Jeff Fager Steps Down As CBS News Chair; CBS News Prez David Rhodes In Charge – Update
UPDATE with memos from Leslie Moonves & Fager: Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News and Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, today announced his intention to step down from his role as chairman and to return to full focus on running the newsmagazine, effective at the beginning of the new year. At that time, David Rhodes, who has been President of CBS News since 2011, will assume sole leadership of the division.
Fager has extended his term as EP at the newsmag, to early 2019.
OSCARS: Live Action Shorts Shortlist Set
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
"Aya," Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Chasis Films)
"Baghdad Messi," Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Kobe Van… Read
‘Global Frequency’ Drama Produced By Jerry Bruckheimer Set At Fox With Big Commitment
Another top Warner Bros. TV producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, is taking on a DC Entertainment property for a high-profile drama project that has landed a pilot production commitment at Fox. Global Frequency is based on the graphic novel created by Warren Ellis, from DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint. The adaptation will be penned by respected sci-fi writer, Farscape and Defiance creator Rockne S. O'Bannon. The show will chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a… Read
Taye Diggs Joins Topher Grace Musical Comedy ‘One Shot’
Topher Grace's backstage musical comedy One Shot is getting a Broadway vet in Taye Diggs. The singer-actor has joined the cast of the indie film, about a failed star turned stage manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show's opening night. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi; Grace, who's currently in theaters in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, is also producing.
Diggs will play… Read
‘Killing Kennedy’ To Air On Fox News Channel; ‘O’Reilly Factor’ To Preview The Film
Fox News Channel will air Emmy-nominated film Killing Kennedy on Sunday November 30 at 9 PM. It will be preceded by a special edition of The O'Reilly Factor, hosted by Bill O'Reilly, at 8 PM. The special will include actor Rob Lowe, Martin Dugard co-author of the book, Fox Business Network's Don Imus and FNC's Bill Hemmer for a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the film.
Based on O'Reilly and Dugard's 2012 New York Times best-seller, Killing Kennedy… Read
Discovery EVP Dolores Gavin & COO Edward Sabin Exit, EVP Denise Contis Expands Role In Restructuring
Incoming Discovery Channel president Rich Ross is making changes to the executive team he is taking over.
Dolores Gavin, EVP Development and Production, East has left the network. Her West Coast counterpart, Denise Contis, EVP Development and Production, West, will now oversee Discovery Channel's entire development and programming slate originating from both the Los Angeles and Silver Spring, MD, offices as a No. 2 programming executive under Ross. While Discovery's… Read
Penelope Cruz Catwalks To ‘Zoolander 2;’ Will ‘Dumber To’ Empower Silly Sequels?
EXCLUSIVE: Penelope Cruz is signing on to star with Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2, the comedy that puts Stiller back behind the camera again, with a Justin Theroux script for Paramount Pictures. Stiller will reprise his role as empty headed supermodel Derek Zoolander, and there have been rumors that Will Ferrell will be back as the sinister Mugatu and Owen Wilson as Zoolander's supermodel rival Hansel. Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld are producing for Red Hour.
Cruz just wrapped… Read
Robert Kirkman’s Cinemax Exorcism Drama ‘Outcast’ Adds Four
Reg E. Cathey (St. Vincent), Julia Crockett (The Absence), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire) and Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan) have been cast opposite Patrick Fugit in Cinemax's new exorcism drama Outcast, from The Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman. Based on a comic by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, Outcast follows follows Kyle Barnes (Fugit), a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find… Read
TodayTix Completes $6.1M Financing Deal, Heating Up Mobile Market For Ticket Sales
What scalpers have known for decades--that there's a lot of money to be made in day-of-performance ticket sales--now is common knowledge along rialtos around the world. The notion gained further traction today with the announcement that TodayTix has closed a $6.1 million Series A funding round led by New York-based SF Capital Group. As ticket-buyers shift away from long-term planning to make their purchases the week before a show or, increasingly, the day of a… Read
Thai Exhibitor Pulls ‘Mockingjay’ As Coup Protesters Resurface Salute: Update
UPDATE: A day after five students were detained in Thailand for flashing the Hunger Games salute at Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, three more students were detained by police today at the opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I in Bangkok, the Associated Press reports. A cinema chain in Bangkok also canceled all screenings of the movie ahead of its opening today. Activists told the AP that police pressured the chain to stop showing the movie but Apex Group… Read
Osy Ikhile Joins Syfy Mini ‘Childhood’s End’; Sebastian Pigott In ABC’s ‘Revenge’
Osy Ikhile (Clap!) has been tapped for a lead role in Syfy's Childhood's End, a six-hour miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke's classic to premiere in 2015. It follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious 'Overlords,' whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. Ikhile, repped by Curtis Brown Group, Thruline Entertainment and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson, will play Milo. He just… Read
‘Meet The Press’ Post-Midterm Election Broadcast Tumbles
CBS's Face the Nation was the most watched Sunday Beltway show the Sunday after the midterm election with 3.374 million viewers — 902,000 of them news demo viewers.
ABC's This Week finished first with news-demo viewers — 937,000 — and finished second among overall audience, with 3.060 million tuned in.
And NBC's Meet the Press, with Washington junkie Chuck Todd replacing David Gregory — it finished about a quarter of a million viewers behind This Week in news-demo… Read