Krysten Ritter to Guest Star in ‘The Blacklist’ Season Premiere

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shortly after it was announced at Comic-Con that “Weeds” alum Mary-Louise Parker will join “The Blacklist” season two in a recurring role, it’s been revealed that “Breaking Bad” actress Krysten Ritter is also adding her name to the list. Ritter will guest star in the Sept. 22 premiere of the NBC drama currently filming in... Read more

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Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen on Twitter, ‘SNL’ and Working Together

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“It is an honor just to be nominated,” insisted both Lena Dunham, the creator and star of “Girls,” and “Portlandia’s” Fred Armisen, when Variety caught up with the Emmy comedy nominees recently. While they were clearly delighted with each other’s noms, the actors said they were content to simply enjoy the attention, along with the... Read more

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ICM, Manatt and Originate Form Incubator for Media and Tech Startups

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ICM Partners, software developer Originate and law and consulting firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips have created O Labs, a joint venture designed to fund and develop media and technology startups by pooling resources from each partner. L.A.-based O Labs expects to launch three to five companies per year. The JV is led by CEO Matthew... Read more

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Warner Bros. Conjures Up Harry Potter Global Franchise Development Team

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Warner Bros. Entertainment has conjured up the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team, based in both London and Burbank, to “develop and execute a high-level strategic vision for the Harry Potter brand and its ancillary businesses,” Warner Bros. said Wednesday. The move follows last year’s announcement that the studio had formed an expanded... Read more

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China’s Fosun in Funding Pact With Shanghai Film Group

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Conglomerate backing Jeff Robinov takes further step in entertainment

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‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Set Up as Movie Franchise at Warner Bros.

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Warner Bros. is launching development of a movie franchise based on the sci-fi series “Dragonriders of Pern.” The studio has optioned the 22-volume book series from the estate of American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who died in 2011. It has yet to set up the project with a producer. The books are set in a pre-industrial... Read more

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Jenny Slate’s Bedtime Routine Includes a Little Weed

July 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Jenny Slate Age 32 Accomplishments Star of Obvious Child (in theaters now); co-star of FX series Married (Thursdays at 10 p.m.); guest star on Kroll Show , Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and Bob’s Burgers Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Oftentimes I grab my phone by my bed and read my email, but sometimes I’ll go into the kitchen and I turn on KPCC in L.A. and listen to NPR’s Morning Edition. What are your go-to social media platforms? Twitter . I have an Instagram account, but I don’t use it that often. My Facebook is defunct; I haven’t used it in years. Who do you follow on Twitter? Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, Dean Fleischer-Camp (my husband), Chelsea Peretti, Noah Garfinkel and then, you know, like, Cher. How do you get your news? I get my news from NPR. I have it on in the car all day. We don’t have cable TV because I’m in a constant argument with my husband over whether we should have it. I want it, and he doesn’t

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Ireland Welcomes Film and TV Production With Incentives

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Emerald Isle is about to dispense more green. In 2015, the location for “Game of Thrones” and “Penny Dreadful” will boost its cash rebate from 28% to 32% in order to attract an even greater number of international productions. Plus, the program will have no restrictions on nationality-based eligibility, no requirements to team with... Read more

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DirecTV Refuses to ‘Bail Out’ Time Warner Cable in Dodgers Standoff

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite a threat from the FCC to begin arbitration, DirecTV refuses to back down in its standoff with Time Warner Cable over rights to the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA channel. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the satellite provider again pushed Time Warner Cable to agree to a deal in which DirecTV could offer the games... Read more

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Awards Race Shaping Up for Below-the-Line Talent

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Artisans account for 10 of the Academy’s 17 branches. Yet most Oscar handicappers tend to focus on the best pic and/or acting races. Those pundits don’t know what they’re missing. For one thing, the artists are often more fun to talk with than the stars. More important, this year’s craft races have already seen some... Read more

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