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HBO Developing VA Hospital Limited Series From Eric Roth & Denis Johnson

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HBO has in the works Unarmed, a limited drama series from Oscar winner Eric Roth and writer Denis Johnson, set at an Armed Forces medical center. Warner Bros. TV and Timberman/Beverly are producing the project, now in development, which is looking for a director in anticipation of a pilot order. Unarmed centers on Amos Searl, a civilian psychiatrist new to his practice at an Armed Forces medical center that specializes in treating amputees and burn victims, critically… Read

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Who Are The Winners And Losers From The Charter-TWC Mega-Deal?

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The media landscape looks different today. Charter’s new agreement to pay $56 billion in cash and stock for Time Warner Cable, plus $10.4 billion for Bright House Networks, puts a high price tag on cable systems. And if the deal passes muster with regulatory officials, then Charter will become the No. 2  cable company with 23.9 million customers, close behind Comcast. What does this mean? The frank answer is: nobody knows. Media mega-mergers rarely play out the way the… Read

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Broadway Box Office Tops $1.3B For Record-Breaking 2014-2015 Season

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UPDATE 2:20 P.M. with more info throughout. Broadway’s crazy 2014-2015 season ended on a very high note, especially if you’re a theater owner or one of a handful of producers with big fat hits: The week that ended Sunday brought the Street’s 52-week total gross to $1.36 billion. Total attendance of 13.1 million also set a record, surpassing by more than 2.6 million that of the 10 professional New York and New Jersey sports teams combined, according to the trade group… Read

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Loud TV Partners With UK’s Plum Pictures To Create Content For U.S. Market

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Leftfield Entertainment’s Loud TV (Tiny House Nation) is teaming with Stuart Cabb and Will Daws’ UK-based Plum Pictures to create formats and original series for the U.S. market. The companies will work out of Loud’s New York City offices. The pair already have a series greenlit by FYI and a project in development at MTV. Launched in 2007, Plum Pictures has focused on unscripted series which provide access to secretive, hidden worlds within the UK. Titles include 2014… Read

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John Swetnam Cannes Pic ‘Spectrum’ Comes Together With Maple Leaf Funding

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EXCLUSIVE: News of splashy deals for finished films, sizzle reels and scripts with talent attachments made on the Croisette will continue to be unveiled for the next few weeks. Here’s one that got done just before the fest market closed. Maple Leaf Films’ Tove Christensen and Michael Wexler agreed to finance and produce Spectrum, a science fiction thriller that John Swetnam will direct. It’s based on his idea and was scripted by Lex Edness. 13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi is… Read

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Snapchat To Ramp Up Original Content, Taps Marcus Wiley As Programming Chief

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Are self-destructing series the next frontier in original online content? Fast-growing social network Snapchat is taking another step in establishing itself as an original content player with the hire of former Fox SVP comedy Marcus Wiley as Head of Program Planning and Development. Wiley’s efforts are expected to be focused on amping up original content offered by Snap Channel, primarily short-form narrative scripted/musical series — some of them experimental. The… Read

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Kino Lorber Acquires Cannes Pic ‘Measure Of A Man'; Picturehouse Picks Up Ashley Judd Starrer ‘Big Stone Gap’

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Kino Lorber has picked up North American rights to The Measure Of A Man, which earned Vincent Lindon the Best Actor Award at Cannes. Stephane Brizé directed the pic from a script he co-wrote with Olivier Gorce about a laid-off man who takes a demeaning job as a security guard at a supermarket. The distributor will open the film in theaters in the fall. Picturehouse has acquired U.S. rights to Big Stone Gap, a period drama starring Ashley Judd. The distributor has set an… Read

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Robert Rodriguez Boards Live-Action ‘Jonny Quest’ Pic At Warner Bros

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Warner Bros is trying again in its long-running attempt to turn the Hanna-Barbera boy hero Jonny Quest into a live-action family adventure franchise. The studio has set Robert Rodriguez to direct the film, and he and Terry Rossio are rewriting a Dan Mazeau draft that made the Black List. Dan Lin and Prime Universe’s Adrian Askarieh are producing. Jonny is the kid who accompanied his scientist father, their bodyguard Race Bannon and Jonny’s pal Hadji on a series of global… Read

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‘Supergirl’, ‘Minority Report’ Among Critics’ Choice TV Awards’ Top New Series

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The list is getting longer every year. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category, up from seven last year and six the year before. They include American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC), Minority Report (Fox), The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (Fox), Supergirl (CBS), and UnREAL (Lifetime). All are dramas except for comedy The Muppets and horror comedy Scream Queens. The honorees were… Read

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Ryan Seacrest To Host ‘Knock Knock Live’ For Fox This Summer

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Ryan Seacrest will try to launch another reality hit on Fox in the summer. The network announced this morning it will debut Knock Knock Live, on Tuesday, July 21. Seacrest will stay in a Los Angeles-based studio while a “Knock Knock Live team” travels the country to knock on people’s door and offer them a chance to win a big cash prize, meet their fave celebrity, have a concert on their front lawn, win courtside seats, etc. just for correctly naming nine kids who live on… Read

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Thomas Mann, Jenny Slate Join ‘Brain On Fire'; Dakota Fanning Stars In Woman’s Descent Into Madness

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EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate are in talks to join Dakota Fanning in Brain On Fire. Glassland's Gerard Barrett is directing his scripted adaptation of the Susannah Cahalan's bestselling memoir Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness, with Fanning playing the author during a terrifying and sudden descent into insanity as the result of a mysterious illness. Charlize Theron, Beth Kono and AJ Dix are producing for Denver and Delilah Films, and Rob Merilees for Foundation… Read

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Tony Awards Confidential – Handicapping The Races For Best Play, Musical & Revivals

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With less than two weeks to go before the Tony Awards are handed out live June 7 on CBS, knuckles are white, fingernails are bitten, eyelids are twitching, feet are pacing, chat rooms are buzzing, Anna Wintour is doing whatever she does, and Ben Brantley, Charles Isherwood and Michael Riedel are telling you who’s going to win with soothsaying certainty. Alternatively, here’s the lowdown from this corner on who and what will win in the top fields. BEST PLAY: The Curious Inc… Read