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Lionsgate Promotes Nannette Diacovo To EVP Legal Affairs

Lionsgate promoted television executive Nannette Diacovo to executive vice president of legal affairs. In her new role, Diacovo will manage the day-to-day operation of the Lionsgate Television’s legal affairs department, which she formed when joining the company in 2013 as SVP and head of legal affairs. Her responsibilities include drafting and executing agreements for scripted series across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, overseeing all development and… Read

Erick Opeka Named President of Cinedigm Digital Networks

Erick Opeka has been named president of digital networks, overseeing the strategy, development, launch, and operations of Cinedigm’s growing roster of premium digital-first channels. Opeka served as the company's EVP of digital networks since 2014, where he oversaw distribution of Cinedigm's OTT networks, which include the factual network Docurama; gaming and eSports network WHAM; the family friendly Dove Channel and Dove Kids; Asian pop culture network HALLYPOP; and the… Read

42West Taps Bianca Bianconi In Talent Division Expansion; Launches Content Creation Initiative For Clients

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran publicist Bianca Bianconi has joined 42West's New York Talent team, bringing with her a diverse client list spanning film, television, music, and fashion that includes Liv Tyler, Rufus Wainwright, Frank Grillo, Alexa Chung, Christian Siriano, Nico Tortorella, Electric Lady Studios, Jesse Jo Stark, SimiHaze, Rainsford (Rainey Qualley), Mena Suvari, Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, and Erin Wasson, among many others. Bianconi had previously worked at Slate PR… Read

Entertainment Studios Names Ronnie Ng As CFO & Head Of Corporate Development

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has appointed Ronnie Ng as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development. Ng will work out of Entertainment Studios’ LA headquarters and manage corporate finances, strategic investments, risk management and data analysis for all Entertainment Studios corporate entities under Allen Media. That includes broadcast TV syndication, advertising sales, the eight 24-hour HD networks, and digital platforms — as well as theatrical… Read

‘Apologia’ Review: Stockard Channing, Hugh Dancy Get Defensive In Pointed Drama

An apologia, playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell reminds us in his play so titled, is a defense, not an apology. With that in mind, would any play need an apologia beyond the words “Stockard Channing?” You wouldn’t think so, and you’d be close to right, but Apologia, directed by Daniel Aukin and opening tonight at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off Broadway Laura Pels venue, could use some bolstering nonetheless. Channing reprises a role she created in London, and we can… Read

What Would Netflix Do Without ‘Friends?’

Netflix faced questions about the shifting media landscape during its earnings release, held a week after WarnerMedia announced plans to launch a competing service in a move that follows in the digital footsteps of The Walt Disney Co. One issue, in particular, loomed large for Wall Street: What will Netflix do to fill the hole in its content library, once Disney and WarnerMedia claw back their movies and television shows for their own on-demand services? “Content like Frie… Read

‘The Conners’ Cast On Show’s Resurrection And Writing Out Roseanne – PaleyFest NY (SPOILERS)

[SPOILER ALERT: This report contains details of the The Conners premiere tonight.] Five cast members from The Conners and producer Tom Werner watched the show’s live East Coast premiere at the Paley Center just before a PaleyFest New York panel discussion about the unlikely re-reboot and how Roseanne Conner met her end. After Roseanne Barr’s offensive tweets prompted the abrupt cancellation of Roseanne following its smash midseason premiere, the new show gradually came… Read

Netflix Would Like Hollywood To Know It’s A Star Factory

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UPDATED with comments from Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos As competition for top talent intensifies, Netflix used its earnings results to send a message to Hollywood’s talent: we’re the new star factory. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings observed that the streaming giant has come a long way since it launched the original series, House of Cards, five years ago. This year, he noted, it collected 112 Emmy nominations for 40 of its shows, documentaries and specials, and tied the… Read

Former SAG President Richard Masur To Receive SAG-AFTRA President’s Award

Former SAG president Richard Masur will be this year's recipient of SAG-AFTRA's President's Award, which "celebrates a member who has given meritorious service to the union and its membership." The award will be presented Saturday at the union's national board meeting. "It is an honor and privilege for me to recognize Richard's many contributions with this award," said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. "For decades, he has worked to enrich the lives of performers… Read

‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Up From Last Week’s Low & 2017 As Packers Win

There was a lot of push, pull and more than a few nice moves by quarterback Aaron Rodgers but in the end the Green Bay Packers' 33-30 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last night came down to that last-minute field goal by Mason Crosby. A dramatic end to a more dramatic than usual Monday Night Football that was good for the Packers, good for the swimming to stand still NFL and very good indeed for ESPN. Scoring 11.9 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49… Read

Netflix Adds 7 Million Subscribers, Beats Estimates, Sends Stock Soaring 12%

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Netflix demonstrated that its second-quarter miss was an anomaly, reporting record third quarter subscriber growth. The company added 7 million subscribers in the September, exceeding its conservative forecast for 5 million net additions to the service in the third quarter. Netflix added 1.09 million subscribers in the U.S., and 5.87 million internationally, bringing the total number of subscribers to 137 million. Netflix reported earnings of 89 cents a share, topping… Read

Los Angeles On-Location Filming Up 3% In Q3 2018

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On-location filming in Los Angeles rose 3% in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year, with TV pilots (up 30%), TV dramas (up 21.6%) and feature films (up 11%) doing especially well. The overall numbers are also a nice rebound from last quarter's 5.2% decline in all on-location filming, according to data provided by FilmLA, the city's film permit office. Incentivized TV dramas brought to L.A. by the state's $330 million film incentives program… Read