BuzzFeed Names Andrew Gauthier Head of Video Division (Exclusive)

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BuzzFeed has appointed Andrew Gauthier to executive producer of BuzzFeed Video, overseeing all shortform and episodic video content for the fast-growing Internet media company. In his new role, Gauthier, who is based in Los Angeles, will oversee a team of 40 producers. His promotion is part of a reorg coming after BuzzFeed announced the formation last month... Read more

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‘Fashion Police’ to Continue Without Joan Rivers

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

E! has come to a decision on the fate of “Fashion Police,” saying that the fashion-focused talk show will continue despite the passing of co-host Joan Rivers. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our... Read more

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NFL’s Goodell Apologizes For ‘Wrong’ Response To Domestic Violence Controversy

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged he personally erred in governing the football league’s response to a domestic-violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice, but said he would not consider resigning and would instead focus on revamping the sport’s rules and policies about player behavior. “I made a mistake,” Goodell said at a press... Read more

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Beau Willimon, Walter Bernstein Win WGA East Council Seats

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and 94-year-old incumbent Walter Bernstein have won freelance seats on the Writers Guild of America East Council. Incumbents John Auerbach, Terry George and Jenny Lumet were re-elected to freelance seats along with newcomers Kyle Bradstreet and Chris Kyle. A total of 16 candidates were seeking the seven open freelance... Read more

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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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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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