May 2013 Archive


‘Star Wars’ Comes To Ballpark Not Far Away

The Fresno Grizzlies, a Triple-A affiliate of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, hope to draw a galaxy of fans Saturday with a Star Wars Night, at the ballpark. For one game only, players will sport Storm Trooper-inspired jerseys that will be auctioned off for charity after the final out (ideally a Force play). The Grizzlies even put out videos to promote their… Read


Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren And Megyn Kelly Slam Lou Dobbs’ Misogynist Show

Two of Fox News' most visible female on-air hosts got all up in Lou Dobbs' grill this week in an unusually public display of disharmony on the channel. Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly were reacting to a discussion Wednesday on Lou Dobbs' Fox Business Network featuring an all-male panel lamenting a new Pew study showing that women are the primary breadwinners in 40% of American households. (“This is bad for kids, bad for marriage”, “catastrophic”, and will “undermine… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: François Ivernel Exits Pathé; Canal Plus France Legal Battle Will Go To Mediation

Veteran Exec François Ivernel Exits Pathé To Launch Production Company Pathé said today that veteran top executive François Ivernel has resigned to launch Montebello Productions, a London-based film-production company that will open June 3. He most recently held several titles within the French company, serving as chairman of the board and managing director of Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, deputy managing director of Pathé, as a member of its executive board and as president… Read


SAG-AFTRA Approves Commercials Contract With 96% Yes Vote

UPDATE 7:27 PM: SAG-AFTRA members voted overwhelmingly to approve its commercials contracts, with 96% of the national membership saying yes. The 2013 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and 2013 SAG-AFTRA Radio Recorded Commercials Contract are the first major pacts negotiated by the merged union since SAG and AFTRA linked up in March 2012. The contracts (summaries are here and here) go into effect immediately, retroactive to April 1, and are good through June 30, 2016. “The… Read


Writer Doris Egan Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios, Joins ‘Reign’ As Co-EP

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Doris Egan (House) has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, she will join the studio's high-profile new CW drama Reign as co-executive producer. Created by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta, Reign, a soapy reimagining of the teenage years of Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) in the French Court, is one of the buzziest new CW series and landed the coveted post-Vampire Diaries slot on the fall schedule. On Reig… Read


Craig Cegielski Joins Fremantle Media As EVP Scripted, Stefanie Berk As SVP

EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia North America is assembling a new scripted programming team. I've learned that former Lionsgate TV and GK-tv executive Craig Cegielski has been tapped as EVP Scripted Programming and Development. He's being joined by Playtone's Stefanie Berk, who is expected to serve as SVP Scripted. FremantleMedia has been without a scripted team since February when SVP Tony Optican's contract was not renewed and VP Holly Hines left to head scripted development… Read


Hot Clip: ‘Pacific Rim’ Featurette

"To fight monsters, we created monsters" - so goes the tagline for Guillermo del Toro's summer tentpole for Warner Bros. A new 4-minute Pacific Rim featurette gives viewers a look inside the massive robots deployed to battle the kaijus that have emerged from the sea in the near future. "Every movie has to have a portion of analog practical effects to really convey the sense of physical reality of the film," del Toro says, then he details how they did it. Stars Idris Elba… Read


Agnes Bruckner To Co-Star In A&E Pilot ‘Occult’

EXCLUSIVE: Agnes Bruckner, who plays Anna Nicole Smith in Lifetime's upcoming biopic of the former Playboy model, has been cast in another A+E Networks project. Bruckner is set to co-star opposite Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in A&E's drama pilot Occult, produced by Transformers helmer Michael Bay and written by veteran genre writer and The X-Files alum James Wong. Occult, which draws parallels to X-Files and Fringe, centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from… Read


‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘Chicago PD’ Showrunner Matt Olmstead Inks Overall Deal With Uni TV

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Olmstead, executive producer of NBC's Chicago Fire and co-creator/executive producer of its upcoming spinoff Chicago PD, has signed a rich two-year overall deal with Universal Television, the studio behind the two series, along with Wolf Films. Under the seven-figure pact, Olmstead will continue as showrunner on Chicago Fire and also will serve as showrunner on Chicago PD, working on both series with Chicago Fire creators/exec producers and Chicago PD… Read


Time Warner Cable And LIN Resolve Retransmission Dispute

More than 1.5M Time Warner Cable subscribers in 14 markets can relax. The cable company — which also represents Bright House Network — “has reached an agreement with LIN Media for continued carriage of their broadcast stations,” it said today without details about terms. The companies' carriage agreement was due to expire today, and LIN had warned that its stations might have to go dark on TWC and Bright House systems. The two cable companies account for about 20.6% of… Read


Topless Protesters Crash Finale Of ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’ With Heidi Klum

“Did I just see breasts in front of me, or did I dream it?” asked Heidi Klum after two half-naked women protesters rushed the catwalk during yesterday's finale of Germany's Next Top Model TV show. Host Klum was onstage with the finalists when the women from the German feminist group Femen burst onto the set, one with “Heidi Horror Picture Show” written across her nude chest. Security quickly removed the women and Klum reportedly remained calm throughout. The group… Read


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