Co-Showrunner Exits ABC Studios ‘Castle’

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 9:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Castle executive producer/co-showrunner Rene Echevarria has departed the ABC dramedy series after not being able to reach a new deal with producer ABC Studios. Echevarria co-ran Castle with creator/executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe this season, which saw the quirky mystery show establish itself as ABC’s most promising new hourlong … Read More »

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Icahn Extends Lionsgate Offer By 10 Days

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 9:21pm PDT

icahn lgToday was supposed to be the deadline for Carl Icahn’s $7 per share tender offer made to Lionsgate stockholders. But stockholders were cold to the proposal: only 6.55 million shares have been tendered so far. I don’t think the … Read More »

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Showtime Sets Summer Premiere Dates For ‘The Big C’, ‘Weeds’, & ‘The Real L Word’

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 9:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime’s new dark comedy series The Big C, starring Laura Linney as a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer, will premiere Monday, Aug. 16 and will air at 10:30 p.m. It will follow the network’s comedy Weeds whose sixth season also debuts Aug. 16.

Showtime also has set June 10 as premiere … Read More »

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Producer Jamie Tarses Re-Ups At Sony TV

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 3:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Tarses is staying at Sony Pictures Television with a new two-year tarses_jamie_02overall deal. Tarses is among the studio’s most prolific non-writing producers. She exec prods two Sony series, TBS’ My Boys and TNT’s Hawthorne as well as four buzzed-about … Read More »

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With Kick-Ass Helmer X’d Out, Fox Zeroes In On Filmmakers For ‘X-Men: First Class’

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 3:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

X-Men-x-men-58082_1024_768WriteThru: So here is the latest on 20th Century Fox’s efforts to lock in a director for X-Men: First Class, which will begin production late summer or early fall. I’m told that Samuel Bayer, who directed the weekend’s top grossing film … Read More »

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HOT TRAILER: ‘Buried’ (Really, This Is It)

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 2:55pm PDT

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Ed Wilson Out At Tribune Co & B’casting

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 2:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CHICAGO, April 30 — Ed Wilson, who has served as Tribune Company’s chief revenue and sales officer since 2009 and as president of Tribune Broadcasting since 2008, announced today that he will step down from both positions effective immediately and be retained as a consultant to the company. “The

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More From Conan O’Brien’s ’60 Minutes’ Interview: ‘I Didn’t Get Screwed’

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 2:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS News released more excerpts from the Sunday interview with Conan O’Brien on 60 Minutes.

Asked to comment on NBC statements that The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien was losing money, O’Brien said, “I honestly don’t see how that’s possible. It’s really not possible. It isn’t possible.”


“I don’t regret anything. I … Read More »

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Warner Bros Sets ‘Batman 3′ Release Date

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 1:20pm PDT
Mike Fleming


Warner Bros has set Batman 3 for release on July 20, 2012, according to an internal email just sent by distribution chief Dan Fellman. There is no official start of production date at this point because Chris Nolan just completed Inception, … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Allen Shapiro Behind Planned Deal To Buy ‘American Idol’ Parent CKX

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 12:48pm PDT

allenshapiro200colorEXCLUSIVE: It’s been kept completely secret — until now. But I’ve learned that savvy media investor and entertainment programmer Allen Shapiro is the wizard behind the curtain of this One Equity Partners deal-in-the-making to purchase CKX. Sources tell me that the many weeks … Read More »

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MTV Goes Scripted with New Animated Series & Live-Action Pilot

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 10:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV is adding two projects to its scripted slate. The cable network is close to a MTV_Logo_201012-episode order to Good Vibes, an animated comedy from The Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green.  Additionally, it has ordered a comedy pilot tentatively … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Networks Rebound & ‘Survivor’ Wins Sweep Opener

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 9:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It may have been the NFL draft after all. After a miserable ratings performance with across-the-board series lows last Thursday against ESPN’s telecast of the NFL draft, the broadcast networks rebounded last night, the opening night of the May sweep.

On CBS, Survivor (4.0 rating/13 share in adults 18-49), once again … Read More »

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Oliver Stone In 4th Place Pay Channel Deal

By and | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 9:35am PDT

Epix300UPDATE: Epix is probably the 4th place pay channel right now, behind HBO, Showtowm, and Starz. But Oliver Stone just signed a development deal to turn Bruce Wagner’s novel Still Holding into a series pilot with Epix which is furiously trying … Read More »

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‘ALL THE POPE’S PRIESTS’? Deal To Develop Catholic Church Scandal Film From POV Of Boston Globe Journalism Team

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 8:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

The producers intend to frame the movie in the vein of All The President’s Men. One of the planned film’s hooks is that some of the journalists are themselves Catholic and were conflicted as they researched and wrote their stories. This journalism angle seems a fascinating way to approach the … Read More »

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ITV Studios Names Kevin Lygo To Top Job

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 6:57am PDT

ITV_logo_51289867As predicted, Channel 4 television director Kevin Lygo has been appointed managing director of ITV Studios. Current ITV Studios boss Lee Bartlett will continue to oversee its overseas business. There is no word yet on when Lygo will start. But his … Read More »

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Online Movie Stores Go Out of Business

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 6:47am PDT

Online MoviesForty two online movie stores went out of business last year, according to research firm Screen Digest. Online movie stores that have disappeared over the past few years include Movielink, Lycos, Guba, AOL and BitTorrent. So much for that … Read More »

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Excuse Me, Do You Speak Ben Silverman?

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 2:35am PDT

Here is Ben Silverman’s recent keynote speech at the MIPTV market in Cannes. I’ve watched this video 3 times now and still have no idea what he’s talking about: “Hyper-globalisation is a comment on every moment but clearly adapted in localisation”? “Full circle is where culture really can manifest”? “How do you … Read More »

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‘NCIS’ Cast Update: McCallum Set To Return

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 11:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NCIS co-star David McCallum earlier tonight closed a deal to continue on the hit CBS crime mccullum2drama. He plays medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard. McCallum was one of four original cast members whose future on the show became uncertain over a … Read More »

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Todd McCarthy Lands At IndieWire

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 7:54pm PDT

todd mccarthyHollywood will be pleased to know that longtime Variety lead film critic Todd McCarthy, who was laid off by the trade two months ago, has found an outlet for his reviews at IndieWire. He “will not be silenced,” the … Read More »

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