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‘Game of Thrones’ Renewed for Two More Seasons

April 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HBO has ordered a fifth and sixth season of “Game of Thrones,”  HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo announced today. The immensely popular medieval-style fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin’s books returned Sunday with a ratings bonanza that drew HBO’s largest audience numbers since the finale of “The Sopranos” in 2007, (and incidentally, record levels of online piracy).... Read more

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Costume Designer Jane Greenwood to Receive Lifetime Achievement Tony Award

April 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jane Greenwood, the longtime theatrical costume designer whose first Broadway credit was 1963′s “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe,” will receive a lifetime achievement trophy during the 2014 Tony Awards ceremony. A legit stalwart with a long list of Broadway and Off Broadway credits, Greenwood has been nominated for a Tony 15 times but has never won. She’s... Read more

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Paolo Sorrentino To Shoot ‘The Young Pope’ TV Series

April 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ROME – Italo helmer Paolo Sorrentino, winner of this year’s foreign-language Oscar for “The Great Beauty” will write and direct his first TV series, working-titled “The Young Pope,” about an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American Pope in history. Sorrentino’s skein conceived for the international market will be executive-produced by U.S. producer John Lyons, the... Read more

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Foundry Launches Nuke Studio Software

April 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Software developer The Foundry introduced a new product Monday evening: Nuke Studio Nuke Studio offers multiple phases of post within a single application, including editorial, timeline, conform, color correction, visual effects, versioning, 4K playback and finishing. The new software is aimed at short-form content creators, such as those working on commercials and episodic. The announcement... Read more

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Former AFTRA Topper Kim Roberts Hedgpeth Heading Musicians Fund

April 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Former AFTRA national executive director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth has been tapped as administrator of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund. The fund collects and distributes residuals to musicians in the motion picture and television industry. It distributed more than $89 million in residuals to musicians in fiscal year 2012-13, up 6.7% over the previous fiscal... Read more

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A&E Orders Third Season of ‘Bates Motel’

April 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A&E has picked up a third season of original series “Bates Motel,” A&E Network exec VP and general manager David McKillop announced Monday. Production will begin in the fall for the 10 episodes slated for season three of the series, a contemporary prequel to Hitchcock’s “Psycho” starring Freddie Highmore as a teenage Norman Bates. “The incredible... Read more

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Fox Picks Up ‘Boom!,’ A Trivia Show With Explosive Theme

April 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox Broadcasting said it had picked up “Boom!” a competitive trivia game show that has already had successful outings in Israel. In the game, a  squad of four players must defuse eight replica bombs” by answering trivia questions correctly within a strict time limit. A nominated player must defuse one “bomb” per question by cutting... Read more

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Profit in Sight: Nearly 670,000 Subscribe to WWE Network

April 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The WWE Network is close to turning a profit less than two months after launching. The WWE announced early Monday that the all digital service, that launched Feb. 24, has 667,287 subscribers. The company has said it needs 1 million subscribers in order to turn a profit. It hopes to reach that figure by the... Read more

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Xbox Entertainment Studios, U.K.’s Channel 4 Partner on ‘Humans’

April 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CANNES — Xbox Entertainment Studios and U.K.’s Channel 4 have inked a co-production deal for drama series “Humans,” based on the Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans.” Distribution will be handled by Shine Intl. The series, which will comprise eight hour-long episodes, will be produced by Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch,” “The Tunnel”). Channel 4 in... Read more

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Advertisers Are Lining Up for a Piece of Mad Men’s Final Season

April 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While viewers may be in for a little culture shock when Mad Men returns for its seventh and final season—the story picks up in January 1969, and in keeping with the blighted aesthetics of the era, Peggy now resembles a sentient macram

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