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‘Birdman’ Soars As PGA Sets A New Course For Wide Open Best Picture Oscar Race

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During the cocktail reception before Saturday night’s Producers Guild Awards began I ran into Oscar-nominated Screenwriter (and Director) Dan Gilroy and wife Rene Russo, there supporting one of the ten PGA Darryl F. Zanuck Best Picture nominees, Nightcrawler. Russo, admittedly not a staple at this type of awards-season banquet, asked me if they were going to serve food at this event. “Yes,” I replied, “it’s a dinner.” “So what do you think will win, Boyhood or  »

- Pete Hammond

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PGA Awards: ‘Birdman’ Wins Top Film Prize, ‘Breaking Bad’ Takes Drama Trophy & ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Nabs Comedy

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Birdman took the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 26th annual PGA Awards tonight in Los Angeles. The win places the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-helmed pic squarely in the frontrunner category for the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1989, those theatrical films taking the Darryl F. Zanuck award for best producer have a 75% chance of winning the top prize at the Oscars. The Lego Movie won the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated… »

- The Deadline Team

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Denise Richards & Francia Raisa Sign With Abrams Artists Agency

23 January 2015 3:51 PM, PST

Denise Richards and Francia Raisa have new reps as Abrams Artists Agency has inked them both. Richards most recently starred on the ABC Family series Twisted, and her recent TV credits also include Lifetime telepic Fatal Acquittal, Anger Management, 30 Rock, Blue Mountain State and Kickin’ It. She also has appeared in such features as Scary Movie 3, The World Is Not Enough and Wild Things. She continues to be managed by Link. Raisa was a regular on ABC Family’s The Secret… »

- The Deadline Team

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Shawn Hatosy Signs With Mgmt Entertainment

23 January 2015 1:47 PM, PST

Exclusive: Shawn Hatosy, who’s set to do a guest arc on Amazon’s February debut series Bosch, has signed with Mgmt Entertainment (née The Schiff Company) for management. The Faculty and Outside Providence thesp earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for his turn on the NBC/TNT police drama Southland and most recently co-starred as a deliciously complex dirty cop on CBS’ short-lived legal drama Reckless. Onstage he earned raves last summer for his turn in Neil Labute’s Reasons… »

- Jen Yamato

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Susan Spencer Named TV Academy Svp Media And Brand Management

23 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST

The Television Academy announced today that Susan Spencer has been named Senior Vice President, Media & Brand Management, as the Academy re-aligns its staff to better serve the organization's membership needs and long-range goals.  The announcement was made by Academy President and COO Maury McIntyre. In her new position, Spencer will be responsible for the overall brand management, marketing and PR of the Television Academy, along with editorial, operations and P&L of… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Teaser: The Hunt Continues

22 January 2015 9:27 PM, PST

Showrunner Bryan Fuller said at Comic-Con in July that Hannibal would pick up a year after the brutal events of the Season 2 finale, and now here’s our first look at the upcoming third season of NBC’s grisly drama. The dark and eerie images foretell more mayhem as Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter square off. Wolverine‘s Tao Okamoto has a major arc this season. The network hasn’t set a premiere date yet, but the series starring Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline… »

- The Deadline Team

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Peggy Charren Dead: Relentless Advocate Helped Revolutionize The Kids TV Industry

22 January 2015 4:11 PM, PST

Peggy Charren, a children’s TV advocate who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her role in bringing monumental changes to programming for young viewers, died Thursday at her home in the Boston suburb of Dedham. She was 86. Her daughter, Deborah Charren Diehl, told the Boston Globe that Charren had suffered from vascular dementia for several years. Charren co-founded the nonprofit Action for Children's Television in 1968. After decades of campaigning, the… »

- Erik Pedersen

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Rosie Perez Returning To ‘The View’ February 3

22 January 2015 2:59 PM, PST

Rosie Perez is coming back, she’s rehearsing for the new Larry David play and begins previews on February 3, and that day, she will be back here,” Rosie O’Donnell announced today on ABC’s The View, adding, “Don’t always believe what you read in the press, folks.” That’s a reference to a report last week in Variety that Rosie Perez would not be returning to The View after she finishes rehearsing for her role in David’s Broadway play, Fish in the Dark, and that the daytime… »

- The Deadline Team

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Rocsi Diaz Joins Hln As ‘The Daily Share’ Anchor/Correspondent

22 January 2015 2:50 PM, PST

Rocsi Diaz has joined Hln as L.A. based anchor/correspondent for its The Daily Share. Diaz primarily will be covering entertainment, lifestyle, fashion and sports. She also will do red carpet coverage of events for Hln. The Daily Share (weekdays, noon-5 p.m. Et) is hosted by Ali Nejad and Yasmin Vossoughian and aggregates social media news and lifestyle content of the day, giving viewers a digest of what people are watching, searching, playing, sharing, shopping and… »

- The Deadline Team

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‘Cheap Thrills’ Helmer Joins SundanceTV Series ‘Hap And Leonard’

22 January 2015 2:12 PM, PST

Exclusive: Writer, director, and producer E.L. “Evan” Katz, who won the 2013 SXSW Audience Award with his festival favorite dark comedy Cheap Thrills, has joined Jim Mickle and Nick Damici (Cold In July) as writer and producer on SundanceTV’s original scripted series Hap and Leonard. Premiering in 2016, the series is adapted from author Joe Lansdale's Southern noir books about an unlikely pair of best friends and martial arts experts who try to stay on the right side of… »

- Jen Yamato

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AMC’s Andie Beckerman Heads To Syfy As VP Alternative Development

22 January 2015 12:26 PM, PST

With AMC recently pulling away from unscripted development, the network’s unscripted executive Andie Beckerman has moved to Syfy. She will serve as VP Alternative Development and Production, developing and overseeing unscripted alternative programming. Based at the network’s Los Angeles office, Beckerman will report to Heather Olander, Syfy’s Svp, Alternative Development and Production, making for a female unscripted programming team at the male-skewing network. (Sharon… »

- Nellie Andreeva

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Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski Join NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Show

22 January 2015 11:51 AM, PST

NBC Sports announced its deploying its figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to NBC’s Super Bowl Xlix pre-game show to offer their “unique take on the big game and the events surrounding it.” NBCU unveiled the two as an on-air team during the Sochi Olympics in February 2014.  Following the Sochi Olympics, Weir — a three-time U.S. figure skating champion — and Lipinski — the 1998 Olympic ladies figure skating gold medalist — were named NBC Sports' lead… »

- The Deadline Team

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‘Law & Order’ Scribe René Balcer Sets Arctic Mystery Drama At CBC

22 January 2015 9:15 AM, PST

Emmy Award-winning writer/showrunner René Balcer (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has set up The Council, a one-hour international thriller woven around a murder in a remote Canadian Arctic town, with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Council will be produced by Lark Productions and NBCUniversal International, in partnership with Keston International Productions. NBCUniversal International Television Production retains all distribution rights. The series follows an… »

- The Deadline Team

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Nadia Hilker & Amber Clayton Land Female Leads In TNT Drama Pilot ‘Breed’

22 January 2015 9:08 AM, PST

Nadia Hilker (Spring) and Amber Clayton (St. Vincent) are set as the female leads in TNT’s drama pilot Breed from writer/novelist John Scott Shepherd, director Scott Winant (Fargo) and producer Nicky Weinstock. Breed tells the wild and chilling story of a series of brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest and the mysterious race of creatures who may be committing them. Despite his own mental instability, a gifted detective named Cooper Wells embarks on the case, employing… »

- The Deadline Team

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Animal Planet Orders ‘Insane Pools’ Series

22 January 2015 8:20 AM, PST

Animal Planet already has series about extravagant tree houses (Treehouse Masters) and aquariums (Tanked). Now the network is taking the same approach to swimming pools with Insane Pools: Off The Deep End, set to debut February 20. The six-episode series from Fishbowl Worldwide Media follows award-winning pool designer Lucas Congdon as he turns regular homes into exotic waterfront properties through grand, nature-inspired designs. Vin Di Bona, Beth Greenwald and Juliana… »

- The Deadline Team

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‘Broken Monsters’ Acquired By Endemol’s Additional Dialogue For Drama Series

22 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Endemol Studios’ scripted pod Additional Dialogue has made its first book acquisition, picking up rights to Lauren Beukes’ supernatural suspenser Broken Monsters to develop as a drama series. The novel follows Detective Gabriella Versado, also the single mom of a 15-year-old daughter, as she tracks a murderer who mutilates victims in bizarre and alarming ways. Her investigation winds through present-day Detroit — from police precincts to the underground art scene to the… »

- The Deadline Team

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Showtime Acquires Human Trafficking Docu ‘Dreamcatcher’ – Sundance

22 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST

Showtime Networks has made a deal for rights to Dreamcatcher, the Sundance premiere documentary by helmer Kim Longinotto (Salma, Rough Aunties, Divorce Iranian Style) about former Chicago prostitute-turned-advocate Brenda Myers-Powell and her efforts to fight the sexual exploitation of at-risk youth. The Rise Films, Vixen Films and Green Acres production in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation is produced by Lisa Stevens and Teddy Leifer (The Inte… »

- Jen Yamato

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‘Wolf Hall’ Debut Sets 10-Year Record For BBC2; Critics Howl With Praise – Video

22 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST

Wolf Hall won’t make its way to PBS’ Masterpiece until April 5, but it did kick off last night on BBC Two in the UK. The six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning historical fiction novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, bowed to strong ratings and five-star reviews (see trailer below). The series charts the rise of Thomas Cromwell, played by Mark Rylance, from lowly blacksmith's son to the closest adviser of Tudor king Henry VIII, who is embodied by… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Bohemia Group Invades New Zealand; ‘Timbuktu’ To Screen In Paris Suburb After All

21 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST

Bohemia Group is expanding into New Zealand. The Hollywood-based international management firm has consolidated its yearlong collaboration with Gail Cowan of Gail Cowan Management, who will spearhead the new offices for Bohemia Australasia. Cowan, a longtime talent manager based in Auckland, will bring to the agency a pool of high-profile New Zealand actors, many of whom have had roles in the Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings franchises. CEO Susan Ferris says: "I would like to… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Apologizes On Air For “No-Go Zone” Remarks

21 January 2015 6:27 PM, PST

After a couple days of extensive reporting on Fox News Channel's apology for its characterizations of Muslim "no-go zones" in Europe, Anderson Cooper tonight apologized for doing same on CNN. "On Monday night on this program, we aired a report that was critical of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Fox News for continually saying that there were ‘no-go zones’ in England and elsewhere," Cooper said. "I think if you're going to point fingers at others' mistakes, you should… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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