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‘Jane The Virgin’ Emmy Campaign Employs Gina Rodriguez’s Own Words

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Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez’s emotional acceptance speech for best actress in a comedy series was among the highlights at the Golden Globes in January. Portions from the aspirational address as well as Rodriguez’s equally well-received comments at last summer’s TCA press tour about her mission as an actress looking to break Latino stereotypes have become a centerpiece of CBS TV Studios’ Emmy campaign for the hourlong CW series, which successfully petitioned to… »

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Jon Cor Joins ‘Shadowhunters’ On ABC Family

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Jon Cor (Dark Matter) has been cast in a recurring role on ABC Family's straight-to-series drama Shadowhunters. He will play Hodge Starkweather, a weapons trainer at the Shadowhunters New York Institute and a former Circle member. Based on the best-selling young-adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters follows 18-year-old Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather… »

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Keke Palmer Joins ‘Grease: Live’ On Fox

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Keke Palmer has landed a role in Grease: Live, Fox's upcoming live production of the popular musical, set to air on January 31, 2016. She’ll play the sassy Pink Lady “Marty Maraschino”, alongside Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. Broadway writers Robert Cary (Anything but Love, Ira & Abby) and Jonathan Tolins (Buyer & Cellar, The Last Sunday In June) will pen the adaptation. Palmer will next be seen in Fox’s comedy horror series Scream Queens, set to debut this fall… »

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Graham Moore-Marc Forster Outbreak Drama Gets 10-Episode NBC Series Order

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Writer Graham Moore, whose first feature, The Imitation Game, earned him an Oscar, is making another debut, as TV series creator. NBC has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to a drama from Moore, World War Z director Marc Forster and Endemol Shine Studios. The untitled thriller (fka Patient Zero) was co-developed by Sky, which will serve as the series’ UK network. Created and written by Moore and to be directed by Forster, the series is described as a candid… »

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Evolution Media Ups Alex Baskin To Partner, Expands Creative Team

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Evolution Media (Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, Botched) has promoted Alex Baskin to Partner as part of an expansion of the production company’s creative team. In his expanded role, Baskin will continue to oversee Evolution’s development team and provide creative oversight for all Evolution productions. He joins CEO Douglas Ross and CFO Gregory B. Stewart as Partner and also will continue to serve as Evp of Programming and Development. In addition, Evolution Media has… »

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‘Banshee’ Co-Creator Jonathan Tropper Inks Deal With HBO-Cinemax

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Jonathan Tropper, co-creator of Cinemax breakout drama Banshee, has signed an overall deal with Cinemax and sibling HBO. Under the pact, Tropper will continue to executive produce Banshee — Cinemax's first homegrown hit from its current foray into primetime drama programming — which is in production on its fourth season. In addition to Banshee, Tropper is writing and executive producing a drama project for Cinemax, Warrior, inspired by writings of Bruce Lee and shepherded… »

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Lori Loughlin Set For ‘Full House’ Sequel

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Aunt Becky will be back. Lori Loughlin made it official today on Good Morning America: She’ll return as Aunt Becky for Fuller House, the Full House sequel that premieres on Netflix next year. "I'm very excited," said Loughlin. "Officially I am going to be a part of the reboot, or spinoff, Fuller House." John Stamos, the erstwhile Uncle Jesse, is producing Fuller House, which will star Full House regulars Candice Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten and Andrea Barber, with Stamos… »

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NBC Holding Open Casting Call For Dorothy In ‘The Wiz Live!’

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NBC is holding an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network’s upcoming holiday special The Wiz Live!, which airs December 3. The call is set for June 6 from 10 Am-2 Pm at Telsey + Co in Manhattan. Sign-in begins at 9 Am. Here’s the description of the ideal candidate from NBC: “Casting directors will be looking for a young African-American woman between 18-27 years old. She must have an extraordinary voice that can tell a story, as well as be mature… »

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‘Urban Cowboy’ Drama Series In Development At Fox

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The new broadcast development season is picking up where the old one left off. After movie remakes made a very strong showing last pilot season, with five pilot and four series pickups — Fox's Minority Report, CBS' Rush Hour and Limitless and ABC's Uncle Buck — one of the first projects put in development for next season is another movie reboot. Fox has given a script order to Urban Cowboy, a drama based on the 1980 Paramount romantic drama starring Debra Winger and John… »

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The Big Bang Theory Stem Scholarship Set At UCLA

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The Big Bang Theory helped make scientists look cool on TV. Now the hit CBS/Warner Bris. TV sitcom and its executive producer Chuck Lorre are looking to help foster new generations of scientists with financial aid for low-income college students. Big Bang and the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation have established The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment at UCLA for undergraduate students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem). The… »

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‘MasterChef’ Ratings Rise, ‘Briefcase’ Debut Tops Viewership, ‘500 Questions’ Dips

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The Golden State Warriors secured a long, long desired NBA Playoffs Finals slot last night with a 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Espn, but on the Big 4 it was unscripted that was heating up the opening days of summer. Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals scored an almost 3-year NBA high for Espn with a 6.8 overnight rating but the big boy of Wednesday night on broadcast was MasterChef (1.5/6) on Fox. It was a good night for the Gordon Ramsey-led cooking… »

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Trevor Noah Takes Over ‘The Daily Show’ On September 28

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The Daily Show With Trevor Noah premieres September 28. It’s going to be sexy, according to the video from Comedy Central. Last month Jon Stewart announced he will depart as the show’s host on August 6. Stewart had previously said he would step down after more than a decade as the show's host. After endless speculation, Comedy Central announced South African comic Trevor Noah, who had appeared on the show a handful of times, would take over. Reporters digging around to… »

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Bradley Cooper, Taylor Schilling Will Present On Tony Telecast – But What About Tommy Tune?

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Cooper, a Tony nominee for his title performance in a hit revival of The Elephant Man, and Schilling, the Orange Is The New Black star who braved off-Broadway in a revival of Ivan Turgenyev’s A Month In The Country, have joined the roster of presenters for the 69th annual Tony Awards. The shebang will be broadcast by CBS live from Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 8-11 Pm. Alan Cumming and nominee Kristin Chenoweth (On The Twentieth Century) are the hosts. Former and, no… »

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Is Bollywood’s Eros International Preparing A Dealmaking Campaign?

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That’s the way things look this morning: The Indian film power announced that long-time dealmaker Prem Parameswaran is about to become its new Group CFO — and assume a new position as President – North America. Parameswaran was Global Head of Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking at Jefferies, following stints at Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Brothers. His resume includes transactions involving Comcast, Cablevision, Relativity Media, Reliance, At&T… »

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Michael King Dead: TV Exec Who Helped Launch ‘Oprah’ Show Was 66

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Michael King, who with his brother Roger was behind the syndication of the mega-successful Oprah, Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray shows, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 66. King had been in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was taken off life support after being admitted with pneumonia nearly three weeks ago, according to media reports. Michael and Roger King were among six siblings who inherited King World Productions from their father… »

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter Targeted As Visa, Coke Kick Up Pressure

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Less than a day before FIFA’s elections, beleaguered president Sepp Blatter is facing growing pressure to speak out or resign following Wednesday’s arrests in Switzerland of top executives from the world soccer organization. Major sponsors threatened to take action in response to the crisis. Visa, McDonald’s, The Coca-Cola Co., Adidas, Budweiser and Hyundai all released statements following the dramatic arrests yesterday of seven senior FIFA officials, along with seven… »

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ABC Signs Talent Deal With NBA Pilot Star Blondy Baruti

27 May 2015 5:46 PM, PDT

ABC and ABC Studios, which cast newcomer Blondy Baruti after looking at a hundreds of young actors for the lead in its NBA comedy pilot this season, are holding onto their find. Baruti has been signed into a talent holding deal with the network and the studio, which produced the NBA pilot and is still trying to land it a series order somewhere after coming close to one at ABC but ultimately missing the cut. Baruti, a 6-foot-10 former basketball player out of Oklahoma… »

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Kate Shepherd Named Evp Content At Contend

27 May 2015 5:26 PM, PDT

Veteran unscripted TV executive and producer Kate Shepherd has been tapped as Evp of Content at Contend. Shepherd moves to Contend from Shine America where she served as VP of Development, overseeing global format development and acquisitions. She has produced, directed and developed TV series for Fox, Univision, NBC, The CW, ABC, TNT/TBS, BBC, ITV, C4UK. Contend also named Jon Sneider as Chief Marketing Officer/Evp, Client Partnerships for Contend. In his new position… »

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Sky To Invest $20M In Milan Hub For Arts; Fremantle Picks Up Jude Law’s ‘The Young Pope': Global Briefs

27 May 2015 5:21 PM, PDT

Europe’s largest pan-continental pay TV platform Sky is setting up a dedicated Sky Arts Production Hub in Milan to bring new dedicated content its 21 million customers across Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK.  The move, which carries with it a commitment of $20 million in new spending, is one of the first moves since BSkyB completed its acquisition in November last year of Sky Italia and majority interest in Sky Deutschland to create a European TV giant in a… »

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Former MTV Exec Joins Cmt As Svp Communications

27 May 2015 5:09 PM, PDT

Cmt has named Kurt Patat as Svp Communications. He reports to Cmt President Brian Phillips, and his appointment is effective immediately. In his new role, Patat will oversee all media relations as well as internal communications for Cmt, managing publicity teams in both Santa Monica and Nashville, where he will divide his time. He also will direct the publicity campaigns for Cmt's original series, documentaries and tentpole events. Additionally, Patat will be responsible… »

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