LOS ANGELES, CA – January 17, 2013 – Cast & Crew Entertainment Services today announced that it has been acquired by an investor group led by ZM Capital, ZelnickMedia’s private equity fund. The Company was previously owned by ABRY Partners. Terms of the transaction, which closed on December 24, 2012, were not disclosed.
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NBCUniversal Inks TV Series Deal With Lovefilm
Amazon’s European service LoveFilm has secured an agreement with NBCUniversal International TV Distribution to deliver audiences on-demand access to hundreds of episodes of iconic American TV. Deal includes recent and library titles including comedies like the U.S. version of The Office starring Steve Carrell and 30 Rock starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. Deal also includes NBCU science fiction dramas like Heroes as well as David Hasselhoff’s 1980s cult TV classic Knight Rider. Lovefilm’s latest major studio deal follows agreements with ABC, BBC and ITV.
Gulfstream Pictures has hired three new execs as it gears up for an additional production, The Genius Files, to be released by Warner Bros where Mike Karz and Bill Bindley’s company is based. Josie Rosen has joined as executive vice president. Rosen comes from Karz Entertainment and previously produced Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day and Killers for Lionsgate and most recently produced the Kevin Durant vehicle Thunderstruck for Warner Bros. Joining her are incoming creative executives Margaret Chernin and Matt Phelps. Chernin comes from the talent department at Saturday Night Live and will focus on comedy. Phelps comes from Paramount’s and motion pictures creative group and will oversee action, genre films and thrillers. Based on the best-selling children’s book series by Dan Gutman, The Genius Files centers on children the U.S. government recruits as agents. Commercial director Robert Rugan has been hired to adapt.
Oprah Winfrey’s two-part interview with Lance Armstrong is close to selling out commercial time at premium prices, Reuters reports. OWN President Erik Logan said current and new sponsors have been calling to secure ad …
Syfy’s drama Alphas is ending its run after two seasons. “Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season,” the network said in a statement. “We’ve been proud to present this entertaining, high-quality series for two seasons and to work with an incredible ensemble of talented actors, producers and creatives as well as our partners at BermanBraun Television. We’d like to thank the show’s dedicated regular viewers for their tremendous support.” Alphas, from BermanBraun, Universal Cable Prods. and creators Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, followed a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. The series starring David Strathairn was most recently run by Bruce Miller who executive produced Season 2 alongside Penn and BermanBraun’s Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. Karnow served as co-executive producer. The second season of Alphas launched in July to 1.7 million viewers.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
It’s official. Greg Daniels, executive producer and showrunner of The Office, said at today’s TCA that Steve Carell would not make a re-appearance in the last season or the final episode of the show’s nine-season run. Daniels said that Carell “was very much of the opinion that the ‘Goodbye Michael’ episode and story arc leading up to it was the goodbye to the fans and the show”. This final season, the producer said, “is the goodbye that the rest of the show gets to have.”
Daniels said viewers should not expect every detail of 9 seasons to be wrapped up in the final episode, which does not yet have a completed script and is still at the table-read stage. He said next week’s episode is “the beginning of the end” of the 24-episode season. Daniels would not reveal any plot spoilers but said that one character is fired in Episode 15.
He added that the finale will be one hour and some series regulars and guest stars may return, including Mindy Kaling.
Fox News Channel announced today it has brought former Congressman Dennis Kucinich on board as contributor to the top-rated cable news network. He will debut Thursday night on The O’Reilly Factor. “I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in a statement Wednesday. The strongly liberal Kucinich had represented Ohio’s 10th District since 1997, but he lost his seat in redistricting in during the fall elections. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and 2008. Here’s FNC announcement:
FOX News Channel (FNC) has signed former two-time presidential candidate and former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) as a contributor in a multi-year deal, announced Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming for the network. Kucinich will provide analysis and commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming, as well as on Fox Business Network (FBN). He will make his debut in the new role on The O’Reilly Factor (8:00 PM/ET) this Thursday, January 17th.
The likes of the Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, the Staples Singers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wilson Pickett and others were drawn to the Alabama town that producer Rick Hall’s FAME Studio and Muscle Shoals Recording Studios called home. Director Greg “Freddy” Camalier brings …