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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Invites In The Mail As RSVP Line Opens For Highly Anticipated Kickoff To The Season

Invitations have just gone out for Deadline’s fourth annual The Contenders Emmys all-day event, set this year for Sunday, April 7 at a new venue, Paramount Studios. A total of 20 studios and networks are set to participate, bringing showrunners and talent from their biggest Emmy hopefuls including ABC Studios, Netflix, A+E Networks (Lifetime and A&E), CBS Television Studios, Paramount Network, Comedy Central, Amazon Studios, 20th Century Fox Television, HBO, Hulu… Read


‘Heart Of Life’: Nick Thune Cast In ABC Drama Pilot Inspired by John Mayer Song

EXCLUSIVE: Comedian/actor Nick Thune (Dave Made A Maze) is set for a key series-regular role in the ensemble cast of Heart of Life, ABC's drama pilot inspired by the John Mayer song. Written by Ben Queen and directed by Anne Fletcher, Heart of Life follows two sets of adult siblings from wildly different worlds who discover they're related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father. As they explore the mystery of their separate… Read


Fox Consumer Products Chief Jim Fielding Joins Post-Disney-Deal Layoff List

Jim Fielding, a veteran consumer products executive, is one of the high-ranking Fox managers who will be exiting in the wake of Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of most of Fox. He had joined the company in 2017 from DreamWorks Animation, taking the title as President of Consumer Products and Innovation for Fox Television Group and Twentieth Century Fox Film. Fielding oversaw licensing, product development and new business opportunities in the consumer retail space… Read


Raven-Symoné, Ava DuVernay And More Pay Tribute To Eunetta T. Boone: “A Beacon Of Light To So Many”

Refresh for updates: Trailblazing TV producer and writer Eunetta T. Boone died Wednesday and Hollywood took to social media to honor the entertainment pioneer who worked on shows that put a deserved spotlight on stories and talent from the black community. That credit list included The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Living Single, The Parent 'Hood, The Hughleys, My Wife and KidsOne on One and most recently Raven’s Home. Raven-Symoné said in a heartfelt statement: “My heart is… Read

Box Office

Dev Patel Checks In To ‘Hotel Mumbai’; Director László Nemes Brings ‘Sunset’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Two historic dramas headline a comparatively slow weekend for new Specialty roll outs vs. last weekend's heavy roster. Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures' Hotel Mumbai with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel and Golden Globe-nominee Armie Hammer will have a minimal start in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a fairly wide release in the coming weeks. The film recounts the true events in 2008 when terrorists laid siege of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Sony Pictures Classics is opening… Read


Fox Domestic Distribution Boss Chris Aronson Among First Post-Merger Exec Layoffs; EVP Spencer Klein Also Out

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UPDATED: Esteemed Fox Domestic Distribution president Chris Aronson is leaving the studio as the Disney-Fox merger comes to fruition, Deadline has confirmed. The news comes as the new combined conglomerate cuts employees at the SVP, EVP and president levels, with Fox being hit first. We also received word that Aronson’s No. 2 Spencer Klein, EVP, General Sales Manager, also was let go. Both executives were given 60 days notice. “I am extremely grateful for my time at… Read


Fox Television President Greg Meidel Out As Disney-Fox Layoffs Continue

Another top Fox executive is leaving in the first wave of layoffs following the completion of the Disney-Fox deal. Greg Meidel, president of Twentieth Television, is out. He is the first high-level TV departure post-merger. The distribution operations of Disney and Fox were expected to be especially hard hit by the consolidation, both on the film and TV side. His departure joins today’s exit of Fox International Distribution President Andrew Cripps. Meidel had been a… Read


Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000 To Shutter As Disney Takes Over

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EXCLUSIVE: In a surprise move, sources said that Disney will be shuttering the Fox 2000 label run by Elizabeth Gabler. It was believed that Gabler, who made a slew of mid-budget elegant tastemaker films, would continue to lead the executive team who make up her label, but sources said that isn’t going to be the case. It remains unclear if Gabler will become a producer, but sources said that division will cease after The Woman in the Window, the Joe Wright-directed… Read


Nicole Richie Cast In ‘Richard Lovely’ Fox Comedy Pilot

Nicole Richie is set as a series regular opposite Thomas Lennon in Richard Lovely, Fox's single-camera comedy pilot, from Grace and Frankie executive producer Billy Finnegan and 20th Century Fox TV. Written and executive produced by Finnegan, Richard Lovely, which has an About a Boy vibe to it, is about Richard Lovely, the disgruntled author of the best-selling children's book series, Mr. Mouse. He doesn't hate children, but rather just everything about them. After a… Read


Fox Worldwide Film Marketing Chiefs, Chief Content Officer Out Amid Disney Layoffs

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Fox president of Worldwide Marketing Pam Levine, her co-president Kevin Campbell and the division’s chief creative officer Tony Sella will all be exiting the company now that merger of Disney and Fox is complete. They are the latest big names to emerge as layoffs are underway after the $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox assets by Disney was made official early Wednesday morning. Hundreds of layoffs are expected; earlier today, Fox distribution veterans Chris Aronson and… Read


Screen Media Parent Chicken Soup For The Soul Sets Senior Executive Trio

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, whose holdings include established specialty distributor Screen Media, has appointed three top executives to its management team. Philippe Guelton has been named EVP of CSS Entertainment and president of VOD networks. David Fannon has been promoted to EVP of distribution for CSS while remaining president of Screen Media. And George Lansbury has been named EVP of content strategy for CSS and president of CSS originals. CSS… Read


WGA Report Blames Agencies For “Stagnant” Writers’ Pay Despite Industry’s Record Profits


With bargaining set to resume today for a new franchise agreement between the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents, the guild has released a new survey that blames the big agencies’ “conflicted interests” for TV writers' pay not keeping up with inflation. "Writers are the creative heart of television and are ultimately responsible for the most important assets in the business, yet they have been left behind," the guild says. The guild’s survey found that in 1999, a… Read