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Don Mischer To Return As Producer Of Primetime Emmy Awards

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While there will be a change at the helm of the Oscars, with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announcing yesterday that they won’t be coming back, there will be continuity at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Don Mischer, who produced last year’s telecast and four of the past six, is set to return. He will produce the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards with partners Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare through Don Mischer Prods. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the Primetime Emmys will air live on Fox on… Read

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Danny Schechter, Emmy-Winning Conscience Of Human-Rights Journalism, Dies At 72

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Danny Schechter, an unabashed advocacy journalist and media critic who moved in and out of mainstream television and wore his legend as “Danny Schechter, the News Dissector” like an escutcheon, died on March 19 of pancreatic cancer  in Manhattan, the New York Times reports. The phrase dated from his early work in the 1970s as a pundit on WBCN, a Boston prog-rock radio station where his sign-off was, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” Schechter… Read

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Primetime Emmy Awards Online Entry Site Goes Live

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The online entry site for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards is now live and ready for submissions. The 2015 Emmy Awards season is the second in a two-year transition to online voting, which began in 2014. “The move to digital voting as well as the recent rules changes are part of our ongoing mission to activate greater member engagement while continuing to honor the industry’s creativity in the most relevant and fair ways possible,” said Television Academy Chairman Bruce… Read

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WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ Screener Mailings Kick Off Emmy Voting Season

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No rest for the campaign-weary. The bruising Oscar campaign ended only last month, but it looks like game on for the Emmys as WGN America wins the award for earliest screener sent to Television Academy members. WGN claims it has sent out 17,000 copies of all 13 episodes of the first season of its one-hour drama series Manhattan Rather than targeting specific branches, the network is blanketing the entire membership with an elaborate package that includes a bi-fold… Read

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Emmys: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ To Run As Drama, Ruled Ineligible For Comedy Race

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While a TV Academy panel allowed hourlong dramedies Glee, Jane the Virgin and Shameless to compete as comedies in the 2015 Primetime Emmy race, it has turned down Netflix’s petition for Orange Is the New Black to also be considered a comedy. “ATAS has notified us that the Industry Panel has advised that Season Two of Orange Is the New Black is eligible for the 2015 Primetime Emmy competition as a Drama Series,” the streaming service said. While it was initially submitted… Read

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EMMYS: ‘Jane The Virgin’, ‘Shameless’ & ‘Glee’ Ruled Eligible To Run As Comedies

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Never mind. Despite the recent rule revisions by the TV Academy, there won’t be a significant change in the makeup of the Emmy comedy field this year, with a number of hourlong dramedies competing alongside half-hour comedy series. After adopting a new definition for comedy series as a 30-minute program last month, the TV Academy left the door open for hourlong comedic shows to argue their case in a petition to an Industry Panel. The panel has made its first rulings… Read

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Andy Samberg To Host 2015 Emmy Awards For Fox

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With his formidable live TV chops from his years on Saturday Night Live and with his Fox show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, already renewed for next fall, Andy Samberg was considered an odds-on favorite to host the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air September 20 on Fox. The Emmy winner (for co-writing the SNL viral video “Dick in a Box”) has now gotten the gig. "It's wonderfully fitting that we have Andy Samberg, an Emmy Award winner himself, as our host for this year’s… Read

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Spain’s ‘Red Band Society’ Wins Best Series At International Emmy Kids Awards

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The source show for Fox’s well-reviewed but ill-fated drama Red Band Society won the top award tonight at the International Emmy Kids Awards. Spain’s Polseres Vermelles (The Red Band Society) was named best series during the ceremony at Pier 60 in New York. Fox’s version of the show about teenagers with life-threatening illnesses got off to a promising start when it debuted in September, following the massive success of The Fault In Our Stars. But ratings for the series… Read

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Jodie Foster Earns First DGA Noms For ‘Orange’ & ‘House Of Cards': Inside Her Process

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TV is where it is at for Jodie Foster. While she hit a bump with her 2011 feature directorial, the Mel Gibson drama, The Beaver ($971K), her TV directing credits over the last year for House of Cards and Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is The New Black earned the two-time Oscar-winning actress her first DGA noms of her career.  The helmers’ union recognized Foster for her work on the House of Cards second season episode “Chapter 22″ as well as the first episode of The Orange Is The N… Read

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International Emmys: UK’s ‘Utopia’ Wins Best Drama Series

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The UK’s Utopia was hailed as Best Drama Series tonight at the 42nd annual International Emmy Awards, and Belgium’s What If? won Best Comedy. Game Of Thrones star Stephen Dillanewon Best Performance by an Actor for UK drama The Tunnel, and Bianca Krijgsman took the actress award for the Netherlands’ The New World. The UK series won awards tonight; no other country took two. Not to be confused with the ill-fated social experiment reality format that was recently cancelled… Read

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National Television Academy Names Ex-CBS VP Bob Mauro New President

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The former VP of CBS Network Operations and CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide will take over operations, including planning of the various Emmy Awards programs. Here’s the release: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and its Board of Trustees announced today that after an industry-wide search, Bob Mauro, former CBS Vice President of Network Operations and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwide, has been appointed… Read

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Ian Fraser, Emmy-Winning Music Director, Dead At 81

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The 11-time Emmy winner, Television Academy Peer Group Governor and music director for the 1995 Henry Mancini/Leslie Bricusse Broadway adaptation of Victor/Victoria died at home Friday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 81. “It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of Ian Fraser, after a courageous battle with cancer,” Television Academy chairman and chief exec officer Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement released by the Academy. … Read