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Betty White, Rita Moreno, Byron Allen Among NATPE Tartikoff Honorees

NATPE’s annual half-dozen recipients of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards in 2019 will include actors Betty White, Rita Moreno and Henry Winkler as well as industry notables Byron Allen, Bob Greenblatt and Mara Brock Akil. The 16th annual Tartikoffs will be handed out at NATPE’s conference in Miami in January. They are named for the late NBC Entertainment chief who assembled the network’s top-rated programming lineups in the 1980s. Conference organizers said the award… Read


ABC Buys Rural Comedy Starring Trae Crowder, Corey Forrester & Drew Morgan

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ABC has put in development a single-camera comedy starring, created and executive produced by Trae Crowder, known for his stage persona the Liberal Redneck, and his writing and comedy touring partners Corey Forrester and Drew Morgan. The project hails from Ruben Fleischer’s The District and ABC Studios where Fleischer is under a deal. Written by Andrew Reich (Friends), Forrester, Morgan and Crowder, the untitled WellRED project is an ensemble comedy about three best… Read


Doc Awards Race “Harder To Predict” In Year Of Multiple Strong Contenders

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

The Motion Picture Academy did away with creating an Oscar category for 'popular movie' that would have allowed voters to select a Best Picture and a best box office hit. But in the documentary category there's no need to choose between popular success and artistic merit: Some of this year's top contenders offer both. Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville's film about cardigan-clad children's television pioneer Fred Rogers, has zoomed past the… Read


‘Country Music Awards’ Tops Wednesday Night While Tumbling To Lowest-Ever Ratings

ABC dominated Wednesday night, topping all six half hours in total viewers and in the demo, with its three- hour telecast of The 52nd Annual CMA Awards (2.1 demo rating, 10.1 million viewers) which was the night’s No. 1 TV program. While delivering ABC's highest rating on any night this season with entertainment programming, and its best non-sports performance on the night in just over a year, the music awards franchise's 52nd annual ceremony was its lowest rated… Read


Keshet Builds ‘Truman Show’-Style Reality Series ‘2025’; Has Israeli Firm Found The Next ‘Big Brother’?

Israeli media firm Keshet is building a $15M Truman Show-style reality series as it searches for the next breakout non-scripted entertainment hit. The company, which produces and distributes shows as well as runs a broadcast network in Israel, is launching 2025. A leaked trailer for the show has emerged locally and sources suggest that it is launching in the early part of next year. It is being developed in secret by Yoram Zak, who was the director of the Israeli version… Read


A+E Networks Veteran Sean Cohan Joins Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse

A+E Networks’ President of International and Digital Media Sean Cohan is leaving the company after 15 years to become president of Wheelhouse Entertainment, part of Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Group. The appointment comes on the heels of Wheelhouse launching Kimmelot, a joint venture with Jimmy Kimmel who also joined Wheelhouse as a partner. Working closely with Montgomery and Wheelhouse's Chief Strategy Officer Ed Simpson, Cohan will oversee content and marketing, as… Read


Syfy Orders ‘Alien News Desk’ Series From ‘SNL’ Team In Original Animation Push

EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has given a 12-episode order to Alien News Desk, a weekly half-hour topical animated series starring Will Forte and Heidi Gardner. The show, which will debut in early 2019, marks Syfy’s first original late-night animated series and the network’s first original late-night program overall. Alien News Desk has a strong Saturday Night Live pedigree. In addition to current SNL cast member Gardner and former star Forte voicing the two leads, SNL boss Lorne Michae… Read


Gravitas Ventures Acquires Docu ‘The Insufferable Groo’ Starring Jack Black

EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American theatrical and VOD rights to the Scott Christopherson documentary The Insufferable Groo. The docu follows a low budget indie filmmaker Stephen Groo who sets off to cast Jack Black in his newest feature film about an elf-human love story. The Insufferable Groo will open in select theaters in December and on demand December 14. The Insufferable Groo made its world premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest earlier this year… Read


‘Bunk’d’ Renewed For Season 4 On Disney Channel

EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel is headed vack to Camp Kikiwaka for a fourth year. The cable net said today that it has ordered a Season 4 of Bunk’d, the spinoff from its 2011-15 comedy Jessie. Production will begin in March on new episodes of the live-action Bunk'd, from executive producers Phil Baker and Erin Dunlap, both of whom are EPs on Disney Channel’s Andi Mack. It follows three siblings (Peyton List, Karan Brar, Skai Jackson) as they leave their extravagant New York… Read


Documentary ‘Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams’ Takes $3.5M Box Office In One Night For Trafalgar Releasing

Docs are at it again. Music film Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams scored an impressive 300,000 global admissions and box office of more than $3.5M from a one night engagement yesterday (Nov 14). Trafalgar Releasing’s film was distributed in 70 countries and scored the number one box office spot in the Netherlands, number two in the UK, Australia and Italy and number five position in the U.S. It is the top-performing event release for a rock music film in 2018. The release… Read


Chris Wallace To Ask Donald Trump About CNN Lawsuit Against White House In Sunday Interview

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace will interview President Donald Trump this Sunday on Fox News SundayThe cable news network says the “wide-ranging” interview will include questions about CNN's lawsuit against the White House after Trump pulled the credentials of Jim Acosta. A DC District Court judge is set to rule Thursday afternoon whether to compel the White House to temporarily re-instate Acosta’s White House credentials as CNN’s lawsuit makes its way through the court. Fox N… Read


‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Cannes Opener Teams Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem & Asghar Farhadi

Everybody Knows

Focus Features has released a trailer for Everybody Knows, Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar winner The Salesman. The Spanish-language film stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and Focus scored a rights deal in May right after it had its world premiere as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival. It now will have a platform release beginning February 8. Focus won a late-night auction for the rights to the film, beating out numerous bidders including Netflix… Read