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5 items from 2014


Steve Koonin Leaves Time Warner’s Turner For Atlanta Hawks

13 April 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steve Koonin, who as entertainment chief at Time Warner’s Turner unit presided over a long run of growth at big cable networks like TNT, TBS, truTV and TCM, as well as a streak of aggressive, sometimes maverick promotional maneuvers,  is leaving his post to take the reins of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, as well as an equity position in the team.

News of his departure came as a surprise to many Turner insiders. It follows the larger shakeup at the Turner unit, which also encompasses CNN, Cartoon Network and digital properties such as the Bleacher Report. John Martin, formerly chief financial officer of the media conglomerate, became CEO in January of this year, with longtime chief Phil Kent taking a chairman role prior to his retirement in December.

David Levy, a Turner executive who supervises ad sales, distribution and sports, was named president. Koonin’s departure follows that of Greg D’Alba, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Fox and WWE Determined to Give Us ‘Jingle All The Way’ Sequel With Wrestlers And Rednecks

11 February 2014 2:00 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Larry the Cable Guy is still a thing, folks. It’s true. Larry, real name Daniel Whitney, has managed to sustain a weird level of pop culture relevance since debuting his redneck persona in the early nineties. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour staple alongside comedians Ron White, Bill Engvall, and ringleader Jef Foxworthy, Whitney has hosted Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy on the History Channel (“Larry’s Favorite Stuff” is a particularly touching episode), voiced the beloved tow truck Mater in Pixar’s Cars franchise, and swung a Golden Raspberry Award in 2013′s A Madea Christmas. Dude Ain’t going away, and both Fox and WWE Studios have every intention of keeping Larry Cable Guyin’ in 2014 with the weirdly random announcement of a sequel to 1996′s Jingle All the Way. Yes, Larry is stepping into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shoes as lead in a direct to home video entry into what will now be a »

- Dustin Hucks

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‘The Bible,’ ‘Duck Dynasty’ Among Movieguide Contenders

22 January 2014 2:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Reelz has set a March 1 airdate for the 22nd annual Movieguide Awards, which will be held Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton. Bill Engvall will host the show, which salutes faith-based movies and television programming.

The Bible” is up for both a TV Grace Award and the TV Epiphany Prize. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett will be among the presenters. “Duck Dynasty” has been nominated for the TV Faith & Freedom Award and the TV Family Friess Free Enterprise Prize, along with Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.”

Movie Grace Awards Nominees include Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Harrison Ford (“42″), Aj Michalka and James Denton (“Grace Unplugged”), Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe (“Man Of Steel”) and Forest Whittaker (“Black Nativity”).

Television Grace Award nominees include Allen, Downey, Diogo Morgado and and Willie Robertson.

The Show is presented by Dr. Ted Baehr, CEO of Good News Communications, Inc. in association with the John Templeton Foundation. »

- Tim Gray

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‘The Bible,’ ‘Duck Dynasty’ Among Movieguide Contenders

22 January 2014 2:24 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Reelz has set a March 1 airdate for the 22nd annual Movieguide Awards, which will be held Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton. Bill Engvall will host the show, which salutes faith-based movies and television programming.

The Bible” is up for both a TV Grace Award and the TV Epiphany Prize. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett will be among the presenters. “Duck Dynasty” has been nominated for the TV Faith & Freedom Award and the TV Family Friess Free Enterprise Prize, along with Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.”

Movie Grace Awards Nominees include Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Harrison Ford (“42″), Aj Michalka and James Denton (“Grace Unplugged”), Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe (“Man Of Steel”) and Forest Whittaker (“Black Nativity”).

Television Grace Award nominees include Allen, Downey, Diogo Morgado and and Willie Robertson.

The Show is presented by Dr. Ted Baehr, CEO of Good News Communications, Inc. in association with the John Templeton Foundation. »

- Tim Gray

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Podcast: 2014 Golden Globes Predictions, Waffles, Pancakes and 'The Banshee Chapter'

10 January 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

With nothing too exciting hitting theaters this Friday episode of the podcast is light on reviews, but we do have 2014 Golden Globes predictions to make and Laremy did watch The Banshee Chapter. Plus we answer some more of your questions and voicemails and keep things rolling into an extended game segment including a new edition of Watch This or Watch That. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is »

- Brad Brevet

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