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Fox Searchlight Promotes Execs Katie Goodson-Thomas, Taylor Friedman

Fox Searchlight has promoted Katie Goodson-Thomas to Senior Vice President of Production, and Taylor Friedman to Vice President of Production effective immediately. The promotions were announced today by Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. Goodson-Thomas is based in London. Both Goodson-Thomas and Friedman will continue to report to Greenfield and Greenbaum in Los Angeles. "Katie and Taylor each possess remarkable… Read


NBCU Chief Steve Burke On NBC And Universal Pictures: “We Have The Cards”

NBCUniversal & E! sued over Second Wives reality show

During Comcast’s first-quarter earnings call, which was largely dominated by discussion of the company’s game-changing bid for Sky, there was also a lot for Hollywood to digest in the company’s TV and film results at NBCUniversal. Steve Burke, head of NBCU, said the company is “entering the upfront in the strongest position since we arrived” nearly eight years ago at Comcast’s door. NBC, which is on track to capture its fifth straight year as the No. 1 broadcast network… Read


Comcast Chief Brian Roberts On Sky Bid: “We Don’t Have To Do This”

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts told Wall Street analysts that the company’s aggressive $31 billion offer for Sky is an opportunistic effort to scale up, but winning the likely bidding war with Rupert Murdoch is not a necessity. “Love our core businesses,” Roberts said, dropping the “I” for extra emphasis. “Anybody who's viewing this as some diversion from that is not reading us properly. We didn't choose to put Sky in play. That event happened around us. The question was, do… Read


Comcast Edges Estimates With Q1 Results Fueled By Olympics, Super Bowl

Along with the news of its game-changing bid for Sky, Comcast’s first-quarter results beat estimates with strength across divisions, highlighted by the addition of nearly 400,000 broadband subscribers and broadcast TV revenue booming 58%. Total revenue revenue increased nearly 11% to $22.79 billion, edging the Thomson/Reuters analyst consensus of $22.74 billion. Earnings per share of 62 cents, on an adjusted basis, beat estimates of 59 cents. One problem area remains… Read


Viacom Q2 Report Shows Improved Media Networks, Profitable Paramount


Viacom reported largely positive second-quarter results, with total revenue slipping 3% to $3.15 billion. But media networks showed improvement, especially on the international front, and Paramount Pictures turned a profit for the first time in several quarters. Operating income rose 37% to $456 million, while diluted earnings per share more than doubled to 64 cents from 30 in the prior-year quarter. Media Networks, which has been a problematic unit given ratings erosion… Read


‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Host Claudia Winkleman To Front BBC One Celebrity Gameshow Special ‘Family Assemble’

EXCLUSIVE: Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman is getting together a slew of celebrity friends to star in a gameshow special for BBC One. I hear Winkleman is hosting Family Assemble, which the producers describe as a "gameshow like no other" for the British public broadcaster. The one-off special is produced by Hungry Bear Media, the production company led by former Talkback Thames exec Dan Baldwin, which is responsible for some of the BBC's biggest entertainment… Read


Sony Pictures Television Strikes YA Development Deal With Komixx Entertainment

Sony Pictures Television is getting into business with Komixx Entertainment, the company behind forthcoming Netflix YA drama The Kissing Booth. The Hollywood studio has struck a multi-project deal to co-develop and co-produce projects based on IP for young-adult audiences. The deal marks Sony's first foray into YA content and the two companies have already started working on their first two projects. They are developing a ten-part TV series based on Cherub an action… Read


‘Travesties’ Broadway Review: Tom Stoppard’s Brainy Comedy Finds Its Heart

Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning 1974 play Travesties, stuffed thick as a English gentleman’s armchair, its ideas on art, war, patriotism and purposeful nonsense fashioned into a nonstop tourney of wit and erudition, has often been called a brainteaser, but brain tickler comes so much closer to the jubilant staging presented by Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Company. Directed by Patrick Marber and starring Tom Hollander, this Travesties arrives at Roundabout’s American Airlines… Read


Sinclair Prepares To Sell 23 TV Stations In Search Of Tribune Deal OK

Sinclair Broadcast Group, whose $3.9 billion offer for Tribune Media remains in the hands of regulators after a stormy 11 months of deliberation, has finalized plans to sell 23 local TV stations in 18 markets. The move is a major step, though not unexpected since the local TV giant had indicated its road map in a filing in February. Buyers of the stations, which operate in a range of cities including New York, Chicago, Houston and Miami, include Standard Media and… Read


Nantucket Film Festival To Open With Shana Feste’s ‘Boundaries’

The 23rd Nantucket Film Festival will open June 20 with Sony Pictures Classics’ Boundaries, which is written and directed by Shana Feste and stars Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga in the lead father-daughter roles. Bobby Cannavale, Peter Fonda, Christopher Lloyd and Kristen Schaal also star. Organizers said the festival will close June 25 with Love, Gilda, the CNN Films documentary about Gilda Radner that just had its world premiere last week at the Tribeca Film… Read


‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon Ahead Of Premiere

Amazon has officially greenlit an eight-episode second season of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, starring and executive produced by John Krasinski, well ahead of the action drama series’ August 31 global debut on Prime Video. The writing team for Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, from Paramount Television and Skydance Television, had already been working on scripts for season two under series creators/executive producers Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland who continue as co-showrunners. The… Read


Sony Crackle GM Says Its Ad Cuts Have TV Networks “Suddenly Following”

Sony Crackle is taking credit for the promises being made by TV networks to reduce the amount of commercial time during their programming. NBC, Fox, Turner, Viacom and others have pledged to trim commercial breaks, one of many responses to downward pressure on advertising as digital continues its disruption. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes even complained about “too many” ads being “part of the problem” with the traditional TV business during his testimony in the company’s… Read