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Watch: New Trailer For 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Brings The Struggle For Freedom To Big Screen

22 November 2013 2:21 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Based on an inspiring true story, led in front of the camera by Idris Elba and guided behind the camera by Justin Chadwick ("The Fifth Grader"), it would seem that "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" would tick all the Oscar bait boxes with ease. And yet, ready to hit theaters next week, buzz is rather non-existent for the rigorously respectful film. After trying a U2 driven spot, and one blazin' with hip hop beatz, a more traditional trailer (still with a bit of U2) has been unveiled and yeah, it looks exactly as is. Idris Elba plays the South African leader in a movie that looks like it'll encapsulate his story quite well, but what's missing is any kind of edge. Not that this movie needs to amped up and turned on its head, but perhaps it would've been better delivered with a bit of vitality instead of sheer reverence for the story being told. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Electus, Barry Poznick Launch New TV Production Company, Barracuda

18 September 2013 7:26 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Multimedia entertainment studio Electus and “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” creator Barry Poznick have joined together to create the new TV production company Barracuda Television Productions. The company, which aims to develop and produce premium domestic and international unscripted programming, will be based in Los Angeles. Also read: Electus Gets International Rights to Showtime’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ As co-ceo and founder of Zoo Productions, Poznick created and produced dozens of hits airing in more than 150 countries, including “Fifth Grader” and “Buckwild.” Poznick has also hosted Own’s “Are You Normal, America?” His shows have aired on NBC, »

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Zoo Prods.’ Barry Poznick Launches Company, Partners With Electus

18 September 2013 7:04 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Barry Poznick, co-founder and co-ceo of Zoo Prods, is going out on his own, launching Barracuda Television Prods. The new production company has entered a partnership with Electus to develop and produce unscripted programming. Poznick spent the last two decades at Zoo Prods., which he co-founded with John Stevens in 1994, generating such series as Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Buckwild and Family Game Night. Additionally, Poznick has also hosted Own’s Are You Normal, America?. The deal was brokered by CAA and Jeanne Newman. »


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Mike Darnell to Exit Fox, Ending Era for Colorful Exec

24 May 2013 1:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

An era has ended at Fox with Friday’s news that Mike Darnell is stepping down after 18 years as a top programming exec at the network.

Darnell confirmed he would step down from his post as prexy of alternative entertainment at Fox when his contract is up next month. Darnell and Fox positioned the departure as his decision, but his departure comes on the heels of “American Idol” falling to record lows and a mixed track record for the network in unscripted programming of late. On Thursday, Fox’s most recent competition reality skein, “Does Someone Have to Go?,” bowed to a weak 1.3 rating/4 share in the adults 18-49 demographic in the 9 p.m. slot behind “Hell’s Kitchen.”

See Also: Mike Darnell’s Greatest Hits

Nonetheless, Darnell has been a pillar of the network for nearly 20 yeas, and his departure promoted a comment from the big boss, News Corp. »

- Andrew Wallenstein and Cynthia Littleton

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