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Global Showbiz Briefs: DreamWorks Signs 4- Series Deal With South Korea’s Studio Mir; Veteran Aussie Actor Bill Kerr Dies; More

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DreamWorks Animation has inked a deal with Studio Mir for the latter to produce as many as to four cartoon TV series during the next four years. The South Korean animation studio, known for 2D fantasy series The Legend Of Korra, which airs stateside on Nickelodeon, said that it will work with the Jeffrey Katzenberg-led DWA to plan and produce the series, all of which will be 2D and get 78 episodes. Studio Mir founder and executive producer Yoo Jae-myung said such a… Read


Los Angeles City Council Votes To Waive Film Fees

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In another move to make L.A. more film friendly, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to renew its waiver of film fees at many city facilities and sites. The moratorium on film fees had expired June 30, and the City Council's action will make the waiver retroactive to that date. Related: L.A. Officials Probe Shakedown Claims On Downtown Shoots "California is on the brink of approving an expanded incentive to keep film and TV production in the state,”… Read

Abrams Artists Sues ‘Ghost Adventures’ Producer Over Unpaid Commissions

UPDATED 6:56 PM: Abrams Artists Agency and Zak Bagans have reached a settlement in their dispute over commissions, we've learned. The veteran of Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures and Paranormal Challenge will continue to be repped by the agency. PREVIOUSLY, May 2: The agency is suing Zak Bagans and his production company for unpaid commissions tied to his deal with Travel Channel. In the 14-page complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Abrams Art… Read


A CNN Star Is Born As She Is Shown The Door: Video

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The day before a holiday weekend usually is a good time to unload employees - Take Out the Trash Day, it's cruelly called in the business. Some of the best-known and most respected execs in TV industry have decided, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for example, that they need to spend more time with their families or pursue other interests. Corporate thinking is that the bad news will get missed by the many people already in vacation mode and not checking email, Twitter… Read


Telluride: ‘Wild’ World Premiere Brings Tears And Oscar Talk For Reese Witherspoon


The Telluride Film Festival  got started with a bang this afternoon — with a special Patrons screening in front of Friday night's official launch — as Fox Searchlight's December release Wild  had its World Premiere and first-ever public screening. The best-selling nonfiction book by Cheryl Strayed about her hike across the 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail has been turned into a beautifully crafted cinematic journey by director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club). R… Read


Wil Wheaton Blogs His Syfy Show Is Toast


Wil Wheaton says Syfy will not order more episodes of The Wil Wheaton Project. The 12-episode summer series hosted by the actor/blogger/geek culture expert. The actor/blogger/geek culture expert blogged about it today, saying he got a call this week from a Syfy exec he did not name, as he was returning from a walk on the beach with his wife to look at the big waves. "I have [Syfy Network Executive] for you," a disinterested assistant said. "Okay," I said. The line fell… Read

Box Office

Box Office Matinees: ‘Guardians’ Will Become Highest Domestic Grosser of 2014; ‘November Man’ No. 3 This Weekend, ‘As Above/So Below’ No. 4

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1st UPDATE, Friday, 4:47 PM: More estimates are arriving and it looks more like it'll be another Guardians and Turtles dominated weekend. The November Man is now in third place and may end up taking about $2.5M+ today for a three-day gross of maybe $8.6M to $9M and around $11M to $12M for its four-day and $12M to $14M for its five-day run. Pretty good considering Relativity acquired this film for only $3M earlier in the year. As Above, So Below could pull in around $2.7M… Read


Action! California Senate Overwhelmingly Passes $330M Film & TV Tax Credit Expansion

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It's not totally signed, sealed and delivered, to quote Stevie Wonder, but Hollywood's tax incentive is finally going to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Two days after a deal was struck between the governor and the legislative leadership to increase California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $330 million, the state Senate today passed the Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act. The bi-partisan vote on the amended legislation was 32 to 2 with 6… Read


ABC Buys Medical Thriller From Janine Sherman Barrois & Aaron Kaplan


Medical drama's hot streak this pitch season continues with another sale at ABC. Cold Blood, from Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, is taking a different spin on the the medical genre, mixing it with a conspiracy thriller. Set at New York Memorial, the world's most prestigious hospital, Cold Blood has the feel of The Firm in a medical setting. It follows Dr. Cara West, an African-American attending who joins… Read


Telluride: Fandor Acquires Sci-Fi Short ‘The Sand Storm’ Starring Ai Weiwei

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EXCLUSIVE: Indie film subcription service Fandor has acquired sci-fi short film The Sand Storm ahead of its Telluride debut this weekend, and has set a day and date release coinciding with its world premiere this Sunday, August 31. The narrative short is directed by Jason Wishnow, the filmmaker behind the viral idea-fostering TED Talks. It co-stars Chinese art star Ai Weiwei (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) in the dystopian tale of a city facing a water crisis in the near future… Read


Bob Cooper, EOne Prep Post-Apocalyptic Event Series With Book Acquisition


What if most of America is wiped out in a nuclear attack? Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment Television and Entertainment One Television are exploring that nightmarish scenario in an event series project based on the upcoming nonfiction book Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government's Secret Plan To Save Itself - While the Rest Of Us Die by Garrett Graff. Landscape and eOne, where Cooper's company has a first-look deal, have optioned rights to the book, which… Read


Miranda Mayo Joins ‘Pretty Little Liars'; Samm Levine In ‘Selfie’

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Miranda Mayo (The Game) has been cast in a recurring role on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, from Warner Horizon and Alloy. Mayo will play Talia, a chef who is new to Rosewood. She gets off on the wrong foot with Emily (Shay Mitchell), and things go downhill from there. Mayo, repped by Abrams Artist Agency and Sheila Crawford Management, recurs on Days Of Our Lives and next will seen in feature We Are Your Friends. Samm Levine has booked a recurring role opposite Karen… Read


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