British Biz Establishment, BBC Relieved By Scotland’s Rejection of Independence

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — The British establishment is breathing a collective sigh of relief as Scotland has voted by a margin of 10% to stay in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured) welcomed the result as around 85% of Scots — the biggest turnout in a U.K. election since the early 1950s — voted in... Read more

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Mamoru Oshii Gets Double Billing in Tokyo Festival’s Special Screenings Section

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Two new movies by sci-fi auteur Mamoru Oshi will unspool at the Tokyo festival

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Scotland Votes to Stay in United Kingdom

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after Thursday’s referendum on independence, the BBC reported. The votes to stay in the U.K. totaled 1,914,187, while 1,539,920 Scots voted for independence, with one of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas yet to declare, although that cannot change the result. The vote equates to 55% in... Read more

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‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel Loses Director

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fredrik Bond has stepped away from directing “Olympus Has Fallen” sequel over creative differences, sources confirm. The Millenium Films actioner, titled “London Has Fallen,” was scheduled to begin shooting next month in England. Bond previously directed Shia LaBeouf’s “Charlie Countryman” and had just come on to the project in August. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and... Read more

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Do TV And Advertising Still Belong Together?

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV and advertising used to go together, to quote some famous commercial slogans, like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Or like food, folks and fun. Now, a new thought is rising that the two sides fit together less snugly. Cable ratings this summer have been weaker, and broadcast ratings somewhat choppy, too. Discovery... Read more

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The Voice Inks Three-Season Sponsorship With Nissan

September 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When NBC’s The Voice comes back on air Monday with new celebrity judges Pharrell Williams

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California Governor Signs Expansion of State Film and TV Tax Credit

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A bill that more than triples the size of California’s film and TV tax credit is now law, as Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the legislation passed last month designed to stem the tide of runaway production fleeing to other states and countries. “Yes, it’s taxpayers money, but it’s taxpayers money to build good... Read more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Best Commercials Ever! [Video]

September 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

You may know him as the seven-time Mr. Olympia winner from when you were a gawky half-pint. Or the Hollywood action hero you wanted to be. Or you could've been one of the more than 38 million U.S. citizens he governated for a decade. In any case, everyone knows Arnold Schwarzenegger. Which has made him perfect for advertising around the world. Schwarzenegger, now 67, is clearly no stranger to the camera. And he's appeared in countless peculiar ads—many of which you may not have seen, because like other

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Darrell Hammond Rejoins ‘Saturday Night Live’ As Announcer

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The new “voice” of “Saturday Night Live” is going to have a familiar tone. Darrell Hammond, the versatile impressionist who held forth on the program between 1995 and 2009 – the longest tenure of any cast member on the show – will return to the venerable program as its announcer, Hammond and show executive producer... Read more

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CBS’s New Fall Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst

September 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Today in our week-long roundup of new shows on broadcast, we're looking at CBS, the place to go for young people committing crimes. There are networks that, faced with changing times and a media landscape diversifying both by viewer type and by medium, radically change their programming approach in an effort to stake out new territory before their competitors are inevitably pushed into it. CBS is not one of those networks. It's the most conservative in its programming strategy, and with good reason: Stalwarts like The Big Bang Theory, the NCIS and CSI franchises, and The Good Wife provided several consecutive years of growth, and Big Bang in particular tops the charts year after year. More than any other network, CBS unapologetically does capital-T Television along classic lines: one-and-done mysteries, sitcoms with laugh tracks, and dramas about politics. Oddly, CBS chose to save for midseason its best-written and -acted series, buddy cop dramedy Battle Creek, but don't worry, there are no fewer than three cop shows in the five full-season series CBS will premiere in the next few weeks. Of the networks we're looking at, CBS is the most drama-heavy: four of the five are hour-long, big-budget, slick-looking series, and while nothing here is wildly innovative, you can kick the tires on any one of these guys and the muffler won't fall off the back of the car. As with my roundups of ABC and Fox , I'm only able to review the screeners provided by the network, and those are the pilots. Series frequently evolve pretty radically, but when you're writing about the ad industry like we are, those first episodes are vitally important, because there's enough on the dial that if a viewer doesn't like episode one, there's no reason for him or her to come back for episode two.

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