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Writers Guild of America announces TV nominations for WGA Awards, Fargo “snub” explained by FX

6 December 2014 1:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Awards season heating up, the Writers Guild of America has announced its TV nominations for the WGA Awards, which are set to take place in February. Check out the full list of nominees below…

Drama Series:

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss (HBO)

The Good Wife, Written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Matthew Hodgson, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe (CBS)

House of Cards, Written by Bill Cain, Laura Eason, Sam R. Forman, William Kennedy, Kenneth Lin, John Mankiewicz, David Manson, Beau Willimon (Netflix)

Mad Men, Written by Heather Jeng Bladt, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, David Iserson, Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray (AMC)

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO)

Comedy Series:

Louie, Written by Louis Ck (FX)

Orange Is the New Black, Written by Stephen Falk, »

- Gary Collinson

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FX doesn't submit 'Fargo' as 'Transparent,' 'True Detective' lead WGA TV nominations

4 December 2014 5:49 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Writers Guild of America announced the TV nominees for the 2015 WGA Awards on Thursday (December 4) morning and several new shows broke into the fields in a big way. And, of course, there were a number of big WGA Award nomination head-scratchers. Specifically, where the heck was FX's "Fargo"? The answer is below. Making perhaps the biggest splash was "Transparent," which earned three nominations and, since "Orange Is The New Black" earned two nods and "House of Cards" pick up one, that meant that Amazon Prime and Netflix are, at least for one award-giving organization, on equal footing as creators of original programming. The Jill Soloway-created "Transparent" is nominated for New Series, where it will go against "The Affair," "The Knick," "Silicon Valley" and "True Detective." "Transparent" and "Silicon Valley" are also up for Comedy Series, going against "Louie," "Veep" and "Orange Is The New Black." Lest you panic »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective,’ ‘Transparent’ Lead WGA TV Nominations

4 December 2014 10:21 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and Amazon’s “Transparent” were among the newbie standouts in this year’s TV nominees for the Writers Guild Awards.

Both shows earned noms for comedy series as well as for new series. “Transparent” made it a trifecta with a nom for episodic comedy, for “The Wilderness” seg penned by Ethan Kuperberg.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Detective,” CBS’s “The Good Wife,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” FX’s “Louie” and ABC’s “Modern Family” also grabbed two noms each.

Modern Family” was not selected in the comedy series category but took two nods for the “The Cold” and “Three Dinners” segments. Similarly, “Boardwalk Empire” was not named for drama series but received nomimations for the “Devil You Know” and “Friendless Child” episodes.

The Simpsons” had its usual strong showing with four bids for animation writing with “Bob’s Burgers” taking two. »

- Dave McNary

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TV Review: PBS Documentary Duo: ‘Cold War Roadshow,’ ‘Firestone and the Warlord’

17 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At first blush, the documentaries PBS is airing Nov. 18, American Experience’s “Cold War Roadshow” and Frontline’s “Firestone and the Warlord,”­ feel like historical artifacts. Look closer, though, and both contain significant present-day resonance: the first owing to the fraying state of U.S.-Russian relations; the second in the Ebola scare emanating from Liberia — a country in which America and, in particular, one very large tire company harbor dubious ties to its lingering political dysfunction. While each program has merit, the former is more noteworthy, largely because it’s hard to imagine a modern parallel to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s barnstorming tour.

The day-by-day account of Khrushchev’s 1959 trip to America provides not only a fascinating look at the Cold War, but also at the early days of television (the networks devoted a half-hour nightly recap to the Soviet premier’s activities) and, by extension, at the »

- Brian Lowry

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Patricle Fever, Cutie among Grierson winners

4 November 2014 9:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary awards took place last night [Nov 3] at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Particle Fever and Cutie and the Boxer were among the film winners at last night’s Grierson Awards, held in association with Sky Atlantic and Shell.

Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever, about the quest for find the Higgs boson, won the Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary and was praised as a “stunning piece of work” by the jury, while Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer scooped the Bertha Dochouse Best Cinema Documentary award with the jury calling it a “true gem”.

The big winner on the night was Channel 4 as it took a record eight of the 13 award available, including two wins for Education Yorkshire for Envy Best Documentary Series Award and Radio Times Reader’s Choice Award.

Peter Aker’s Sing Your Heart Out received the Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary, while former Wall To Wall chief executive Alex Graham was awarded »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Patricle Fever, Cutie among winners at Grierson Awards

4 November 2014 9:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary awards took place last night [Nov 3] at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Particle Fever and Cutie and the Boxer were among the film winners at last night’s Grierson Awards, held in association with Sky Atlantic and Shell.

Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever, about the quest for find the Higgs boson, won the Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary and was praised as a “stunning piece of work” by the jury, while Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer scooped the Bertha Dochouse Best Cinema Documentary award with the jury calling it a “true gem”.

The big winner on the night was Channel 4 as it took a record eight of the 13 award available, including two wins for Education Yorkshire for Envy Best Documentary Series Award and Radio Times Reader’s Choice Award.

Peter Aker’s Sing Your Heart Out received the Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary, while former Wall To Wall chief executive Alex Graham was awarded »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Exclusive: Trailer And Poster For Documentary 'Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty'

27 October 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While his birth certificate may read "Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera," to those in law enforcement and the drug game, he's better known as "Shorty Guzman," and make no mistake, he is one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. The forthcoming documentary "Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty" tells the saga of the drug kingpin, and today we have the exclusive trailer and poster for the film. Directed by Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos, 'Drug Lord' chronicles his decades-long career on the run from the authorities while building up a profile as either a saintly Robin Hood kind of figure or a dangerous, powerful criminal mastermind. And all of this is set against the backdrop of the cartel wars that have seen 80,000 Mexicans killed. "Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty" opens in limited release and in theaters on November 14th. It will air on "Frontline" on PBS in 2015. »

- Edward Davis

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TV Review: Frontline’s ‘The Rise of Isis,’ Al Jazeera America’s ‘Informants’

27 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Frontline” continues to perform vital work in its coverage of the Middle East and the battle against terrorism, with its latest, “The Rise of Isis,” forging what amounts to a sobering, well-reported trilogy with “Losing Iraq” and “The United States of Secrets.” The PBS documentary also has a flawed but worthwhile companion of sorts this week in Al Jazeera America’s investigative piece “Informants,” which explores the FBI’s use of paid informants to infiltrate Muslim communities within the U.S., employing questionable tactics, as one source puts it, in “providing information to the government that the government wants to hear.”

Produced and written by correspondent Martin Smith, “Rise of Isis” goes back to the roots of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a.k.a. Isis, and how U.S. officials failed to heed warnings about the problem, in part because of their legitimate misgivings about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, »

- Brian Lowry

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‘Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty’ Docu Set For Fall Release

21 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty made its world premiere earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival and its European premiere at the Biografilm Festival in Italy. Now Gravitas Ventures, PBS’ Frontline and Submarine Deluxe are teaming up to release the docu this fall. Submarine release theatrically on November 14,with Gravitas handling VOD day and date. PBS will broadcast the Frontline film in 2015.

Directed by BAFTA and Emmy winner Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos and produced by Simon Chinn (Searching For Sugar Man) and Andrew Mackenzie-Btty (Thriller In Manila), Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty chronicles the hunt for the notorious Mexican drug lord El Chapo (Aka Shorty). Shorty had been on the run for over a decade, during which time more than 80,000 Mexicans were murdered as a result of narco drug wars.

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty is a Twofour, Ronachan Film and Red Box Films »

- The Deadline Team

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Channel 4 named Channel of the Year at Guardian Edinburgh TV Festival

24 August 2014 5:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4 has been named 'Channel of the year' at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The channel received the honour at the 13th annual awards show, picking up the crown for the first time since 2010, reports The Guardian.

Channel 4 also won 'TV moment of the year' for its Educating Yorkshire documentary. The moment in question saw pupil Musharaf Asghar overcome his stammer by giving a speech to the school.

Capping off a successful year for Channel 4, The Murder Trial won the 'Programme Innovation' award.

'Production Company of the Year' went to Big Talk, which makes shows such as BBC3's Him and Her and Sky1's Chickens. It was acquired by ITV in 2013.

The 'Producer/Director Debut Award' went to Marcel Mettelsiefen for his work on Children on the Frontline, while ITV director of factual Richard Klein was named 'Commissioner of the Year'. »

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Why Isis Makes ‘Al-Qaeda Look Like the Boy Scouts’

29 July 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Isis jihadists appeared seemingly out of nowhere, waving black flags, robbing banks and ammunition dumps, and killing those they considered the wrong ethnicity or faith. After the attacks last month, David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker didn't necessarily want to say “I told you so,” but they wanted to say something. Petraeus had led the U.S. forces in Iraq, and Crocker had served as the U.S. ambassador there. They join other American leaders who bluntly explain what went wrong in Frontline's new “Losing Iraq.” Also read: How Inexperience Helped Iraq's Prime Minister Get the Job (Exclusive Video) Crocker says in the film, »

- Tim Molloy

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How Inexperience Helped Iraq's Prime Minister Get the Job (Exclusive Video)

29 July 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The New York Times’ John Burns has a blunt assessment of the U.S.'s handpicked prime minister of Iraq: ”If you were sitting on a local school board, you'd worry about appointing him to be principal of your local high school.” Burns’ opinion comes during Frontline's “Losing Iraq,” airing Tuesday on PBS. It arrives as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces growing opposition and criticism from even former backers. Also read: NY Times Public Editor Calls Out Newspaper's Iraq Coverage Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, drove many Sunnis from positions of power after taking office in 2006. That fueled opposition by Sunni jihadists, »

- Tim Molloy

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TV Review: Frontline’s ‘Losing Iraq’

28 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Frontline’s “Losing Iraq” is, in essence, the foreign-policy companion to the PBS news program’s recent domestic-surveillance treatise “United States of Secrets,” offering an evenhanded approach to a topic where reason is often drowned out elsewhere by partisan rhetoric. Both documentaries, moreover — and this one again falls under the aegis of Michael Kirk — don’t point fingers so much as apportion responsibility, detailing the Bush administration screw-ups that created the mess in Iraq, followed by the Obama administration’s neglect, which congealed to create the current mess. What the 90-minute telecast doesn’t offer, alas, is what’s desperately needed: A viable solution.

Interviewing a who’s who of participants and journalists, “Losing Iraq” spends considerable time on the early miscalculations and missteps once the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled, highlighted by what journalist Thomas Ricks dubbed President Bush’s “a premature victory speech” in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner. »

- Brian Lowry

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PBS and CBS Lead News and Documentary Emmy Nominations

15 July 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS and CBS lapped the field with nominations for the 35th annual News and Documentary Awards.

PBS led with 43 bids, driven by 11 for “Frontline.” CBS was a close second with 42, powered by 27 bids for “60 Minutes.” ABC took in 19, led by 10 for “Nightline.”

Last year’s tornadoes in Oklahoma and typhoon in the Philippines drove the nominations in the category of breaking news coverage in a regularly scheduled newscast. The contenders are BBC World News America, for Philippines coverage, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “World News With Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” for combined coverage of Oklahoma, and two bids for “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams,” for both Oklahoma and Philippines coverage.

William Small, former CBS News Washington bureau chief and former prexy of NBC News, will receive the org’s lifetime achievement award. Awards will be presented Sept. 30 at Gotham’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Click here for a complete list of nominations. »

- Variety Staff

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Will Smith To Star In Ridley Scott-Produced NFL Concussion Project

4 June 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When a slot suddenly opens up in the schedule of mega star Will Smith, it is pretty big news in Tinseltown. Now that the actor has exited Julius Onah’s Brilliance, his schedule window may soon be filled with the upcoming, untitled drama being produced by Ridley Scott – exploring the issue of brain trauma in American Football.

It all starts with Sony, who have the rights to a GQ article titled ‘Brain Game,’ written by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Passionate about the subject, Ridley Scott originally intended to direct the film, but will now stick to producing it, with Peter Landesman (Parkland) attached as writer and director. Scott has been developing the project along with his producing partner, Giannina Facio, and with Landesman having completed the script, cameras look set to roll before the end of the year.

Intended as a ‘whistleblower’ type of story, the project follows Dr. Bennet Omalu »

- Sarah Myles

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Will Smith looking to tackle football concussion drama for Ridley Scott

3 June 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Will Smith may be tackling a hot-button issue with his next film. Less than a week after exiting the Legendary sci-fi film "Brilliance" that was to co-star "Prometheus" actress Noomi Rapace, the actor is reportedly circling Ridley Scott's untitled football concussion movie inspired by the GQ article "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Scott was once looking to direct the Sony film before handing the reins over to Peter Landesman ("Parkland"), who also penned the script. Published in 2009, "Game Brain" focused on the mounting scientific evidence that concussions suffered by players on the gridiron could result in severe brain trauma leading to chronic depression, memory loss and suicide. According to Deadline, Smith would play the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist who in 2002 discovered a degenerative condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in the brains of several recently-deceased NFL players - a condition later »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Peabody Awards: Tom Brokaw Shines In Stellar Last Act

16 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tom Brokaw spent more than 20 years in a pitched three-way battle as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News.” Yet his greatest legacy, frankly, might be how classily he has defined what the transition to emeritus status can look like.

Since gracefully handing the anchor reins to Brian Williams in 2004, Brokaw has remained a welcome presence on NBC, but has branched out beyond that — writing books devoted to “The Greatest Generation,” a demographic TV hardly chases; and hosting documentaries for various channels.

Networks always talk about keeping such personalities in the family, but it rarely happens. Brokaw’s last act elegantly bucks that trend.

Tipsheet:

What: Peabody Awards

When: 11 a.m. reception; 12:30 p.m. luncheon & ceremony, May 19

Where: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York

 

2014 Peabody Award Winners

Personal Award: Tom Brokaw

“180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School” (PBS)

“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, »

- Brian Lowry

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TV Review: Frontline’s ‘The United States of Secrets’

11 May 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Methodical and comprehensive, “Frontline’s” documentary “The United States of Secrets” offers a blow-by-blow account of the Bush administration’s embrace of potentially illegal spying/eavesdropping techniques, President Obama’s decision to continue them (despite campaign promises to the contrary) and, most compellingly, those who sought to blow the whistle on government overreach, culminating with Edward Snowden’s unprecedented dump of classified documents. If the two-part project breaks little new ground, it’s an utterly thorough primer on what transpired that almost plays like a John Le Carre thriller, with remarkably candid interviews from participants on all sides.

As producer Michael Kirk makes clear, the White House — and Vice President Dick Cheney in particular — felt that all tools must be available to prevent a replay of the Sept. 11 attacks. That meant stretching the parameters of what was permissible, justifying the techniques via what former Dept. of Justice official Jack Goldsmith »

- Brian Lowry

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National Geographic Television President Brooke Runnette Expands Role Amid Reorganization

30 April 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Coming on the heels of the shakeup in the upper ranks at National Geographic Channels comes word of expanded roles for three top Nat Geo execs, Brooke Runnette, Declan Moore and Chris Johns. In her new role, Nat Geo TV President Runnette will take on expanded production responsibilities, overseeing all video, television and film production for the Society, from short form to giant screen, working closely with Moore and Johns, CEO and President Gary Knell announced today. Johns will oversee the print and digital expression of National Geographic’s editorial content across platforms. He will be responsible for National Geographic magazine, News, Books, Traveler magazine, Maps and all digital content with the exception of National Geographic Kids. Johns will continue to report to Moore, who has been named chief media officer for the Society. As part of the reorganizion, Susan Goldberg, Executive Editor of News and Features, has been promoted »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #12: Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein Expose Deceptive Truths in 'An Honest Liar'

10 April 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Documentaries are prone to exposing surprising truths, which makes Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein's film "An Honest Liar" all the more complex given the nature of its subject: the art of deception. Measom and Weinstein chronicle the life of famed magician James "The Amazing" Randi and his attempt to expose the numerous frauds who use their tricks to con people out of money, which ultimately proves to be quite the trick itself. Tell us about yourself. Tyler Measom: I am but a humble chimney sweep and documentary filmmaker laboring to put bread on the table. "An Honest Liar" is my third feature to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The others: "Take" (2008) starring Minnie Driver and Jeremy Renner and the documentary "Sons of Perdition" (2010). I live and work under the shade of a large oak tree in the lovely town of Salt Lake City. And no, I'm not a Mormon. »

- Ziyad Saadi

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