Archive for July, 2011

Dead Man Walking: New Showrunner for AMC Zombie Hit

July 29, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Days after admitting he was flying by the seat of his pants during the first season of The Walking Dead , Frank Darabont has stepped down as showrunner of the AMC series. The creator, executive producer, and director of the zombie apocalypse hit, Darabont has ceded day-to-day oversight of The Walking Dead to Glen Mazzara. A veteran showrunner (FX’ The Shield , TNT’s Hawthorne ), Mazzara joined the production in February as a writer and executive producer—and Darabont’s No. 2. AMC on Thursday thanked Darabont for his contributions to the success of The Walking Dead , adding that they hope to retain the seasoned horror director in some unspecified capacity. “We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series,” an AMC rep said. Darabont has directed a number of feature films, most notably a trio of Stephen King adaptations: The Shawshank Redemption , The Green Mile and The Mist . He wrote and directed The Walking Dead pilot, which didn’t see the light of day for five years. Last week, Darabont told a Comic-Con audience that the first six installments of the zombie show were characterized by a good deal of trial-and-[t]error. “The good thing about the first season is that nobody knew what was coming,” Darabont said. “The first six episodes, nobody knew what the hell we were doing.” That panel was held just six days ago in San Diego. According to The Hollywood Reporter , at no point during his Comic-Con appearance did Darabont indicate that he would step down as showrunner. AMC said Darabont’s decision to give up the job will not have a material impact on the show’s production schedule. As such, the network is on track for an Oct. 16 premiere . Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels , and executive producer and writer on the series, will stay the course, as will executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. In May, Darabont expressed concern that AMC would look to cut the show’s budget, which insiders peg at around $2.5 million per episode. “Creatively I have no complaints thus far.

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Information Diet: Tim Gunn

July 29, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

What’s the first information you consume in the morning? The first thing I do is I check my cell phone to see if I slept through any texts or voicemails.

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Samsung Electronics Profit Falls 18 Percent

July 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its second-quarter profit fell 18 percent amid weak demand and lower prices for consumer electronics broadly, though rising sales of smartphones led its cellphone business to more than double in profitability. The company’s chip-manufacturing business remained its biggest contributor to profit, though its earnings were well below the near-record level of a year ago. Its flat-panel business lost money for a second consecutive quarter. Samsung’s cellphone earnings were lifted by higher sales of smartphones. But for the first time since it started reporting quarterly performance a decade ago, Samsung declined to say how many cellphones it shipped. Strategy Analytics, a Boston-based market research firm, later estimated Samsung shipped 74 million units, up 16 percent from a year ago. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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‘Electric’ riot sparks scrutiny

July 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Music News: Charges mulled as rave repurcussions echo -- After business on Hollywood Blvd. was disrupted by a near-riot outside Grauman's Chinese Theater on Wednesday evening, authorities are weighing charges while film promoters and participants in the long-contentious Los Angeles megarave scene are left to ponder the fallout.

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Q & A: A defense of charging more for Web TV (CNET)

Dan Rayburn
July 29, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Apparently we were just kidding ourselves and the Internet really isn't going to send us to some digital TV Shangri-La, where all the content is free of charge, available at our fingertips, and stripped of commercial breaks.

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The Paradoxical Secret of Obsession-Worthy Branding (Forbes)

Michael Ellsberg
July 29, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

OK, I have a little mental experiment for you. I promise, if you take a few moments for this, it will be fun, and you’ll gain a great deal of uncommon insight into the concept of “branding.”

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U.K. film org reveals profit picture

July 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Amid 20% return, smaller pics sometimes delivered best -- Without any fanfare, the UK Film Council released figures for films it backed between April 2006 and its closure in March 2011. There was no surprise in seeing that "The King's Speech" returned 100% of its $1.55 million investment, or that many of the already-forgotten films returned 0%.

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U.K. film org reveals profit picture

July 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Amid 20% return, smaller pics sometimes delivered best -- Without any fanfare, the UK Film Council released figures for films it backed between April 2006 and its closure in March 2011. There was no surprise in seeing that "The King's Speech" returned 100% of its $1.55 million investment, or that many of the already-forgotten films returned 0%.

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The Piers Morgan Tweet Heard ‘Round the World

July 29, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If you were doing anything with your time on Thursday other than following every minute development in the rumor mill surrounding CNN host Piers Morgan, you would have missed the news that CNN had suspended Morgan due to questions about his involvement in phone hacking during his time as an editor of a British tabloid.

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The Silver Tassie

July 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit Reviews: When times are tough, the tough write poetry. And let's face it, nobody writes poetry like the Irish.

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