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BBC & Red Planet Form Pact; Gal-Raday Named At ProSiebenSat:Global Briefs

Red Planet Pictures, producer of Passing Bells, and BBC Worldwide Form Development Pact

Tony Jordan's Red Planet Pictures has entered an exclusive development deal with BBC Worldwide that will see the commercial arm of the BBC provide investment, co-production expertise and global market support in return for the first-look on Red Planet's new content. Red Planet's credits as producer include Death In Paradise for BBC One which is moving into its 4th season, and The Nativity and By Any Means, both for BBC One. It's next producing The Passing Bells (photo… Read

Film

‘Citizenfour’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Chilling Edward Snowden Documentary

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Watch my video review of Citizenfourthe chilling documentary by Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked tens of thousands of pages of classified documents about vast U.S. spying operations at home and abroad. The impact of those leaks continues to reverberate around the world. Poitras, a filmmaker and journalist, previously was nominated for an Oscar for her film My Country, My Country. Here, she records the process that led to… Read

TV

Fox Nabs Legal Drama From Alexandra Cunningham & Film 44 As Put Pilot

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Frequent collaborators Alexandra Cunningham and Film 44's Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey are reuniting for another drama project, which has been set up at Fox with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Titled Expert Witness, the crime drama stems from the development deal Cunningham inked with 20th TV in June and falls under Film 44's pact with the Fox network. Cunningham and Film 44 first worked together on the well regarded NBC remake of Prime Suspect,… Read

Business

Ben Bradlee Dead At 93, Washington Post Editor During Watergate Era — Update

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Update, 6:18PM: President Barack Obama reacts to Ben Bradlee's death with the following statement: “For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession - it was a public good vital to our democracy.  A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped… Read

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Jeremy Sisto & More Join ‘Love Is All You Need,’ Kea Ho Gets ‘Urge’

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EXCLUSIVE: Reverse gay-bullying drama Love Is All You Need? has bolstered its cast as filming continues in LA. Suburgatory's Jeremy Sisto, Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz, Deception's Katherine La Nasa, Trophy Wife's Jenica Bergere, and Drumline's Leonard Roberts have joined Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, and Kyla Kennedy in the film set in a world where being gay is the norm and heterosexual persons are bullied. Director Kim Rocco Shields has also tapped Pretty Little Liars' Tyler… Read

Business

PBS Names Don Wilcox VP Digital Marketing and Services

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Online marketing veteran Don Wilcox will join PBS' digital team next week, working under Ira Rubenstein, the recently named SVP and GM of PBS Digital. Wilcox will oversee PBS.org and PBS Digital Studios, and oversee programs that help the public broadcaster's local affiliates drive membership. Wilcox was most recently VP and General Manager of Branded Entertainment for Fox, where he oversaw operations and strategy for Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com and TheXFactorUSA.com. Like… Read

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CNN Florida Governor’s Race Debate: No Fan, Much Hot Air

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"Everybody comfortable here?" Jake Tapper asked impishly of Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Rick Scott at the start of tonight's debate in a Jacksonville TV studio. It was a reference to the last time the two men squared off, when there was a “flap over a fan and viewers were blown away!” as CNN Voiceover Guy said breathlessly tonight in the minutes leading up to tonight's CNN-hosted square-off. Sadly, for casual viewers of political debates, the fun… Read

Awards

Napa Valley Film Festival Hoping Quake Damage Doesn’t Shake Up Show

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It's white-knuckle time for the Napa Valley Film Festival's organizers, filmmakers and fans, with a key venue and two hotels still fixing earthquake damage ahead of the Nov. 12 opening night. The post-quake craziness comes just as the four-year-old event is getting traction in Hollywood for its Oscar Season-adjacent timing, with companies setting encore screenings and star appearances, to tout awards contenders from earlier in the year. The festival bills itself a mix of… Read

TV

Greg Garcia To Produce NBC Comedy With Sebastian Maniscalco Eyed To Star

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My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia is back at NBC with a new comedy project he is executive producing through his CBS TV Studios-based Amigos De Garcia Productions. It is inspired by the life of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco who is expected to star. Written by Austen Earl, writer-producer on Garcia's CBS series The Millers, and produced by CBS Studios, the untitled comedy follows newlywed Sebastian as he attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a… Read

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‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Lead Daisy Ridley Signs With CAA

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EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Daisy Ridley, the up and coming young actress who is the female lead in the JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. The plan is for her character to carry through the second and third films that will be directed by Looper helmer Rian Johnson. Ridley appeared in several TV series in London before she was set for the next batch of Star Wars at Disney, following a worldwide casting search. There was a stampede by agencies back then, and she first… Read

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‘Bachelor Party’ Comedy Series Inspired By Movie Set At ABC As Put Pilot

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Bachelor Party, a half-hour comedy anthology series loosely inspired by the 1984 movie, has landed at ABC with a big put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, whose feature sibling produced the film, and two 20th TV-based companies, Jason Winer's Small Dog Picture Co. and The Walcott Co., , the shingle of New Girl star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler. Co-created by another New Girl duo, writer-producers JJ Philbin and Josh Malmuth, Bachelor Pa… Read

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Fox Hit With $250M ‘Simpsons’ Lawsuit By ‘Goodfellas’ Actor

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This is so good and so big that you have to wonder if it is a joke – in which case the state courts are going to be plenty peeved off. Here's the deal: Frank Sivero says that The Simpsons ripped off the Frankie Carbone character he played in 1990's Goodfellas and he wants to be paid for it. In a lawsuit filed today, the actor says he wants to be paid a lot – $250 million and more for the Springfield Mafia's Louie. Claiming that the long-long-running animated series has… Read

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