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Kardashian Widow’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Reality TV Clan, Ryan Seacrest Prods & Bunim-Murray Survives

DJP LEGAL BADGESometimes legal reality has more twists that reality TV. Yes, Ellen Kardashian’s case has been dramatically trimmed and Yes, Kim and her brother Robert Jr. have had all claims against them dismissed but the widow’s legal fight with her deceased husband’s other children, ex-wife and Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim-Murray Productions still lives on. Earlier this week Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled that the very estranged step-mom of the Keeping Up With Kardashians clan can proceed with a defamation claim of her August 7, 2013 complaint against Kourtney, Kimberly, Khloe and mother Kris Jenner as well E! Network Events - 2013the producers of the hit E! reality series. While dismissing  Kardashian’s claims of public disclosure of private facts, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to defame, the LA Superior judge said that several statements made about Ellen by family members on the June 2, 2013 “Enough Is Enough” episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians were potentially slanderous.

To that end, the widow Kardashian, who sometimes goes by Ellen Pearson-Kardashian, is not forced to show she suffered any actual damages to proceed. “The statements alleged by plaintiff would necessarily damage her professional reputation,” said Judge Beckoff in his February 25 ruling while noting Ellen Kardashians’ previous career in real estate. The dismissal of the other claims comes as no surprise after a February 10 in which the Judge indicated he … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Prods. Taps Eugene Young As President

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 7:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

young1Veteran unscripted executive and producer Eugene Young has joined Ryan Seacrest Prods. as president. He succeeds longtime CEO Adam Sher, who stepped down in November. Young starts in March, reporting to RSP chairman Ryan Seacrest on creative matters and to COO/CFO Jeff Refold on business and financial matters. Recently appointed EVP Unscripted Programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft will report to Young. EVP Scripted Programming Nina Wass will work closely with Young, and continue to report to Seacrest. Ryan-Seacrest-Productions__140114201752“Eugene’s an extremely talented and accomplished television executive, as well as an experienced producer, with a keen understanding of the business — not just where it’s been, or even where we are, but most important, where it’s all going,” said Seacrest. Young called the appointment “the biggest opportunity of my career.” Read More »

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It’s Official: NBC & Clear Channel Announce iHeartRadio Music Awards For May 1

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 7:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

iheartradioThe two companies made the announcement this morning. The inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest Prods., will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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Taking a page from the Grammys, the three-hour ceremony will feature “never-before-done duets and collaborations” as well as live performances, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations. There will also be performances from other Los Angeles venues, with audio from the broadcast streamed live across Clear Channel radio stations and their websites, and on iHeartRadio. This is the latest brand extension for the iHeartRadio radio network, following the iHeartRadio Music Festival, hosted by Seacrest, which was launched in 2011 and has been televised on VH1 and the CW to modest results, most recently logging 1 million viewers and a 0.4 in adults 18-49 on the CW last year, down 33% from 2012.

With its scheduling, the iHeartRadio Music Awards is getting in front of the rising Billboard Music Awards, slated for May 18 on ABC, which posted a decade-high ratings last year. While the Billboard Music Awards finalists are determined by chart performance according to Nielsen data for sales, number of downloads and total airplay, for the the new awards show, an all new iHeartRadio Chart will be invented, supplied and compiled by Mediabase. The charts will include listener feedback and performance data, according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including “thumbs up” and sales, social, video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam. Fans will be in charge of determining the finalists and winners. Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Prods & Tastemade Partner For Food, Lifestyle Programming

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 12:25pm PST

Ryan-Seacrest-Productions__140114201752Ryan Seacrest Productions and digital food network Tastemade have inked an agreement to develop food and lifestyle television programming. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ryan Seacrest Prods. produces E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians and spinoff Kourtney And Kim Take Miami. RSP also is producing Mixology, a new scripted series for ABC. Santa Monica-based Tastemade was founded about a year ago by Steven Kydd, Larry Fitzgibbon and Joe Perez and is funded by Redpoint Ventures and Raine Ventures.

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Ice-T & CoCo To Host Talk Show For Ryan Seacrest Prods.

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 1:33pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

icetcocoIce-T and CoCo are eyeing a career as talk show hosts. The husband-and-wife duo have inked a development deal with Ryan Seacrest Productions for a talk show project. According to RSP sources, the show is in the process of being taken out to the marketplace. Ice-T announced the new show on his podcast today, saying that he and CoCo ended their E! reality series Ice Loves CoCo to focus on the talk show project. “You can only do so much with reality TV,” the Law & Order: SVU star said.

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Matt Sims Upped To SVP At Ryan Seacrest Productions

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 12:26pm PST

Ryan-Seacrest-Productions__140114201752Ryan Seacrest Productions has promoted Matt Sims to SVP Development, Unscripted Programming. He formerly served as VP for the company. Sims is currently working with SVP Development Jason Salarnis on several projects for networks such as NBC, Fox, CW, Esquire, MTV, FYI, among others. Sims reports to EVP Unscripted Programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft. Previously, Sims was the Director of Development at TLC. During his tenure there he developed projects including Cheer Nation Perfection and the wedding format Something Borrowed Something New. Before that Sims was Director of Development as well as a freelance producer for Authentic Entertainment, working on shows including Toddlers & Tiaras.

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Nickelodeon Orders Kids Game Show From Ryan Seacrest Prods

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 7:35am PST

Nickelodeon has ordered 40 half-hour episodes of Go Viral, a studio game show that features kid contestants as they compete in elimination challenges revolving around viral videos. Each round will test kids on the videos – from predicting outcomes to guessing their popularity as voted by the studio audience. Go Viral will be produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, with Seacrest and Adam Sher serving as executive producers. Production is slated to begin early next year in Los Angeles with a premiere set for Summer 2014.

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Ryan Seacrest Prods Adds Unscripted EVP

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT

Ryan Seacrest Productions said Izzie Pick Ashcroft will join the company as EVP Current, Unscripted Programming. She will report to CEO Adam Sher and start early next year. Pick Ashcroft is currently SVP Programming Development and Production at BBC Worldwide Productions LA, where she oversees a team that developed and formatted shows including Ladies Of London (Bravo), Breaking Pointe and Breaking Pointe 2 (the CW), Lovetown, USA (OWN), The Next Big Thing (Oxygen), and Skating With The Stars (ABC). Before joining BBC, she was the showrunner on Dancing With The Stars and was part of the original team on Strictly Come Dancing, helping to develop both formats in the UK and the U.S. Ryan Seacrest Prods recently sold Dream Date to Fox, marking a rare competition series for the company, which has built its unscripted brand on docu-reality series like the Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise and Shahs Of Sunset.

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Ryan Seacrest Productions Pulled Into Kardashian Legal Squabble In New Filing By Widow

The cast of Ellen Kardashian’s legal fight with her deceased husband’s children and ex-wife just had some marquee names added. Today a defamation and infliction of emotion distress complaint was filed against Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim-Murray Productions in LA Superior Court (read it here) The Kardashian clan of Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Robert Jr and mother Kris Jenner were also named, as was Jenner Communications. The Keeping Up With Kardashians producer and American Idol host was not personally named as a defendant. Very similar to a motion for counterclaim that Ellen Kardashian/Pearson filed in federal court in July, today’s 20-page complaint alleges that the widow of Robert Kardashian is the victim of a manufactured reality TV plotline from earlier this year by the clan and the production companies and a “manufactured lawsuit” in filed in federal court in April. Kardashian/Pearson withdrew her federal motion for counterclaim earlier this month with a window open to file it again if she wanted to. Seeking damages of $500,000, the Kardashian suit against their ex-stepmother claimed that Kardashian/Pearson, who married the family patriarch two months before he died of cancer in 2003, was engaged in a  ”despicable and unlawful scheme” to sell family photos of the children and parts of their father’s diary to the tabloids. Read More »

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Kardashians “Scripted” Lawsuit For Their E! Reality Series, Says Court Filing By Widow

Ellen Pearson says that she and the courts are the victims of a manufactured reality TV plotline by the Kardashian clan and she wants Lady Justice to let her state her case. The widow and third wife of Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe’s father Robert Kardashian today filed a motion (read it here) in federal court to be allowed to file counterclaims against the Ryan Seacrest-produced E! series stars’ April copyright complaint against her. A complaint Pearson’s lawyer says was all for the cameras of the supposedly unscripted Keeping Up With The Kardashians. ”Episode 2 from Season 8 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, entitled Enough is Enough (“Episode”) first aired on or about June 8, 2013…the filing of this entire lawsuit by the Kardashians was nothing more than part of a carefully orchestrated aspect of the Episode. The entire saga culminating in the filing of the complaint in this action was orchestrated off screen by the Kardashians and then scripted for the Episode,” says the 17-page motion. Pearson has requested that her motion be heard on August 12, 2013 in downtown LA. She wants to counterclaim Defamation, Public Disclosure of Private Facts, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Civil Harassment and Civil Conspiracy to Defame. Producer Seacrest could also see himself and his production company dragged into the proceedings if the motion to Read More »

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Telemundo Unveils Slate Including 5 Telenovelas, Seacrest-Produced ‘Superstar Showdown’, Jenni Rivera Special

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 5:02pm PDT

NBC Universal-owned Telemundo will unveil an ambitious slate of programming at its Tuesday Upfronts: Five telenovelas, two new daytime series, the second season of the hit competition series La Voz Kids, and a new musical variety show produced in association with Ryan Seacrest Productions. The Spanish-language network is the #6 broadcast network of any language and notched its highest-rated quarter in Q1 2013, boasting an 8 share point growth to date. Its new primetime novelas are Dama y Obrero (Lady and The Worker), La Impostora (The Imposter), Reina de Corazones (Queen of Hearts), Santa Diabla (Holy Devil) and Camelia la Tejana (Camelia The Texan). Suelta La Sopa (Tell Me More) and game show “Entre Grandes Y Chicos” (Kids vs Grownups) join Telemundo’s daytime lineup while Telemundo’s weekly sports show, “Titulares y Mas,” moves to weekdays at 11:30 AM ET. Additionally, concert special “La Gran Señora” stars late superstar Jenni Rivera in a concert taped at LA’s Nokia Theater. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Masterpiece’ Memoir; Endemol & AMC Pact On Non-Scripted; ‘Draw It’ In UK; ‘Boys In Trees’

Rebecca Eaton To Pull The Curtain Back On Masterpiece
Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton will publish a memoir this fall. Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind The Scenes Of Masterpiece Theatre And Mystery! PBS releases October 29 via Viking in the U.S. Eaton has presided over PBS’ Masterpiece, which airs such British and international hits as Downton Abbey and Sherlock, for 25 years. Eaton says, “As an Anglophile who loves books and great acting, I’ve had the perfect job.” For the book, she interviews actors, writers, directors and producers and is expected to share stories about Downton’s Maggie Smith, Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield. Under Eaton’s leadership, Masterpiece has earned 44 Emmy Awards, 15 Peabody Awards, four Golden Globes, and two Oscar nominations. She’s writing the book with Patricia Mulcahy. Read More »

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