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ABC Buys Fertility Workplace Comedy From Annie Neal & Doug Robinson

ABC has put in development Fertile, a single-camera workplace comedy, from Black List scribe Annie Neal (Beauty Queen), The Goldbergs executive producer Doug Robinson and Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Neal, Fertile...Show More Summary

Israeli Drama ‘Foxtrot’ Acquired By Sony Pictures Classics As Pic Wins 8 Ophir Awards

EXCLUSIVE: Foxtrot, the Samuel Maoz-directed Israeli film that won Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and was one of the most buzzed about films in Toronto, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. SPC bought North American rights, just before the film today won eight Ophir Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Maoz. Show More Summary

Killer Of Fox Executive Gavin Smith Gets Max Sentence

John Lenzie Creech, the man convicted of killing 20th Century Fox film distribution executive Gavin Smith, was sentenced today the maximum of 11 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. It brings to a close the saga of Smith, whoShow More Summary

Viacom Secures Data Leak That Research Firm Deemed Potentially “Catastrophic”

Viacom  computers put at risk “a vast array of internal access credentials and critical data that could be used to cause immense harm to the multinational corporation's business operations,” cyber security firm UpGuard says today. The...Show More Summary

ADG Awards: Art Directors To Induct Ken Adam & Tyrus Wong Into Hall Of Fame

The Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 is set. Sir Ken Adam, the Oscar-winning production designer behind Dr. Strangelove and the James Bond franchise, and Bambi illustrator and longtime Warner Bros veteran Tyrus Wong will be inducted during the 22nd annual ADG Awards on January 27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Fox Buys 2 Projects From Lee Daniels: Gospel Choir Drama As Put Pilot & Multi-Racial Soap With Penalty

Fox has put in development two more drama projects from Lee Daniels, co-creator/executive producer of the netwpork’s Empire and Star. They are: Victory with writer Julian Breece (Hulu's The First), which has received a put pilot commitment, and East of Hope with Outsiders creator Peter Mattei, which has a script commitment with penalty. Show More Summary

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Debut Ratings Hit Low, ‘Monday Night Football’ Up In Week 2

Maybe it was because they didn't end up getting Sean Spicer as a contestant after all but Dancing With The Stars (1.7/6) wasn't so sure footed in its season debut last night. Down 19% among adults 18-49 from both its Season 23 opener...Show More Summary

James Corden Regrets His Kiss With Sean Spicer; Promises It Was A “One-Time Thing”

“Anyone ever have that feeling when you get a little drunk and wake up the next morning and think, ‘Oh God, who did I kiss last night?’ It’s a bit like that,” said James Corden last night in his opening monologue on The Late Late Show. Show More Summary

‘For The People’: Production Temporarily Shut Down On ABC Shondaland Series

EXCLUSIVE: Filming has been paused on ABC’s midseason legal drama series For the People for some additional script work. I hear the stoppage stems from the recent recasting of the series’ leads, with Britt Robertson and Jasmin Savoy Brown tapped for the roles. Show More Summary

‘The Walking Dead’ Unveils Season 8 Key Art & It’s “All Out War”

AMC has released the official key art for Season 8 of The Walking Dead ahead of its premiere next month. It features Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors preparing for "All Out War.” Here is AMC’s synopsis of Season 8: Last year, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. Show More Summary

Patreon Raises $60M More For Fan-To-Creator Patronage Platform

Patreon has raised an additional $60Million to expand its fan-to-creator patronage site. The popular platform is led by entrepreneur and musician Jack Conte, half of the duo Pomplamoose. __________________________________________ Jack Conte Patreon has raised an additional $60 million in a round led by Thrive Capital along with returning investors Index,...

Bron Studios Secures Revolving $50M Credit Line From Comerica Bank

Bron Studios, the Vancouver-based production company headed by Aaron L. Gilbert, has just announced that it has secured a $50M revolving credit line with Comerica Bank. The credit line, Bron said, will go to help it manage its burgeoning slate of productions. Show More Summary

‘Saturday Night Live’ To Continue Airing Live Coast To Coast

Live coast-to-coast is working well for Saturday Night Live. NBC's multi-Emmy winner will air live simultaneously around the country beginning with the season 43 premiere on September 30, with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. Each episode will air live at: 11:30 p.m. Show More Summary

Four Organizations Using Music To Make A Difference

Music's ability to inspire and bring people means it is often involved in affecting positive change. Here we look at four different organizations (and how you can get involved with them!) working to make a positive difference through music. ______________________ Guest post by Meredith Nadeau, Corporate Marketing Manager at The...

T-Mobile And Sprint Shares Rise On Report Of “Active Talks” About A Merger

Shares of Sprint and T-Mobile are up in mid-day trading following a CNBC report that the companies are in “active talks” about a merger. They’re said to be looking at a stock-for-stock deal that would leave T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom in control of the combined company with T-Mobile’s colorful CEO John Legere running operations. Show More Summary

‘The Deuce’ Renewed For Season 2 At HBO

Just days after its Season 1 premiere, HBO has renewed its praised drama series The Deuce for a second season. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the show is titled after the local slang for New York's fabled 42nd Street. Show More Summary

Aidan Gillen To Play Dave Allen For BBC; HBO Nordic Orders ‘Gosta’; Anna Friel Flits To ITV’s ‘Butterfly’ – Global Briefs

BBC Two has ordered Dave Allen At Peace, a dramatization of the life and career of the Irishman who was once considered Britain’s most controversial comedian. Game Of Thrones and Peaky Blinders‘ Aidan Gillen is set to star. The biopic...Show More Summary

Music Industry Paints Target On YouTube Ripping Sites, Despite Many Non-Infringing Uses [Op-Ed]

Stream ripping, particularly from YouTube, has become a top source of music piracy. But putting YouTube to MP3 conversion sites in the music industry's crosshairs is shortsighted argues Timothy Geigner of Techdirt _________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt Concentrated attacks on technology tools that can sometimes, but not...

‘Fall In Love’: Will This Virtual Reality Program Make You Fall In Love?

Tool of North America, Mark Zuckerberg-owned Oculus and director Kevin Cornish today are launching an experiential virtual reality effort, Fall in Love VR, which was inspired by The New York Times‘ article “The 36 Questions That Lead...Show More Summary

‘Croods 2’ Back On Dreamworks Animation’s Schedule; Studio Teams With Jason Blum For ‘Spooky Jack’

Dreamworks Animation's The Croods 2 is back on the release calendar. Originally dated for the end of this year, but then pulled when the Universal acquisition of DWA took place, the sequel to the cave people toon will now debut on Sept. Show More Summary

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