AMPTP Offers To Boost Payments To WGA Health Plan As Strike Deadline Looms
Major moves were made during Sunday's negotiations for a new WGA contract, with the companies now offering the WGA more than they were asking for to bail out the guild's ailing health plan.
A source close to the talks told Deadline the AMPTP is now offering to increase employer contributions to the plan by more than $85 million over three years – up from $60 million in its previous offer.
Another major move came in the area of a new pay formula for writers and… Read
21st Century Fox & Blackstone Reportedly Teaming On Tribune Media Bid
Seeking to outdo Sinclair Broadcasting, the nation’s No. 1 owner of local TV stations, 21st Century Fox and private equity firm Blackstone Group are teaming to make a bid for Tribune Media, according to a report in the Financial Times.
Citing two people familiar with the negotiations, the FT said Blackstone would provide financial resources while Fox would offer operating expertise on the station side, given its portfolio of 28 owned-and-operated stations. A deal would… Read
Disney Channel Reveals New Trailer and Music Video from ‘Descendants 2’
Gearing up for a major July premiere across multiple networks, the Disney Channel today released a new trailer and music video for Descendants 2, the sequel to one of the top-rated cable TV movies of all time.
The trailer (watch it below) shows the new twists in the story of the Villain Kids (or “VKs”) – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay – as they try to fit into idyllic Auradon. The movie brings together Disney stars such as Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie), Cameron Boyce (Jessie)… Read
‘American Gods’ Review: Starz’s Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman Novel Simply Divine
Starz's cunning adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods may be the most ambitious and successful series the premium cabler has launched since it hit the reset button a few years back.
The eight-episode series executive produced by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green that debuts April 30 is do-not-miss television lived large on the big-picture topics and themes of our time as old-world deities and new-world manifestations spar and war across the American cultural… Read
TNT’s ‘Last Ship’ Delays Production Due to Star Eric Dane’s Depression
The Last Ship, a top-rated show on TNT, will go on a previously unplanned hiatus until after Memorial Day so that star Eric Dane can address ongoing issues with depression, the network has confirmed to Deadline.
TNT last year renewed The Last Ship for a fourth and fifth season, with 10 episodes each, to be shot back to back. The delay would not affect Season 4 episodes, which have already been completed, but has potential impact on Season 5, which is slated to air in the… Read
Daytime Emmy Awards Winners (Live): ‘GMA’, ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ Take Trophies
Refresh for updates On the 20th anniversary of her famous coming out on her sitcom Ellen, Ellen DeGeneres’ The Ellen DeGeneres Show has won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment. The Dr. Oz Show won for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative.
ABC’s Good Morning America was named Outstanding Morning Program at tonight’s 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and Jeopardy! was named Outstanding Game Show.
Steve Burton of CBS’s The Young and the Restless took… Read
Kelly Ripa Teases Monday Announcement Of New ‘Live’ Co-Host
Kelly Ripa, who has spent the past year as the only permanent host of her syndicated Live With Kelly, tweeted a video today teasing a cohost announcement on tomorrow’s show.
“Tune in tomorrow, trust me,” she says in the clip (watch it below), sipping from a mug inscribed with her name and a large question mark. The tweet’s text reads, “We’re going to need a bigger mug.”
Ripa appears to be ready to announce her co-host, ending a drama-filled year of going solo after former… Read
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’ Zooms With $101.2M Bow – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Rocketing off in 37 markets this weekend, Disney/Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 scored a $101.2M opening at the international box office. The launch is 57% ahead of the first Guardians, 50% bigger than Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 19% above Thor: The Dark World when comparing the same suite of territories and all at today's exchange rates. There's more fuel on deck this weekend as many markets have a holiday tomorrow for May Day… Read
‘Orange Is The New Black’ Hacker Shares Stolen Episodes; Blog Publishes List Of Possible Additional Shows – Update
Update, Sunday The cybersecurity blog databreaches.net has posted a show list it says was provided by Orange is the New Black hacker The Dark Overlord. The list of allegedly hacked shows includes titles such as IFC’s new Brockmire to FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the latter of which has already aired its latest season’s episodes.
Databreaches says Dark Overlord provided the blog with “a preview of some of the material, which included XXX: Return of Xander Cage… Read
WGA & AMPTP: Rare Sunday Talks “Moving Closer” To Deal
Negotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract will resume this afternoon in advance of tomorrow night’s strike deadline. The rare Sunday bargaining session is a sign that the two sides are “moving closer to a deal,” a knowledgable source told Deadline.
On Saturday, the source said, management’s AMPTP made “big movement” on one of the WGA’s main demands – a new pay formula for writers and writer-producers employed on short-order TV series.
Bringing pay for New Media… Read
‘Colossal’ Crosses $2M As ’Natasha’, ’Obit’ and ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ Bow Solid – Specialty Box Office
Menemsha Films’ Russian-English language drama Natasha, Kino Lorber's New York Times doc Obit and Well Go USA's existential Buster's Mal Heart starring Rami Malek topped a somewhat quiet Specialty box office weekend. The exception was Bollywood title Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which is reporting over $10.1M in box office from over four hundred locations – see Deadline's studio box office report for more on that title. Action sci-fi title Sleight opened with 565 runs… Read
‘Latin Lover’ Sets $12M Pantelion Record, ‘Baahubali 2’ Mighty With $10M+, ‘Circle’ A Square As ‘F8’ Leads Listless Weekend
Writethru, 4th update: Sunday final: While it's normal for moviegoers to ease their spending the weekend before a huge tentpole opens, in this case Disney/Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which is projected to make $150M, this weekend's problem at the box office isn't the late April date, but the sheer lack of mass-appealing product. Overall, weekend ticket sales were the lowest to date in 2017 with $96M according to ComScore, down 12% from the same period a year… Read