ABC Nabs Fortune Feimster Comedy From Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey & Robert Carlock
The Cabot College team of creator/executive Matt Hubbard and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have reunited for another multi-camera project. It will be headlined by Cabot College co-star, actor-comedian Fortune Feimster.
Hubbard again will write the script for the project — which has landed at ABC with penalty in a competitive situation — this time with the show's star Feimster as co-writer. Set in North Carolina, the untitled multicamera comedy is based… Read
Bryan Cranston “Congratulates” Florida Mom On Anti-‘Breaking Bad’ Doll Campaign
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has tweeted his amazement/amusement upon learning Toys R Us was taking his action figure off its shelves in response to an online petition created by a Florida housewife. Toys R Us, meanwhile, has learned about the downside of the media's deep and abiding love of all things Breaking Bad, when a flood of late-night gags and morning-infotainment-show hand-wringers turned a puny 8,000 signature-strong petition protesting the dolls into a… Read
WGA PAC Endorsements Heavy On California Incumbent Democrats
With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the WGA West's political action committee has endorsed California Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for re-election. The guild's PAC also endorsed seven candidates for the U.S. Senate — all incumbent Democrats — and nine Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. "These candidates have demonstrated support for the Writers Guild's public policy priorities," the WGA West's PAC said in a… Read
Modern VideoFilm Under New Management As Corporate Restructuring Veterans Step In
Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, which specializes in reorganizing troubled companies, has taken over day-to-day operation of Modern VideoFilm. Scott Avila, a principal of Deloitte CRG, has been named CEO of the postproduction facility. He replaces Moshe Barkat, the company's founder, who was ousted as CEO and President by the board of directors in September. Cooper Crouse, a director of Deloitte CRG, has been named President of Modern Video/Film.
Avila and… Read
Streaming Cash: Redbox Reports Losses From Its Joint Venture With Verizon
It's become fashionable - especially since last week when HBO and CBS announced their online plans - to look at Internet streaming as a digital gold rush. But the folks at Redbox tell a different story, in an SEC filing today, about their experience with their now-defunct joint venture: Redbox Instant by Verizon. Parent company Outerwall says that it contributed $77M to the venture, and received $70.5M — including disc rentals tied to the subscriptions and a $16.8M… Read
World Series Ratings: Game 1 Strikes Out With New Low
UPDATE, 1:57 PM: The final stats are in for last night's World Series Game 1 and it looks like there were two losers: The Kansas City Royals, obviously, after falling to the San Francisco Giants 7-1, and Fox. The opening game got a 3.4/11 rating between 8-11 PM with 12.19 million viewers. That's a drop of 19% from the first game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 23 last year. Last night's game dipped 6% from the previous all-time World… Read
Lifetime Orders ‘Lizzie Borden’ Limited Series Starring Christina Ricci
Following the success of its original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, Lifetime had picked up a follow-up six-episode limited series, Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, with Christina Ricci set to reprise her role as the notorious murderer. Also returning for the series is the movie's Clea DuVall, who will also reprise her role as Lizzie Borden's sister, Emma. The series, from Sony Pictures TV, which produced the movie, will debut in 2015.
Lifetime has turned… Read
Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque
How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18: King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn't specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the… Read
Alcon Worldwide Marketing President Richard Ingber To Exit
Alcon marketing exec Richard Ingber is departing his post after 14 years with the WB-based company and seven years as its President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. Ingber, who also produced Alcon's family hit Dolphin Tale, will resume his eponymous Richard Ingber Entertainment marketing firm while staying on as consultant on Alcon's Hillsong – Let Hope Rise and their Point Break reboot.
Ingber first joined Alcon as a marketing consultant in 200 on family pic My Dog… Read
‘Bewitched’ Follow-Up Series Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment
In a very competitive situation, Bewitched, a new take on the classic supernatural sitcom, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony Pictures TV took out the comedy, penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, last week, garnering interest from multiple networks that created a bidding situation between NBC and ABC, the network that aired the original series from 1964-1972.
Coming on the 50th anniversary of Bewitched's debut, the new version… Read
Warner Bros Says “No Merit” To ‘Conjuring’ Producer’s “Money Laundering” Charge Against New Line
Tony DeRosa-Grund brought some big guns to his war with Warner Bros and its New Line Cinema division today. Already battling the studio in the courts, The Conjuring producer has now charged New Line and its Biz and Legal Affairs head Craig A. Alexander with violating federal racketeering laws.
“The case has no merit, and we will vigorously defend it,” a Warners spokesperson told me today. But DeRosa-Grund has a lot more to say.
"As a result of Defendants' overt… Read
Brad Silberling Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios
After directing the pilots for the two most recent CBS TV Studios-produced CW series to go beyond the original 13-episode orders, Brad Silberling has been signed by the studio in a two-year overall deal. The last two pilot seasons, Silberling directed the CW/CBS Studios pilots Reign and Jane the Virgin. Both went to series, with Reign currently in Season 2 and freshman Jane recently given a full-season order. The pilot for Jane was among the best reviewed this… Read