May 2009 Archive

Your (Un)Trustworthy Trade Late On WME

You'd think Variety would be embarrassed about reporting my WME Entertainment scoops days later and not even giving me credit. You'd think that, but you'd be wrong. Worse, it takes two reporters to act so shamefully. (No credit, either, during primetime pilot panic.) Keep up with my merger postings here: Another Laid-Off WMA Agent Hired Oh No He Didn't! Oh Yes He Did! Endeavor To Run WME Indie Film Division Now There'll Be Client Layoffs From WME WME Really Gets Meeting O… Read

SAG Posts Nine New “Vote Yes” Videos: Preparing 10th Video Starring Tom Hanks

I'm told the Tom Hanks video is being shot today for the new SAG leadership. Eight of the “Vote Yes” videos are on the official “SAG Communications Channel” on YouTube. (FYI, the guild's new leadership removed all the videos at the previous leadership's “Empower SAG YouTube Channel”…) Here's the 9th and newest video that the SAG National Majority wants me to post to represent the… Read

Jimmy Fallon Topping Jimmy Kimmel?

I forgot to post this last week. At the NBC Comedy Showcase last Tuesday, which subbed for the network's upfront, journalists who attended had to agree not to report what was said. So you didn't hear the joke that Jimmy Fallon told about his boss: What do you get if Jeff Zucker marries Courteney Cox? A Cox-Zucker.  Read

Probably The Best Political Perk Out There

Ex-Jim Henson Company CEO Charles Rivkin has been announced as President Obama's choice for Ambassador to France. A major California fundraiser for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, Rivkin is the CEO of Wildbrain animation studios, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council — a group of individuals from outside the federal government that advises the Homeland Security secretary — and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. His father, William R… Read

AMC Squeezing 'Mad Men' In Season 3

With the Lionsgate TV series Mad Men set to make its Season 3 bow in August on AMC, I'm told there's a big fight leading up to the premiere over, of all things, ads. AMC has told the show's producers to make allowances for another commercial break each hour — so that'll be two minutes less of actual programming. That might not sound like such a big deal, but it's galling given how well the show has done, how carefully it's put together, and how much money it's already… Read

More Actors Explain “Vote No” Position: Rob Schneider, 'Leave It To Beaver' Cast

The group “Keep SAG Relevant” today unveiled another video, this one from Rob Schneider “who wanted very badly to be in a 'Vote NO' video but was working out of town. So, he shot one himself and sent it to us”: Also, “Lumpy” and “Eddie” from the cast of Leave It To Beaver, Frank Bank and Ken Osmond, have made their own video explaining why the tentative SAG TV/Theatrical Contract with the AMPTP is bad for pre-1974 Read

RHI Opens New L.A. Programming Office

NEW YORK, NY - May 28, 2009 – In a major strategic initiative that will strengthen its presence within the Hollywood creative community and expand its output of original television programming, RHI Entertainment has opened a Los Angeles based programming office and named Tom Patricia, Executive Vice President, Movies and Miniseries and Elizabeth Stephen, Executive Vice President, Series. The announcement was made today by Robert Halmi Jr., President and CEO, RHI… Read

Time Warner Will Finally Separate AOL

NEW YORK, May 28, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Time Warner Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized management to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of AOL from Time Warner. Following the proposed transaction, AOL would be an independent, publicly traded company. Time Warner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said: “We believe that a separation will be the best outcome for both Time Warner and AOL. The… Read

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