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NBC Names Miss USA Timeslot Understudy; Mexico Bails On Miss Universe


Donald Trump’s campaign comments about Mexican immigrants continues to cause beauty-pageant chaos. NBC just announced it will air its “USA Vs. The World” episode of American Ninja Warrior on July 12 in the timeslot where it was to have aired the Miss USA Pageant. Fitting, somehow. NBC announced yesterday it would not air either the upcoming Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, or the Miss Universe pageants, both of which it co-owns with Trump, and was ending its… Read


Cynthia Cidre Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios


On the heels of Cynthia Cidre coming on board ABC/ABC Studio’s new drama series Blood And Oil as executive producer/co-showrunner, she has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. In addition to her duties on Blood And Oil, starring Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, Cidre also will develop new projects for network, cable, and streaming services. Cidre is segueing to Blood And Oil — set in booming North Dakota after the biggest oil discovery in American… Read


Disney Taps Christine McCarthy To Be CFO, And Kevin Mayer As Chief Strategy Officer

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UPDATE, 2:53 PM: New CFO Christine McCarthy and Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Mayer will do well for themselves with their new Disney contracts — although probably not as well as former CFO Jay Rasulo did — according to Disney’s SEC filing about the promotions. The two execs’ contracts will run until mid 2019. Each will receive a base salary of at least $1.25 million, which compares to the $1.75 million Rasulo collected last year. They’re up for performance based bonuses… Read


Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Enlists Don Mischer For Live TV Expertise


EXCLUSIVE: Thirteen-time Emmy and 10-time DGA winner Don Mischer may be very busy preparing the upcoming 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards for broadcast on Fox on September 20, but that hasn’t stopped him and his Don Mischer Productions team from making a rare foray into the movies. And it’s a big one: Director Ang Lee has engaged the company to help put together the football game halftime show for his new movie Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk , which Tri Star will… Read


John Goodman & Bond Girl Stephanie Sigman Added To Voltage’s Untitled Bruce Willis Comedy

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EXCLUSIVE: John Goodman, Stephanie Sigman, Adrian Martinez, Kal Penn and Emily Robinson have joined Bruce Willis in the Mark & Robb Cullen-directed untitled comedy for Voltage Pictures that just got underway in Venice Beach. They round out a cast that includes Jason Momoa, Thomas Middleditch and Famke Janssen. Willis plays an L.A.-based private investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of… Read


Don Harris Exiting As Domestic Distribution President At Paramount

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Don Harris is leaving Paramount Pictures as president of domestic distribution after 14 years of working at the studio. Harris is a well-known name in both distribution and exhibition having worked at DreamWorks and also before that as the head film buyer at AMC Theaters. He will be staying through the release of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation on July 31st. The studio will replace him and expect to have the new exec announced in the next 60 days. The news went out last… Read

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Jessica Hecht, Adam Kantor Cast In ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Broadway Revival

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Bartlett Sher’s production has its Golde and Motel The Tailor. Joining Danny Burstein’s talkative Tevye the milkman will be Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad) as his no-nonsense wife Golde and Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years) as Motel (rhymes with dawdle), the impoverished tailor in love with Tzeitel (rhymes with bridal), one of Tevye and Golde’s five daughters. The roles were played in the 1964 Broadway premiere by Zero Mostel, Maria Karnilova and Austin Pendleton, yes Austin… Read


‘Snowden’ Teaser Trailer: Oliver Stone Pic Flying Its Flag

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“One nation, under surveillance, for liberty and justice for all.” There’s no footage from the movie but the message is clear in the teaser trailer that just dropped for Snowden, the Edward Snowden movie that is co-written and directed by Oliver Stone. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in one of the 21st centuries most notorious criminals — notorious because the country is divided over whether his release of troves of classified NSA documents was illegal or heroic. Shailene… Read


CAA’s David “Doc” O’Connor Formally Named Madison Square Garden CEO

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CAA partner David "Doc" O'Connor's new bosses as The Madison Square Garden Company have confirmed his hiring as president/CEO and set a July 15 start date. That brings to a close a 30-year run at CAA as one of the Young Turks — Richard Lovett, Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane and Jay Moloney were the other core dealmakers — who took the reins after the exits of Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer, and grew the agency into a dominant force in Hollywood and the sports business. According… Read


Vivendi Finalizes Deal To Acquire Video Site Dailymotion; Is This Another Step Towards Pan-Euro Netflix Rival?

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Vivendi has closed a deal to acquire the French video sharing site Dailymotion, the media giant announced today. Exclusive negotiations first began in April this year. Vivendi has purchased an 80% stake from French teleco Orange for $241.85 million. The site, which offers a higher end, more B2B focus than the likes of YouTube, offers natural synergies with Vivendi’s other media assets Canal Plus and, particularly, Universal Music Group. The site also offers a potentially… Read


‘Humans’ Starts Solid For AMC With 1.7M Viewers

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There were some very real people tuning in for a look at a robotic parallel present on Sunday night. The 9 PM debut of Humans drew 1.726 million viewers with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating for AMC. That's up 44% in total viewers from the 1.2 million who plugged in on June 1 last year to the series premiere of Halt And Catch Fire. Humans' demo result was a 47% improvement over what the 10 PM AMC 1980s-set high tech show pulled in back in 2014. It has to be noted that on that… Read


Lester Holt Wins Week 1 As ‘NBC Nightly News’ Anchor; ‘ABC World News’ Takes 2Q


Lester Holt celebrated his first week as permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News with a weekly ratings win. During an exceptionally busy news week that included SCOTUS’s historic ruling on same-sex marriages and a ruling on Obamacare, Holt’s newscast clocked 8.048 million viewers. He wound up 326,000 ahead of David Muir’s ABC World News (7.722 million), and 1.44 million ahead of Scott Pelley’s CBS Evening News (6.608M). Holt’s weekly average for the week of June 22 was Nightl… Read