Just over two months to the day that Hearst-owned WCVB-TV was denied its preliminary injunction motion against the Barry Diller-backed streaming service, the Boston ABC affiliate has began its predictable appeal. “Simply put, this case affects the very future of over-the-air broadcasting as we know it,” says the distinctly not understated 160-page appeal made Monday to the First Circuit (read it here). As others have argued about Aereo in other cases, part of their latest copyright argument against the service is that Massachusetts-based federal District Judge Nathaniel Gorton didn’t know what he was talking about in his October 8 order. “In denying WCVB’s public performance argument, the district court failed to engage in any independent analysis and appears to have relied exclusively on the reasoning of a Second Circuit case, which has been harshly criticized by copyright scholars and had not been followed by any other court outside that circuit,” asserts the filing. This week’s latest Aereo legal action comes as Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal, WNET, Fox, and Univision await to learn if the Supreme Court will hear their potentially game changing October 11 submitted petition to review a 2012 ruling by not to shut Aereo down pending a trial. It also comes as Aereo announced plans to expand to new markets the likes of Detroit and Denver and has been slapped with a second injunction motion in Utah.
In March the CBS chief predicted that “within a year” it would be an industry standard for advertisers to pay for the number of viewers who see commercials within a week after they air (called C7), up from three days (or C3). But he seemed less certain today when he spoke to the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. In next year’s upfront “there’s going to be a lot more C7″ — although it may not be the industry standard. (Earlier today Disney’s Jay Rasulo said it will take longer for the change to take hold.) “I don’t think it’s that hugely significant….Eventually its going to be even greater than C7″ — perhaps going as high as C30. “We may not get paid as much, but you’re selling Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, what’s the difference if you watch now or 22 days from now?” Speaking of the ad market, he says that scatter sales are “fine.” National is “stronger than local, but local is OK.”
EXCLUSIVE: After appearing in almost all episodes of The Bridge‘s first season, recurring cast members Emily Rios and Matthew Lillard are being promoted to regulars for Season 2. The move also signals their characters’ increasing importance in the upcoming storyline. Rios and Lillard play El Paso Times reporters Ariana Mendez and Daniel Frye. In the season one finale, the two came across a home filled with cash that will lead to an investigation on both sides of the border in the second season. The Bridge also is undergoing a behind-the-scenes change, with Meredith Stiehm, who developed the series with Elwood Reid and served as executive producer/co-showrunner on Season 1, returning to Showtime’s Homeland full-time, with Reid taking over day-to-day-responsibilities on The Bridge. (Stiehm remains an executive producer.) Rios, repped by Domain and Kass Management, is probably best known for playing Jessie Pinkman’s ill-fated girlfriend Andrea Cantillo on Breaking Bad. She also has recurred on Men Of A Certain Age and Friday Night Lights. Lillard is best known for the Scooby-Doo and Scream franchises.
In the last of its official program unveilings, the Sundance Film Festival today revealed the Short Films set to be shown in Utah next month. The Zambia Space Academy’s race to the moon, a billion people dance event, teen love amidst a 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders game and a look at the life and work of painter Robert De Niro Sr. are among the U.S., International, Documentary and Animated shorts chosen for the 2014 Fest, which runs from January 16-26. The upcoming 30th anniversary of the festival sees 66 short films to be screened from a record-breaking total of 8,161 submissions. Check out the Short Film slates here:
U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramović / U.S.A. (Director: Matthu Placek) — This one-take, 3-D film majestically documents legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic, capturing the breadth of space in infinite detail: the life of an artist, her keen sense of transition, a space’s decay, and the ripeness of rebirth.
Afronauts / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frances Bodomo) — On July 16th 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.
NATPE Chief Promises More Digital, Buyers, Exhibitors, Station Groups, And Advertisers — Plus Phil Rosenthal Quizzing James L. Brooks — At January Confab
Registration for both domestic and international buyers attending January’s 2014 NATPE conference in Miami Beach is pacing well ahead of last year, with double digit growth, NATPE president and CEO Rod Perth said this morning, citing more exhibitors, more buyers, advertisers, more stations groups, and a more prominent digital presence. Forty-four percent of the registered buyers are international, representing 46 different countries, and 28 station groups are participating this time, Perth said on a conference call with the press. At last count, there were 225 exhibitors — 34 of them attending NATPE for the first time, and five returning in January after years of absence, said Perth, who is in his second year at NATPE. For the second year in a row, each of the major studios will be at NATPE. Exhibitors, meanwhile, come from 23 different countries, including increased participation from the UK, France, Spain and Germany, he said.
Oscar and Emmy-winning director/producer James L. Brooks will chat with Everybody Loves Raymond writer/exec producer Phil Rosenthal in a session at NATPE, joining Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Friends creator/writer Marta Kauffman, documentarian Morgan Spurlock, and Boardwalk Empire exec producer Terence Winter in sessions staged during the confab’s The Storytellers Who Have Shaped Pop Culture track. Brooks is among those receiving the 11th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the NATPE conference, held again at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. New to NATPE, there will be a presentation of findings from a two-part independent research study commissioned by NATPE and the Consumer Electronics Association, in re how how and why consumers use second-screen devices to engage with video content. The first part of the findings will be presented at the 2014 International CES, where the focus will be primarily on technology, devices and the user experience. The second part, which will be presented at NATPE, will consist of qualitative research based on interviews with TV program producers and showrunners, examining how second screen affects the way they develop content and incorporate it into their programs.
From today’s NATPE announcement:
Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the recipients of two special DGA Awards recognizing extraordinary contribution to the Guild: Lee Blaine and Vince DeDario will be honored at the 66th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 25, 2013.
Lee Blaine will receive the DGA’s 2014 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America. Vince DeDario will receive the DGA’s 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of service to the industry and to the Directors Guild of America.
“The strength of the DGA is built upon the commitment and dedication of our actively working members to giving back through service to the Guild,” said Barclay. “Both Lee Blaine and Vince DeDario have been staunch advocates and proud representatives of their fellow Guild members, and they’ve done it while maintaining successful, demanding careers. We are proud to recognize their service and their accomplishments.”
Read the DGA bios of Blaine and DeDario after the jump:
Universal Sticks With ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Date As Fox Shifts ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Release
The jockeying by the studios to get the best playdates for their summer 2014 tentpolefare is continuing with 20th Century Fox moving the release date of its 3D offering Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes up a week from July 18 to July 11. By doing so, it gives the picture another week in the marketplace before moviegoers head into Paramount’s Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Warner Bros bows its summer Andy and Lana Wachowski sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending, both of which are on the July 18 date. Jupiter stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The other film slated for the July 11 date is Universal’s Fast & Furious 7, the production of which has been postponed given the tragic death of its star, Paul Walker. Universal, however, for now is holding stake on that July 11 date for FF7.
Related: Photos: Paul Walker, 1973-2013
Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report
Comedy Central is locking in its flagship series for three more years, giving Daniel Tosh’s Tosh.0 a three-season renewal. The first new season under the deal, the upcoming Season 6, will consist of 30 episodes and will premiere on February 18. The renewal news comes as Tosh.0 wraps its fifth season tonight. “We believe Tosh.0 has the potential to resonate with our audience, and we want to give it time to connect,” Comedy Central’s president Kent Alterman quipped. Added Tosh, “I am extremely fortunate and very grateful that I can continue to work with such fun and talented people on a very supportive network. Sorry for the lack of snark – I will leave that open for the comments section.” This fall, Tosh.0 ranks as the #1 entertainment series on all of television on Tuesday nights among Men 18-24. It averages 3.0 million total viewers and a 2.2 in Adults 18-49. Three-year renewals are reserved only for top performers. Comedy Central’s other marquee primetime series, South Park, also has a three-season pickup, and the network’s highly rated late-night franchises The Daily Show and The Colbert Report also get multi-year orders.
HOLLYWOOD, CA, December 10, 2013 – Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Miss Golden Globe Sosie Bacon will join Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma to announce the nominations for The 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Thursday morning, December 12, 2013 at approximately *5:38 a.m.(PST)/8:38 a.m.(EST) at the Beverly Hilton airing live on NBC’s The Today Show. Nominations will be announced in 25 categories. The 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the second year in a row, will air on Sunday, January 13, 2014, LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC with the pre-show from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (PST)/7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST), and main telecast from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton. The 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries and is produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
“Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said this morning, after New York’s top court ruled one of his reporters can’t be forced to reveal sources used to cover the Aurora, Colorado movie theater mass murder. The New York Court of Appeals ruled 4-3 that the state’s shield law protected New York FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter from being compelled to name sources. Winter first reported that law officers told her James Holmes kept a diary depicting violence and gave it to his psychiatrist before 12 movie-goers were gunned down during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in July of ’12. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder; prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Holmes’s lawyers wanted Winter brought to Colorado to name her sources, arguing they had violated a gag order and would not be credible trial witnesses.
“There is a substantial likelihood that a New York reporter will be compelled to divulge the identity of a confidential source (or face a contempt sanction) if required to appear in the other jurisdiction — a result that would offend the core protections of the shield law, a New York public policy of the highest order,” the court said, overturning a mid-level appeals court’s decision, according to news reports.
Court will be in session for a 16th season on Twentieth Television’s Divorce Court. The syndicated daytime court show has been renewed through 2014-15, Twentieth TV announced today. The show is set to return on Fox stations, as well as Tribune, Sinclair, Meredith, and Scripps-Howard stations. Divorce Court, starring Lynn Toler, is the longest-running court show. It is produced by Monet Lane Prods. and distributed by Twentieth Television. Gail Steinberg serves as executive producer.
The 21st Century Fox COO has a lot at stake in preserving the pay TV bundle, and scoffs at consumers’ continuing interest in a la carte pricing. “It is a farce,” he told the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. “People may want different bundles, but a la carte isn’t the answer…The bundle is still a great proposition for the consumer, when you compare it to the world of $5 lattes and cell phone bills.” Chase Carey concedes that pay TV networks and distributors have been too slow to offer content on the Internet. “TV Everywhere is the right path but has been poorly executed….We have to be part of the solution, not just sitting here, picking and complaining.” That will have to include developing business models for digital. “We haven’t scratched the surface.” He’s glad, though, that his company, Disney and Comcast decided not to sell Hulu. “Once we became convinced we had a shared vision for the opportunity, we moved naturally to a place …where we put the capital commitments behind it.”
EXCLUSIVE: NBC is taking a shot with a project from an up-and-coming comedian. The network has ordered a presentation for a comedy created by and starring Jerrod Carmichael, a Los Angeles-based standup and performer. Scott Ellis has come on board to direct the project based on Carmichael’s life and comedy. It centers on a consummate optimist (Carmichael) who is eager to take on the world, but is too busy taking on everyone and everything in his small corner of it. Mike Pennie and Ravi Nandan executive produce. Filming is eyed to begin next week. Carmichael, who had an arc on Fox’s The Goodwin Games, is with CAA, Mosaic and Zifren.
The miniseries’ second night viewership across A+E Networks‘ History, A&E and Lifetime, was down 24% from Night One. Of the 7.4 million viewers, 3.1 million fell into the 25-54 age bracket. On History, the miniseries, starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger in the title roles, logged 2.8 million viewers overall; Lifetime and A&E networks each averaged 2.3 million.
Overall, the two-part miniseries averaged 8.6 million viewers — 3.6 million in that age bracket. That secures Bonnie & Clyde‘s status as basic cable’s third most watched miniseries since ’06, behind History’s mega hits Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible. Bonnie & Clyde had grossed 9.8 million viewers and 4.2 million demo viewers during its world premiere on Sunday. History also led the simulcast that night, with 3.7 million viewers, followed by Lifetime (3.1 million) and A&E (3 million).
The project, which also starred Holly Hunter and William Hurt, marked A+E Networks’ first-ever simulcast across the three networks. Sony Pictures Television produced the mini, from executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, based on the script byJohn Rice and Joe Batteer, directed by Bruce Beresford.
EXCLUSIVE: G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu and Hieu Ho have made a deal to produce Run, a high concept action horror film they’ve set at Lionsgate under their Chu Studios banner. Alex Ankeles & Morgan Jurgenson are writing the script, and John Sacchi is overseeing for Lionsgate. Ankeles is repped by CAA and Kaplan/Perrone; Jurgenson is APA and Jonathan Hung, while Chu’s repped by PYE, WME and SMGSB.
This is another example of Chu branching out. He started on a musical track, helming Step Up 2: The Streets with Briana Evigan and Channing Tatum, and Step Up 3D, both of which grossed big overseas. Chu then directed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, before moving into the action arena with the G.I. Joe sequel, which was reframed at a more reasonable price point. Chu’s next is Justin Bieber’s Believe, which Open Road releases this month.
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter behind the multi-billion dollar Twilight franchise, has sealed a deal to redraft an untitled female actioner from a comedy to a fast-paced female-ensemble spy pic at Summit Entertainment for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian with Benderspink executive producing.
It’s always nice to see projects with a strong female leads written by a strong woman.
The project has gone through previous incarnations with a screenplay originally penned by Douglas S. Cook and David Weisberg (The Rock, Double Jeopardy) under the working title Blank Slate with a re-write by Erich and John Hoeber (Red) under the title The Kiss Off.
The story, now untitled, is now taking a turn away from what was going to be a comedy and gearing more the pic towards a female-centric actioner in the line with Salt, also produced by the team of di Bonaventura and Vahradian. It will focus on a group of female spies.
Given her track record, this is Rosenberg’s baliwick. And having worked myself with former CIA operatives through the Association of the Recovery of Children, I can tell you, the former females spies are just as tough … and definitely more wily … than the guys.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer/director Troy Duffy, most famous for making a big Boondock Saints spec deal with Harvey Weinstein that was supposed to include purchase of the LA bar where Duffy poured drinks, is back in the mix with deals for both film and TV projects. On the small screen, Duffy has teamed with producers Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen and set up Kingdom Come with Sony Television. The proposed series focuses on Capt. Jean Lafitte, the early 19th Century pirate who built the largest smuggling operation on U.S. soil and controlled New Orleans and all the goods that traveled the Mississippi River. He went from outlaw to patriot when he and his crew defended New Orleans against the British in the War of 1812, for which he and his pirate cohorts received full pardons for past misdeeds, but were whitewashed from history by Andrew Jackson.
Duffy also made a deal with Voltage Pictures to write and direct The Blood Spoon Council, a thriller about a vigilante group led by an eccentric mastermind profiler that hunts, captures and disposes of serial killers. This will be the first film that Duffy has directed since the Boondock Saints sequel in 2009. Even though the bar deal with Weinstein fell apart over creative disagreements, the first movie–which starred Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery as Irish vigilantes–got financed by Elie Samaha. The ultra-violent shoot em up then had the bad fortune to reach …
Outside of Comcast and Verizon, cable and satellite companies “haven’t moved fast enough or effectively enough” to offer video on demand to their subscribers, the Time Warner CEO told the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. Distributors have the rights to offer shows on VOD, and audiences want it. “If you think about the success of things like Netflix, the interest YouTube – it’s mostly because you can get your stuff on demand.” It’s “a gigantic opportunity” for pay TV. But “there’s very spotty performance among distributors on how these tremendous VOD rights are conveyed to you.” if distributors don’t move more quickly then the demand “is going to be filled by somebody else” — probably a tech company. That would be “a missed opportunity….It’s not going to serve consumers as well and won’t serve the broadband plant” or programming diversity. He seemed uncertain, though, that someone will soon offer an online pay TV service that would compete directly with cable and satellite — which became a big issue here yesterday when Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said he believes an over-the-top competitor will launch in 2014. “We’re all open to it,” Bewkes says. “The question for consumers and rights providers is: What service do they provide?” He also wonders whether the Internet infrastructure can handle the additional bandwidth demands for video. “That’s an open question.”
Four months after NBC signaled a push in the longform arena with a development slate of several miniseries and event series, the network has greenlighted the first project from that slate, four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar (Europa, Europa) and an Emmy (Treme), has come on board to direct the mini, written by Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story). Casting begins immediately, with filming set to begin in January in Paris. Lionsgate Television is producing, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern serving as executive producers. “Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be,” said Quinn Taylor, NBC’s EVP, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, who has been shepherding NBC’s longform strategy since joining the network from ABC in June. Added NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, “As we move into the event movie and miniseries space, Rosemary’s Baby represents the kind of attention-getting, surprising project that will make noise for us. The story has been updated and moved to Paris, but it’s faithful to the spirit of Ira Levin’s classic novel.”
Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes …