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E! Names Amy Introcaso-Davis Head of Programming

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Amy Introcaso-Davis is joining E! as head of programming, the network announced Tuesday. Introcaso-Davis is stepping in as executive vice president of development and production. She most recently worked at Gsn, where she helped develop hit shows such as “Skin Wars” and “The American Bible Challenge.” Prior to joining Gsn in 2011, she held roles at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, Bravo, Oxygen, Lifetime and Fox. She will take over for Jeff Olde, who helped spearhead E!’s foray into scripted programming after stepping into the role in March 2013. He exited last week. Also Read: Kim Kardashian Unloads on Trump as President: 'My Daughter Would.
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Amy Introcaso-Davis Joins E! as Head of Development and Production

Amy Introcaso-Davis has joined E! as head of development and production. The veteran unscripted executive comes to the NBCUniversal-owned cable channel from Gsn, where she oversaw programming.

Prior to to joining Gsn, Introcaso-Davis held programming positions at Bravo and Oxygen. At E! she will serve as executive VP, development and programming, reporting to the channel’s president, Adam Stotsky. She will lead all unscripted and development for E!

Amy brings extensive experience and a track record of success creating hit shows that appeal to women, as well as a deep understanding of today’s pop culture landscape,” said Stotsky. “I look forward to partnering with Amy as she leads our talented development and production team, and we continue to innovate and expand our slate of hit unscripted franchises that are rooted in pop culture and celebrity lifestyles.”

Introcaso-Davis oversaw development of Bravo’s “Real Housewives,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Flipping Out”; Oxygen’s “The Glee Project
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MGM TV Hires Barry Poznick to Lead Unscripted

Veteran producer Barry Poznick had been hired to head unscripted programming for MGM Television, the studio announced Thursday. The move is the first major hire made since Mark Burnett took over as president of the studio in December. As president of unscripted television, Poznick will report to Burnett and will lead the creative and development for all of MGM’s unscripted television content.

Poznick is a longtime producing colleague of Burnett, with the two having worked together on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” “How’d You Get So Rich?” and “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host.”

“I took my time in finding the absolute best president for MGM’s unscripted television group. Barry Poznick is it,” Burnett said. “In order to produce hit television shows you need to be able to create, to produce and to market, Barry Poznick can do it all. He has been successful in primetime network,
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Relativity Bankruptcy: Profitable TV Unit Sees Silver Lining in Chapter 11 Drama

Relativity Media is in the eye of a hurricane as a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plays out in court and the company’s Beverly Hills headquarters amid conflicting agendas among lenders, creditors, investors and the company’s embattled founder, Ryan Kavanaugh.

Across town at the Hollywood offices of Relativity Television, it’s business as usual. Or at least as much as Relativity Television chief Tom Forman can make it in the face of a very big image problem. In fact, he expects the division ultimately to be better off after the bankruptcy reorganization as it will likely lead to more funding or a better strategic partner for the profitable TV arm.

“Everything that was in production is still in production. Everybody who was working for us a month ago is still working for us,” Forman told Variety. “We’re pitching and selling new shows. Unfortunately, the Relativity Media bankruptcy is a
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One Unlikely Bidder for Relativity: Ryan Kavanaugh?

A rapid sale of Relativity Media or its pieces is expected to draw interest from a number of potential strategic buyers, though the proceeds are unlikely to come anywhere close to satisfying a long list of lenders and other creditors, experts said. Among the most surprising potential bidders for the company that Ryan Kavanaugh founded and then ran off the rails: Kavanaugh himself.

Even as Thursday’s bankruptcy filing seemed to loosen the entrepreneur’s grip on the entertainment company, sources said the Relativity CEO has been talking with potential partners about making a bid to hold on to some or all of Relativity. Kavanaugh has declined to comment on the company’s financial crisis, though he spoke in a prepared statement Thursday as if he expected to remain in control of 11-year-old Relativity.

“We remain firmly committed to our film and television businesses,” Kavanaugh said. “The actions we are
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Republicans vs. Democrats favorite TV shows revealed

Just in time for the election, EW has teamed with research firm Experian Marketing Services to present the favorite TV shows of Republicans and Democrats. Below are dozens of series whose audiences tend to skew heavily toward one political party or the other. To some extent, the results confirm partisan stereotypes: Dem favorites include snarky comedies like NBC's Community, Saturday Night Live, and IFC's Portlandia, liberal-messaging shows such as Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom; plus there's a dash of science-based programming like Fox's Cosmos miniseries and PBS' Nova.
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‘Men in Blazers': How Producer Michael Davies Became a TV Soccer Commentator

‘Men in Blazers': How Producer Michael Davies Became a TV Soccer Commentator
From Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” to Gsn’s “The American Bible Challenge,” prolific producer Michael Davies has had no less than half a dozen series and pilots in the hopper at any given time during the past few years at his Sony Pictures TV-based Embassy Row banner.

With all this activity, what could make Davies take a detour into working as on-air talent himself? In a word: soccer. A podcast that Davies started with friend and fellow soccer nut Roger Bennett has evolved into a half-hour weekly series that bows tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. “Men in Blazers” will run Monday nights throughout the Premier League soccer season, which wraps in May.

“It was really very organic,” Davies said of the program’s transition to television. “It wasn’t any sort of grand plan. We just wanted to see where it took us and this is where it has.
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Daytime Emmys 2014: The winners list

Daytime Emmys 2014: The winners list
The biggest winner at Sunday’s live-streamed Daytime Emmy Awards, emceed by Kathy Griffin, was Steve Harvey, who took home two prizes: one for his eponymous talk show and one as the host of the syndicated Family Feud. Among soap operas, The Young and the Restless dominated, nabbing Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Billy Miller), and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Amelia Heinle), among other awards.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Outstanding Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Days of Our Lives (NBC)

One Life to Live (Toln.com)

Winner: The Young and the Restless (CBS
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Daytime Emmys: Y&R Dominates Soap Pack; AMC and Oltl Get 3 Wins Each

Daytime Emmys: Y&R Dominates Soap Pack; AMC and Oltl Get 3 Wins Each
The 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held Sunday at the Beverly Hills Hilton, hosted by expletive-happy comedienne Kathy Griffin and streamed online at DaytimeEmmys.net, home of the most dreadful pre-show ever.

CBS’ The Young and the Restless came away as this year’s big winner, grabbing gold five times at Sunday night’s main gala, including for Outstanding Drama and for Lead Actor. Sister sudser The Bold and the Beautiful was shut out at the big show, but had scored four statuettes at Friday night’s Creative Arts awards ceremony (see winners list).

NBC’s Days of Our Lives
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Daytime Emmy Award Winners and Nominees (Complete List)

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Daytime Emmy Award Winners and Nominees (Complete List)
Winners are listed in bold. Outstanding Drama Series The Bold and the Beautiful CBS Days of Our Lives NBC One Life To Live Toln.com The Young and the Restless CBS *Winner Outstanding Game Show The American Bible Challenge Game Show Network The Chase Game Show Network Jeopardy! Syndicated *Winner Let's Make A Deal CBS The Price Is Right CBS Wheel of Fortune Syndicated Outstanding Morning Program CBS Sunday Morning CBS CBS This Morning CBS Good Morning America ABC *Winner Today Show NBC Outstanding Talk Show / Informative The Chew ABC The Dr. Oz Show Syndicated Dr. Phil Syndicated Steve Harvey
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Here Are the Big Winners From the Daytime Emmy Awards 2014

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday evening. Hosted by Kathy Griffin, the ceremony streamed live via the Daytime Emmy Awards website, and honored achievements in daytime programming, including talk shows, soaps, game shows, culinary programs, and more.

Here is a list of the night's big winners:

Supporting Actor, Drama

Eric Martsolf, "Days of Our Lives" *Winner

Bradford Anderson, "General Hospital"

Steve Burton, "The Young and the Restless"

Scott Clifton, "The Bold and the Beautiful"

Dominic Zamprogna, "General Hospital"

Supporting Actress, Drama

Amelia Heinle, "The Young and the Restless" *Winner

Melissa Claire Egan, "The Young and the Restless"

Jane Elliot, "General Hospital"

Elizabeth Hendrickson, "The Young and the Restless"

Kelly Sullivan, "General Hospital"

Culinary Host

Bobby Flay *Winner

Giada De Laurentiis

April Bloomfield and Sean Brock

Rachael Ray

Culinary Program

"The Mind of a Chef" *Winner

"A Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking
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2014 Daytime Emmy Nominations: Soap Operas Lead The Pack, 'Ellen' & 'Gma' Get Nods

Nominations for the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday, May 1.

Daytime Emmy Award Nominations

Leading in nominations for the 2014 Daytime Emmys are soap operas The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital. The three aforementioned soaps and One Life to Live are all nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

Acting nominations went to Eileen Davidson (Days of Our Lives), Katherine Kelly Lang (The Bold and the Beautiful), Peter Bergman (Young and the Restless), Jason Thompson (General Hospital) Melissa Claire Egan (Young and the Restless), Jane Elliot (General Hospital), Steve Burton (Young and the Restless) and Eric Martsolf (Days of Our Lives) among others.

Outstanding Informative Talk Show nods were awarded to The Chew, The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Phil and Steve Harvey. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Rachel Ray, The Talk and The View are all nominated for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show.
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Debbie DeMontreux Joins Embassy Row As Svp Developing & Programming

Former IFC head of original programming Debbie DeMontreux has joined Michael Davies’ Sony TV-owned production company Embassy Row as Svp of Development & Programming. DeMontreux, who is starting this month, will oversee development of new projects as well as all programming currently in production. DeMonreux spent 25 years at AMC Networks, most recently as Svp of Original Programming at IFC for the last 7 years, until resigning at the end of last year. Under her watch, IFC launched its flagship comedy series, Portlandia, as well as Comedy Bang! Bang!, Maron, sketch comedy The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller; and Will Ferrell’s miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. DeMontreux was also instrumental in bringing R. Kelly’s hip hop opera, Trapped in the Closet, to IFC. Embassy Row, run by founder/president Davies, is behind Sony TV’s successful Talking after-show franchise, which includes AMC’s Talking Dead and Talking Bad,
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Gsn Ready to Show Some ‘Skin’ with Rebecca Romijn

Building on the momentum of the most-watched year in the cabler’s history, Gsn execs told advertisers at Tuesday’s upfront that they are focused on transforming its audience with non-traditional game and competition series such as “Skin Wars” hosted by Rebecca Romijn.

Romijn was on hand to tout the eight-episode series that seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country.

John Zaccario, Gsn exec veep of advertising sales, said that he is counting on the show to broaden net’s appeal. Gsn has long had an older-skewing aud by virtue of its focus on traditional gameshows, which tend to draw the 50-plus crowd. Gsn has yet to set a premiere date for the show.

“ ‘Skin Wars’ is probably the biggest swing we are going to take to transform the audience,” Zaccario said. “That show, probably more than any other (we have) has the potential
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Gsn Greenlights Original Series ‘Idiot Test’, Re-Ups ‘The Chase’, Sets Season 3 Premiere Date For ‘American Bible Challenge’, Unveils 2014 Slate

Gsn has greenlit original series Idiot Test, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, it announced today at its upfront in New York. Gsn ordered 40 episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut later this year. It also re-upped hit series The Chase and set premiere dates for returning The American Bible Challenge and new original series It Takes A Church as it unveiled its 2014 development slate. The network ordered 13 episodes of Chase for Season 3, which is slated to air this year. Hosted by Brooke Burns, with Mark Labbett, The Chase has been seen by more than 15 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013, Gsn says. The network also announced that the third season of its highest-rated original series of all time, American Bible Challenge, will premiere May 22 at 8 Pm with two back-to-back original episodes. It will continue with new episodes Thursdays at 8 Pm. The upcoming original series It Takes
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Gsn Greenlights ‘It Takes A Church’

Gsn has ordered eight one-hour episodes of new original series It Takes A Church. Hosted by singer-songwriter Natalie Grant, each episode features members of a Christian congregation playing matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. At the end of the competition, the unattached parishioner will decide which suitor to put his or her faith in. The congregant who brought the chosen suitor will win a donation for his/her church. It Takes A Church is scheduled to debut in mid-2014. Authentic Entertainment is producing for Gsn, with Tom Rogan and Lauren Lexton serving as executive producers along with Richard Hall (The Amazing Race) of Great Blue Productions. Sean Kelly is consulting producer. Gsn has seen huge ratings success with another religious-themed competition show, the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted The American Bible Challenge, its highest-rated original series ever. It returns for Season 3 in 2014.
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Gsn Orders ‘It Takes A Church’ to Series

Gsn has greenlit matchmaking series “It Takes A Church,” slating the competition program for a mid-2014 debut.

With Natalie Grant serving as host, each episode of “Church” features members of a Christian congregation as they compete to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. Gsn ordered eight episodes of the show from Authentic Entertainment.

“‘It Takes A Church’ is truly a competition show with heart, in every sense of the word,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, exec veep of programming at the cabler. “With the breakout success of our original series ‘The American Bible Challenge,’ we have learned that audiences are clamoring to see people with their faith creating positive change in the world.”

Greenlight not only builds on Gsn’s Christian-centric programming, but also continues to expand Gsn’s brand beyond shiny floor gameshow formats and into the lifestyle competition space.

Tom Rogan, Lauren Lexton and Richard Hall are exec producing “It Takes A Church.
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CAA Signs Blue Collar Comic Jeff Foxworthy

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CAA Signs Blue Collar Comic Jeff Foxworthy
Exclusive: CAA has signed comedian Jeff Foxworthy and will represent him in all areas. Foxworthy is a big earner in the heartland: He’s the biggest-selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, author of more than 26 books. He’s also a founding member of the Blue Collar Comedy group, which did one of the more successful stand-up tours ever. Foxworthy, who had been repped by Paradigm, is also an avid outdoorsman who has built a merchandising empire based on his blue collar brand. The agency will rep Foxworthy Outdoors, the lifestyle and branding company headed by CEO Larry Burns. Related: UTA Signs Top Touring Comedian Jeff Dunham In film and TV, Foxworthy most recently reprised his voice role of Handy Smurf in The Smurfs 2 for Sony Pictures Animation, and he is hosting the third season of The American Bible Challenge for Gsn. He’s coming off
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Gaming the System

Gaming the System
When it comes to programming gameshows on television today, what is the most important element?

A) Live viewing

B) A novel format

C) Celeb talent

D) App integration

The answer to that isn’t a simple one, as many producers and network execs have come to realize in recent years.

With the primetime heyday of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Deal or No Deal” now a syndicated memory on television lineups, broadcast and cable networks are facing new challenges when launching gameshows in today’s market, thanks to the proliferation of high-speed Internet hookups, social media platforms and DVR use.

Yet execs — including NBC’s alternative chief Paul Telegdy — see gameshows as an opportunity to tap into something more “retro” in order to capture ratings and the public’s attention.

“What’s working on broadcast today are big, live events: American football, baseball, the Grammys, the Academy Awards,
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The American Bible Challenge: Season Three Renewal for Gsn Series

Gsn has renewed their most popular game show -- The American Bible Challenge -- for a third season.

Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, the one-hour game show will return in 2014 with nine new episodes. Grammy winner Kirk Franklin, who joined the show as musical co-host this season, will also return.

Of the renewal, Foxworthy said, "I am happy the show has been received so well and through it we have been able to help many people that are in need."

Tom Forman, the CEO of Relativity Television, said, "Sometimes a show perfectly hits that sweet spot of exciting competition blended with real heart, and that's the story of The American Bible Challenge. Our TV and online fans can look forward to another fantastic ride in our third season."

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