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‘The Earliest Show’s Ben Schwartz Discusses His Short-Form Roots & Finding Guests For A Fake Talk Show

With Funny or Die’s The Earliest ShowParks and Recreation alum Ben Schwartz finds himself amongst a venerable group of comedians venturing out as creators in the short-form space, though for Schwartz in particular, this is nothing new. A well-known presence at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and other venues around Los Angeles, who has sold a series of scripts in between notable turns in film and television, Schwartz started out by building his own online… Read

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Raze & Founders Sofia Vergara, Emiliano Calemzuk, Luis Balaguer Set Digital Platform For Latino Content

Latino-focused media company Raze — founded by ex-Fox TV Studios and TV Channels chief Emiliano Calemzuk, Latin World Entertainment founder Luis Balaguer and Modern Family star Sofia Vergara — have unveiled a mobile-first digital platform featuring original content that celebrates the voices and perspectives of Latinos. "Raze was created to address a void in programming for Latino millennials," said Calemzuk, CEO of L.A.-based Raze, which launched in January. "All of our… Read

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‘Our Fascinating Planet’s Demetri Martin On Short-Form Satisfaction And Expanding The Narrative With ‘Dean’

The last couple of years have been a productive and experimental time for Emmy-nominated comedian Demetri Martin. With his feature directorial debut, Dean, rolling out in theaters this month, Martin also recently created Our Fascinating Planet, a short-form, Cosmos-inspired series, in which he plays Ted Remmarniet, a puffed-up, self-absorbed scientific educator. Comprised of archival footage-driven narratives based in alternative facts, the series was developed before… Read

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Donald Trump Video Puts “Minors” To Work, And ‘Galaxy Quest’ Gets Last Laugh

No one really thinks the Trump Administration wants to send kids to the factories and sweatshops, but last night’s Minorgate was good for more than a few social media laughs anyway. In case you missed it, a now-deleted video posted on the president’s official Facebook page included a clip of Donald Trump’s speech from Friday’s rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during which Trump extolled the virtues of “clean, beautiful coal” and boasted of “putting our miners back to… Read

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YouTube Red Orders Series Produced By Dwayne Johnson, Dan Harmon & More

YouTube Red is ramping up its original programming, ordering four new series, eSports comedy Good Game from Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries; unscripted competition series Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge; scripted series Lifeline and Furze World Wonders featuring YouTube star Colin Furze. The projects were announced today during YouTube Red’s Vidcon presentation. They join previously announced Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television* starring Ryan Hansen, and Do Y… Read

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‘Fashion Photo RuView’ EPs Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato On Their “Screen Agnostic” Approach To Content Creation

Founding production company World of Wonder in 1991, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such reality series as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, along with documentaries, including 2016’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Adapting with great flexibility to changing patterns of media consumption, the creative partners have always considered themselves “screen agnostic,” with the goal of bringing marginalized figures and viewpoints to a mass… Read

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NBC Sports Group To Launch eSports Tournament

Do eSports fans need or want another tournament? Comcast’s NBCUniversal is about to find out. It says today that NBC Sports Group this summer will introduce what it calls the “first-ever 2v2 international Rocket League tournament” using the FACEIT gaming platform. It also will tap Comcast’s “regional, national and international assets” as competitors vie for a $100,000 prize pool. Regional finals will be live-streamed on the NBC Sports app and Telemundo En Vivo app on… Read

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‘#Millennials’ Creators Casey Geraghty & Julia Valentine Larson On Their Path To A Network-Supported Short-Form Series

If you don’t see an obvious window of opportunity to break into entertainment, make one for yourselves. This was the ethos of #millennials co-creators and co-stars Casey Geraghty and Julia Valentine Larson, who made five short episodes of the series on a lark before AT&T Audience Network picked up their short-form project. “We were making [shorts] on our own, just for fun, to make our friends laugh,” Geraghty recalls. “We had no intention of making anything more than the… Read

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‘Creating Saturday Night Live’ Director Oz Rodriguez Pulls Back Curtain On Iconic Show

In a time when every TV series is dissected by critics, journalists and fans—sometimes to the point of exhaustion—NBC’s late-night pillar Saturday Night Live retains the aura of excitement and mystery it has cultivated since it came on the air in 1975. While Saturday Night Live sometimes takes the viewer behind the scenes (both Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon sang and danced their way through the 30 Rock corridors this season) SNL remains one of the more mysterious… Read

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‘As Told By Emoji’: Disney EVP Andrew Sugerman On Pairing Universal Language Of Emojis With Universal Storytelling

While The Walt Disney Company is one of the most powerful entertainment conglomerates in the world, even Disney has changed with the times, as illustrated by one of Disney’s marquee video series, Disney’s As Told By Emoji. Featuring 16 videos to date, As Told By Emoji reimagines both classic and contemporary Disney films through the language of the contemporary digital age, with all the associated playfulness and humor, from Cinderella and Aladdin… Read

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Seeso Undergoes Layoffs As NBCU’s Comedy Streaming Service Mulls Future

EXCLUSIVE: There have been layoffs at Seeso, whose business model is currently being reassessed and is expected to change. The cuts are said to impact a handful of employees at NBCUniversal’s comedy-centered SVOD service, with some being reassigned within NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises in different roles. The development comes on the heels of the departure last month of Evan Shapiro, who launched and headed Seeso, with Maggie Suniewick, president of NBCU digital… Read

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YouTube Star Anthony Padilla Leaving Comedy Duo Smosh

Smosh is breaking up. Smosh co-founder Anthony Padilla announced he’s leaving the web-based sketch comedy duo to pursue a solo career. In a message and video posted on Twitter and YouTube, respectively, Padilla thanked those who have supported him over the years, explaining that he had been considering an exit, describing it as "a passion that I have wanted to explore for a long time." Padilla formed Smosh 12 years ago as a YouTube channel with his high school buddy Ian… Read