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UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Warns That Actors And Directors Also Will Be Impacted If Agents Stop Packaging


UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told his writer-clients Wednesday night that they won't be the only artists affected if the WGA gets its way and puts the agencies out of the packaging business. “These decisions impact a broad section of the TV ecosystem," he wrote on Tuesday in a message to the agency's writers. "Lots of people will be affected. The WGA is trying to make a decision for everyone by eliminating everyone's choice." "There is so much change and uncertainty in our… Read


‘The Split’: BBC One & Sundance TV Divorce Drama Begins Second Season Shoot, Donna Air Joins Cast

Production is underway in London on season two of BBC One and SundanceTV drama The Split from creator Abi Morgan (The Hour) and executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch). Set in the messy world of London's high-end divorce circuit, the legal-world series follows modern marriages and the legacy of divorce. Returning cast includes Nicola Walker, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay, Stephen Mangan, Anthony Head, Rudi Dharmalingam and Barry Atsma. UK… Read


WGA Deputizes Managers And Lawyers To “Fill The Gap” If Agents Are Fired En Masse


The WGA is deputizing managers and attorneys to procure employment for writers and negotiate their over-scale terms – essentially taking the place of agents. The move comes as the guild prepares for the possibility that it might ask all writers to fire their agents en mass if it can't come to terms with the Association of Talent Agents for a new franchise agreement. With that agreement set to expire on April 6, the guild said that it is "preparing for the possibility that… Read


‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast And Creator Reveal Final Season Details, Talk Bringing Joy Through Authentic Representation – PaleyFest

As the final episode of Jane the Virgin is upon us, the cast got super emotional at the start of their PaleyFest panel. Star and executive producer Gina Rodriguez shed some tears as she and co-star Justin Baldoni remembered when they first started the show and how they had the opportunity to share their gifts with the world. The emotional moment soon turned into a fun lovefest and moderator Leanne Aguilera from Entertainment Tonight attempting to pull spoilers for the… Read


‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Creators Talk Turning Series Into A Stage Musical And Plan For Future Reboot – PaleyFest

It’s the last season before the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend takes its final bow. The cast and creators of the musical comedy took the stage at PaleyFest to reflect on everything from the spark that lit the fire for the show to saying goodbye to the popular CW series — and talked about a possible musical stage show based on the series. Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt, co-creator and star Rachel Bloom was joined by co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna as well as actors Scott Micha… Read


USC Names Carol Folt President, Will Fight On Against Scandals Fallout

The University of Southern California has named Carol L. Folt as its 12th president, and she immediately vowed to lead the institution past its recent immersion in several scandals. USC was caught in the recent college bribery scandal that ensnared two athletic department staffers as well as celebrities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. It also battled against news reports of hard-core drug used by its medical school dean, and a sexual assault scandal involving… Read


‘Deadly Class’ Co-Creator Talks Tonight’s Bloody Finale, Lana Condor & Season 2

SPOILER ALERT:  This post contains details of tonight's Deadly Class Season 1 finale. "You know, I always joke that if we don't get a Season 2 that this'll be like Freaks and Geeks," says Deadly Class executive producer Rick Remender as the Syfy series based on the acclaimed Reagan Era set comic he and Wes Craig created concluded its first season tonight. "Deadly Class will be over but we'll just have give birth to a whole generation of young adults who are going to go… Read


‘Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus’ Sets New Open Date, Adds Julie White

The world premiere of Taylor Mac's new comedy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus has moved its opening night and found a replacement for injured lead Andrea Martin. The new opening night will be April 21 at Broadway's Booth Theatre. Preview performances began on Monday, March 11. As previously announced, Martin departed the company on March 4 because of a rehearsal injury, during which she sustained four broken ribs in an accident. Cast member and Tony nominee Kristine Nie… Read


Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura Moves To Film Group; Brandon Riegg Gets Comedy Oversight In Restructuring

After recently consolidating its original series/specials operation into English-language originals under VP Cindy Holland and non-English-language ones under Bela Bajaria, Netflix continues to streamline its executive ranks with new responsibilities for Lisa Nishimura, VP Original Documentary and Comedy Programming, and Brandon Riegg, VP Unscripted Originals & Acquisitions. Nishimura, one of Netflix’s best known executives, who is credited with acclaimed documentaries… Read


Hot Series Package: Steve Zaillian Meets Patricia Highsmith’s Sociopath Tom Ripley

Steve Zaillian The Talented Mr Ripley

EXCLUSIVE: The hot package that has several networks salivating is a series that Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian will write and direct that focuses on Tom Ripley, the sociopath anti-hero of the Patricia Highsmith crime novel series. Sources said that this will go in a straight-to-series deal and that Zaillian is expected to write and direct most of the first season’s worth of episodes. It will be the first major series for Zaillian since the acclaimed HBO mini Th… Read


Fox Celebrates First Day Of “Fresh Start” With One-Time Only Greatest Hits Spot

"The company that we knew and loved is changing," says a prophetic Terrence Howard tonight in a clip from Empire used in sizzle spot celebrating the birth of a new era at what is a slimmed down and new Fox. Running during the latest episode of theLee Daniels and Danny Strong co-created hip hop drama that is one of Fox's all time biggest hits, the one-time only 90-second "new chapter" video was full of big names and big shows from the network's more than 30 year history… Read


Devin Nunes’ Cow Clocks 500K Twitter Followers, Stampeding Congressman, After $250M Lawsuit

UPDATED: Two days after California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes sued Twitter and two parody accounts for $250 million for being mean to him, the number of people following one of those accounts, Devin Nunes’ Cow, skyrocketed, hitting 500K Wednesday night, stomping on the congressman’s own Twitter account. @DevinCow got a lot of help from those TV shows President Donald Trump has promised to have investigated. The Ellen DeGeneres Show producer Andy Lassner is credited with… Read