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VMAs Most Tweeted Non-Super Bowl Program Since Tracking Began


The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is the most tweeted non-sports program since at least October 2011, according to Nielsen Media.  October of ’11 is when Nielsen began tracking Twitter TV activity, the org said today. In the U.S., 2.2 million people sent 21.4 million tweets about the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and almost 11.8 million people saw those tweets a total of 676 million times (impressions), Nielsen reports. That’s up  69% from 2014, when there were 12.6 million… Read


MGM Television Hires Lindsay Sloane As EVP Production & Development

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As MGM Television has brought in TriStar Prods.’ Lindsay Sloane as EVP, Television Production & Development. Additionally, the company has promoted Max Kisbye to SVP, Television Production & Development. They report to  Steve Stark, MGM's President, Production & Development. Sloane, who starts today, will be responsible for developing new projects, working alongside Kisbye and the rest of the television team. She comes from TriStar Productions, where she held the position… Read


Broadway-Bound ‘SpongeBob Musical’ From Aerosmith, John Legend Won’t Be ‘Lion King’ Knockoff: Director


Jukebox musical meets superhero adventure (porifera branch) in Nickelodeon’s Broadway-bound show The SpongeBob Musical, which has set its Chicago tryout run for late next spring. Original material for the show is being contributed by an all-star roster of rockers and rappers including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as well as Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They… Read


‘7 Chinese Brothers’ Clip: Jason Schwartzman, Olympia Dukakis Spar

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For your Monday, here’s an exclusive clip from the slacker comedy 7 Chinese Brothers, starring Jason Schwartzman. The film follows Schwartzman’s Larry, a bluntly honest, abrasive and constantly drunk slacker who takes a job at the local Quick-Lube to support himself and his faithful dog Arrow, and maybe hit on his new boss in the meantime. The film stars Schwartzman, Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root, Tunde Adebimpe, and Eleanore Pienta as well as Schwartzman's real life dog… Read


IATSE Election Called At Former Sony Colorworks; Studio Closed Unit In Feb.

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Just under seven months after Sony essentially sold Colorworks to Deluxe, the postproduction giant is about to face the power of the ballot. The Motion Picture Editors Guild has called a unionization election for late this week for the approximately 30 workers at the former Colorworks facility on the Culver City lot. The about 70 Sony Colorworks staffers were covered under a union deal before the studio closed the unit and entered "a services agreement" with Deluxe as… Read


‘Longmire’ Season 4 Trailer: Walt Is Out For Revenge

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We got a glimpse of the upcoming fourth season of Longmire earlier this month and now Netflix has dropped the official trailer. Based on the novels by Craig Johnson, the fourth season centers on Walt Longmire as he succumbs to his darker impulses after finding out who was behind the murder of his wife, and takes off in pursuit of the killer. The 10-episode fourth season stars Taylor, along with Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam… Read


NFL Preseason Ratings Steady With 2014, ‘Big Brother’ Tops Night In Demo

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There was no shortage of plays on cable last night as Kanye West announced on the MTV Video Music Awards that he was running for President in 2020 and host Miley Cyrus again earned the ire of the Parents Television Council for essentially being Miley Cyrus. Then there was the second week of new cable kingpin Fear The Walking Dead on AMC, among other offerings. But on the Big 4 it was again all about the NFL preseason. The Oakland Raiders took a 30-23 hit from the Arizona… Read


Wes Craven: Hollywood Tributes Pour In

Producer Iya Labunka, director Wes Craven and executive producer Bob Weinstein at the after party for the world premiere of The Weinstein Company's "Scream 4"

UPDATE with additional tributes: A deluge of tributes from industry figures flooded Twitter yesterday on news of filmmaker Wes Craven’s death. Here are just a sampling from some who worked with Craven and others who appreciated his work and expressed gratitude for his influence. (Pictured: producer Iya Labunka, Craven and executive producer Bob Weinstein – whose statement appears in the main obituary – at the party after the world premiere of The Weinstein Company’s Scream… Read

Box Office

‘War Room’ Finds More Followers On Sunday, But ‘Compton’ Is Still King – Monday Box Office Update

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6TH UPDATE, Monday 8:35AM: Sony/AFFIRM’s Kendrick Brothers’ War Room came in higher at $11.3M per early morning estimates, thanks to a better-than-anticipated hold on Sunday of $3.4M which reps a -12% dip from Saturday’s $3.87M. As is standard with faith-based titles, its target audience heads to matinees after Sunday church services. This morning estimates bests Sony’s original $11M projection as well as the industry’s at $10.7M. Universal/Legendary’s Straight Outta Compt… Read


Kanye West’s Presidential Campaign Off To Rocky Start, Twitter Stats Show

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Kanye West was the dominant figure at the VMAs last night, generating 2,286,585 tweets between 8 PM and midnight ET. But negative sentiment around the VMAs then peaked at 10:47 PM with 15,291 Negative Tweets around the West announcement that he plans to run for President in 2020, according to Amobee Brand Intelligence’s Twitter data. (Positive sentiment peaked at 9:21 PM, when there were 35,492 Positive Tweets around the VMAs as fans responded to the musical… Read


China-Based YooZoo Bliss Film Fund Launches With $100 Million In Equity To Invest In Films

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EXCLUSIVE: Shanghai-based YooZoo Pictures and Bliss Media have formed YooZoo Bliss Film Fund, a $100 million equity fund that will stake Chinese co-productions and films designed for global play. The fund's managing directors are Wei Han and Lin Qi. Wei is the Los Angeles-based co-founder and president of Bliss Media and CEO of YooZoo Pictures U.S. Lin is the founder and chairman of Youzu Interactive, which is the only electronic gaming company publicly traded on the main… Read


NFL Spotlights Football-Mad Towns With New Docuseries; ‘Undrafted’ To Premiere On CBS

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As Los Angeles begins another football season without a pro team — sorry, L.A. Kiss — the NFL Network is continuing its push into original longform programming. And that doesn’t mean four-hour games. The NFL and its cable network today announced a new docuseries to go with its returning shows A Football Life and Undrafted, the latter of which will make its broadcast network debut on CBS this season. Premiering on September 17, the new series will focus on small towns and… Read