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‘Walking Dead’ Tamed Some Gruesome Scenes Following Viewer Protests

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The nation may be politically divided. But producers can, and should, try to bring people together by addressing universal questions about the human condition, a panel connected by ties to AMC’s The Walking Dead said today at the industry’s NATPE confab. AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan kicked off the discussion noting that a recent New York Times story disclosed that Walking Dead is popular among Republicans and Democrats alike — due to the series “universality to stories and… Read

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Nate Berkus Signs With Brillstein Entertainment Partners

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Television personality Nate Berkus has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Berkus, an interior designer and author, was catapulted to fame by his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002. Multiple guest stints on Oprah and Rachael Ray led to Berkus getting his own syndicated show, The Nate Berkus Show, which launched in September 2010 and ran for two seasons. It featured makeovers, culture, design and personal advice. Berkus will make his return to… Read

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‘Cries From Syria’ Sundance Clip: A Children’s Story That’s Hard To Watch

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EXCLUSIVE: As the U.S. broadcast media remains laser-focused on all things Donald Trump, it’s easy to forget that there’s other news in the world. And we need to take notice of it. Take this clip of Cries From Syria, Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary that HBO acquired last week and screens at Sundance. The filmmaker’s follow-up to Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, which scored Oscar and Emmy noms, is a lesson in misery and man’s contempt for his fellow man that… Read

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Gkids Elevates David Jesteadt To President

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Indie animation distributor Gkids has promoted David Jesteadt to president, up from his current position as SVP Distribution. Company founder Eric Beckman, formerly president and CEO, will continue in the latter role. Jesteadt has been at Gkids since 2007 in numerous positions. The distributor has scored eight Academy Award noms for Best Animated Feature since then, including two last year with Boy In The World and When Marnie Was There. This awards season, Gkids is… Read

Courtney Simon, Daytime Drama Doyenne, Set For WGAE’s Jablow Award

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Courtney Simon, whose writing credits include seven Daytime Emmy Awards and seven Writers Guild Awards for her work on 12 different daytime dramas, will be honored with the Writers Guild of America East’s Richard B. Jablow Award at the 69th annual WGA Awards on February 19, 2017. The award was established in 1978 to recognize devoted service to the Guild. It honors Richard B. Jablow, who helped found the WGAE, authored its constitution and served as its first… Read

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Amazon Video Direct Launches Film Festival Stars Program At Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon has a premiere of Jill Soloway's new series I Love Dick at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will undoubtedly be looking for a repeat of its successful acquisition last year of the acclaimed Manchester By The Sea, and has already snagged the Martin Scorsese executive produced Grateful Dead documentaryHowever, throwing a potential wild card into the festival circuit, the House of Bezos is also putting a special new offer out there for filmmakers in… Read

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‘Will & Grace’ To Return To NBC For New Season

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The Emmy-winning Will & Grace is returning to NBC. After months of complex and difficult negotiations, the network has closed a deal for a new 10-episode limited installment of the hit series, to air during the 2017-18 season. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke made the announcement at the top of NBC’s TCA presentation. It was accompanied by a video. (you can watch it above.) The new, ninth season of Will & Grace stems from the surprise election-themed reunion mini… Read

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‘Last Week Tonight’ Promo: John Oliver Strut Thwarted By Larry David, ‘GoT’s Throne

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Three days before Donald Trump is sworn in as our next president, HBO added to the depression of Never-Trump-ers with release of a promo for the fourth season of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, reminding it won't be back on linear for Inauguration Weekend Sunday, and not until February 12. Promo also serves to tout HBO’s Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and the return of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm: After being informed, “Sometime we don't want a British man… Read

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Bye Bye, So Long Farewell – Lively Broadway B.O. Bids Godspeed To ‘Jersey Boys’

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Broadway’s bleak mid-winter wasn’t too bleak after all, despite an overall drop at the box office last week. Several hits still did hit-show business and a smaller roster, as long-runs departed to make way for spring blossoms, still managed to sell better than 90 per cent of the available tickets. Three shows closed up shop, notably Jersey Boys, which ended its sensational 12-year, 4,642 performance run at Jujamcyn’s August Wilson Theatre, with two weeks of SRO… Read

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‘This Is Us’ Slips In Ratings But Still Dominates; ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Hits Low

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NBC’s rookie This Is Us (2.6), coming off a series high last week in a special slot following President Barack Obama’s farewell speech, slipped four-tenths of a ratings point in the adults 18-49 demographic last night. But it still was Tuesday’s highest-rated show by a stretch on a night when most shows were even or down. On the down side was ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (0.6), which fell 0.2 to a series low at 10 PM. Despite the non-Marvel-ous number, it is… Read

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‘The Discovery’ Teaser Trailer: Robert Redford Discovers The Afterlife In Sundance Sci-Fi Pic

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We’re getting the first look at Robert Redford in romantic sci-fi pic The Discovery ahead of its Sundance world premiere. This will be Redford’s first onscreen appearance at his Utah gathering since A Walk in the Woods with Nick Nolte two years ago. Redford stars as Dr. Thomas Harbor, who’s made a scientific breakthrough that shocks the world and challenges everything we know about life and death. Charlie McDowell directs and co-penned the screenplay with Justin Lader (The… Read

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Gravitas Ventures Taking ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’ On Theater/VOD Tour

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Gravitas Ventures has sealed worldwide rights to Folk Hero & Funny Guy, a comedy from first-time writer-director Jeff Grace that bowed at Tribeca. It follows a successful singer-songwriter who hatches a plan to help his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour. The pic will bow day-and-date on May 12. Paul (Alex Karpovsky) and Jason (Wyatt Russell) are old friends who have drifted apart as they've reached… Read