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‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Season 5 Trailer: Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, More

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Seinfeld's online video shorts in his Crackle show Comedian In Cars Getting Coffee have scooped up lots of awards in the Internet space over their first four seasons, and the whole project seems to be keeping zillionaire Jerry as entertained as his audiences. Now Crackle's released the trailer for Season 5, which launches online in a week, at mid-day on Nov. 6. Guests this season include Fred Armisen, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Miranda Sings and Ali… Read

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Ellen DeGeneres Launches Ellentube Online-Video App, Website

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Ellen DeGeneres is taking her selfies to a new level, announcing on her show the launch of ellentubea site and iOS app that pull together video related to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and from fans. Ellentube will be the first product of a joint venture between DeGeneres and Warner Bros TV Group called Ellen Digital Ventures. DeGeneres, long a social-media powerhouse, broke Twitter records when she hosted the Oscars in March. In a pre-arranged bit of brilliant product… Read

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Rupert Murdoch Says Hollywood Needs Hulu To Compete With Netflix And Amazon: Video

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Actually, Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch says that the industry needs Hulu to be “a serious competitor” to the two leading subscription streaming services. The effort to build Hulu was delayed as Fox and Disney bickered over its mission, leading to an aborted auction last year. But the companies finally are “on the same page,” he told an audience today at the Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive confab in Laguna Beach, CA. They plan to “drive that as hard and as fast… Read

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Cris Abrego & Charlie Corwin To Head Endemol, Shine & Core’s Joint Venture In North America

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As it became clear by the September move by Endemol North America to take over CORE Media Group, Endemol was the 800-pound gorilla in the joint venture with Shine Group and CORE and was on track to take control of the venture's U.S. operations. That is now a fact: Endemol's toppers, Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, have been named co-chairmen and co-CEOs North America of the new joint venture. They will continue to report to Tim Hincks, the new president of the joint ventur… Read

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SoftBank Invests $627M In Snapdeal, India’s Equivalent To Alibaba

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Following on from its $250M investment in Legendary Entertainment, as well as acquisitions of video streaming service DramaFever and wireless provider Sprint, SoftBank is now going after India's e-commerce business. In a move that further consolidates the Japanese company's efforts to become a global media and Internet player, its chief exec, Masayoshi Son, today unveiled an ambitious $10B investment strategy that includes the purchase of a $627M stake in fast-growing… Read

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Regal Entertainment Explores Possible Sale

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UPDATE, 2:19 PM: Wall Street analysts were largely unsuccessful in their efforts to get Regal execs to help investors understand the company's possible sale - what some referred to as “the elephant in the room.” CEO Amy Miles didn't rule out the possibility that her company might buy some theaters while it decides its larger strategy. But she didn't say whether she thought Regal would have a problem merging with other exhibition powers such as AMC and Cinemark. Nor did… Read

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Retransmission Consent Payments To Hit $9.3B In 2020: SNL Kagan

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Looks like retransmission consent is going to become an even bigger contributor to TV station and network revenues than most of us expected. SNL Kagan - the research firm that analysts and policymakers frequently cite for industry forecasts - says today that it expects retrans fees to hit $9.3B in 2020 and $8.78B in 2019. Last year it projected $7.64B for 2019. That's all up from $4.9B this year. Major broadcast network execs also have good reason to smile: So-called… Read

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Mike Medavoy’s Hot Reads: David Lean And Other Titles Worth Reading

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Each week, Deadline's Hot Reads presents what Hollywood's power players are reading now and what they think is special about each book. This week we feature choices from producer and former studio executive Mike Medavoy, whose latest project is The 33 , an upcoming feature about the Chilean miners stranded underground for weeks after an accident in 2010. The film stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Lou Diamond Phillips, Martin Sheen and Juliette Binoche. “English was… Read

Business

Does Alibaba Plan To Take Control Of Lionsgate?

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Lionsgate shares rose 5.3% to $33.00 today after The New York Post reported that the Chinese e-retail giant is eager to buy Mark Rachesky's 37.4% stake in the independent studio. Although Lionsgate isn't commenting, there's enough in the wind to make the scenario plausible. Alibaba is flush with cash after its record-setting $25B IPO last month — and founder Jack Ma will be in Hollywood next week to talk with different studios. He already knows Lionsgate: Alibaba… Read

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samsung Sign UHD Short-Film Deal

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt will direct a digital video short in 4K ultra-high-definition, using a moderately priced new Samsung camera under a deal announced this morning by the electronics giant. Former child star Gordon-Levitt has become something of a mini-media empire as an adult with his music, film, TV and online efforts. He has previously directed several projects, mostly shorts, but also the 2013 comedy feature film Don Jon, with Scarlett Johansson. That film, with an… Read

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AMC Networks And BBC Chiefs On The Future Of BBC America

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Don't be surprised if you see AMC Networks and BBC America collaborating on digital projects, films, or events following AMC's agreement to pay $200 million in cash for a 49.9% stake in the service. “Because the editorial alignment and point of view is so similar in terms of smart, quality and premium, we think that we will find lots and lots and lots of places to join on things that we are not yet doing today,” AMC chief Josh Sapan tells me. There will be changes at BBC… Read

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AMC Networks Pays $200M For 49.9% Of BBC America

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Start now with any jokes about the The Walking Dead meeting Dr. Who. This deal, which has been in the wind for months, is now official. AMC Networks paid $200 million and will receive 49.9% of the equity in BBC America and have operational control including affiliate and advertising sales. AMC says it will “run it consistent with BBC's editorial standards and policies” and will include financials in its quarterly results. BBC America will continue to be managed as a… Read

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