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ITV Sees Strong Growth In 2014 Revenues; Production Arm At Nearly £1B

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The home of Broadchurch and Downton Abbey, ITV this morning reported strong revenue growth for the full year ended December 31. Pre-tax profit was up 23% to £712M ($1.09B), beating analyst estimates. There was a 6% hike in net advertising revenue to £1.63B and expectation is that the trend will continue with an 11% jump in the first quarter of 2015. The production division, ITV Studios, saw 9% revenue growth to £933M and a 22% increase in profits to £162M. That trajectory… »

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How Warner Bros And Andrew Lazar Won War Photog Book Scrum

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Exclusive: How did Warner Bros win the most hotly contested book auction in a long time, closing a deal last night for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, the memoir of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario? I’m hearing they were in a dead heat with several other suitors, until they executed the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass to get Steven Spielberg. Warner Bros, led by Greg Silverman, Racheline Benveniste and Julia Spiro, was squarely in… »

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Lina Esco Hellbent For ‘Lucifer'; Elliot Knight Joins ‘The Advocate’

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Lina Esco (Cane) has booked a role in Fox’s drama pilot Lucifer, from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the show centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the Lapd punish criminals. Esco will play Lucifer’s best friend Maze, a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman… »

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Luis Guzman To Star In CBS’ ‘Code Black'; Cody Horn In ABC’s ‘Broad Squad’

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Veteran Luis Guzman is set as a lead opposite Maggie Grace in CBS pilot Code Black, a medical drama written by Michael Seitzman and directed by David Semel for ABC Studios. Based on Ryan McGarry's feature documentary of the same name, the show is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation and revolves around four residents who are getting their first taste of ER medicine and the medical staff who mentor, teach and terrify them. Guzman, repped by Gersh… »

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‘CSI: Cyber’ Review: Patricia Arquette Plugs In Franchise, Says Dominic Patten

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Debuting Wednesday on CBS, the newest installment in the CSI franchise features Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette. Yet, despite being the fourth series in the franchise the show is, as I say in my video review above, surprisingly fresh. And make no mistake about it, CSI: Cyber is truly the Patricia Arquette show. The first CSI to be led by a woman, this latest incarnation is very 2015 while not trying any sort of genre or franchise overreach in what has obviously… »

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Jon Cassar To Executive Produce Brazil-Set Comedy Series ‘Rio Heat'; Victor Webster To Star

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Action comedy series Rio Heat, produced under a co-production treaty between Brazil and Canada, is described as a cross between Hawaii 5-0, Miami Vice, Magnum Pi and Moonlighting. Emmy-winning 24 producer/director Jon Cassar will executive produce and direct multiple episodes of the 13-episode series, which will be filmed entirely in Brazil. Rio Heat was co-created by Canadian TV producer Ken Gord and Dean Borenstein. Gord is the writer and executive produces with… »

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Peter Riegert Joins Fox’s Dana Klein Pilot; Dana Davis Added To ‘Unveiled’

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Peter Riegert is rounding out the cast of Fox's untitled Dana Klein comedy pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV and Kapital Entertainment. Written/exec produced by Klein and directed by Pam Fryman, it is told from the point of view of Ellen (Jenna Elfman), a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law Amy (Liza Lapira). Riegert, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, plays Ira, the two brothers’ impatient… »

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Ben Aldridge To Play The Lead In Fox Pilot ‘Detour’ Inspired By Rivers Cuomo Story

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In his first U.S. pilot gig, British actor Ben Aldridge has landed the lead in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Also cast in the pilot, written by Psych creator Steve Franks and directed by The Wedding Ringer’s Jeremy Garelick, is Joey Morgan. Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centers on Michael Sturges (Aldridge), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and… »

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‘Conan In Cuba’ Trailer: First Look At TBS Late-Night Special

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Conan O’Brien’s much ballyhooed trip to Cuba over President’s Day weekend, will debut tomorrow night at 11 Pm Et/Pt as a special edition of his TBS late night show, coincidentally called Conan In Cuba. Shot over four days in Havana, with 10 staffers, including the host and producer, Conan has said he did not want the episode to be a snarky-American comedy take, or a political statement — more fish-out-of-water. In the episode, Conan learns to roll a cigar at a cigar… »

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Carrie Preston To Star In Suzanne Martin Empty-Nester NBC Comedy Pilot

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The Good Wife scene-stealer Carrie Preston has been cast as the female lead opposite Patrick Warburton in NBC's untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot, from Hazy Mills and Universal TV. It chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters Mike Gunn (Warburton) and Martina Gunn (Preston) when their children and their parents move back home. Stacy Keach plays Mike's dad. James Burrows is directing from a script by Martin, who executive produces with Sean… »

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Spike Unveils New Logo & Tagline

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Spike TV’s logo and tagline have gotten a makeover. The network unveiled the new network identifiers today at its upfront in New York. The network says its new tagline "Spike: The Ones to Watch” reflects Spike’s strategic shift to a general entertainment network, “delivering compelling original entertainment with an edge and a distinctive point of view,” adding, “It speaks to the network's bold personalities and a brand pushing the boundaries of the unexpected.” The new… »

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Holt McCallany To Star In NBC Pilot ‘Warrior’

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Lights Out star Holt McCallany is set as a lead opposite Natalie Martinez in Warrior, NBC's magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David Digilio, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior, from Universal TV, centers on Kai Forrester (Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance… »

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NBC Smiles At Plan To Create Subscription Web Service For Comedy

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Funny is money: NBC plans to launch a Web-based subscription comedy service this year, the network confirms. But much else about the initiative, disclosed by the Wall Street Journal, remains unclear — in part because it’s still in the early planning stage. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and SNL likely would help to anchor the service, being designed to target viewers under 35 years old. But it also could provide a home for original content  from inside and outside… »

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Jon Foo To Play Detective Lee In ‘Rush Hour’ CBS Pilot

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The 1998 Rush Hour movie helped make Hong Kong film star and martial arts wiz Jackie Chan a household name in America, jumpstarting a successful Hollywood career. Now CBS’ TV adaptation of the hit movie franchise is looking to do the same for Jon Foo, who has landed the Detective Lee role played in the movies by Chan. Written/executive produced by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick and directed/exec produced by Jon Turteltaub, CBS’ Rush Hour pilot centers on Lee (Foo), a… »

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Mike Epps To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Uncle Buck’

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Mike Epps has been tapped for the title role in Uncle Buck, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the classic John Hughes film starring John Candy. Also cast in the project, from Universal TV and Will Packer Prods., is Nia Long. Like the movie, the series adaptation, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, centers on Buck Russell (Epps), a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will's kids in a very childish way. Long will play… »

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Eddie Izzard, Two Others Cast In Jenji Kohan’s ‘Devil You Know’ HBO Pilot

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Eddie Izzard is set to star in HBO drama pilot The Devil You Know (formerly New World). Also cast in the project, co-written by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji KohanBruce Miller and Tracy Miller and directed by Gus Van Sant, are young actresses Nadia Alexander and Ismenia Mendes. Described as a provocative period drama, The Devil You Know (working title) explores the circumstances around one of the most compelling chapters in American history — the infamous… »


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Dan Bakkedahl Joins CBS Pilot ‘Life In Pieces'; Aylin Bayramoglu In CW’s ‘Cheerleader Death Squad’

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Dan Bakkedahl (The Mindy Project, The Goldbergs) has booked a regular role on Life In Pieces, CBS' single-camera comedy pilot from 20th TV and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment. Written by Justin Adler, the project is about one family, the Shorts, as told through the separate stories of its different family members. Bakkedahl will play Tim, who does his best to navigate the politics of his wife's (Betsy Brandt) family, mostly by sticking his foot in his mouth. Newcomer… »

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‘Community’ Trailer: Yahoo Joins Yahoos For Season 6

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The long, winding road of the Dan Harmon-created Community has led it from NBC to Yahoo, which over the summer revived NBC’s perennial bubble show that was finally canceled after five seasons. The new class of Greendale Community College includes Paget Brewster and Keith David joining the core group that includes Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, Dani Pudi and Ken Jeong. Harmon said in January that there will be a “loosening of the corset” on the new… »

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 2

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Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) has joined the voice cast of Disney Xd’s Star Wars Rebels for the upcoming second season in a recurring role. The news comes on the heels of last night’s finale for the animated series, which takes place in the years between the Star Wars movies' prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. The Season 2 voice cast also includes Gellar’s husband Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum… »

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‘Austin Powers’ Producer Suzanne Todd Inks With Paradigm For TV

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Exclusive: Producer Suzanne Todd has signed with the Paradigm Talent Agency for representation on her TV projects. She will continue to be repped by CAA on all film projects. Todd is a two-time Emmy award nominee for the HBO TV movies If These Walls Could Talk and If These Walls Could Talk 2. The first film was also nominated for three Golden Globes, while the sequel won Vanessa Redgrave a Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award for her performance. Currently, Todd is producing… »

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