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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize

‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize
Writers for the socially conscious “Hidden Figures” and “Tallulah” are among this year’s finalists for the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize, announced Wednesday by Humanitas executive director Cathleen Young and president Ali LeRoi.

Thirty-two different writers will compete for $100,000 in prize money, awarded to those whose work “inspires compassion, hope and understanding in the human family.” The winners will be announced at the annual luncheon in February at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Episodes from “Madam Secretary” and “The Night Of” compete in the 60-minute category, while the non-fiction “120 Days: Undocumented in America” goes up against “13th” in the documentary category. Finalists also include professors from various universities vying for the drama fellowship and David & Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship.

“We received a huge number of worthy submissions this year, which made narrowing the field down to these exceptional finalists especially challenging — and rewarding,” said Young in a statement. “These
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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize

‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize
Writers for the socially conscious “Hidden Figures” and “Tallulah” are among this year’s finalists for the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize, announced Wednesday by Humanitas executive director Cathleen Young and president Ali LeRoi.

Thirty-two different writers will compete for $100,000 in prize money, awarded to those whose work “inspires compassion, hope and understanding in the human family.” The winners will be announced at the annual luncheon in February at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Episodes from “Madam Secretary” and “The Night Of” compete in the 60-minute category, while the non-fiction “120 Days: Undocumented in America” goes up against “13th” in the documentary category. Finalists also include professors from various universities vying for the drama fellowship and David & Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship.

“We received a huge number of worthy submissions this year, which made narrowing the field down to these exceptional finalists especially challenging — and rewarding,” said Young in a statement.
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Jesse Stern to speak at National Screenwriters Conference

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Us writer and producer, Jesse Stern.

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NCIS co-executive producer and writer Jesse Stern has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference.

Stern's credits include five seasons as a co-executive producer and writer of NCIS, writer of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.

Stern works across independent features, network television and video games and is currently the lead writer for studio Respawn Entertainment on their hit game Titanfall and its forthcoming sequel Titanfall 2..

Over the course of his career Jesse has sold comedy and drama television pilots to CBS, NBC and Fox..

Stern joins international guests including Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Michael Petroni (Backtrack, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Till Human Voices Wake Us), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine) as the industry discusses creating
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Michael Petroni to speak at 2016 National Screenwriters' Conference

Michael Petroni with Adrien Brody on the set of Backtrack.

Australian writer Michael Petroni has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference in March.

Petroni, whose writing credits include The Book Thief, The Rite and The Chronicles of Narnia, has joined this year's lineup of speakers strong lineup of speakers at the conference which is being held from March 9-11 at the Silverwater Resort in Phillip Island, Victoria.

He is also the writer of the upcoming Adrien Brody starrer Backtrack, as well as Dawn Trader.

With Masterclasses, Discussions and In Conversations, the National Screenwriters Conference has gathered leading international industry authorities including the previously announced Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), Douglas Petrie (American Horror Story, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Daredevil) and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine).

Petroni started his career in the
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Alexa Junge headlines National Screenwriters' Conference

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Us writer, producer and showrunner Alexa Junge has been a writer or producer on Friends, Sex and the City, West Wing and United States of Tara.

Next year she will be one of the international headline guests at the 2016 National Screenwriters' Conference, Australia's premier gathering of film and television writers.

Junge has been an important figure in the screenwriting industry for two decades and is now leading the charge into online entertainment with projects including Netflix.s Emmy-nominated Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen.

The conference at Phillip Island in Victoria from 9-11 March next year will bring together screenwriters from around Australia together with international speakers and other industry luminaries from around the world.

Awg executive director, Jacqueline Elaine, said Nsc 2016 would be one of the major film and television industry events of the year and a must-attend for professional and aspiring screenwriters and
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Save Me: Cancelled Show Episodes Won't Air

NBC aired only seven episodes of Save Me but 13 episodes were supposedly ordered in May 2012. What happened?

Well, it seems that 13 installments were indeed produced of the Anne Heche comedy but the network opted to only air the pilot and episodes eight through 13. The Futon Critic suggests that the unaired episodes are likely the ones that were shot before Alexa Junge was replaced as showrunner by Darlene Hunt.

Unfortunately, the peacock network has no plans to air the cancelled show's remaining episodes.

Though there were some devoted viewers, Save Me did very poorly in the ratings and averaged only a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.78 million viewers. The series finale was the lowest-rated episode.

A complete series set of Save Me may be released on DVD at some point but no
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Did NBC's Save Me Make You a Convert?

Did NBC's Save Me Make You a Convert?
Did Save Me have you shouting hallelujah?

NBC’s newest comedy premiered Thursday (8/7c) with two back-to-back episodes. In them, we meet Beth Harper (played by Anne Heche, Men in Trees), a Midwestern wife and mother who has a near-death experience in her kitchen after choking on a hero sandwich.

When she’s revived, she claims to be able to receive messages from God. This mortifies her daughter Emily (Madison Davenport, Shameless) and stymies Beth’s husband Tom (Michael Landes, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)… who’s got a different kind of religious moment happening on the regular
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NBC Sets More Summer Premiere Dates

NBC Sets More Summer Premiere Dates
NBC filled in some more of the slots on its summer sked Monday, announcing start dates and time periods for three new shows — including two scripted skeins — and one returnee.

On Monday from 8 to 10 p.m., a timeslot that has become a strength for NBC during the traditional television season with “The Voice,” the Peacock is pairing action-driven competition series: the new “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” and the returning “American Ninja Warrior.”

Ninja Warrior,” the obstacle course reality series that also airs on NBCUniversal-owned Esquire Network, will have a two-hour launch, from 8 to 10 p.m., on July 1. The following week, it will air in its regular 8-9 p.m. hour, followed by “Get Out Alive,” which is skedded from 9 to 10.

Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” features world-renowned survivalist Grylls, who leads a non-stop extreme-survival journey that tests 10 teams of two as they venture into the landscape of New Zealand’s South Island.
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Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Fox pilot dead; 'Skyfall' duo plots Showtime horror series

Bite-sized news from the world of television, including changes at NBC's upcoming Anne Heche comedy "Save Me" and pilot castings for "Bridesmaids'" Wendi McLendon-Covey and "My Boys'" Jim Gaffigan.

After holding options on the cast for nearly a year, Fox has officially passed on Cuba Gooding Jr.'s legal drama pilot "Guilty." Although the Oscar winning star was said to get high marks from test audiences, the show's case is now closed. [Deadline]

"Skyfall" writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes are reuniting to produce a new psychological horror series for Showtime called "Penny Dreadful." The show will combine famous horror characters including Dracula, Van Helsing, Dorian Gray and Dr. Frankenstein. [IGN]

Anne Heche's upcoming NBC comedy "Save Me" is undergoing a showrunner change after filming two episodes. "The Big C" creator Darlene Hunt is very close to signing on to replace Alexa Junge ("Friends"). [Deadline]

"Bridesmaids" and "Reno 911!" actress Wendi McLendon-Covey,
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Incoming ‘Save Me’ Showrunner Darlene Hunt On Her Ideas For NBC Comedy Series

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage. At TCA to promote the final installment of her Showtime comedy The Big C, series creator Darlene Hunt was asked about her pending new job as showrunner of NBC’s midseason comedy series Save Me starring Anne Heche. She cautioned that her hiring was still unofficial even though “it’s a real ‘probably.’ It’s leaning in that direction,” she said. “There are still a couple of steps in terms of making sure NBC and I both feel we’re going in the right direction and want to tell the same stories on that show.” Related: ‘Save Me’ Showrunner Alexa Junge Exits, Darlene Hunt In Talks To Replace Her The single-camera comedy, from creator John Scott Shepherd, Sony TV and Original Film, stars Heche as a woman who lets herself — and her marriage — go until she undergoes an “awakening” that transforms her
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‘Save Me’ Showrunner Alexa Junge Exits, Darlene Hunt In Talks To Replace Her

Exclusive: NBC has hit the pause button on midseason comedy series Save Me starring Anne Heche after two episodes for a major behind-the-scenes changeover. Alexa Junge, who joined the project after the pilot as executive producer/showrunner, is out. Production on the series has been put on hold while a new showrunner is put in place. I hear talks are underway with The Big C creator/executive producer Darlene Hunt to take over the reins of the show, produced by Sony TV and Original Film. The single-camera comedy, created by John Scott Shepherd, stars Heche as a woman who lets herself — and her marriage — go until she undergoes an “awakening” that transforms her spiritually and physically into a desirable and outspoken woman who just might be channeling god. Save Me has not been scheduled, allowing NBC to take time and re-examine the series’ creative direction. The project has been a
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NBC First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

New Comedies & Dramas For 2012-13 NBC Primetime Schedule Sitcoms expand to four nights this fall including Tuesday and Friday nights. New dramas from Dick Wolf and Jj Abrams. Here’s your first look: NBC’s Save Me - Comedy Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Original Film. Novelist John Scott Shepherd is executive producer/creator along with executive producer/director Scott Winant and executive producers Neal H. Moritz, Vivian Cannon, and Alexa Junge: NBC’s 1600 Penn - Comedy Produced by 20th Century Fox. From executive producer/director Jason Winer. The executive producers are Winer (who also directed the pilot), Gad and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett: NBC’s Next Caller – Comedy Produced by Lionsgate Television and Universal Television. Created and executive-produced by Stephen Falk and directed by Marc Buckland, who also serves as executive producer on the pilot: NBC’s Guys With Kids – Comedy Produced by Universal Television and Holiday Road.
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Mosaic Manager Ann Blanchard Joining CAA

Exclusive (Updated Below): There's been no announcement yet. But Ann Blanchard is already being accused of breaking Hollywood protocol by not first informing those agents repping her Mosaic Media Group's TV management clients of her change of employment. Instead, she's calling those clients today and trying to take them with her to CAA. As a result, agencies who gave her clients to manage are calling me spitting mad. For instance, UTA reps Mosaic's TV biz and yet Blanchard today was phoning UTA clients to come with her to CAA. Before moving to Jimmy Miller's Mosaic where she's been producing several projects, Blanchard had been a TV lit agent and Svp at the old William Morris Agency and is now calling her former clients from there, too. Blanchard, who wasn't supposed to start at CAA for another 3 weeks, already has 10 high level clients at the tenpercentery including Amy Brenneman,
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HBO Not Going Ahead With 'Tilda' Comedy

HBO has passed on the comedy pilot Tilda, which starred Diane Keaton as a powerful and reclusive Hollywood blogger (not unlike Deadline's Nikki Finke). The hot pilot had a great pedigree - co-written by Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort, directed by Condon, and starring Keaton, Ellen Page and Jason Patric. But a rift between Condon and Mort during the production of the pilot became messy and ultimately public. Then after the pilot was deep-sixed, HBO tried hard to make the show work by ordering additional scripts and hiring Six Feet Under alum Alan Poul, Alexa Junge and John Hoffman as executive producers. But the option on the actors was set to expire in mid-March, and HBO gave the thumbs down "despite everyone’s best efforts", the pay cable network said in a statement today. While Tilda was conceived and written and developed without Finke's knowledge or involvement, word is HBO
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Fall 2011-12 development: Will remakes of 'True Lies' or 'The Munsters' become great hits? Are you ready for a new take on Sherlock Holmes?

Fall 2011-12 development: Will remakes of 'True Lies' or 'The Munsters' become great hits? Are you ready for a new take on Sherlock Holmes?
Updated, 1/7: Each year, the five broadcast networks develop hundreds of scripted dramas and comedies in hopes they’ll become the next NCIS and Desperate Housewives, or the latest Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. And like every year, a great deal of them are not worth mentioning here — mostly because they involve the bland types of cops, lawyers, and doctors who you’ve already seen fighting crime or sneaking a kiss on the way to the ER.

But fascinating projects continue to pass the first smell test at the broadcast networks. The key is whether the suits take
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Three Join HBO's 'Tilda' As Exec Producers

HBO has yet to make a decision whether it will pick up comedy pilot Tilda to series but it has put in place a team in case it does. Six Feet Under alum Alan Poul has come on board as an executive producer. Writers Alexa Junge and John Hoffman have also been brought in as executive producers and to work with co-creator/executive producer Bill Condon on conceptualizing the potential series. Condon directed the pilot for Tilda from a script he co-wrote with Cynthia MortTilda stars Diane Keaton as a powerful and reclusive Hollywood blogger (not unlike Nikki Finke) and boasts an A-list cast including Ellen Page and Jason Patric. The pilot was shot in June but the show has had a rocky production and post-production run marred by creative differences.
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Jennifer Lopez puts producer hat on, CNN fires Rick Sanchez, Paris Hilton gets a new show

Start your weekend with a few bite-sized pieces of TV news:

New "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez is executive producing a pilot in development at ABC. The project, written by Alexa Junge ("Friends," "Big Love"), is a dramedy about an extended family as seen through the eyes of three Latina nannies who work for the clan. It predates her "Idol"/production deal with Fox, hence its finding a home at ABC. [Variety]

Paris Hilton is getting another TV show, on yet another network. Oxygen has greenlit a show that will follow Hilton in "the next stage of her life" and also feature her friends Brooke Mueller (Charlie Sheen's ex), Jennifer Rovero and Allison Melnick. [Oxygen]

CNN has fired anchor Rick Sanchez after Sanchez called "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart a "bigot" and seemed to make disparaging remarks about Jews in the media during a radio interview. [Hollywood Reporter]

MTV's programming chief, Tony Disanto,
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News Shorts: March 9th 2010

A new photo and several poster standees for Iron Man 2, set photos of Robert Pattinson shooting Bel Ami, the first poster for The A-Team, a new poster for The Losers, four outdoor posters for Kick Ass, and a very saucy poster for Room in Rome.

The official site for the upcoming "Clash of the Titans" remake has launched two online games which can be played from here.

Marc Volander, the director of the upcoming and already infamous "Showgirls: The Return", gives an interview explaining the project to Twitchfilm

Photo Comparison: Jeff Bridges face in a DVD capture from 1982's "Tron", and the Jeff Bridges de-aged via CG face in the new "Tron: Legacy" trailer. Verdict: Essentially flawless FX job guys.

The full story of the behind-the-scenes feuding that led to the on-stage struggle during the 'Best Documentary Short' acceptance speech at the Oscars can be found at Salon.com.

"Having seen the film with audiences,
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Alexa Junge to Adapt Au Pairs

Alexa Junge to adapt book about au pairs in the Hamptons Veteran TV writer Alexa Junge has signed on to adapt Warner Bros.' teen drama Au Pairs, with R.J. Cutler attached to direct.

According to Variety, Au Pairs is based on the first book in Melissa de la Cruz's series, published in 2004, which follows three teenage girls learning how the other half lives by talking summer jobs with a wealthy family in the Hamptons.

The film is set up with Drew Barrymore's Flower Films and Alloy Entertainment.

Liz Garcia wrote an earlier draft; Cutler was attached last month.

No production date has been set.
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'United States of Tara' showrunner departs

'United States of Tara' showrunner departs
Alexa Junge, the executive producer/showrunner of Showtime's "United States of Tara," has decided not to continue on the series, which recently was renewed for a second season.

Bringing "Friends" alumna Junge on board was key to securing a series order for "Tara," created by Oscar winner Diablo Cody.

The search is under way for new showrunner to take over the series.

The Showtime/DreamWorks TV-produced "Tara" has wrapped production on Season 1, which is still airing originals on Showtime. Junge penned three episodes, the last of which airs Sunday.

On "Tara," which stars Toni Collette as a wife and mother with multiple-personality syndrome, Junga served as an executive producer alongside Steven Spielberg, Cody, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
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