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DGA Taps Michael Apted, Thomas Schlamme To Lead Contract Talks Panel

3 February 2013 1:03 PM, PST

Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford announced today that directors Michael Apted and Thomas Schlamme have been appointed co-chairs of the next DGA Feature Film and Television Negotiations Committee. Documentary and feature director Apted is the Guild’s Secretary-Treasurer and TV and film director Schlamme is 5th VP. The DGA’s current three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires June 30, 2014. The Guild will appoint full negotiating committees, made up of directors, assistant directors, unit production managers, associate directors and stage managers working in all genres, later this year. National Executive Director Jay D. Roth will continue to serve as the Guild’s chief professional negotiator. »

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NBC’s Drama Series ‘Dracula’, ABC’s Cullen Brothers Comedy Pilot Add To Casts

3 February 2013 9:00 AM, PST

Irish actress Victoria Smurfit (Bulletproof Monk) has been cast in the upcoming NBC/Sky Living HD drama series Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The series re-introduces Dracula (Meyers) as he arrives in London, posing as American entrepreneur Alan Grayson who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw) who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife. Smurfit, repped by UTA, the Collective and UK’s United Agents, will play the lithe and beautiful Lady Jayne who is instantly attracted to Grayson and pursues him. Also previously cast in the series are Katie McGrath and Nonso Anozie. Based on a script by co-executive producer Cole Haddon, Dracula is executive produced by Colin Callender, Tony Krantz, Gareth Neame and Dan Knauf for Universal Television. »


- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Latest SAG-aftra Board Meeting Provides No Commercial Talks Details To Members

3 February 2013 12:47 AM, PST

And the needless secrecy continues. No details about the package of proposals for commercials negotiations starting February 14th in NYC. No details about the progress of merger efforts between SAG’s and AFTRA’s health and pension funds. Here’s the news release: Los Angeles and New York (Feb. 2, 2013) – The National Board of Directors of SAG-AFTRA met in a scheduled one-day video plenary this weekend at both the James Cagney Board Room in Los Angeles and the Leon Janney Board Room in New York. The Board approved a package of proposals for commercials negotiations presented by Assistant National Executive Director for Contracts Ray Rodriguez. The proposal package was recommended by the W&W Plenary Committee and Commercials Negotiating Committee. National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator David White said, “While there are difficult issues to negotiate ahead, we anticipate a productive dialogue with our bargaining partners and expect a result »

- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief

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DGA Awards 2013: Ben Affleck Wins Best Feature Film Director For ‘Argo’; TV Winners Include Rian Johnson ‘Breaking Bad’, Lena Dunham ‘Girls’, Jay Roach ‘Game Change’, Glenn Weiss ‘Tony Awards’, Jill Mitwell ‘One Life To Live’, Brian Smith ‘Master Chef’

2 February 2013 10:23 PM, PST

Updated With All Winners And Speeches: The 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards dinner was held tonight at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film was won by Ben Affleck for Argo. “I don’t think this makes me a real director. But I think it means I’m on my way,” he said. This DGA category has traditionally been one of the industry’s most accurate barometers of who will win the Best Director Academy Award – but Affleck was not nominated by the Oscar’s Directors Branch. When asked backstage by Deadline if he thinks the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences wishes it had nominated him for a directing Oscar, Affleck stayed classy: “I have nothing but respect for the Film Academy. I’m also very grateful to the DGA. I mean, you’re »

- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief

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Annie Awards: ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ Wins 5 Including Feature, Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’ TV, ‘Paperman’ Best Short

2 February 2013 9:58 PM, PST

Wreck-It Ralph heads toward this year’s Academy Awards with newly added momentum. The videogame-themed Walt Disney Animation Studios pic was the bigger winner tonight at the 40th Annual Annie Awards. Ralph took Best Animated Feature plus Best Directing, Music, Voice Acting and Best Writing in an Animated Feature. Last year’s Annies Animated Feature winner Rango went on to win the Oscar for the same category in 2012. Related: Annie Award Nominations Unveiled Hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Maurice Lamarche and Rob Paulsen, the ceremony from UCLA’s Royce Hall saw DreamWorks’ Rise Of The Guardians, Laika/Focus Features’ ParaNorman, and Pixar’s Brave pick up several awards as well. Robot Chicken’s DC Comic Special won the Best General Audience Animated Television Production award. Marvel’s blockbuster The Avengers took the nod for Best Animated Effects in a Live Action Production and Rhythm & Hues Studio »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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‘Law & Order’ Boss Dick Wolf Praises ‘Svu’ Episode Featuring Mike Tyson

2 February 2013 9:50 PM, PST

Dick Wolf, creator of the Law & Order franchise, has weighed in on the controversial upcoming episode of Law & Order: Svu, which guest stars former boxer Mike Tyson in his first acting gig playing someone other than himself. Tyson’s casting has come under attack from advocate groups protesting the involvement of a convicted rapist (Tyson served three years for a 1991 incident involving a Miss Black America pageant contestant) on a show dedicated to sex crime victims. In the Svu episode, titled Monster’s Legacy, Tyson plays Reggie Rhodes, a murderer on death row whose violent actions may in part be the byproduct of sexual abuse as a child. His case attracts the attention of Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and defense attorney Bayard Ellis (Andre Braugher) during an Svu investigation. Also guest starring in the episode is Ed Asner. “It focuses on what can happen when there is an emotionally charged rush to judgment and it is, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Skyfall’, ‘Life Of Pi’, ‘Anna Karenina’ Take Film Honors; Also ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’, ‘Girls’, 84th Oscars, ‘SNL’

2 February 2013 7:42 PM, PST

Skyfall and James Bond were the big winners tonight as the Art Directors Guild handed out its 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2012. Unlike the Academy, the Adg divides production design for film honors into in three distinct categories — Period Film, Fantasy Film, and Contemporary Film — allowing Oscar rivals Anna Karenina and Life Of Pi to both take home top trophies. Meanwhile, Skyfall and its production designer Dennis Gassner took the Contemporary Film honors during the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Paula Poundstone, who kept the stylish below-the-line crowd rolling with trade-oriented zingers throughout the night. (The Adg loves her — it’s Poundstone’s fourth consecutive year doing her outsider stand-up comic routine as emcee.) Earlier in the evening, the Bond franchise’s production gurus Gassner, Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, and Allan Cameron were honored with the guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award, recognizing the longest-running »

- JEN YAMATO

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Undercover Boss’ Posts Season’s Best, ‘Shark Tank’ Up, ‘NAACP Awards’ Hits 4-Year High

2 February 2013 9:35 AM, PST

Coming back after last Friday’s repeats, the end of the week brought strong numbers for CBS last night. Undercover Boss (1.9/6) was even with its last original two weeks ago but the reality show had its biggest viewership of the season with a new high of 9.86 million. CSI:ny (1.5/5) was down a tenth from its last new show on January 18. At 10 Pm, Blue Bloods (1.5/5) was even with its last original of January 18 but the family police drama was the most watched show of the night with an audience of 11.40 million. That’s a dip from the 11.5 million who watched two weeks ago, the largest viewership of the season for the show. CBS won the night in total viewership and among Adults 18-49 but ABC was just a nudge behind in the key demo. ABC’s comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and Malibu Country (1.1/4) started the network’s Friday. The former was even »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Oz UltraViolet, ‘Argo’ In Iran, ‘Cavegirl’, Fremantle

1 February 2013 10:51 PM, PST

Australia Distribs Confident Of Fast Take-off For UltraViolet The UltraViolet format launches in Australia on May 1, a joint effort from the majors and independent distributors which they are confident will avoid the pitfalls which plagued the technology’s introduction in the U.S. Key elements of the Australian launch include a unified marketing campaign, the participation of all distributors except Disney, which has yet to join the Uv bandwagon, and the support of dominant retail chains, home entertainment retailers and digital download services. The UltraViolet Working Group, which represents Universal Sony, Fox, Warner, Paramount, Roadshow and Hopscotch eOne, predicts 300,000 Australian homes will sign up for Uv accounts by October 31. Australia still has a very healthy DVD rental business, partly because pay-tv penetration is a relatively low 30%, Netflix and Hulu haven’t entered the market and the Svod business is tiny. U.S. and Australian companies that supply Uv back-end services »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Post Mortem: What Led To ‘Do No Harm’s Historic Ratings Flop

1 February 2013 10:25 PM, PST

In the days leading to last night’s premiere of NBC‘s new drama Do No Harm, tracking was soft, with awareness weak across the board and intent to see below average, leading to modest ratings expectations. Rival networks were predicting a premiere 18-49 rating a little below the 2.0 that fellow midseason NBC drama Deception recently opened to, with a 1.8 rating considered a reasonable target. But Do No Harm came in at a 0.9, the lowest in-season premiere rating for a series on the Big 4 broadcast networks. Ever. It was even lower than the dismally rated newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams averaged in the Thursday 10 Pm hour (1.0) this season. Do No Harm‘s viewership was a paltry 3.1 million viewers. The shocking underperformance was reminiscent of the fall 2010 debut of Fox’s drama Lone Star. Launching behind House with a major marketing campaign behind it, the well-reviewed drama was projected to »


- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Ovation Lays Off La Staffers Following Time Warner Cable Axe

1 February 2013 9:29 PM, PST

Exclusive: Ovation laid off employees in its Santa Monica office Friday, a month after Time Warner dumped the arts channel from its lineup citing poor ratings and a less-than-compelling programming slate. Reps would not confirm the size of today’s staff cuts but sources say layoffs hit 20-25 employees — almost a fourth of its 95-person corps. Chief Creative Officer Robert Weiss confirms to Deadline that the layoffs are the first wave of a company-wide reorganization that will affect its La, Chicago, and New York offices as Ovation whittles its resources in order to relaunch stronger programming initiatives in 2013 and 2014, a must if the six-year-old cable arts outpost is going to survive the Time Warner blow-off. Ovation’s 2012 slate was light on original programming (A Chance To Dance, Motor City Rising) but Weiss says that razing the ground will allow Ovation to strategically rebuild its ranks, with promotions and key senior hires to come. »

- JEN YAMATO

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Spinoff ‘The Originals’ Casts A Witch

1 February 2013 9:03 PM, PST

Exclusive: Daniella Pineda (Fitzgerald Family Christmas) has landed a regular role in the potential Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, which will be introduced as an upcoming episode of Tvd  that airs April 25. The Originals stars Tvd’s Joseph MorganDaniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin reprising their roles. Written by Tvd co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel. Elijah (Gillies), intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. Pineda will play Sophie, a witch whose magic has been silenced but not snuffed. A leader and a sexy, sharp-tongued social force, she is quietly sowing the seeds of a revolution amongst her peers. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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’30 Rock’ Gang Says Goodbye To Tina Fey

1 February 2013 8:23 PM, PST

When NBC‘s 30 Rock bid adieu to fans on Thursday after seven seasons, 139 episodes, 14 Emmys, and six Golden Globes, the show’s cast and crew got together to send their thank-yous to the woman who made it all possible: Tina Fey. Watch Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski, and Tracy Morgan celebrate their showrunner-star with love, anecdotes (“Tina was like my Bruce Lee”), and tears: »

- JEN YAMATO

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Josh Brener & Lindsey Broad Cast In Mike Judge’s HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Silicon Valley’

1 February 2013 7:06 PM, PST

Exclusive: Josh Brener (Glory Daze) and Lindsey Broad (The Office) are set to co-star in Silicon Valley, HBO’s single-camera dark comedy pilot from the King Of The Hill trio of Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and producer Scott Rudin. They join recently cast T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch. Silicon Valley is set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Brener will play Big Head, Thomas’ (Middleditch)  friend and confidant. He doesn’t really have that big of a head but the grade school nickname stuck. His claim to fame is getting himself into the Hacker Hostel incubator with his App idea “Nip Alert” which tells you the location of women with erect nipples. The owner of the Hacker House (Miller) loves him. Broad will play Tandy. Attractive in a friendly, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Oprah’s Own Sued For Sex Discrimination By Former Executive

1 February 2013 6:44 PM, PST

Own’s former senior director of Scheduling and Acquisitions today sued the Oprah Winfrey founded network for sex and disability discrimination. In her complaint (read it here) for unspecified but wide ranging damages, Carolyn Hommel is also claiming the company intentionally didn’t pay her out vacation time and overlooked her for an expected promotion to VP at the company because of her pregnancy. In seeking a jury trial, the plaintiff alleges that she suffered from “acts of oppression, fraud, or malice” from defendants Own and Michael Scott Garner, the network’s Svp of Planning, Scheduling and Acquisitions.  “Hommel has suffered and will continue to suffer damages in terms of lost wages, lost bonuses, lost benefits, and other pecuniary loss according to proof Hommel has also suffered and will continue to suffer anxiety, worry, embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, and severe emotional distress,” says the 19-page suit filed in La Superior Court Friday. »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Kevin Dunn Joins HBO Series ‘True Detective’, CBS Pilot ‘Mom’ Adds Regular

1 February 2013 6:41 PM, PST

Kevin Dunn has been tapped for a major recurring role on Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s upcoming eight-episode HBO drama series True Detective. The high-concept project is described as an elevated serial narrative with multiple perspectives and time frames. It centers on two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case is reopened. Dunn will play Rust and Martin’s boss, the fair but tough 3rd Squad Homicide Commander Maj. Ken Quesada. Dunn, repped by the Gersh Agency and Lighthouse Entertainment, already is recurring on another HBO series, comedy Veep, as the President’s Chief of Staff. On the big screen, he will next be seen in The Frozen Ground, Jobs and Diego Luna’s Chavez. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Image Awards: Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington

1 February 2013 6:34 PM, PST

Jamie Foxx was named entertainer of the year tonight at the NAACP’s Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. Denzel Washington was named best actor and Viola Davis best actress in a motion picture for their respective roles in Flight and Won’t Back Down. Best picture prize went to Red TailsDon Cheadle was voted best actor in a comedy series for House Of Lies and LL Cool J took the best actor in a drama award for NCIS: Los Angeles. Kerry Washington was named best actress in a drama series for Scandal as well as best supporting actress in a movie for Django Unchained. Washington also received the previously announced President’s Award presented by Diahann Carroll. The award for best actress in a comedy series went to Cassi Davis of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, which earned the corresponding supporting actor nod for Lance Goss. The »

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Patty Jenkins To Direct ABC Drama Pilot ‘Betrayal’

1 February 2013 6:24 PM, PST

Exclusive: Monster director Patty Jenkins, who helmed the pilot for AMC’s mystery drama The Killing, is back on pilot directing duty with ABC‘s drama Betrayal. Written by David Zabel, Betrayal is a serialized drama based on the 2011 Dutch series Overspel. It centers on a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved. Zabel is executive producing Betrayal with Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya. ABC Studios is producing. In addition to the Killing pilot, which earned her a DGA Award and an Emmy nomination, Jenkins directed the AMC’s pivotal second season finale, which resolved the two-season-long murder mystery and served as »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Fox Resurrects Plastic Surgery Makeover Series ‘The Swan’ With Celebrity Special

1 February 2013 5:40 PM, PST

Fox’s 2004 extreme makeover reality series The Swan is coming back in a celebrity version. The network has greenlighted Celebrity Swan, a two-hour special to air later this year. I hear FremantleMedia and producer Arthur Smith, who were behind the original plastic surgery series, will be back for the special, which will feature female celebrities looking to reinvent themselves for a comeback. They will undergo a physical, psychological and career “extreme makeover” with the help of a coach, therapist, trainer, cosmetic surgeons and a dentist as cameras follow them through the transformative process. Casting is currently underway through The Conlin Co. and no celebrities have been set, though I’ve heard the names of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Happy Days alumna Erin Moran as possibilities. Production is slated to begin this spring. The Swan was created by Nely Galán, and her company Galan Entertainment will be producer on the celebrity special. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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‘Justified’ Stuntwoman Sues Sony For Negligence Over On Set Injuries

1 February 2013 5:23 PM, PST

A stuntwoman who says she was injured on the set of Justified during a late night shoot in 2011 today sued Sony Pictures and various individuals connected with the FX series. Citing “severe and permanent physical and mental injuries,” Lisa Hoyle and her husband Robert Jakubik have filed a suit (read it here) for Negligence, Premises Liability and Loss of Consortium for injuries the Stuntchicks employee suffered during a car crash stunt on February 3, 2011 at Santa Clarita Studios. While Hoyle and her husband don’t specify any dollar amount in their complaint, they are certainly looking for more than loose change. The nine-page filing seeks general damages “in an amount to be proven at trial” as well as loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, legal fees, “medical and related expenses” and “other and further general and special damages in a sum according to proof at the time of trial” and »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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