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Starz To Release Entire Seasons of ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ & ‘Flesh and Bone’ On Premiere Day

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The model of releasing entire seasons simultaneously is continuing to gain popularity. Starz has become the latest network to employ it for the third and final season of Da Vinci's Demons and ballet-themed limited series Flesh And Bone. They will be available for Starz subscribers on Starz Play and Starz On Demand in the U.S. in conjunction with the premieres of their first episodes, October 24 and November 8, respectively. The announcement was made at TCA . Introduced by… Read

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Antonio Banderas To Star In ‘Havana Quartet’ Drama Series In Works At Starz

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The thawing relations between U.S. and Cuba have led to a boom in American TV productions with ties to the Communist country. The latest is Havana Quartet — a drama series in development at Starz, which has Antonio Banderas attached to star. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht made the announcement at TCA today. The idea is to film the potential series in Cuba, Albrecht said. Known Cuban playwright Eduardo Machado (Starz’s Magic City), who lives in the U.S., will write the project… Read

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‘Black Sails’ Renewed For Season 4 By Starz

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Pirate drama Black Sails is officially Starz’s flagship series after the pay cable network picked up a 10-episode fourth season of the show created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and executive produced by Michael Bay. The announcement comes as Black Sails wrapped production on Season 3 and was made by Starz CEO Chris Albrecht at the top of the network’s TCA presentation today. This marks another early renewal for the adventure drama, whose third season is not… Read

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Crook Who Stole Famed Art Director’s House Confesses … Sort Of

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The conman who stole the home of Oscar-nominated art director Ross Bellah and then wired the proceeds to his sister in Tel Aviv before fleeing the country has confessed to Deadline that the money should be returned. Aron Shlain is also cooperating with the attorneys for the trust fund that had been established to provide for Bellah's widow, Eunice, who died in 2012. If recovered, a portion of the $2.8 million a judge has ordered him to repay will go to the Motion Picture… Read

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‘Doctor Who': EP Steven Moffat Not Keen On Feature Film, Teases Maisie Williams’ Role – TCA

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While Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat wasn’t ready to divulge Maisie Williams’ enigmatic role in the new season, he did go so far as to reveal that “she isn’t playing a returning character or someone in the Doctor’s past. Her role will develop in an unexpected way.” Moffat during his TCA appearance for BBC America today applauded his fellow producer Brian Minchin for conceiving her character, and assured their room that the Doctor Who wasn’t “just going for… Read

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Kahane Cooperman Named Showrunner For Amazon’s ‘The New Yorker Presents’

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Kahane Cooperman (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) has been tapped as showrunner for Amazon’s new docu-series The New Yorker Presents, based on content from The New Yorker magazine. The series is produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions and Condé Nast Entertainment. Cooperman will executive produce alongside Gibney, Dave Snyder, Dawn Ostroff and Michael Klein. Stacey Offman and Richard Perello will serve as co-executive producers. Isaac Bolden… Read

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Gareth Neame: ‘The Last Kingdom’ More ‘Downton Abbey’ & ‘The Tudors’ Than ‘Game Of Thrones’ – TCA

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Do not compare Carnival Films’ new BBC America series The Last Kingdom to HBO’s Game Of Thrones (many have), the former’s EP Gareth Neame told TV critics this morning at TCA, after one of them did just that and asked him to discuss. “I'm a huge admirer of Game Of Thrones but that is fantasy,” Neame said. “We have no dragons.” And, while he hopes viewers watch The Last Kingdom “as a piece of entertainment, the facts behind it are true,” whereas Game Of Thrones, not so… Read

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Sling Says Comcast’s NBC O&Os Won’t Run Its Ads Criticizing Cable

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Sling took a shot at Comcast-owned NBC today, charging that — in contrast to ABC, CBS, and Fox — its owned stations won’t accept ads for the Dish Network-owned service’s low-priced streaming TV package. NBC-owned stations in San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. specifically rejected the ads, Sling says. The inaugural campaign, introduced last week, playfully likens cable companies to schoolyard bullies that force customers to agree to long-term contracts… Read

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Struggling Cinedigm Adds Activist Investor Reps To Board

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After a summerlong scrap with activist investors unhappy with digital distributor Cinedigm Corp’s stock performance, the company announced today it has appointed four new independent directors to its board, effective immediately. It also named Ron Chez, who with Sabra Capital Partners led the charge to revamp Cinedigm starting with a $15 million share repurchase plan, as special adviser. Cinedigm said today that it has reached a settlement with Chez and Sabra’s Zvi Rhine… Read

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Relativity Media’s Angela Courtin Named Fox Chief Marketing Officer

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A top Relativity Media executive has left the embattled company for a high-profile job at the Fox network. Fox Broadcasting Co. has appointed Courtin as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for the network. She will oversee on-air and off-air promotion and advertising, national media, multi-platform & affiliate marketing, design and social media, reporting to Joe Earley, COO, Fox Television Group,  and Fox TV Group Chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. Fox has been… Read

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‘I Am Cait’ Debut Ratings Rise Double Digits In L+3 Results

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I Am Cait pulled in 7.7M total unique viewers in L3s across its four airings on Sunday. Its L3 average from 8-9 PM had a +42% lift in total viewers over LS with 3.9M, a +54% increase in P18-49 with 2.3M, and a +58% boost in W18-49 with 1.7M, according to E!. The eight-episode, hour-long series ranks as E!'s 2nd biggest launch in the network's history among total viewers and E!'s core A18-49 audience, and biggest launch in network history among W18-49, E! says. The Anna Nic… Read

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Sergio Peris-Mencheta To Co-Star In FX Pilot ‘Snowfall’

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Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta has been tapped for a lead role opposite Damson Idris and Billy Magnussen in FX's drama pilot Snowfall, about the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 80's. Co-written by John Singleton and Eric Amadio and directed by Singleton, Snowfall is set against the infancy of the epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. Peris-Mencheta will play Gustavo Zapata, a large, talented, powerful… Read