‘Star Wars’ Comes To Ballpark Not Far Away

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 11:14pm PDT

The Fresno Grizzlies, a Triple-A affiliate of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, hope to draw a galaxy of fans Saturday with a Star Wars Night, at the ballpark. For one game only, players will sport Storm Trooper-inspired jerseys that will be auctioned off for charity after the final … Read More »

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Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren And Megyn Kelly Slam Lou Dobbs’ Misogynist Show

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 11:04pm PDT

Two of Fox News‘ most visible female on-air hosts got all up in Lou Dobbs’ grill this week in an unusually public display of disharmony on the channel. Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly were reacting to a … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: François Ivernel Exits Pathé; Canal Plus France Legal Battle Will Go To Mediation

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 9:00pm PDT

Veteran Exec François Ivernel Exits Pathé To Launch Production Company

Pathé said today that veteran top executive François Ivernel has resigned to launch Montebello Productions, a London-based film-production company that will open June 3. He most recently … Read More »

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SAG-AFTRA Approves Commercials Contract With 96% Yes Vote

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 7:33pm PDT

UPDATE 7:27 PM: SAG-AFTRA members voted overwhelmingly to approve its commercials contracts, with 96% of the national membership saying yes. The 2013 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and 2013 SAG-AFTRA Radio Recorded Commercials Contract are the first major pacts negotiated by the merged union since SAG and AFTRA linked up in March 2012. The contracts (summaries are here and here) go into effect immediately, retroactive to April 1, and are good through June 30, 2016. “The significance of this ratification is two-fold,” said Roberta Reardon, National Co-President of SAG-AFTRA. “Not only are these the first major contracts negotiated as SAG-AFTRA, but the contracts’ provisions provide for great improvements in the lives of our members and their families. I am grateful to the SAG-AFTRA members and staff who served alongside me on the negotiating team for all of their hard work.” Added union Co-President Ken Howard, “The overwhelming vote of support for these contracts is gratifying.”

PREVIOUSLY: Members have until 5 PM PT to vote on the Commercials Contract, the first deal negotiated by SAG-AFTRA as a new union. A tentative deal on new contracts covering television and film commercials was reached April 6 and the National Board voted unanimously to approve it April 21. Read More »

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Writer Doris Egan Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios, Joins ‘Reign’ As Co-EP

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Doris Egan (House) has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, she will join the studio’s high-profile new CW drama Reign as co-executive producer. Created by Laurie McCarthy and … Read More »

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Craig Cegielski Joins Fremantle Media As EVP Scripted, Stefanie Berk As SVP

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 4:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia North America is assembling a new scripted programming team. I’ve learned that former Lionsgate TV and GK-tv executive Craig Cegielski has been tapped as EVP Scripted Programming and Development. He’s being joined by Playtone’s Stefanie … Read More »

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Hot Clip: ‘Pacific Rim’ Featurette

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 4:14pm PDT

“To fight monsters, we created monsters” – so goes the tagline for Guillermo del Toro’s summer tentpole for Warner Bros. A new 4-minute Pacific Rim featurette gives viewers a look inside the massive robots deployed to battle the kaijus that have emerged from the sea in the … Read More »

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Jay Leno Prevails In Final May Sweep As ‘Tonight Show’ Host

Related: Leno Tops Ratings In First Week Of Sweep

Jay Leno’s ratings numbers continue to impress. In his final May sweep before handing over the Tonight Show anchor desk to Jimmy Fallon in February, the NBC late-night show won the key ratings period from April 25-May 22. Tonight bettered time-slot rivals Late Show With David Letterman at CBS and Jimmy Kimmel Live at ABC in every category, and matched its highest margin of victory over Letterman in the 18-49 viewers in nine years. Against Kimmel, Leno grew its 18-49 lead compared with the February sweeps from 12% to 30% in 18-49 and from 39% to 42%  in total viewers. (See the full chart below.) For the May sweep, Leno generated bigger audiences than its broadcast rivals in every key category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Related: ‘Good Morning America’ Wins First May Sweep In Almost 20 Years

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Agnes Bruckner To Co-Star In A&E Pilot ‘Occult’

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 3:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Agnes Bruckner, who plays Anna Nicole Smith in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic of the former Playboy model, has been cast in another A+E Networks project. Bruckner is set to co-star opposite Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in A&E‘s drama pilot Occult, produced by Transformers helmer Michael Bay and written by veteran genre writer and The X-Files alum James Wong. Occult, which draws parallels to X-Files and Fringe, centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance.

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‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘Chicago PD’ Showrunner Matt Olmstead Inks Overall Deal With Uni TV

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 2:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Olmstead, executive producer of NBC’s Chicago Fire and co-creator/executive producer of its upcomiMatt Olmstead Chicago Fireng spinoff Chicago PD, has signed a rich two-year overall deal with Universal Television, the studio behind the two series, along with Wolf Films. Under the seven-figure pact, Olmstead will continue as showrunner on Chicago Fire and also will serve as showrunner on Chicago PD, working on both series with Chicago Fire creators/exec producers and Chicago PD co-creators/exec producers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, as well as exec producer Dick Wolf. Making things a bit easier logistically is the fact that Chicago PD has a midseason order. “Matt is an experienced and creative showrunner and we were thrilled with his stellar work on Chicago Fire, Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria said. “We look forward to extending our relationship with him on Chicago PD and at Universal TV”. Read More »

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Time Warner Cable And LIN Resolve Retransmission Dispute

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 2:32pm PDT

More than 1.5M Time Warner Cable subscribers in 14 markets can relax. The cable company — which also represents Bright House Network – ”has reached an agreement with LIN Media for continued carriage of their broadcast stations,” it said today without … Read More »

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Topless Protesters Crash Finale Of ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’ With Heidi Klum

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 2:31pm PDT

“Did I just see breasts in front of me, or did I dream it?” asked Heidi Klum after two half-naked women protesters rushed the catwalk during yesterday’s finale of Germany’s Next Top Model TV show. Host … Read More »

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NBC Tornado Benefit Concert Raises $6M

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT

NBC‘s one-hour live Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert hosted by Oklahoma native and The Voice judge Blake Shelton on Wednesday raised more than $6 million in pledges and ticket sales, the Associated Press has reported. … Read More »

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Tamera Mowry & Tamar Braxton Among Hosts Of New Syndicated Talk Show Getting Summer Trial Run On Fox Stations

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 2:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A new panel talk show with female hosts is entering the daytime space. I’ve learned that a syndicated talker hosted by actress-singer Tamera MowryRead More »

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‘Suits’ Exec Producer Jon Cowan Inks Overall Deal At 20th TV

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT

Jon Cowan has closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Cowan, who had been based at NBCUniversal, is currently an executive producer on USA Network’s Suits. The pact calls for Cowan to have a blind … Read More »

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Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 37

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 1:51pm PDT

Listen to (and share) episode 37 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. Deadline’s executive editor talks with host David Bloom about who’s likely to buy Hulu; whether OWN will pencil out for Discovery this year; Netflix plans to triple spending on original content; and whether the new News Corp. will scoop up the LA Times or other print publications.

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Alan Tudyk & Rex Lee Leaving ‘Suburgatory’

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 1:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I hear ABC‘s last-minute third-season renewal of Suburgatory as midseason replacement came with a reduction in the license fee, which is leading … Read More »

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Alcon, Ridley Scott Announce They’ve Hired Michael Green To Script ‘Blade Runner 2′

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Related: Ridley Scott To Direct New ‘Blade Runner’

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 31, 2013, 3:30 pm, EST—Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Green recently completed rewrites on “Robopocalypse” and Warners Bros “Gods and Kings.”

Alcon and Yorkin previously announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.

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Universal Crosses $1B Overseas Box Office In Record Time For Studio

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 12:27pm PDT

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, May 31, 2013—Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that the studio has reached $1 billion at the international box office. This is the earliest the studio has reached that milestone in history, besting a previous record set on July 17, 2012 through the performance of such global hits as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, American Reunion, Snow White and the Huntsman and Ted. 2013 marks the seventh year in a row that Universal has reached $1 billion internationally. In 2012, the studio enjoyed its highest grossing year at the international box office with $1.794 billion in total grosses.

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