Sometimes 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 …
Kardashian Widow’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Reality TV Clan, Ryan Seacrest Prods & Bunim-Murray Survives
Veteran 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. “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.”
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.
Ryan 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, …
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.
Telemundo Unveils Slate Including 5 Telenovelas, Seacrest-Produced ‘Superstar Showdown’, Jenni Rivera Special
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.
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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.