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Rhys Ifans Engages In Jake Chapman’s ‘Marriage Of Reason And Squalor’ At Sky

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Visual artist Jake Chapman is set to make his first foray into television drama with Mills And Doom: The Marriage Of Reason And Squalor. Sky Arts has ordered the four-part twisted romance to air this summer starring Rhys Ifans and Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena). Chapman is best known as one half of the Turner Prize-nominated Chapman Brothers who have been dubbed the enfants terribles of Britart for their deliberately shocking work. Mills And Doom: The Marriage Of Reason… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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UK Comedy ‘Catastrophe’ To Launch Stateside On Amazon Prime – Video

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Adding to its lineup of original series, Amazon will premiere Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s comedy series, Catastrophe, on Prime Instant Video this spring. The half-hour series is currently airing on the UK’s Channel 4 and will be also become available on the streaming service there later this year. (See trailer below) Created by and starring comedian and author, Delaney, and Bafta-nominee Horgan, Catastrophe is set in London and follows an Irish woman and an American… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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CBS, Bell Media Pact To Bring Showtime Brand To Canada

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CBS Corp and Canada’s Bell Media have entered a long-term exclusive content licensing and trademark agreement to bring Showtime to the Great White North. The deal marks the first time that the Showtime brand will be available in Canada, with hundreds of hours of current and library programming going out across Bell Media platforms in English and French. CBS and Bell previously operated under an agreement that licensed current Showtime series to Canadian pay-tv. Showtime… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Thorn Birds’ Author Colleen McCullough Dies At 77

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Colleen McCullough, the Australian author of 1977 bestseller, The Thorn Birds, which served as the basis for one of the most popular TV miniseries ever, died today on Australia’s Norfolk Island. The novelist had suffered poor health in recent years. She was 77. McCullough was born in New South Wales in 1937 and worked as a neuroscientist before writing the first of her 25 books, Tim. Published in 1974, it was later made into a feature starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Stephen Lambert Re-Ups With All3Media, To Expand Into Drama

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Producer Stephen Lambert has committed his future to the Discovery and Liberty Media-owned All3Media by re-signing a deal until 2020. As part of the pact, Lambert will launch a new drama division in his Studio Lambert banner. Lambert launched Studio Lambert in 2008 with initial backing from All3Media, before it was fully acquired by the super-indie in 2012. It specialises in factual and factual entertainment formats. Credits include Undercover Boss, Four In A Bed and Goggl… »

- alirjaafar

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Soda Pictures Grabs Sundance Pic ‘Slow West'; Aussie ‘Suspects’ Coming To UK: Global Showbiz Briefs

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The UK's Soda Pictures has picked up Canadian rights to Slow West, the Sundance pic that premiered over the weekend. The debut feature from John Maclean stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius. This is the third British film acquired for Soda's 2015 slate in Canada, a new division of the company that is now part of the wider Thunderbird Films. Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows the story of 16-year-old Jay… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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NBC (Finally) Sells Out Super Bowl Ad Inventory

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Talk about cutting it close: NBC said today that it has sold out its TV and digital livestream ad inventory for this Sunday’s Super Bowl. This is unusually late, and an indication that many advertisers looked askance at NBC’s effort to win an average of $4.5 million for a 30-second commercial, a record amount and up 7% from last year. Fox made its sell-out announcement about two months before it broadcast last year’s game. And NBC was sold out by January 3 in 2012 when it… »

- David Lieberman

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Mercedes-Benz’s Super Bowl Ad Directed By Robert Stromberg – Video

28 January 2015 9:56 AM, PST

Mercedes-Benz USA collaborated with Robert Stromberg –  Maleficent director and a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction for Alice In Wonderland and Avatar –  for its Super Bowl ad this year. It’s Stromberg’s advertising directorial debut. "We tend to think of fables as things of the past," Stromberg said, in re the ad, which is based on the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare. "It's fascinating for me to render a classic tale with modern tools, yet… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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Starz’s ‘The White Queen’ To Stream Exclusively On Amazon Prime

28 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST

Starz’s original miniseries The White Queen will take up residence at Amazon’s Prime Instant Video under a deal that makes the streaming service the exclusive home for the 10-parter in the U.S. A commercial and critical success, The White Queen marks the first deal of this kind between Amazon and Starz Digital Media in the domestic market. The series will, however, remain available for Starz to schedule on its channels and services. The White Queen was originally… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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GoDaddy.com’s Super Bowl Ad Yanked After Being Blasted By Puppy Lovers

27 January 2015 7:45 PM, PST

Mess with puppies at your own peril during Super Bowl week, GoDaddy.com learned today. The company wound up vowing not to air its ad during the big game this Sunday after unveiling it this morning, to widespread disgust. The ad, "Journey Home," mocked Budweiser’s highly anticipated “Lost Dog” Super Bowl ad that the beer label has been teasing — which, in turn, is a sequel to its wildly popular 2014 Super Bowl ad “Puppy Love.” In GoDaddy’s ad, an adorable golden retriever… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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Paul Pastor Named Evp Network Strategy At Discovery Channel

27 January 2015 3:38 PM, PST

Paul Pastor has been named Evp Network Strategy, Revenue and Operations for the Discovery Channel. Network president Rich Ross, to whom Pastor will report, made the announcement this afternoon as Ross wraps up his honeymoon month on the job. Pastor previously served as Svp Strategy and Consumer Analytics for the Disney/ABC Television Group at Disney.  There, he oversaw the division's strategy team, consumer data and analytics team, media-planning team and all research… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Teaser: First Look At Netflix Series That Reunites Movie’s Cast

27 January 2015 2:23 PM, PST

As the East Coast freezes and starts to dig out, Netflix figures it could use a little Wet Hot American Summer. The streaming service has unwrapped the first teaser for its upcoming series adapted from the 2001 summer-camp comedy. It doesn’t reveal much — other than a 15-star ensemble of folks who were in the 1981-set movie: Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, et al. And it’s all set to that “Higher… »

- The Deadline Team

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Kim Kardashian Lets ‘Conan’ Unveil Her Super Bowl Ad Plugging T-Mobile – Video

27 January 2015 1:18 PM, PST

NBCUniversal’s E! star Kim Kardashian West  — nee Kim Kardashian — stopped by Conan O’Brien’s late night show last night to unveil her new T-Mobile ad that will air during the first quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl which, in one of those incredible coincidences, is being broadcast on NBC and other networks of NBCU. West’s ad plugs T-Mobile’s new “data stash” offering. T-Mobile’s Cmo Mike Sievert has explained modestly that Kkw’s 30-second spot, is a “social media event,&#8221… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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‘Wolf Hall’ Dueling Debuts Pit Big-Bucks Broadway Versus Free TV

27 January 2015 1:15 PM, PST

Exclusive: These days, theater buffs can choose between two versions of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The WoodsRob Marshall’s big-screen extravaganza with tons of stars and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s off-Broadway presentation of loosey-goosey Fiasco’s stripped-down, story-theater version with no stars at all, at the Laura Pels. But that’s small beer compared to the coming showdown between the dueling productions of Wolf Hall, each offering lavish takes… »

- Jeremy Gerard

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Craig Ferguson Signs TV Deal With Lionsgate

27 January 2015 10:09 AM, PST

Craig Ferguson and his production company, Green Mountain West, have entered into a multi-year overall television agreement with Lionsgate. Ferguson will develop and produce scripted and unscripted programming, working with Green Mountain's president Phil Cottone and former The Late Late Show producer Michael Naidus. The announcement comes on the heels of the Season 2 pickup of Ferguson-hosted Celebrity Name Game, which is co-produced by Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury and… »

- The Deadline Team

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Actress Zhao Wei Helps Alibaba Pictures Regain Ground Despite Profit Warning

27 January 2015 7:32 AM, PST

A box office star in Asia whose directorial debut, So Young, broke Chinese records in 2013, Vicki Zhao Wei has helped Alibaba Pictures Group regain some ground after it stumbled following revelations of accounting irregularities last year. The actress and helmer has taken a 9.18% stake in the Hong Kong-based film division of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings. The $400M investment reportedly makes Zhao the second largest shareholder and is seen as good news for a… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Sons Of Liberty’ Scores 3.3 Million Viewers In Premiere

26 January 2015 2:03 PM, PST

About 3.3 million viewers signed on to the first night of History’s three-part miniseries Sons Of Liberty last night. SoL delivered 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.2 million adults 18-49 at 9 Pm, according to Fast Cable Nielsen Ratings. Elsewhere, these numbers might be filed under Not Bad, but on History the bar is set very high. Back in May 2012, History entered the original scripted arena in a big way, when the premiere of its miniseries Hatfields & McCoys drew a… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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‘American Idol’ Winner Files Complaint Against Show’s Producer

26 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST

Phillip Phillips, Season 11 American Idol winner, has filed a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner claiming that his management contract with 19 Entertainment, the show's developer and co-producer, violates the state's Talent Agencies Act. Phillips is the latest in a long list of performers who have sought to invalidate their management deals on the grounds that their personal managers procured employment for them in violation of the Taa, which states that… »

- Erik Pedersen

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WGA East Heavyweights Sign Petition Urging ITV To Bargaining Table

26 January 2015 8:37 AM, PST

More than 175 prominent comedy/variety writers, including a number who appear on-air, have signed a petition urging ITV to enter a collective bargaining agreement covering its nonfiction writer-producers. “By refusing to agree to a [Writers Guild of America East] contract protecting its nonfiction writers and producers, ITV is also showing the back of its hand to us, the men and women who would write comedy/variety shows for ITV – in particular, the men and women ITV… »

- The Deadline Team

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‘Cake Boss’ Renewed For 2 Seasons Under TLC/Discovery Networks Intl Pact

26 January 2015 7:52 AM, PST

The Boss is back. Buddy Valastro and his Hoboken-based clan are returning to TLC for two new seasons of docu-reality series Cake Boss. Through a partnership between Discovery Networks International and TLC in the U.S., 40 episodes comprising seasons 7 and 8 will be produced beginning in February with overseas broadcast to begin this summer on TLC and Dni's lifestyle brands. A TLC U.S. premiere will be announced at a later date. The new Cake Boss seasons will be produced… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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