MTV Wants To Make Millennials Scream

April 22, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If MTV wanted to make it clear that it was the network for millennials, it did so with aplomb during its 2015 upfront presentation at New York's Beacon Theater Tuesday night. Featuring its top hosts and a concert by pop singer Jessie J, the network showcased what it would have to offer through the lens of the youth themselves. "All these MCNs (multi-channel networks) saying TV is dead, they are in our offices begging to be on MTV," Girl Code host Nessa said on stage. The network introduced eight new series, renewed 10 others — and announced a whopping 85 more shows in development. Returning shows include: Girl Code Teen Wolf Catfish: The TV Show Teen Mom 2 Awkward MTV president Stephen Friedman explained his slate of shows express millennials' "unbridled optimism" despite the fact that their "big dreams are harder to achieve." "It means layered and ironic entertainment," Friedman said. "The virtue they value above all others is hustle." Among the new shows: America's Best Dance Crew All Stars: Road to the VMAs which will focus on dance teams as they take on VMA-themed challenges. Middle of the Night Show: A late night talk show developed with College Humor, in which host Brian Murphy arrives unannounced in a random celebrity's bedroom and convinces the star to be the show's co-host on the spot. Scream: The TV Series, based on the hit 90s horror series by Wes Craven, debuting June 30. MTV has updated the iconic slasher films for modern times, complete with references to connected homes and extremely rapid text messaging. (Sadly, Ghostface has gotten a makeover. The new mask is still spooky, but we have to admit we're a little nostalgic for the vintage look.) If you needed further proof the 90s are back, MTV will also air Follow The Rules, a reality TV show about rapper Ja Rule. Despite the fact many of MTVs key demographic is too young to have experienced hits like "I'm Real" and "Put It On Me" while they were on the charts, MTV proudly touted the half-hour documentary series as a way for fans to keep tabs with the entertainer as he raises his family of teens and college-aged kids. Echoing previous moves to include more online influencers in its programming, MTV will also be adding Todrick, a reality TV series debuting Aug. 31 about YouTube star Todrick Hall—who has amassed more than 180 million views on the platform—as he creates dance and music videos. It is also developing a scripted comedy series around Vine star Logan Paul, who has more than 7 million followers on the app and 20 million Vine views. The series will chronicle Paul's early days as an social media star. Throughout the event, MTV prided itself on being able to connect marketers with the young demographic they covet.

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Sony Increases 2014 Results Forecast  

April 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony has revised its consolidated forecast, with higher sales and lower losses than previously anticipated.

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Comedian Rob Corddry Says Working at The Daily Show Sucked the Fun Out of News

April 21, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age 44 Claim to fame Creator and star of the Emmy-winning Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital (Fridays at midnight); star of the upcoming HBO show Ballers (premieres June 21 at 10 p.m.) Base Los Angeles Twitter @robcorddry What kind of TV do you watch? To be honest with you, I don't consume a lot. I haven't watched live news in eight years, ever since The Daily Show. I will read Digg on the toilet while I'm doing my morning constitutional. I'll flip through The New York Times over breakfast. Mostly I just let headlines wash over me. People think they're consuming information, but I really think it's mostly just mind-numbing. Did working at The Daily Show [as a correspondent from 2002 to 2006] just suck all the enjoyment out of the news? It absolutely does. Your job is not to make fun of the news so much as it is to make fun of the ways in which the news is delivered. And 24-hour news stations in general created an epidemic where news is created, rather than reported. Deflate-gate, or whatever they were calling it, was non-news that overpowered anything even remotely important. Bias aside, it became more disgusting the longer it was around. That's just pervasive. How specifically do you think that constant grind hurts the news? As far as I know, good, proper analysis of an event cannot happen within minutes. Breaking news is not what they think it means. Twitter has become a popular place for both newsgathering and for comedians to try to workshop jokes. Is that appealing to you?

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TV Land Renews Younger and Comedy Central Brings Back Inside Amy Schumer

April 21, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

TV Land has given the green light for a second season of Younger, starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella. The Darren Star-produced series follows Liza, played by Foster, a 40-year-old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the publishing world. TV Land says Season 1 of the show, which concludes June 9, has reached 20 million viewers across multiple platforms including TV Land, TVLand.com, Nick at Nite, Hulu and video on demand. "We couldn't be more excited that audiences are discovering Younger and falling in love with our fabulous cast," said Star in a statement. "I can't wait to have everyone back in New York to shoot Season 2." Another Viacom network, Comedy Central, is renewing Inside Amy Schumer for a fourth season. The third season of the provocative sketch comedy show premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET, with guest star Amber Tamblyn and—with the help of Method Man and Amber Rose—the premiere of Milk, Milk, Lemonade , an ode to the female anatomy and booty videos.

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‘Groundhog Day’ Musical to Bow in Matthew Warchus’ First Season at London’s Old Vic

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The musical version of “Groundhog Day” as well as starring stage turns for Ralph Fiennes (in Henrik Ibsen’s “Master Builder”) and Timothy Spall (in Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker”) are among the shows on tap for artistic director Matthew Warchus’s inaugural season at the Old Vic in London. The programming selection of the Tony-winning director (“God... Read more

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Dannon’s Oikos Helped to Revive Full House, but Won’t Be Around to Enjoy It

April 21, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

More than a year before John Stamos lit a nostalgic bonfire with his announcement of a Full House revival, Oikos Greek yogurt had the same idea. The Dannon brand's 2014 Super Bowl ad reunited spokesman Stamos with his former castmates, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier, and in the process sparked an explosion of buzz among several generations of fans. (The show remains a syndicated hit with today's youth.) So will the brand be basking in the glow of the retro reunion it arguably helped bring into reality? Probably not. A spokesman for parent brand Dannon says its contract with Stamos expired at the end of last year and there are currently no plans to revive it. "John is no longer in our Oikos advertising," said Michael Neuwirth, senior director of public relations for Dannon.

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils 2015 Lineup (FULL LIST)

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas will be presented along with the international premieres of Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop, the Fortnight will unspool 19... Read more

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Kicks Off CinemaCon With Big Laughs, More ‘Cups’

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Pitch Perfect 2″ got CinemaCon rolling on a high note as the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit received an enthusiastic reception at the exhibition industry confab. Director, co-star and producer Elizabeth Banks promised the crowd of theater owners more of what they loved about the first film, and “Pitch Perfect 2″ didn’t deviate much... Read more

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‘Full House’ Reunion on Netflix Is Officially Happening

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s official –“Full House” is returning to television for a 13-episode sequel on Netflix in 2016, the streaming service confirmed. John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on the popular family sitcom, broke the news Monday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Called “Fuller House,” the revival series will focus on Candace Cameron Bure’s character, D.J. Tanner, who... Read more

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Christopher Nolan Says His Filmmaking Process a ‘Combination of Intuition and Geometry’

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Christopher Nolan described his filmmaking process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festivalgoers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher,” “Moneyball”). “Usually my answer... Read more

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