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Fired ‘The Loud House’ Creator Chris Savino Says He’s “Deeply Sorry” Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Four days after he was fired from Nickelodeon’s hit animated series The Loud House, Chris Savino has responded on Facebook to the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him. “I am deeply sorry and ashamed,” he wrote. "Although it was never my intention, I now understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an unacceptable environment. At every stage of my career, I have sought to uplift my colleagues and cultivate a culture of respect. In this… Read


‘The Simpsons’ Halloween Special Ratings Up, ‘Shark Tank’ Down, NBC Wins Night

There was a lot of NFL on the Big 4 yesterday as Super Bowl LI was re-fought on NBC, the Dallas Cowboys schooled the San Francisco 49ers 40-10 on Fox and there were overruns on CBS. There was also another tradition as The Simpsons (1.6/6) aired its Halloween special of ‘Treehouse of Terror XXVIII.’ Up 23% over last week, the annual scary show was down 48% from last year's ‘Treehouse of Terror’ of October 16, 2016. That 2016 special had the extra sugar high of a direct NFL… Read


Anonymous Content Makes Long-Term First-Look With Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 Productions

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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Sugar, longtime manager-producer at Anonymous Content, has formed Sugar23, a producing shingle that launches with a multi-year first-look deal with Anonymous Content. It changes the dynamic of Sugar’s relationship with the company and allows for his growing producing ambitions while keeping him in the fold. Sugar, the Oscar-winning producer of Spotlight and whose credits include The Knick, The OA, the upcoming Maniac and One Day She'll Darken, will… Read


New Regency Sets Multi-Year Deal With Oscar-Winning Director Steve McQueen

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EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has signed a multi-year overall deal with Steve McQueen. The Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave director will develop feature films to be produced and financed by New Regency. The deal extends a relationship with the director/writer/producer, who followed the New Regency-backed Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave with Widows. McQueen is shooting that film now with Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriquez and Cynthia Erivo starring alongside… Read


USC Annenberg & HBO Launch Diverse Voices Initiative With David Simon As First Speaker

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC and HBO have partnered for the Diverse Voices Forums, which will run through the 2017/18 academic year. It will feature talent — both in front and behind the camera — from HBO series interacting with USC Annenberg students and faculty to explore the role of diversity in the future of entertainment. The Diverse Voices Forums kick off today with David Simon, former journalist and creator of HBO’s acclaimed… Read


Orion Pictures Names Kevin Shelby To Marketing/Distribution Ranks

Orion Pictures has hired Kevin Shelby as Senior VP, Marketing and Distribution to oversee the day-to-day management of the division’s operations. This comes after Kevin Wilson was hired as Executive VP, Distribution earlier this month. Both report to John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Shelby most recently served as Senior VP, Marketing at BH Tilt where he oversaw the planning, development and execution of marketing, distribution and advertising for such theatrical… Read


CNN’s Sends Nuts-To-You Message To Donald Trump With New ‘Facts First’ Marketing Campaign

CNN launched a “Facts First” marketing campaign this morning. Facts First, features only an apple, though it’s hard to see it as other than a nuts-to-you response to Donald Trump’s campaign to brand CNN as “Fake News.” “This is an apple,” the ad begins: Some people might tell you that it’s a banana. They night scream banana, banana, banana, over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You night even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not… Read


New York Television Festival’s 13th Edition Features ‘S.W.A.T.,’ ‘Nude’ Premieres, Expanded Digital Footprint

New York TV Festival Announces 2014 Winners

The 13th New York Television Festival kicks off today with 52 pilots screening, 20 development scripts circulating, and new partnerships with Hulu and Audible aiming to channel talent toward emerging platforms. Through October 28, the festival will feature workshops and industry meetings as well as panel discussions and keynotes featuring notable producers and writers including Shawn Ryan and Lena Waithe, talent like Amy Sedaris and Jordan Klepper, and a range of network… Read


Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30WEST-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’

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EXCLUSIVE: Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges are set to star in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director who is the father of Lucas. The drama follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother… Read


1stAveMachine Launches New Talent Management Division

EXCLUSIVE: Commercial production company 1stAveMachine is launching a talent management division on its way to expand its content production business. The company, co-founded by Serge Patzak, will rep talent in film and TV, branded, social, VR and digital entertainment. Overseeing the management division will be Ross Siegel who previously worked at MGM and Maker Studios. He takes on the role of head of management and development. "With 1stAveMachine Management, we want to… Read


Showtime Offers Free Sampling Of ‘SMILF’ Premiere Episode

Starting today, Showtime is offering a free sampling of the Sunday series premiere of the network's new half-hour comedy SMILF, created, starring and executive produced by Frankie Shaw. The debut episode can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook and, along with multiple TV and streaming providers' devices, websites, applications and authenticated online services and their free On Demand channels, as well as Showtime’s website. Following the series premiere, an exclusive… Read


Matt Damon & George Clooney Tell ‘GMA’ They Knew Harvey Weinstein Was An “A**hole” But Not A Sexual Predator

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UPDATED with video: “You only had to spend five minutes with Harvey Weinstein to know he was a bully; he was intimidating,” Matt Damon told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America this morning. “That was his legend; that was his whole M.O.: Could you survive a meeting with Harvey?” Damon said, seated next to George Clooney, in what was supposed to be a plug for their new ’50s-set crime dramedy Suburbicon. But, both men having been a big part of Weinstein’s world, they… Read