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Watch Zac Efron, Adam Devine Get Raunchy in 'Wedding Dates' Trailer

8 February 2016 9:53 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Trampoline accidents, porn binging, Zac Efron crying some very snotty tears, Adam Devine hitting his sister with an Atv and Anna kendrick and Aubrey Plaza getting superfreaky — these are just a few of highlights of the first trailer for the raunchy summer comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Devine and Efron star as Mike and Dave, a pair of fratboy-ish siblings who "rile each other up," as their father indicates. Their family decides that in order to avoid the pair's destructive antics ruining their sister's marriage, the boys need »

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Debmar-Mercury’s Mort Marcus & Ira Bernstein Re-Up With Lionsgate

20 January 2016 6:47 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Debmar-Mercury co-founders and co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein have signed new long-term agreements with Lionsgate.  The two have been at at the studio since 2006, when Lionsgate acquired their Debmar-Mercury production and distribution company. Debmar-Mercury's roster of programming includes the nationally-syndicated The Wendy Williams Show; Celebrity Name Game, which Debmar-Mercury co-produces with FremantleMedia North America and distributes in the U.S.… »

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Debmar-Mercury Chiefs Set New Contracts with Liongate

20 January 2016 6:32 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus have set new employment contracts with Liongate to remain at the helm of the busy Debmar-Mercury syndication outfit as co-presidents.

Debmar-Mercury was acquired by Lionsgate in 2006 but has operated autonomously from the rest of Lionsgate’s TV operation. Bernstein and Marcus, both syndic biz veterans, formed the company in 2004 when they merged their respective indie shingles.

“Mort and Ira are fantastic partners and we’re proud to extend our alliance with them for many years to come,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “They have built a visionary and entrepreneurial company that is the gold standard in television distribution and production, and they are an integral part of the continuing growth, diversification and scalability of our global television operations.”

The pair’s long-term contracts were unveiled Wednesday during the National Association of Television Program Executives gathering in Miami. Debmar-Mercury on Tuesday announced renewals for its strips “The Wendy Williams Show, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Wendy Williams Show: Renewed Through 2020 on Fox Stations

19 January 2016 4:27 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Debmar-Mercury has announced its syndicated TV series, The Wendy Williams Show, has been renewed by Fox stations through the 2019-2020 television season. Hosted by radio shock-jock, Williams, the program features segments common to daytime talk shows, like "Hot Topics," and celebrity gossip.

From Debmar-Mercury and 20th Television, The Wendy Williams show is also commonly syndicated to The CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates, as well as other network-affiliated stations, market depending.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Renewed Through 2019-20 Season on Fox Stations

19 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Wendy Williams Show” has been renewed through the 2019-20 television season on the Fox Television Stations, Debmar-Mercury announced Tuesday.

The nationally syndicated talk show has also been renewed on stations belonging to Media General and Cox, clearing the show in more than 50% of the U.S. heading into Natpe.

The renewal will keep “Wendy” on air through its 11th season. During the November 2015 sweeps period, the talk show finished either No. 1 or 2 in the key demo of women 25-54 in 55% of the U.S. and 20 of the top-25 markets.

Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, Co-Presidents of Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury said in a statement, “Wendy’s across-the-board strength in the demo most important to advertisers has made this talk show an indispensable part of stations’ daytime schedules. With these renewals, our valuable station partners can be assured this key lynchpin of their lineups will continue for many years to come, especially »

- Laura Prudom

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‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Renewed By Fox Stations Through 2019-2020 Season

19 January 2016 9:55 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Wendy Williams Show comes from humble beginnings — a rare daytime talker not headlined by a household TV name that started with a six-week trial run on the Fox stations in summer 2008. Fueled by strong demo numbers, Debmar-Mercury’s show hosted by radio personality Wendy Williams was cleared for a nationwide launch in fall 2009. It quickly took hold, and now it has received another three-year renewal by the Fox stations. Combined with renewals on stations belonging to… »

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Natpe Q&A: Fox’s Frank Cicha Talks Daytime TV Woes, Program Tests and Taking More Swings

18 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Frank Cicha, senior VP of programming for Fox Television Stations, is one of the most influential players in the syndication business. He’s a 25-year Fox veteran who started out at the Twentieth Television distribution arm before moving to the station group in 1997. In preparation for the TV biz’s annual National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Miami this week, Cicha weighed in with Variety on the challenges facing the first-run sector and steps that station owners and distributors can take to help boost its fortunes.

Why has daytime TV become so brutal for new shows?

If I wanted to defend what’s gone on in daytime, I could say much of the problem with new shows has to do to with audience fragmentation. That’s partially true. But if I wanted to be honest, I’d say much of the problem has to do with two other things. »

- Frank Cicha and Cynthia Littleton

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Ice Cube ‘Not Pissed’ About ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Oscars Snub (Video)

14 January 2016 5:18 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” was one of the notable shutouts at the Oscar nominations on Thursday morning, when it received just one nod for Best Original Screenplay and was totally snubbed in the Best Picture and Actor categories. While social media exploded with disgruntled messages about the lack of diversity at the Oscars once again — sparking the revival of last year’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag — the hit movie’s producer and subject Ice Cube said on “The Wendy Williams Show” later Thursday afternoon that he isn’t “pissed” about being overlooked by the Academy. “I was surprised you »

- Debbie Emery

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Ice Cube Says He 'Can't Be Mad' About Straight Outta Compton Snub: 'It's the Oscars, They Do What They Do'

14 January 2016 12:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Straight Outta Compton might have been one of the biggest snubs in the Best Picture category when the 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday, but Ice Cube, a driving force behind the film, said he "can't be mad" about it. The star, a producer on the highly personal project, appeared on The Wendy Williams Show shortly after the nominations were announced Thursday and matter-of-factly agreed when Williams told him she was "expecting more" nominations for the movie that chronicles hip-hop group N.W.A.'s rise to fame. (Ice Cube, of course, is a founding member of the group, and real-life son »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Ice Cube Says He 'Can't Be Mad' About Straight Outta Compton Snub: 'It's the Oscars, They Do What They Do'

14 January 2016 12:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Straight Outta Compton might have been one of the biggest snubs in the Best Picture category when the 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday, but Ice Cube, a driving force behind the film, said he "can't be mad" about it. The star, a producer on the highly personal project, appeared on The Wendy Williams Show shortly after the nominations were announced Thursday and matter-of-factly agreed when Williams told him she was "expecting more" nominations for the movie that chronicles hip-hop group N.W.A.'s rise to fame. (Ice Cube, of course, is a founding member of the group, and real-life son »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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