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Ava DuVernay, Casey Bloys, Pearlena Igbokwe Among Six New TV Academy Exec Committee Members

Six television thought leaders have been named as the Chair's Appointees to the Television Academy Executive Committee. The new group will work closely with the Television Academy's officers and board of governors to guide and shape the direction of the Academy for the 2019 term, according to the announcement by Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. "We are privileged to have the collective expertise, insights and resources of these visionary… Read

Cinemark Posts Record Q4 Revenue, But Earnings Miss Wall Street Estimates

Major U.S. exhibitor Cinemark reported strong top-line results in the fourth quarter, with total revenue hitting a record $798.6 million, up 6.5% from the same period in the previous year. Earnings came in at 17 cents a share on a diluted basis, falling short of Wall Street’s consensus estimate of 44 cents. In the same period of 2017, earnings were 82 cents a share, with federal tax reform creating a $45 million benefit. Investors greeted the results with enthusiasm… Read

Oz Veteran Graham Burke To Retire As CEO Of Village Roadshow After More Than 30 Years At Helm

Australian industry veteran Graham Burke is to retire as CEO of Village Roadshow at the end of this calendar year. Upon the appointment of a new CEO, Burke will remain on the VRL Board as a non-executive director, the company said today. The firm also said it will now “conduct a wide-ranging, global and domestic executive search, with an external search firm to support this process.” Clark Kirby, Chairman and CEO of VRL's largest division, Village Roadshow Theme Parks… Read

WGA Invites Agents To Sign Its New Code Of Conduct Banning Packaging and Producing

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The WGA today invited all franchised agents to apply to sign its proposed Code of Conduct, which bans agents from entering into packaging and production deals. The guild said the proposed Code, which is subject to ratification by its members on March 25, will go into effect after the April 6 expiration of its current agreement with the ATA. "We are continuing to talk to the agencies and any additional changes we agree to will be applied to all agencies," the guild said… Read

MPRM Bolsters Management Team, Promotes Caitlin McGee, Natalie Yallouz, More

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EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood agency MPRM Communications has promoted Caitlin McGee to SVP and Natalie Yallouz to VP among several moves made to bolster its leadership team. McGee, with the company since 2007, and Yallouz for a total of eight years, now oversee MPRM’s TV, digital media and technology clients that include Bunim/Murray Productions, Blumhouse Television, Viacom and Skybound Entertainment among others. McGee has led the agency's television awards team as well as… Read

WGA Declares War On Big Talent Agencies; No Room For Negotiated Compromise On Key Issues, Exec Says

The WGA has declared war on Hollywood's Big Four talent agencies – WME, CAA, ICM Partners and UTA – vowing to "divide and conquer" the agency business to kill off packaging deals and force them out of the production business, which the guild considers monopolistic and conflicts of interest. And if they don’t like its terms, the guild says, “they can get out of the agency business.” The WGA, for the first time, also is vowing to sue the Big Four if it doesn't get what it… Read

‘The Dirt’ Author Neil Strauss Teams With ‘Atlanta Monster’ Producer To Launch Podcast About Missing Hollywood Actress

The Dirt and The Game author Neil Strauss has teamed with Tenderfoot TV, the team behind hit audio series Atlanta Monster, to launch a podcast about the disappearance of aspiring actress Adea Shabani. Rolling Stone writer Strauss will host To Live and Die in LA, a 12-episode true crime podcast series. The series will launch on February 28 and will be produced in association with podcast company Cadence13. To Live and Die in LA, which is Strauss's first foray into… Read

Roku Thumps Wall Street’s Q4 Estimates As Revenue And User Total Post Big Gains

Roku continued its recent momentum by reporting fourth-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations and validated its recent strategic shifts. Earnings per share came in at 5 cents, which was a dip from 6 cents in the year-earlier quarter, but well ahead of analysts’ consensus forecast for 3 cents. Total revenue climbed 46% to $275.7 million, exceeding the consensus estimate of $262.1 million. Average revenue per user for all of 2018, on a trailing 12-month basis… Read

Mark Bramble Dies: Tony-Nominated Broadway Writer, Director Was 68

Mark Bramble, the Tony Award-nominated librettist of Broadway’s hit musicals 42nd Street and Barnum, died Wednesday at a Baltimore hospital of complications related to cardiovascular hypertension. He was 68. His death was announced by his longtime business manager and friend Richard Koenigsberg. In addition to writing books for musicals, Bramble, a Maryland native, was a producer and director. He was Tony-nominated for his direction of the 2001 Broadway revival of 42nd Str… Read

NBC Ups Shelby Shaftel To SVP Alternative Programming & Development

NBC has promoted 13-year company veteran Shelby Shaftel to SVP Alternative Programming and Development. In the new gig she will shepherd projects from concept through postproduction, directing creative, staffing decisions, talent, marketing and brand partnerships Shaftel oversees such current NBC unscripted fare as Dwayne Johnson-led The Titan Games, Amy Poehler’s Making It and EP LeBron James’ The Wall. She also manages a diverse slate of projects in various stages of… Read

Universal Chairman Donna Langley Joins USC Film School’s Board Of Councilors

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Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, has joined the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Board of Councilors which helps guide the college's overall planning, development, and fundraising efforts. "Donna's understanding of global industry trends and insight about what makes media entertaining and impactful will be very valuable to our School," said Elizabeth M. Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts who made the announcement today. "I look… Read

NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua Adds Olympics And More To Portfolio After Mark Lazarus Promotion

Pete Bevacqua, president of the NBC Sports Group, will now oversee the group’s entire portfolio, adding Olympics, Production, Operations and other areas to his purview in the wake of a larger corporate restructuring. The Stamford, Conn.-based executive will continue to report to Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News. Along with Jeff Shell and other executives, Lazarus was promoted by NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke in a management reorganization in… Read