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Former LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Resigns Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Los Angeles Times

The former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times has resigned after the news organization completed its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The Times had suspended Jonathan Kaiman this spring, after two women came forward with accusations of sexually aggressive behavior. One fellow journalist, Felicia Sonmez, wrote a letter to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China in May to describe being groped by Kaiman without her consent and feeling… Read


‘What/If’: Dave Annable & Louis Herthum Cast In Netflix Social Thriller Series

Brothers and Sisters alum Dave Annable has been cast opposite Renée Zellweger, Jane Levy and Blake Jenner in What/If, a social thriller anthology drama series for Netflix. Joining the Mike Kelley series in a recurring role is Louis Herthum (Westworld). Written by Kelley, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Page Fright, Atlas Entertainment and Compari Entertainment, a division of Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers, in association with Warner Bros… Read


‘One Day At A Time’ Star Justina Machado Inks With UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: Justina Machado, who stars on Netflix’s rebooted Norman Lear series One Day at a Time, has signed with UTA. The series from Lear and Sony TV is underway on shooting its third season which will air in 2019. Machado, who scored a SAG Award in 2004 as part of the ensemble cast of HBO’s Six Feet Under, more recently appeared on Season 4 of CW’s Jane the Virgin and USA Network’s Queen of the South, and she voices Carmen on Disney Junior’s Elena of Avalor. Her… Read


Fox Nabs Sister Comedy From Michelle Nader & Morgan Murphy As Put Pilot

Fox has handed a put pilot commitment to Danny Issues, a multi-camera comedy from former 2 Broke Girls writer-producers Michelle Nader and Morgan Murphy and the studio behind the CBS sitcom, Warner Bros. TV, where Nader is under an overall deal. Written by Nader and Murphy inspired by their own relationships with their fathers, Danny Issues is about two flawed sisters who are reunited with their ne'er-do-well father after the loss of their mother, leading all three to… Read


Walt Disney Studios Ups Ryan Stankevich and Martha Morrison To SVP Global Marketing Posts

Ryan Stankevich and Martha Morrison have been promoted to SVP Marketing at Walt Disney Studios, president of marketing Asad Ayaz said today. In their new and expanded roles, the pair will lead global campaigns and strategy for Disney's entire theatrical slate, working with all areas of the marketing organization. Stankevich will oversee titles from Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, while Morrison will be in charge of titles from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar… Read


Fox Buys ‘Richard Lovely’ Comedy From Billy Finnegan & Kat Coiro As Put Pilot

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Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Richard Lovely, a single-camera comedy from Grace and Frankie executive producer Billy Finnegan, director Kat Coiro (The Mick) and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Finnegan, the project, which has an About a Boy vibe to it, is about Richard Lovely, a best-selling children’s book author… who hates children. After a series of unfortunate public events — and a little advice from his fictional alter ego — he’s forced to foster a little… Read


Viacom Ripped By Wall Street Analyst For “Stuffing” Shows With Ads Even As Ratings Ebb


Viacom — “and pretty much only Viacom” — is engaged in a systematic program of “ad stuffing” even as ratings of its networks continue to decline, according to a report by Wall Street analyst Todd Juenger. Backed by what he called “photographic evidence” (i.e., photos of a TiVo programming guide), the Sanford Bernstein analyst documented widespread extension of shows’ customary running times. Only one other network he studied — NBCUniversal’s Syfy — attempted a similar… Read


Cavalry Media, On Heels Of Setting Thai Cave Rescue Movie, Adds To Exec Ranks

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EXCLUSIVE: Cavalry Media has hired former Cross Creek Pictures exec Jason Seagraves as VP Development, the latest to join Dana Brunetti and Keegan Rosenberger’s growing media company. The news comes after Universal on Monday acquired life rights to the divers and survivors of this past summer's Thailand soccer team cave rescue, with Cavalry’s Brunetti and Michael De Luca set to produce a movie in a reunion of the Fifty Shades of Grey, Captain Phillips and The Social Networ… Read


‘Brian Banks’ First Look: Powerful And Inspiring New Film From Tom Shadyac To Hit Los Angeles Film Festival

EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles Film Festival is on the move from June to this month, where it opens on Thursday with the world premiere of the music documentary Echo in the Canyon. Over the course of the next week, the festival will be offering an array of cinematic programming of all kinds including several more world premiere features. One of those is the locally based Brian Bankswhich marks a return to narrative filmmaking by director Tom Shadyac, whose most recent work… Read


Netflix Inks Overall Deal With Writer Shion Takeuchi

Shion Takeuchi, staff writer on Netflix’s new animated series Disenchantment, has signed a multi-year overall deal with the streaming platform. Under the pact, she will develop new series and other projects exclusively for Netflix. In a recent interview with Deadline, Netflix’s VP original content Cindy Holland explained that there are several different kinds of people that the company evaluates for overall deals Along with A-list, prolific writer/producers, “we also are… Read


Skydance Media Taps Warner Bros Veteran Jack Horner As SVP Corporate Communications & Publicity

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EXCLUSIVE: Skydance said today that Jack Horner has been named SVP Corporate Communications and Publicity. In the new role, he will be responsible for devising and implementing the communications strategies and overseeing domestic and international public relations efforts on behalf of Skydance Media and its properties. Horner joins Skydance from Warner Bros Entertainment, where he most recently handled media relations and strategy for the studio as VP Worldwide Corporate… Read


‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Better Call Saul’ Actor Giancarlo Esposito Joins Disney’s ‘Stargirl’

EXCLUSIVE: Giancarlo Esposito, most recently known for his role as Gus Fring on AMC’s Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, has landed a supporting role in Disney’s Stargirl feature along with Disney Channel star Karan Brar (Bunk’d), Darby Stanchfield (Scandal), and Maximiliano Hernandez (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The film, which will be released on Disney's forthcoming streaming platform, stars Grace VanderWaal as the titular character and Graham… Read