On Eve Of ‘Mad Men’ Premiere, Matthew Weiner Near Millennium Deal For Pic ‘You Are Here’

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 11:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

you-are-here_-torontoEXCLUSIVE: Millennium Entertainment is near a deal to distribute You Are Here, the film written and directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner that premiered at the last Toronto Film Festival.

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‘Mad Men’s’ Season 7 Big Hollywood Premiere Buzz: How Does It All End? Why Can’t The Cast Win At Emmys? And Why Does Matt Weiner Welcome HBO’s ‘True Detective’ To Drama Series Race?

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 12:03pm PDT
Pete Hammond

AMC threw a Hollywood premiere Wednesday night to kick off what was termed “the beginning of the end.” mad-men-logo-300x165AMC president Charlie Collier, Mad Men creator Matt Weiner and cast and crew were at the Arclight Theatre for the “Time Zones” episode that begins the first half of Season 7 premiering April 13th. The season marks the final go-round of the landmark four-time Emmy-winning Best Drama Series. The protracted goodbye will be split between seven episodes this spring and the final final episodes in spring 2015.

It was all very bittersweet last night as production actually was just beginning on those even as the premiere was kicking off.  In fact, executive producer Scott Hornbacher, who directed the “Time Zones” episode, was late to this party as he is also directing the first of those backend episodes. AMC's "Mad Men" Season 7 Premiere PartyHe told me later at the Chateau Marmont afterparty  that it’s going to be tough to end it, pointing to several people in the room he described as “family,” people  he saw every day.  That was the general consensus I got from so many cast members and AMC execs who have been with this since Day 1. One exec told me he was 24 when he first saw the pilot script. He’s 35 now. Life goes on. And so does Mad Men – at least to the conclusion for this iconic group of characters. CAA’s Bryan Lourd was seated next to me (he reps Weiner) and told me he wouldn’t have missed this event — even though CAA is having its retreat this weekend at La Costa near San Diego and he had to postpone a run-thru there to 11 PM so he could make it down the 405 freeway after the screening. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Mad Men’ Finale Ratings On Par With Last Season; Did AMC Drama Just Get Good Again?

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 1:40pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:40 PM: Mad Men‘s sixth-season finale posted 2.7 million viewers — on par with last season’s finale. The AMC period drama in its sixth season added an average of 2.1 million viewers within three days and an average of 2.4 million additional viewers within seven days of the live telecast through the first 10 episodes this season, the network said today. Over the season, the Mad Avenue drama averaged 2.5 million viewers and continues to rank as cable’s most upscale drama. Read More »

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Stumping For Emmys, ‘Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner Talks 7th And Final Season

By | Sunday June 9, 2013 @ 10:08pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Tonight’s event honoring AMC’s Mad Men at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences headquarters in North Hollywood – organized by AMC and designed to generate some Emmy season heat for a drama perceived to be past its awards prime – was perhaps most noteworthy for who wasn’t in attendance rather than who was. First, the list of those castmates who couldn’t make it: Jon Hamm (shooting a movie in India), Alison Brie (shooting a film in Toronto), Vincent Kartheiser (rehearsing a play in Minnesota), Christina Hendricks (shooting a movie in Detroit), John Slattery (prepping a film in New York), Aaron Staton (shooting a film “out of town”) and Rich Sommer (featured in a play in New York). While they still have air travel in every area where the seven no-shows were stationed, it’s perhaps understandable that they wouldn’t rush back to stump for more Emmy attention. Read More »

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UPDATED: Why Is TV Guide Sponsoring WGA’s 101 Best-Written TV Series?

By | Saturday June 1, 2013 @ 1:26pm PDT

SATURDAY UPDATE: Who in the world at the WGA thought it was a good idea to let TV Guide sponsor this? And why didn’t more of the union’s scribes know about this online WGAW and WGAE member vote on both coasts? How … Read More »

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‘Mad Men’ Season 6 Debut Set For April 7

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 6:35am PST

The season will start with a two-hour movie written by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and directed by Scott Hornbacher that will air at 9 PM, AMC announced this morning. Series star Jon Hamm will direct the season’s second episode a week later as it settles into its regular 10 PM time slot. When last we left Hamm’s Don Draper and company, the firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce was still recovering from Lane Pryce’s suicide, Peggy Olson had joined a rival agency, Roger Sterling was all tripped out and Don was sitting on the sidelines of wife Megan’s first big break — and contemplating a proposition by two pretty young things (or was he?). Weiner, speaking to The New York Times, would not be led as to just where the story will pick up April 7. “It will advance in time, as it does… I can’t say how much or how little. We’re coming off a period in Don’s life where he’s trying to normalize, and trying to have this relationship — a real relationship with this woman that he fell in love with. She expressed her desires and that was a surprise for him. On this show, it’s a very rich, full orchestra, and we like to follow what is the next stage in these people’s lives.”

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NATPE Brass Tout Rising Attendance For 2012 Conference After Decade-Long Slump

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 12:26pm PST

The world is beating a path back to NATPE after the annual TV programming conference spent the better part of the last decade fighting for its survival. When NATPE’s 2012 Market & Conference unfolds January 23-25 in Miami Beach at the Fontainebleau Resort, it will feature in excess of 600 buyers, more than 200 exhibiting companies and some 5,500 attendees, NATPE president and CEO Rick Feldman estimated during a conference call with reporters this morning. That’s significantly greater interest than there was for the confab as recently as five years ago, Feldman stressed. “It’s not going to look like it did 15 years ago,” he was quick to add. “But relative to the market as it is today, we’ll be featuring the best contingent of domestic broadcasters that we’ve had in a very long time. From every single perspective — distributors, total attendees, buyers and advertisers — we’re either slightly to really nicely ahead of where we were. And a lot of the companies participating this time are new ones. If you look at the list, so many of them didn’t exist five years ago.” Also flocking back to NATPE after lackluster participation in recent years are the bigger agencies like UTA, CAA, WME and ICM, Feldman noted. Read More »

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NATPE’s Tartikoff Award To Foursome

By | Monday November 7, 2011 @ 9:47am PST

FreemantleMedia North American CEO and American Idol producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Colombian producer Fernando Gaitán, Fox president of station ops Dennis Swanson and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner will receive the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the next NATPE Market & … Read More »

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Backstage At The Emmys: Martin Scorsese, Kate Winslet, Melissa McCarthy And More

Emmys Live-Blog; Emmys By The Numbers; Emmy Analysis: Broadcast TV’s Big Awards Comeback; Red Carpet Executive Arrivals

Deadline’s Diane Haithman and Ray Richmond were backstage at the Primetime Emmy Awards tonight to hear what the winners had to say.

Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell came backstage together after winning the awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The Modern Family stars were asked first about being part of a show that is breaking ground for gays. Burrell said, “I don’t know, in terms of America, it feels very, very good to be on a show that seems like it’s slowly changing a lot of minds. Eric [Stonestreet] and Jesse [Tyler Ferguson] deserve all of the credit for that, and our amazing showrunners. It’s a great thing to just peripherally go to events and just basically start to talk about those characters like any other characters, relating to their life — it’s pretty cool.” Bowen joked, “As a straight woman, and part of a straight couple on the show, I feel marginalized.” On a more serious note, she added: “It’s absurd that it’s even an issue, but where it’s an issue, I’m glad that we are part of helping change minds.” Using the word “straight” in a different context, Burrell praised Bowen: “It’s even greater credit to what Julie does that the straight-person wins an Emmy, I don’t think that happens very often. In a couple there’s usually a straight-man and a wilder character. It’s due to her resourcefulness as an actor.” On going back to the set with an Emmy when other cast members were also nominated, Burrell said: “Eric won last year, and Ed [O'Neill] actually just said something really sweet right before the award, ‘whoever wins deserves it.’ I feel like we’re trying to enjoy this moment more than anything — we know this doesn’t last forever; we’re having a lot of fun.” Bowen said about her surprise win, “I kinda thought it was a lock on Betty White. If I didn’t have a dog in this fight, and I had two, I would have voted for Betty White. Claire is not necessarily fall-down funny every time.” She credits the writers for having found ways to make her character have many dimensions and “not just be the mom.” …

Later, Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, winners for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, were asked how it feels for Modern Family to be sweeping the awards so far, with wins in every category they’ve been eligible for. Levitan: “We’re beyond thrilled with the way things have gone, obviously. It’s an embarrassment of riches, and from the bottom of our hearts we feel that Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen deserved to win. (Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series winner) Michael Alan Spiller, not so much. To tell you the truth, it’s a little surreal.” They were then asked what they did to ramp up the stories and quality of Modern Family in Season 2. Levitan: “We feel like we know the characters a little bit better this year. There was such dedication this year to keeping the quality up. We all live in fear of the quality dipping so we work extra hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. … I’ll also tell you that our kids are the unsung heroes of the show. What they do on this show is amazing. We ask them to do such complicated turns and they nail it constantly. They’re playing at the same level as the adults and that’s a rare thing.” … Read More »

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AMC, Lionsgate Close To Deal With Matt Weiner For ‘Mad Men’

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 9:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cable networks having the freedom to develop, greenlight and schedule projects on their own schedule is great, but sometimes it might be better to have the pressure of a looming May broadcast upfront presentation to get big deals done. Like … 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. … Read More »

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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 – … Read More »

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And In Other Film Deals…

By | Monday October 25, 2010 @ 5:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Despite reports that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is gearing up his feature directorial debut You Are Here with a cast of Jack Black, Renee Zellweger and Matt Dillon, don’t dress for it. Weiner’s reps tell Deadline the project is indefinitely postponed and there is no cast set…

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EMMYS: Do Cable Dramas’ Scheduling Patterns Give Them An Emmy Advantage?

Nellie Andreeva

emmyIt’s hard to look around and not come across an ad for the upcoming fourth season of AMC’s drama Mad Men. There are billboards, promos, reviews, stories, and interviews with the cast and creator Matthew Weiner seemingly everywhere this week, which leads … Read More »

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