March 2012 Archive

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AOL Chief Tim Armstrong Inks 4-Year Contract With Perks To Boost Stock Price

The agreement guarantees him an annual base salary of $1M, and a target annual incentive bonus of $2M. In contrast to his previous deal, from 2009 when AOL was still part of Time Warner, the new terms provide fewer benefits “including a reduction in the amount of cash severance benefits, the payment of cash severance benefits over time rather than in a lump sum, and the elimination of supplemental life and disability insurance benefits,” the company says in an SEC filing… Read

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UPDATE: Keith Olbermann Vows To Sue Current For “Improper” Termination

UPDATE, 2:45 PM: Olbermann's fighting back: “Keith's termination is baseless,” his lawyer Patricia Glaser says. “We will sue them for their improper conduct. They made a bad decision. They can expect a bad result.” And here's Olbermann's statement, an apology to viewers for joining Current which he says was a “sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one”: I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current… Read

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Solid Start For MTV's 'Punk'd' And 'The Pauly D Project'

MTV's Punk'd and Jersey Shore offshoot The Pauly D Project got off to a solid start last night, though they could've probably done better with the title recognition and star power involved. Punk'd drew a 2.7 persons 12-34 rating and 3.2 million total viewers in its premiere at 10 PM, and Pauly D garnered a 2.72 12-34 rating and 2.9 million total viewers at 10:30. While Pauly D's audience was down 62% from the viewership for the most recent season premiere of Jersey Shore… Read

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SAG-AFTRA MERGER APPROVED! 81.9% Of SAG Ballots Returned Voted Yes; 86.1% Of AFTRA; Single Union Effective Immediately

BREAKING… 3RD UPDATE: The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists  are now one union effective immediately. The announcement was greeted with huge cheers, applause, hugs, and the mass singing of “We Shall Overcome” inside the headquarters. SAG President Ken Howard and AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon, both strong advocates of the merger, announced the referendum results today in Los Angeles saying, "SAG-AFTRA is born." … Read

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JJ Abrams/Mark Schwahn's CW Pilot 'Shelter' Finds Its Lead

EXCLUSIVE: After an extensive search, the last pilot lead this season has been cast. Zachary Abel (Make It Or Brake It) has landed the lead role in the CW's Mark Schwahn/J.J. Abrams drama pilot Shelter. Also cast in the Warner Bros TV-produced pilot is Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries). Shelter is set at historic New England summer resort Shelter Bay where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating Read

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Warner Bros Licenses Samuel Goldwyn Titles For Home Video Push

UPDATE: Warner Bros has added one more Goldwyn-produced title, John Ford's 1937 drama The Hurricane starring Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, and Raymond Massey. That brings the deal total to 74 films. PREVIOUS, 1 PM: Burbank, Calif. (March 30, 2012) - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) and The Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Family Trust have entered into an agreement whereby Warner will license the North American distribution rights to some 70 titles from the Samuel Goldwyn… Read

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Pay TV Bundles Are OK (Even If They Hurt Consumers), Court Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Pasadena would have turned pay TV upside down today if it had sided with consumers in a suit that took on virtually every major company in the business including NBCUniversal, Viacom, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, Comcast, and DirecTV. The plaintiffs alleged that the companies exploit subscribers by only selling programming in packages — forcing people to pay for services they don't want in order to receive must-have channels including broadcast… Read

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Charity Wakefield To Play Marilyn In NBC's 'Munsters' Reboot 'Mockingbird Lane'

EXCLUSIVE: British actress Charity Wakefield is set to co-star opposite Eddie Izzard in NBC's Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. The pilot, written by Bryan Fuller and to be directed by Bryan Singer, is described as a reinvention of the 1960s sitcom about a family of "monsters" —  vampires, werewolves and Frankenstein and their “plain” cousin (Wakefield) — with striking visuals in the vein of Fuller's ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies. Wakefield will play Marilyn, Lily's… Read

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MTV2 Launches 'Hollywood Squares' Offshoot 'Hip Hop Squares'

MTV's sibling MTV2 network has greenlighted a reboot of veteran game show Hollywood Squares. Titled Hip Hop Squares, the new show will premiere May 22 and star Nick Cannon; Jackass' Bam Margera; Kat Graham; DJ Khaled; rappers Fat Joe, Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Mac Miller and MGK; and the Pittsburgh Steelers' LaMarr Woodley, among others. Radio DJ Peter Rosenberg will host, Nicole Lyn as DJ. "The show will refresh an iconic format and create a fun, dynamic series… Read

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Josh Hartnett Taking Agency Meetings…What Happened To That Guy?

Josh Hartnett has left CAA, and he has been making the rounds of agencies looking for new representation. Even though they might be unexcited by his recent movies like Bunraku and Girl Walks Into A Bar, the agencies are all over him. Who can blame them? This is a strapping young guy who can act and is only 33. I thought he was going to be a big star when he made Pearl Harbor and especially Black Hawk Down. While occasional films reminded of his potential — how great was… Read

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'A Single Shot' Gets Underway With Sam Rockwell Running For His Life

Unified Pictures, Bron Studios, Unanimous Entertainment and Media House Capital have just started production on A Single Shot, the David M. Rosenthal-directed thriller that stars Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright, Joe Anderson, Jason Isaacs, Kelly Reilly, Ophelia Lovibond, and Melissa Leo. An adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel, A Single Shot is the story of a dark and deadly game of cat and mouse, prompted by the tragic death of a young girl. Rockwell… Read

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'Devil Inside' Star Simon Quarterman And AJ Cook Lead 'WER'

The horror film WER just got Simon Quarterman set as the male lead. He'll play Gavin Flemyng and stars opposite AJ Cook, the Criminal Minds star who's also starring in the film. Quarterman reunites with The Devil Inside helmer William Brent Bell, who wrote the script with Matthew Peterman. Morris Paulson, Peterman and Steven Schneider are producing. WER is financed by FilmDistrict, Sierra/Affinity and the Incentive Filmed Entertainment fund. The film begins production in… Read

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