‘Mad Men’ Recap: ‘The Forecast’ Keeps Don, Joan, Betty and Sally Busy (SPOILERS)

April 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read unless you’ve seen “Mad Men,” episode three of season 7-B, “The Forecast. Don Draper is both seeker and sage in “The Forecast,” an episode that is chock full of references to the long and winding road of “Mad Men.” The episode written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner and directed... Read more

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Broadway Review: ‘Fun Home’

April 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New! Fresh! Original! We toss those kudos around a lot in this business. (It’s like calling everyone “darling.”) But “Fun Home” really earns the praise. Lisa Kron, who wrote both book and lyrics, assembles words and images in unexpected ways to dramatize the bittersweet memoir (based on the 2006 graphic novel by Alison Bechdel) of... Read more

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Infographic: the Best Parts of Last Year’s Upfronts

April 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As we approach this year's upfront presentations, it's a good time to look back to 2014 to see which approaches were most successful, how advertisers responded to the market outlook at that time, and which media brands' events were "must-attend" for marketers and agency execs. Research firm Advertiser Perceptions conducted a survey of more than 300 individuals who attended the 2014 Upfronts/NewFronts, and who are involved in advertising spending decisions for cable/broadcast TV at TV groups planning to spend at least $2 million in next 12 months for advertising. Here's what those marketers, agency execs and planners had to say about last year's presentations.

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How to Sell a TV Show Today

April 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The upfront has been pronounced a goner so many times it is beyond clich

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How to Sell a TV Show Today

April 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The upfront has been pronounced a goner so many times it is beyond clich

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Roma Downey’s Evolution From ‘Angel’ Actress to Producing Partner

April 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Shortly after marrying in 2007, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey decided to work together as producers, creating the company LightWorkers Media. "We didn't have any doubts," says Burnett. The same cannot be said of their stunned pals. "We have so many friends who say, 'Working with your husband? Are you crazy? I couldn't hang wallpaper with my husband!'" says Downey. "But it's been fantastic." That is an understatement. The couple's first project, 2013's The Bible, for History, became the year's highest-rated cable miniseries, drawing more than 100 million viewers during its run. "You might as well start big!" says Burnett. "That was epic," adds Downey, president of LightWorkers, which is now United Artists Media Group's faith and family division. "We hoped that it would have reach. We had no idea that it would have the kind of reach it had." Since then, Downey and Burnett have teamed up on miniseries A.D. The Bible Continues, last year's film Son of God, last December's Lifetime special The Women of the Bible, last month's CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers , the upcoming TLC series Answered Prayers and next year's remake of Ben-Hur. "We have a little slogan over at LightWorkers, which is that it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness," says Downey. "And so I'm personally most interested in material that in some way celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, that has as its essence an optimism or a hopefulness." It has been an organic evolution for Downey, who starred as the angel Monica on CBS' hit drama Touched by an Angel from 1994 to 2003

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How the Reality TV King Created 11 Popular Shows and Counting

April 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As of a couple of weeks ago, Mark Burnett's schedule for the week of May 11 was still surprisingly unfilled. "It's funny, but I haven't been invited to an upfront yet," says the prolific producer, looking ahead to the culmination of upfront season when the broadcast networks finally unveil their fall schedules. "Maybe we'll just stay home!" Don't bet on it. The most powerful producer in television will be plenty busy all that week, wooing advertisers and media buyers in New York. After all, Burnett is responsible for an astounding 11 network programs, on CBS (Survivor and the People's Choice Awards), NBC (The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, The Sing-Off, A.D. The Bible Continues—the follow-up to The Bible, his massively successful 2013 History miniseries—and Angels Unveiled, his scripted pilot hoping for a series order), ABC (Shark Tank and spinoff Beyond the Tank, premiering May 1, plus new game show 500 Questions, which debuts May 20) and Fox (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which returns May 26 after a long hiatus).

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Film Review: ‘The Creation of Meaning’

April 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As a shepherd and his donkey, dog, goats and chickens pursue their peaceful routines, visitors drop by to swap stories of Italy’s past and present conflicts.

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‘Furious 7′ Hits $1.15 Billion Worldwide to Become 7th Highest-Grossing Film Ever

April 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Furious 7″ is now the seventh highest-grossing film of all time with a worldwide haul of $1.15 billion. The fast cars follow-up topped foreign charts last weekend, remaining the No. 1 film in the world for the third week in a row. Internationally, “Furious 7″ made $167.9 million across 67 territories. It is Universal’s highest-grossing... Read more

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Meryl Streep Funds Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40

April 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Meryl Streep has funded a screenwriters lab for women writers over 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers. The creation of the lab, and Streep’s involvement in its founding, was announced Sunday at a panel discussion presented as part of the Tribeca Film... Read more

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