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James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Night 3: 1.35 Million Viewers – Update

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Update 11:28 AM:   Night 3 of CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden delivered 1.35 million viewers, according to preliminary stats, as well as a 0.5 ratings in adults 25-54, 0.3 in adults 18-49 and 0.2 in adults 18-34.  That’s a decline of 31,000 viewers from his unveiling as host of Late Late Show on Monday (1.66 million viewers). Wednesday’s early stats also he hung on to his  ratings with 18-34 and 25-54, and dipped 0.1 in 18-49. On Night 2 Corden clocked a… Read


Tom Stoppard & Charlie Hebdo Staff Lauded By PEN As Free-Speech Exemplars: Media

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Tom Stoppard, a fevered friend of free expression and foe of bad writing, will receive the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award for his “extraordinary career as a dramatist and his abiding commitment to the defense of creative freedom worldwide.” It’s the highest honor bestowed by the American chapter of the global human-rights organization of writers and editors. Stoppard’s plays include Arcadia, The Real Thing and most recently, The Hard Problem, currently… Read


‘Wolf Hall’ Review: Damian Lewis Rules As Henry VIII In PBS Drama

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With the beginning of the end for AMC's Mad Men, the debut of NBC's Biblical A.D. and American Odyssey plus the premiere of The Lizzie Borden Chronicles on Lifetime, Easter Sunday's primetime is a very crowded place this year. Among the offerings, I recommend in the video review above that you check yourself into Wolf Hall on April 5. The 6-part series on PBS' Masterpiece provides some very compelling television. Based on Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels and… Read


All3Media Nearing Deal To Acquire Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions


All3Media is closing a deal to acquire Sam MendesNeal Street Productions. A deal is expected to close within days for the company, which Mendes founded in 2003 with former BBC Drama commissioner Pippa Harris and theater veteran Caro Newling. Neal Street has been for sale since last November, when Mendes and his partners had reportedly put a $60 million price tag on the company. Though launched as a film, theater and TV company, Neal Street has enjoyed its most… Read


William Petersen Joins WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ For TV Return


Former CSI star William Petersen is returning to television with a series regular role on the second season of the WGN America drama series Manhattan. Created and written by Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme, Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos. Petersen will play Col. Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at… Read


Talent Agency Launches Biz Development Arm Verve Ventures; Amy Beecroft Will Steer It

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Lit agency Verve has hatched Verve Ventures, an internal global business development arm. International sales vet Amy Beecroft will run it. She’s a veteran of First Look/Overseas Film Group, HBO, GreeneStreet Films, and FilmNation. They will hatch strategic partnerships in international and domestic film and TV, get into finance and sales, digital distribution and develop new technologies. The agency got a taste of that ushering in Virtual Reality, a concern that is… Read


‘Dope’ Teaser Trailer: First Look At Sundance 2015’s Biggest Buy


Open Road Films and Sony Pictures scored one of the highest-profile and largest deals of the Sundance Film Festival this year when they won a bidding battle for Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope. The deal is worth $7 million in minimum guarantee, with a $15 million P&A. Open Road releases domestically, and Sony releases internationally, and the pic is due out June 19. Here’s the first look at their efforts to get the word out about the indie, about three Los Angeles high school… Read


Pedro Almodovar Unveils Cast For New Pic ‘Silencio’

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Iconoclastic Spanish director and Oscar winner Pedro Almodovar unveiled today the cast of his new feature Silencio. The film will see Emma Suarez (The Red Squirrel) and Ariadna Ugarte (3some) play the same character, Julieta, in a drama that focuses on the director’s familiar themes of destiny, guilt and what makes people abandon those they love. While Suarez previously won a Goya for The Dog In The Manger, both actresses have far lower profiles internationally than… Read


HBO & Vice To Launch Daily Newscast As Part Of Major New Content Deal


In its most expansive content deal ever, HBO has closed a four-year pact with Vice that will dramatically increase the network’s current events coverage. The deal includes the launch of a daily Vice newscast, consisting of five half-hour shows per week, 48 weeks a year. The deal also extends the Vice series through 2018, increasing from the current 14 episodes to 35 episodes a year. It also includes a four-year commitment for an increased number of Vice-produced specials… Read


‘Downton Abbey’ Ending After Season 6: “Good To Quit While You’re Ahead”, Producer Says


UPDATED with press conference, more details: NBCUniversal-owned Carnival Films, the producer of Downton Abbey, today announced that Season 6 will be the final season of the worldwide hit TV drama. The news isn’t entirely surprising, given that last January NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told TV critics Julian Fellowes long awaited NBC period drama The Gilded Age had been put on the front burner – disturbing news for Downton fans, given that he writes every episode of the PBS… Read


British Election Campaign Kicks Off With First Televised Leaders Debate


The British General Election campaign gets into full swing this evening with the first televised live debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. The event, which will be aired on Channel 4 and Sky News, comes after months of tortuous negotiations about what format the debates, if any, should take. The impact the debates will have on this year’s elections, however, looks set to be reduced from their oversized influence in 2010. Back… Read


Rod Perth Re-Ups As NATPE President & CEO For Final One-Year Term

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Rod Perth has extended his contact as president and CEO of NATPE//Content First through February 2016, NATPE Board Chairman Jordan Levin said today. At that time he will join the non-profit’s Board of Directors and will help in the choice of a successor and continue to manage the business throughout the transition. "These actions we are taking reflect the culmination of a multi-year turnaround effort made possible by all of the success we've achieved during Rod's watch,"… Read