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BBC Two Enters Court Of ‘Versailles’ With Anglo-French Drama Pick-Up – Edinburgh

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In notable acquisition for BBC Two, the channel has taken UK rights to Anglo-French drama, Versailles. Zodiak Rights is handling international sales on the 10-part English-language series. Set against a backdrop of power, love, betrayal and war, Versailles examines a defining period of French history. The year is 1667 and King Louis Xiv is a 28-year-old monarch on the cusp of greatness. A ruthless leader, he will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most… »

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The Too-Much-tv Debate: FX’s John Landgraf Says “We’re Choking On Our Own Abundance” – Edinburgh

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FX CEO John Landgraf rang a chime of doom at TCA earlier this month when he proclaimed that "There is simply too much television" and predicted a peak and decline in the next two years. He carried the conversation across the Atlantic this week to the Edinburgh TV Fest — and took it a step further. Of the amount of content currently available, he said, "It’s like winning a pie-eating contest every day… In some ways, we’re choking on our own abundance.” He also predicted… »

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Christopher Nolan Headlines Lff Connects; Fortissimo Weds ‘La Novia’ – Global Briefs

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Christopher Nolan (Inception) will headline a new series of industry talks launched by eh BFI London Film Festival titled Lff Connects The events will aim to explore the future of film and how it engages with other creative industries such TV, music, art and games.Artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale Film at the Tate Modern, will join the Batman Begins director for the new series, which launches with a conversation event about the future of film… »

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Discovery, MTV Virtual Reality Stunts Gain Increasing Network Interest

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Though we’re a long way from the kind of virtual reality getups predicted back in the 1990s, the technology has been steadily improving. Currently used primarily in video games, the tech nonetheless has interesting implications for entertainment in other mediums. So it goes that networks, keenly interested in drawing a bigger slice of the slivered viewer marketplace, are exploring Vr-based gimmicks in multiple formats. First up, Discovery Communications has announced… »

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SAG-aftra Reaches Deal With Music Labels Over Online Payment

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SAG-aftra and a consortium of recording industry players, including Sony, Warner affiliates, Universal, Capitol and Hollywood Records, have announced a tentative deal that, if passed, will include a payment formula for online streaming and non-permanent digital downloads that accounts for revenue generated outside the U.S.. Among new provisions is an agreement to make payments based on earnings worldwide from streaming services and non permanent download services like… »

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‘The Frankenstein Code’ Fox Drama Series Gets New Title

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Fox’s midseason drama series The Frankenstein Code is dropping Frankenstein from its title. It will now be known as Lookinglass. The name will make sense when watching the show. Written by Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich and executive produced by Howard Gordon, Lookinglass centers on Jimmy Pritchard, a disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff, whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops. He is brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists… »

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‘Urban Cowboy’ Fox Pilot Casts ‘The Voice’s Bryana Salaz As Series Regular

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Bryana Salaz, a contestant on last fall’s Season 7 of The Voice, has landed a series regular role opposite Alfonso Herrera and Jim Belushi in Fox's drama pilot Urban Cowboy, a modern, Latin music-fueled reimagining of the 1980 Paramount movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. The project follows star-crossed young lovers Kyle aka Juan Miguel (Herrera) and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of… »

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Entertainment Studios’ Justice Central.TV Expands To Verizon FiOS

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Indie producer-distributor Entertainment Studios has reached an agreement with Verizon FiOS to carry its Justice Central.TV, which is billed as the only 24/7 dedicated legal and news cable network. The deal takes effect immediately. This is the first major new carriage deal for he upstart network, which launched in 2012 on At&T U-Verse. Justice Central.TV’s lineup includes Justice With Judge Mablean, America’s Court With Judge Ross, Justice For All With Judge Cristina Pere… »

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‘Caesar’ Drama From Matt Lopez & John Glenn Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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In a highly competitive situation, Caesar, a sprawling contemporary drama from Matt Lopez and John Glenn, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project, which reimagines Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in modern-day Los Angeles, is described as a tale of power, sex and revenge — themes right in ABC’s drama wheelhouse. On the show, the murder of the powerful Hispanic mayor sends shockwaves through the city’s elite circles — and launches the search for a… »

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‘Chicago Med’ Taps Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov As New Showrunners

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The Sopranos alums Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have been named executive producer and writing showrunners of NBC's upcoming drama series Chicago Med, the latest offshoot in Wolf Films/Universal TV's successful Chicago Fire franchise. They succeed Andrew Dettman who recently exited the new series after a brief stint. He will continue to develop projects for Universal TV. The appointment comes before Chicago Med is scheduled to go into production for a midseason bow… »

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Fox News Channel Tops Primetime As Cable News Nets React Variously To On-Air Shooting

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CNN's flood-the-zone strategy with its on-air coverage of the Virginia TV crew killing yesterday brought it a 47% primetime news demo spike compared to its calendar year to date average. The cable news net jumped in primetime from 198,000 news demo viewers to 292K. But Fox News Channel, with a non-flood-the-zone news strategy in prime, jumped 48%, from 422K to 626K. Fnc beat CNN and MSNBC (up 19% to 155K) combined. Similar story in overall audience, where Fox News was… »

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Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Hires Baratunde Thurston To Oversee Original Digital Production

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has hired Baratunde Thurston to oversee creation and production of original content for digital and social outlets. Calling it “this evolution of The Daily Show under new host Trevor Noah,” Comedy Central today announced Thurston will spearhead the creation and production of platform-specific original content that’s “organic to The Daily Show mission while expanding the series footprint across all digital and social platforms.” Thurston… »

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Keegan-Michael Key On Ending ‘Key & Peele’ And Being Obama’s Anger Translator – Emmys

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Keegan-Michael Key received four Emmy nominations this year to add to the one he received last year, but in the mix is his first acting nom for his work on Comedy Central’s sketch series Key & Peele. (He has three writing noms and one for exec producing a Key & Peele short-format live-action program.) After three years and five seasons of relative obscurity—at least as far as the average Television Academy voter is concerned—it’s a nice milestone, coming quickly after an… »

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Animation Guild Ratifies New 3-Year Contract

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Members of the Animation Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with management. The new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers includes 3% annual increases in contract minimums, no rollbacks and a 10% pension increase for those retiring after August 1, 2015. The contract covers some 3,100 members of Iatse Local 839 working in various aspects of the animation industry, including writers and directors, storyboard… »

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Open Road Ramps Up TV Biz With ABC Family Exec Hire

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Open Road Films has named former ABC Family executive Lynn Stepanian its Evp of Television as the primarily film company begins to dip its toe in the TV waters. The announcement was made today by CEO Tom Ortenberg, to whom Stepanian will report. In the new role, she will focus on acquisitions and managing output deals, but she also will be mining programming opportunities and TV series based on Open Road’s film library. "As our business continues to expand globally and… »

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Amazon’s Roy Price On “Eventizing” & How TV Is Like The Record Biz – Edinburgh

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Clad in a motorcylce jacket and flat-soled sneakers, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price awed, amused and edified the Convention Center house this evening at the Edinburgh Television Festival. The disruptive Amazon’s vision from the beginning, he said, was that “If you’re going to add value, you have to create something that is really distinctive, that is worth talking about, that is going to be sustainable…. You just want to get the most interesting people who are passionate… »

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Emmy Predictions: Six Oscar Winners & Nominees Wrestle For Limited Series/Movie Actress Prize

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Just as in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, the females in this race include such pedigreed talent as Oscar-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning actresses. Talk about a tough crowd. Everyone's got some gold on her mantel. Only Maggie Gyllenhaal is a first-time Emmy nominee here, but with a surprise Golden Globe win under her belt, for this role in this category, she's not to be counted out. Will Emmy perennial… »

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IFC Delays ‘Documentary Now’ Episode After News Team’s On-Air Shooting

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IFC said today it is postponing by a week tonight’s scheduled episode of its just-renewed comedy series Documentary Now in the wake of Monday’s on-air shooting of a reporter, her cameraman and a local official in Virginia. The episode, “Dronez,” follows a pair of reporters trying to track down El Chingon, the infamous and elusive leader of a Mexican drug cartel. The network said in a statement: “In light of yesterday’s tragic events, IFC decided to air 'Kunuk' as… »

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WGA East Calls for Union Exemption To Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’

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The WGA East today called for all union health plans to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac Tax," a 40% nondeductible excise tax that is scheduled to go into effect in 2018 on employers who provide high-end health benefits to their workers. In comments filed today with the IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury, the guild said that "the Cadillac Tax would strip away benefits from the basic package of compensation guild members have struggled… »

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‘Narcos’ Review: Netflix’s Pablo Escobar Series Chopped Up & Non-Addictive

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The story of the crimes, life and death of Pablo Escobar has long been a pop culture mini-industry unto itself. Even before the Colombian drug warlord died in a shootout in 1993, he and his multibillion-dollar cocaine-supplying Medellín cartel had taken hold of the media and the public's imagination in both South and North America. One day the definitive tale of Escobar will hit the small or big screen, but, as I say in my video review above, the August 28 debut of Netflix… »

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