Layer3 TV Taps Lindsay Gardner To Lead Programming And Content Acquisition
EXCLUSIVE: A lot of in-the-know media folks have their eyes on Layer3 TV, even though they can't really describe the maddeningly opaque firm that calls itself a “next-generation cable provider.” But here's something new: It will launch next year - and it just hired former Fox Networks President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing Lindsay Gardner to chair its Content Advisory Board. Prior to joining Fox he was executive director of programming for Cox Communications, and… Read
NBC Cameraman Declared Ebola-Free; Tries To Rescue Nancy Snyderman From Self-Inflicted Career Disaster — UPDATE
NBC's freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, officially declared Ebola free this afternoon by experts at the Nebraska Medical Center biocontainment unit, celebrated by attempting today to rescue the network's chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman from the career-nuking situation she created when she violated the voluntary quarantine she'd agreed to, on-air.:
Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each… Read
‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Will Hit China Before Opening Stateside
Exclusive: Kids in China will be seeing Penguins of Madagascar nearly two weeks before kids in America get a chance to see the spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise. The film opens in China on Nov. 14, two days before its red carpet premier in New York, and 12 days before the film debuts in U.S. theaters on Nov. 26. That's because the Chinese government sets the dates for all movie openings there.
Oriental DreamWorks, which works closely with the Chinese… Read
‘American Dad!’ Moves to TBS; 2.5 Million Follow
TBS's American Dad! premiere kicked off Monday night with 2.5 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for the premiere on TBS and encore presentation on Adult Swim. That made it basic cable's most-watched entertainment program for the night. The show also topped last night's charts among basic cable entertainment programs in key demos, drawing more than 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 1.2 million adults 18-34.
Breaking it down: TBS's 9 PM premiere telecast drew 1.1… Read
Julie Anne Robinson Sells Drama With Shondaland, ‘No Angels’ Comedy Adaptation With Amblin To ABC
Director-producer Julie Anne Robinson (Suburgatory) has set up two projects at ABC through her pod deal with ABC Studios — drama The Long Game, for which Robinson's Canny Lads Productions has teamed with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' ABC Studios-based Shondaland; and a single-camera comedy adaptation of the praised British dramedy No Angels, on which Robinson has partnered with Amblin TV. Robinson is directing and executive producing.
The Long Game is written by Jennifer… Read
‘Today’ Show Interviews NFL’s New Social Responsibility Team, Debuts League’s New Domestic Violence PSA Campaign
The same afternoon NBC's Law & Order: SVU announced it would do a ripped from the headlines episode about sports and domestic violence, NBC's Today show announced it had landed an exclusive interview with the NFL's new Social Responsibility Team in which they talk about what a “very very bad idea” it is to toss domestic abusers from the league and the need for “an opportunity for people to have a second chance…/return to playing.” The interview will air tomorrow… Read
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Tackles Sports And Domestic Violence
Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) will guest star on one of those November sweep ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Wolf Films/Universal Television's Law & Order: SVU that we have come to expect and love. This one will tackle the whole sports/domestic violence issue. Coleman's character is described as “an ex-sports star turned reporter” who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good) in the episode titled "Spousal… Read
‘Z Nation’ Renewed For Second Season On Syfy
Z Nation is coming back. Syfy announced it has picked up the zombie drama for a second season for debut in 2015. The series' freshman 13-episode run kicked off on September 12 with 1.6 million viewers, making it the most watched show on cable in its 10 PM slot and the second best among the key demo. Z Nation hails from Sharknado franchise producers the… Read
CBS Buys Medical Drama From Neal Baer & Alexandra McNally
Under The Dome showrunner Neal Baer has teamed with the series' supervising producer Alexandra McNally for a medical drama, which has been set up at CBS. It hails from CBS TV Studios where Baer is under an overall deal. Written by McNally, Windward Clinic takes an unflinching look at the deeply personal and raw stories of the dedicated health care workers who come together at a clinic in Venice that serves as a crossroads for the haves and have-nots. McNally and Baer… Read
IFC Nabs Al Pacino Drama ‘Manglehorn’
IFC Films is taking U.S. rights to Manglehorn, the Al Pacino starrer helmed by David Gordon Green that premiered last month in Venice and Toronto. Pacino stars along with Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, and Chris Messina in the drama about a reclusive small town locksmith (Pacino) torn between mourning the love of his life and moving on via a new cautious friendship with a local woman.
Manglehorn was one of the hot titles left unbought at the close of TIFF, where CAA was… Read
Is Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ The Next Bollywood Blockbuster? (Video)
Bollywood stars have been having a good run at the international box office over the past year, from Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif's current release Bang Bang to Salman Khan in Kick this summer. Next up is arguably the best-known global Bollywood hitmaker, Shah Rukh Khan, in Happy New Year (see trailer below). Set for day-and-date release on Friday in India, North America, Australia, the UK, UAE and elsewhere, the heist pic reunites Khan with his Om Shanti Om and Chennai… Read
Yahoo Shares Rise As Mobile Revenues Help It Beat Q3 Earnings Expectations
UPDATE, 3:19 PM: “We've achieved much more than many people realize,” CEO Marissa Mayer told investors, including many — led by Starboard Value — who wonder about her company's prospects now that they can buy their own shares in Alibaba instead of doing so indirectly through Yahoo, a major stock owner.
She noted in a call following Yahoo's Q3 earnings release that it has repurchased $7.7B worth of its own shares since she took charge in mid 2012. She also defended her… Read