NCAA Tournament Ratings Continue To Put Up Double-Doubles
The 2015 NCAA Tournament has been scoring with double-digit gains this year for its best ratings numbers in more than two decades, and Sunday’s pair of matchups on CBS that determined the Final Four kept up the pace. The second game, Duke’s pull-away 66-52 win over Gonzaga, bled into primetime in the East and averaged a 9.9/20, tying 2010 as the highest rating in the game window in 10 years and up 10% over last year. The first game, which featured Michigan State crashing… Read
‘Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes Set For Int’l Emmy Founders Award
Days after word arrived that next season will be Downton Abbey’s last, the series’ creator-writer is getting his due from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Julian Fellowes has been tapped to receive the 2015 International Emmy Founders Award, which will be presented at the annual trophy show in New York.
"This is an extraordinary honour, both for me and for the Downton team, and I can only say that I feel simultaneously unworthy and very, very… Read
Sky Acquires Majority Stake In Jupiter Entertainment
Leading Euro pay TV operator Sky has acquired a 60% stake in U.S. production company Jupiter Entertainment. Founded in 1996 by Stephen Land, Jupiter Entertainment specialises in non-scripted programmes. Its shows include Welcome to Myrtle Manor on TLC, Wild West Alaska for Animal Planet and Snapped on Oxygen.
Jupiter recently formed a multi-year strategic partnership with Random House giving the company a first look at adapting the publisher's assets as non-fiction… Read
‘Walking Dead’ Finale: EP Gale Anne Hurd Talks Season 6, ‘Fear’ Spinoff & That Kickstarter Campaign
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of last night's Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead.
For the second season ender in a row no major character died on AMC's blockbuster zombie apocalypse series last night but there was more than enough blood and guts to go round – as there has been all this action-heavy cycle. The Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead saw Rick Grimes taking firm control of the suburban Alexandria Safe Zone after the Andrew Lincoln played character… Read
Anne Sweeney Becomes A Director At Netflix
Anne Sweeney said she wanted to be a director when she left her gig as co-Chair of Disney Media Networks. And today she is, but not in the way you might think: She just became a director at Netflix, which is beefing up its output of original series and movies. With her addition, plus that of Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, the Netflix board grows to nine members.
“We look forward to benefiting from Brad and Anne’s perspective as we continue to build our global… Read
Trevor Noah Named To Lead Post-Jon Stewart ‘Daily Show’ – Update
UPDATE, 7:43 AM: Comedy Central made it official this morning: Trevor Noah, who has appeared on The Daily Show just three times, is taking over as host when Jon Stewart steps down. Word that Noah was the network’s choice got out Friday. Here is today’s Comedy Central announcement:
Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show.
Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television… Read
Julie Andrews’ ‘Fairy Princess’ Books To Be Made Into Animated Series By Nelvana
Corus Entertainment's Nelvana Enterprises, producer and distributor of children's animated content, has partnered with Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton to develop a girls animated preschool TV series based on their No. 1 New York Times bestselling book series The Very Fairy Princess.
The books, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and illustrated by Christine Davenier, chronicle the adventures of Geraldine, who knows deep down that she is… Read
Paramount Beats Class Action Lawsuit Over Credit Checks For Job Applicants
Just under three months after Michael Peikoff first went after the Viacom-owned studio in federal court for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the case is over. Judge Vince Chhabria ruled last week that while Paramount Pictures may have not been totally upfront in its intention to run credit report checks on potential employment seekers like Peikoff, it didn't disregard federal law requirements. "Accordingly, the motion to dismiss is granted," the U.S. District… Read
Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘He Named Me Malala’ About Youngest Nobel Winner
Fox’s specialty arm acquired worldwide rights minus France and other French-speaking territories to He Named Me Malala, according to a statement from Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. Studiocanal will distribute the Davis Guggenheim pic in France. The film is slated for release this year.
Produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term production partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and co-financed by Participant… Read
DreamWorks Animation Shares Score On ‘Home,’ But Is It Enough?
Home is where the heart is for DreamWorks Animation investors this morning: The studio’s shares are up more than 7% in pre-market trading following the successful opening weekend for its only major 2015 release. Home‘s $54 million domestic box office gross trounced the Street’s expectations for about $30 million and broke a streak of disappointments that included write-downs for Penguins Of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Turbo, and Rise Of The Guardians. It was DWA’s… Read
‘Vanity Fair Confidential’ Renewed For Season 2 By Investigation Discovery
Ten episodes into Vanity Fair Confidential’s 12-episode first season, the documentary series has been picked up for a second season by Investigation Discovery. Created by True Entertainment, in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment and ID, Vanity Fair Confidential chronicles Vanity Fair writers and editors’ efforts to uncover high-profile crimes and dramas and uses archival images and research from the magazine's vault of source material. The penultimate episode from… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams To Guest Star In ‘Doctor Who’s New Season
The BBC and the official Doctor Who Twitter feed set dual fandoms buzzing this afternoon with word that Game Of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark, will do a guest turn on the next season of the cult series. Today is Williams’ first day on set — see pic of her on the TARDIS above. Although her role is being kept under wraps, lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat did offer that “she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he… Read