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Comic Jb Smoove's Converge Media Group Inks First-Look TV Deal w/ Storyville Entertainment

  • ShadowAndAct
Comedian/writer Jb Smoove, who launched Converge Media Group (management, production and branded entertainment company) along with Rick Dorfman, Conan Smith and Adam Benowitz, has signed a first-look reality TV co-production deal with Storyville Entertainment, spearheaded by reality TV producer Betsy Schechter.  This first co-production deal for Converge and Storyville will allow the latter access to develop and produce content that is unscripted and branded, and will center around Smoove and other clients that include the likes of comedians Rich Vos, Lynne Koplitz, Pete Dominic, Carly Aquilino, Chris Distefano, and producers Ryan Ling (Guy Code, Girl Code) and P.J. Morrison...
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Jb Smoove’s Converge Media Inks First-Look Deal With Storyville

  • Deadline TV
Converge Media Group, the management, production and branded entertainment company founded last year by actor/writer/comedian Jb Smoove, Rick Dorfman, Conan Smith and Adam Benowitz, has signed a first-look reality TV deal with newly launched Storyville Entertainment. This is the first co-production deal for both companies and will give Storyville access to develop and produce unscripted and branded opportunities for Converge’s comedic clientele. That list includes Smoove, Rich Vos, Lynne Koplitz, Pete Dominic, Chris Distefano, Carly Aquillino as well as producers Ryan Ling (Guy Code, Girl Code) and P.J. Morrison (Impractical Jokers, Restaurant Stakeout), and writers such as Frank Santopadre (The Joy Behar Show, The View). Storyville’s Betsy Schechter and Converge’s Smoove, Dorfman, Smith and Benowitz will serve as executive producers for all sales. Since its launch last year Converge has produced Four Courses With Jb Smoove and utilized their talent in marketing campaigns for Pepsi,
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Comic Jb Smoove’s Company Signs First-Look Reality TV Deal With Storyville

Comic Jb Smoove’s Company Signs First-Look Reality TV Deal With Storyville
Converge Media Group, the management, production and branded entertainment company launched by comedian-writer Jb Smoove, Rick Dorfman, Conan Smith and Adam Benowitz, has inked a first-look co-production deal with reality TV producer Betsy Schechter’s Storyville Entertainment.

This is the first co-production deal for both companies (Coverage was founded in 2013 and Storyville launched last month) and will give Storyville access to develop and produce unscripted and branded content around Smoove and other clients, including comedians Rich Vos, Lynne Koplitz, Pete Dominic, Chris Distefano and Carly Aquillino, producers Ryan Ling (“Guy Code,” “Girl Code”) and P.J. Morrison (“Impractical Jokers,” “Restaurant Stakeout”), and writer Frank Santopadre (“The Joy Behar Show,” “The View”).

Storyville’s Schechter and Converge’s Smoove, Dorfman, Smith and Benowitz will serve as executive producers for all sales.

“It’s an ideal business venture for both parties,” said Schechter. “Converge brings to the table brand-name comedic talent and in
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Comedian Jb Smoove And Managers Rick Dorfman & Conan Smith Launching Management/Production Company

  • Deadline TV
Actor/comedian and writer Jb Smoove has partnered with his longtime manager Rick Dorfman, veteran comedy agent and manager Conan Smith and independent producer and financier Adam Benowitz to form Converge Media Group, a full-service management, production and branded entertainment company. The four are partners at the company with offices in New York City and a studio facility in Irvington, NY which features a fully equipped 10,000 sq ft production studio and professional recording studio. Besides Smoove, who co-stars on CBS’ new comedy series The Millers, Converge’s clients also include Rachel Dratch, Lynne Koplitz, Pete Dominic, Chris Distefano, Carly Aquillino, John Moses, Ryan Ling and Pj Morrison. In addition to traditional management services, the company will focus on content for emerging medias. It is already producing a new series for Msg network called Four Courses With Jb Smoove, which premieres tomorrow, and is launching an online branded entertainment piece with The Economist.
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Life Goal: Get High With Joan Rivers

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A little story about me: I don’t smoke. Like, anything. I used to smoke cigarettes in college, until I quit, and all the little hairs in my lungs started making newborn baby sounds, and that was that. As far as smoking anything else is concerned (I’m choosing my words carefully, because I’m at “work”), I did a few times in college, until that one fateful night, where my heart felt like it was going to explode and my throat closed up and everyone in the baseball frat watched as paramedics came and wheeled me off to the ER. That… let me think… no, that was pretty much that last time I’ve ever done that. But I’m starting to reconsider this decision after last night’s episode of Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best on WEtv, starring my ultimate life idol and funniest woman ever Joan Rivers and her daughter,
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DVD Review: ‘Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work’ Should Have Been a Contender

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – Anyone who considers Joan Rivers to be little more than a plasticized sight gag is advised to check out Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s wonderful documentary, a sorely deserving (and unfairly snubbed) contender in this year’s Oscar race. The film invites viewers to look under Rivers’ immobile Botox mask and observe the angry, brilliant, brutally honest and fiercely insecure woman hiding beneath.

Though her dreams of becoming a serious actress have remained unrealized, Rivers’ trailblazing comedy paved the way for cutting-edge female comics from Kathy Griffin to Sarah Silverman. It becomes quickly apparent that Rivers’ deformed features are the result of a desperate spirit that refuses to grow old, retire and be labeled a legend. She’s gradually become the punch-line of her own jokes about age, beauty, identity and especially plastic surgery. Some time after her husband Edgar committed suicide, Rivers joked that she was the reason he did it,
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'Croce' said moving out; 'Life' is short

'Croce' said moving out; 'Life' is short
It looks like a couple of freshman syndicated shows won't be back in the fall. Sources said that Sony Pictures Television's talk show Life & Style and reality/talk show Pat Croce: Moving In won't be returning for a second season. Production has already wrapped on both first-run strips, sources said. It's likely that a mix of original episodes and repeats of both shows will continue to air through September. SPT declined comment Monday. Life and Pat Croce have had little traction since their September debuts. Season to date, Life is averaging a 0.5 household rating, and Pat Croce is averaging a 0.7. Life is hosted by Jules Asner, Cynthia Garrett, Lynne Koplitz and Kimora Lee Simmons, and Pat Croce features the motivational speaker and former president and owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers "moving in" with families to help them deal with life issues and problems. The news follows on the heels of another freshman show's demise: NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's talker The Jane Pauley Show, which is ending production by mid-April.

SPT pushing 'Life & Style' to women

SPT pushing 'Life & Style' to women
"Life & Style," a new syndicated one-hour daytime strip from Sony Pictures Television, is being geared aggressively to women viewers for its planned fall 2004 launch. The show will feature TV and fashion personalities Jules Asner, Cynthia Garrett, Lynne Koplitz and Kimora Lee Simmons as co-hosts. Russ Krasnoff, president of programming and production at SPT, said the strip will look to identify trends and "the hottest topics in pop culture, relationships, fashion and celebrity news as well as telling compelling, edgy stories about important issues from a modern, honest point of view."

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