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Haim Saban, Chris Columbus ‘Toon In ZAG Animation Studios

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The 'toon world just got a little bit more crowded. The man who made billions of dollars from the network that brought Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to the United States, and the man who directed or produced three Harry Potter pics have joined with a producer of The Help and a children's programming entrepreneur to form ZAG Animation Studios. Haim Saban, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and ZAG Entertainment's Jeremy Zag's new venture plans to produce at least one 3D and… Read


‘Citizenfour,’ ‘The Sixties’ Among IDA Documentary Award Nominees


The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today, with awards being bestowed December 5th at the Paramount Theatre on the studio lot. The top films nominated in the best feature category include the critically-acclaimed Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and the state of surveillance of civilians post 9/11 which has been enjoying a theatrical run and Nick Broomfield's Tales Of The Gri… Read


Tyne Daly Back On Broadway In ‘It Shoulda Been You’

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The Tony and Emmy winner will head the cast of It Shoulda Been You, a new  musical slated for the spring that will also mark the Broadway directing debut of David Hyde Pierce. Set around an upcoming wedding uniting wildly different families, the show has book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi. Cast includes Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka and Edward Hibbert. Here's the release: New York, NY (October 29, 2014)- Producers Daryl Roth… Read


CBS’ ‘Thursday Night Football’ Hurt Earnings, But Still Scored: Analysts

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At least two influential Wall Street analysts just cut their earnings estimates for CBS citing lower-than-expected ratings for NFL Thursday Night Football, which replaced conventional series in the first two months of the primetime season. All but two of the matches were “dull blow-outs,” helping to make the series “slightly loss-making” in relation to CBS' highly profitable regular lineup, MoffettNathanson Research's Michael Nathanson says today. He lowered his full year… Read


Gale Anne Hurd To Get David O Selznick Movie Award From PGA

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Gale Anne Hurd will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild. The honor will be presented during the 26th annual PGA Awards on January 24 in LA. The producer behind iconic sci-fi movies like Aliens and The Terminator is also at the helm of the top-rated TV show on the air right now: AMC's The Walking Dead. Now she joins previous recipients like Steven Spielberg, Scott Rudin, Jerry Bruckheimer, Laura Ziskn and Saul… Read


‘CSI: Cyber’ Adds Hayley Kiyoko As Regular

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Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) has been cast as a regular opposite Patricia Arquette, Bow Wow and James Van Der Beek in CBS' midseason drama series CSI: Cyber. Inspired by the work of real-life cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken, the CSI spinoff centers on Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette), who heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. The 23-year-old… Read


EuropaCorp Fined In France For Financial Reporting Errors

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Luc Besson's French mini-major Europacorp has been fined 200,000 euros by the Financial Markets Authority (AMF) for imprecise and inaccurate accounting information following a three-year investigation. Authorities at the French regulator had been seeking a fine of 300,000 euros. The penalties are related to two elements of Europacorp's financial information, relating to lack of precision in its 2009-2010 financial outlook and lack of precision concerning the depreciation… Read


Jon Stewart Slams Dems For Fleeing Obama Like ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Killer: Video

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"Nobody likes him. Everybody hates him," Jon Stewart said on his second night from Austin for The Daily Show's midterm election coverage. "Even Democrats are running frantically from Obama like he's the bad guy in one of those Chain Saw Massacres you have here every couple years.” “How toxic is this president?” Stewart… Read


‘Aladdin’ Alights In Hamburg; Looks Like Disney’s New Global Blockbuster


Disney Theatrical Productions' Thomas Schumacher says the second stand-alone export of Aladdin will open in fall 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany. That will follow the May opening of the Casey Nicholaw production at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. The Alan Menken-Howard Ashman-Tim Rice-Chad Beguelin musical has been one of Broadway's top-grossing shows since opening in March at Disney's Times Square HQ, the New Amsterdam Theatre. The Hamburg… Read


Jill Schwartz Named SVP Development At High Noon Entertainment


High Noon Entertainment has tapped former Fox TV Studios exec Jill Schwartz to manage its development team and slate. As SVP Development, she will be charged with generating new character-driven docuseries and creating original formats for U.S. broadcast and cable networks. Schwartz was SVP Alternative Programming and Development at FtvS, overseeing the studio's unscripted fare. She shepherded dozens of series including E!'s The Girls Next Door and Holly's World and Fox's… Read


Stephen Colbert Praises NRA’s Pro-Pet Meat Stand, Blasts Government’s War On Halloween: Video

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Stephen Colbert went after the flaming bags of government that want us to wash our apples before bobbing for them, and to avoid candy made with palm oil, which is contributing to the loss of animal habitats. After which he praised the NRA for shooting down a bill put forward by “kitten coddlers”  that would have banned the selling of dog and cat meat in… Read


Zodiak Rights Hires BBC WW Exec Chris Stewart As Head Of Scripted Acquisitions


Marking a continued effort to increase its drama output, Zodiak Media's international arm, Zodiak Rights, has scooped up BBC Worldwide Head of Drama Chris Stewart to fill the newly created role of Head of Scripted Acquisitions. As further evidenced on an international scale at the recent Mipcom TV market, drama is all the rage and Zodiak's existing brands include Wallander with Kenneth Branagh, supernatural series Being Human, the upcoming English-language period series Ve… Read


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