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‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Tells All (…To His Big Sister)

By | Saturday October 29, 2011 @ 9:21pm PDT

Deadline frequent contributor Allison Hope Weiner interviews her younger brother, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, this month on this fascinating hour-long video about his show’s origins, his difficult contract negotiations, and his inspirations when writing the series, as well as Big Media issues and a lot of personal reminisces with his big sis:

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EMMYS: ‘Mad Men’s Matt Weiner

By | Thursday June 23, 2011 @ 4:42am PDT

Matt Weiner is a 15-time Primetime Emmy nominee and seven-time winner (six of them in the last four years alone). Now Matt Weiner is hoping his AMC drama Mad Men can capture its fourth consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmy and tie The West Wing for that many wins. But his biggest competition is HBO’s Boardwalk Empire from former Sopranos colleague Terence Winter. This spring, Weiner emerged bloody but victorious from a brutal contract battle, inking a three-year, $30 million megadeal to continue his show. Problem is, every twist and turn was played out publicly in front of Emmy voters. He recently spoke to Deadline’s Nikki Finke:

DEADLINE: Do you think it’s going to be harder to win an Emmy this year just because of all the publicity about your huge contract and the delayed start of the show and everything?
MATT WEINER: I don’t know how anyone survived the conversation that has gone on in public about the show. And one of the things that has been most frustrating to me is that I hope the fans know that my attachment to the show is very deep and, for some reason or another, it’s been misconstrued that my negotiation was responsible for the delay of the show. And that’s not true, and I have not been able to correct that anywhere. But the same way Breaking Bad was delayed, I was told in October that Mad Men would not be on until 2012. I fought to get on the air this year, I don’t like not being on the air this year, and part of that is because … Read More »

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Jon Hamm Helming ‘Mad Men’ Season 5 Premiere Slated For March 2012

By | Thursday May 26, 2011 @ 10:21pm PDT

Of course, big and even little TV stars get to direct episodes of their successful series on an almost routine basis. But when it’s Jon Hamm, and the series is Mad Men, then that’s newsworthy as far as I’m concerned. Deadline’s sibling site TVLine is reporting that Hamm will direct the Season 5 premiere, following in the footsteps of castmate John Slattery who directed two episodes last season. Hamm told the site he’s looking forward to his first directing gig “with a mixture of utter fear and excitement”. Unfortunately, we have to wait until March 2012 to see it on AMC.

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Future Of ‘Mad Men’ And Matt Weiner Still Uncertain Even After Writers Guild Awards

Nellie Andreeva

Mad Men won big at the WGA Awards on Saturday. But months after the end of the fourth season of the much accoladed AMC series, there is still no deal with the network for a Season 5 or a new pact for creator Matt Weiner to return. That certainly is making writers on the show uneasy and clouding what should have been a night of celebration for the writing team. Mad Men swept the drama categories at the WGA Awards, winning for best drama series and best drama episode, the Erin Levy-penned The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. Some in the audience were joking that Weiner might use his acceptance speech for best drama series to thank the show’s writers and announce that they no longer had jobs. He didn’t of course, and the show going away is extremely unlikely — though all the scribes feted on Saturday are not guaranteed to stay on as Weiner is known for shaking up the writers room between seasons. Read More »

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AMC: There Will Be 5th Season Of ‘Mad Men’

Nellie Andreeva

AMC didn’t hold an executive Q&E session at TCA, just a panel for upcoming drama The Killing. But at the beginning of that panel, the network’s executives addressed the big question: the future of the network’s flagship series Mad Men. There is no deal yet with Lionsgate TV for a fifth season of the Emmy-winning period drama or between Lionsgate and series creator Matthew Weiner for him to continue on the show. Just like two years ago, both are proving to be nail-biters, with a lot of money on the line. The plan is to bring Mad Men back for Season 5, AMC SVP Joel Stillerman told reporters before introducing The Killing panel but was quick to note that he didn’t know when. After the panel, our contributor Ray Richmond asked AMC president and GM Charlie Collier about the state of the Mad Men renewal. “We’re negotiating, don’t know much more than that yet,” he said. “Can’t put a timetable on if.” Last time around, the deals closed in January, shortly after Mad Men had triumphed at the Golden Globes.

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‘Mad Men’ Cast Options Set To Expire Amidst Series Renewal, Matt Weiner Talks

Nellie Andreeva

It looks like we’re in for another round of drawn-out Mad Men negotiations between AMC and Lionsgate TV and between Lionsgate and series creator/showrunner Matthew Weiner. And while talks on both fronts are underway, another deadline is looming – the options on the cast expire at the end of the month. That certainly complicates things as the producing studio may have to make a decision on the cast before the show’s future is certain. But if you can’t imagine Mad Men without Jon Hamm or Elisabeth Moss or January Jones or John Slattery, you don’t have to. While it appears that there may not be a deal for the show’s renewal by the end of the month, I hear Lionsgate fully intends to exercise the actors’ options before the Dec. 31 deadline. That is a good sign that the studio anticipates that Mad Men will be back for a fifth season. Negotiations on Weiner’s previous deal with Lionsgate two years ago dragged well into January and closed days after Mad Men triumphed at the Golden Globes for a third consecutive year as best drama series. This week, the period drama landed 3 Golden Globe nominations: for best drama series, best actor Hamm and best actress Moss, as well as 3 SAG Award nominations: for best drama series cast, best drama actor, Hamm and best drama actress, Moss.

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Indie Filmmaker Directs Tonight’s ‘Mad Men’

By | Sunday September 26, 2010 @ 6:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Most episodes of the AMC series Mad Men are directed by their in-house stable of regulars, but every now and then they open it up to outsiders. Last year, they got Barbet Schroeder to direct the poignant Kennedy assassination episode. Tonight, they’ve tapped Lynn Shelton, the Indie Spirit Award-winning director of Humpday, the bromantic comedy which premiered at Sundance. Shelton, by the way, has just signed on with Focus Features to direct an adaptation of Then We Came To The End, an adaptation of the Joshua Ferris novel that will be produced by Ted Hope and Anne Carey’s This Is That banner. It’s the story of a bunch of copy writers at a Chicago ad agency who face extinction when the dot com bubble bursts in 2001. Shelton also directs $5 Cover, an MTV webisode series that follows the trials and tribulations of 13 Seattle bands. The series premieres in November.

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‘Mad Men’ Debut Slightly Up To Record High

Nellie Andreeva

AMC’s flagship drama Mad Men came back strong last night but might be plateauing in the ratings. Last night’s Season 4 premiere drew 2.9 million viewers. That was 5% higher from the 2.8 million who tuned in for the Season 3 debut last summer when the show’s audience grew 34% year-to-year. The 2.9 million mark marks a new series high for Mad Men and a new viewership record for an AMC original series.

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Carriage Wars: Rainbow vs AT&T Down To Wire, ABC vs Time Warner Looming

Nellie Andreeva

at&t u-verseIf you are an AT&T U-Verse subscriber, you may lose AMC, IFC and WE tv programming at midnight tonight. Hours before the extension between Cablevision-owned Rainbow Media and AT&T is set to expire, the two sides still appear at impasse, issuing dueling statements.

“Our executives have been at AT&T U-Verse offices for several weeks, doing everything possible to reach an agreement that will keep AMC’s Mad Men, and other programming from AMC, WE tv and IFC available to their customers,” Rainbow Media said. “We have agreements with every other television provider in the country and have never had our networks dropped in more than 25 years.”

AT&T was more specific in addressing the sticking issue, a rates hike pursued by Rainbow Media, and repeatedly stressed that Rainbow is owned by AT&T competitor Cablevision. “We are making every effort to reach a fair agreement and continue providing these channels to our customers. It’s unfortunate that Rainbow Media, owned by Cablevision, is clearly not negotiating in good faith, is trying to charge significantly more than the average of what our TV competitors pay for these channels, and is acting in a way that harms competition and limits consumer choice,” AT&T said. The company added they’ve made “numerous proposals.” “However, Cablevision’s Rainbow Media has rejected each of them, instead making unreasonable proposals that give it an unfair competitive advantage,” AT&T said.

As part of its campaign, AT&T has launched a Web site, Fighting4you, an often-employed tool by … Read More »

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