UTA Signs NFL Network Stalwart Rich Eisen
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed broadcaster Rich Eisen, who has been a key player at NFL Network since being hired away from ESPN before the network launched. He is also the host of The Rich Eisen Show on DIRECTV's Audience Network. That daily show, in its third season, bridges sports and pop culture, and Eisen has interviewed everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Larry David, Matt Damon, Bryan Cranston, Will Ferrell and Snoop Dogg. Eisen, who had been at CAA, continues to… Read
Kevin Curran Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Simpsons’ & Letterman Writer-Producer Was 59
Kevin Curran, a veteran TV comedy writer-producer who won six Emmys as part of the staffs of The Simpsons and Late Night With David Letterman, died today at his Los Angeles home after a lengthy illness. He was 59. Simpsons showrunner Al Jean, who met Curran while they were at Harvard in the late 1970s, confirmed the news of Twitter:
.@TheSimpsons V v sad at the passing of Kevin Curran brilliantly funny and true friend https://t.co/hCoPUEV6xx
— Al Jean (@AlJean) October… Read
DGA Reaches Deal On Network Staff Agreement
The DGA has reached a tentative agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC on a new three-year network staff contract covering staffers and freelancers employed in news, sports and operations at the networks and at several of their owned local TV stations.
The contract doesn't cover Fox because unlike the other major networks, it doesn't have a national network news operation – only local newscasts and Fox News on cable. The guild has a separate agreement with Fox for its sports… Read
Chris McCarthy On “Challenge” Of Taking On MTV While Also Running VH1 & Logo
Following yesterday’s major restructuring at the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, in which VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy also took on president duties at MTV, triggering the exit of MTV president Sean Atkins, McCarthy addressed the change in a memo to company employees. In it, McCarthy assures staffers that, as he takes on the new “challenge” of turning MTV around, he remains “as passionate and committed as ever” to VH1 and Logo. He admitted that he “may not… Read
Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls TV An “Intense” Interest For Him
Apple CEO Tim Cook tiptoed around AT&T’s planned acquisition of Time Warner in his quarterly earnings call with analysts. But he left little doubt that he’s interested in what’s happening — saying television is “of intense interest to me and other people here.”
The company has “started focusing on some original content,” Cook says. “It’s a great opportunity for us both from a creation point of view and an ownership point of view. So it’s an area we’re focused on.”
Jackson Rathbone Boards TNT’s ‘The Last Ship’; Darren Mann Joins Pilot ‘Let The Right One In’
Jackson Rathbone (Finding Carter) has joined the Season 4 cast of The Last Ship, TNT’s drama that already has been renewed for a fifth season. Created by Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane based on William Brinkley's popular novel, The Last Ship chronicles the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world's population. Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few… Read
Shawn Levy To Direct ‘Uncharted’; PlayStation Vidgame Movie On Fast Track
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has set Shawn Levy to direct Uncharted, the long-awaited live-action feature film based on the PlayStation video game series featuring the treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Joe Carnahan, who wrote the most recent script draft, had an eye to direct, but he has moved over to focus on helming Sony’s Bad Boys For Life, the action comedy that reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Uncharted is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, with Charles Roven… Read
Ed Helms & Tracy Morgan Up For Game Of ‘TAG’ At New Line
EXCLUSIVE: New Line has set Ed Helms and is negotiating with Tracy Morgan to star in TAG. The studio has set Jeff Tomsic to direct a comedy based on an actual group of friends who for 30 years played a bizarre cross country version of the venerable kids game Tag. The script was written by Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick, and Todd Garner and Sean Robins are producing with Steilen.
The idea for the film came from a Wall Street Journal feature in 2013 about the "Tag… Read
Donald Trump Insists He’s Not Test-Driving Trump TV With Nightly Facebook Program
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told a Cincinnati radio station today he had no interest in launching Trump TV.
“I have no interest in Trump TV," Trump said during an interview broadcast on 700WLW. "I hear it all over the place. I have a tremendous fan base, we have a tremendous base. We have the most incredible people, but I just don't have any interest in that."
But, of course, that interview comes days after Trump's campaign CEO told Politico, when asked if his… Read
‘LoveTrue’ & ‘Bombay Beach’ Director Alma Har’el Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Israeli-American director Alma Har'el, the filmmaker behind titles such as LoveTrue and Bombay Beach, to its books.
Har’el is recognized for artistically blurring the lines between documentary and fiction and her first film, Bombay Beach, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011, received a nomination for an Independent Spirit award and has been taught in several universities, including Harvard's Film Center. The doc takes place… Read
Sony’s Tom Rothman To Receive PGA’s Milestone Award
The Producers Guild of America will bestow its prestigious 2017 Milestone Award to Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman at their 28th PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 in Los Angeles.
The Milestone Award recognizes an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry, and during Rothman’s 30-year film career, 400-plus titles under his purview earned more than $50 billion at the global B.O., 150-plus Oscar… Read
Sumner Redstone Files $150M Lawsuit Against Ex-Companions
UPDATE with response from Herzer’s attorney: Sumner Redstone, the 93-year-old media icon, has filed an elder abuse lawsuit against two of his former caregivers, claiming that they "commandeered" his life and "abused their positions of trust" by accepting more than $150 million in “gifts” from the ailing tycoon. Now he wants the money back, according to a fraud and breach of fiduciary lawsuit (read it here) filed by his attorneys today in Los Angeles Superior Court.