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Cable One Says It’s Doing Just Fine After Dropping Viacom Channels

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This could be disquieting for Viacom, even though Cable One — owned by Graham Holdings Co. — is small fry in the cable playground. Cable One made noise in April when it stopped carrying 15 Viacom channels saying that they had become too expensive with programming that's too easy to find online. Here's one consequence: It ended Q3 with 476,233 video subs - down 15.1% from the same period last year — according to GHC's earnings report out today. But Cable One doesn't seem… Read

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NBC Assessing ‘Space Race’ After Virgin Galactic Crash Kills One Pilot, Seriously Injures Another

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NBC says it's “gathering information on the situatuon” after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crashed today in the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. The fatal accident occurred one year after NBC announced it had bought the space travel reality series  Burnett had been pitching with British mogul Richard Branson. titled Space Race, in which everyday people would compete for a trip into space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Set To Kick Off Awards Season Saturday

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Awards season officially begins in earnest on Saturday with the sold out all-day event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline. This fourth annual showcase for the major Oscar hopefuls is expected, as usual, to draw large numbers of Academy members, as well as those from key guilds such as the SAG Nominating Committee, WGA, DGA and PGA, along with other invited industry notables. Contenders features a record 12 studios and distributors this year. Due to increasing demand it… Read

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‘Midnight Rider': New Photos Show Crew On Train Tracks Before Sarah Jones Death

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Never-before-seen photos show the last known images of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones on the Georgia set where she lost her life in February. In one, Jones (in green) is seen slating a shot with actor William Hurt lying in the hospital bed that later was laid across train tracks and struck, leaving Jones dead and several others injured. Another shows the crew with equipment on the south end of the Doctortown train trestle moments after a train has passed… Read

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‘Limitless’ Drama Based On Movie From Bradley Cooper, Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci Set At CBS

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Another movie is eyeing a series follow-up this development season. CBS has handed a pilot production commitment to Limitless, based on Relativity's hit 2011 feature starring and executive produced by Bradley Cooper. He will executive produce the proposed series alongside Todd Phillips, his producing partner at Yet To Be Named Company, as well as Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci through their K/O Paper Products. CBS TV Studios, where K/O is based, is the… Read

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Channing Tatum’s ‘X-Men’ Character ‘Gambit’ Spinoff Moving Forward

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EXCLUSIVE: In a move that makes official that the X-Men character Gambit is getting his own spinoff movie with Channing Tatum as the card-savvy protagonist, Fox has set Robocop scribe Josh Zetumer to write the screenplay. The studio has officially attached Tatum as star, and to produce with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, The Donners Company's Lauren Shuler Donner, and Genre Films' Simon Kinberg. The screenplay will be based on a treatment penned by legendary Ma… Read

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Oh, Henry! Disney Chasing Hearththrobs For Next ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’

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The hot role to be had at Disney right now is Henry in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Here are the actors who I'm hearing are being courted to test for the dashing young lead (others might be added): Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), George Mackay (Pride) and Brenton Thwaites (The Giver, Maleficent), Mitchell Hope (Descendants'), Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars) and Sam Keeley (In The Heart Of The Sea). Joachim Rønning and Espen… Read

Business

Big Media Shot Itself In The Foot By Selling Shows To Netflix: Analyst

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Major studio and network owners' decision to sell shows to Netflix might go down as one of the biggest strategic blunders they've ever made, if Bernstein Research's Todd Juenger's compelling report today is correct. Like a lot of analysts, he's alarmed by what he calls the “unprecedented” drop in C3 ratings across ad-supported TV,  especially among 18 to 49-year-olds. He figures that the 4% decline in total day TV viewing vs the same period last year equals about 13… Read

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Feature-Hungry Netflix Courts Weinstein Marketing Head Stephen Bruno

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EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Bruno, the well-regarded head of marketing for The Weinstein Company, has been offered a lucrative position to take a leadership post in marketing at Netflix. It comes at a time when the subscription service's commitment to original programming is growing to the point where it is determined to build a program to generate 10-12 feature-caliber films per year. I'm told Bruno is likely to take the job after serving a total of seven years at TWC, with a… Read

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Pilots ‘Knifeman’ & ‘Galyntine’ Not Going Forward At AMC

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AMC has passed on pilots Knifeman and Galyntine. This marks three consecutive drama pilots at AMC not to go forward, following the pass to Line Of Sight in March. It has been 15 months since the network last picked up a pilot to series — both Turn and Halt And Catch Fire in July 2013 — as AMC has been shifting strategy to more straight-to-series orders during the past year, including Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, martial arts drama Badlands and UK co-production Hu… Read

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PBS Gets More ‘Vicious’ With Ian McKellen & Derek Jacobi

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PBS officially announced a second-season pickup for ITV's sitcom Vicious, starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. The pubcaster will debut the six-episode season in the summer as part of a lineup of British programming. The news follows the series' recommission by the UK broadcaster.  Shine International represented Vicious in the PBS deal, holding the international distribution rights. Full episodes will be available for viewing on the PBS Video Portal for 30 days after… Read

Film

‘Magic City’ Becomes Feature; Bruce Willis & Bill Murray Join Original Starz Cast

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The Mitch Glazer-created period Miami casino mob series Magic City, which Starz canceled last year after a two-season run, is moving to the big screen. Glazer wrote the script and will direct series regulars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch, who'll be joined by Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and others. Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Brett Ratner of RatPac and Gerry Schwartz of Onex Corporation will produce and finance, with Steve Bing of Shangri-La… Read

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