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Writers Guild “Concerned” About Intellectual Property Leaks In Sony Hack

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Concerned that its members' scripts and personal data have been compromised, the Writers Guild of America West says it is following the attack on Sony Pictures very closely. "The security of the intellectual property created by guild members and the protection of their personal information are very important issues for us," a WGA spokesman told Deadline. "We are also concerned about the effects that a breach like this has on Sony and other legitimate businesses." Deadline… Read

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Da’vine Joy Randolph & Sheaun McKinney Cast In Danny McBride HBO Series ‘Vice Principals’

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Selfie regular Da'vine Joy Randolph has been cast as a female lead in Vice Principals, HBO's 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Also cast in the series, created by McBride and Hill, is Sheaun McKinney (Graceland). Vice Principals tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals, one of them played by McBride. Randolph plays Dr. Belinda Brown, the confident & powerful new Principal at… Read

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Comedy Central Ups Ian Friedman To VP Original Programming

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Comedy Central vet Ian Friedman has been promoted to VP Original Programming and Development. He will continue to be based in the network's Santa Monica office, reporting to EVP Jim Sharp. "Ian is probably a smarter and more talented exec than we deserve, but he has a couple of character flaws that balance him out," said Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production. Friedman joined the all-comedy channel in 2008 as a Manager of Development and Acquisitions… Read

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Dick Wolf’s ‘Nightwatch’ To Premiere In January On A&E

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A&E's new original series Nightwatch will premiere January 22 at 10 PM. The hour-long unscripted series, executive produced by Dick Wolf and his Wolf Reality along with 44 Blue Prods, follows elite teams of emergency responders as they risk their lives to work the busiest and most unnerving shift of the day, the overnight shift in New Orleans, Louisiana. A&E announced the pilot in… Read

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Neil Jackson Joins TNT Pilot ‘Lumen'; Giacomo Gianniotti In Lifetime Mini ‘Marilyn’

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British actor Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow) has joined the cast of TNT drama pilot, Lumen, written by Chris Black and directed by Joe Johnson. In Lumen, the famous author of a best-selling series of fantasy books suddenly disappears, and a family of four finds themselves transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. Jackson, repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment, will play Prince Dai of Lumen who's also the long lost husband and father of the… Read

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‘Dear White People’s Tessa Thompson Lands ‘Creed’ Lead

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EXCLUSIVE: MGM's Rocky spinoff Creed has found its female lead in Tessa Thompson, the actress who broke out this year in the Sundance hit Dear White People and also can be seen in Ava DuVernay's upcoming Oscar contender Selma. Thompson will star opposite Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in the film from Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler, which will see Stallone reprise his iconic character Rocky Balboa, now a trainer and mentor to the grandson (Jordan) of his… Read

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Barry Meyer Named To Federal Reserve Bank’s Board In San Francisco

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Will the former Warner Bros CEO help Janet Yellin launch an acting career, or perhaps urge his fellow Fed governors to “greenlight” their next purchase of Treasury securities? We'll see: Barry Meyer was appointed today to serve at least until the end of 2016 as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's board of directors. The Fed rarely includes execs from entertainment: Representatives from member banks hold three of the nine director seats at each of the… Read

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Taryn Manning, Pam Grier, Joe Morton & Samantha Droke Round Out ‘Cleveland Abduction’ Cast

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Orange Is The New Black's Taryn Manning, Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Joe Morton (Scandal) and Samantha Droke (Eastwick) have rounded out the cast of Lifetime original movie Cleveland Abduction (fka The Michelle Knight Story), about the ordeal of the 21-year-old Ohio single mom who becomes the first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro.  Manning will star as Knight, a 21-year-old single mom fighting for custody of her two-year-old son, whose life was irrevocably changed when she… Read

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Stephen Hill Upped To BET President Of Programming

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BET Networks has filled the vacancy left by the September departure of president of original programming Loretha Jones by expanding the turf of President of Music Programming & Specials Stephen Hill. BET veteran Hill has been promoted to President of Programming, overseeing both Original Programming and Music Programming & Specials. He will continue to be based in New York, reporting to Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "I have worked with Stephen for over… Read

Sony Hit With Another Ex-Employees’ Class Action Over ‘Interview’ “Retribution”

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Legal trouble is coming as a duo for the hacked apart Sony Pictures. Just one day after the first class action lawsuit from former employees of the studio hit the courts, another was filed today. Unlike the previous complaint, this one from the former production coordinator and production manger on 2004's Spider-Man 2 is centering its claims on upcoming directly on The Interview as well as Sony digital security. “The damages sustained by Sony's current and former… Read

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‘Pontius Pilate’ — Sans Brad Pitt — Headed For Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8?

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EXCLUSIVE: Pontius Pilate, a script by Woman On Top scribe Vera Blasi about one of the most vilified figures in history, has shaken loose from Warner Bros. Several financiers are chasing it, but I'm told the clear front-runner is Jeff Robinov's Studio 8. That makes sense because Robinov ran production at Warner Bros when the script landed there, and he was a big proponent. Gone from the project is Brad Pitt, who was attached to play the title figure who sentenced Jesus… Read

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Sony Hack: “Christmas Gift” Reveals Michael Lynton Emails Stolen Days Before Attack

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The big “Christmas gift” promised by Sony's cyber-attackers turned out to be just the thing everyone in Hollywood has been waiting for: Thousands of emails stolen from Sony Pictures co-Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. Emails belonging to Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal were released in previous days, exposing confidential company documents and embarrassing messages about Hollywood celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Screen Gems star Kevin Hart, and a damaging exchange… Read