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Comedy Perfect Storm: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ & ‘Modern Family’ Casts Gear Up For Contract Negotiations

We have a rare situation heading into next season when the deals for the casts of the two top comedy series on television, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and ABC’s Modern Family, are both up. There is no movement on either but I hear talks...Show More Summary

Zach Braff, Working Title Team On Black List Script ‘Bump’

EXCLUSIVE: Zach Braff has committed to direct Bump, the black comic script by Ori Guendelman and Rob McClelland that made the 2015 Black List. Working Title is backing the project, and WT partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. Show More Summary

‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Trailer: And The Oscar Goes To …

“I don’t know why it’s so hard for you to think that I can be happy.” BoJack Horseman was a TV star 20 years ago but fell off the Hollywood map. Suddenly his new movie is a hit, and he’s in line for an Oscar nom — so why the long face?...Show More Summary

Universal Cable Productions Ups Development Execs To SVP Roles

Veteran development execs Kate Fenske and Elise Henderson have been promoted to Senior Vice President positions at Universal Cable Productions. Both report to Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions...Show More Summary

TV Stations Set Surprisingly High Price To Sell Spectrum In FCC Auction

TV stations set a startlingly high price in the FCC’s auction that could allow wireless broadband companies to buy some of the airwave spectrum now used for over-the-air programming. The FCC vowed to pay $86.4 billion for spectrum in...Show More Summary

Bart & Fleming: Unraveling The Box Office Misfires As ‘BFG’ And ‘Tarzan’ Bow

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: Here's the prevailing wisdom about summer...Show More Summary

James Cameron “Used To Be” A ‘Star Wars’ Fan But Thinks ‘Force Awakens’ Is Far, Far Away From Original Six

James Cameron knows a thing or three about visual effects and successful moviemaking, having helmed the two biggest moneymakers in cinematic history. So what film made him get into the business? Star Wars. In an interview that hit YouTube...Show More Summary

MGM Reduces Interest Outlays With New $1B Credit Facility

MGM characterizes its new, five-year $1 billion revolving credit facility as a vote of confidence by J.P. Morgan Chase, and other banks in the lending syndicate. "The size and structure of this new facility are indicative of MGM's strong...Show More Summary

3 Kinds Of Bands That Don't Need A Publicist

While the majority of bands should have someone who is dedicated to protecting the band/s public image, both in the press and on social media, there are certain types of artists that have no need for such a person, perhaps because they're too new, or simply don't care about their...

How to Book A European Tour Without An Agent Or Label (Part 1)

With its golden hospitality and government funding of the arts, touring Europe can be a musician's dream, provided it's done correctly. Here musician Brett Newski shares some wisdom from the road on how to make your next European tour a success. _______________________________________ Guest post by Brett Newski on The DIY...

Beers, Blue Jeans, And Broadcast vs. Pandora

For all the criticism leveled at Pandora of late, it seem the popular internet radio service is helping out some mid-tier musicians, or at least those who play country music, by providing them with significantly greater airtime than traditional broadcast radio. _________________________________ Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and...

Why You Need A Music Marketing Plan

You put a lot of work into your art. So much time, so much energy, so much love goes into creating music that you really believe in. But if you want people to pay attention to your musical genius, then you need to put just as much work into marketing and promoting it!

5 Ways To Make Your Local Show A Greater Success

While touring across country is likely the goal for many up-and-coming artists, it's important to first build buzz in your local scene. Just because you're playing locally though, doesn't mean that you can't turn your neighborhood show into a major event. _____________________________ Guest Post by David McMillin on the TuneCore...

Huckabee Pays $25,000 To Settle "Eye Of The Tiger" Copyright Case

When you hear a song played at a political rally, does it imply that the artist singing it endorses that candidate? This is the kind of thorny legal and moral issue that continues to resurface, particularly during presidential campaigns. ______________________________________ Former Arkansas governor and perennial Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee...

‘Furst Born’ CBS Comedy Pilot Extends Cast Options, ‘My Time/Your Time’ Eyes Redevelopment

CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Furst Born remains in contention for midseason as the options on the entire cast have been extended. Furst Burn was one of two comedy pilots that CBS left in consideration for a series order after theShow More Summary

China’s Directors Guild Calls For Explanation Of Tibetan Helmer’s Arrest, Hospitalization

Award-winning Tibetan director Pema Tseden was detained by Chinese authorities after what’s been described as a dispute over left luggage at an airport in Xining, western China on Saturday, the Associated Press reports. He was subsequently hospitalized Monday night, prompting the Film Directo…

‘Dory’ Eats $300M+ & Will Gobble Up ‘BFG’, ‘Tarzan’ & ‘Purge’ Over Independence Day – Box Office Preview

This isn’t the Independence Day weekend of Transformers, Twilight, Spider-Man or even Will Smith, but it will be the holiday that belongs to Disney’s Finding Dory. For a second year in a row, a Pixar holdover will rule the July 4th box office with Dory making between $45 million-$50 million over four days. Show More Summary

Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital Raises $10M Series B Financing

All Def Digital has raised $10 million in a Series B financing led by Third Wave Digital Partners, the company co-founded by Russell Simmons announced today. Other investors in the round include WPP through WPP Ventures, and Andreessen...Show More Summary

CMT Hires Two New Marketing & Programming Executives, Promotes Two

CMT has made two new hires and promoted two in the Nashville-based marketing, programming, production and events departments. Former BBC America marketing executive Rory Levine has joined CMT as Vice President of Consumer Marketing, leading CMT's linear and digital marketing efforts. Show More Summary

"Happy Birthday" Officially Enters Public Domain

After a long legal battle, "Happy Birthday To You" has entered the public domain. It's part of a growing list of "moder" songs whose legal status is shifting as copyrights run out and lawyers test their limits. Up next, a battle over Woody Guthrie's iconic "This Land Is Your Land."...

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