9 items from 2014
The "Pawn Star" patriarch known as The Old Man was unwittingly lured into helping a violent motorcycle gang beat serious criminal charges ... so claims The Old Man's son.The Old Man recently hosted a Valentine's Day party for the infamous Vagos biker gang at his Vegas home. The gang wanted The Old Man to host because of his fame, banking on the fact that lots of people would attend and plunk money down to win various raffles. »
- TMZ Staff
Even more changes are afoot for the Primetime Emmy Awards, especially in the Miniseries/Movie category. The Television Academy announced late Wednesday that several award categories have been altered “to ensure that the Primetime Emmy Awards accurately celebrates the excellence in our ever-evolving industry.” Among the shifts:
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie is getting split
In 2011, two formerly separate categories were combined “due to a general industry downtrend of the genre,” the TV Academy writes. But after an uptick in quality miniseries and movies, the Academy has decided to separate the categories once more this year — though only for the overall program award. »
- Hillary Busis
The TV academy has responded to the overwhelming number of reality television series by splitting that decade-old category into two: Structured and Unstructured. nominated "Duck Dynasty" and "Pawn Stars" represent the Unstructured shows. The Reality Program prize was introduced in 2004. Of the 10 races to date, there has been an uneven split between structured and unstructured programs with the former winning seven times while the latter claimed only three Emmys. Related: Emmys split Voice-over Performance prize in two: Narrator and Character Structured shows won the first three races: "Queer Eye for the Straight »
Movies and miniseries will once again be their own separate categories at this year’s Emmys, as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voted Thursday night to undo a three-year-old change that consolidated the two awards.
The board of governors’ vote approving the rules change was initiated after a petition from several constituencies within the TV industry, led by FX network, home of the anthology series “American Horror Story,” which is submitted as a miniseries; and 20th Century Fox Television, which produces that program.
HBO, whose prestige movies have been competing with multi-part productions in recent years, also signed on, along with more than 30 network and studio execs.
Although the programs will again be separate, awards for actors, writers and directors in the two genres will remain combined. As a consolation, however, the board also voted to expand the number of nominees from five to six, recognizing the breadth of »
- Brian Lowry
Almost three months after 150 writers and producers from Sharp Entertainment filed for a National Labor Relations Board election to join the WGA East, they’ve become union members. Ballots for an election held last month were counted February 3, the guild said today. The now-members work or recently worked as staffers on Sharp’s Pawn Stars, Doomsday Preppers, Fatal Encounters and other series. ”We are very pleased that the writer-producers at Sharp have voted to become part of the Wgae,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East, in a statement today. “We anticipate entering a collective bargaining agreement with Sharp that includes the provisions we have won for writer-producers employed by other nonfiction TV production companies, he added. The announcement comes as the WGA enters its second week of talks with producers on a new labor deal. Related: WGA Contract Talks Brittle In Opening Days Over “Ridiculous” AMPTP Proposals »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Rob Miller’s New York-based entertainment agency Peleton, whose clients include Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars) and Paper Route (Yukon Men), has acquired Creative Media, founded by entertainment and marketing exec Todd Berger, Miller announced today. Berger will lead Peleton’s expansion into scripted TV and animation, feature film and branded entertainment sector. Concurrently, Peleton agent Dan Pine heads to Los Angeles to open Peleton’s West Coast offices. Berger founded Creative Media in 2009 and has represented such companies as Ogilvy Entertainment, Skechers, Leftfield Pictures, Ketchum Labs, Tricon, Sundance Channel, IFC, and Nine8 Entertainment. Prior to forming Creative Media, Berger was Head of Television at Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) where he developed and sold TV projects across broadcast and cable. While at Peleton, Pine worked on deals for the Buying franchise (Buying Alaska, Buying Bayou, Buying Hawaii) for Destination America, and Web Of Lies for Discovery ID. Prior to Peleton, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
After an autistic boy reached out to the History Channel star to sell his Game Boy, Harrison sent the fan a very sweet letter. The boy's mother shared Harrison's letter on Reddit, explaining that she'd sent her son's letter to Harrison, along with a note of her own, detailing her son's condition and his love of the show.
"Little J is a huge fan of the TV show, 'Pawn Stars' and he talks about the show incessantly," the mother says. "I encouraged him to write them a letter, which he did, and he offered to sell his Game Boy to them for $30. I added a cover letter, describing J and his autism, and although I told them that I didn't expect them to actually buy his [Game Boy], I did »
The appraisers of “Antiques Roadshow” were asked Tuesday to appraise some of the shows that have borrowed from their format. Ever seen them gently break the news that grandma’s wedding ring is worthless? It was kind of like that. Series executive producer Marsha Bemko and appraisers Laura Woolley and Wes Cowan were asked at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Tuesday what they thought of shows like “Storage Wars” and “Pawn Stars,” in which people present forgotten items that they hope will pay off their mortgages. Also read: ‘Storage Wars’ Lawsuit: A&E Strikes Back at Claims Show Is Fake Bemko started. »
- Tim Molloy
Rick Harrison comes off as gruff on his TV show, Pawn Stars, but he showed a sweeter, softer side of his personality in a note he wrote to a young fan. Harrison, 48, who runs the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, got a fan letter from a young boy with autism and he was so touched by the note that he responded. The boy's mom, who goes by the screen name MrsLeslie, posted Harrison's letter on Reddit, explaining, "Little J is a huge fan of the TV show, Pawn Stars and he talks about the show incessantly. I encouraged »
- K.C. Blumm
9 items from 2014
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