Frances Berwick To Lead NBCU Lifestyle Networks, Adding Oversight Of E! & Esquire; Adam Stotsky Named E! GM
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment is bringing its lifestyle brands Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Esquire together in a new division, Lifestyle Networks, to be overseen by president Frances Berwick. She is adding E! and Esquire Network to her existing portfolio of Bravo and Oxygen Media and will be in charge of E!'s original programming. As part of the restructuring, revealed today by NBCU Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer, to whom Berwick reports, Esquire president Adam St… Read
Comedy Central’s ‘Another Period’ Adds Koechner, Wain, Huskey & More
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central's 10-episode series Another Period, a send-up of turn-of-the-century Newport, Rhode Island high society, has added a string of comedic castmembers. As previously reported by Deadline back in June, the series revolves around Newport's first family, the Bellacourts and sisters Lillian and Beatrice, respectively played by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, whose characters care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous… Read
Summit Marketing Exec Jack Pan Moves To Robert Simonds’ Studio
Jack Pan, for the past six years the EVP Marketing at Summit Entertainment, has been hired at Robert Simonds' film and TV studio as President of Motion Picture Marketing. The hire was announced just now by Oren Aviv, the movie studio's recently tapped President and Chief Content Officer. The move reunites the pair, who worked together at Disney.
At Summit, Pan was involved in campaigns including the Twilight and Divergent franchises. For Simonds' growing company, he will… Read
‘Big’ Series In The Works At Fox With ‘Enlisted’s Kevin Biegel & Mike Royce
Big, the hugely popular 1988 comedy feature starring Tom Hanks is getting a series remake at Fox. The network has put in development Big, a half-hour comedy from 20th Century Fox Television, whose movie division produced the Penny Marshall film written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. Written and executive produced by Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, the series would be loosely based on the movie and would explore what it means to be an adult, what it means to be a kid, and… Read
‘Gotham’ & ‘Scorpion’ Hold Up Well In Week 2 – Ratings Rat Race
It's been an unusual fall season, with no major flops and solid performances from all new series so far. That may change tonight with the launch of ABC's completely unprotected 8 PM comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story but until then, more good news for broadcast network's freshman class.
Both new Monday series that premiered last week held well in Week 2 — Fox's Gotham (2.8 in adults 18-49) was down 13% at 8 PM, while CBS' Scorpion (3.0) was down 7% despite its… Read
Quvenzhane Wallis To Star In Bestseller ‘Counting By 7s’
EXCLUSIVE: The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Olympus Pictures have optioned Holly Goldberg Sloan's bestselling novel Counting By 7s. They've attached Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis and will build the movie around her. The bestseller centers on Willow Chance, a bright young girl who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is taken in by an unlikely surrogate family and an unfit guidance counselor. In the wake of tremendous loss, she rises… Read
‘Walking Dead’ Producer Among Four Joining AMPAS Sci-Tech Council
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator trilogy), cinematographer John Bailey (As Good As It Gets, Ordinary People), Industrial Light & Magic chief creative officer John Knoll (Oscar winner Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) and editor Michael Tronick (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, 2 Guns) are joining the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the group's 2014-2015 membership to 25. The Sci-Tech Council… Read
E! President Suzanne Kolb Exits
Suzanne Kolb is leaving E! after a two-year stint as president. Kolb just announced her departure in an internal memo to her staff:
One of my great privileges in life has been working with you for the past nine years. But as the adage goes, all good things must come to an end and so must my time at E!
I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. From pop culture defining hits, to best in class entertainment news, to the gold standard for red carpet coverage and… Read
Elisabeth Murdoch To Leave Shine After Endemol-Core Merger
Ever since the Shine-Endemol-Core Media mega-merger was first floated, speculation has swirled over what it would mean for Shine founder Elisabeth Murdoch. The speculation can now be put to rest as Murdoch will indeed leave her role as chairman of Shine if and when the proposed merger goes through, a source with knowledge of the situation confirms.
It was Murdoch's father Rupert's then-News Corp that acquired Shine in 2011. Now it's dad's reshaped 21st Century Fox that is… Read
‘Taken 3′ Trailer: Liam Neeson Loads, Shoots, Repeats In Threequel
Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills character didn't kill his wife — and the cops don't care. Sound familiar? No, it's not a reboot of 1993's The Fugitive, it's Taken 3. Seriously, this ex-CIA agent truly wants to live a normal life: As seen in the trailer, he's likes to cook dinner for the family, evident in his chopping of vegetables. He buys jumbo carnival-stuffed panda bears for his teenage daughter. However, somewhere between clinking wine glasses with his wife (Famke… Read
ABC ‘World News Tonight’ Wins Premiere Week In News Demo; NBC Nightly News Wins With Total Viewers
With new anchor David Miur, ABC's World News Tonight won Premiere Week in the news demo (2.002 million viewers).
NBC Nightly News won Premiere Week in overall audience, with its biggest crowd in nine years — 8.187 million viewers. Brian Williams' newscast also led with the younger, 18-49 age bracket (1.343 million). NBC noted its' the fourth consecutive week, and 9th time in the past 11 weeks, that Nightly has grown its overall audience versus the comparable period from… Read
FCC Spikes Its Sports Blackout Rules
It took a while, but the FCC today finally voted — unanimously — to end its sports blackout rules, following up on the rulemaking notice it issued in December. They were adopted in 1975 primarily to help broadcasters and the NFL by barring cable and satellite services from offering games in the teams' markets if the stadium isn't sold out. That's a rarity these days: Only two games were blacked out last season. And even without the FCC rules, the NFL can cut deals that… Read