TV Academy Board Votes To Initiate Disciplinary Proceedings On Harvey Weinstein; Hearing Set For November
Harvey Weinstein may be dismissed from another entertainment industry organization.
After a discussion at tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Television Academy’s board of governors, the group voted to initiate disciplinary proceedings on the disgraced mogul, possibly expelling him from the organization that numbers nearly 22,000 active voting members.
The procedure is in accordance with the Academy’s “established procedures” for such actions. Per the Academy’s… Read
Dodgers Clinch World Series Berth; Can Yankees Complete Major TV Market Sweep?
The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first trip to the World Series in 29 years tonight with an 11-1 victory over the defending champion Chicago Cubs to win the National League Championship Series. Dodgers outfielder Kike Hernandez hit three home runs in the victory, the first Dodger to do so in a championship game.
The last time the Dodgers make the World Series was 1988, when they beat the Oakland A’s for the franchise’s sixth world championship.
Fox, which broadcasts… Read
Fox Buys Native American Family Comedy From Lucas Brown Eyes & ‘It’s KatzSmith
This is a concept that stands out in the sea of comedy pitches bought by the broadcast networks every year. Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Reservations, a single-camera comedy from Young & Hungry scribe Lucas Brown Eyes, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith (It), and 20th Century Fox Television.
Created and written by Lucas Brown Eyes, Reservations is based on his real-life story. The comedy follows a Native American family that trades… Read
Sean Penn Calls Netflix’s ‘El Chapo’ Docu “Cheap” & “Reckless”; It’s Still Debuting Friday
With just hours to go before The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story debuts on Netflix, Sean Penn has come up empty in trying to get changes made to the self-described documentary series.
Despite claims by other outlets that the Oscar winner is trying to block the three-episode series by the Mexican actress, Deadline has learned that Penn’s sole aim was to see his part in the infamous October 2015 meeting with drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera depicted… Read
CBS Developing ‘Whistleblower’ Drama From Chris Silber & Jerry Bruckheimer TV
CBS has put in development drama Whistleblower from NCIS: New Orleans executive producer/co-showrunner Chris Silber, CBS Television Studios and studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
Written by Silber, Whistleblower centers on a former whistleblower who lost everything — career, family, reputation — when he stood up against a conglomerate to expose wrongdoing. He now runs a firm dedicated to exposing wrongdoers while protecting those who have the courage to stand up… Read
‘The Loud House’ Creator Chris Savino Fired By Nickelodeon Following Sexual Harassment Allegations
Just a day after Chris Savino, creator of Nickelodeon's hit animated series The Loud House, was suspended from the show amid allegations of sexual harassment, Savino has been fired. His dismissal won’t affect the series, which will continue production. Here is the statement from Nickelodeon spokesperson:
Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace… Read
NBC Buys ‘Close To Heaven’ Church Comedy From Brad Copeland & Aaron Kaplan With Put Pilot Commitment
NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Close To Heaven, a single-camera comedy from frequent collaborators, writer Brad Copeland and producer Aaron Kaplan.
Written by Copeland, the project, based on the Swedish television series Halvvägs till himlen, hails from Universal TV and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
In Close To Heaven, an eager young minister arrives to be the head pastor of a small-town church after years of missionary work in Africa. He dreams of enlightening… Read
Veteran Media Analyst Jessica Reif Cohen: Skinny Bundles “So Far Are One Big Yawn”
Jessica Reif Cohen, longtime media analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said virtual MVPs (aka “skinny bundles”) from the likes of Dish, DirecTV, Hulu, YouTube and Sony “so far are one big yawn, a big nothing” in terms of penetration and subscribers.
Her comments came during a lively panel discussion among four front-rank Wall Street analysts at the NAB Show New York, which was held Wednesday and Thursday.
Because “churn is extremely high” and many of the services… Read
John Kelly Defends Donald Trump’s Call To Soldier’s Widow, Blasts Rep. Frederica Wilson At Briefing
UPDATED with responses: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said he was "stunned" that "a member of Congress would have listened in" on a President's phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, as Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson did.
"I thought at least that was sacred," Kelly said at today's White Houses press briefing, during which you could hear a pin drop.
"When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor… Read
Univision Amps Up Criticism Of Verizon In Carriage Dispute, Cites Support From Congress & Hispanic Media Group
Univision is ratcheting up its criticism of Verizon for deciding to “withhold Univision news, information and services from their Hispanic subscribers” by dropping the network’s signal from its FiOS service in a carriage dispute.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Hispanic TV network said Verizon had dropped it “entirely without warning.”
Verizon responded in a statement contending that Univision had not come forward with an offer it considered reasonable.
Later, Verizon provided… Read
Sophia Bush To Topline New Series Under Talent Holding & Development Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
Former One Tree Hill and Chicago PD star Sophia Bush has inked an exclusive talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The deal calls for her to star in a comedy or drama project for the studio this coming pilot season, as well as develop additional projects for which she'd serve as an executive producer.
"Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard,” said Bush. I'm thrilled to begin developing content that inspires and excites me at 20th… Read
‘Michael Bennett’ Drama Based On James Patterson’s Book Series In Works At ABC
ABC has put in development Michael Bennett, a cop drama/family soap series based on the character in the bestselling books by author James Patterson.
Written by The Man In the High Castle co-executive producer Rick Cleveland, the project centers on NYPD Detective Michael Bennett, who is something of a living legend. Brilliant, seasoned and highly dedicated, he is a master homicide investigator, able to crack the city’s toughest cases without breaking a sweat. At home… Read