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Mipcom 2018: Digital Buyers, Drama & Consolidation Chat Dominate Cannes As Star-Studded TV Fest Comes To A Close

There was certainly a buzz in the air at this week's Mipcom. The market felt genuinely busy and a raft of A-list talent such as Ben Stiller, Issa Rae and Jenna Coleman gave it a spark of glamor. Some 13,800 delegates, including 4,800 buyers from 110 countries attended the international television market, which was dominated by chatter about the growth of digital buyers and the "never-ending" drama boom as well as concerns over what media consolidation means for the global… Read


Lies, Damned Lies & ‘Lifespan Of A Fact’: Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones & Bobby Cannavale Seek Truth – Broadway Review

Is there such a thing as just a little fake news? Or is that like being just a little comatose? Broadway’s The Lifespan of a Fact, a new based-on-reality play starring a totally-committed triumvirate of Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale, poses some big questions about small truths. Certainly the top-grade quality of the cast (and the fascinating real-life story behind the play) has us hoping for answers, or at least a rousing good yarn. There’s a little… Read


Lena Dunham Website Set To Close Down Tomorrow: Report

Jenni Konner Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham’s three-year-old newsletter-website The Lenny Letter could be shutting down as early as tomorrow, according to industry site Digiday, which reports that Lenny’s contributors have been notified of the closure. Dunham’s site began an ad partnership with Conde Nast last year. Deadline has reached out to both the website and Conde Nast for comment. Sometimes known simply as Lenny, the website/newsletter was created by Dunham and her Girls co-creator Jenni Konner… Read

Awards News

Broadway Newcomer ‘Boys In The Band’ Was A Revival, Tony Committee Decides

Joe Mantello’s recent Broadway staging of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band will be eligible for a 2019 Tony Award – no surprise there – but theater trivia buffs might quibble with the category: Best Revival of a Play. Although the gay groundbreaker has been staged many times since its Off Broadway debut in 1968, The Boys in the Band had never made its way to Broadway until Mantello’s star-packed production last April. So revival, or new play? Revival, says the Tony Awar… Read


Lionsgate Developing Remakes Of Facebook Watch’s Kim Kardashian West Prank Show ‘You Kiddin’ Me?!’ In The UK & Australia

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is developing adaptations of its Kim Kardashian West prank show You Kiddin' Me?! in the UK and Australia and is also looking to line-up international linear deals for the Facebook Watch format. British producer Primal Media and Australian indie Eureka are developing local versions of the show, which features celebrities and their families as they pull pranks on the public, and Lionsgate has been at Mipcom this week to talk about even more… Read


Sinclair Broadcast CEO Chris Ripley Doubles Down On Deregulation Push: “We’re Just Entirely Too Small” – NAB Show NY

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In some of his first public comments since the FCC torpedoed his company’s long-planned acquisition of rival Tribune Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley doubled down on his staunchly deregulatory rhetoric. Moderator Rick Howe let Ripley off the hook in terms of Tribune, which is embroiled in a legal fight with Sinclair over the merger meltdown, during the 30-minute conversation at NAB Show New York. But he did ask Ripley for an update on Sinclair’s general… Read


‘American Idol’ Rivals Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken To Reunite For Broadway Holiday Show

American Idol rivals Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken will reunite on Broadway for a limited engagement holiday show of Christmas songs and comedy sketches. Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show begins performances Friday, Dec. 7, at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre, with an official opening set for Dec. 11 and a closing night on Dec. 30. The show – full title: Ruben & Clay's First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show – was announced today on ABC’s The View… Read


Broadway’s Tony Awards Sets Broadcast Date, Venue

Tony Awards

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall. The announcement was made today by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, presenters of the awards. Nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 30. The official eligibility cut-off date for all Broadway productions opening in the 2018-2019 season to be considered for Tonys will be Thursday, April 25. The 73rd… Read


Saints & Sinners No Match For Glenn Close In ‘Mother Of The Maid’: Off-Broadway Review

So maybe Joan of Arc plays second fiddle to few saints in history, but on stage even she’s no match for Glenn Close. As the title character in Mother of the Maid, Jane Anderson’s eccentric and startlingly play opening tonight Off Broadway at the Public Theater, Close takes on history and wins. Mother of the Maid reunites the actress, as good here as you’ve seen her, with Anderson (the two most recently collaborated on feature film The Wife) and Damages director Matthew… Read


WWE’s Saudi Arabia “Conundrum” May Cause Up To $16M Hit To The Solar Plexus – Analyst

If World Wrestling Entertainment were to abandon its long-term deal with Saudi Arabia, that move could dent the company’s 2019 operating income by between $12 million and $16 million, according to a report from a Wall Street analyst. Eric Handler of MKM Partners maintains a buy rating on the stock, with a 12-month price target of $95. It closed today’s trading session at $83.98, down a fraction. Handler estimates a decision to delay or cancel the wrestling circuit’s… Read


Showdown Between AT&T And DOJ Gets Date For Oral Argument

The long and winding journey of one of the most contested mergers in the history of the media business will take a major step toward its legal conclusion in December. The D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals said judges will hear oral arguments in the United States v. AT&T beginning at 9:30AM ET on Thursday, December 6. Compared with the lower federal court trial, which stretched on for months in the springtime, the government’s latest bid to block the acquisition of… Read


Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says She Never Considered Leaving ‘Veep’ Despite Cancer Diagnosis

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she never considered quitting HBO’s Veep after being diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer last year. “Oh, no,” Louis-Dreyfus tells the Washington Post in a candid interview. “I love making people laugh, and I love making people cry even, and I find the pursuit of a truthful performance to be deeply satisfying to my core.” Still, the former Seinfeld star says, the illness and treatment proved more debilitating than she’d ever imagined. Production… Read