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Epix Taps Ex-Goldwyn Films Exec Ian Puente As SVP Business & Legal Affairs

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Epix has named Ian Puente Senior Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs. Puente comes to Epix from Samuel Goldwyn Films where he served as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development. At Goldwyn Films he played a key role in acquiring titles such as Renoir, Robot & Frank, The Island President, SOMM, Waiting for Lightning and The Whistleblower. Prior to Goldwyn, Ian worked for Sony Pictures Classics where he helped negotiate deals for films including R… Read

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Stephen Colbert’s Post-Super Bowl Live ‘Late Show’ Scores All-Time High Prelim Stats

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Stephen Colbert’s live post-Super Bowl broadcast of The Late Show scored an all-time high 11.2/21 in metered markets. After which, James Corden’s The Late Late Show clocked its highest ever metered market rating since the franchise’s inception in 1995: 3.5/10. President Obama played football catch, Megyn Kelly took jabs at Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly, and Will Ferrell brought along a kitten, goose, chicken, guinea pig and some kind of small rodent to help Colbert clock… Read

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Hasbro Raises Dividend With Help From Strong ‘Star Wars’ Toy Sales In Q4

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The Force is paying off for Hasbro investors. The toy maker just raised its dividend by 11% as it reported better-than-expected Q4 earnings, due in part to the success of the sale of merchandise tied to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hasbro shares are up about 1% on a generally down morning for Wall Street. The company reported net income of $175.8 million in net income, up 3.4% vs the period in 2014, on revenues of $1.47 billion, up 12.8%. The top line was well above the… Read

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Super Bowl Ratings Steady With Last Year; Second-Highest Overnight Ever

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It may or may not have been Peyton Manning's last game, but either way Super Bowl 50 will be one for the books for the Denver Broncos QB, the NFL and CBS. With a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers last night, the Broncos scored their third Super Bowl win, Manning snagged his second ring, and CBS has the second-highest-rated big game ever — at least in the overnights. Sunday's gridiron extravaganza pulled in a 49.0/73 in meter market ratings for the network and the… Read

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Megyn Kelly Tackles Trump, O’Reilly On Stephen Colbert’s Post-Super Bowl ‘Late Show’

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“Why is Fox News feuding with Donald Trump,” Stephen Colbert asked FNC show host Megyn Kelly on tonight’s live post-Super Bowl broadcast of Late Show.  “What do you have against that good man. He’s just a billionaire who also wants to have the nuclear launch codes.” “Donald Trump has been on Fox News 140 times in the last year. We are not feuding with him. But he does have a beef with me,” Kelly responded. Colbert noted Trump’s tweet of a while back in which he said he… Read

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Obama Opens Stephen Colbert’s Live ‘Late Show’ After Super Bowl

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Updated with video: Hours after playing softball question toss with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King during pre-Super Bowl 50 programming, Obama played long-distance football toss with CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert immediately after the game. “I’m honored to follow the Super Bowl,” Stephen Colbert said tonight, opening The Late Show and becoming the first live late-night broadcast to get the plum post-Super Bowl timeslot. “Because we’re broadcasting live tonight, I can… Read

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Will Ferrell Brings Exotic Animals To Stephen Colbert’s Post-Super Bowl ‘Late Show’

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Will Ferrell visited Stephen Colbert’s live Late Show after Super Bowl 50 dressed in khaki-green knee socks, shorts, and vest, also sporting a leather hat, and a rifle. No, he did not watched the game, because “there was a three-hour Downton Abbey.” “I’m curious about the outfit,” Colbert said, settling in to his role as Ferrell’s straight man. “I just noticed your Late Show is kind of new and you don’t really have an animal expert yet. I thought I could step in and fill… Read

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Industry Icon Stephen Garrett Launching New Company Character Seven, Teaming With Lionsgate + Hulu On ‘The Rook’

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Former Kudos founder and exec chairman Stephen Garrett is launching a new production company, Character Seven.  The new company is already making moves by teaming with Lionsgate and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish on The Rook, a London-set supernatural series for Hulu. Garrett, who is one of the UK’s most-respected TV execs, is also deep in post on the John Le Carre-adaptation The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The… Read

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Fortissimo Films Inks Multi-Pic Deal With Chinese Filmmaker Zhang Wei – Berlin

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Fortissimo Films said today it has inked a multi-picture sales deal with Chinese multi-hyphenate Zhang Wei that includes his first two films, Factory Boss and Destiny. The deal will begin in time for Berlin. An entrepreneur-turned-filmmaker, Zhang is a graduate of the acclaimed Beijing Film Academy. His banner Huahao Film & Media has become known for presenting candid visions of marginalized Chinese lives through his films. Factory Boss tells the tragic story of factory… Read

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‘A Discovery Of Witches’ TV Series In Works At Jane Tranter & Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf

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EXCLUSIVE: Deborah Harkness' historical fantasy novel, A Discovery Of Witches, is the first installment in the All Souls Trilogy which has sold more than 3.5M copies around the world. I've learned that Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner's UK/U.S. Bad Wolf production shingle has acquired TV rights and is developing a drama based on the book with a view to adapting all three in the series. Life On Mars' Ashley Pharoah is adapting the novel for the screen while Harkness will… Read

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Netflix Acquires Adolf Hitler Satire ‘Look Who’s Back’

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Look Who’s Back found box office success in Germany when it released last October, ultimately grossing about $22M. Netflix has now taken world rights outside Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan and Taiwan, for a rollout on April 9. The adaptation of Timur Vermes’ bestselling novel is directed by David Wnendt. The story imagines Hitler suddenly waking up on the site of his former bunker, now a residential area of Berlin, 70 years after… Read