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Honorees Susanne Daniels, Gary Newman Share Brandon Tartikoff Stories At NATPE Legacy Awards

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On the 20th anniversary of Brandan Tartikoff death, the visionary NBC and  Paramount executive was fondly remembered by several of this year’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award honorees. “The first time I worked with Tartikoff was at the very beginning of my carrier,” said YouTube content chief Susanne Daniels who started as an assistant to Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels. “I was on the 8th floor of the Rockefeller center well after midnight, watching SNL, when the… Read

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People’s Choice Awards: Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Timberlake, ‘Big Bang Theory’ & More

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Tonight during the People’s Choice Awards, Ellen DeGeneres took home three awards and in the process became this most-awarded person in PCA history with a career total of 20. Tonight, she won for "Favorite Daytime TV Host," "Favorite Animated Movie Voice" and "Favorite Comedic Collaboration." Her Pixar pic Finding Dory also won for “Favorite Movie”. Tonight’s awards, broadcast live on CBS and hosted by Joel McHale, took place at the Microsoft Theater from 9:00 PM-11:00… Read

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Director Lasse Hallstrom & Voice Actor Josh Gad Upset Over “Disturbing” Video Of Terrified Dog

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Lasse Hallstrom, the director behind A Dog’s Purpose and Josh Gad who is one of the main actors of the film took to social media to voice their disgust that a dog was forced into the water during a second unit shoot on the film. The newly released video from TMZ shows a terrified German shepherd being pushed into the water by his handler as it tries to scale back up a wall, and then another part of the video clip shows the dog struggling to stay afloat and then… Read

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Producer “Horrified” Seeing Video Of Dog Almost Drowning On Set; PETA Calls For Boycott Of Film

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Updated 6:29 PM with statement from Amblin (below): Gavin Polone, the producer of A Dog’s Purpose who is also an animal rights activist and has actually written publicly about making sure animals are treated properly in the entertainment field, told Deadline today that he was “horrified” about what happened in a second unit shoot on the set of his upcoming Universal film. PETA is asking moviegoers to boycott A Dog’s Purpose (read its statement below) after video emerged… Read

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Sundance Women’s March: Connie Britton, Aisha Tyler & Maria Bello Among Speakers

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Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 14 Nov 2016

More details are emerging for the Chelsea Handler-organized Women’s March on Main, an event Saturday in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival coinciding with post-inauguration marches being held nationwide including the March on Washington. On the list of speakers for the event, which will start at 9 AM local time at 220 Main St.: Aisha Tyler, Connie Britton, Mary McCormack, Dolores Huerta, Peter Bratt, Benjamin Bratt, Laurie David, Jessica Williams, Maria Bello and… Read

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‘Great News’ EPs On How This Workplace Comedy Differs From ’30 Rock’ (Hint: It Stars An Overbearing Mom) – TCA

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NBC's 'Great News' Panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Pasadena, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Jan 2017

In a primetime TV schedule where there is a longstanding hole left by the absence of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Emmy-winning workplace comedy 30 Rock, along comes their next 9-to-5 high jinks, Great News The NBC show, which follows a news producer (Briga Heelan) whose overbearing mother (Andrea Martin) comes to work as an intern in her newsroom, is inspired by the mother-daughter relationship of the show’s EP Tracey Wigfield. “It’s a funny with a fast-paced dialogue… Read

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NBC Boss Would Love For Jimmy Fallon To Return As Golden Globes Host

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Numbers don’t lie. While critics’ reviews were mixed, ratings for the Golden Globes ceremony hosted by The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon were up year-to-year, averaging a 5.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 20.0 million viewers in Live+same day. “I give Jimmy credit for raising the ratings this year and broadening the ratings: 60+ and teens and kids went up, and the 18-49 demo was strong,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline at TCA. There is no deal in place for Fallon… Read

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Fox & DeVon Franklin Set Miracle Tale ‘The Impossible’

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EXCLUSIVE: 2oth Century Fox and Miracles From Heaven producer DeVon Franklin have preemptively acquired The Impossible, a book proposal by Joyce Smith that tells the inspiring true story of John Smith. When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake St. Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth’s mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Smith came… Read

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Dick Wolf FBI Drama On Pause, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Eyes New Love Interest For Benson

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At the summer 2016 TCA, NBC executive and Chicago franchise executive producer Dick Wolf revealed plans for a new New York crime drama set in the world of the FBI. "It's one of the greatest brands in the world," Wolf said at the time. "Everyone knows what the FBI is." The project, which was to be introduced as a planted spinoff of Wolf’s current New York crime drama, Law & Order: SVU, has now been put on temporary hold. Part of the reason is the current situation, with… Read

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‘Days Of Our Lives’: NBC Executives Hopeful Daytime Drama Will Return Next Season

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 Days Of Our Lives, NBC’s sole daytime drama, is in its 51st season, and discussions are underway for a 52nd, which I hear could be the series’ last. Days‘ future had been thrown into question by the recent hire by NBC News of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, whose contract includes an NBC daytime talk show. While Kelly has been rumored to take over the 9 AM or 10 AM hour of Today, Days of Our Lives was brought into the conversation since it occupies a daytime hour owned by the… Read

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Panel Cautiously Handles In-The-News Cop Question– TCA

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NBC's 'Shades of Blue' Panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Pasadena, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Jan 2017

Shades of Blue star Ray Liotta, star/EP Jennifer Lopez, and EP Jack Orman got sucked into a question about news reports questioning "whether cops are either heroes or creepy murderers," during their TCA Q&A, by a journalist who wondered how making their NBC drama series might have changed how they participate in that conversation. Lopez, who plays a single-mom NYPD detective forced to work in the FBI's anti-corruption task force, in the NBC drama,  answered cautiously… Read

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Fox Promotes Salil Mehta To Head Up Newly-Created Gaming & VR Division

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20th Century Fox is streamlining the overseeing of its video gaming, location-based entertainment, virtual and augmented reality productions through the newly-created FoxNext, and has named Salil Mehta as President of the new division, effective immediately. Mehta joined Fox in 2013 and most recently served as President, Content Management for Twentieth Century Fox Film. In his new role, he’ll report jointly to Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, and… Read