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A CNN Star Is Born As She Is Shown The Door: Video

Lisa Desjardins

The day before a holiday weekend usually is a good time to unload employees - Take Out the Trash Day, it's cruelly called in the business. Some of the best-known and most respected execs in TV industry have decided, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for example, that they need to spend more time with their families or pursue other interests. Corporate thinking is that the bad news will get missed by the many people already in vacation mode and not checking email, Twitter… Read


Telluride: ‘Wild’ World Premiere Brings Tears And Oscar Talk For Reese Witherspoon


The Telluride Film Festival  got started with a bang this afternoon — with a special Patrons screening in front of Friday night's official launch — as Fox Searchlight's December release Wild  had its World Premiere and first-ever public screening. The best-selling nonfiction book by Cheryl Strayed about her hike across the 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail has been turned into a beautifully crafted cinematic journey by director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club). R… Read


Wil Wheaton Blogs His Syfy Show Is Toast


Wil Wheaton says Syfy will not order more episodes of The Wil Wheaton Project. The 12-episode summer series hosted by the actor/blogger/geek culture expert. The actor/blogger/geek culture expert blogged about it today, saying he got a call this week from a Syfy exec he did not name, as he was returning from a walk on the beach with his wife to look at the big waves. "I have [Syfy Network Executive] for you," a disinterested assistant said. "Okay," I said. The line fell… Read


ABC Buys Medical Thriller From Janine Sherman Barrois & Aaron Kaplan


Medical drama's hot streak this pitch season continues with another sale at ABC. Cold Blood, from Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, is taking a different spin on the the medical genre, mixing it with a conspiracy thriller. Set at New York Memorial, the world's most prestigious hospital, Cold Blood has the feel of The Firm in a medical setting. It follows Dr. Cara West, an African-American attending who joins… Read


Telluride: Fandor Acquires Sci-Fi Short ‘The Sand Storm’ Starring Ai Weiwei

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EXCLUSIVE: Indie film subcription service Fandor has acquired sci-fi short film The Sand Storm ahead of its Telluride debut this weekend, and has set a day and date release coinciding with its world premiere this Sunday, August 31. The narrative short is directed by Jason Wishnow, the filmmaker behind the viral idea-fostering TED Talks. It co-stars Chinese art star Ai Weiwei (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) in the dystopian tale of a city facing a water crisis in the near future… Read


Bob Cooper, EOne Prep Post-Apocalyptic Event Series With Book Acquisition


What if most of America is wiped out in a nuclear attack? Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment Television and Entertainment One Television are exploring that nightmarish scenario in an event series project based on the upcoming nonfiction book Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government's Secret Plan To Save Itself - While the Rest Of Us Die by Garrett Graff. Landscape and eOne, where Cooper's company has a first-look deal, have optioned rights to the book, which… Read


Miranda Mayo Joins ‘Pretty Little Liars'; Samm Levine In ‘Selfie’

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Miranda Mayo (The Game) has been cast in a recurring role on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, from Warner Horizon and Alloy. Mayo will play Talia, a chef who is new to Rosewood. She gets off on the wrong foot with Emily (Shay Mitchell), and things go downhill from there. Mayo, repped by Abrams Artist Agency and Sheila Crawford Management, recurs on Days Of Our Lives and next will seen in feature We Are Your Friends. Samm Levine has booked a recurring role opposite Karen… Read


Animation Guild Wage Survey Paints Mixed Picture

Animation Guild

The Animation Guild's 2014 wage survey is in (read it here), and it shows salaries for animators holding fairly steady this year compared with last year. But the reported median weekly pay for some jobs — most notably staff TV writers, feature storyboard artists, and staff story editors — is down from salaries reported five years ago. The median weekly pay reported by feature animation directors is up compared with 2013 and 24% higher than in 2010. Meanwhile, overall… Read


Fox Buys Detective Drama Based On Australian Miniseries ‘Jack Irish’


Fox is taking a spin on the crime drama genre with Jack Irish, an adaptation of the 2012 Australian mini-series starring Guy Pearce, which in turn was based on the detective novels by Peter Temple. (watch a trailer for the mini below.) Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey (The Following) and produced by 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, the adaptation centers on Jack Irish, a part-time lawyer, debt collector, and apprentice cabinet maker, who is getting… Read


‘The Greatest American Hero’ Gets Fox Remake With Phil Lord & Chris Miller

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EXCLUSIVE: A Steven J. Cannell cult classic is getting a reboot at Fox. The network has given a put pilot commitment to The Greatest American Hero, a new take on the 1981 sci-fi dramedy, which is being shepherded by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the successful feature franchise based on another '80s TV series by Cannell, 21 Jump Street. Lord and Miller will executive produce the hourlong action comedy alongside Cannell's daughter, television director Tawnia… Read


A+E Networks Outbids Time Warner For 10% Vice Media Stake

Vice Media

In a bit of a stunner, A+E Networks has just bumped off a rival effort by Time Warner to acquire a 10% stake in Vice Media, the upstart digital news organization with a show on TW-owned HBO, almost 5M subscribers to its YouTube channel and a much-coveted young male demographic. Deadline has learned the deal is for $250M, valuing Vice at $2.5B, and was spearheaded by A+E president and CEO Nancy Dubuc, who sees Vice's digital imprint and target young male demo a perfect… Read


ICM Partners Trying To Head Off Interns’ Class Action Lawsuit

ICM Partners

EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners is moving fast to quash a potential class action suit brought by interns, Deadline has learned, that could shine the spotlight on one of Hollywood's dirty, not-so-secret practices. ICM head of HR Karen Abrams began making a series of calls to former interns this week seeking information supporting ICM's intern program. The move comes after Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau, the plaintiffs and former interns filed a motion in federal court on… Read


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