December 2011 Archive


MTV Announces Premiere Date, Hosts For 'Punk'd' Reboot

During its New Year's Eve program, MTV revealed details about the long-in-the-works return of Punk'd: A new season of the celebrity hidden-camera series will premiere on March 19. Original host Ashton Kutcher will be succeeded by a bevy of guest hosts, including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kellan Lutz, Bam Margera and Punk'd alum Dax Shepard. A preview unveiled tonight features Cyrus orchestrating a prank on Khloe Kardashian involving a bizarre emergency. Unlike the… Read


2011 Movie Awards: Big Change, Big Chaos, Big Controversy, Big Academy Comeback

The 2011 movie awards  reflected the chaotic state of the motion picture business which was marked by uncertainty all year. Upheaval within the glacially slow-to-evolve Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences resulted in major changes. But an embarrassingly awkward stumble in selecting the producer and host of this next Oscar show put the brakes on innovation. So the powers-that-be sought comfort in tradition for the time being. With new leadership, new rules, and a… Read


2011 Movies: Brands, Budgets, & Bankability Still Don't Explain Why Studios Are In Crisis

The year 2011 was a schizophrenic scene for both indies and studios in film. It began with the promise of an avalanche of Sundance Film Festival acquisitions and promised new vigor and buyers in the independent film sector. But it ended with movies underperforming at the domestic box office and down hundreds of millions of dollars compared to last year. While some of those grosses were Avatar's tail end in early 2010, studios in 2011 didn't make enough compelling films… Read


2011 TV: Comedy Is Back, Soaps Are Out, Charlie Sheen Is Out Then Back, Netflix Challenges TV, & Oprah's OWN Struggles

Who knew that the biggest TV story of 2011 would be a sitcom cast change? The Charlie Sheen meltdown and subsequent public firing from the CBS hit Two And A Half Men, followed by the show's successful  transition with new star Ashton Kutcher and Sheen's comeback in the new comedy series Anger Management, grabbed the biggest headlines. But it was eventful year, featuring major shakeups in daytime and off-network syndication as well as ushering in new players in original… Read


2011 TV Awards: Change Badly Needed

To sum up how the major television awards went down in 2011, it would be that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Voting for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences kept honoring AMC's Mad Men and ABC's Modern Family at the Primetime Emmys. Ushering in the new in November, the Academy's Board of Governors elected Warner Bros Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum as its new Chairman/CEO. He'll have to navigate invigorating the telecast for 2012 and… Read


2011 International: Turmoil Affected Showbiz

Although the financial crisis worsened in Europe this year, a bright spot emerging is the region's film financing. I'm told that European investors who have become increasingly skittish about putting money into the markets are more seriously eyeing film investment as a safer bet. At the same time, producers and studios want to let outsiders in to mitigate risk. In recent high-profile deals, France's StudioCanal which is riding high with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy among… Read


2011 Big Media: Recalling Moguls Lost Year

YEARENDER: We'll probably remember 2011 as a lost year for Big Media. Tech companies continued their drive to harness the Web in ways that could topple existing infotainment businesses. But most traditional media execs just smiled and said that their industry has nothing to fear but fear itself. You'll go blind looking for major new initiatives, with one exception: Dish Network's Charlie Ergen bought airwave spectrum and took Blockbuster out of bankruptcy as part of a… Read


2011 Earnings: Media Stocks Beat The Dow

YEARENDER: Wall Street throughout 2011 became starry eyed when they talked about tech stocks. But they still had a soft spot in their hearts for traditional media companies all year long. Five of the seven companies in the Big Media group beat the Dow Jones Industrial Average's 5.5% increase (through December 30th) — four of them by a lot. And they weren't outliers: The Standard & Poor's broadcasting index was +15.2% while the S&P movies and entertainment index was… Read


Watch Deadline Hollywood 'The Contenders' – 12 Studios, 29 Films, 10 Moguls, 1 Event

Deadline Hollywood's 'THE CONTENDERS event was held in Los Angeles at The Landmark theatre on Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th. Click here to watch the Moguls Panels in full and excerpts from the Studio Presentations. "Deadline Hollywood has always tried to innovate while other showbiz media outlets merely imitate. So I created a two-day event completely free to participants and invitees called 'The Contenders'. Twelve studios and distributors, both major and… Read


New 'Ghost Hunters' Lawsuit Filed Against NBCUniversal

There is a new chapter in the five-year legal battle between two producers and NBCUniversal over the hit Syfy franchise Ghost Hunters, which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The producers, parapsychologist Larry Montz and publicist Daena Smoller, have filed a new breach of implied contract lawsuit against NBCUniversal claiming that Ghost Hunters is based on a concept they originally pitched to the company between 1996 and 2003. Along with NBCU and its cable… Read


Jon Banner Named Executive Producer For 'This Week With George Stephanopoulos'

Former World News executive producer Jon Banner has been named executive producer of This Week effective Jan. 8 when George Stephanopoulos returns as host of the weekly political talk show while continuing his duties as anchor of Good Morning America. Banner stepped down as EP of World News in September when he was named Senior Executive Producer for ABC News, overseeing special projects. Rick Kaplan, who served as executive producer of This Week with Christiane Amanpour… Read


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