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Greg Berlanti Set For Television Showman Of The Year Award At ICG Publicists Awards

EXCLUSIVE: Greg Berlanti is set to receive the Television Showman of the Year honor at the 56th annual ICG Publicists Guild Awards next month. The question is: When will he have time to enjoy the award? This is the guy whose Greg Berlanti Productions has a cape-splitting 15 series on the air at the moment and at least one project with a big commitment at each of the five broadcast networks this season. And the CW just announced four pilot pickups tonight including one — Ri… Read

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Joanna Dodd Massey Opens New Bi-Coastal Communications Firm

Joanna Dodd Massey, who has worked at Condé Nast, Lionsgate, Hub, CBS and UPN, has just launched her own bi-coastal shingle: J.D. Massey Associates, Inc. which she describes as “a governance strategy and communications firm focused on corporate brand risk and reputation management.” JDMA will maintain offices in New York and Los Angeles and will continue to work with Condé Nast, where she most recently served as Head of Communications. Other clients will include the… Read

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Jamie Lee Curtis Set For Lifetime Achievement Honor At 56th Publicists Awards

Jamie Lee Curtis will receive the Cinematographers Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award at its 56th annual Publicists Awards luncheon on February 22 at the Beverly Hilton. "We are thrilled to honor Jamie Lee Curtis, who has created a celebrated body of film and television work that spans many genres," said Steven Poster, president of the Cinematographers Guild. "Who wasn't frightened by her Laurie Strode character in Halloween – and just as terrified in her reprise… Read

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‘Oscars Spotlight’ Series Showcases Documentary Features For 91st Academy Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its Future of Film Committee will present a new program showcasing the 15 shortlisted documentary films contending for the 91st Oscars. Oscars Spotlight: Documentary Feature Shortlist will screen theatrically in 13 cities nationwide starting December 31 through January 21, 2019.  Participating theaters include AMC Theatres, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Laemmle Theatres. "The Academy is thrilled to be collaborating with… Read

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Wolf Kasteler Public Relations Promotes Pair To VP

EXCLUSIVE: Caryn Leeds and Annick Oppenheim have been promoted to VP at Wolf Kasteler Public Relations, working out of its New York and Los Angeles offices, respectively. Leeds’ client roster at Wolf Kasteler includes Elizabeth Marvel, Marin Hinkle and rising stars Bel Powley, Sarah Gadon and Dominique Fishback. She began her publicity career as a coordinator in NBC's East Coast Entertainment Publicity department before moving into personal publicity at BWR in 2005. She… Read

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‘Brightburn’ Trailer: James Gunn-Produced Horror Teaser Released At Brazil’s Comic-Con Experience

The first-look trailer for the James Gunn-produced horror film Brightburn was unveiled today at Comic-Con Brazil. The H Collective and Sony Pictures label Screen Gems film is directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and written by Mark Gunn & Brian Gunn. The film stars Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect), David Denman (13 Hours, Power Rangers), Jackson A. Dunn (Shameless), Matt Jones (Mom, Home) and Meredith Hagner (Younger, Set it Up).  The premise:  What if… Read

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is Biggest Trailer Launch In History

There’s a new record in movie trailer launches: Avengers: Endgame had 289 million views over the last 24 hours, surpassing the Avengers: Infinity War total of 236 million views and The Lion King‘s 224.6 million over the same time measurement. Twitter conversation (549K) also has surpassed the 24-hour volume for all comps, including first content releases for Black Panther (349k) and the previous record-holder, Avengers: Infinity War (389k). To the greatest fans in the… Read

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ATX Television Festival Teams With Southwest Airlines For Pitch Competition

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ATX Television Festival's seventh annual Pitch Competition has issued a call for submissions, and has a new wrinkle – sponsored transportation and accommodations for its Top 10 finalists. The event, being held June 6-9 in Austin, Texas, provides an opportunity for undiscovered writers to showcase their talent, along with providing access to TV's top decision-makers. ATX's focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and… Read

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The CW Network Unveils #CWOPENTOALL, A Diversity/Inclusion Campaign

The CW Network is rolling out a new initiative, #CWOPENTOALL, an on-air, digital, social, and print campaign that touts the network's commitment to inclusion and representation. The campaign was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, president, The CW Network, at its Fall Launch Event on the Warner Bros. lot. "We think this campaign really captures the spirit and mission of The CW and why our fans come to us," said Pedowitz. "We are committed to making sure our viewers see… Read

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NYC Theatrical Publicity Office Launches: The Press Room Clients Include ‘Lear’, ‘Mormon’

Veteran press agents Jim Byk and Shane Marshall Brown are launching a new theatrical and entertainment publicity office, the duo announced to Deadline today. The new company will be called The Press Room. Publicist Kelly Guiod will serve as vice president. Both Byk and Brown move from Sam Rudy Media Relations; Brown, a senior press agent there, will work concurrently with Rudy and The Press Room before pivoting to the new company full time in 2019. Clients to be… Read

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Harry Potter ‘Back To Hogwarts’ Day Celebration Gets Star Power Surprise

Harry Potter fans got a big surprise this morning in London. Gathered at the King’s Cross railway station for the annual “Back to Hogwarts” day (spoiler: it’s when the witches and wizards in the Harry Potter stories head back to school), they were greeted by two of the film stars from the Fantastic Beasts series. Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law of the upcoming adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (the second film of an anticipated five in the series), joined… Read

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‘Warriors Of Liberty City’ And ‘America To Me’ From Starz Get First Looks At TCA

Starz has unveiled a first look trailer at the Television Critics Assn. Summer 2018 Press Tour for its new docuseries Warriors of Liberty Citywhich explores how a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami has risen to become a pipeline to the National Football League. The docuseries follows a season with the Liberty City Warriors, a youth football program founded by hip-hop pioneer Luther Campbell of controversial rappers 2 Live Crew.  Beyond football, the Liberty City… Read