Talent Manager Ken Jacobson Dies
Ken Jacobson, one of the pioneers of talent management, died on Thursday after more than three decades as a manager. I hear he was found unresponsive in his home after suffering an injury within the past week.
For 20 years, Jacobson was a founding partner of management firm James/Levy/Jacobson. Working alongside his partners, Jacobson was involved in launching the careers of such actors as James and Dave Franco, Jennie Garth, Jaimie Alexander, Michelle Williams, Mark-Paul… Read
Gayle King Poised To Remain At ‘CBS This Morning’ With New Contract
Gayle King has emerged as CBS News’ biggest star, and the network is doing everything it can to keep her. King had been in negotiations about continuing as host of CBS This Morning with a new contract that would give her a major salary increase.
As of tonight, no formal new deal has been inked yet. However, the host and CBS have come to “an understanding” that will see King continue on the morning show and other news shows and events, an insider tells us.
‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Explains The “Chip On My Shoulder” – Paley Fest
The ninth season of The Walking Dead has been a tumultuous and unsettling one in many ways (especially with the loss of Andrew Lincoln and fellow lead Lauren Cohan early on) but the show’s six-year time jump and its tonal shift (to hew closer to the original source material, the Robert Kirkman comics) have been a source of new lifeblood for the AMC series, according to Season 9 showrunner Angela Kang.
“What I really love is this kind of horror-western vibe that we really… Read
Viacom, AT&T Pass Carriage Deadline With Talks To Avoid Blackout Continuing
Viacom and AT&T remain in carriage negotiations but have failed to reach an agreement before the expiration of their current carriage deal at midnight on the East Coast. The signals of 23 Viacom networks have not gone dark yet across DirecTV and U-Verse, an outsized chunk of the pay-TV universe at 24.5 million households, but they will unless a new deal can be put in place.
The high-stakes dispute follows the consequential step last week by AT&T to eliminate some Viacom… Read
WGA & ATA To Meet Tuesday: Still No Compromise On Key Issues But Sides Have Had Some Meaningful Dialogue
The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents are expected to return to the bargaining table on Tuesday – the day before writers begin voting to approve a new Code of Conduct that would bar packaging fees and force agencies to sever their ties with affiliated production companies. If the Code is approved and a deal isn’t reached by April 6, the guild could order its members to fire all their agents who refuse to sign the Code.
After yesterday's bargaining session, there… Read
Bill Maher & Larry Charles Talk Dangerous Comedy And How ‘Seinfeld’ Erases Borders
Well, there certainly was no shortage of national news for the host to dig into Friday on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher tonight. Writers likely had to scramble to update the monologue after word surfaced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had wrapped his probe of Russian meddling the 2016 U.S. election and submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr.
That said, Maher opened his stand-up by noting that for liberals, the Mueller report being turned in “is like… Read
‘Supernatural’ Fans And Industry Salute Its Record Run In Online Tributes
Fans and Hollywood industryites took to the online world today to mourn the end of Supernatural, wrapping its run after its upcoming 15th season, which will consist of 20 episodes.
Stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins made the announcement in a video posted on Instagram Friday. Watch it below.
The show is the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in the history of American broadcast television. It is also the last remaining series from the CW’s… Read
Roseanne Barr To Washington Post: “I Was Suicidal” After Shunned Tweet
Roseanne Barr is continuing to stir the pot during her ongoing semi-apology, semi-defiant interviews.
In the latest edition, Barr spoke to the Washington Post and revealed that she was suicidal and spent time after being fired from her namesake show "holed up in her mom's basement in Utah, chain-smoking and in tears."
Her rescue from that depression came in the form of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, an author, TV host and public speaker and longtime Barr advisor, who scored the… Read
Musicians Agree To Extend Film & TV Contract; No Deal On Streaming Residuals
After three days of bargaining, the American Federation of Musicians and management's AMPTP have agreed to extend their current film and TV contract until Nov. 14.
The agreement comes after failing to reach a deal on the union's key demand – residuals from streaming shows. Actors, writers and directors receive streaming residuals, but musicians don’t.
"Musicians who work in the television, film and sound recording industries have always participated in traditional media… Read
Craig Hunegs Indicates 20th TV, Fox 21 & ABC Studios Will Remain Autonomous; Dana Walden Shares Excitement For Future
After the exodus of top Fox film executives and the shutting down of the respected Fox 2000 label as Walt Disney Studios absorbed the 20th Century Fox movie operations, the focus shifted to the TV side.
As we reported, outside of TV distribution (domestic and international), which was expected to undergo reductions to eliminate redundancies, the combined Disney-Fox TV operations had been spared of layoffs, with the 20th Century Fox TV, Fox 21 TV Studios and ABC Studios… Read
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Casts Carmen Cusack; Elizabeth Cappuccino Joins ‘neXT’
Carmen Cusack (Sorry for Your Loss) has been cast as a series regular opposite Jane Levy in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, NBC’s musical dramedy pilot from Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, Universal Music Group and Lionsgate TV. Written by Winsberg and directed by Richard Shepard, follows Zoey (Levy), a whip-smart but socially awkward girl in her late 20s who suddenly is able to hear people’s… Read
Brat’s Spring Plans Include More Original Series, Sales & Marketing Push
Brat’s spring slate of programming will include two new original series as the digital studio and network that caters to Gen Z audiences continues to ramp up, It also adding sales and marketing executives after launching its first advertising campaign in February.
The network’s latest original series set for launch in the window include Red Ruby, about a group of students who went missing underground in the 1990s and re-emerge as teenage vampires. Daniela Perkins (Knight… Read