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June 2012 Archive


AMPTP, Basic Crafts Unions Announce Tentative Three-Year Contract

June 29, 2012 – The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and Basic Crafts Unions announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The Basic Crafts Unions are Teamsters, Local No. 399, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 40, Plumbers, Local No. 78, Studio Utility Employees, Local No. 724, and Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local No. 755. The terms of the settlement will be subject… Read


'Unforgettable' Will Return To CBS With 13-Episode Order For Summer 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Unforgettable lives! CBS has picked up the procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, which was cancelled in May after one season, with a 13-episode order targeted for next summer. Related: CBS In Talks To Bring Back 'Unforgettable' With 13-Episode Order For Summer 2013 Following the cancellation by CBS, Sony Pictures TV, which co-produces Unforgettable with CBS TV Studios, began actively shopping the series to other networks, including TNT and… Read


ESPN's UEFA Euro Semifinals Up 46%

ESPN presentation of the UEFA EURO 2012 semifinal matches on Wednesday and Thursday was seen by an average of 1.907 million viewers, an increase of 46 percent compared to the two semifinals watched by 1.307 million viewers in 2008. The weekday afternoon telecasts delivered an average of 1.457 million television households, up 46 percent versus 995,000 households in 2008. Wednesday's semifinal match between Spain and Portugal, a 0-0 tie won by Spain 4-2 in a penalty… Read


Co-Host Erin Andrews Leaving ESPN

After being with the sports network for eight years, Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN. The sports network’s VP of Communications Josh Krulewitz tweet this afternoon that “Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.” Andrews’ contract with ESPN expires tomorrow. Sports Illustrated Read

A&E's 'Longmire' Renewed For Season 2

EXCLUSIVE: Four weeks into its freshman run, I’ve learned that A&E's new drama series Longmire has been renewed for a second season. The Western-flavored series starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff premiered with 4.1 million total viewers to become the A&E's most-watched scripted series debut of all time and the highest-rated new cable scripted drama of 2012 among total viewers and adults 25-54 (1.4 million viewers). Over the first four airings, Longmire has averaged… Read


Max Winkler & Matt Spicer Adapting 'The Coward'

EXCLUSIVE: Max Winkler and Matt Spicer are on board for The Coward. The duo will co-write the adaptation of Nick Jones’ comic play about 18th century English aristocrats. Winkler will direct and Spicer will executive produce the Big Beach Films project. American Work's Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nanden, along with Big Beach's Mark Turtletaub and Peter Saraf, will produce. The duo, along with Jason Reitman, worked together on 2010's Ceremony, starring Uma Thurman. Winkler has… Read


Lionsgate's Rob McEntegart Leaving To Start Own Company

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that Lionsgate’s well liked and highly respected Senior Executive Vice President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Rob McEntegart, will be leaving that studio in the next few weeks. “His departure follows a planned transition period and is very amicable,” an insider just told me. McEntegart was responsible for overseeing the business side of Lionsgate feature films, including the recent blockbuster The Hunger Games, in terms of rights and… Read


MTV's 'Awkward' Up In Second Season Premiere, 'Snooki & JWoww' Slips In Week 2

The season two premiere of MTV's comedy series Awkward in an upgraded 10:30 PM time slot drew 2.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among people P12-34 last night. That was up 29% in both total viewers and 12-34 over the July 2011 series premiere when Awkward aired at 11 PM on Mondays, following Teen Mom. Last night, Awkward impressively built onto its lead-in, Jersey Shore offshoot Snooki & JWoww (2.06 million viewers) which was down a modest 6% from its series premiere… Read


'True Blood's Stephen Moyer Tied To 'Devil's Knot' In Key Role

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Moyer has joined the cast of Devil's Knot in a lead role. The True Blood star will play prosecutor John Fogelman in the film about the wrongfully convicted and imprisoned West Memphis 3. He joins Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon Alessandro Nivola and more in the cast and will begin work on the Atom Eyogen-directed film immediately to fit in shooting around his schedule for the HBO vampire series. Devil's Knot tells the true story of how, despite no… Read


OSCARS: 176 Invited To Join Academy

With the Academy inviting 176 new members, it is interesting to note that being nominated or winning an Oscar may be the easiest way to gain entrance. A total of 47 of the new members announced today were nominated for or won the elusive statuette at the 84th Academy Awards this year — eight actors, including nominees Berenice Bejo, Demian Bichir, Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer and winners Jean Dujardin and Octavia Spencer, made the roster. Th… Read

Box Office

Specialty Box Office: 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild', 'Take This Waltz', 'Last Ride'

A long time in the making, Beasts Of The Southern Wild made a splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, taking the top prize amid rumors it would head to Cannes. Sure enough, it did although not in the Official Selection. It won notice there as well, winning one of the festival’s top prizes and it’s hitting theaters this week. Australian feature The Last Ride traveled the festival circuit, but took some time before landing U.S. distribution, though it picked up a… Read