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Netflix Impact On Movie Theaters Is Negligible, Concludes A Study Commissioned By Movie Theaters

A study by Ernst & Young commissioned by the National Association of Theater Owners has found minimal impact on theaters by Netflix and other digital outlets streaming feature-length films. If anything, the more a consumer streams movies, the study found, the more likely they are to pay for a ticket in a movie theater and vice versa. Across all races and ages, the average number of streaming hours per week was higher for those who visited a movie theater nine times or… Read


TBS Sets ‘American Dad!’ Premiere Date, Releases Trailer For Season 16

Seth MacFarlane’s American Dad! returns for Season 16 on Feb. 11, TBS announced today. MacFarlane, of course, stars as the dad of the title, CIA agent Stan Smith, husband to the ever-loyal (and perpetually clueless) Francine (Wendy Schaal), and father to left-wing Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane) and “geeky yet confident” Steve (Scott Grimes). The Dad crew is rounded out by sarcastic space alien Roger (also voiced by Seth MacFarlane), and Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), a goldfish… Read


Concord Music Group Acquires Samuel French In Landmark Theater Licensing Deal

Concord Music has acquired 188-year-old theater publisher and licensing mainstay Samuel French, combining it with other assets in its burgeoning Concord Theatricals unit. The deal, whose terms were not disclosed, “fulfills a significant and ongoing commitment to theater,” the company said. Concord Theatricals represents a list of top-shelf musicals from the catalogs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill and… Read


‘Be More Chill’s Joe Iconis Developing ‘Punk Rock Girl’ Musical Featuring Blondie, Avril Lavigne, Pat Benatar Hits

EXCLUSIVE: Composer Joe Iconis, whose Off Broadway viral sensation Be More Chill is headed to Broadway in February, is developing a new stage musical called Punk Rock Girl featuring songs written or made famous by such female musicians or female-fronted bands as Avril Lavigne, Pink, Pat Benatar and Blondie. The project was announced today by Lively McCabe Entertainment as a collaboration with BMG and R&H Theatricals. Iconis is writing the book and musical arrangements… Read


Roger And Julie Corman Docu Series ‘Cormans’ Hollywood’ Set By Shout Studios, Ace Film HK And Friendship Films

Cormans’ Hollywood, a 13-episode documentary series teeming with archival footage and insights from seven decades of filmmaking by Roger Corman and his wife, Julie, has been set by Shout! Studios, Ace Film HK Co. and Friendship Films. Thirteen 50-minute episodes were shot over four months in LA, drawing heavily on the library of the Cormans’ New Horizons Pictures, which Shout! and Ace acquired earlier this year. The series traces the Cormans’ trail-blazing path as… Read


Channel 4 & Netflix Reveal First-Look At Bash Doran’s Period Spy Drama ‘Traitors’

British broadcaster Channel 4 and Netflix have unveiled the first look at period drama Traitors. The spy drama, which was formerly known as Jerusalem, stars Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name star Michael Stuhlbarg, Friday Night Light's Matt Lauria and Bodyguard's Keeley Hawes. Also in the cast are The End of the F***ing World star Emma Appleton and A Streetcat Named Bob actor Luke Treadaway in the six-part series, which was created and written by Masters of Sex and B… Read


Google Continues Tech Sector’s New York City Love Affair, Plans New $1B Campus In Lower Manhattan

Google is following Amazon’s major investment in New York City and Apple’s pledge to build a new campus outside of Silicon Valley with its own blueprint for a new $1 billion campus in Lower Manhattan. The move was announced in a blog post by Ruth Porat, SVP and CFO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet. She described it as “the next step in our commitment to our New York City presence.” The new campus will span 1.7 million square feet of office space, with lease… Read


Feature Docs About ‘Lion’ Writer Luke Davies & Sir George Martin’s Air Studios Score Screen Australia Funding

A feature doc about Lion and Beautiful Boy writer Luke Davies, a film about a recording studio on a remote island in the Caribbean built by Sir George Martin and a tale about underground horror filmmaker Dick Dale are some of the docs to have received funding from Screen Australia. The Australian government-backed body has awarded A$3.5M (US$2.5M) for 18 docs as part of its latest funding giveaway. Milkman: The Story of Luke Davies tells the story of the author, who wrote… Read


Gray TV And Raycom Must Divest Stations In Nine Markets In Order To Gain DOJ Approval For Merger

The pending $3.6 billion merger of Gray TV and Raycom, one of the two mega-deals poised to transform the local TV sector, is facing final regulatory conditions before it can proceed. Antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice today ordered the companies to divest stations in nine markets in order to avoid a scenario where the combined company owns more than two of the CBS, ABC, NBC or Fox affiliates in any single market. Without shedding stations, the company would… Read


HBO Sets ‘Brexit’ Premiere Date, Releases Trailer For Benedict Cumberbatch Film

Brexit, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the real-life man who orchestrated the historic campaign, will debut Saturday, Jan. 19 after HBO acquired the TV movie, which was commissioned by British broadcaster Channel 4. HBO announced the premiere today, while releasing a U.S. trailer that gives a first look at the film. As Dominic Cummings, who spearheaded the Vote Leave campaign, Cumberbatch delivers one of the trailer’s most telling lines, explaining to a colleague that… Read


Netflix Punches Back In Legal Fight With Viacom Over Exec Poaching

Netflix has responded to Viacom’s lawsuit claiming the streaming service poached a senior executive (a case mirroring a separate dust-up with Fox), saying the employment contract it allegedly breached is illegal and unenforceable. Viacom’s suit asserted that Netflix violated the contract of Momita Sengupta when the company hired her as VP of physical production for original series. In a court filing today (read it HERE), Netflix attorneys counter that Viacom knowingly… Read


The Weekly Standard To Close; Anti-Trump Conservative Magazine Was Cable News Pipeline

The Weekly Standard magazine, one of cable news’ trustiest suppliers of traditional conservative voices, is shuttering. Publisher Clarity Media Group announced the closing this morning, drawing the ire of high-profile staffers and the disappointment of readers who stayed loyal to the 23-year-old publication throughout its recent never-Trump era. The final print edition will be published Dec. 17. While praising the magazine’s “dedicated and talented staff,” Clarity CEO… Read