Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

Dana Walden, Gary Newman Named New Network Chiefs at Fox

July 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Dana Walden and Gary Newman were named network chiefs of Fox, replacing exiting Fox Broadcasting Chairman Kevin Reilly following his announced departure in late May , The Hollywood Reporter announced today . The pair will also retain oversight over the studio, keeping "titles as chairmen and CEO of a newly formed division of the Fox Networks Group entitled Fox Television Group," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Walden and Newman will begin their positions effective later this month, reporting to FNG Chairman Peter Rice.

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Hulu Gains Exclusive Rights to Stream ‘South Park’

July 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creators of the long-running Comedy Central animated show South Park, have struck an exclusive deal with Hulu to host the series—including its 244-episode archive as well as new episodes—on the content streaming service, the New York Times reported . According to the terms of the three-year deal, which is worth more than $80 million, Hulu will make all 17 seasons’ worth of the show’s content available for free until Sept. 24, when the show’s 18th season begins. After that, the series’ archive will go behind a paywall, available only to subscribers of Hulu’s premium streaming service, Hulu Plus. New episodes will be available the day after they air on Viacom’s Comedy Central on both Hulu.com and Hulu Plus. In addition, Hulu.com will host a revolving selection of 30 episodes for free, Variety reported . As the Times noted, South Park has historically been available via a range of platforms — “on basic cable, syndicated on ad-supported television, on Netflix, on SouthParkStudios.com and on Hulu.” But with competition between content streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo, and Amazon heating up, exclusivity has become paramount. The deal, which was announced on Saturday as part of the Television Critics Association summer press tour, parallels others engineered by Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins over the last year. As the Hollywood Reporter wrote , the service also “inked an exclusive deal with NBCUniversal in April that included seasons of Fox’s The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Nashville and Elementary also stream exclusively on the platform.” The full archive of South Park episodes will be available for free on the website SouthParkStudios.com (now powered by Hulu) until the Sept. 24 season premiere, at which point the site will, like Hulu.com, offer only a revolving selection. Hulu’s content chief Craig Erwich said of the deal, “South Park has revolutionized TV and pushed boundaries with unparalleled topicality and daring humor. We’re thrilled to offer the series to fans in its entirety.”

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‘Midnight Rider’: ‘We Are, Sarah Jones’ PSA Highlights Safety Awareness

July 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Feb. 20 on-set fatality that claimed the life of Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, has continued to inspire the Hollywood community to seek increased awareness of safety issues. The latest effort is a two-minute “We Are, Sarah Jones” public service video with a wide variety of actors and below-the-line crew members. None of... Read more

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Denis Leary Returns to FX With Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

June 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Nearly three years after the conclusion of Rescue Me, Denis Leary is returning to FX. Eric Schrier and Nick Grab, the presidents of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions, said today that the network had ordered 10 episodes of a new series created by and starring Leary called Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The show will be produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios and will premiere in 2015. Leary and Jim Serpico will executive produce, in partnership with their production company Apostle . SDRR will center around a washed-up rock star named Johnny Rock (Leary), who, 25 years after wrecking his and his best friend’s music career by overindulging in the usual slate of vices—booze, drugs, sex with the wrong people—is attempting to reunite his band, called the Heathens. The series also will star John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly. The pilot episode was written by Leary and directed by Michael Blieden. “As both actor and writer, Denis plunges into dazzlingly original arenas of dark comedy and, along with a stellar veteran cast, the results are just really funny,” said David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios. SDRR is one of several half-hour pilots that FX currently has in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter , others include Charlie Kaufman’s How and Why, Simon Rich’s The Last Girlfriend on Earth, an untitled Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. entry and an animated show called Bigfoot.

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Sexual Abuse Suit Against Gary Goddard Withdrawn

June 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Michael Egan III (pictured above), who has filed sexual abuse lawsuits against director Bryan Singer and three Hollywood execs, has dismissed his suit against Broadway producer and theme park designer Gary Goddard. The motion was filed in federal court in Hawaii, where Egan had alleged that Goddard committed the abuse between in 1999 when Egan... Read more

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Former Dune Entertainment CEO Greg Coote Dead at 72

June 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Australian exec had interests which spanned Hollywood and Asia.

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Gary Oldman Blasts Liberal Hollywood, Defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin

June 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Gary Oldman has blasted Hollywood for what he perceives as a double standard — asserting that Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can get away with politically incorrect humor while others like Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin cannot. The profanity-laced statements are included in an interview with the July-August issue of Playboy. The most explosive part... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Altman’

June 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In "Altman," a who’s-who of collaborators and acolytes pay homage to the late Hollywood maverick, but director Ron Mann lets Altman himself do most of the talking.

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Catalonia Woos Hollywood With New Incentives

June 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID — Barcelona is coming to the table. Having born the brunt of a double-dip recession, on Friday a delegation from Catalonia, boasting Barcelona as its capital, will present at the Hotel Andaz in West Hollywood what Spain’s most modern region can offer to Tinseltown. A dinner cocktail, washed down by Codorniu and Gramona cavas,... Read more

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DreamWorks Alumni Bibo Bergeron and Mike de Seve Launch Monkey’s Uncle

June 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ANNECY– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s. An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents... Read more

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