19 items from 2015
MTV has announced that it has renewed the small screen slasher Scream for a second season.
“It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team, who are such connoisseurs of this genre, and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of Scream,” said Mina Lefevre, MTV’s exec VP of series development and head of scripted programming. “We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns.”
“We couldn’t be happier Scream has been renewed for a second season and that we have a wonderful working relationship with Doug Herzog, Stephen Friedman, Susanne Daniels, Mina Lefevre and her team,” added Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “The Scream franchise has been such a huge part of our history and to watch it evolve, find a new generation of fans and succeed »
- Gary Collinson
Although it was revealed at Comic-Con, MTV has now officially announced that Scream the TV series will return in a second season:
Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA (July 29, 2015) – MTV today announced the second season pick-up of its hit series "Scream" with Dimension Television. More than 21 million viewers have tuned in to the debut season of "Scream" on-air and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms. Additionally, "Scream" has averaged 60% increases in L+3 over L+Sd ratings week to week.
MTV Executive Vice President of Series Development and Head of Scripted Programming, Mina Lefevre said, "It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team who are such connoisseurs of this genre and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of 'Scream.' We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns."
"We couldn't be »
- Derek Anderson
MTV today announced that it has picked up its hit series Scream with Dimension Television for a second season. More than 21 million viewers have tuned in to the debut season of Scream on-air and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms. Additionally, Scream has averaged 60% increases in L+3 over L+Sd ratings week to week. Here's what MTV Executive Vice President of Series Development and Head of Scripted Programming, Mina Lefevre had to say in a statement.
"It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team who are such connoisseurs of this genre and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of Scream. We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns."
The horror TV series is set in the sleepy town of Lakewood, where a gruesome murder sets off a chain of horrific events. »
MTV has given a second season to slasher-horror series “Scream.”
The Dimension Television series is loosely based on the horror films that followed Neve Campbell’s character and a gaggle of friends as they attempted to outrun, out-stab and outsmart a pop culture-obsessed masked killer.
Prior to last night’s fifth episode, “Scream” was averaging about 1.4 million viewers and a 0.85 rating in MTV’s target demo of adults 18-34, according to Nielsen’s “Live+3” estimates. The network said more than 21 million viewers have tuned in to at least some of “Scream” on-air, and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms.
“It has been a wonderful experience working with [exec producer] Bob Weinstein and his team, who are such connoisseurs of this genre, and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of ‘Scream,’” said Mina Lefevre, MTV’s exec VP of series development and head of scripted programming. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Programming President Susanne Daniels is leaving MTV after three years, and Mina Lefevre has been promoted to executive vice president and head of Scripted Development at MTV. Lefevre previously served as senior vice president of Scripted Programming at the network. She will report to MTV President Stephen Friedman alongside Lauren Dolgen, head of Reality Programming and executive vice president of Series Development. Friedman thanked Daniels for her work in a memo to staff. Also read: MTV Sets Premiere Date for 'The Shannara Chronicles' “In just under three years here, Susanne has helped guide our Development team to some tremendous wins, »
- Reid Nakamura
It may not be easy being green, but what’s it really like to be white? Jose Antonio Vargas and MTV set to find out with documentary “White People,” which aims to get young caucasian men and women to talk openly and honestly about race. “Whiteness often remains unexamined in conversations about race in this country, even as it acts as the implicit norm against which other racial identities are judged,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV. “By shining a spotlight on whiteness, we hope ‘White People’ will serve as a powerful conversation starter that encourages our audience to address racial bias through. »
- Tony Maglio
CBS and its soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” led the pack of winners at the 42nd annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
CBS and PBS scored 17 trophies apiece. “Bold and the Beautiful” led the program winners with a total of eight.
Winners at Friday’s ceremony, hosted by Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson at the Universal Hilton, included a three-way tie for guest star in a drama series among Donna Mills (for ABC’s”General Hospital”), Fred Willard (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Ray Wise (CBS’ “The Young and the Restless”).
Discovery Family Channel (formerly known as the Hub) won the children’s series award for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” Nickelodeon’s “Dino Dan: Trek Adventures” got the nod for preschool children’s series.
Digital nets got into the fray this year with Amazon’s “Tumble Leaf” recognized for preschool animation series while Netflix’s »
- Variety Staff
Reality dating show “Are You The One?” was also given a third season. The series, which features a different cast of housemates each round, wrapped up Season 2 this past December. “Broke A$$ Game Show,” which premiered this February, will be coming back for its sophomore season.
“We’re exploding our development process across screens — getting faster, more daring, putting more projects into play and taking bigger swings than ever, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
MTV used its upfront presentation Tuesday at New York’s Beacon Theatre to share its upcoming slate, of course, but it also unveiled the first seven minutes of upcoming TV adaptation “Scream.” The forthcoming whodunnit horror show highlights a slate of eight new and 10 returning series; MTV boasts more than 85 series in development. “We’re exploding our development process across screens — getting faster, more daring, putting more projects into play and taking bigger swings than ever,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV. “We’ve exponentially expanded the ways we connect with our audience and deliver for our advertisers.” Also Read: MTV Movie Awards: Kevin. »
- Tony Maglio
The segment will also include the world premiere of a 90-second clip from the upcoming Marvel epic Avengers: Age of Ultron.
MTV president Stephen Friedman announced the award: "Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark.
"He's a brilliant actor and a Hollywood icon, and we are proud to recognise his tremendous passion and talent with this year's Generation Award."
Other honorary awards handed out at the gala will »
MTV has selected Robert Downey Jr. to receive its MTV Generation Award, to be presented by his “Avengers: Age of Ultron” co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
The 2015 MTV Movie Awards will air on April 12 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. The live telecast will also premiere a 90-second clip from the film that will be introduced by the cast. The superhero sequel opens May 1.
“Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr. has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV.
- Dave McNary
MTV today announced that the remarkable Robert Downey Jr. will receive the MTV Generation Award during the MTV Movie Awards that will air Live on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. Et/Pt from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Robert Downey Jr., known as one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, will be presented the award by his Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
In advance of the film's May 1, 2015 premiere, fans can also look forward to the world premiere of an exclusive 90-second clip from the blockbuster film that will be introduced by the cast during the telecast. Said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV:
"Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr. has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark. He's a brilliant actor and a Hollywood icon, »
Shailene Woodley will be this year's recipient of the MTV Trailblazer Award at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards.
Her co-star Miles Teller will present her with the special golden bucket of popcorn during the ceremony next month.
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Shailene Woodley will receive the MTV Movie Awards' Trailblazer honour.
President of MTV Stephen Friedman described the 23-year-old actress as "one of the most talented actresses of this generation".
He continued: "Whether baring her soul in emotionally charged roles in The Descendants and The Fault in Our Stars or igniting our imagination in sci-fi blockbusters like Insurgent, Shailene has raised the bar for actresses navigating diverse and challenging roles professionally, while personally remaining down-to-earth and accessible to her fans."
The 2015 MTV Movie Awards »
Jerusalem – Keshet Media Group kicked off the first full day of its third annual Intv conference on Sunday with a fitting matchup: Keshet CEO Avi Nir sitting down to discuss the power of disruption in television with HBO topper Richard Plepler.
This year’s annual confab, which brings top TV execs from across the globe to Israel’s capital city each year to discuss innovation in the television industry, got a jumpstart Saturday evening with the Israeli premiere of “Dig,” a Jerusalem-set, Keshet-backed program from Tim Kring and “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff. On Sunday, back at the historic Jerusalem Ymca building, Nir and Pleper launched the first of two days’ worth of panels by discussing their shared philosophy on the danger of hubris.
“From about 1995 to 2002, I think HBO ran one of the great insurgent campaigns in the history of modern entertainment,” Plepler said, referring to the generation of creators »
- Debra Kamin
Tel Aviv – Keshet Media Group, which for years has been at the forefront of Israel’s drive to become a global TV player, is pulling out all the stops in March for its third annual Innovation in Television confab in Jerusalem.
Top execs from HBO, Sony, AMC and more are expected in Israel’s capital city March 15-16 for the conference, which focuses on innovation in television production. Among the speakers on this year’s roster are HBO CEO Richard Pleper; ITV director of television Peter Fincham; Andrea Wong, Sony Pictures’ prexy of international Prods.; AMC Global prez Bruce Tuchman; MTV topper Stephen Friedman; and Wme’s TV topper Rick Rosen. “The Affair” co-creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi will also be on hand.
The show of force from U.S. execs underscores the heat of the Israeli format biz in general and Keshet’s cachet in particular.
The confab »
- Debra Kamin
Mlk Holiday TV focus: MTV today announced an expansion of its Look Different anti-bias campaign called #TheTalk, a multiscreen effort to encourage its audience to have “color brave” conversations on race with family and friends.According to a 2014 MTV study*, 73% of Millennials believe having more open constructive conversations about bias would help people become less prejudiced.“Millennials believe strongly in fairness, but they can also find it difficult to talk openly about race – to be not simply ‘color blind’ but ‘color brave,’ said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “Our audience is looking for a way to bring the national […] »
- April Neale
Viacom’s MTV said its programming would appear in black and white on Monday, January 19, in an effort to generate talk about racial issues on Martin Luther King Day.
Commercials will continue to appear in color, a spokesman for the network said.
“Our audience is looking for a way to bring the national conversation on race into their homes and this campaign will give them a forum to express true color bravery,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, in a statement.
As part of the effort, every commercial block will begin with personal reflections on race from celebrities and other luminaries, including Kendrick Lamar, Common, Big Sean, Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo, Penn Badgley, Jordin Sparks, Pete Wentz, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. John Lewis, Sen. Cory Booker (pictured, above) and more.
MTV has lent the initiative, which will appear starting at 9 a.m. Eastern on Martin Luther King Day and continue for 12 hours, »
- Brian Steinberg
MTV is going old school and will air in black and white Monday, a first for the 34-year-old network.
The color change will run for 12 hours, and is part of the network’s #TheTalk campaign, encouraging viewers to talk openly about race with friends and family.
“Millennials believe strongly in fairness, but they can also find it difficult to talk openly about race – to be not simply ‘color blind’ but ‘color brave,’ said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV. “Our audience is looking for a »
- Alicia Banks
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