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NBC Developing Marching Band Comedy Set In New Orleans

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 6:04pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development The Swamp, a single-camera musical comedy from writer-director Tom Brady, Werner Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV. Set in musically rich New Orleans, The Swamp follows the misadventures of a scramble-style college marching band and its unlikeliest of mentors. Named after the name of the off-campus house where the band members reside, the show is described as a contemporary character comedy with social commentary and musical performances. Brady executive produces with Werner’s Tom Werner and Mike Clements. Read More »

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NBC Buys United Nations Drama From Parkes/MacDonald

By and | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 3:45pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: In one of its first buys of the season, NBC has gone global with a geopolitical project set at the United Nations. Described as “West Wing in the United Nations,” the drama, which has received a script commitment, follows an interpreter at the international organization’s New York HQ working with ambassadors and politicians from various countries as they deal with political and military crisis around the world. Hell On Wheels’ scribe Tom Brady is writing, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Parkes/MacDonald’s Ted Gold executive producing. The project stems from Parkes/MacDonald’s fist-look deal at NBCUniversal, which has yielded one series, the 10-episode Crossbones based on the book The Republic of Pirates. The U.N. has long been a dramatic backdrop for film and TV. Cary Grant was filmed approaching exterior of the actual building in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958’s North By Northwest, though all interior scenes were shot on a soundstage. The 2005 thriller The Interpreter, with Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman, was actually the first film to shot inside the U.N. itself. In 2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, the aliens communicate with world leaders gathered at the U.N. A great deal of the political drama in the 2009 satire In The Loop is supposed to take place in the halls and conference rooms of the U.N., though the film wasn’t shot there. The United Nations was the primary setting of the final … Read More »

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Feds Seize 16 Sites That Stream Live Sports

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 1:55pm PST

Federal officials took down 16 websites today that they say illegally stream live sports and pay-per-view events — three days before the U.S.’ biggest live-TV event the Super Bowl. The government said he sites offered links to pirated telecasts of NFL, NBA and NHL games and wrestling events. A Michigan man has been charged for running a majority of the sites. The news came soon after New England Patriots quarterback said in an interview that he watched last year’s Super Bowl via a pirated web feed. “Last year I was rehabbing my foot in Costa Rica, watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl website,” he said. “And now I’m actually playing in the game. So, it’s pretty cool.” Brady and his Patriots face the New York Giants on Sunday in the NFL’s title game, which last year set an all-time TV record when it drew 111 million total viewers. NBC, which has the game this year, already has taken a step to stomp out piracy by announcing it will stream the Super Bowl live.

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UPDATE: No Ruling On NFL Lockout At Hearing; Judge Offers Federal Mediator

2ND UPDATE, 3:35 PM: A federal court said it could take weeks before it decides whether to grant an injunction sought by NFL players to stop a league-imposed lockout. That’s because the judge wants both sides to agree to federal mediation to help resolve an impasse in finalizing a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Bloomberg. “Both sides are at risk. This is a good time to come back to the table,” the judge said. “This is really a matter to be resolved, in my view, with the services of the federal court.” Today’s hearing in St. Paul lasted five hours. Read More »

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IT’S ON! NFL Owners Lock Out Players

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 10:47pm PST

UPDATE, 10:45 PM: The NFL and its owners have officially locked out the players, marking the league’s first work stoppage since the players went on strike in 1987. Both sides seem so far apart, it’s unclear when they might start talking again.  Instead both sides appear headed for a courtroom confrontation. “We are locked out,” union president and former player Kevin Mawae said in a text message to the Associated Press. “We were informed today that players are no longer welcome at team facilities.” Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell posted a letter to NFL fans today after the labor talks ended. Even the spectre of the coming football season being threatened after last year’s huge ratings is enough to give panic attacks to the television moguls.

FRIDAY, 5:30 PM:
Looks like NFL fans won’t have to pay up for those recession-unfriendly DirecTV packages next season. Dissolving the union this afternoon after 16 days of negotiations and two extensions to the collective bargaining agreement means individual players can file antitrust lawsuits against the league to prevent an expected lockout by owners. They did, too, with 10 signing on to a class-action suit including star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. Said the former union: “The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the mission of supporting the interests and rights of current and former professional football players.” The league, meanwhile, said the players left “a very … Read More »

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