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NYC Passes Tokyo As Top Entertainment & Media Spender – Report

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The Big Apple took the top spot in 2014 by accounting for $19.7 billion in entertainment and media spending, ahead of Tokyo’s $19.5 billion, according to a report out today from research and consulting firm PwC. NYC likely will remain the industry capital through 2018, with outlays increasing an average of 4.5% a year to $23.6 billion, says the report titled “Cities of Opportunity.” It would be followed by Tokyo (+0.7% a year to $20.1 billion in 2018), London (+3.3% to… Read


‘Rush Hour’, Greg Garcia’s ‘Super Clyde’, Bill Wrubel Pilot Ordered By CBS

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Following Minority Report‘s order by Fox, the other series remake of a blockbuster movie this season is getting a pilot green light. CBS has picked up Rush Hour, co-written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence. It was one of three pilot orders at the network, along with Greg Garcia’s single-camera comedy Super Clyde and Bill Wrubel’s multi-camera Joe Time. Hourlong action comedy Rush Hour, which had a pilot production commitment, was written by Cougar Town co-creator… Read


Nick Jonas Joins Fox Horror-Comedy Anthology ‘Scream Queens’

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Nick Jonas (Kingdom) is set for a recurring role on Scream Queens, the upcoming horror-comedy anthology series from Fox. He joins Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Joe Manganiello, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Ariana Grande in the series from American Horror Story and Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto. Production is set to begin in the spring on the first installment of Scream Queens, in which a college campus which… Read


DreamWorks Animators Await Layoff Word In Industry’s Latest “Roller Coaster” Plunge

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Nervous animators still are waiting to hear whether they'll be among the 250 or so DreamWorks Animation staffers to be pink-slipped at the company's Glendale campus. Studio officials say it's their intent to have "all employees informed of their individual statuses within a few weeks." The layoffs were announced January 22; the next day, Steve Hulett, the longtime business rep of the Animation Guild, headed over to gauge the mood of the workers there. "There were groups… Read


Chevy Chase-Beverly D’Angelo Comedy, Shondaland Drama Among 4 ABC Pilot Orders


ABC added four more pilots to its slate, two comedies and two dramas. All hail from sister studio ABC Studios. The comedies include Chev & Bev, starring National Lampoon's Vacation’s Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, and a half-hour loosely based on the life of boundary-pushing columnist Dan Savage, from DiBonaventura Pictures Television. The dramas are The Catch, from Shondaland and Broad Squad, from Fake Empire. Two of the four pilots, Chev & Bev and Broad Squad, are… Read


SOTU And Sunday Night Event Pileup Overstuff Twitter TV Ratings

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Sunday evening’s pileup of prominent TV events – including the NFL Pro Bowl, the SAG Awards, the Miss Universe pageant and a WWE pay-per-view – pushed past all but one thing to fill up the week’s Twitter TV Top 10 ratings by Nielsen. That one other thing, however, was President Obama’s State of the Union speech five days earlier, which easily attracted the most social-media conversation of the week, nearly 2,600 tweets that reached an unduplicated audience of more than… Read


TBS Deserted Island Comedy Pilot ‘Wrecked’ Sets Ensemble Cast


TBS pilot Wrecked, a single-camera comedy from up-and-coming writers Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley and producer Jesse Hara, has set its ensemble cast. Described as Lost meets It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Wrecked follows a group of extremely diverse survivors of a plane crash on a remote island who must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats — mostly brought upon themselves. No longer plugged in, the group must navigate this new society… Read


Monica Potter Comedy Produced By Ellen DeGeneres, Workplace Comedy From Jimmy Fallon Get NBC Pilot Orders


NBC has given pilot orders to comedies produced by top talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon. This brings NBC’s half-hour pilots to nine, including straight-to-series comedy Telenovela starring Eva Longoria. The first project, an untitled multi-camera from Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production, stars Parenthood‘s Monica Potter. The project, which had a pilot production commitment, was written by I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators… Read

Box Office

‘American Sniper’ Higher In Actuals With $200.4M, Oscar Fare Surging – Monday Final Box Office

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

ACTUALS, MONDAY PM: Warner Bros./Village Roadshow was slightly higher in the three-day actuals reported today with $64.6M and a $200.4M running domestic cume in its fifth frame (vs. yesterday’s weekend estimate of $64.3M and $200.1M). Originally, Warner Bros. was expecting to make $17.28M on Sunday, but their fall from Saturday was softer than anticipated, off 38% with $17.77M.  Out of all the films on the charts, American Sniper posted the best per theater with… Read


‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ Still Coming Up Snake Eyes As Broadway B.O. Dips 13%

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UPDATE, 1 PM: Adds details of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time recouping, below. Opening in the winter doldrums might prove disastrous for Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman’s well-reviewed musical adaptation of Bergman’s 1992 comedy Honeymoon In Vegas. Two weeks after opening to what should have been money notices, the Tony Danza star vehicle still can’t get arrested: Box office at the Nederlander Theatre last week was down $15K to $425K, just shy of… Read