SXSW: Funny Or Die’s Austin Assault Includes Team-Up With Universal For ‘Neighbors’ & Bill Cosby Concert

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 2:59pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: The South By Southwest Festival continues to grow in popularity and influence, SXSW 2014 moviesand the Hollywood marketing machine has taken notice. With last year’s fest drawing an estimated 64,000 plugged-in registrants, entertainment companies again are salivating at … Read More »

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Bill Cosby Returning To NBC To Star In Family Comedy

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Bill Cosby NBC Sitcom ReturnEXCLUSIVE: In 1984, The Cosby Show revived the sitcom genre and fueled NBC‘s ratings resurgence. Three decades later, Bill Cosby is looking to bring some of that magic back to NBC, which has been … Read More »

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CAA Signs Bill Cosby, Ending 48-Year Run With WMA And WME

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 11:08am PDT
Mike Fleming

Bill Cosby Hollywood Talent Agency CAAEXCLUSIVE: Bill Cosby has signed with CAA, a move that ends a remarkable 48-year run at WMA and WME. CAA will rep the iconic performer in all areas. Most of Cosby’s recent activity has been in performing up to 100 live shows each year, and writing bestselling books. So WME’s loss here is mostly symbolic, but it is also an opportunity to note the 48 years he spent with former WMA head Norman Brokaw, who repped the groundbreaking comedian-turned-actor since the beginning of his career.

In terms of length, the only star-rep relationships that come to mind as comparisons are Lenny Hirshan and Clint Eastwood, and Elvis Presley and Col. Tom Parker. Brokaw (who never retired, by the way) handled Cosby back when he  became the first African American to star in a network TV series, joining Robert Culp in I Spy. Cosby won three Emmy Awards in a row. And WMA and Brokaw guided Cosby in the creation of The Cosby Show, a mammoth hit that came along at a time when sitcoms were thought to be dinosaurs. NBC chief Brandon Tartikoff rode the Huxtable clan and Cheers to fuel the rise of Must See TV in the 1980s. For WMA, The Cosby Show became one of the most lucrative TV packages of its time, with the agency collecting 5% of a show that became a massive hit in syndication, generating a fortune for WMA and keeping the agency rolling in cash. Nowadays, TV packages don’t make nearly that much. Read More »

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Adam McKay Signing On To Direct ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake; Will Smith, Denzel Washington Eyed To Star

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Adam McKay is in negotiations to develop to direct Uptown Saturday Night, the Warner Bros remake that the studio hopes will star Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment has been developing the project. Tim … Read More »

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SNL: ‘Cosby Obama’ + ‘How’s He Doing’

By | Sunday February 19, 2012 @ 1:04am PST

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