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Amazon Books ‘Natchez Burning’ Drama From Tobey Maguire, David Hudgins & Sony TV

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Natchez Burning, a Tobey Maguire-produced thriller drama based on bestselling author Greg Iles’ latest novel, has landed at Amazon Studios. Co-written by Iles and David Hudgins (Parenthood), the project has received a two-script pickup. It hails from Maguire’s Material banner as well as Sony Pictures TV, where Hudgins is under an overall deal, which will co-produce with Amazon. Iles and Hudgins executive produce with Material’s Maguire and head of production Matthew… »

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Katie Couric Busy Terrifying James Corden, Pitching Comedy Series

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James Corden confessed that his producers have been going back and forth about the torture-track staircase on his Late Late Show set, which seems destined to trip up some guest in high heels. But that came only after Katie Couric scared the information out of him with her April Fools prank during today’s taping. Watch it above. Presumably Couric’s other headline today – that she’s pitching a comedy series about a morning infotainment show like the one that made her… »

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John Litvack Memorial Service Set For April 10

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A memorial service for longtime TV executive and producer John Litvack has has been set for April 10 in Beverly Hills at Palm Restaurant (267 N. Canon Dr). Organizers describe it as more of an "Irish wake" than memorial service for Litvack, a noted character and one of the top TV current executives of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s who frequently switched from executive to director-producer during his career that began at CBS holding cue cards on Captain Kangaroo. Litvack… »

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Michael Bay’s New 451 Media Group Secures China Financing Deal

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Michael Bay’s new 451 Media Group has received a strategic investment from China's premier animation, toy, and entertainment group Alpha Animation and Culture. The financing will help Bay launch his new company, which will specialize in developing IP and turning premium content from Hollywood's top creative minds into mega-transmedia brands. 451 was co-founded by Transformers director Bay; John and Anthony Gentile, creators of such global toy and entertainment brands as Mi… »

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Fox Debuting Reality Competition Series ‘Bullseye’ In May; Kellan Lutz Hosts

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Fox will debut an hourlong unscripted series for summer in which contestants are darts trying to hit a bullseye. It’s from Endemol Shine North America, producers of Wipe Out and Fear Factor. Four men and four women will use their bodies as darts in three challenges, attempting to hit targets on land, sea and air. Winner takes home up to $50K. Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules, The Twilight Saga, The Comeback) hosts; comic Godfrey co-hosts. It’s unveiling May 27 in the 9… »

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AMC Chief Charlie Collier Adds Sundance TV Oversight As President & Gm

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Charlie Collier is expanding his domain at AMC Networks. The AMC President & General Manager has been named President & General Manager of SundanceTV. He will serve in a dual role overseeing both networks, and will continue to report to Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks. Collier’s senior executive team at AMC also is expected to work across both networks, reporting to him. "Running AMC and Sundance under common management makes good sense for both… »

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A Cord Cutter’s Delight? Sling TV Will Offer HBO For $15 A Month

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This is the second shoe to drop from today’s announcement about Dish Network’s carriage agreements with Turner and HBO. The satellite company says that its $20-a-month Sling TV streaming service will offer HBO for an additional $15 beginning before April 12, when the new season of Game Of Thrones premieres. "HBO delivers hit shows and movies that TV viewers crave, and with this addition we're adding another heavy hitter to a lineup that includes Espn, AMC, TNT and more,"… »

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Kevin James Inks Film & TV Deal With Sony, Will Star In New Comedy Series

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Exclusive: The King of Queens star Kevin James is reuniting with the TV studio behind the hit CBS sitcom for a new comedy staring vehicle. James and his Hey Eddie Productions have made a two-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce projects for television, including a sitcom that he would headline. Additionally, Columbia Pictures has renewed its first-look deal with the comedian-actor-producer-writer and his company through 2017. James got his big… »

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Deborah Gregory’s ‘Catwalk’ Books To Be Adapted As TV Series By Producer Jesse Collins

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Producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) has acquired the rights to The Cheetah Girls author Deborah Gregory's Catwalk young adult book series to develop it as a TV show. Search is underway for a writer to write the adaptation, with Collins serving as executive producer through his Jesse Collins Entertainment shingle. For Catwalk, Gregory tapped into her background as a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology and former runway model in Europe. The books… »

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India’s Videocon Lists On Nasdaq Via Deal With Sloan & Sagansky’s Silver Eagle

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India's fastest-growing direct-to-home pay-tv provider, Videocon d2h Limited, has completed its initial listing on the Nasdaq through a transaction with Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp, the acquisition vehicle formed by media executives Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky. Silver Eagle contributed about $273.3M to Videocon in exchange for stock distributed to Silver Eagle's investors. That makes this one of the largest investments by a U.S. entity in Indian media. Public trading… »

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Turner And HBO Secure Distribution Deals With Dish Network

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The deals were a long time coming considering that Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting ended a month-long blackout of the programmer’s channels in November. Following temporary extensions of the carriage pacts that expired last year, the companies said today that Dish will continue to offer Time Warner’s Turner channels and HBO via “separate distribution agreements” that involve “multiple platforms.” The wording of the brief statement suggests that Dish and HBO have… »

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ABC Family Orders Three More Reality Series

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Days after ordering scripted series Shadowhunters and Kevin From Work, ABC Family continued its push into unscripted genre. The cable net has ordered Startup U, Next Step Realty: NYC and Monica The Medium, which join recently greenlighted reality programs Becoming Us and Job Or No Job. All will premiere in the summer. ABC Family hired ex-Fox and E! executive Kary McHoul in February to run its unscripted unit. The hourlong Startup U follows a group of entrepreneurial… »

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E! Orders Another Kardashian Series, Renews ‘#Rich Kids’ & 2 More

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E! today unveiled plans for three new original unscripted series — Stewarts & Hamiltons, Wags and the Kardashian-based series Dash Dolls (working title), the latter of which is set for this fall and will focus on the employees of the family’s clothing boutiques. All three have been ordered for eight one-hour episodes. Stewarts & Hamilton, centering on the families of Kimberly Stewart (daughter of author Alana Stewart and musician Rod Stewart) and George Hamilton (Alana… »

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‘Weird Loners’ & ‘The Dovekeepers’ Off To Soft Ratings Start

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This midseason has produced more that the average number of solid new broadcast series launches: blockbuster Empire, which has been joined by several other hopefuls including new Fox comedy Last Man On Earth, ABC’s Fresh off The Boat and Secrets And Lies, and CBS’ CSI: Cyber and The Odd Couple. (NBC’s best hope for a midseason breakout is this Sunday, with the premiere of A.D. and American Odyssey.) Another straight-to-series Fox comedy, Weird Loners, won’t be joining… »

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AOL, Fox Sports Partner For Online-Video Coproduction, Distribution

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AOL will begin distributing Fox Sports video content, including game highlights and material from @TheBuzzer, Garbage Time and Fox Sports Digital Originals, the companies announced in an AOL blog post this morning. Fox covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, college football, Nascar, soccer and more, and AOL said the deal is part of a plan to beef up its sports programming and distribution this year. The companies also will jointly develop “content experiences” tied to big… »

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IFC Joins Growing List Of TV Networks Waiting For Live + 3 Ratings Stats

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IFC today joined the pack of TV networks announcing it will wait for time shifted viewing numbers before reporting its show ratings because the metric a provides a more accurate reflection of audience size these days than the immediacy of Live+Same Day results. But, because IFC bills itself as “the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies” it annnounced it would lead the industry in a shift to a slightly off version of the current Live+3 ratings reporting metric: Live+2.9999… »

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UTA Brings In Two More CAA Agents — 10 Total Now

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UTA has closed deals with CAA agents Mackenzie Condon and Chelsea McKinnies. They will be joining their 8 colleagues who made the jump yesterday. Condon is a talent and literary agent working in film and television and will be based in UTA's New York offices. McKinnies is motion picture talent agent working in UTA's Beverly Hills offices. This marks the third wave of CAA agent signings by rival UTA in the past 24 hours. Following the bombshell hire of CAA comedy… »

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USA Network To Air NHL Playoff Games For First Time In 30 Years

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Raise your hand if you remember watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs on USA Network. Ok, you four can put your hands down. The NBCUniversal-owned cable net will share this year’s postseason wealth with NBC, Nbcsn and CNBC, bringing Cup games to the USA for the first time since 1985, when Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers won their second consecutive title. Starting on April 15, nets in the NBC Sports Group will cover every Cup game for the fourth consecutive year. NBC will air… »

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Monica Lewinsky Invited To ‘The View’ As Search For Rosie Replacement Continues

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ABC News has invited Monica Lewinsky to The View as a guest, to talk about her “anti-bullying campaign,” naturally leading to speculation she might replace Rosie O’Donnell as one of the show panelists, or at least that show creator Barbara Walters is trying to talk ABC News brass into the merits of the hire. Lewinsky would pose certain challenges, given that The View these days is produced by ABC News which presumably would want access to expected Democratic presidential… »

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David Duchovny Talks ‘The X-Files’ On Letterman: Guess Who’s Coming Back

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David Duchovny was on Late Show With David Letterman last night to plug his new alt-rock album — yes, Hell Or Highwater is available now at your local record store or illegal download site. But, as you might have heard, he also has a couple of TV projects in the works. With his seven-year run on Showtime’s Californication in the rearview mirror, Duchovny is set to star in Aquarius, NBC’s gritty drama about a cop who goes undercover to track Charles Manson. But the crowd… »

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