Jerry Weintraub Dies: ‘Karate Kid’ & ‘Ocean’s’ Producer And Multiple Emmy Winner Was 77
Jerry Weintraub, the legendary producer who worked with everyone from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and George Clooney and produced films such as Oh, God! and the Karate Kid to the reboot of the Ocean’s film franchises, died today of a heart attack at his home in Palm Springs. He was 77. Weintraub, a great friend of President George Bush, Sr., was also an executive producer on HBO’s new comedy The Brink.
Weintraub was the guy who seemed to know and had… Read
Emily Kinney Joins ‘Masters Of Sex'; Jonathan Silverman In ‘Getting On’
The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney has joined the third season of Showtime’s Masters Of Sex in a multi-episode arc. Set in 1966, Season 3 finds the famed duo of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and Johnson's work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving… Read
Donald Trump Loses As ESPN Moves ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic
More fallout for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over his comments about immigrants from Mexico. ESPN said this afternoon that it is moving its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic on July 14 from Trump National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach:
"We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice. This charity outing benefits The V Foundation's Stuart Scott… Read
Matt Forde Replacing Jane Tranter As Head Of BBC Worldwide Productions
As had been widely reported, Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions, is officially stepping down from her position to launch her own production company. She will be replaced by Matt Forde, BBC Worldwide’s EVP TV Sales & Digital Distribution, who now will lead both LA-based production units. Tranter will leave her post August 14.
Forde's new title will be EVP Content Production, Sales and Distribution. He will report to Ann Sarnoff, the… Read
‘UnReal’ Renewed For Season 2 By Lifetime
Lifetime has renewed its scripted drama series UnReal for a second season, ordering 10 more episodes for next year. It is the first scripted series fully produced and distributed by A+E Studios. The series starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer premiered June 1 to lackluster numbers — it drew 815,000 total viewers in its 10 PM slot, a 44% drop from its Devious Maids lead-in. But it has been a strong time-shifted show, and the first three episodes are averaging more… Read
America’s Women’s World Cup Final Win Scores Record 25.4M Viewers – Update
2nd UPDATE, 1:28 PM: More numbers are in for last night’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final and the final tally is just going up and up like those winning goals from TeamUSA over Japan on the pitch. Already the most-viewed U.S. soccer game ever in earlier numbers, Sunday's match in Vancouver between the reigning champs and the now three-time winning Americans has gone up to a total viewership of 25.4 million. With a 7.9 rating among adults 18-49 and a household rating of 12.9… Read
Another Impostor Caught Posing As Studio Teacher: “My Daughter Was Scared”
EXCLUSIVE: The producers knew something wasn't right from the very beginning. The studio teacher they'd hired on the recommendation of their assistant director was shaggy, loud and boisterous, and he looked hung over. On the very first day of filming, he scared the film's young star and so alarmed her mother that she alerted the producers that something wasn't right with the guy. The producers kept an eye on him all day and then fired him. Late last month, they reported… Read
‘Scream’ Premiere Grows To 1.563M In Live + 3 Day Viewing
MTV boasted this afternoon that its Scream premiere cumed a total of 6 million viewers who sampled at least one minute in L+3 ratings.
The average L+3 audience for the series’ premiere telecast was 1.563 million. The premiere had logged an average of 1.03 million viewers of all ages at 10 PM in its launch, which was considered an okay opening.
Among 18-34 year olds, Scream’s premiere audience grew from 440,000 to 664,000. Among 12-34 year olds, the average audience grew… Read
‘Mr. Robot’ Ratings Jump In Week 2 Live + 3
USA Network's hacker drama had a very good second week – at least in digital afterlife. In Live + 3 ratings, freshman Mr. Robot pulled in 3.2 million total viewers and got a 1.11 rating among adults 18-49 for its second episode, according to Nielsen. The DVR + same night numbers for the July 1 broadcast were up 85% in the key demo from the OK Live + Same Day results the Sam Esmail- created conspiracy series had. In terms of its overall audience, the second episode of Mr. R… Read
FX Networks Ups Five In Marketing, TV One & Univision Add To Exec Ranks
FX Networks has promoted five senior marketing executives to EVP and SVP positions. Sally Daws has been upped to EVP, Marketing and Digital Media, and John Varvi has been named EVP, On-Air Promotions. In addition, Todd Heughens has been promoted to SVP, Print Design; Jason Phipps is SVP, Digital Media; and Lance Reiss has been named SVP, Marketing. The five will report to Stephanie Gibbons, President, Marketing, Digital Media and On-Air Promotions.
Daws most recently… Read
Temple Hill Signs 20th Century Fox TV Deal, Unveils New TV Boss
Temple Hill, which just hired former Xbox Entertainment Studios exec Albert Page as head of its TV division, has closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV Studios. Now the team of Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey and Page will develop new projects for the studio via their shingle, which on the TV side they most recently teamed with 20th TV to produce Fox’s drama pilot Rosewood, which was picked up to series and will premiere in the fall.
"Marty and Wyck are… Read
Hillary Clinton Gives CNN First National Interview Post-Press Roping
Hillary Clinton has picked CNN senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar for her first nationally televised interview since officially announcing her candidacy. Word of the CNN “get” interrupted, if only temporarily, the chatter on news networks, and in social media, about Clinton’s optically disastrous roping off of media during a weekend parade appearance.
Clinton’s first national interview will air Tuesday on The Situation Room at 5 PM ET and repeat on Anderson Coo… Read