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TV News Roundup: Fox News’ Jesse Watters to Interview President Trump, Baron Vaughn Gets Fusion Doc

TV News Roundup: Fox News’ Jesse Watters to Interview President Trump, Baron Vaughn Gets Fusion Doc
In today’s TV News Roundup, “Untold Stories of the ER” is renewed for a 12th season, Fusion announces a documentary following comedian Baron Vaughn in his search for his father, and Fox News Channel’s Jesse Watters will interview President Donald Trump.


Unscripted medical series “Untold Stories of the ER” has been renewed for a 12th season. The 10 new hourlong episodes will air on TLC and Discovery Life later this year. Production is currently underway. “Untold Stories of the ER” takes viewers inside cases of real life emergencies as reenacted and recounted by the patients themselves. Grb Entertainment produces for Discovery Life and TLC. Executive producers for Grb Entertainment are Gary R. Benz and Bob Niemack.


Fusion announced Tuesday a new, original, one-hour doc that follows actor/comedian Baron Vaughn (“Grace & Frankie”) as he searches for his unknown father. “Fatherless,” premiering April 2 at 9/8c, demonstrates Vaughn’s desire to be more than a statistic
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Emmy’s Reality Nominees Shift to Harder-Hitting Topics

Emmy’s Reality Nominees Shift to Harder-Hitting Topics
With an with an ever-expanding spate of reality shows on TV, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that there’s been a gradual shift away from light and fluffy unstructured programs to series with distinct and often socially relevant perspectives. This year’s nominees for the unstructured reality program Emmy reflect that change.

A&E’s “Born This Way” follows the lives of seven young adults with Down syndrome; Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” depicts the dangerous working conditions faced by Alaskan crab fishermen; Viceland’s “Gaycation With Ellen Page” explores the lives of Lgbtq people in various cultures around the world; A&E’s “Intervention” shows real-life addicts being confronted by their families and friends in attempts to save their lives; HBO’s “Project Greenlight” tracks the ups and downs of a first-time director taking a film through the entire production process; and CNN’s “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” investigates different subcultures
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‘Smosh: The Movie’: The Biggest Test Yet for Crossover Appeal of Digital Stars

‘Smosh: The Movie’: The Biggest Test Yet for Crossover Appeal of Digital Stars
Meet Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla — accidental international comedy superstars.

Ten years ago, the Internet-famous duo behind Smosh were teens hanging out in the Sacramento suburbs making funny videos and song parodies just for the hell of it, and sharing them with friends on this new site called YouTube.

Today, Smosh is a multimillion-dollar enterprise, counting more than 30 million subscribers across its six YouTube channels, and encompassing merchandise, comics and game apps. The guys are on the vanguard of a trend Hollywood is eyeing closely: They’re starring in “Smosh: The Movie,” a slapstick-y caper in which Hecox and Padilla teleport into different YouTubers’ channels in a quest to delete an embarrassing video of Anthony. The comedy is set for digital release July 24, after a red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles and fan screening in Anaheim, Calif., timed for the annual VidCon online-video confab.

“It’s something that the fans really wanted,
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YouTube Stars Jenn McAllister, Lauren Luthringshausen’s ‘Bad Night’ Gets Release

YouTube Stars Jenn McAllister, Lauren Luthringshausen’s ‘Bad Night’ Gets Release
Grb Entertainment has set a July 21 release for its first film, teen comedy “Bad Night,” with YouTube stars Lauren Luthringshausen and Jenn McAllister, Variety has learned exclusively.

Bad Night” will be released through Vimeo on Demand. The cast includes Matt Walsh (“Veep”), June Diane Raphael (“Grace & Frankie”), Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project”), Jack McBrayer, Molly Ringwald and Casey Wilson (“SNL”).

Luthringshausen and McAllister play high school students who are mistaken for famous art thieves after getting into the wrong car during a field trip. The duo — better known online as LoveLaurenElizabeth and JennXPenn — has nearly 3 million YouTube subscribers and over 4 million followers on their social media platforms.

Chris and Nick Riedell directed from Daniel Kinno’s script. A.J. Tesler produced with Luthringshausen and McAllister. Grb president Gary R. Benz and Michael Branton are the exec producers.

The Riedell siblings created the YouTube film “Camp Takota.” Grb has previously produced “Intervention” on A&E,
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Production Company Grb Entertainment Shops ‘Camp Takota’ Worldwide

In February 2014, Camp Takota became available for digital download. Since then, the feature film led by YouTube stars Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig, and Hannah Hart has been purchased several hundred thousand times. Now, a production company with an interest in digital stars is looking to add to the film's popularity. Grb Entertainment has announced it will shop Camp Takota internationally at Miptv.

Miptv, which occurs each year in Cannes, France, is one of the largest annual markets of TV and digital content. The 2015 edition runs between April 13-16. Grb Entertainment, which has aired its shows in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan, will use the event to search for international distributors for Camp Takota, which stars its three leads as friends who reunite at their former summer camp.

Grb, best known for producing reality TV, is one of the companies at the forefront of a recent trend that has
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‘Intervention’ Revived for New Season on Lmn

‘Intervention’ Revived for New Season on Lmn
Intervention” is coming back.

The show has been revived for a 14th season by A+E Networks group sibling Lmn, the network announced Monday. It previously ran on A&E for 13 seasons before getting canceled last year.

The docuseries profiled those who were brought the the brink by an addiction to drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior and documented the ensuing intervention. It won an Emmy in 2009 for outstanding reality program.

“Over the course of 13 seasons on A&E, Intervention wove itself into the fabric of pop culture and brought global awareness to addiction and treatment options,” Fyi & Lmn president Jana Bennett said in a statement. “The stories profiled on this series are profoundly powerful, and we are proud to continue it on Lmn.”

Original interventionists Jeff Van Vonderen and Candy Finnigan are set to return. It will be produced by the original producers, Grb Entertainment. Production will begin this summer,
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A&E Cancels ‘Intervention’ Reality Series

After 13 seasons, A&E‘s Intervention is coming to an end. The final five episodes of the Emmy-winning series will air beginning Thursday, June 13 at 9 Pm, the network announced today. Intervention brings attention to the social, economic and environmental cost of drug addiction, alcohol abuse and compulsive behavior. Each episode follows addicts through their daily life and the devastation their dependency has brought to their family and friends. Upon reaching the brink, their loved ones stage a surprise intervention conducted by one of four specialists. In the end, they are pushed to get the help they need with the hope of turning their lives around before it’s too late. Intervention is produced by Grb Entertainment for A&E Network. Gary Benz, Michael Branton and Dan Partland are executive producers. Sam Mettler is executive consultant. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Holcman.
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Kristin Chenoweth's Queen Freak and Harry Connick Jr.'s When Angels Sing Come to Cannes

Gary R. Benz President amp CEO of TV company Grb Entertainment announced today the official launch of the companys international feature film division, which will be selling rights to two films, one starring Kristin Chenoweth, and the other Harry Connick Jr., at this years Marche du Film. Queen Freak and When Angels sing will be screened for the first time at Cannes.
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Kristin Chenoweth And Harry Connick Jr. In Grb Entertainment Films In Cannes; Queen Freak And When Angels Sing Are First Two Titles On Inaugural Slate

Gary R. Benz (President & CEO) of long established TV company Grb Entertainment announced today the official launch of the company.s international feature film division which will be selling rights to two films at this year.s Marche du Film. Grb.s expansion into feature theatrical films began last year when Benz set up the feature division and brought Todd Olsson on board. The company has been looking for high quality commercially viable features that are a cut above the usual fare. been working hard to find the right films to get off to a great start, and both of these films are extraordinary,. said Benz.

The company will bring Queen Freak, which stars Matthew Modine, Kristin Chenoweth, Joey King, Shirley Jones, and a relatively new-comer in the lead, Olesya Rulin. It.s a wickedly sharp tale about a dysfunctional family, where the kids take matters into their
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‘The King’s Speech’ Wins the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures Today the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

In addition to the competitive awards, the PGA honored several individuals with tribute awards including James Cameron with the 2011 Milestone Award; Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with the 2011 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television; Scott Rudin with the 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures; Laura Ziskin with the Visionary Award; Sean Penn with the 2011 Stanley Kramer Award; and RealD with the 2011 Vanguard Award.

The following is a list of 2011 Producer Guild Awards nominees and winners (in bold and noted with*), listed in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers? names listed for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and are not necessarily the proper order of credits.

The theatrical
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TCA: A&E Orders 'Intervention' Spinoff Series

A&E Network has started production on Relapse, a new docu reality series from the producers of the network's Emmy-winning Intervention. It will follow sober coaches as they do whatever it takes to help high-risk addicts break the cycle of relapse and addiction. The five-episode Relapse, from Grb Prods., will premiere in the second quarter. Gary Benz, Michael Branton and Dan Partland are the executive producers.
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Emily Mayer Joins Grb as VP Development

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By Wrap Staff

Emily Mayer has joined reality television producer Grb Entertainment as vice president of development.

Grb is the producer and distributor behind a wide range of TV programming including the Emmy Award-winning series “Intervention,” A&E’s “Growing Up Gotti” and “Wide World of Spike.”

Mayer, who will report to company founder Gary R. Benz, will be responsible for developing and distributing original content that appeals to both...
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