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‘Spotlight’ Takes Top Honors & ‘The Jungle Book’ Wins Big At 17th Golden Trailer Awards

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Trailers, teasers, and posters from the last year of motion pictures and television were celebrated tonight at the 17th annual Golden Trailer Awards held tonight in Beverly Hills. Over 1,100 marketing execs, trailer editors, movie fans, and celebrities were on hand to honor entertainment marketing of all stripes, with the night’s biggest prize going to Spotlight, which racked up yet another awards win for its “Answers” trailer, which took home both the Best of Show Prize… Read

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DreamWorks Animation “Will Absolutely Continue” Making Toon Features In Glendale, Comcast CEO Says

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A week after Comcast’s $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg this morning held an employee town hall meeting at the studio’s Glendale, California HQ with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Comcast EVP and NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, and NBCU Vice Chairman Ron Meyer in attendance. Intended to give the rank and file a face to face with the new bosses, the meeting also served as a chance to allay employee concerns about the purchase. The… Read

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Nicolas Billon Signs With The Alpern Group; Rizwan Manji Inks At Abrams Artists Agency

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Playwright and screenwriter Nicolas Billon has signed with the Alpern Group. His first play Elephant Song debuted at the Stratford Festival in Ottawa, and he scripted its 2014 film adaptation starring Bruce Greenwood, Catherine Keener and Carrie-Anne Moss. Billon won Canada’s prestigious Governor-General’s Award for Drama for his 2013 stage trilogy Fault Lines. He also is set to write for Season 3 of X Company, a period spy thriller that airs on CBC in Canada. Rizwan Manji… Read

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‘People V. O.J. Simpson’s Sterling K. Brown Back In Court For ‘Marshall’

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EXCLUSIVE: The actor who played prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v O.J. Simpson now is going to play a high-profile defendant. Sterling K. Brown has been cast in Marshall, director Reginald Hudlin’s biopic starring Chadwick Boseman as former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Brown will play Joseph Spell, an itinerant worker newly relocated from Louisiana to Connecticut, where he is accused of the rape and attempted murder of a wealthy Greenwich… Read

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Emmys: ‘Family Guy’ Takes On Donald Trump In Mailer

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Family Guy has always been topical in its Emmy campaign mailers, but this time, the irreverent animated comedy has showed some impeccable timing, sending out its Donald Trump-themed mailers just as the reality TV star-turned-politician was anointed as Republican Party’s presidential nominee. Family Guy‘s designated Emmy pitchman, Peter Griffin, is channeling his inner Donald Trump in another blunt message to Emmy voters, “As long as we’re voting for dumb loudmouths, can I… Read

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Discovery Launches Cost-Cutting Effort With Buyouts And Possible Layoffs

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This is sure to be a big issue tomorrow morning when Discovery releases its Q1 earnings, and holds its quarterly call with analysts. The cable programmer disclosed in an SEC filing this evening that last week it launched a plan that could include layoffs to “operate in a leaner and more directed cost structure and invest in growth initiatives, including digital services and content creation.” The effort should be complete by the end of September. Discovery began a… Read

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Lester Holt Anchors ‘NBC Nightly News’ From Trump Tower; Twitter Disapproves

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NBC News’s Lester Holt is conducting an “exclusive network TV interview” with Donald Trump today, among the pantheon of news outlets that have spoken today to Trump since the former NBC reality-TV star became the GOP presidential candidate ater Ted Cruz dropped out yesterday and John Kasich dropped out of today. And while many news orgs since Trump announced his candidacy, have gone to Trump’s HQ to conduct interviews, NBC Nightly News today went one step further than its… Read

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Ava DuVernay Out As Director On DreamWorks’ ‘Intelligent Life’

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DreamWorks is now searching for a new person to helm its upcoming sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life, as Selma director Ava DuVernay has opted to move on due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline has confirmed. She originally became attached to the film in February. Lupita Nyong’o is set to star in the story of a United Nations worker tasked with representing humanity in the event of extraterrestrial contact who falls in love with a mysterious woman who may, or may not… Read

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Charles Murray Set As Showrunner On Lee Daniels’ Fox Series ‘Star’ As Part Of Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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Sons of Anarchy alum Charles Murray has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, whose cable division Fox 21 TV Studios produced the gritty FX drama series. Under the pact, he will serve as executive producer and showrunner on Star, 20th TV’s upcoming drama created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy, which was recently picked up to series by Fox for next season. Additionally, Murray will be developing his own projects for the studio. Murray is coming off stints as… Read

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‘Girl On The Train’s Tate Taylor Taps Jacob Jaffke For Key Exec Post At Wyolah Films

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EXCLUSIVE: The Help helmer Tate Taylor and partner John Norris have gotten help for their Wyolah Films banner, hiring producer Jacob Jaffke to be Head of Development & Production for Film & Television. This comes as Taylor is in post production on his adaptation of the Paula Hawkins bestselling thriller novel Girl On The Train, which Wykolah Films produced. Jaffke, whose credits include In a Valley of Violence, Sleepwalk with Me and The Sacrament, will work closely with… Read

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Fox Business Network & Leftfield Settle Lawsuit Over Scrapped Reality Series

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Fox News Network and Leftfield Pictures have settled a lawsuit that the reality TV producer filed after Fox Business Network ordered 26 episodes of a Leftfield-produced reality series about estate sale managers then pulled out of the project three months later. The producer whose credits include History’s Pawn Stars filed suit in July 2015 in New York Supreme Court seeking $4.5 million in damages after the deal went south. "Leftfield Pictures of NY, LLC and Fox News… Read

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Tribune Publishing Rejects Gannett Offer As It Unveils Plan To Expand L.A. Times

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Big changes are afoot at Tribune Publishing, but it’s not clear what they’ll be after the owner of the Los Angeles Times formally rejected Gannett’s $400 million acquisition offer. In a letter to Gannett, Tribune CEO Justin Dearborn called the proposal “opportunistic” and “not a basis for further discussion.” Tribune disclosed its letter just as it released Q1 earnings that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The company recorded a net loss of $6.46 million, down from… Read