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ITV Studios America Adds Jed Valdecantos & Jim Dietle To Exec Team

ITV Studios America is expanding its executive team with the hires of Jed Valdecantos as VP Scripted TV Development, and Jim Dietle as VP Business and Legal Affairs. Based at the company's Los Angeles headquarters, Valdecantos will report to Michael Azzolino, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs and Dietle will report to Tom Lane, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. Valdecantos, who will share responsibility for overseeing the company's development… Read

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Donald Trump’s Latest Twitter Tantrum Targets New York Times, Washington Post

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The morning after the Donald Trump White House took press-briefing questions from Laura Ingraham’s LifeZette wondering if Trump wants New York Times to maybe retract Russia-related reporting on him POTUS did his Twitter bit to move forward that storyline: The failing @nytimes writes false story after false story about me. They don't even call to verify the facts of a story. A Fake News Joke! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017 Trump tossed in a tweet… Read

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Talent Agent Danielle Shebby Moves From WME To CAA

Danielle Shebby has joined CAA as an Agent in the Motion Picture Talent department. She moves from WME, where she had been since 2010, and where she was promoted to agent in December 2013. She is a well regarded up and coming deal maker, who at WME worked with actors such as Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bill Skarsgård (It), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Odessa Young (Assassination Nation), Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), Kristine Froseth… Read

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CBS News To Launch ‘CBSN: On Assignment’; Summer Primetime News Series Sets Premiere Date

CBS News will launch CBSN: On Assignment next month, a new primetime summer series featuring what the network is calling “experiential reports” from around the world by more than a dozen CBS correspondents. The broadcast kicks off Monday July 31 at 10 pm ET/PT on both CBS  and CBSN, the network's 24/7 streaming service. The new series will air on four consecutive Mondays and feature what CBS calls the streaming service’s “distinctive storytelling style.” Each hour-long… Read

Box Office

‘Baby Driver’ Starts Its Engine Tuesday Night; ‘Wonder Woman’ Beating ‘Suicide Squad’ With $325M+ Running Cume

Sony is reporting $2.1M in Tuesday night previews for Edgar Wright’s TriStar/Media Rights Capital action title Baby DriverThat money will be rolled into the film’s opening day gross as it expands to 3,226 venues today. Number-wise, that’s slightly more than what Warner Bros.’ Entourage, another R-rated title, took in on its Tuesday preview night ($2M) two summers ago. Baby‘s number is also higher than the $1.2M Tuesday night of WB’s R-rated Vacation reboot. But those… Read

Business

ABC News Reaches Settlement In “Pink Slime” Defamation Lawsuit

ABC News says it has reached a settlement with a South Dakota meat producer in a lawsuit over a 2012 report that referred to the company's beef products as "pink slime". “ABC has reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers of ‘lean finely textured beef,'" said the network's news division in a statement Wednesday. "Throughout this case, we have maintained that our reports accurately presented the facts and views of knowledgeable people about this… Read

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‘Snap Decision’ Game Show Hosted By David Alan Grier To Air On GSN & In Broadcast Syndication At the Same Time

GSN and Sinclair Broadcast Group have teamed to introduce a new distribution model. They will share Snap Decision, a new comedic half-hour game show hosted by The Carmichael Show‘s David Alan Grier, which will launch simultaneously on cable network GSN and in broadcast syndication on Sinclair stations nationwide. Snap Decision, produced by GSN and Tornante-Sinclair, will debut with four back-to-back half-hour episodes on Monday, August 7 from 9-11 PM on GSN, and then will… Read

Business

Scripps Networks Interactive Joins FuboTV Line Up

Add Scripps Networks Interactive to the list of programming services playing ball with sports-oriented live streaming service fuboTV. On July 1, fubo Premier subscribers will receive HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel as part of what the companies call a “multi-year carriage agreement.” It will include access to live linear feeds. On-demand and TV Everywhere apps will be added later. Also to come are Scripps’ DIY Network and Cooking Channel, which subscribers will be… Read

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman Invents Show Business

Twentieth Century Fox unwraps P.T. Barnum-inspired musical The Greatest Showman on December 25 this year, and today has dropped the first trailer for the Hugh Jackman-starrer. Directed by Michael Gracey, the showbiz origins story features original songs by La La Land‘s Oscar winning lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Jackman plays Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The actor made a surprise appearance at… Read

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Michael Bond Dies: Paddington Bear Creator & Author Was 91

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington, the marmalade-loving bear from deepest darkest Peru, has died. Publisher Harper Collins UK announced the news this afternoon, saying Bond passed away at home on Tuesday after a short illness. He was 91. The British author sold his first short story in 1945 and published his first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958. He ultimately published over 200 books for children, including dozens devoted to the trouble-prone duffel… Read

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Olivia Cooke To Star In ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation For ITV, Amazon Studios

ITV and Amazon Studios are teaming for a new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic 1848 novel Vanity Fair. The seven-part drama has set Olivia Cooke to star as heroine Becky Sharp. Shooting begins in September with Mammoth Screen (Poldark, Victoria) producing. Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Dark Angel, The Girl), the TV transfer is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the… Read

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‘The Split’: SundanceTV & BBC One Round Out Cast For Abi Morgan Drama Series

SundanceTV and BBC One have set key casting for six-part drama series The Split from Emmy and BAFTA-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Hour)  and BAFTA-winning executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Humans, River), which begins production next week in the UK. Leading the ensemble cast is Nicola Walker (River, Last Tango in Halifax), alongside Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Stephen Mangan (Episodes), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving)… Read