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‘Humans’ Starts Solid For AMC With 1.7M Viewers

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There were so very real people tuning in for a look at a robotic parallel present on Sunday night. The 9 PM debut of Humans drew 1.726 million viewers with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating for AMC. That's up 44% in total viewers from the 1.2 million who plugged in on June 1 last year to the series premiere of Halt And Catch Fire. Humans' demo result was a 47% improvement over what the 10 PM AMC 1980s set high tech show pulled in back in 2014. It has to be noted that on that 2014… Read


Lester Holt Wins Week 1 As ‘NBC Nightly News’ Anchor; ‘ABC World News’ Takes 2Q


Lester Holt celebrated his first week as permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News with a weekly ratings win. Holt’s newscast clocked 8.048 million viewers – 326,000 ahead of David Muir’s ABC World News (7.722 million) and 1.44 million ahead of Scott Pelley’s CBS Evening News (6.608M). Holt’s weekly average for the week of June 22 was Nightly's biggest crowd in more than two months In the news demo, Holt averaged 1.970 million viewers, leading ABC by 37,000 and CBS by 497,000… Read


‘I Am Chris Farley’ Trailer: Reminder That We Miss Matt Foley But The Man Behind Him More

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Virgil Films picked up U.S. rights to I Am Chris Farley last month and has set a July 31 platform theatrical release for New York and Los Angeles — though not before it bows July 27 in Chicago, where the comic wunderkind first broke on the scene with Second City Theater. That led to SNL and a meteoric rise before it all caught up to him; he died of a drug overdose in 1997 at age 33. Brent Hodge and Derik Murray (A Brony Tale, I Am Evel Knievel) directed the documentary… Read


Cinedigm’s Stock Falls After It Reports Writedown And Share Repurchases

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You expect to see big price swings in thinly traded penny stocks like Cinedigm. But Wall Street seems especially confused today after the digital entertainment company announced a bigger loss than expected for the quarter that ended in March –but with a new $5 million stock repurchase plan. Cinedigm shares opened down 14.7% to a new low of 64 cents a share but quickly recovered to about 79 cents, and at mid-day was around 72 cents, down 3.4% from yesterday’s close. The… Read


‘The Island With Bear Grylls’ Ratings Rise, ‘The Whispers’ Falls, ‘SYTYCD’ Even

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As America prepares to slip into a hopefully relaxing Independence Day holiday weekend, American Ninja Warrior (1.9/7) pumped it up a bit last night to the tune of a 6% rise among adults 18-49. While no big shakes unto itself, that bop upwards does come after a sluggish return for the competition series last week. The flex matched ANW in the top spot for the highest-rated show of the night among the demo with slot rival The Bachelorette (1.9/7), which dipped 5% from its… Read


‘Star Wars’, ‘Avengers’ And ‘James Bond’ Boost Pinewood To Record Revenues


Pinewood Group, the holding company for the international network of studios and production facilities, announced record revenues today. The group, which has studios in Canada, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic, and Atlanta as well as the UK, has hosted Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the latest James Bond film Spectre in recent months. Revenue for the financial year ending March 31 was $118 million compared with $101 million the… Read


Gravitas Ventures Elevates Julie Candelaria To SVP Marketing & Adds PR Topper

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EXCLUSIVE: Julie Candelaria has been upped to SVP Marketing at indie distributor Gravitas Ventures, which is bolstering its executive ranks. Nancy Sanchez joins as Marketing Manager from creative marketing industry firm InSync + BemisBalkind where she served clients including Universal, The Weinstein Company, Fox and HBO. In addition, the company has tapped AJ Feuerman as director of public relations, where her duties will include oversight of the company's social media… Read


Chelsey Crisp Upped To Regular On ‘Fresh Off The Boat'; Frances De La Tour Joins ‘Outlander’

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After recurring in Season 1, Chelsey Crisp (Reconcilation, The Harvesting) has been promoted to series regular for the second season of ABC comedy Fresh Off The Boat. She plays the Huangs’ neighbor Honey. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, the 1990s-set series revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie Huang, raised by an immigrant father (Randall Park) who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother… Read


Netflix Adds Three New Animated Series For Preschoolers

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Netflix is adding to its growing slate of original preschool content with three new animated series for premiere in 2016 and 2017. Word Party, Kazoops! and True & The Rainbow Kingdom join preschool original series Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia and Puffin Rock announced earlier this month. The new series feature elements of language acquisition, problem solving and critical thinking throughout each episode, according to Netflix. Here are descriptions of the new series: Wo… Read


‘Secret In Their Eyes’ Trailer: First Look At A-List Cast Taking On Redo Of Oscar Winner

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STX Entertainment made this one of its first acquisitions as a new company when it snatched up U.S. rights from producer-financier IM Global to the remake of Juan José Campanella's 2009 film — the original won the Foreign Language Oscar. Billy Ray wrote and directed the new version, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts along with Michael Kelly and Dean Norris. It centers on a tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators — Ray (Ejiofor) and Jess… Read


Donald Trump Lightly Roasted In Late Night

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Donald Trump may not have commanded the late night attention he expected after a day of stout immigration-position defending, NBC-supports-lying-Brian-Williams-but-not-me-ing, and dayside headline grabbing. Some of the late-night shows that are dark on Fridays instead spent last night catching up on last week’s historic SCOTUS gay-marriage ruling. That’s not to say Trump ended his day barb-less: “Donald Trump has been running for president for just a little over a week… Read


Amazon Nabs Exclusive Licensing Rights To ‘Wolf Hall’, ‘Grantchester’ & More

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Amazon and PBS have expanded their licensing agreement to bring several series from the Masterpiece franchise to Prime members. Under the multi-year deal, Amazon Prime will be the exclusive subscription streaming home for Masterpiece programs including drama Wolf Hall, adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, 1950s detective drama Grantchester, the romantic saga Poldark and drama Indian Summers, which focuses on the decline of the British… Read