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Susan Lyne Moves From AOL’s Brand Group To A New Fund For Women-led Internet Ventures

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The former president of ABC Entertainment and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is now also the former CEO of AOL's Brand Group. She just left the job that she took in February 2013 after the Internet company asked her to be president of its new venture entity, The BBG Fund. The name of the fund is an acronym for Built By Girls and AOL says it will be “focused on early stage investments in women-led consumer internet start-ups.” AOL will put about $10M into it, but… Read


Warner Bros Could Be Haunted By New ‘Conjuring’ Producer Lawsuit

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Tony DeRosa-Grund is still battling it out with Warner Bros over his role and rights for The Conjuring franchise, but now a new legal front has opened against the producer – a lawsuit with implications that could potentially spook the studio and New Line's plans to enlarge the horror franchise of the hit 2013 paranormal pic. In the complaint, a novice producer is alleging that not only does the often litigious DeRosa-Grund owe him more than $250,000 from a sprawling deal… Read


UPDATE: Players Back Musicians As Unions Sack NFL Super Bowl Halftime Pay-To-Play Scheme

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UPDATED 3:11PM: The NFL's players union is siding with the musicians in the dust-up over pay-to-play for the Super Bowl halftime show. "The NFL Players Association will always support workers and fair wages," a spokesman for the NFL Players Association tells Deadline. PREVIOUSLY 2:11PM: Union pushback is mounting against the NFL's reported plan to get halftime acts to pay to perform at future Super Bowls. The AFL-CIO's Department of Professional Employees today just… Read


R.I.P. Music Executive & Producer David Anderle

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The veteran record producer and music industry executive died September 1 of cancer at his Los Angeles home. David Anderle was 77. During a 35-year career, he worked with such storied acts as the Doors, Frank Zappa, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Delaney & Bonnie and served as music supervisor for numerous films including Good Morning, Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Scrooged and Soul Man. His friendship with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson led to the… Read


Venice: Thelma Schoonmaker On Working With Martin Scorsese, ‘Silence’ & Preserving Michael Powell’s Legacy

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Thelma Schoonmaker was at the Venice Film Festival today to accept the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. She was also on the Lido to present a restored version of her late husband Michael Powell's The Tales Of Hoffman. I sat down with Martin Scorsese's longtime Oscar-winning editor for a chat this morning overlooking a raging Adriatic Sea. Our conversation ranged from two of the most important men in her life, to the controversy surrounding The Wolf Of Wall Street… Read


Ensemble Friends Comedy Produced By Jason Winer Lands At NBC As Put Pilot

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As we mark the 20-year anniversary of Friends' debut this month, it is fitting that NBC has won the bidding for a new multi-camera comedy about a group of friends. The network has bought The One That Got Away, from creators Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger (How To Be A Gentleman) and producer Jason Winer, with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, marking another high-profile pitch from the studio to land at a network other than Fox this season. The… Read


Paramount Marketing Chief Josh Greenstein Moving To Sony; Megan Colligan Takes Charge At Paramount & Others Re-Up

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Josh Greenstein, chief marketing officer since 2011, will not be staying at Paramount Pictures and is expected to join Sony Pictures Entertainment when his contract ends on Dec. 31st to become head of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment. He replaces Jeff Blake who exited after launching Sony's summer box office. On the heels of that move, Paramount has promoted Megan Colligan to President, Worldwide Distribution and Marketing. She will… Read


History’s ‘Houdini’ Locks Up 3.7M On First Night; ‘Saved By The Bell’ Pic Soft


Part 1 of History's four-hour miniseries starring Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini drew 3.7 million total viewers on Labor Day. Houdini also tied up 1.5 million in the 25-54 demo for the 9 PM ET opening two hours of its latest mini based on a historical figure. The network drew big numbers with Bonnie & Clyde last year and Hatfields & McCoys in 2012, along with its epic 10-hour 2013 mini The Bible, which has spawned a sequel. Part 2 of Houdini airs tonight. On fellow A+E… Read


HBO Miniseries ‘Show Me A Hero’ Adds Cast

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Latanya Richardson Jackson, Natalie Paul, Clarke Peters and Daniel Stern have joined the growing cast of HBO's miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, the six-hour mini stars Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the… Read


Apple Says It’s Not Responsible For Theft Of Celebrity Nude Photos


Don't blame security flaws in Apple's iCloud for the theft and distribution this weekend of several nude photos of prominent actresses including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and Kate Upton, the electronics company says.  After a 40-hour investigation it concluded that the privacy violations came from a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions,” Apple said today in a statement. “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any… Read


Netflix Renews ‘Hemlock Grove’ For Third And Final Season

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Netflix has renewed its original series Hemlock Grove for a 10-episode third season to be released in 2015 but that will be the gothic thriller drama's final chapter. Charles H. (Chic) Eglee, who joined as showrunner in Season 2, will return to the show based on Brian McGreevy's novel, from Gaumont International Television and executive producer Eli Roth. "We are so grateful to the fans of Hemlock Grove who have championed the series so intensely over two seasons," said… Read


CeeLo Green’s ‘The Good Life’ Gets Ax From TBS

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TBS already has taken down its web page for The Good Life hours after its cancellation. The axing comes in the wake of star CeeLo Green rattling the Twittersphere during the holiday weekend with controversial, and since-deleted, comments about rape. The unscripted series bowed June 23, and its six-episode rookie run wrapped July 28. The singer officially left NBC's The Voice in… Read


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