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NBA Awards Tipping Off In June On TNT

Taking a cue from the NFL and NHL, the NBA is setting its inaugural NBA Awards for June 26 on TNT. In what’s planned to be an annual event, Drake will host the league’s official award show from Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City. Produced by dick clark productions, the 2017 NBA Awards will feature integrations with the Sports Emmy-winning Inside the NBA studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal, along with the league's… Read

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Jason Jones & Samantha Bee’s ‘The Detour’ Renewed For Season 3 By TBS

Ahead of tonight’s Season 2 finale, TBS has ordered a third season of its hit series The Detour, created, written and executive-produced by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee. The second season wraps tonight with a new episode at 10 PM, followed by the season finale, which will be presented with limited commercial interruption at 10:30 PM. The series has been a ratings success for TNT. In its first season, The Detour drew an audience of 4.4 million viewers per episode across… Read

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Apple Music Delays Release Of ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

We’ll have to wait a little longer for Apple Music’s release of CBS’ Carpool Karaoke: The Series. Apple announced at the Code Media conference in February that the show, the portal’s first series, based on James Corden’s popular Late Late Show segment, would debut in April, but that has now been delayed, according to Reuters and confirmed by CBS. Apple did not explain the delay, but told Reuters in a statement that “Carpool Karaoke: The Series will premiere on Apple Music… Read

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‘Descendants 2’ Set For Simultaneous July Premiere On Five Disney|ABC Television Group Networks

Descendants 2, the sequel to Disney Channel’s hit 2015 musical fantasy original movie about the teenage children of classic Disney villains, will premiere Friday, July 21 at 8 PM simultaneously on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime. The multi-network premiere continues Disney|ABC TV Group’s efforts to reach a wider audience for its programming and follows the announcement of this fall’s Imax debut of the first two episodes of ABC’s Marvel’s Inhumans… Read

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Netflix Scales Chinese Entry Wall By Striking Licensing Deal With iQiyi

Netflix has finally found a gateway into China via a licensing deal with the country’s iQiyi streaming service, Shanghai Daily reports. iQiyi will license Netflix shows; other details about the arrangement have yet to be disclosed. There’s also no word yet on the process Netflix shows will have to go through to clear Chinese government censors. Still, this appears to be a major step forward in Netflix’s effort to enter the biggest market where it doesn’t have a foothold… Read

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‘Transformers’ Tom DeSanto, China’s CITIC Guoan Pact On Co-Productions

X-Men co-writer and Transformers producer Tom DeSanto has teamed with Citic Guoan, a division of Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, on a series of films for the global market. The pact, which was unveiled at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival, is said to include a $120M U.S.-China co-production project. “We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience,”… Read

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‘Rainbow Rangers’: Nickelodeon Acquires CGI-Animated Preschool Series From Genius Brands Int’l

Nickelodeon has acquired U.S. and Caribbean Basin broadcast rights to season one of CGI-animated preschool series Rainbow Rangers from Genius Brands International. Currently in development, the 11-episode mission-based action adventure series debuted at MIPJunior at Cannes last October and is expected to air on Nickelodeon's preschool channel, Nick Jr. Rainbow Rangers blends fantasy and action-adventure with relatable, accessible stories about friendship and saving the… Read

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Sundance London Announces Lineup; ‘A Ghost Story’ Set To Close Event

A Ghost Story

Sundance Film Festival: London has announced the full program for its upcoming edition in June and has set Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara starrer A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery, to close the event. The fest, which will take place in London's Picturehouse Central cinema from June 1-4, will present 14 feature films direct from this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City including the UK premiere of Lowery's critically acclaimed film and the previously announced… Read

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Directors’ Fortnight Adds Title; Karlovy Vary Sets Tributes – Global Briefs

Directors' Fortnight has added a special screening title to its lineup for this year's event which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The Nothing Factory, by Portugal's Pedro Pinho, is described as a riff on the subject of industrialization, unemployment and the workers' struggle. Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop calls it "a highly original film oscillating between intimate drama, social realist comedy and the occasional musical number." Pinho is also a… Read

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Henrik Bastin Re-Ups As CEO At Fabrik Entertainment

Henrik Bastin, CEO of Bosch producer Fabrik Entertainment, has extended his contract with the Red Arrow Entertainment Group subsidiary in a multi-year renewal. The LA-based Fabrik was Red Arrow’s first strategic investment into the U.S. scripted market back in 2011, and Bastin has led the business since. Season 3 of Bosch, the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling book series, launched its third season on Amazon last week, and a fourth is on deck. Bastin… Read

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Trevor Noah On Trump Ignoring First 100 Days: If Voters Chose The Number They Preferred “You Wouldn’t Be In The White House”

Trevor Noah

This Saturday marks Donald Trump's 100th day in office, or how The Daily Show's Trevor Noah called it on Monday night’s episode, "for us 15 years, but we're all living in Trump time so it's 100 days.” Calling it an “early milestone of presidential success,” Noah showed clips of former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson talking about the success they had in their First 100 Days in office. Adding that Trump has… Read

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Dustin Hoffman Grills Noah Baumbach (And Gets Grilled Too): Tribeca Film Festival

Noah Baumbach’s new film, The Meyerowitz Stories, stars Dustin Hoffman as the aging father of adult children. Hot on the heels of its acquiring by Netflix (reported exclusively here) and winning a slot in the competition at Cannes, the celebrated actor sat down with the writer-director for a conversation before a crowd  tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival. Usually, of course, it’s Hoffman who’s being interviewed; for an hour or so, the roles were reversed, as he prodded… Read