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Bloomberg News Sacks 80 Journalists, Including A Critic Of Bloomberg News

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While subordinates sent some 80 staff members home for Labor Day weekend never to return, Bloomberg News editor in chief John Micklethwait emailed a manifesto to the remaining staff today, laying out a vision for the enterprise that includes “cut[ting] back on lengthy self-indulgent stories.” The memo, which has been obtained by Deadline, is more than 3,000 words long. Its message, boiled down, is that “this is not about downsizing; it is about refocusing our considerable… Read

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Isabel Lucas, Luke Ford Warp Into Sci-Fi Action Film ‘SFv1’

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Science fiction action thriller SFv1 has blasted two new cast members into space, adding Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and Luke Ford (Deadline Gallipoli). Set in the future when humanity has spread out into interplanetary colonies, the film follows a drifter, “Sy”, who falls in with an off-world military contractor, “Kane”, trying to rescue his daughter, “Indi”, from peril while evading a global crisis caused by the military contracting company he… Read

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Fox News’ Harris Faulkner Sues Hasbro For $5M Over Harris Faulkner Hamster

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The six-time News Emmy winner is not happy at all about the "demeaning and insulting" Hasbro toy hamster that has both her name and, she claims, her look. In fact, Fox News Channel's Harris Faulkner is taking the world's third-biggest toy manufacturer to court for $5 million over under trademark law for false endorsement and unfair competition as well as violation of her right of publicity. In addition to the financial damages, the Outnumbered co-anchor wants a full… Read

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GOP Debate Fireworks Ignite Fox News Channel’s August Ratings

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06:  Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee get their makeup retouched during a break in the first Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena on August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent political polls.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A contentious, headline-grabbing GOP debate catapulted Fox News Channel to No. 1 among all basic cable networks’ ratings. It’s the second time this year FNC has topped the monthly ratings rankers in total audience. FNC clocked a primetime average of 2.43 million viewers, besting Disney Channel’s 2M, TNT’s 1.93M and USA’s 1.73M, at the top of the total-viewer list. A whopping 25.1 million viewers tuned in to see real-estate mogul/reality-star turned White House hopeful Dona… Read

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Gloria Allred Producing CBS Legal Drama Inspired By Her Life

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Firebrand defense attorney Gloria Allred is the inspiration for a drama series project set up at CBS through CBS TV Studios. Written by Deborah Schoeneman (Girls, The Newsroom), the untitled project is a fictional drama loosely based on the life of the famed feminist lawyer. It centers on a fearless, outspoken attorney who takes on the toughest civil rights cases and is masterful at using the media to get justice. Schoeneman and Allred executive produce with Principato… Read

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Cara Buono Joins Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’; Dean Cain In ‘Lady Dynamite’

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Cara Buono has landed a series regular role in Netflix’s supernatural period drama Stranger Things (fka Montauk). Described as a love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1980 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl… Read

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Kate Hart Promoted To Director Of Development At Think Tank

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You’ll read it here first — and so will she. Think Tank Management & Production assistant/creative executive Kate Hart, after working at the company for four years, finally is getting that well-deserved promotion. Her boss, Tom Drumm, wanted her to read it first on Deadline, and we are obliging. So, Kate, you’ve just been promoted to Director of Development. Why? Well, as Drumm says: "Kate has been an amazing partner to me over the last four years. I'm excited to work… Read

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Joey Bragg & Sean Giambrone On ‘Wild Ride’ For Disney XD — First Photo

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Principal photography has wrapped on Mark & Russell’s Wild Ride, a new Disney XD movie starring Joey Bragg (Liv & Maddie) and Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs), and you can see the first image above. Co-produced by Los Angeles-based MarVista Entertainment and Vancouver’s Two 4 the Money Media, Wild Ride follows Mark (Bragg) during that dream moment when Ashley, the most popular girl in his class, asks him to drive her to an exclusive pool party. Mark's excitement comes to a… Read

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Producer Of Nickelodeon Shows Finally Signs Studio Teachers Union’s Contract

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EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood's Studio Teachers Local 884 has won a major victory in its nine-year struggle to get the producer of many of Nickelodeon's kids shows to sign its contract. Under the terms of the IATSE's new Hollywood labor contract, Rocart Inc. has agreed that it now will hire union teachers for all the child actors it employs on shows it produces for the popular children's TV channel. Up until now, Rocart has been hiring nonunion studio teachers for the shows… Read

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CNN Changes GOP Debate Criteria After Carly Fiorina Protests

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CNN said this afternoon it has changed its criteria for determining which of the GOP White House hopefuls qualifies for the big table and who goes to the kids table when it telecasts the next GOP debates in two weeks. That’s great news for Carly Fiorina, who has been rising in the polls since her strong performance at the kids table during the Fox News Channel GOP debates, but was unlikely to qualify for the CNN debates big table. Fiorina had been blasting CNN publicly… Read

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Warner Bros.’ Dean Devlin Disaster Pic ‘Geostorm’ Moves To 2017

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Warner Bros. has moved its environmental disaster film Geostorm from October 21, 2016 to the Friday of the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend,  January 13, 2017. That weekend is already crowded. The Dean Devlin-helmed Skydance co-production pits itself against Fox’s animated feature Boss Baby, Lionsgate’s reboot of The Power Rangers and Sony’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. However, a source close to the production says that Warner Bros. made the bold… Read

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Troy Miller Producing NBC Digital’s ‘Hidden America’, Watchup Streaming News Launches Wii U App

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Troy Miller (Dakota Pictures) will produce ten episodes of Hidden America, an NBC Digital comedy series starring Jonah Ray. The series will be in essence a comedic version of Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown,' in which Ray will travel to real settings, but talk to fictional people. "This is a real opportunity for me to really talk to fake people in real cities all over this really great country," Ray said about the show. Ten half-hour episodes will be produced, including… Read