NBCU And Snap Inc. Launch Digital Studio With Lauren Anderson Heading Content
NBCUniversal, which invested $500 million in Snap Inc. just before its IPO in March, is taking the investment to the next level by teaming up with the social networking company on a new digital content studio tasked with adding a scripted programming to Snap’s Shows platform. The companies have an equal investment in the yet-to-be-named venture.
The Santa Monica, Calif.-based outfit will be headed by chief content officer Lauren Anderson, an NBC Entertainment veteran who… Read
Jimmy Kimmel Returns To Brooklyn, Vowing To Be “As Artisanal As It Gets”
Jimmy Kimmel kicked off his third time doing his ABC late-night show from Brooklyn noting, “Last time we were here, people asked, ‘Will you ever come back?’ And I said ‘Only if you promise to open 2,000 new cold-press juice shops’.”
“And you did. So here we are. You kept your word, I keep my word,” Kimmel enthused.
“And it's especially great to be able to do our show here at BAM [Brooklyn Academy of Music] one last time before they turn it into a Whole Foods store.”
Trevor Noah Probes Chicago Murder Rate To Kick Off ‘The Daily Show’ Windy City Week
Trevor Noah is in Chicago this week, for The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Let's Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold.
For opening night, he took the obvious route, breaking down the town’s reputation as the most dangerous city in America. The South African comic told his very receptive Athenaeum Theatre audience that murder rates are higher in St. Louis, Baltimore, Memphis, and Cleveland.
"It really sucks that people call Chicago the most dangerous city in America… Read
Univision Goes Dark On Verizon FiOS In Carriage Dispute
In a surprise move, Univision was dropped from Verizon FiOS today at about 5 PM East Coast time, where most of the 5 million or so affected customers are. The Spanish-language broadcaster issued a statement about the channel-drop this afternoon:
At 5pm EST on October 16, 2017, entirely without warning, Verizon pulled Univision's signal from both its FiOS and mobile platforms, leaving consumers without access to the news, information and entertainment they rely on.
John Dunsworth Dies: The ‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actor Was 71
John Dunsworth, who is known for his role of Jim Lahey on the hit Canadian cult mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys died today at the age of 71. His daughter and actress on the series, Sarah took to Twitter to announce the news.
“With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away,” she wrote. “John left this world peacefully after a short and… Read
Netflix Gains 5.3M Global Subs In Q3 As Stock Sets Record; Says Bid For Weinstein Co “Extremely Unlikely”
UPDATED with executive comments: The Netflix juggernaut shows few signs of slowing. After the close of trading today, the company reported a 49% year-over-year increase in global subscribers in the third quarter.
The global tally now stands at 104 million. In the quarter, Netflix added 850,000 new customers in the U.S., to hit 52.77 million overall, and internationally it signed up 4.45 million for a total of 56.48 million.
The news sent company shares through the ceiling… Read
The CW Buys ‘Dead Inside’ Supernatural Cop Drama Produced By Bill Lawrence
The CW has put in development Dead Inside, an hourlong drama from writer Katie Lovejoy, Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Productions.
In Dead Inside, penned by Lovejoy, after surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, an underachieving beat cop starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both… Read
‘Name That Tune’ Revival In Works At CBS
EXCLUSIVE: CBS is rebooting Name That Tune. The network has ordered a pilot for a new, updated version of the classic music game show.
The new Name That Tune was developed by Ralph Rubenstein and Noah Rubenstein of Prestige Entertainment Group, which owns rights to the title. The two executive produce with veteran reality showrunner David Hurwitz (Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, Fear Factor) and reality agent-turned-producer/manager John Ferriter of The… Read
‘One Voice: Somos Live!’ Disaster-Relief Telethon Raises $35M In Pledges – Update
UPDATED, 3:06 PM: Saturday’s disaster-relief telethon One Voice: Somos Live! generated $35M in pledges, NBC said today. The broadcaster and Spanish-language net Univision and Telemundo simulcast the show led by Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in Los Angeles and Marc Anthony in Miami.
PREVIOUSLY, October 11: More networks and celebrities have joined Saturday’s telethon to raise money for disaster relief. NBC said today that iHeartMedia, Viacom networks, Facebook and… Read
ABC Buys PI Drama From Mila Kunis & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ EP William Harper
ABC has put in development an hourlong gumshoe/family drama from Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm Productions, Grey’s Anatomy executive producer William Harper, and ABC Studios, where Orchard Farm and Harper are under overall deals.
Written by Harper, the untitled project centers on a housewife who feels invisible to her husband and shunned by her teenage daughter but finds new purpose and confidence when she becomes the indispensable protégé of the sexy private investigator who… Read
Amazon Scraps London Showcase Event That Roy Price Was Set To Attend
Amazon had been planning a showcase of its fall season in London on Thursday, but that has now been canceled. The timing is significant given that it comes less than a week after suspension of studio boss Roy Price amid claims of sexual harassment.
The initial invitation to the event was billed as the "Prime Video European Autumn Video Showcase," with Price and others hosting. But a note was later sent to invitees canceling the event. “We wanted to let you know that the… Read
Miramax Taps Legendary TV’s Lauren Whitney As President of Television
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary’s president of scripted television Lauren Whitney is leaving the company to join Miramax as President of Television.
The hire is part of the ongoing reorganization led by Miramax CEO Bill Block, who joined the company in April with the goal of ramping up film and TV production to bolster the Miramax film library. He started off by laying off Miramax’s existing TV and film staffs in May, which was followed by an executive search. Whitney will now build… Read