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Hollywood Stars Pay Tribute To Royal Shakespeare Company Co-Founder John Barton

A slew of Hollywood stars including Patrick Stewart, Kim Cattrall and David Suchet have paid tribute to Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton, who has died aged 89. Brit Barton, who co-founded the theatre group with Peter Hall in 1960, was described as "simply one of the greatest influences in the acting of Shakespeare of the last century" with performances of plays including The War Of The Roses, Hollow Crown and The Merchant of Venice. He is widely considered… Read


Sony Pictures Television Sets Up UK-Based Non-Scripted Label Human

Sony Pictures Television has launched a new non-scripted UK production company, Human, fronted by former Twofour and NBC Universal exec Alan Brown. The Hollywood studio has set up Human to create high-end international content based around Sony Pictures Entertainment's existing intellectual property and formats as well as to create original factual entertainment shows. Brown joins the Golden Square-based studio from Natural, a production label set up by ITV-owned Twofour… Read


Bradford Dillman Dies: Star Of Broadway, Film And TV Was 87

Actor Bradford Dillman, who starred as Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and had an impressive film and TV career, died on January 16 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 87 and suffered complications from pneumonia, according to Ted Gekis of Gekis-Ribera personal management. Dillman was also known as the co-star with Dean Stockwell in the 1959 crime drama Compulsion, where he played killer Arthur A. Straus, a role… Read


Freeform Unveils New Logo & “A Little Forward” Tagline

Just a few days after the second anniversary of ABC Family’s revamp as Freeform, the network targeting “becomers”  revealed a new logo and a new tagline in a new branding campaign launched at the inaugural Freeform Summit today. The new logo includes the letters FF, which stand for Freeform (as well as Fast Forward, among other things), and the new tagline, “A Little Forward.,” on black background.  For comparison, you can see Freeform previous, more colorful logo on… Read


‘Grown-ish’ Renewed For Season 2 By Freeform

Freeform has given an early renewal to breakout new comedy Grown-ish four episodes into its freshman run. The spinoff of ABC’s praised comedy Black-ish has received a 20-episode second season order. Grown-ish has been both a ratings and critical success for Freeform. It premiered January 3 as Freeform’s highest-rated comedy debut in nearly six years and the network’s best series start overall since Shadowhunters two years ago. The renewal was announced during Grown-ish‘s… Read


FX Acquires ‘Jumanji’, ‘Transformers’, ‘Murder On the Orient Express’, ‘All the Money In the World’ & More Movies

FX continues to stock up on big movie titles. FX was an early adopter of the strategy, opting to spend the bulk of its acquisition budget on theatrical films instead of off-network shows. Along with original content, which is the main ratings driver for any network, movies have been a solid viewership generator on basic cable. As one industry observer noted, “With the exception of The Big Bang Theory, movies are the best-performing acquired content on TV hands down.”   FX… Read


Super Bowl Ad Rates Have Soared 87% In 10 Years Even With More Clutter: Study

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Rates for a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl have soared 87% since 2008 despite a significant uptick in the number of spots and the length of ad pods, according to an analysis by Kantar Media. Brands paid an average of $2.8 million for an ad in 2008, but last year that number exceeded $5 million. Clutter has increased more than 20% over the past decade. Last year's game featured 102 total spots (including network promos), covering 51 minutes and 30 seconds between the… Read


Morgan Neville On His Mister Rogers Sundance Docu, New Netflix Series & Civility

Morgan Neville Mr Rogers Sundance

"I'll tell you, when I started documentaries were the spinach of filmmaking, and now they're the cool kids," Morgan Neville said on the eve of his latest Sundance Film Festival debut Won't You Be My Neighbor? "The kind of freedom we have as filmmakers now, whether in terms of getting funding or just distribution, has just made it night and day from where it was even 10 years ago," the Oscar winner adds. A longtime veteran of the Robert Redford-founded fest, Neville will… Read


A New Day For Sundance Ride-Share Post-Uber Helicopter Fiasco As Lyft Pulls In

This year Lyft is the official ride-share sponsor at the Sundance Film Festival, and with that brings plenty of convenience for festival-goers. They were spoiled by an Uber hub adjacent to Main Street two years ago, then left without any ride-share pick-up/drop-off point last January. That situation proved to be a mess. Park City, Utah was dumped on with a bottomless amount of snow during the fest’s first weekend. Making situations even worse was the fact that most of… Read


Los Angeles Makes Amazon’s Shortlist For HQ2

Los Angeles is among the 20 metropolitan areas to make Amazon’s shortlist for its $5 billion second corporate headquarters. Amazon said it chose from among 238 submissions and will work with each location in the coming months to dig deeper into the proposals and plans to make a decision by the end of the year. "Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," said Holly Sullivan, Amazon public policy. "Through this… Read


‘The Bold Type’ Ups Nikohl Boosheri & Stephen Conrad Moore to Regulars; Sets Season 2 Premiere

Freeform has set 8 PM, Tuesday, June 12 for the Season 2 premiere of The Bold Type. In addition, Nikohl Boosheri and Stephen Conrad Moore, who recurred in Season 1, have been promoted to series regulars. The network announced the news during its first Freeform Summit in Hollywood. Boosheri returns as Adena and Moore is Scarlet's fashion director, Oliver. The Bold Type, from Universal TV and The District, follows the lives of three close friends living in New York City as… Read


Netflix Seals Deal For ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’


Netflix has acquired rights to Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, the high school twist on the Cyrano de Bergerac tale that was produced and financed by Black Label Media. Stranger ThingsShannon Purser stars in the romantic comedy. The movie will bow on the streaming service later this year. The pic penned by Lindsey Beer and directed by Ian Samuels centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case… Read