, Millennium Entertainment Acquires David Burris’ Thriller ‘The World Made Straight’

Millennium Entertainment said today it has acquired domestic rights to the David Burris-directed coming-of-age thriller The World Made Straight, eyeing a February 2015 release date. Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens...Show More Summary

David Frankel To Direct ‘Departure’ For Good Universe

The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel has taken over the directing reins of Good Universe's sci-fi romance Departure. Oscar-nominated Billy Ray penned the script and was previously set to direct the tale of a brilliant FAA investigator...Show More Summary

NBC Buys ‘Assisted Loving’ Comedy From Claudia Lonow

Following pilot Old Soul last season, NBC again is exploring the comedy in the relationship between generations with Assisted Loving, from How To Live With Your Parents and Accidentally On Purpose creator Claudia Lonow and producers Aaron Kaplan and Tracy Katsky. Show More Summary

Universal Takes Producing Stake In Bill Condon’s Broadway ‘Side Show’ Revival

EXCLUSIVE: The much-ballyhooed Broadway revival of Side Show has a new above-the-title producer: Universal Pictures. Christopher Herzberger, U's executive, live theatricals, pushed the deal, which I'm told includes a financial stake in the tuner. Show More Summary

Time Warner Cable Says ‘Sorry’ After Overnight Outage

An issue during “routine network maintenance” overnight caused a nationwide outage of Time Warner Cable's VOD and Internet services, affecting an estimated 11 million subscribers before being restored around 6AM Eastern time for most customers (though one complained on Twitter that her service didn't return for two more hours). The nation's No. Show More Summary

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