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Bradley Cooper, Taylor Schilling Will Present On Tony Telecast

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Cooper, a Tony nominee for his title performance in a hit revival of The Elephant Man, and Schilling, the Orange Is The New Black star who braved off-Broadway in a revival of Ivan Turgenyev’s A Month In The Country, have joined the roster of presenters for the 69th annual Tony Awards. The shebang will be broadcast by CBS live from Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 8-11 P.M. Alan Cumming and nominee Kristin Chenoweth (On The Twentieth Century) are the hosts. Former and, no… Read

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NBCU Taps Anand Kini To Be CFO

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NBCUniversal has had a hard time hanging on to CFOs, but may have more luck with its latest appointment: Anand Kini. The Comcast vet joined NBCU in 2011 as SVP of Strategic Planning and Development. Last year he was promoted to EVP of Strategy and Business Insights. In February NBCU named Kini interim CFO when Visa hired away Vasant Prabhu — who moved to the company from Starwood Hotels & Resorts in June 2014. He replaced former Morgan Stanley Media and Communications… Read

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Is Bollywood’s Eros International Preparing A Dealmaking Campaign?

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That’s the way things look this morning: The Indian film power announced that long-time dealmaker Prem Parameswaran is about to become its new Group CFO — and assume a new position as President – North America. Parameswaran was Global Head of Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking at Jefferies, following stints at Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Brothers. His resume includes transactions involving Comcast, Cablevision, Relativity Media, Reliance, AT&T… Read

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Michael King Dead: TV Exec Who Helped Launch ‘Oprah’ Show Was 66

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Michael King, who with his brother Roger was behind the syndication of the mega-successful Oprah, Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray shows, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 66. King had been in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was taken off life support after being admitted with pneumonia nearly three weeks ago, according to media reports. Michael and Roger King were among six siblings who inherited King World Productions from their father… Read

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Joe Wright In Talks To Board ‘The Lifeboat’ With Anne Hathaway, Working Title & Focus Features

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Director Joe Wright attends the premiere of Focus Features' 'Anna Karenina' held at ArcLight Cinemas on November 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Wright is in talks to direct The Lifeboat with Anne Hathaway attached to star in the adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s book. Hathaway is also producing alongside Working Title and Focus Features, which jointly acquired the rights to and are developing Rogan’s book. It’s about a young newlywed-turned-widow standing trial in 1914 for murder. The story recounts how with the help of her new husband she survived the sinking of the Empress, a transatlantic ocean… Read

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Glenne Headly Will Go ‘Fish’ With Jason Alexander In Larry David’s Broadway Smash

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Fish In The Dark, Larry David’s runaway Broadway hit, has extended its limited run and will make a go of it with two new stars: The previously announced Jason Alexander, replacing David as Norman Drexel, and now Glenne Headly, replacing Rita Wilson as Norman’s wife Brenda. Headly and Alexander take over the roles beginning June 9 at the Shubert-owned Cort Theatre, with David and Wilson bowing out after the June 7 matinee. The run has been initially extended six weeks… Read

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Imax Shares Leap As It Announces Hong Kong IPO Plan

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Imax shares are up more than 7% in pre-market trading — potentially headed for a new all-time high — following the long-expected formal announcement of an IPO for its Chinese venues that could boost the parent company’s valuation. The large screen theater company says that a Cayman Islands subsidiary, Imax China Holding, filed for the public offering with shares to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Imax will own 80% of the entity. Last year two local companies… Read

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter Targeted As Visa, Coke Kick Up Pressure

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 20: FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter looks on during a press conference at the end of the FIFA Executive Comitee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 20, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Less than a day before FIFA’s elections, beleaguered president Sepp Blatter is facing growing pressure to speak out or resign following Wednesday’s arrests in Switzerland of top executives from the world soccer organization. Major sponsors threatened to take action in response to the crisis. Visa, McDonald’s, The Coca-Cola Co., Adidas, Budweiser and Hyundai all released statements following the dramatic arrests yesterday of seven senior FIFA officials, along with seven… Read

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Paramount, Mary Parent To Turn ‘Beyblade’ Into Live Action Feature

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EXCLUSIVE: After turning the Hasbro toys Transformers and G.I. Joe into hit feature franchises, Paramount Pictures will try again with Beyblade. The studio has acquired rights to turn Beyblade into a live action feature that will be produced by Mary Parent through her Disruption Entertainment banner. Beyblade is a line of customizable toys modeled after traditional Japanese fighting tops, developed and manufactured by Takaratomy, the creator of Transformers. The toys have… Read

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‘The End Of The Tour’ Trailer: Jason Segel As David Foster Wallace

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Here’s another hot ticket out of this year’s Sundance, acquired by distributor A24 as the fest was getting under way. The End of the Tour is based on David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. The trip was arranged as an interview Lipsky undertook for Rolling Stone after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s Infinite Jest. The movie stars an almost unrecognizable (and seemingly unlikely) Jason Segel as the… Read

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ABC Signs Talent Deal With NBA Pilot Star Blondy Baruti

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ABC and ABC Studios, which cast newcomer Blondy Baruti after looking at a hundreds of young actors for the lead in its NBA comedy pilot this season, are holding onto their find. Baruti has been signed into a talent holding deal with the network and the studio, which produced the NBA pilot and is still trying to land it a series order somewhere after coming close to one at ABC but ultimately missing the cut. Baruti, a 6-foot-10 former basketball player out of Oklahoma… Read

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Kate Shepherd Named EVP Content At Contend

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Veteran unscripted TV executive and producer Kate Shepherd has been tapped as EVP of Content at Contend. Shepherd moves to Contend from Shine America where she served as VP of Development, overseeing global format development and acquisitions. She has produced, directed and developed TV series for Fox, Univision, NBC, The CW, ABC, TNT/TBS, BBC, ITV, C4UK. Contend also named Jon Sneider as Chief Marketing Officer/EVP, Client Partnerships for Contend. In his new position… Read