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TV Azteca, Keshet Team For Super Series; Acorn Looks ‘Straight Forward’ – Mipcom

TV Azteca and Keshet International are joining forces in a deal to co-develop and produce an original Spanish-language super series to air on TV Azteca. It will be developed under the KI banner and co-produced with TV Azteca in-house. The plan is to launch the 60-episode series next year. KI is handling global sales. Joshua Mintz, Deputy President for TV Azteca, and Kelly Wright, VP Distribution and New Business at KI, will oversee development. TV Azteca is the… Read

Business

Jack Gao Out At Wanda Group And Legendary Entertainment

Jack Gao has stepped down as the senior vice president of the Dalian Wanda Group and as the interim CEO of Legendary Entertainment, Deadline has confirmed. Gao took over as CEO of Legendary when founder Thomas Tull exited in January. Zeng Maojun, president of Wanda Film Holding Co., is set to step in as interim head of Legendary. Head of Legendary production, Mary Parent is set to stay. The news of Gao’s exit comes after Chinese investors Oceanwide Holdings Co. and… Read

Business

NBCU And Snap Inc. Launch Digital Studio With Lauren Anderson Heading Content

NBCUniversal, which invested $500 million in Snap Inc. just before its IPO in March, is taking the investment to the next level by teaming up with the social networking company on a new digital content studio tasked with adding a scripted programming to Snap’s Shows platform. The companies have an equal investment in the yet-to-be-named venture. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based outfit will be headed by chief content officer Lauren Anderson, an NBC Entertainment veteran who… Read

TV

Jimmy Kimmel Returns To Brooklyn, Vowing To Be “As Artisanal As It Gets”

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Jimmy Kimmel kicked off his third time doing his ABC late-night show from Brooklyn noting, “Last time we were here, people asked, ‘Will you ever come back?’ And I said ‘Only if you promise to open 2,000 new cold-press juice shops’.” “And you did. So here we are. You kept your word, I keep my word,” Kimmel enthused. “And it's especially great to be able to do our show here at BAM [Brooklyn Academy of Music] one last time before they turn it into a Whole Foods store.” His… Read

TV

Trevor Noah Probes Chicago Murder Rate To Kick Off ‘The Daily Show’ Windy City Week

Trevor Noah is in Chicago this week, for The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Let's Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold. For opening night, he took the obvious route, breaking down the town’s reputation as the most dangerous city in America. The South African comic told his very receptive Athenaeum Theatre audience that murder rates are higher in St. Louis, Baltimore, Memphis, and Cleveland. "It really sucks that people call Chicago the most dangerous city in America… Read

Business

Univision Goes Dark On Verizon FiOS In Carriage Dispute

In a surprise move, Univision was dropped from Verizon FiOS today at about 5 PM East Coast time, where most of the 5 million or so affected customers are. The Spanish-language broadcaster issued a statement about the channel-drop this afternoon: At 5pm EST on October 16, 2017, entirely without warning, Verizon pulled Univision's signal from both its FiOS and mobile platforms, leaving consumers without access to the news, information and entertainment they rely on. Verizon… Read

TV

John Dunsworth Dies: The ‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actor Was 71

John Dunsworth, who is known for his role of Jim Lahey on the hit Canadian cult mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys died today at the age of 71. His daughter and actress on the series, Sarah took to Twitter to announce the news. “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away,” she wrote. “John left this world peacefully after a short and… Read

Business

Netflix Plans 80 Movies In 2018, Up From Eight In Current Quarter; “People Will Start Seeing The Potential”

Aiming for a level of output not seen since the two-reeler silent movie days, Netflix plans to put out a new original movie on average every four and a half days in 2018, for an eye-popping total of 80 releases, content chief Ted Sarandos said after today’s release of third-quarter earnings. That level compares with eight in the quarter that ended September 30, Sarandos said. His brief comments came during a 40-minute video conversation between a single analysts and the… Read

Film

Cher Dances Her Way Into ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel

The ABBA movie musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! has added the legendary Cher to the cast. The Oscar-winning actress has been posting tweets teasing her involvement in the film. Details about her role have been kept under wraps, but the single-named icon took to Twitter to post lyrics to ABBA’s “Fernando” and tweeted “Just went through two dance numbers. Everyone’s great” leading us to believe that she was rehearsing for the Ol Parker-directed Universal movie… Read

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‘Better Call Saul’s Michael Mando Joins Jesse Eisenberg In ‘The Hummingbird Project’

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Mando, currently part of the main cast for AMC’s Better Call Saul, has been cast in Kim Nguyen’s drama, The Hummingbird Project, along with previously announced Jesse Eisenberg, Salma Hayek, and Alexander Skarsgard. The film follows New York native cousin, Vincent and Anton, who are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, with a dream to build a fiber-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. Nguyen… Read

Film

Jordan Peele, Channing Dungey & More Named As Honorees At AAFCA’s Special Achievement Ceremony

The African American Film Critics Association have set Get Out's Jordan Peele, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, LA Film Festival president Claudia Puig, and Alcon Entertainment's Co-CEO's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as honorees at the organization’s annual Special Achievement Luncheon, which is part its 9th Annual Awards Program. As part of its program, AAFCA, which reps the world's largest group of black film critics, has deemed 2017 as the Year of… Read

Business

Netflix Gains 5.3M Global Subs In Q3 As Stock Sets Record; Says Bid For Weinstein Co “Extremely Unlikely”

UPDATED with executive comments: The Netflix juggernaut shows few signs of slowing. After the close of trading today, the company reported a 49% year-over-year increase in global subscribers in the third quarter. The global tally now stands at 104 million. In the quarter, Netflix added 850,000 new customers in the U.S., to hit 52.77 million overall, and internationally it signed up 4.45 million for a total of 56.48 million. The news sent company shares through the ceiling… Read