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ABC Signs Talent Deal With NBA Pilot Star Blondy Baruti

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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

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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

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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

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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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‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Season 2 Review: Series About Dawn Of Digital Era Returns With Way More Ram

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Get ready to travel back in time three decades on Sunday night with the debut of Season 2 of Halt And Catch Fire on AMC. Now the Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers-created series about the dawn of the digital revolution was one of my favorite new series of 2014 but, as my video review above says, the stronger Halt And Catch Fire 2.0 has a lot more bandwidth and ram. Picking up in 1985 in the middle of the Reagan Era, Cameron Howe, played by Mackenzie Davis… »

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‘19 Kids And Counting’ Spinoff May Be Spawned As TLC Wades Through Duggar Mess

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As advertisers bail, petitions abound and the media feasts on the story, the odds of TLC being able to bring back its hit series 19 Kids And Counting without Josh Duggar just got a lot slimmer with a new report that patriarch Jim Bob Duggar initially might not have told that Arkansas state trooper the whole story as to what Josh had been doing at home. But with such a large cast to work with, and a hit franchise at stake, TLC is mulling the efficacy of plucking popular… »

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Josh Meyers Upped To Series Regular On ‘Red Oaks’

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Josh Meyers, who appeared in the pilot episode, has been promoted to series regular in Amazon Studios' comedy Red Oaks, exec produced by Steven Soderbergh and exec produced/directed by David Gordon Green. Set in summer 1985, Red Oaks centers on 20-year-old David Myers (Craig Roberts), who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Meyers will reprise his… »

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Rick Santorum Announces Candidacy To ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos

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Rick Santorum, the former Gop senator from Pennsylvania, announced to ABC NewsGeorge Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that he’s officially joining the race to be the Republican nomination for Potus in 2016. "I'm ready to do this again," Rick Santorum tells me on joining the 2016 race. pic.twitter.com/ay1sQYhgwZ — GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) May 27, 2015 Santorum, who won primaries and caucuses in 11 states in 2012 en route to finishing second to… »

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Randy Jackson Inks Overall Producing Deal With Endemol Shine North America

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Grammy-winning producer, musician and longtime American Idol judge Randy Jackson has signed an overall production deal with Endemol Shine North America where he will develop unscripted, scripted and digital programming. "Randy is one of the most respected talents in both the music and television industries and we're looking forward to developing projects with him to produce across our unscripted, scripted and digital businesses.", said Endemol Shine North America… »

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YouTube’s ‘The Gorburger Show’ Moving To TV With HBO Pilot Order

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After a two-season run on YouTube, T.J. Miller’s Funny or Die/Warner Music web series The Gorburger Show is headed to television. HBO has ordered a pilot for the half-hour project, created, co-written and directed by Josh Martin and Ryan McNeely (aka The Director Brothers) and co-written by Silicon Valley‘s Miller who also voices and puppets the title character, an animatronic monster. Andy Samberg executive produces. The Gorburger Show, which is currently filming in Los… »

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Musicians Union Slaps Studios With Lawsuit Over Reuse Of Film Tunes

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If you’ve had musical deja vu at the multiplex lately, the American Federation of Musicians thinks it knows why. The union has filed a lawsuit against Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Disney and Warner Bros alleging that they reused snippets of film soundtracks without compensation. The 22-page complaint filed Tuesday in California’s Central District (<a style="line-height:1.5;"… »

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Les Moonves Says He’s Negotiating To Put CBS On Apple’s Planned TV Platform

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Les Moonves is a digital immigrant, but he appears to have become a loyal citizen of the medium based on his comments today at, and after, Re/Code’s Code Conference. He said CBS “probably” will be included in Apple’s planned TV platform and talked up plans to launch a stand-alone Showtime platform. The Apple talks are still “early,” but he met last week with media chief Eddy Cue. “When Apple calls, you always listen,” Moonves told CNBC. The electronics company plans a… »

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Richard Schiff Joins Showtime’s The Affair'; Stephanie Erb In ‘Ray Donovan’

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Richard Schiff  (The Gambler) has booked a major recurring role on the upcoming second season of Showtime drama The Affair. He will play Jon Gottlief, a high-profile city attorney who has been Bruce Butler’s (John Doman) longtime family lawyer, in a season-long arc. Schiff has been on a tear recently. He will next been in the upcoming film Entourage and HBO’s The Ballers, playing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s very successful and demanding boss. He's currently shooting Rogue… »

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‘Orange’ Jailbird Danielle Brooks Heads To Broadway’s ‘Color Purple’

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Danielle Brooks, who plays tough-and-vulnerable “Taystee” Jefferson on Orange Is The New Black, will make her Broadway debut playing Sofia in the upcoming fall revival of The Color Purple headlined by Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Cynthia Erivo. The production is a transfer of director John Doyle’s (<a title="Kander & Ebb's 'The Visit' And D'Amour's 'Airline Highway' Send Broadway Into Tony Season On A Dark Note – Review"… »

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FX Orders Toon Pilot ‘Cassius & Clay’ From Megan Ganz & Adam Reed

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FX is returning to the animated game with Cassius & Clay, a pilot that follows two women living as bandits in a futuristic, postapocalyptic America. Described as being in the vein of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, the project from writer-EPs Megan Ganz and Adam Reed stars Kaitlin Olson as Ordwood Cassius, a hard-drinking, quick-thinking, fast-talking bullshitter who has more debts than sense, and Lake Bell as Shopcarter Clay, the fastest gun in the postapocalyptic… »

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New ABC Drama ‘Oil’ Recasts At Least One Role – Update

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Update Wednesday: There has been a change, and one of the two young actors in the Oil pilot earmarked for recasting, Yani Gellman, may continue on the show. A final decision will be made in the next few weeks after the network and studio see other actors for the role. Previous Tuesday: Add Sunday drama Oil to the list of newly picked-up ABC/ABC Studios drama series that will be undergoing recasting. Toplined by Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, the series examines the… »

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‘Lewis And Clark’ Miniseries Adds Four To Cast

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Tanaya Beatty (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1), Stephen Hill, Creed Garnick (Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike) and Aidan Kahn are the latest to join the cast of HBO miniseries Lewis And Clark. Based on the book Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose, it tells the story of America's first contact with the land and native tribes of the country west of the Mississippi River. Production is slated to begin this summer. The miniseries follows the epic journey of… »

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‘Ink Master’ Renewed For Season 7 By Spike TV; Spinoff Set

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Ahead of its Season 6 premiere on June 23, Spike TV has ordered a 16-episode seventh season of its hit tattoo-competition series Ink Master to debut in spring 2016. Spike also announced a spinoff series, Ink Master: Redemption, which offers disgruntled former human canvases of Ink Master a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The spinoff series, featuring six half-hour episodes, goes into production this summer for a September… »

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Ratings Hit Debut Low, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Returns Down, ‘I Can Do That’ Opens Solid

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There were a lot of championship level sports on cable last night in primetime and a lot of unscripted on the Big 4. After Tuesday's 7-3 ice battle, the New York Rangers have forced the Tampa Bay Lightning to a NHL Eastern Conference Game 7 to decide who competes for the Stanley Cup. At least LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers know their next step. NBA Playoffs basketball on TNT on Tuesday saw the Cavs grab a spot in the Finals with a 118-88 win over the Atlanta… »

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Abrams Artists Ups Four Agency Veterans In Restructuring

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Abrams Artists Agency has announced a restructuring and realignment of the company's senior leadership, promoting four veteran execs to senior leadership roles. Neal Altman and Robert Attermann have been tapped as COOs of the company in Los Angeles and New York, founder and CEO Harry Abrams said today. In addition, Brian Cho has been named the CFO in Los Angeles and New York, and Marni Rosenzweig has been promoted to Svp in Los Angeles and heads up the Los Angeles Talent… »

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