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CBS Announces Writers for 2017-18 Mentoring Program

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CBS has announced the eight writers selected to participate in its 2017-2018 Writers Mentoring Program. The CBS Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion initiative, now in its 14th year, provides mentorships, access and opportunity for writers.

This year’s participants listed below were selected from a pool of 1,300 applicants. The selected writers are Ashley Charbonnet, Jovan Robinson, Naomi Iwamoto, Munis Rashid, April Shih, Krystal Banzon, Shuo Zhang and Gil Hizon.

The eight-month program pairs writers with an executive mentor who then helps them develop a new piece of material. Following the mentorship period, the writers participate in a 16-week workshop »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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America Ferrera Says She Was Sexually Assaulted at Age 9

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America Ferrera has added her voice to the growing list of women, from Hollywood and everywhere else alike, who are speaking out about sexual harassment and assault in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse.

Spurred by the #MeToo movement that was started by Alyssa Milano on Sunday, the 33-year-old star of NBC's Superstore took to her Instagram account Monday night to reveal that she was sexually assaulted by a man she knew when she was nine years old.

“First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was 9-years-old,” she wrote. “I told no one and lived with the shame »

- Jackie Strause

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Mipcom: eOne Combines Film, TV Production in New Division

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Entertainment One's latest move to rework its global business has seen a combined film and TV production division emerge, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steve Bertram and John Morayniss will lead the new division as co-presidents, film, television and digital. Morayniss will oversee eOne Television's activities, including development, production, licensing, financing and worldwide distribution of live-action drama and comedy series, reality and documentary series.

He joined eOne in 2008, when the Toronto-based studio acquired his company Blueprint Entertainment. On the film side, Bertram will oversee worldwide operation, including production and distribution units and relationships with key partners like The Mark »

- Etan Vlessing

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'Survivor's Remorse' Creator Talks Finale and Cancellation: "It Feels Like a Death"

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's series finale of Survivor's Remorse.]

Sunday (October 15) night marked the end for Starz's beloved, relatively low-rated Survivor's Remorse

It was an end that came abruptly for the LeBron James-produced basketball dramedy, a series I've long championed.

One moment The Hollywood Reporter was breaking news of the cancellation and then Starz was airing the last two episodes just nights later. They were not conceived as a series finale and they were not executed as a series finale. Plotlines dangled involved Cam's (Jessie T. Usher) relationship with Allison (Meagan Tandy), »

- Daniel Fienberg

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How 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Kept Salman Rushdie's Fatwa Cameo a Secret

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, "A Disturbance in the Kitchen.”]

There was only one man on the planet who could help Larry David with his fatwa situation — and it's a good thing he was available when Curb Your Enthusiasm gave him a call.

Salman Rushdie — who was name-dropped on the ninth season premiere by Larry David — made a surprise cameo on Sunday's episode of the HBO comedy. In 1988, the author's novel, The Satanic Verses, became so controversial in the Muslim community that a fatwa death sentence »

- Jackie Strause

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Mipcom: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Hangs Over Cannes

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At Mipcom in Cannes, Harvey Weinstein is the elephant in every room.

Industry attendees walking through the Carlton bar or the Majestic restaurant can hear his name, once whispered in hushed terms out of either reverence or fear, as the topic of every table following the avalanche of accusations of decades of sexual assault and harassment of actresses.

The Weinstein scandal also dominated talk at the Women in Global Entertainment lunch on Monday, where Catherine Zeta-Jones said she was “shocked and disgusted” over the revelations, while both panelists and guests at the tables discussed the fallout.

“It is something »

- Rhonda Richford

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Mipcom: Catherine Zeta-Jones Talks Lifetime's 'Cocaine Godmother,' Rise of TV

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Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones is making her return to the small screen with the Lifetime movie Cocaine Godmother, a role the actress had been longing to play for years.

The star said Tuesday at Mipcom that the story of the Miami drug lord was not a typical “Catherine Zeta-Jones role, whatever that is.” And it is the story of a woman who is not a traditional mother or wife. She also found nothing personally similar with the infamous drug lord, which was a challenge.

“Griselda spans so many emotions and so many layers, but she has no redeemable qualities. This »

- Rhonda Richford

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Micpom: Miramax, Revolution Extend Global TV, Digital Distribution Deal

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Revolution Studios said Tuesday that it has extended its exclusive global television and digital distribution deal with Miramax.

Miramax, since 2016 owned by beIN Media Group and led by CEO Bill Block, has represented Revolution’s titles domestically since 2012 and internationally since 2014.

Under the extension, unveiled at Mipcom in Cannes, Miramax will continue to license Revolution’s library titles, such as Black Hawk Down, Maid in Manhattan, Daddy Day Care, xXx and xXx: State of the Union, for worldwide TV and digital distribution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Also covered by the agreement are more than 64 feature films Revolution has »

- Georg Szalai

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John Dunsworth, 'Trailer Park Boys' Star, Dies at 71

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John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey on The Trailer Park Boys sitcom, died on Monday due to an unknown illness. He was 71.

"With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away," daughter Sarah Dunsworth said on her father's Twitter account. "John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected in our time of grief," she added.

Dunsworth's TV roles included playing newspaper editor Dave »

- Etan Vlessing

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Mipcom: Keshet and TV Azteca to Co-Produce Spanish-Language Series

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Israeli production and sales group Keshet International has signed up with Mexican TV giant TV Azteca to co-produce a Spanish-language series for the local and international market.

The deal, announced at Mipcom Tuesday, will see Keshet International develop the drama to co-produce with TV Azteca and distribute worldwide. As is typical for the telenovela-heavy Mexican market, the show will have a 60-episode run, with a planned launch in 2018.

Keshet is best-known for its hit drama Prisoners of War, adapted by Showtime as Homeland for the U.S. Under its Keshet UK banner the company has produced hits such as BBC »

- Scott Roxborough

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‘The Voice’: Season 13’s Battle Round Begins

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The Battle Round began on The Voice tonight, with coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson all bringing in one of their pals from the music industry to serve as mentors. Joe Jonas helped out Team Adam, the Rascal Flatts helped out Team Blake, Cyrus’ father Billy Ray Cyrus joined Team Miley, and Team Jennifer was joined by former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland.

First up were Lucas Holliday and Meagan McNeal from Team Jennifer. Hudson gave them “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown, which she called an “unexpected song.” Both artists had issues blending their voices and »

- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

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Lauren Holly Details Hotel Encounter With Harvey Weinstein: "I Pushed Him and Ran"

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Lauren Holly is the latest actress to come forward and share her own harrowing encounter with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

During a visit to the Canadian daytime talk show The Social on Monday, Holly detailed her experience with Weinstein in a hotel room suite, explaining that she felt a "responsibility" to speak out after reading the New York Times bombshell report on multiple sexual harassment claims against the film exec. 

"I was floored. It was my story," she said about her initial reaction to the Times exposé. "I had never told anyone publicly."

Holly, who starred in »

- Meena Jang

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