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24th amFAR Cannes Gala Raises $20 Million As Harvey Weinstein Vows To Bring Silicon Valley To The Fight Against Aids

For nearly a quarter of a century now, amFAR’s gala Cannes event has been a cornerstone of the glamour of the Cannes Film Festival  although because of the year’s 7oth anniversary fest event and dinner earlier this week where Salma Hayek led a conga line of luminaries it had to compete for the title of most star power. Nevertheless raising $20 million in one night and having the legendary Diana Ross rip through “I Will Survive” is certainly notable (Nicki Minaj and Rita… Read


LA Screenings 2017: The Hottest New Series; Procedurals & Marvel In Demand

With TV ratings and ad revenue in the U.S. slipping, pushing down license fees, and the off-network marketplace, especially on the drama side, not as robust as it once was, international sales have become increasingly important for American TV studios. In hopes to lure foreign buyers, the international distribution forces of the major U.S. studios this week hosted representatives of hundreds of terrestrial, cable and digital networks, wining and dining them while giving… Read


Deadline Disruptors 2017: Here’s The 100-Page Issue In PDF Form

Deadline Disruptors Magazine 2017

For a second straight year, Deadline published a print issue celebrating Disruptors, commemorating a long list of people who are treating the fast-changing digital landscape not as a hardship, but as an opportunity to take risks. We published the second one at the Cannes Festival. While we can’t replicate the added value of reading in the South of France our 100-page celebration of raging ambition, here is a PDF version of the entire magazine anyway. Though it was… Read


Montenegro Prime Minister Got Between Donald Trump And Camera At NATO Summit

Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic made the mistake of getting between President Donald Trump and a camera at Trump’s first joint meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels. TV journalists – and a British novelist – were morbidly fascinated about Trump throwing his weight around and that sharp-elbowed diplomacy abounded. And a good time was had by all. In the video, which tore across TV for a good chunk of Thursday, Markovic seemed taken aback but then realized it was… Read


‘Roseanne’ Revival Trailer: 33 Million Views And Counting

ABC UPFRONT - May 16, 2017 - The ABC Television Network presents its new lineup for the 2017-2018 season to the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center in New York City. (ABC/ Paula Lobo)

ABC’s Roseanne revival trailer is generating lots of online buzz. Since its premiere at the network’s upfront presentation on May 16, the trailer has gotten 33.2 million views across Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Most of the views have been generated on Facebook, with 31.6 million views. The trailer also has gotten the most shares of new ABC series trailers on Facebook, with 407,000. ABC’s The Good Doctor trailer comes in second to Roseanne, with 25.4 million views, 22… Read


Jared Kushner Now “Under Scrutiny” In FBI’s Russia Probe

Days after reporting that a senior White House official close to President Donald Trump was a “person of interest” in the FBI’s Russia probe, Washington Post reported today that Jared Kushner has come under the scrutiny of the bureau, making very happy all those who had put their money on Trump’s son-in-law being that Person of Interest. TV news outlets dove into the Kushner story as they killed time awaiting results of Thursday’s special election in Montana, in which the… Read


Final 2016-17 TV Rankings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Winning Streak Continues

Dallas Cowboys

NBC’s Sunday Night Football is primetime’s No. 1 show as the 2016-17 TV season officially ended Wednesday night – tying the show it replaced in the top spot, Fox’s American Idol, with its sixth consecutive win. SNF ruled in viewers with 20.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen stats. The football broadcast also won in the key 18-49 demographic group for a seventh consecutive TV season. NBC took the 2016-17 TV season for third time in four years – the first time in five… Read


Ron Howard On Directing ‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years’: The Contenders Emmys Video

Ron Howard

Director-producer Ron Howard did double duty at last month’s big all-day Deadline event, The Contenders Emmys, which took place at the DGA Theatre in front of a packed audience of TV Academy voters. Previously we posted his discussion about the new series Genius his company Imagine is making, and now here is my conversation with the Oscar winner about the making of what is only his second documentary ever, Hulu’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years, which… Read


‘Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly’ Promo: Vague About Details, Mum On Vladimir Putin

NBC began tonight to run promos for its new Megyn Kelly newsmag, on Nightly News with Lester Holt. Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly debuts Sunday, June 4 at 7 PM. Sundays at 7  is, not coincidentally, longtime berth for 60 Minutes. But the CBS juggernaut usually airs repeats between May and September, which NBC News hopes means all those Sunday newsmag junkies looking for new material will turn to Kelly. Additonally, she will be in Russia, moderating a session with… Read


‘Law & Order: SVU’- ‘Chicago Justice’s Michael S. Chernuchin Named Showrunner

Dick Wolf is making another lateral move within his NBC drama series, with Chicago Justice‘s Michael S. Chernuchin taking the reins of veteran Law & Order: SVU as executive producer/showrunner for the upcoming 19th season. He is replacing Rick Eid, recently tapped to fill the showrunner vacancy on Wolf’s Chicago P.D. Chernuchin, who served as executive producer/showrunner on Chicago Justice, became available after the NBC freshman drama was canceled earlier this week… Read


‘Kingdom’ & ‘Bloodline’ Final Seasons Review: Strong Shows Go Out Swinging

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, let's call it a tale of two series coming to a close, with the third and final season of Bloodline launching on Netflix late tonight, and the third and final season of Kingdom debuting on AT&T's Audience on May 31. And, let’s be clear, you should make sure both get a proper send-off. Though the former has been planned for a while and the latter saw the plug pulled suddenly only last month, the respective conclusions of both the Todd A… Read


STXfilms Buys Amy Schumer Pic ‘I Feel Pretty’: Cannes

STX has closed a deal for U.S. rights to I Feel Pretty, a Cannes acquisitions deal that sources said is in the $15 million range, with a commitment for a wide release on 2,000 screens through STXfilms. This shapes up as one of the biggest acquisitions of a film package during the Cannes market that is winding toward a close. The film marks the directorial debut of successful screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. STX will distribute in the United States. Schumer… Read