Posts Tagged ‘news’

ABC Cancels ‘Manhattan Love Story’

October 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC has broken up with its new relationship comedy, “Manhattan Love Story,” canceling the sitcom created by Jeff Lowell after four episodes. The ABC Studios comedy, which focused on the inner monologues of characters who were embarking on a new relationship, is the first of the new fall shows to be canceled. “Love Story,” which aired... Read more

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Jim Parsons To Star in NBC’s ‘Elf’ Animated Holiday Special

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jim Parsons will bring holiday cheer this winter, starring in NBC’s special “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.”  Parsons will voice Buddy, made famous by the 2003 film “Elf” starring Will Ferrell and Broadway production “Elf: The Musical.” The hourlong, stop-motion animated special is set to air at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16, and will blend the... Read more

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AMC Gets Big Piece of BBC America for $200 Million

October 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

AMC is taking over BBC America, buying a piece of the U.K. broadcasting property for a reported $200 million. The deal gives control to AMC, but BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1 percent stake in the cable channel. The companies will invest in BBC productions, and AMC will enjoy free rein pursuing U.S. advertising for BBC America and BBC World News. BBC America is available in 80 million U.S. homes. Its programs include the long-running classic Dr. Who, the over-the-top motor enthusiast show Top Gear, the dramas Orphan Black, Luther and Broadchurch, and the Planet Earth natural history series. BBC Worldwide and AMC have collaborated before—on the drama Top of the Lake and the spy thriller The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal which aired on the BBC in the U.K. The BBC said, "AMC will run (BBC America) consistent with BBC’s editorial standards and policies."

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Recording Academy, CBS Shuffle Grammy Nominations Announcement Plan

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Recording Academy and CBS are shaking up the Grammy nominations process, returning to the traditional early morning unveiling of most categories — other than the top prize of album of the year — after announcing key categories as part of a primetime special for the past six years. This year, album of the year... Read more

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Tokyo Festival: James Gunn Points Laser At Asian Cultural Influences

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Guardians" director gets geeky, misses 'Ultraman'

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ABC Adds Episodes for ‘Goldbergs,’ ‘Black-ish’ and 6 Other Shows

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC has padded the episode orders for comedies “The Goldbergs,” “Black-ish” and six other shows as the Alphabet surveys its needs following a solid start to the 2014-15 season. “The Goldbergs” (pictured), the Sony Pictures TV family comedy in its sophomore season, has added two episodes for a total of 24. ABC Studios’ “Black-ish” is... Read more

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New York Television Festival Launches Production Arm, Pacts with A&E, Fox, History, Orchard

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The New York Television Festival is expanding its reach with the launch of a production unit, fortified by development pacts with several of the fest’s longtime partners. NYTVF Prods. opens its doors with deals in place to help this year’s winners develop projects for A&E Network, Fox and digital network the Orchard. History is on... Read more

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Jerry Brown Appoints Thomas Davis, Michael Nyman to Film Commission

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Hollywood labor leader Thomas Davis and PR exec Michael Nyman to the California Film Commission. Davis, 56, is the third international VP of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Executive Board and business manager at IATSE Local 80, which reps grips, craft service, first aid and warehouse workers. A... Read more

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Helps NBC Win Another Week in Demo

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The overall network ratings picture hasn’t changed much in the early going this season, as NBC last week made it four straight primetime victories in adults 18-49 while CBS remained top dog in total viewers for a fourth straight time. According to same-night Nielsen estimates for the week of Oct. 13-19, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” reclaimed... Read more

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Franco Lolli’s ‘Gente de Bien’ Wins Top Prize at Film Fest Gent

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Gente de bien,” a coming-of-age drama by Columbian-born, Paris-schooled filmmaker Franco Lolli that initially screened at Cannes in May, was awarded the top prize, the Grand Prix for Best Film, at the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent in Belgium.

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