Ticket Takeover! Fandango’s Global Footprint Grows With Movietickets.com Acquisition
The advance movie ticket sales sphere just got a little smaller this morning with Fandango signing a definitive agreement to acquire MovieTickets.com. Outside of individual exhibitors’ movie ticket websites, this leaves Atom Tickets as one of Fandango’s sole advance ticket competitors.
The acquisition is not complete yet and term deals were not revealed. Fandango anticipates that the deal will be sealed by the end of the year. Fandango which services 33K screens worldwide… Read
Reality Producer David Shumsky Inks Overall Deal With Lionsgate TV
Lionsgate continues to ramp up its unscripted television business, signing an overall deal with David Shumsky, co-creator of YouTube’s upcoming Kevin Hart: What the Fit. Under the pact, Shumsky will create original nonfiction programming and formats for television and digital platforms through his new Shumsky Productions banner.
Lionsgate will have exclusive rights to alternative and unscripted content produced by Shumsky Productions, including Hart's fitness show for… Read
Ayesha Curry Inks Deal With Endemol Shine North America
TV and social media personality, best-selling author and chef Ayesha Curry has signed an exclusive deal with Endemol Shine North America. Under the pact, the studio will develop original unscripted content with Curry and Flutie Entertainment's Yardie Girl Productions for Curry to both appear in and also executive produce. In addition, Endemol Shine North America will work in conjunction with Flutie Entertainment, supplementing its work on licensing and brand partnerships… Read
Disney And Altice Make Carriage Deal Official, Including ESPN’s SEC And ACC Networks
After weeks of brinksmanship over carriage terms ended Sunday in a tentative, 11th-hour deal, the Walt Disney Company and the country’s No. 4 cable operator, Altice USA, have made it official.
The companies’ announcement, released after the close of trading on Wall Street, said they reached a “comprehensive distribution agreement” for carriage of a dozen cable networks for New York-area customers of Altice’s Optimum service, the former Cablevision platform, plus New York… Read
‘Atlanta’ Producer Stefani Robinson Inks Overall Deal With FX Productions
Stefani Robinson, writer and producer on FX’s Emmy-winning Atlanta, has signed an exclusive overall production deal with FX Productions, the studio behind the breakout comedy series. Under the pact, Robinson will develop television series for FX Networks and other outlets.
"Stefani has emerged as one of the brightest new writers and producers in little more than a year since she first joined the Atlanta team," said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX… Read
Propagate & Nash Entertainment Seal Partnership Ahead Of Mipcom
Ben Silverman and Howard T Owens’ indie studio Propagate Content has inked a worldwide production and distribution deal with Bruce Nash’s Nash Entertainment. The plan is for Propogate to mine Nash’s TV library of series including reality fare like For Love or Money and Who Wants to Marry My Dad? to be redeveloped and reshaped for U.S. and international markets. They also will team on new scripted and unscripted content with Propagate producing and handling distribution of… Read
‘Black-ish’ Co-Exec Producer Duo Ink ABC Studios Overall Deals
ABC Studios has signed overall deals with Courtney Lilly and Peter Saji, both co-executive producers on the hit ABC/ABC Studios series Black-ish. The move comes ahead of the Emmy-nominated comedy’s Season 4 premiere on October 3.
Lilly's credits include co-executive producer on Undateable and co-producer on The Cleveland Show. He also was a writer on Everybody Hates Chris and Arrested Development. He’s repped by UTA and The Shuman Company.
Saji, who began his career at… Read
Hulu Lands SVOD Rights To ‘30 Rock’, ‘Parenthood’ & Others In Deal With NBCUniversal TV
Hulu is about to get in the middle of Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy’s business. The streaming service has a deal with NBCUniversal Television for exclusive SVOD rights to all episodes of the Emmy-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock, starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan and others. The series makes its Hulu debut on Sunday.
The new pact also includes the complete library of NBC’s Parenthood, the first season of Paul Reiser’s new comedy There’s Johnny and multiple seasons of… Read
‘@midnight’ Showrunner Jack Martin Inks Deal With Universal TV Alternative Studio
Following the end of Comedy Central’s @midnight, the series’ Emmy-winning executive producer/showrunner Jack Martin has signed an overall deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio.
This deal reunites Martin with NBC from his previous stints on Food Fighters, Who's Still Standing, Deal or No Deal, and 1 vs 100.
Martin shared a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for his work on @midnight with Chris Hardwick, where he served as… Read
‘Will & Grace’ Lands First-Ever Streaming Deal With Hulu For Old & New Episodes
As Will & Grace is coming back to NBC for at least two new seasons, the series’ original 194 episodes will be made available for streaming for the first time via a deal with Hulu. The Emmy-winning comedy will be available beginning Thursday, a week ahead of the September 28 return of Will & Grace on NBC.
Hulu will be the exclusive SVOD partner for the original eight seasons, which also will be available on the NBC app and pay TV providers with authentication. The deal… Read
‘Being Mary Jane’ Showrunner Erica Shelton Kodish Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios
Former The Good Wife co-executive producer Erica Shelton Kodish is returning to CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the praised CBS drama, with a multi-year overall deal. Under the pact, she will develop new television projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services.
Sheldon Kodish is coming off a season-long stint as executive producer/showrunner on BET’s Being Mary Jane where she succeeded creator Mara Brock Akil. Sheldon Kodish shepherded the Gabrielle… Read
‘Mom’ Sold In Off-Network Syndication To TV Land & CMT, Premieres Next Week
Viacom’s TV Land quietly has acquired Warner Bros TV’s CBS multi-camera comedy series Mom in off-network cable syndication, shared with its sister network CMT.
Once a hot commodity, broadcast comedy series are not that easy to sell in syndication these days unless they are a hit the size of The Big Bang Theory, even multi-camera ones that traditionally repeat better. Warner Bros Domestic Television sold Chuck Lorre’s Mom to the Tribune stations in a cash-and-barter deal… Read