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TV Bundle Fraying As Univision Calls Dish Outage “Likely Permanent,” But CEO Sees Subscriber Trend Upside

Describing Dish Network’s negotiating approach as “bizarre,” Univision CEO Vince Sadusky said the Hispanic media giant’s carriage dispute with the major satellite operator is “likely permanent.” While the executive has issued previous warnings in the same vein, his comments during Univision’s third-quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts suggested a new chapter in the cord-cutting era. Carriage disputes have become rampant as the pay-TV bundle shows the strain of… Read


ABC Developing Blue Collar Single Mom Comedy From Dusty Slay & Chadd Gindin

ABC has put into development a half-hour comedy from Nashville-based comedian Dusty SlaySanta Clarita Diet writer/executive producer Chadd Gindin, Levity Live! and ABC Studios. Written by Gindin, the untitled comedy is inspired by Slay's childhood, growing up the youngest of three in an Alabama trailer park. The story centers on a middle-aged single mother, who despite her blue collar lifestyle strives to give her loved ones all the joys of a normal life. Slay is also… Read


AFI Fest Closing Night Film ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Cancels Red Carpet As Wildfires Rage On

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EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features is following other studios such as Netflix, Annapurna and 20th Century Fox this week and canceling the red carpet for their AFI Fest premiere Mary Queen of Scots which is the event’s closing night title tomorrow night. This is out of respect to those impacted and fighting the wildfires here in Southern California. “With the ongoing disasters and devastating wild fires in California, Focus, along with our filmmakers and cast, have chosen to cancel… Read


Adrian Hough, Joelle Carter, Jibrail Nantambu & Deric McCabe Join Apple’s Hilde Lysiak Series

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Adrian Hough (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Joelle Carter (Chicago Justice), Jibrail Nantambu (Halloween and Deric McCabe (A Wrinkle In Time) are set as series regulars opposite Jim Sturgess and Brooklynn Prince in Apple's upcoming untitled Hilde Lysiak series, directed and executive produced by Crazy Rich Asians helmer Jon M. Chu. The 10-episode mystery drama, which has a straight-to-series order, was inspired by the real-life story of 11-year-old Hilde Lysiak. Also… Read


Oscars 2018: With AFI Fest Closing This Week Which Movies Out Of The Fall Festivals Still Have Academy Mojo?

AFI Fest closes this week, marking the end of the Fall Festival season that began with a bang with the August/September triple-feature that is Venice, Telluride and Toronto, at which the vast majority of major Oscar hopefuls were unveiled. Which is not to say there weren't a few films from the first eight months of the year still in the mix; like the box office and critical smashes Black Panther and A Quiet Place, or at Cannes, where Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman looked… Read


Jam City Takes Over Operations Of Disney’s Glendale Mobile Games Studio In Partnership Deal

Los Angeles-based mobile game developer Jam City is taking over operations of Disney’s Glendale Games Studio, the group that created the popular Disney Emoji Blitz game, as part a multi-year agreement that also gives it rights to develop mobile games based on popular Pixar and Disney animated characters. Employees of the Glendale Games Studio will join Jam City, where they’ll continue their work on Emoji Blitz, as well their development of a new mobile game based on the… Read


Donald Trump Claims “Hardship” In CNN Suit To Restore Jim Acosta’s WH Pass

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No way, no how and not now is the unsurprising summation of Donald Trump and the White House's response to CNN's lawsuit filed yesterday to have Jim Acosta's press credentials restored. “Plaintiffs fail to reckon with the extraordinarily intrusive nature of the judicial relief they seek—a decree ordering the President to grant access to facilities in his official residence and personal offices to a specific journalist he has decided to exclude,” said a filing by Trump… Read


‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Executive Producer Steve Bodow To Depart

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Bodow, executive producer of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, will be leaving after 16+ years with Comedy Central’s late-night franchise. He just informed the staff of the show of his decision. Bodow’s departure is not imminent — he will stay on and help with transitional matters as well as work on a few more projects before leaving some time in the first quarter of 2019. Bodow is one four executive producers on The Daily Show, along with Noah, Jennifer Fl… Read


Fox News Joins Dozen News Outlets Supporting CNN In Lawsuit To Restore Jim Acosta’s White House Credentials

Fox News has come out in support of CNN in CNN’s lawsuit against the White House’s decision to pull the press credentials of Jim Acosta, joining a dozen other media outlets announcing intent to file friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN and its White House correspondent. "Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter's press credential,” Fox News President Jay Wallace said in a statement. On Tuesday, CNN sued the White House for pulling J… Read


‘Scary Stories’ Documentary Acquired By Wild Eye For Theatrical Bow

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EXCLUSIVE: Wild Eye Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to Scary Stories, a documentary about Alvin Schwartz’s 1980s-penned YA book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The film from director Cody Meirick will now get a theatrical release in 2019, timed to the expected release of the Guillermo del Toro-produced feature adaptation of the books set to hit big screens via CBS Films and eOne. The docu, which was partly crowd-funded, features more than 40 interviews… Read


Disney Pushes Toward European Cable Exit Ahead Of Fox Deal Close

Disney is aggressively moving forward with plans to satisfy regulators’ requirement that it sell its stake in A+E Networks' factual channels in Europe in order to close its $71B takeover of 21st Century Fox. The media giant has held talks with Hearst, its joint-venture partner in A+E Networks, about a buyout of channels such as History, Lifetime and Crime & Investigation in Europe, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Although Hearst would be a logical… Read


MTV To Revive ‘Spring Break’ As Global Event In 2019

MTV Spring Break is coming back. The youth-focused cable net is reviving another classic franchise as it continues its live-event push. The new Spring Break event will be held March 19-21 at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancún, Mexico with its signature music performances and celebrity guests. For the first time, MTV will also concurrently host alternative Spring Break events for young activists who use their free time to give back. News of the revival comes on the heels of… Read