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‘Wicked’ Composer Stephen Schwartz Honored in Words and Song at Ascap Screen Music Awards

17 May 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz received the Founders Award of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) at its annual Screen Music Awards Tuesday night at Los Angeles’ historic Wiltern Theatre.

The “Wicked” and “Prince of Egypt” songwriter was praised as “a genius” by fellow songwriter Paul Williams, president and board chairman of the performing-rights organization, citing such classic songs as “Day by Day” from “Godspell” and “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas.”

Schwartz was serenaded by an eight-person chorus of younger Broadway songwriters who had been mentored by Schwartz over the years; they sang “For Good” from “Wicked.” Schwartz has served as artistic director for Ascap’s Musical Theatre workshop in New York and Los Angeles for more than 20 years.


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CBS Casts Female Lead in Alan Cumming’s Drama Pilot ‘Instinct’ (Exclusive)

17 February 2017 6:16 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bojana Novakovic has landed the female lead in the CBS drama pilot “Instinct,” opposite Alan Cumming, Variety has learned exclusively.

Instinct” — formerly titled “Killer Instinct” and “Dr. Death” — is about Dylan, a former CIA operative, played by Cumming, who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer, and is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Novakovic will play Lizzie, a top detective with the NYPD who approaches Dylan to help with a case.

The TV project is based on James Patterson’s soon-to-be released book. Patterson will serve as an executive producer on the pilot.

Written by Michael Rauch, the hourlong drama hails from CBS Television Studios. Rauch will exec produce with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Patterson. Cumming will also pull double duty, serving as an executive producer, in »

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Alan Cumming to Star in CBS Pilot Based on James Patterson Novel

23 January 2017 5:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS has picked up two new drama pilots, TheWrap has learned. The first comes from former “Royal Pains” producer Michael Rauch as well as Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. Alan Cumming is attached to act in the pilot as well as executive produce. Formerly titled “Dr. Death,” the pilot “Killer Instinct” follows a former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Also Read: Pilot Season 2017: TheWrap's Complete »

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CBS Orders James Patterson Pilot Adaptation Starring Alan Cumming

23 January 2017 5:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

CBS has added a pair of drama pilots to next season’s slate… and one will feature a face that’s familiar to CBS viewers.

The network has given a pilot order to Killer Instinct, starring The Good Wife alum and three-time Emmy nominee Alan Cumming. The plot centers on a retired CIA operative who’s left the agency for a quiet life as a writer and professor, but gets dragged back into service when the NYPD needs help catching a serial killer.

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