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Disney Accelerator Hits Gas For Round Two Of Startup Applications

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Disney Accelerator, the program designed to jump-start a group of technology firms focused on entertainment and media, has begun accepting applications for its second round of 10 companies. Winning teams will be mentored by top Disney execs, entrepreneurs, investors and others for three months and receive $120,000 in startup capital each. The program begins July 6 and concludes with a Demo Day on Oct. 6. The accelerator is a partnership between TechStars, which runs… Read


Tyler James Williams Cast In ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff

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Tyler James Williams, who recurs on The Walking Dead, is set to co-star opposite Gary Sinise in CBS Criminal Minds planted spinoff. The proposed spinoff will air as an episode of the mothership series written by Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. Like Criminal Minds, the spinoff focuses on a division of the FBI. It follows agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. Sinise plays their boss, Jack Garrett. Williams will… Read

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Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ To Hit Theaters Christmas Day

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Sony Pictures announced today that it has scheduled the Will Smith drama Concussion for a Christmas Day release. The film is opening at a prime time, not only because of the holiday movie season but also just as the NFL will be preparing for the playoffs. Concussion follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth… Read


‘Code Black’ Medical Drama From Michael Seitzman, Divorced-Dad Comedy Get CBS Pilot Orders

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CBS has given a pilot order to Code Black, a medical drama from Intelligence creator Michael Seitzman. David Semel has come on board to direct the pilot, from ABC Studios, where Seitzman is under an overall deal, and CBS TV Studios. Additionally, the network has picked up a multi-camera comedy from its sister studio written/executive produced by Tosh.0 co-creator/executive producer Mike Gibbons. Based on Ryan McGarry's feature documentary, Code Black had a put pilot… Read


Indie Filmmakers Often Get Stiffed By Distributors, Study Says


These may be the best of times and the worst of times for independent filmmakers, many of whom are amassed right now in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. With all the new forms of distribution, digital and otherwise, there are now more outlets for their work than ever before. Getting paid, however, is another matter. A new survey by the WGA East of 100 active indie filmmakers found that more than 60% of them reported they've had problems receiving initial… Read


‘Togetherness’ Renewed For Season 2 By HBO


The Duplass brothers are hot at the moment, and HBO is making sure they will continue to be on its roster, renewing the duo’s couples comedy Togetherness for a second season. "We began our love affair with HBO in our parents' living room in 1983, and to have these brilliant creative people put a ring on our fingers with a second season of Togetherness is a real-life dream come true," Jay and Mark Duplass said. Togetherness has been quick to develop a following… Read


‘Steve Jobs’ Cast Finalized, Finally, As Shooting Begins

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Universal said today it kicked off principal photography on Steve Jobs, the long-in-beta biopic that is now set to go with Danny Boyle directing Aaron Sorkin’s script. The already locked cast includes Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing boss Joanna Hoffman, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley, Katherine Waterston as Jobs’ ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and Michael Stuhlbarg as one of the Mac’s origin… Read

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‘Friday The 13th’ & ‘Paranormal Activity 6′ Pushed Back; Paramount Dates ‘Rings’


After pushing the next installment of its Friday The 13th back eight months from March 13 to November 13, Paramount Pictures is kicking Jason again — this time to 2016 with a release on Friday, May 13. Currently occupying that slot is an untitled R-rated comedy from Universal Pictures. The latest rendition of Friday The 13th is co-written by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg. During the late aughts, when studios were updating their classic horror film franchises for… Read


Conde Nast Picks Up Three Sundance Shorts

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Conde Nast Entertainment has acquired a trio of shorts at the Sundance Film Festival. The pics are director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Stop, a timely drama about a young student athlete whose livelihood is put at risk when he is stopped by the police on his way home; Topaz Adizes’ {The And} Marcela & Rock, a documentary that explores the dedication between an ex-convict and the woman whose love guides him on a better path; and Ben Aston’s Russian Roulette, about an astronaut… Read


Paul Pastor Named EVP Network Strategy At Discovery Channel

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Paul Pastor has been named EVP Network Strategy, Revenue and Operations for the Discovery Channel. Network president Rich Ross, to whom Pastor will report, made the announcement this afternoon as Ross wraps up his honeymoon month on the job. Pastor previously served as SVP Strategy and Consumer Analytics for the Disney/ABC Television Group at Disney.  There, he oversaw the division's strategy team, consumer data and analytics team, media-planning team and all research… Read


Irish Tale ‘Brooklyn’ Lands $9 Million Fox Searchlight Deal – Sundance


EXCLUSIVE: Two nights ago, Fox Searchlight was in the middle of an auction for Me And Earl And The Dying Girl that had reached a record $12 million — until FSL instead made a different deal with lower upfront and more upside in success. Now, Searchlight is closing up another deal that is one of the biggest for Sundance, paying $9 million for rights to Brooklyn, the John Crowley-directed period drama that stars Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters… Read