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‘Blunt Talk’ Solid Starter On Starz

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Blunt Talk’s launch on Starz  logged 601K Live + 3 Day viewers. It’s lead-out, the second season launch of Survivor’s Remorse, clocked 463K Live + 3 viewers, which is up 68% compared to last October’s first season starter.  Across all of its opening weekend plays on the network Patrick Stewart starrer Blunt Talk snared 1.5 million Live + 3 Day weekend viewers. And Starz noted the kickoff nabbed an all-in of 2.4 million multi-platform viewers in early on-demand/online… »

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‘Rookie Blue’ Ratings Fall, ‘Big Brother’ Even, ‘Boom!’ & ‘Under The Dome’ Rise

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As we await the programming flood of the upcoming season, last night was a bit of a roller coaster on primetime. While Big Brother (2.0/7), the top rated and second most watched (6.34 million) show of the night, was even among adults 18-49 with its August 20 show, lead-out Under The Dome (0.9/3) saw a nice rise. Up 13% from last week, the thriller based on the works of Stephen King took its 10 Pm time slot against fellow drama Rookie Blue (0.5/2). In fact, it was not a… »

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Victoria Justice Inks Talent Deal With 20th Century Fox TV & Fox Network

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Young actresses with enough experience, name recognition and chops to carry a show are always a hot commodity, especially during the highly competitive pilot season and especially when it comes down to one of the hardest casting types: a beautiful and funny twentysomething actress with star quality. Fox and 20th Century Fox TV are making a preemptive strike, signing a talent deal with 22-year-old former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice. Under the pact, the studio and… »

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Ratings Smash Cable Records With Live+3 Results

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Having solidly taken the top cable debut spot with its first round of ratings, it's no surprise that Fear The Walking Dead has now ripped apart the previous Live+3 records. With DVR numbers now in, the August 23 premiere of The Walking Dead spinoff had 13.3 million total viewers and 8.5 million adults 18-49. That jumps it ahead of AMC's other recent successful and previous record holding spinoff Better Call Saul in the key categories and seals FearTWD as the summer’s top… »

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Channel 4 Orders Sex-Scandal Drama ‘National Treasure’ – Edinburgh

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A four-part serial drama, National Treasure examines accusations of sexual misconduct against a fictional public figure and explores their impact on the accused and those most closely associated with him as he is brought to trial. Channel 4 has ordered the timely drama that’s created by Jack Thorne and is due to air next year. The ripped-from-the-headlines story follows Paul Finchley, one half of a much loved comedy double act — a cherished household name with a career… »

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BBC Two Enters Court Of ‘Versailles’ With Anglo-French Drama Pick-Up – Edinburgh

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In notable acquisition for BBC Two, the channel has taken UK rights to Anglo-French drama, Versailles. Zodiak Rights is handling international sales on the 10-part English-language series. Set against a backdrop of power, love, betrayal and war, Versailles examines a defining period of French history. The year is 1667 and King Louis Xiv is a 28-year-old monarch on the cusp of greatness. A ruthless leader, he will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most… »

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The Too-Much-tv Debate: FX’s John Landgraf Says “We’re Choking On Our Own Abundance” – Edinburgh

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FX CEO John Landgraf rang a chime of doom at TCA earlier this month when he proclaimed that "There is simply too much television" and predicted a peak and decline in the next two years. He carried the conversation across the Atlantic this week to the Edinburgh TV Festival — and took it a step further. Of the amount of content currently available, he said, "It’s like winning a pie-eating contest every day… In some ways, we’re choking on our own abundance.” He also… »

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Christopher Nolan Headlines Lff Connects; Fortissimo Weds ‘La Novia’ – Global Briefs

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Christopher Nolan (Inception) will headline a new series of industry talks launched by eh BFI London Film Festival titled Lff Connects The events will aim to explore the future of film and how it engages with other creative industries such TV, music, art and games.Artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale Film at the Tate Modern, will join the Batman Begins director for the new series, which launches with a conversation event about the future of film… »

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Discovery, MTV Virtual Reality Stunts Gain Increasing Network Interest

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Though we’re a long way from the kind of virtual reality getups predicted back in the 1990s, the technology has been steadily improving. Currently used primarily in video games, the tech nonetheless has interesting implications for entertainment in other mediums. So it goes that networks, keenly interested in drawing a bigger slice of the slivered viewer marketplace, are exploring Vr-based gimmicks in multiple formats. First up, Discovery Communications has announced… »

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SAG-aftra Reaches Deal With Music Labels Over Online Payment

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SAG-aftra and a consortium of recording industry players, including Sony, Warner affiliates, Universal, Capitol and Hollywood Records, have announced a tentative deal that, if passed, will include a payment formula for online streaming and non-permanent digital downloads that accounts for revenue generated outside the U.S.. Among new provisions is an agreement to make payments based on earnings worldwide from streaming services and non permanent download services like… »

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‘The Frankenstein Code’ Fox Drama Series Gets New Title

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Fox’s midseason drama series The Frankenstein Code is dropping Frankenstein from its title. It will now be known as Lookinglass. The name will make sense when watching the show. Written by Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich and executive produced by Howard Gordon, Lookinglass centers on Jimmy Pritchard, a disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff, whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops. He is brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists… »

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‘Urban Cowboy’ Fox Pilot Casts ‘The Voice’s Bryana Salaz As Series Regular

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Bryana Salaz, a contestant on last fall’s Season 7 of The Voice, has landed a series regular role opposite Alfonso Herrera and Jim Belushi in Fox's drama pilot Urban Cowboy, a modern, Latin music-fueled reimagining of the 1980 Paramount movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. The project follows star-crossed young lovers Kyle aka Juan Miguel (Herrera) and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of… »

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Entertainment Studios’ Justice Central.TV Expands To Verizon FiOS

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Indie producer-distributor Entertainment Studios has reached an agreement with Verizon FiOS to carry its Justice Central.TV, which is billed as the only 24/7 dedicated legal and news cable network. The deal takes effect immediately. This is the first major new carriage deal for he upstart network, which launched in 2012 on At&T U-Verse. Justice Central.TV’s lineup includes Justice With Judge Mablean, America’s Court With Judge Ross, Justice For All With Judge Cristina Pere… »

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‘Caesar’ Drama From Matt Lopez & John Glenn Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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In a highly competitive situation, Caesar, a sprawling contemporary drama from Matt Lopez and John Glenn, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project, which reimagines Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in modern-day Los Angeles, is described as a tale of power, sex and revenge — themes right in ABC’s drama wheelhouse. On the show, the murder of the powerful Hispanic mayor sends shockwaves through the city’s elite circles — and launches the search for a… »

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‘Chicago Med’ Taps Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov As New Showrunners

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The Sopranos alums Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have been named executive producer and writing showrunners of NBC's upcoming drama series Chicago Med, the latest offshoot in Wolf Films/Universal TV's successful Chicago Fire franchise. They succeed Andrew Dettman who recently exited the new series after a brief stint. He will continue to develop projects for Universal TV. The appointment comes before Chicago Med is scheduled to go into production for a midseason bow… »

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Fox News Channel Tops Primetime As Cable News Nets React Variously To On-Air Shooting

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CNN's flood-the-zone strategy with its on-air coverage of the Virginia TV crew killing yesterday brought it a 47% primetime news demo spike compared to its calendar year to date average. The cable news net jumped in primetime from 198,000 news demo viewers to 292K. But Fox News Channel, with a non-flood-the-zone news strategy in prime, jumped 48%, from 422K to 626K. Fnc beat CNN and MSNBC (up 19% to 155K) combined. Similar story in overall audience, where Fox News was… »

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Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Hires Baratunde Thurston To Oversee Original Digital Production

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has hired Baratunde Thurston to oversee creation and production of original content for digital and social outlets. Calling it “this evolution of The Daily Show under new host Trevor Noah,” Comedy Central today announced Thurston will spearhead the creation and production of platform-specific original content that’s “organic to The Daily Show mission while expanding the series footprint across all digital and social platforms.” Thurston… »

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Keegan-Michael Key On Ending ‘Key & Peele’ And Being Obama’s Anger Translator – Emmys

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Keegan-Michael Key received four Emmy nominations this year to add to the one he received last year, but in the mix is his first acting nom for his work on Comedy Central’s sketch series Key & Peele. (He has three writing noms and one for exec producing a Key & Peele short-format live-action program.) After three years and five seasons of relative obscurity—at least as far as the average Television Academy voter is concerned—it’s a nice milestone, coming quickly after an… »

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Animation Guild Ratifies New 3-Year Contract

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Members of the Animation Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with management. The new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers includes 3% annual increases in contract minimums, no rollbacks and a 10% pension increase for those retiring after August 1, 2015. The contract covers some 3,100 members of Iatse Local 839 working in various aspects of the animation industry, including writers and directors, storyboard… »

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Open Road Ramps Up TV Biz With ABC Family Exec Hire

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Open Road Films has named former ABC Family executive Lynn Stepanian its Evp of Television as the primarily film company begins to dip its toe in the TV waters. The announcement was made today by CEO Tom Ortenberg, to whom Stepanian will report. In the new role, she will focus on acquisitions and managing output deals, but she also will be mining programming opportunities and TV series based on Open Road’s film library. "As our business continues to expand globally and… »

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