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‘Caesar’ Drama From Matt Lopez & John Glenn Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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In a highly competitive situation, Caesar, a sprawling contemporary drama from Matt Lopez and John Glenn, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project, which reimagines Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in modern day Los Angeles, is described as a tale of power, sex and revenge — themes right in ABC’s drama wheelhouse. On the show, the murder of the powerful Hispanic mayor sends shockwaves through the city’s elite circles — and launches the search for a… Read

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‘Chicago Med’ Taps Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov As New Showrunners

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The Sopranos alums Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have been named executive producer and writing showrunners of NBC's upcoming drama series Chicago Med, the latest offshoot in Wolf Films/Universal TV's successful Chicago Fire franchise. They succeed Andrew Dettman who recently exited the new series after a brief stint. He will continue to develop projects for Universal TV. The appointment comes before Chicago Med is scheduled to go into production for a midseason bow… Read

Box Office

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss Pics Vie For Indie Crowds – Specialty Preview

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Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor heads to a postapocalyptic twist on the Garden of Eden in Z For Zachariah, the latest by indie vet Craig Zobel, which Roadside Attractions opens this weekend in two dozen markets. The title joins another hefty slate of limited releases heading to theaters this weekend. Screen Media Films opens 7 Chinese Brothers with Jason Schwartzman, Stephen Root and Olympia Dukakis in several cities, while Queen Of Earth starring Elisabeth Moss, Katherine… Read

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Sam Worthington And Ruth Wilson To Star In ‘The Titan’

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Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson are set to star in The Titan, an elevated sci-fi feature produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones' AutomatikBen Pugh and Rory Aitken's 42 and Arash Amel. Lennart Ruff directs the project, based on a original story by Amel (Grace Of Monaco). Max Hurwitz (Hell On Wheels) has written the screenplay. Set in a not too distant future, the story tracks the journey of a military family who are relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking… Read

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Fox News Channel Tops Primetime As Cable News Nets React Variously To On-Air Shooting

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CNN's flood-the-zone strategy with its on-air coverage of the Virginia TV crew killing yesterday brought it a 47% primetime news demo spike compared to its calendar year to date average. The cable news net jumped in primetime from 198,000 news demo viewers to 292K. But Fox News Channel, with a non-flood-the-zone news strategy in prime, jumped 48%, from 422K to 626K. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC (up 19% to 155K) combined. Similar story in overall audience, where Fox News was… Read

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Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Hires Baratunde Thurston To Oversee Original Digital Production

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has hired Baratunde Thurston to oversee creation and production of original content for digital and social outlets. Calling it “this evolution of The Daily Show under new host Trevor Noah,” Comedy Central today announced Thurston will spearhead the creation and production of platform-specific original content that’s “organic to The Daily Show mission while expanding the series footprint across all digital and social platforms.” Thurston… Read

Awards

Keegan-Michael Key On Ending ‘Key & Peele’ And Being Obama’s Anger Translator – Emmys

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Keegan-Michael Key received four Emmy nominations this year to add to the one he received last year, but in the mix is his first acting nom for his work on Comedy Central’s sketch series Key & Peele. (He has three writing noms and one for exec producing a Key & Peele short-format live-action program.) After three years and five seasons of relative obscurity—at least as far as the average Television Academy voter is concerned—it’s a nice milestone, coming quickly after an… Read

Business

Animation Guild Ratifies New 3-Year Contract

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Members of the Animation Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with management. The new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers includes 3% annual increases in contract minimums, no rollbacks and a 10% pension increase for those retiring after August 1, 2015. The contract covers some 3,100 members of IATSE Local 839 working in various aspects of the animation industry, including writers and directors, storyboard… Read

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Open Road Ramps Up TV Biz With ABC Family Exec Hire

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Open Road Films has named former ABC Family executive Lynn Stepanian its EVP of Television as the primarily film company begins to dip its toe in the TV waters. The announcement was made today by CEO Tom Ortenberg, to whom Stepanian will report. In the new role, she will focus on acquisitions and managing output deals, but she also will be mining programming opportunities and TV series based on Open Road’s film library. "As our business continues to expand globally and… Read

International

Amazon’s Roy Price On “Eventizing” & How TV Is Like The Record Biz – Edinburgh

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Clad in a motorcylce jacket and flat-soled sneakers, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price awed, amused and edified the Convention Center house this evening at the Edinburgh Television Festival. The disruptive Amazon’s vision from the beginning, he said, was that “If you’re going to add value, you have to create something that is really distinctive, that is worth talking about, that is going to be sustainable…. You just want to get the most interesting people who are passionate… Read

Awards

Emmy Predictions: Six Oscar Winners & Nominees Wrestle For Limited Series/Movie Actress Prize

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Just as in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, the females in this race include such pedigreed talent as Oscar-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning actresses. Talk about a tough crowd. Everyone's got some gold on her mantel. Only Maggie Gyllenhaal is a first-time Emmy nominee here, but with a surprise Golden Globe win under her belt, for this role in this category, she's not to be counted out. Will Emmy perennial… Read

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IFC Delays ‘Documentary Now’ Episode After News Team’s On-Air Shooting

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IFC said today it is postponing by a week tonight’s scheduled episode of its just-renewed comedy series Documentary Now in the wake of Monday’s on-air shooting of a reporter, her cameraman and a local official in Virginia. The episode, “Dronez,” follows a pair of reporters trying to track down El Chingon, the infamous and elusive leader of a Mexican drug cartel. The network said in a statement: “In light of yesterday’s tragic events, IFC decided to air 'Kunuk' as… Read