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On The Bubble: Where Endangered Broadcast Series Stand

It is very difficult for showrunners to wrap production on a season without knowing if their series would get another season. Unfortunately, that is the nature of the network business, and about two dozen shows go though that every year. Here is a look at each network's comedy and drama series in peril and their odds for survival. With all the drama carnage at ABC this season (Lucky 7, Betrayal, Killer Women, Mind Games, The Assets), the network is pretty lean on the… Read

Film

Safety On Set: Three Workers Speak Out

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David Robb contributed to this story. Second in a series. Related: The Death Of Sarah Jones: Safety Concerns Raised Over 'Midnight Rider' Crew's Previous Film In Georgia There seems to be a fear among crew members in the industry about refusing to take part when they feel something is unsafe on a set, or speaking out after an accident lest they will be seen as a problem and lose future work, ostracized from the industry they love. But that is not always the case. It has… Read

Film

Safety On Set: Helicopter Crashes Have Taken Most Lives On TV And Film Sets

Fourth in a series. Related: The Death Of Sarah Jones: Safety Concerns Raised Over 'Midnight Rider' Crew's Previous Film In Georgia With all its car crashes, explosions, and hair-raising stunts, the film and TV industry is a notoriously dangerous business. But your chances of getting killed while making a movie go up dramatically the minute you step foot inside a helicopter. Indeed, helicopter crashes have taken more lives on film sets than any other type of accident in… Read

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UPDATE: David Letterman Ends An Era, Announcing He Will Retire In 2015

UPDATED THROUGHOUT, 7:35 PM: CBS late-night star David Letterman surprised his studio audience this afternoon when he announced he is retiring in 2015. "The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie… Read

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The Quiet Ground Breaker: How ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Pushed The Sitcom Form & Was Saved By Britney Spears

On How I Met Your Mother's last day of production a month ago, Dana Walden — chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the long-running series — was meeting with the big boss, 21st Century Fox chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, in his office. She mentioned HIMYM was wrapping that day and, in the middle of their meeting Murdoch said, “I want to go over and say hallo.” He walked to the set and thanked creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the cast and the crew… Read

Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

Biblical and Faith-Based Movies: In Hollywood to Stay? By Anita Busch After this weekend's successful opening for Noahis there any doubt anymore that if Hollywood builds it, they will come? Writers Rail As Talks Resume: A Deadline Survey By Mike Fleming, Jr. As talks are about to resume Monday on the final elements that many hope will lead to a new deal for the Writers Guild Of America, we wanted to lend some perspective and give voice to the TV and feature writers… Read

Film

Writers Rail As Talks Resume – Second Question In A Deadline Survey

As talks are about to resume Monday on the final elements that many hope will lead to a new deal for the Writers Guild Of America, we wanted to lend some perspective and give voice to the TV and feature writers whose fortunes will be tied directly to the deal their union makes. This is the second in a quick succession of five questions we asked a panel of 10 writers. Here are their responses, and hopefully other writers will be moved to comment about the issues that worry… Read

Film

WGA: Why Gains, Lessons From 2008’s Strike Will Keep Hollywood From Another War

Editors Note: As talks resume Monday that many hope will lead to a new deal for the Writers Guild Of America, we wanted to lend some perspective and voice to the TV and feature writers whose fortunes will be tied directly to the deal their union makes. The following is a story by preeminent Hollywood labor reporter David Robb that attempts to answer what has been an elusive question: What, exactly did the writers gain from the last strike? After that, we will run five… Read

Box Office

2013 Most Valuable Blockbuster – How The Minions Came To Rule Hollywood

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Well, now that Universal's Despicable Me 2 has proven itself 2013's Most Valuable Blockbuster, the film's impresario, Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri (below), deserves to take a victory lap. More seriously, the tournament was conducted to give a clearer idea, beyond the weekend and annual box office standings, of the profits and Total Cash on Cash returns that films generate. These are the factors that keep studios in business and keep co-financiers… Read

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2013 Most Valuable Blockbuster Championship Game – #1 ‘Iron Man 3′ Vs. #3 ‘Despicable Me 2′

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It's tipoff time for the championship matchup to determine Deadline's Most Valuable Blockbuster of 2013. Stay tuned for our version of the postgame show, where we peel the curtain back on the data we commissioned from insiders to determine just how profitable a movie really is. The Matchup: After surviving a bruising battle with #5 seed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, #1 Iron Man 3 takes the court against #3 Despicable Me 2, a film that came through a pick 'em matchup… Read

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2013 Most Valuable Blockbuster Final Four – #2 ‘Frozen’ Vs. #3 ‘Despicable Me 2′

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We are down to the nitty gritty on Deadline's search for 2013's Most Valuable Blockbuster. This is the second of our two showdowns today. Fueled by the numbers furnished by our insiders, we'll find out just how profitable a movie really is. TODAY'S OTHER FINAL FOUR MATCHUP #1 'Iron Man 3′ Vs. #5 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' The Matchup: The battle of the year's biggest animation film hits pits the year's second-highest global gross film Frozen against Universal and… Read

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2013 Most Valuable Blockbuster Final Four – #1 ‘Iron Man 3′ Vs. #5 ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

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We are down to the nitty gritty on Deadline's search for 2013's Most Valuable Blockbuster. This is the first of two showdowns today. Fueled by the numbers furnished by our insiders, we'll find out just how profitable these movies really are. OTHER FINAL FOUR MATCHUP #2 'Frozen' Vs. #3 'Despicable Me 2′ The Matchup: This battle between Katniss Everdeen and Tony Stark puts the year's highest domestic-grossing film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, against Iron Man 3, which… Read

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