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Imperative Entertainment, Bastei Lubbe AG Form Joint Media Venture

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Imperative Entertainment, the multi-platform media shingle formed by Heroes' Tim Kring, Zak Kadison, and Bradley Thomas in March, has pacted with German-based publishing company Bastei Lubbe AG on a new joint venture. Both companies will have a 50% stake in Bastei LLC, which will focus on developing new IP for the film, TV, and gaming markets. Their slate launches with a quartet of projects: Family drama Capital Gains, set within the high stakes world of private equity… Read


Discovery Plans To Run And Rebrand The Hub: Report

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The long-rumored takeover and rebranding of the children's network is about to take place, The Wall Street Journal reports. Discovery  would acquire some of Hasbro's share in the struggling joint venture — but still leave the toymaker with a sizable stake —  and then likely rename it Discovery Family. It would target parents as well as kids, and still enable Hasbro to program the channel from 9 AM to 3 PM. As my colleague Nellie Andreeva reported in June, company watchers… Read


Paramount Shifts ‘Scouts Vs Zombies’, ‘Paranormal Activity 5′ Release Dates


Paramount has moved up next year's release of horror comedy Scouts Vs. Zombies from March 13 to February 20 and moved Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (formerly Paranormal Activity 5) into that March 13 slot. It initially was slated for October 25, 2014. The shift pits Scouts Vs. Zombies up against Open Road's The Gunman, Relativity's Jane Got A Gun, and Buena Vista's McFarland USA. The Paranormal Activity sequel will face off against Buena Vista's Cinderella, and… Read


Cable Industry Trade Confab Rebranded To INTX: The Internet And Television Expo

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The National Cable and Telecommunications Association's annual trade meeting — The Cable Show —  used to be an exciting affair. Visitors saw new channels and technologies strut their stuff — and cut splashy deals with cable operators. But that's faded: Cable's a mature industry, and the marketplace for programming and services takes place at any time of the year in Philadelphia, where Comcast has outsized power to decide which ones thrive or struggle. So it makes sense… Read


Lionsgate’s Codeblack Inks First-Look Deal With Datari Turner

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LUV and It's A Disaster producer Datari Turner has scored a first-look deal with Codeblack Films, Lionsgate's specialty arm geared toward black audiences. The agreement gives Codeblack all North America rights to Turner's slate of microbudget films via his Datari Turner Productions shingle. Since founding the company in 2010, Turner has produced Sundance pics Another Happy Day, Salvation Boulevard, and LUV, as well as the James Franco starrer About Cherry. In that short… Read


RatPac Entertainment Sets Paul Neinstein To Be COO

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EXCLUSIVE: As RatPac Entertainment partners Brett Ratner and James Packer branch beyond co-financing the Warner Bros slate to create their own film and TV slates, they've hired Paul Neinstein to be COO. Neinstein, who reports to Ratner and Packer, comes from Paramount, where he was EVP Business Affairs for the past eight years making deals in financing, acquisitions and talent for Par's live-action, animated and micro-budget fare. Before that, Neinstein was EVP at… Read


Toronto: ‘The Dead Lands’ Acquired By Magnet In NA Rights Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films and General Film Corporation has sold North American rights of the Toronto Film Festival film The Dead Lands to Magnet Releasing. The New Zealand-set action-thriller was directed by Toa Fraser, scripted by Glenn Standring and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Standring. James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare and Rena Owen star. Magnolia's Magnet will release in theaters next year and the deal was brokered by… Read


NBCU & Bravo Delaying ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Contract Talks Amid Strike

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EXCLUSIVE: One week after the postproduction crew of Bravo's Shahs Of Sunset went on strike, picket lines remain up at the offices of Ryan Seacrest Productions in LA. But no one is talking. This comes after Ryan Seacrest Prods declared on September 7 that it has "every intention of engaging in a discussion as soon as possible" with the Motion Picture Editors Guild regarding a union contract for the more than a dozen post crew members. But sources tell me today the delay… Read


Fox Developing Drama About Airline Crew Moonlighting As Robbers


Wonder what all those commercial airline crews do with their free time during the constant layovers in cities far away from their homes? Fox's The Ultimate Getaway, executive produced by Sheldon Turner, Seth Gordon and Jennifer Klein, is exploring one possible scenario. Written/executive produced by Kevin Costello, the project centers on a commercial airline crew who, to escape the drudgery of their everyday lives, use their layovers to commit robberies in different… Read


‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal Mothers Vinny Pazienza In Fight Pic ‘Bleed For This’

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EXCLUSIVE: Katey Sagal has been set to star in Bleed For This. She will play Louise Pazienza, the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in the film directed and scripted by Ben Younger. She joins Whiplash star Miles Teller, who'll play the former world champ known as the Pazmanian Devil, with Aaron Eckhart playing trainer Kevin Rooney, Amanda Clayton playing Doreen Pazienza, and Ciaran Hinds and Tom DeNucci also starring. Sagal takes the role as her character continues to be… Read


TNT Nabs Rights To Five Upcoming Marvel Pics Including ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

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Move over FX. TNT is clearly stepping up its game in the area of blockbuster movie acquisition deals. The network has inked a licensing agreement with Marvel for the next five theatrical releases from Marvel Studios. This comes on the heels of its recent deal with Lionsgate to acquire network TV rights to the Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises. TNT's most recent pact includes the network television premiere windows for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, due in… Read


CBS To Add Live+7 Projections To Daily Ratings Reports This Season


CBS said this morning it will add Live+7 projections to its daily same-day ratings reports, starting with the beginning of the 2014-2015 TV season on September 22. CBS said the move reflects the “continued industry shift” to L7 and C7 ratings which are a more accurate measurement of a show's total audience — and a program's full monetization value. CBS' announcement is part of a trend among TV organizations that issue daily ratings to include projections along with… Read


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