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Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up

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Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up
At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, TV is invading the schedule in a whole new way. The Park City film fest has previously dabbled in what’s possible on the small screen, but this year marks the launch of the Indie Episodics section — which will spotlight TV pilots that mostly lack mainstream distribution.

The selections include “America to Me,” a new docu-series by “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James; as well as “The Mortified Guide,” a screen adaptation of the popular stage show “Mortified,” spotlighting the most embarrassing true stories of adolescence. There’s also “This Close,” showcasing star/creators Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern (both of whom are deaf), and “Franchesca,” featuring digital star and “The Nightly Show” writer/contributor Franchesca Ramsey.

This marks a major change for Sundance, and a renewed commitment to independent television. While Sundance has featured TV programming since the premiere of “Top of the Lake” in
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The Van Jones Show: New Political Series to Launch in January on CNN

Get ready to see a lot more of Van Jones. Variety reports the author and civil rights advocate will host two new series on CNN, including The Van Jones Show.A political commentary program, The Van Jones Show will explore "the forces that elected Donald Trump, the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ movement and the future of both major parties." Jones will also host a new docuseries about the criminal justice system.Read More…
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CNN Signs Van Jones for New Show Starting in January

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CNN Signs Van Jones for New Show Starting in January
CNN political contributor Van Jones will be given his own program beginning in January, the network announced in a press release Monday.

The “Van Jones Show” is expected to launch in January during primetime and air bimonthly.

“The show will build on Jones’ successful town halls throughout 2017, The Messy Truth, and will continue to speak directly to voters across the country by exploring the raw, emotional policy debates and culture wars taking place in America,” read a press statement from the network.

Jones has become a mainstay on.
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Van Jones To Host Bi-Monthly Primetime Show For CNN

CNN will launch a one-hour primetime bi-monthly program anchored by its political commentator Van Jones. The Van Jones Show launches in January and will focus, CNN says, on “the forces that elected Donald Trump, the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ movement and the future of both major parties.” Jones previously hosted a series of town halls for the cable news network; The Messy Truth will continue to address politics and the “culture war” in America, the network said. In addition…
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Who Has 'The Sexiest Beard in TV News?' People's Sexiest Newsmen Make Their Picks for the Title

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Who Has 'The Sexiest Beard in TV News?' People's Sexiest Newsmen Make Their Picks for the Title
People’s picks for the nation’s Sexiest Newsmen are in — and so are theirs!

We asked our crème de la crème selection of journalists, columnists and pundits which of their male counterparts they give high marks for style, swagger and smarts. Here’s what they had to report.

Van Jones, 49, author and CNN commentator:

“That’s such an unfair question,” Jones says, “because everyone’s gonna pick Anderson Cooper!” (Spoiler alert: We definitely picked Anderson Cooper.)

Jones ended up going with another fellow Sexiest Newsman for for the win, however. “Jake Tapper has some real swagger to him,” the CNN commentator says.
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Woody Harrelson, Van Jones and Joy Behar topline Real Time with Bill Maher

This week’s Real Time with Bill Maher is reporter-centric, with Betsy Woodruff, David French and Van Jones occupying the panelist chairs — with actor Woody Harrelson as the top-of-the-show interview guest and comedian Joy Behar as the mid-show guest. Unlike Maher, who is an active marijuana user and proponent, Harrelson quit smoking pot over a year ago and has said that it kept him from being “emotionally available.” The vegan actor has a starring role as Lyndon B. Johnson in Lbj, Rob Reiner’s film about the colorful Texan who took the Oval Office after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in...read more
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Charles King’s Macro Sets $150 Million in New Financing

Charles King’s Macro Sets $150 Million in New Financing
Charles King’s Macro, the production banner behind “Fences” and “Mudbound,” has raised another $150 million to help finance an annual slate of four to six film and TV projects.

The debt and equity financing comes from Emerson Collective, the investment venture headed by Laurene Powell Jobs, who was already a backer of Macro; as well as the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Libra Foundation. The new coin follows an initial eight-figure round of investment that Macro had at its launch in January 2015.

Macro’s mission of developing content that authentically represents the broad spectrum of stories and experiences among people of color has been a draw for foundations and other private equity sources looking for what has become known as “impact investing.”

“In supporting Charles and his extraordinary vision, I am thrilled to see the success Macro has generated in such a short period of time,” said Jobs, founder
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Emmy Weekend: Inside Friday’s Starry Festivities at UTA, Wme, CAA, Variety/Wif, Netflix, and Gersh

The Emmy weekend Grand Prix got off to a busy start on Friday as industryites raced around the Westside to eat, drink, schmooze and be merry in advance of Sunday’s big show.

The weather cooperated with balmy temperatures just right for outdoor gatherings, and for the most part, so did the traffic and the valet lines. However, a regular sight outside of every event was a partygoer or two struggling to communicate with Uber and Lyft drivers.

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The annual gathering at the Brentwood home of Jay Sures was the first stop of the night for many. By 7:45 p.m., Sures’ spacious backyard was packed with executives including ABC’s Ben Sherwood, Channing Dungey and Patrick Moran, NBC’s Bob Greenblatt, Jennifer Salke and Bruce Evans, AMC’s Josh Sapan and Charlie Collier, FX’s Nick Grad, Paramount’s Brian Robbins, Amazon’s Roy Price, Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, Discovery
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Stephen Colbert Q&A: Despite Politics, ‘Late Show’ Host Just Wants to Make Audiences Laugh

Stephen Colbert Q&A: Despite Politics, ‘Late Show’ Host Just Wants to Make Audiences Laugh
Many of the nation’s late-night hosts like to keep their audience laughing, even when they’re not on camera. Stephen Colbert has a serious side, too.

He has reason, sometimes, to take a pause. In August, he and his team rushed to put together a monologue in half an hour, the result of President Trump’s now-infamous late-day press conference in which he said many different parties were to blame for the August clash between white supremacists and protesters in Charlottesville, Va. The effort, Colbert said during an interview the next day, left him tired.

But not at a loss for words. In an extensive interview that took place the day after that effort and that has been edited for clarity, the CBS “Late Show” host looks forward to new projects, including an animated series about President Trump that he is readying for Showtime, and a potential revamp of his program’s second half hour. He
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As ‘Late Show’ Surges, Stephen Colbert Embraces Emmys, Tackles Trump and Unveils New Plans

As ‘Late Show’ Surges, Stephen Colbert Embraces Emmys, Tackles Trump and Unveils New Plans
President Trump’s itchy trigger finger has many Americans worried. But for a group of staffers clustered in a narrow office building attached to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, the fear is his antics may trigger another type of fallout: a “live show situation.”

No matter how much work goes into the jokes crafted for the monologue and other comedy bits for CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the staff knows much of it could be scrapped just before its host tapes the program before the audience. “Many’s the night when we have to throw the whole thing out after rehearsal,” explains Colbert. “There’s never a point when the show is so locked that we won’t change it — literally minutes before I go onstage.” In May, when FBI director James Comey was fired, for example, Colbert had already delivered his monologue, only to be told of the breaking news after he was
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Van Jones & Charles D. King’s Macro To Produce Political TV Drama Series ‘Indivisible’

Van Jones (The Messy Truth With Van Jones) and Charles D. King's Macro are teaming to produce Indivisible (working title), an hourlong political drama set to begin production in 2018. Written by Hank Chilton (Nip/Tuck, Covert Affairs), Indivisible is described as a smart, sexy one-hour drama that takes a fresh approach to the dynamics in Washington by following an unlikely young couple who come to occupy the White House, as well as the enterprising go-getters and…
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Trump Calls CNN Staffers ‘Horrible Human Beings’: ‘Should I Sue Them?’

Trump Calls CNN Staffers ‘Horrible Human Beings’: ‘Should I Sue Them?’
As President Donald Trump continues to battle with the press, leaked audio from a fundraiser earlier this week hears him call CNN staffers “horrible human beings,” and threatens the prospect of suing the organization.

The Intercept leaked the audio from Trump’s first re-election fundraiser on Wednesday, which reportedly charged attendees $35,000 for a ticket. The event was closed the press, even though the media was told just hours before that they would be allowed to cover, according to CNN.

Trump zeroed in on Van Jones especially, referencing a video in which the popular CNN commentator called the story of collusion between Trump and Russia a “nothing burger” (Jones later clarified that he was “pushing my fellow Democrats to deal with bread and butter issues — and not just hope and believe Trump will be impeached and gone tomorrow”).

Van Jones — you see this man?” Trump said. “These are really dishonest people. Should
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Cable News Wars: Inside the Unprecedented Battle for Viewers in Trump Era

In a different era, Erin Burnett might call this a pretty crazy week. In the era of President Donald Trump, it’s routine.

Before returning stateside last week to anchor her 7 p.m. “Outfront” program on CNN, Burnett spent the weekend doing research on the ground in the Middle East. On Tuesday, she wrapped an important interview with Qatar’s U.S. ambassador with just 90 seconds to go before the start of her show — only to find she had to juggle multiple breaking news items about critical national issues, including former FBI director James Comey’s coming testimony before Congress. The frenzy of activity seems to be working: Burnett’s viewership in the demo that advertisers covet for news, adults 25-54, more than doubled in May.

“This is the new normal,” says Burnett in an interview at CNN’s New York headquarters after the June 6 edition of “Outfront.” “There has been no exception to that rule in
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Promised Land’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Promised Land’
Documentaries about the current state of America, as good as some of them are, often have the effect of news headlines: They come and go, leaving a slight blur. But “Promised Land” isn’t like other politically and socially inflamed documentaries. Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki (“The House I Live In,” “Why We Fight”), it’s a meditation on the current American crisis (and if you don’t think we’re in one, you should probably stop reading now) that’s built around a revisionist portrait of Elvis Presley. The two elements — America and Elvis — come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.

IfPromised Land” has a thesis, the short version of it — it’s declared in the opening 15 minutes — is that America has entered its Fat Elvis period. We’re bloated, addicted, going through the motions, coasting on our legend, courting self-destruction. Yet
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Chelsea Handler Returns In Time to Take on Trump: ‘He’s Unfit to Do Anything’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Chelsea Handler Returns In Time to Take on Trump: ‘He’s Unfit to Do Anything’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘The Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah on Attracting Viewers Without Outrage — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Chelsea Handler has plenty to say about Donald Trump, and argues for her right to say it. While critics may blast celebrities for speaking out about politics, the “Chelsea” host thinks that’s absurd.

“It’s one thing to be an idiot and not know what you’re talking about,” she said. “But if you’re informed and have an opinion, why would I not talk about politics?”

IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast sat down with Handler to discuss the return of “Chelsea” and how the Trump presidency has affected her both personally and professionally. Listen below!

“Chelsea” returns for Season 2 on Netflix this Friday, with a slightly different format: Rather than three half-hour shows a week, “Chelsea” will now post a one-hour episode weekly (every Friday). This
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Chelsea Handler Returns In Time to Take on Trump: ‘He’s Unfit to Do Anything’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Chelsea Handler Returns In Time to Take on Trump: ‘He’s Unfit to Do Anything’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘The Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah on Attracting Viewers Without Outrage — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Chelsea Handler has plenty to say about Donald Trump, and argues for her right to say it. While critics may blast celebrities for speaking out about politics, the “Chelsea” host thinks that’s absurd.

“It’s one thing to be an idiot and not know what you’re talking about,” she said. “But if you’re informed and have an opinion, why would I not talk about politics?”

IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast sat down with Handler to discuss the return of “Chelsea” and how the Trump presidency has affected her both personally and professionally. Listen below!

“Chelsea” returns for Season 2 on Netflix this Friday, with a slightly different format: Rather than three half-hour shows a week, “Chelsea” will now post a one-hour episode weekly (every Friday). This
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Why Trevor Noah Sees Some of Himself in Trump (Video)

Why Trevor Noah Sees Some of Himself in Trump (Video)
The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah feels he has a lot in common with President Trump. “When I see Trump, I see a standup comedian,” Noah said during a Wednesday appearance on CNN’s “The Messy Truth” with Van Jones. “He connects with audiences in the same way. He knows how to make you laugh in a moment when you didn’t think you would,” Noah said. “He knows how to broach a topic in a way that no one normally can.” Eventually, an audience member asked Noah: “Why do the Hollywood elite think that their opinions matter on the issue of politics,
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Trevor Noah: “When I See Donald Trump, I See A Standup Comedian”

Updated with video: “When I see Trump, I see a standup comedian,” The Daily Show host Trevor Noah told CNN’s Van Jones on tonight’s The Messy Truth town hall series. “He connects with audiences in the same way. He knows how to make you laugh in a moment when you didn’t think you would,” Noah continued. “He knows how to broach a topic in a way that no one normally can.” Noah said he was particularly struck at the moment when, during his address to the Joint Session of…
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