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‘Boyhood’ Tops Gotham Award Nominations

23 October 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” led all films in nominations for the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Independent Feature Project announced Thursday. The film received four nominations in the Gothams’ six categories, including Best Feature, Best Actor for Ethan Hawke, Best Actress for Patricia Arquette and Breakthrough Actor for Ellar Coltrane. See photos: Julia Roberts, Bob Greenblatt Honored at Glsen Respect Awards Alejandro G. Inarritu's “Birdman,” Justin Simien's “Dear White People,” Dan Gilroy's “Nightcrawler” and Jonathan Glazer's “Under the Skin” received two nominations each. “Boyhood,” “Birdman” and “Under the Skin” will compete in the Best Feature »

- Steve Pond

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Hollywood Film Awards Announce 18 Categories for First Live Broadcast

22 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Hollywood Film Awards are coming to CBS for a debut live broadcast on Nov. 14, and now we know the categories for the awards that will be given out. Released Wednesday, among the 18 awards that will be presented include a Hollywood Career Achievement Award, Hollywood Film Award, Hollywood Director Award and Hollywood Actor. See photos: Julia Roberts, Bob Greenblatt Honored at Glsen Respect Awards (Photos) This year's ceremony will be broadcast live from the Hollywood Palladium, with musician/actress/talk show host Queen Latifah hosting. The red carpet coverage will air at 7:30 p.m. Et/delayed Pt, with the »

- Tim Kenneally

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Leslie Moonves Talks Up Showtime’s Growth, Praises Versatile David Nevins

21 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime has defied cable TV gravity during the past decade by posting double-digit annual growth in earnings and revenue. CBS Corp.’s cluster of Showtime channels are on track to deliver nearly $1 billion in earnings this year.

If that weren’t enough to brag about, Showtime is home to what CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves calls his “favorite show on TV anywhere”: “Ray Donovan.” Moonves notes that after years of Showtime being an also-ran to HBO, the two networks are now “spoken of in the same sentence as creative equals.”

The strength of its original-series programming turned the tide for Showtime. The turnaround started a decade ago under former entertainment president Bob Greenblatt, and has expanded on David Nevins’ watch.

“David is a showman,” Moonves says. “He’s someone who’s great with the creative community, great in working with scripts, and he also has an overall sense of what Showtime should be. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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How Showtime President David Nevins Took the Network to New Heights

21 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Did you see last night’s ratings for ‘Ray Donovan?’”

It’s the morning after the show’s second-season finale, and Showtime president David Nevins sounds like a proud father, high-fiving a visitor to his Westwood office and firing off stats: The Liev Schreiber drama hit a series-high 2 million viewers. “It’s up 40% from last year,” he says, with a broad grin.

Nevins has good reason to be happy on this late-September day. “Ray Donovan” indeed blossomed into a ratings hit for his network in its sophomore season (even with behind-the-scenes drama forcing a change in showrunner for season three). “Masters of Sex” also wrapped its second season with heightened critical acclaim for the show and the performances of stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.

With a week to go before the fourth-season relaunch of “Homeland,” the early reviews are mostly good as the drama reboots itself in an effort »

- Cynthia Littleton and Debra Birnbaum

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Longevity, Biz Savvy Makes Showtime CEO Matt Blank an Industry Statesman

21 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matt Blank will mark his 20th year as CEO of Showtime in February, a rare milestone for any exec in the television biz.

That kind of longevity inevitably breeds stature in the industry. To many, Blank is synonymous with the pay cable business, thanks to his leadership at Showtime and the heavy lifting he did as a marketing exec at HBO in the pioneer days of the 1970s and ‘80s.

But friends and colleagues say Blank at this stage of his career has achieved something more than stature. He commands the kind of respect that is earned after enduring battles at the negotiating table, debates in boardrooms and strategy sessions in conference rooms.

“Matt is a tough businessman,” says Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav, a longtime friend and business associate who has seen him in action many times during the years that they’ve served together on the board of cable’s chief lobbying org, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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NBC Chief Bob Greenblatt to Oversee Company's Expanding Live Stage Business

7 October 2014 2:56 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt has been tasked with overseeing NBCUniversal's live stage division. Universal Stage Productions (Usp), which Universal Pictures President Jimmy Horowitz will continue to lead, will expand the division's focus to include all NBCUniversal properties. Also read: Julia Roberts, Danny Moder and NBC Chief Bob Greenblatt Being Honored With Special Glsen Awards “Starting with the enormous success of ‘Wicked,’ Jimmy has built a thriving live stage business and I'm looking forward to working together to grow the business,” Greenblatt said in a statement to TheWrap. “Broadway and the touring business are very robust right now, and while a blockbuster. »

- Travis Reilly

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NBCUniversal Sets Growing Broadway Ventures Under Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt

7 October 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Just a few weeks after the Disney Company roared that The Lion King had become the highest-grossing entertainment of all time, NBCUniversal today announced that Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, will oversee the company’s live-theater division, Universal Stage Productions. Jimmy Horowitz, Universal Pictures President, will “continue to run” Usp, while expanding its reach into NBCUni properties throughout film, TV and digital.

Chris Herzberger, Universal’s Executive of Live Theatricals, will continue in that position as hands-on with works in progress and a growing roster of developmental projects.

The company is not exactly a carpetbagger on Broadway, with a major stake in the long-running Wicked, a global box office phenomenon. Greenblatt is a producer of the most recent Tony Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder and of a “revisal” of Meredith Willson’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Denver Center Theatre Company. The company »

- Jeremy Gerard

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Robert Greenblatt to Oversee NBCUniversal's Live Theater Efforts

7 October 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, is adding oversight of NBCUniversal’s live stage division to his portfolio, the company announced Tuesday. Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, who has been leading Universal Stage Productions, among his other duties, will continue to head Usp, which is expanding its focus to include all of NBCUniversal’s properties. “Starting with the enormous success of Wicked, Jimmy has built a thriving live stage business, and I’m looking forward to working together to grow the business,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “Broadway and the touring business are very robust right now, and while a blockbuster like

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- Gregg Kilday

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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt to Oversee Universal’s Expanding Stage Division (Exclusive)

7 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment chairman who is also one of the producers of Broadway Tony winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” has added oversight of NBCUniversal’s stage division to his portfolio of NBCU duties.

Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, who will continue to lead Universal Stage Prods., will now work with Greenblatt to expand the division’s focus to incorporate all NBCUniversal properties rather than just its film catalog.

The growth of Universal’s stage arm comes as Hollywood as a whole has begun to take an increasing interest in Broadway, spurred by the significant revenue a couple of major hits have minted for studios. Last month Disney Theatrical Prods.’ musical version of “The Lion King” became the top-grossing single title of all time (at $6.2 billion and counting), and Universal itself has seen the global success of Broadway’s “Wicked” turn the title into one »

- Gordon Cox

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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt to Oversee Universal’s Expanding Stage Division (Exclusive)

7 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment chairman who is also one of the producers of Broadway Tony winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” has added oversight of NBCUniversal’s stage division to his portfolio of NBCU duties.

Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, who will continue to lead Universal Stage Prods., will now work with Greenblatt to expand the division’s focus to incorporate all NBCUniversal properties rather than just its film catalog.

The growth of Universal’s stage arm comes as Hollywood as a whole has begun to take an increasing interest in Broadway, spurred by the significant revenue a couple of major hits have minted for studios. Last month Disney Theatrical Prods.’ musical version of “The Lion King” became the top-grossing single title of all time (at $6.2 billion and counting), and Universal itself has seen the global success of Broadway’s “Wicked” turn the title into one »

- Gordon Cox

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Lloyd, Lloyd, all null and void: The brief rise and fall of NBC's 'Say Anything' remake

7 October 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday was a head-spinning day when it came to '90s nostalgia. In the morning, Showtime announced that "Twin Peaks" would be returning in 2016 with a nine-episode miniseries, and there was much rejoicing across social media. In the evening, meanwhile, Deadline reported that NBC was developing a sequel series to "Say Anything," set 10 years after the events of the film, and there was much anger and skepticism on social media — and no one sounded unhappier than "Say Anything" writer/director Cameron Crowe, whose tweet about the project may have already killed it. Regarding the announcement of a "Say Anything" tv show... @JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement... except in trying to stop it. — Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) October 7, 2014 Six hours after the initial report by Nellie Andreeva — and only a few hours after that tweet — she followed up with a new story suggesting that NBC and 20th TV would likely »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Gold Derby: The Movie': Who should play us in the award-winning masterpiece?

2 October 2014 8:57 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood realized what a goldmine the Gold Derby story was, and our writer Charles Bright, with the help of his top-secret network of former CIA, Nsa, Kgb, and QVC operatives, has intercepted an internal memo from NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt detailing his future plans: -Break- 10 Stars Who Got Big Boosts By Winning Oscar "So, we're still on the air guys! We live to fight another week. I was thinking that we might need to have some stuff to go on Sunday nights after NFL football is over with. We're going to need to come up with some more shows that will be cancelled almost immediately. In the meantime we can crank out some TV movies. I've begun the casting process on one. We can take advantage of everything surrounding awards season by making a movie about the 'journalists' (lol) who follow this process. »

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Stars Come Out for NBC’s Fall TV Bash

17 September 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stars, executives and press braved the sweltering Los Angeles heat on Tuesday evening to toast NBC’s new television season, taking refuge in the air-conditioned wood and glass hideaway of Hollywood’s Hyde.

The atmosphere was cheery but comfortably low-key, fitting for a network in the midst of an enviable resurgence, having just emerged as the number one broadcaster for the entire year in the 18-49 demo for the first time since 2004.

NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt and entertainment president Jennifer Salke happily hobnobbed with press and talent all night, while guests nibbled on assorted tacos, risotto and croquettes. “Hannibal” showrunner Bryan Fuller was spotted chatting with “Constantine” executive producer David Goyer, while the young cast members of “Parenthood” and “About a Boy” hung out all night, even visiting the party’s gif booth.

Katims kids having fun at #NBCFallParty! @benjstockham @realtyreebrown @xolo_mariduena @nbcparenthood @nbcaboutaboy http://t.co/zkitjYkgjJ

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- Laura Prudom

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NBC No. 1 in Annual Ratings for First Time Since 2004

16 September 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As the networks prepare for the start of the new TV season next week, NBC took another victory lap on Tuesday as it celebrated its first primetime victory in the 18-49 demo for a full television year in a decade.

The Peacock, which had won the September-May broadcast season in the demo, clinched its 52-week crown with a strong summer. Led by “America’s Got Talent,” the rising “American Ninja Warrior” and rookie scripted success “The Night Shift,” NBC won in adults 18-49 to make it four straight summers on top.

According to Nielsen estimates through Sunday (51 of 52 weeks in the full 2013-14 television season), NBC leads in adults 18-49 with a 2.4 rating — up 14% from the previous season. It is followed by Fox (2.1), CBS (2.0) and ABC (1.9).

NBC benefited from 18 nights of Winter Olympics coverage, but even with the Sochi Games removed from its average, it still finished ahead of Super »

- Rick Kissell

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Review: NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura' could be this fall's worst new show

15 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

With a show as loaded with lazy cop tropes as "The Mysteries of Laura," it's tempting to bust out a few TV critic clichés in kind. Maybe I could suggest that the series — whose promos all suggest that the chief mystery is how in the world a woman could possibly be both a cop and a mom(*) at the same time — is in the running for the best new fall show of 1984. (*) Linda Holmes of NPR has dubbed the show "CopMom, MomCop," and her catchy alternate theme song is probably a better critique of the show than the one you're reading here. But that would be unfair to 1984, whose best new fall show was "The Cosby Show." More importantly, that season led to the first Outstanding Drama Series Emmy win for "Cagney & Lacey," a cop show that dealt with all sorts of questions about the life of a female police »

- Alan Sepinwall

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NBC's ‘Peter Pan’ Casts Broadway Star Kelli O'Hara as Mrs. Darling

9 September 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Broadway vet and five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has joined the cast of NBC's upcoming live musical “Peter Pan,” the network announced Tuesday. O'Hara will portray Mrs. Darling, the mother of Wendy, John and Michael. She joins Allison Williams as Peter, Christopher Walken as Hook and Tony winner Christian Borle in a dual role as George Darling and Hook's sidekick Smee. See photo: Allison Williams Is Peter Pan in First-Look Image From NBC Special “Kelli O'Hara is Broadway royalty, a musical star at the top of her game,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “She will be perfect as. »

- Linda Ge

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Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara Joins NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live!’

9 September 2014 2:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has again turned to the Great White Way before setting off for Neverland, tapping Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara for its upcoming musical “Peter Pan Live!.”

O’Hara, whose credits include “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” will play Mrs. Darling, the mother of the three children whom Peter Pan whisks away on adventure. She joins a cast that also includes “Girls” actress Allison Williams, who is playing the title role, and Christopher Walken, who will play the villainous Captain Hook. Christian Borle, who also appeared in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!,” will play both Smee, the dastardly right-hand to Captain Hook, and George Darling, the no-nonsense father of the Darling children.

“Kelli O’Hara is Broadway royalty, a musical star at the top of her game,” said Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman. “She will be perfect as the regal mother of the Darling children, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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NBC's Peter Pan Live Adds Broadway Star Kelli O'Hara as Mrs. Darling

9 September 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Peter Pan Live has met its mother.

Five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara — most recently nominated for her role in The Bridges of Madison County — has boarded the NBC production as Mrs. Darling, the wife of Mr. Darling and the mother of Wendy, John and Michael.

Related Peter Pan First Look: Allison Williams as The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

“Kelli O’Hara is Broadway royalty, a musical star at the top of her game,” says Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She will be perfect as the regal mother of the Darling children, and we look forward to »

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Robert Greenblatt Named Keynote Speaker of LiveTV:la Conference

3 September 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, has been added as the keynote speaker for the inaugural LiveTV:la conference on November 7 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Greenblatt will be interviewed in an exclusive one-on-one Q&A with veteran television business journalist and “TVNewsCheck” editor Harry A Jessell.  The session will address how broadcasters and producers are enhancing the live TV viewer experience with innovative programming, production, and companion digital elements.

“Bob’s historic turnaround of NBC’s primetime-ratings fortunes, his reinvention of Showtime as a source for cutting edge original programming and his history as a successful producer for TV and theater, have put him in the entertainment industry’s brightest spotlight,” said Jessell. “His thoughts on how we can further enhance live TV will set the stage for LiveTV:la’s day-long focus on advancements in this important and rapidly growing segment of broadcast television.”

Greenblatt has recently led the revival »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Inside the Emmy Parties: Mptf’s Evening Before, Showtime, NBC, ICM Partners Cap Emmy Eve

25 August 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Emmy Awards are on NBC at 5 p.m. Monday, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Sunday, Aug. 24:

11:55 a.m. ICM Partners’ annual brunch has become a welcome respite from the swirl of nighttime events on Emmy weekend. Waiters with cups of Sangria spiked with apple slices and grapes greeted guests on the steps of Chris Silbermann’s Santa Monica home. The brunch  was fantastic — fresh crepes made on the spot, blintzes, all manner of egg dishes and fruit. There’s a reason we skipped breakfast.

12:05 p.m. No ICM Partners brunch is complete without a chat with “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan and his rep Mark Gordon. Vince was cheery as usual with a pink shirt to match. He »

- Cynthia Littleton, Malina Saval and Laura Prudom

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