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‘Elementary’ & ‘Person Of Interest’ Face Off In WGN America Promo: Who Wins?

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”We solve mysteries and fight crime,” says Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller aka Sherlock Holmes. “We solve mysteries and stop crimes before they start,” counters Person Of Interest‘s Michael Emerson (Harold Finch). WGN America’s new promo features Elementary stars Miller and Lucy Liu and POI’s Emerson and Jim Caviezel facing off in a test to determine who’s the better twosome and why. The two procedurals join Blue Bloods in the cabler’s Prime Crime lineup this fall… Read

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‘Dope’ Co-Star Kiersey Clemons Signs With UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: Kiersey Clemons, who stars alongside Shameik Moore and Tony Revolori in this year’s Sundance Film Festival darling Dope, has signed with UTA. Rick Famuyiwa’s feature was the focus of one of Park City’s biggest bidding battles in January — it landed with Open Road and Sony for a $7 million in minimum guarantee with a $15 million P&A. The pic opened two weeks ago wide against biggies Jurassic World and Inside Out and has grossed $11.8M domestically to… Read

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Disney Blends Consumer Products And Interactive Media Units

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Stuffed toys are displayed at the Disney Store on November 28, 2012 in New York City. Following a fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory in Bangladesh in which 112 workers were killed on November 24, renewed scrutiny has been brought upon Western clothing companies and their responsibility for working conditions at their overseas operations. Wal-Mart's Faded Glory brand, Sean Combs' ENYCE label and apparel from the Disney Store are just some of the Western brands that were sewn at the Bangladeshi factory. As American consumers continue to demand bargain prices for clothes, retailers are under increasing pressure to balance safe working conditions with cheap labor costs.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The creation of a unit to be named Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) is a response to “changing consumer preferences in a marketplace increasingly influenced by technology,” the company says. It will be jointly run by Leslie Ferraro, who was president of Disney Consumer Products, and Jimmy Pitaro, who had the same title at Disney Interactive. They’ll both oversee functional areas including Finance, Strategy and Business Development, Technology, Human… Read

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Comic-Con: ‘Walking Dead’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Hunger Games’ Casts Set For ‘Conan’ During Confab

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Last year Conan O’Brien announced he would be bringing his TBS late night show to San Diego this year and now it looks like he’s snagged some of the biggest names in town to join him next week. Cast members from AMC and HBO’s blockbuster series The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones will be on stage with O’Brien at San Diego’s historic Spreckels Theatre on July 10. And the small screen will get some competition from the big screen as Jennifer Lawrence and others from the… Read

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Lee Daniels Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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On the heels of the blockbuster success of Empire, the series’ co-creator/executive producer and director Lee Daniels has entered into a rich multiyear overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the soapy Fox drama. Under the extensive pact, Daniels will continue as an executive producer on Empire, which became the highest-rated broadcast drama in seven years, growing in the ratings in each of its telecasts. He also will develop, write, direct and… Read

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‘Cuban Chrome’ Reality Series To Premiere In July On Discovery Channel

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Discovery Channel has set a July premiere for Cuban Chrome, its new reality series focusing on Cuba's classic car culture and the island nation's fascination with American vintage cars. Billed as the first U.S. TV series to be shot entirely on location in Cuba, Cuban Chrome will debut at 10 PM Monday, July 13 and will be simulcast in English on Discovery Channel and in Spanish on Discovery en Espanol. The series was first announced at Discovery's upfront in March. Watch… Read

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CBS Approaches End Of Upfront Ad Sales Saying It Leads The Pack

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CBS is sounding bullish — as you’d expect — as it heads into the home stretch of its upfront ad sales. The broadcaster says it’s “confident” that at the end it will have “secured more total dollars – and the highest pricing – of all the broadcast networks.” With its strong performance last season, the network was expected to see unit prices rise about mid single digits — roughly in line with its performance last year. But the network’s statement leaves open the… Read

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Vertigo DC Movies Like Sandman Going To New Line; Warner Bros Keeps Batman, Superman, Justice League, Other DC Titles

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros-owned DC Comics imprint Vertigo movie titles are going to come under the auspices of New Line Cinema, I’m told. Warner Bros has its hands full with Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and all of the other tentpole pictures they are planning from DC titles, and so it would make sense for the Vertigo titles to be steered under Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener. The Vertigo titles are considered subversive compared to the WB-steered DC Comics titles… Read

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Billy Magnussen To Star In John Singleton ‘Snowfall’ FX Pilot

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Billy Magnussen, who plays Kato Kaelin in FX’s upcoming 10-hour limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, is expanding his relationship with the network with another project about events from Los Angeles’ recent history. Magnussen has been tapped as one of the leads of Snowfall, FX’s drama pilot from John Singleton about the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Co-created and co-written by the Boyz n the Hood… Read

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Tina Fey To Keynote Produced By: New York

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The Produced By Conference is heading back to New York City on October 24 for its second annual confab there with Tina Fey headlining the “Conversations With…” series. Produced By: New York will be held again at the Time Warner Center, in sponsorship with Time Warner Inc. and HBO.   Producers, filmmakers and talent at the first annual Produced By: New York included Bonnie Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Mark Gordon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Kilik, Hawk Koch, Jenni Konner, Don… Read

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XLrator Media Pacts With Parkside & Tadross Media Group On Film Slate

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XLrator Media has inked with Parkside Pictures and Tadross Media Group in deal to build a multi-picture production slate the companies will co-produce and distribute worldwide. There already is a first film in the pipeline: action thriller If, written and to be directed by Mario Van Peebles. Shooting starts in the fall on the pic. XLrator already has co-production deals with New Artists Alliance for three sci-fi thrillers and Benattar/Thomas for three action-thrillers… Read

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Comic-Con: Warner Bros TV Unveils Official ‘Gotham’ Heroes Confab Bag

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EXCLUSIVE: Their second annual mega-panel won't hit Hall H until July 11 but WBTV is going to have a big presence at Comic-Con 2015 from the minute the doors of the San Diego Convention Center open next week. For the sixth consecutive year, Warner Bros Entertainment are splashing their shows on the official bag given out to everyone who's going to the July 9 -12 confab. And there are a lot of options because …well, there are a lot of WBTV shows strutting their stuff this… Read