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Electus Promotes John Pollak to President of Worldwide Television, International (Exclusive)

Electus has promoted veteran executive John Pollak to the role of president of world television and international.

Pollak, who has served as president of Electus International since 2012, will now oversee the global rollout of Electus’ scripted and unscripted content, including development, production and current programming, as well as international co-productions and deficit-financing of scripted projects. He also will continue to lead Electus International, the company’s distribution business that includes more than 4,000 hours of content sold to over 220 countries around the world. He will report to Electus CEO Chris Grant.

Before joining Electus in 2012, Pollak was executive vice president and head of worldwide sales at Shine International, managing global sales and distribution of programming from across the Shine Group companies, and driving sales for formats like “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” “The Biggest Loser,” “American Gladiators,” “The Moment of Truth,” and “MasterChef.” Pollak and Grant, then the head of Shine International, were
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Goosebumps Artist Tim Jacobus Reveals Cover For Unpublished Goosebumps 2000 Book

It’s probably safe to assume that part of what led R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps books to sell over 400 million copies worldwide was due to the amazing hand painted cover illustrations from artist Tim Jacobus. The Incredible Shrinking Fifth Grader… Continue Reading →

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11-Year-Old Make-a-Wish Meteorologist Prodigy Reads National Weather Report!

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Fifth grader Ryland Mishura, 11, had his dream come in front of a live national audience. Mishura was invited onto “Weather Center Live” with meteorologists Alex Wallace and Maria Larosa. The 11-year-old looked sharp in his blue shirt and patterned tie as he delivered a spot-on forecast of the weather. Related: Ed Sheeran Reacts To Viral Photo […]
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Chicago Med Season 2 Episode 14 Review: Cold Front

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Things started off so well on Chicago Med Season 2 Episode 14.

Well, for the audience anyway. A massive pileup and a shortage of both personnel and supplies sucked for the residents of #OneChicago. Unfortunately for everyone, things went downhill from there.

Don't get me wrong, there was a lot to love about "Cold Front." Getting the docs out into the city and working on scene was excellent. The cases were connected and strong. But then the entire Ed team seemed to suffer from collective stupidity.

Excuse me while I vent; I'll get to raving about everything that was great in just a minute.

In a blizzard situation, with a mass casualty event, I'm pretty sure you don't have to be Smarter Than A Fifth Grader to immediately start setting up a blood drive. I mean, these people all have had medical training, right? 

The delay in organizing donors made the resolution
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Barry Poznick Named Unscripted Head at Mark Burnett’s MGM TV

  • The Wrap
Barry Poznick has been named President, Unscripted Television by Mark Burnett at MGM TV, the company announced on Thursday. The veteran producer of shows including “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” and founder of Zoo Productions will oversee all of the MGM’s unscripted television development. He will report directly to Burnett, who was named president of MGM Television and Digital Group last year. “I took my time in finding the absolute best president for MGM’s unscripted television group. Barry Poznick is it,” Burnett said in a statement. “In order to produce hit television shows you need to be able to create,
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Turner’s David Eilenberg Named President of ITV Entertainment (Exclusive)

ITV America has recruited TNT and TBS alternative programming chief David Eilenberg to head its ITV Entertainment banner as president.

Eilenberg takes over the post that was vacated last summer by producer Orly Adelson. ITV Entertainment is home to unscripted series including Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” E!’s “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” and A&E’s “The First 48.”

“David is one of the smartest, most well-liked and talented people in our business. With a vast creative and production background that encompasses breakthrough international franchises for network and cable alike, as well as being an experienced and artful buyer, David is in a unique position to lead ITV Entertainment,” ITV America president Montgomery said. “This is a time when the ability to adeptly and sensitively navigate a complex and changing TV landscape has never been more critical. In this regard, David Eilenberg is simply a home run for all of us at ITV.
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The 50 Most Annoying movie cliches: Part One

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Movie cliches...Where would the film industry be without them? We don't know but we'd like to find out. Everyone recognizes them when they see them. We roll our eyes and write annoyed posts on the internet about the lazy scriptwriting. Cinelinx has collected the 50 worst movie cliches. Come in to see part one of our list.

The Extra-large Air Vent:

If the hero is locked in a room by the bad guys, there is a usually a huge air vent in the wall, big enough to crawl through. And better still, the front grill is not screwed into the wall. It can easily be removed with no tools.

Binoculars Views:

When we see point-of-view shot through binoculars in films, we will invariably see that double-o shape, although if you’ve ever looked through real binoculars, you won’t see that.

The Lethal Cough:

Coughing in a film indicates a terminal disease.
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Paris Isn't a Country and More of the Biggest Game Show Fails of All Time

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Paris Isn't a Country and More of the Biggest Game Show Fails of All Time
This week, a lucky pair of Wheel of Fortune contestants solved the prize puzzle only to subsequently demonstrate an embarrassingly slim grasp of world geography. Guessing that the "Gondola Ride Through Venice" prize meant they were heading to the country of "Paris," winners David and wife Keri instantly made us all feel a little bit better about our own knowledge of Europe. The shining moment had us reminiscing about some other memorable game show gems. It had already been a baffling month in the world of television competitions before David and Keri came along: Earlier in February, a synonym-challenged clan
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Paris Isn't a Country and More of the Biggest Game Show Fails of All Time

  • PEOPLE.com
Paris Isn't a Country and More of the Biggest Game Show Fails of All Time
This week, a lucky pair of Wheel of Fortune contestants solved the prize puzzle only to subsequently demonstrate an embarrassingly slim grasp of world geography. Guessing that the "Gondola Ride Through Venice" prize meant they were heading to the country of "Paris," winners David and wife Keri instantly made us all feel a little bit better about our own knowledge of Europe. The shining moment had us reminiscing about some other memorable game show gems. It had already been a baffling month in the world of television competitions before David and Keri came along: Earlier in February, a synonym-challenged clan
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TV Ad Prices: Football, ‘Empire,’ ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ Top The List

TV Ad Prices: Football, ‘Empire,’ ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ Top The List
Football is having a tougher time scoring a touchdown with advertisers.

Pigskin perennials like NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and Espn’s “Monday Night Football” have long commanded some of TV’s highest ad prices, and continue to do so today. But those programs’ ability to secure more money for commercials that accompany their content is being squeezed by a growing horde of flesh-eating zombies and a contentious group of music moguls.

Of TV’s three primetime football programs, only one –“Sunday Night Football” – was able to command higher ad prices from sponsors compared with a year ago, according to a Variety analysis of primetime ad costs for the 2015-2016 season. And in the case of the increase, the hike was meager: The average price for a 30-second spot in “Sunday Night Football” rose just 2.2%, according to Variety’s study, which is put together using estimates from as many as
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Ratings: NBC Tops Tuesday of Several Season Finales Thanks to ‘Talent,’ ‘Hollywood Game Night’

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Ratings: NBC Tops Tuesday of Several Season Finales Thanks to ‘Talent,’ ‘Hollywood Game Night’
The “Hollywood Game Night” season finale and its lead-in “America’s Got Talent” handed NBC its usual summer Tuesday victory last night. CBS finished second with just a rerun of “NCIS” and an original “Zoo” episode. The Spanish-language nets tied for third in the key 18-49 demographic as ABC’s soft season of “Extreme Weight Loss” came to a sad ending. Fox tied for fifth with ABC in the main demo as “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader’s” rating rose in its own season finale. Also Read: Early Ratings: Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Debut Up 123 Percent From
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Tuesday Ratings: 'Hollywood Game Night' return caps NBC win, 'Zoo' is steady

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Tuesday Ratings: 'Hollywood Game Night' return caps NBC win, 'Zoo' is steady
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 7, 2015. "America's Got Talent" and a decent return for "Hollywood Game Night" helped NBC cruise to Tuesday night victory overall and crush the competition in the key demographic.  The night's other notable was very solid Week 2 retention for CBS' "Zoo," which was down only 0.1 in the key demo and a few hundred-thousand viewers overall. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.0 rating for Tuesday night, dominating in the key demographic. CBS was a distant second with a 0.9 key demo rating, followed by ABC's 0.6 key demo rating and the 0.5 key demo rating for Fox. The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating for the night, a number that looks to be preemption-inflated. Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 8.71 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/9 share for Tuesday primetime. CBS was a solid second with nearly 7 million viewers and a 4.6/8 for the night. ABC's 2.27 million viewers
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FremantleMedia Latin America, Marco Antonio Regil Partner for Formats

FremantleMedia Latin America, Marco Antonio Regil Partner for Formats
Madrid – Tying down one of the best-known alternative TV hosts in Mexico and the U.S. Latino market, FremantleMedia Latin America (Fmla) has inked a non-exclusive pact with Marco Antonio Regil’s Rgl Entertainment to co-develop and jointly produce entertainment, lifestyle and healthy living properties.

Fmla’S development team, headed by Constanza Cagliolo, will lead FremantleMedia’s development, targeting mainstream and niche audiences.

The partnership comes as FremantleMedia, part of leading European network Rtl Group, is placing a larger emphasis on emerging markets in general, and Latin America in particular.

The Regil partnership looks not only toward Latin America but the U.S. Latino market as well, with Regil teaming in 2012 to create the U.S. West Coast-based Rgl Ent. with business partner David Steinberg and vet U.S. producer Ron Lyon.

Regil is best known for hosting Mexican formats of “The Price Is Right,” “Dancing With the Stars” and
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Fox Premiere Dates: Scream Queens' Big Bow, Bones/Sleepy Combo Lands October Launch and More

Fox Premiere Dates: Scream Queens' Big Bow, Bones/Sleepy Combo Lands October Launch and More
Fox is the final broadcast network to unveil its fall premiere plan, and turns out Scream Queens star Emma Roberts left out a rather crucial detail when she revealed the show’s Sept. 22 premiere date on Twitter earlier this week: Ryan Murphy’s horror satire will launch with a two-hour episode.

PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars

Elsewhere, Gotham is the first series out of the gate (Sept. 21, paired with new drama Minority Report), Empire (as previously reported) returns Sept. 23, and Thursday’s Bones/Sleepy Hollow combo platter launches on the late side (Oct.
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Ratings: ‘Fifth Grader,’ ‘World’s Funniest’ Send Fox to Fifth-Place Tuesday Tie With Telemundo

Ratings: ‘Fifth Grader,’ ‘World’s Funniest’ Send Fox to Fifth-Place Tuesday Tie With Telemundo
Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” landed the network in a fifth-place tie with Telemundo on Tuesday, when the Jeff Foxworthy show was coupled with a “World’s Funniest” special. NBC easily climbed to the top of the heap with “America’s Got Talent.” NBC was first in ratings with a 2.2 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “Talent” scored a 2.5/9 and 10.9 million viewers — both highs on the night. “I Can Do That” at 10 received a 1.4/5 and 5.1...
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Ratings: NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Dominates, Nears Season High Tuesday

Ratings: NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Dominates, Nears Season High Tuesday
After facing the NBA Finals the previous two weeks, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was back to its dominant ways Tuesday, standing as easily the night’s No. 1 program and approaching a season high. Original offerings on Fox and ABC, on the other hand, continued to underwhelm.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 2.5 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall, up 9% (0.2) from last week for the top rating for any Big Four series since the show’s season premiere on May 26 (2.6); and with an un-rounded 2.54 in the prelims, there’s a good chance of matching a season high in the nationals. Capping the winning night for NBC was first-year alternative series “I Can Do That” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth from its low of last week opposite the concluding Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

For the night,
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Weekly TV Ratings: Game Of Thrones Makes Huge Gains, Hannibal Premieres Low

The TV ratings for the week of Sunday, May 31st through Thursday, June 4th are in; here are some of the highlights: I usually don’t cover cable ratings, but this was definitely worth noting: Sunday night on HBO, Game of Thrones not only continued to dominate, but leapt up almost a full point from last week’s ratings, to a 3.4 in the key 18-49 demographic, and 7 million viewers. And “Hardhome” deserved it, too. Back on broadcast, ABC’s The Bachelorette jumped back up three tenths this week to a respectable 1.9 rating and 6.46 million viewers on Monday night at 8 p.m. [caption id="attachment_464153" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via ABC/caption] At 10 p.m. on ABC, the series premiere of The Whispers started off ok, with a 1.5 rating and 5.75 million viewers. Those numbers, plus The Bachelorette, gave ABC the win overall for the night. On Fox, the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance
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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Fifth Grader’ Slips Lower From Its D+ Premiere

Ratings: Fox’s ‘Fifth Grader’ Slips Lower From Its D+ Premiere
Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” didn’t quite score exemplary marks on Tuesday, one week after the show returned to the airwaves following a multi-year hiatus. To be fair to the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted competition, all follow-up episodes from last week’s broadcast network premieres were down last night. NBC easily topped primetime in both the key adults 18-49 demographic and in total viewers. There was a three-way tie for second in the demo between CBS, Fox and Univision. Also Read: Fox News' Megyn Kelly Teases Duggar Interview, Talks Big 'Gets' and Bigger Ratings NBC
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The best competitive kids on TV, including... a young Paul Walker?

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The best competitive kids on TV, including... a young Paul Walker?
Get out your Oed, because the National Spelling Bee is back. Let's celebrate by revisiting some awesome competitive kids on TV. Get ready for an amazing Paul Walker cameo.  1. Rebecca Sealfon screams to victory in the 1997 National Spelling Bee Rebecca Sealfon owned the '97 National Spelling Bee when she correctly spelled "euonym." The delirium is so damn special and unforgettable. Sealfon has since denounced the Bee because she says it devastates losing contestants, and while I sympathize, I'm glad she gave us this one-of-a-kind moment. 2. Leonard Cooper decimates the "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament with the greatest Final Jeopardy! ever. This is how you win a tournament. Leonard Cooper didn't know the answer to the World War II-themed Final Jeopardy! clue, so he just responded with, "Who is some guy in Normandy but I just won $75,000." Alex's response is perfect: "You did indeed!"  3. Remember when Paul Walker was on "I'm Telling"?  He certainly was.
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Bullseye, Boom, 500 Questions: A Guide to Summer 2015's Game Shows

Bullseye, Boom, 500 Questions: A Guide to Summer 2015's Game Shows
It's unofficially summer, which means that it's a perfect time for Fox to debut a new game show involving Twilight star Kellan Lutz and a bunch of people acting as human darts in an attempt to win $50,000. (Seriously, it's happening! On Wednesdays this summer!) As the days get longer and our attention spans get shorter, networks have swapped out their heavy dramas for fun programming, like a revival of early '00s game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader or the aforementioned Bullseye. Here's Us Weekly's [...]
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