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CBS Acting CEO & Brass Hit Dull Button In Digital Town Hall; Questioned About Les Moonves, Viacom Merger Talk & More

In a two-day forum for employees that concluded this afternoon, CBS acting CEO Joe Ianniello and two other top executives answered a range of questions via a liveblog hosted on an internal network. Going for straight communication with their staff, the brass were very careful to avoid setting off any fireworks about former CEO Les Moonves, the legal situation of his now non-severance and possible new merger talks with Viacom. Multiple CBS employees reached by Deadline… Read

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Coast Guard Film Office Remains Open Despite Shutdown And No Pay

The U.S. Coast Guard's film liaison office remains open for business even though its three-man staff in Los Angeles isn't getting paid because of the ongoing government shutdown. "Obviously, it's impacting our pay, but our office is operational," chief warrant officer Mike Lutz said. The Coast Guard, which is the only service branch affected by the shutdown, has provided assistance to dozens of films in recent years, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Baywatch, Dee… Read

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Michael Nyman’s Acceleration Adds Two More Senior Execs From PMK*BNC

Acceleration, the marketing, media and advisory firm launched this year by former PMK*BNC chief Michael Nyman, has added two alums of that agency to its executive team. Monica Chun will serve as Chief Client Officer and President of Acceleration Brand Advisory, and Rick Faigin joins as EVP Acceleration Brand Advisory. Chun is a 22-year PMK*BNC veteran who was elevated to its president after Nyman’s exit as co-CEO in June. At Acceleration, she will lead and architect brand… Read

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Syfy Sets Return Date For ‘Happy!’, Releases Season 2 Trailer

Syfy’s Happy! is returning just in time to – as one of the characters insists in this new trailer – make Easter great again. The network has set March 27 for the Season 2 premiere. In its second season, the dark comedy based on the irreverent graphic novel of the same name finds alcoholic ex-cop turned hit man Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) and his bizarre imaginary kinda-unicorn-looking pal Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) on the trail of a child kidnapping ring. Or… Read

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‘Spinning Out’: January Jones To Star In Netflix Figure Skating Drama Series

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EXCLUSIVE: Mad Men alumna January Jones is set to play a lead opposite Kaya Scodelario in Spinning Out, Netflix's upcoming drama series set in the world of competitive figure skating. Created by Samantha Stratton (Mr. Mercedes), a former competitive figure skater herself, Spinning Out centers on Kat Baker (Scodelario), an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who's about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. When Kat seizes an… Read

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Podcast Network Parcast Sets First Scripted Fiction Series As Part Of 2019 Slate

Podcast network Parcast has announced its slate of new shows for the first four months of 2019, including its first scripted fiction series Mind’s Eye. It marks an expansion beyond scripted non-fiction fare for Parcast, which is in the midst an impressive growth period. In 2018, Parcast saw a nearly 200% increase in download numbers, to 100+ million across all of its fully-owned audio productions. By the end of 2018, Parcast had 16 shows available for listeners up from… Read

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‘Now Apocalypse’ Trailer: Starz’s Psychedelic Millennial Coming-Of-Age Tale

“I’m Ulysses. Everyone in my life right now is insane.” Judging from the first trailer for the Starz coming-of-age comedy Now Apocalypse, that seems about right. Have a look at it above, and judge for yourself. Avan Jogia stars as a young man struggling to figure out his life in the surreal and bewildering city of Los Angeles. And having these increasingly troubling sleeptime premonitions. Is there some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy is going on, or might that just… Read

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Discovery Ups Loren Ruch, Betsy Ayala, Lynn Sadofsky At HGTV, Food Network

Discovery has announced the promotions of Loren Ruch, Betsy Ayala and Lynn Sadofsky at HGTV and Food Network. Ruch has been upped to Group SVP of Production & Development for HGTV, based in New York, while Ayala is promoted to SVP of Production & Development for HGTV based in Knoxville. Both report to network president Allison Page. Sadofsky will now be SVP of Production & Development for Food Network based in New York, reporting to network president Courtney… Read

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‘Trial & Error’: Season 3 Chances Are Slim But Producing Studio Remains “Open to Opportunity”

Crime comedy Trial & Error is still without a new home following the cancellation by NBC, and there are no current prospects for a third season. “We are open to an opportunity to continue the series, should one arise in the future,” producing studio Warner Bros. TV said in a statement. When NBC opted not to pick up a third season last August, the rights reverted back to WBTV. Since options on the series' regular cast had not expired yet, WBTV used the window to shop the sh… Read

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Rick Rubin Gets Showtime Docuseries From Morgan Neville

Showtime is laying down tracks for a new docuseries spotlighting Rick Rubin, the record producer who has worked with seemingly everyone from Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. to Black Sabbath, Slayer, Johnny Cash and Lady Gaga. Directed by Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), it’s slated to air later this year. Working-titled Shangri-La after his infamous Malibu studio, the series will screen at SXSW in March as a work-in-progress. The series is billed as an all-access… Read

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‘Ellen’s Game Of Games’ Renewed For Season 3 By NBC

Just a week in to Season 2, NBC has renewed top-rated alternative series Ellen’s Game of Games for a third season. No word yet on the number of episodes. The renewal for the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted game show comes amid strong ratings. Ellen’s Game of Games returned to the NBC schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 8 as the night's No. 1 entertainment program in the key adult 18-49 demo. Its 1.5 rating won the 8  PM ET hour over CBS' NCIS and ABC's comedy duo of The Conners and The Kids… Read

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Anonymous Content Taps Veteran Literary Agent Kristina Moore For Media Rights Division

EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content has hired Kristina Moore to its growing Media Rights Division. Moore joins from The Wylie Agency, where she spent the last ten years as a literary agent specializing in fiction and nonfiction as well as managing authors’ estates. She joins Anonymous Content's Media Rights co-heads Howie Sanders and Kassie Evashevski along with recently hired managers Brooke Ehrlich and Geoffrey Sanford. Moore will be based out of Anonymous Content's New York… Read