Posts Tagged ‘news’

Emmy Awards Set Director, Key Production Team Members

July 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Louis J. Horvitz is returning as director of the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, to air live Sept. 20 on Fox. Also joining the production team are Danette Herman, Bob Dickinson, Baz Halpin and Tamlyn Wright. Horvitz will direct the kudocast for the 17th time. In addition to the Emmys, the awards show veteran’s credits include..

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Justin Lin’s ‘Hollywood Adventures’ Take Him To China

July 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With "Hollywood Adventures", Taiwan-born Justin Lin has returned to his roots in Asia for the first film since the “Fast & Furious” series.

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Third Studio Complex To Be Built in Busan

June 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A new film production center featuring three stages will open in Busan, the Korean city that styles itself as the hub of Asian cinema.

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How Lester Holt Went From Nearly Unemployed to NBC Nightly News Anchor

June 22, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fifteen years ago, Lester Holt was demoted and being "pushed toward the door" at WBBM, the CBS TV station in Chicago, where he was the main news anchor. Today, he has one of the rarest jobs in TV: anchor of a network evening newscast. "When I sit back and reflect on that journey just weeks from unemployment and to where I am right now, it's gratifying, and it's kind of life-affirming that you can't plan your life sometimes," Holt told Adweek in a wide-ranging interview Monday afternoon. "There are only three of these jobs, and none of them were open or would be open for a long time. So it was not on my radar," Holt said. "I got some advice a long time ago that you always want to prepare yourself if doors open at weird times for weird reasons—and that's exactly what happened." When Holt takes the NBC Nightly News chair this evening, he'll also become the first African-American solo anchor of a network evening broadcast. Holt joined NBC News in 2000 as an anchor for MSNBC. He was tapped to anchor the weekend editions of the Today show in 2003, added the weekend editions of Nightly News in 2007 and was named anchor of Dateline NBC in 2011. Holt will continue to anchor Dateline for now, but the future is "up for discussion." Holt's ascension to the top of Nightly News, which finds itself in a tight ratings race with ABC's World News Tonight, follows the decision to permanently remove Brian Williams from the broadcast. Holt and Williams have been friends from the day Holt joined the network. But the two didn't talk about all that's transpired in the last five months until last Thursday after the network revealed change. "We had a very, very good talk and we both acknowledged we would have liked to have had earlier, but that this was awkward for a lot of reasons," Holt said. "We are friends, and nothing that has happened has gotten between us." When Williams returns from his suspension in August, he'll become breaking-news anchor for MSNBC. The network is not ruling out Williams filling in on NBC when news breaks and Holt is unavailable. Holt says it's not for him to judge the outcome. "I knew going into this that that side was going to be taken care of, and that was between Brian and our bosses. I didn't judge it then, and I'm not in a position to judge it now. In many ways, I'm too close. We're friends. As far as I'm concerned, I need to focus on this broadcast and keep moving forward." Holt also says he won't shy away from those late-night talk show appearances which became a forum for Williams' fabrications.

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Brian Williams Gives Interview to Matt Lauer to Begin His ‘Comeback’

June 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Brian Williams will be permanently pulled from the anchor chair of NBC Nightly News but will remain with the network, according to multiple reports. NBC News is not commenting as the details of Williams' role have not been finalized. CNN, which was first to report the news last night, now reports Williams has taped an interview with Matt Lauer, describing it as a "comeback attempt." Williams, who'd just signed on for another five years with Nightly News in December, saw his job come to an abrupt end a month later when it was revealed he had been fabricating stories about his coverage during the early days of the Iraq War. An investigation revealed other tall tales Williams told mostly on late-night talk shows. "By his actions, Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News," NBCUniversal president Steve Burke said as he suspended his multi-million dollar anchor for six months. "His actions are inexcusable, and this suspension is severe and appropriate." While the suspension has become permanent, Williams will stay with the network, likely returning to MSNBC in a role that hasn't been defined yet

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Star Chinese Movies Strikes Enlight Pictures Deal

June 18, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox International Channels unit Star Chinese Movies has bought TV and digital media rights to a trio of major pictures from mainland China’s Enlight Pictures.

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The Weirdest Emmy Ballot Omissions and Oddities

June 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Where are "Cougar Town" and Max Greenfield? And what's up with "SNL" only submitting male hosts?

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Shanghai Festival to Open With Film Industry Tribute ‘I Am Somebody’

June 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Derek Yee’s tribute to cinema’s nameless extras “I Am Somebody” has been set as the opening movie of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

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Marvel Teams With Youku Tudou For China Marketing

June 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Video platform Youku Tudou has partnered with Disney to be the exclusive online movie marketing platform in China for its Marvel slate.

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Millennials Favor Facebook Over TV for Political News

June 1, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In Republican years and Democratic years, local television stations have always emerged as winners. The 2014 midterm election delivered an estimated $2.4 billion to local stations, as candidates and political action committees bought time for federal, state and local races. As stations gear up for a presidential election cycle—and the cash it will bring—a new report released Monday by the Pew Research Center suggests a sea change ahead, that could send much of that ad spending to social media. "When it comes to where younger Americans get news about politics and government, social media look to be the local TV of the millennial generation," said Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research at Pew. The report, Millennials and Political News , was based on an online survey of nearly 3,000 people. Millennials reported little interest in following their parents' habit of turning to local television for political coverage—and the advertising that traditionally fills commercial breaks in election years. Sixty percent of baby boomers trust local TV for political news, but the same percentage of millennials opt for Facebook. That shift presents challenges for campaigns and elected officials, as well as for advertisers and station groups. "We are only beginning to understand the complex interactions of personal choice, friend networks and algorithms in the social media space," said Mitchell. "As the research continues, these data suggest there are fundamental differences in the ways younger and older generations stay informed about political news."

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