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MGM Television Banks on Big Stars and Strong Storytelling to Drive Growth

MGM Television Banks on Big Stars and Strong Storytelling to Drive Growth
Mark Burnett took the reins of MGM Television and Digital just in time to steer the independent television studio through the choppy waters of digital disruption. Good thing he’s not a traditional studio executive.

“We’re in an interesting equilateral triangle right now,” Burnett says of the changing business landscape for content producers. “We’re going down a road where all the studios will soon be dealing directly with consumers.”

The silo effect of such global platforms as Netflix and Amazon buying up worldwide rights and increasingly producing shows in-house will make it harder for studios the size of
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Jim Dooley (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ composer): Joining this ‘dark world’ was ‘like putting on a warm coat’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jim Dooley (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ composer): Joining this ‘dark world’ was ‘like putting on a warm coat’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
For composer Jim Dooley, stepping into season two of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” was “like putting on a warm coat. This kind of dark fantasy world is really something I feel very comfortable doing.” Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler), this Netflix comedy centers on the three Baudelaire siblings: Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny (Presley Smith). After their parents die in a mysterious fire, they face trials and tribulations while uncovering dark family secrets, all while the evil Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) tries to steal their family fortune. Watch our exclusive video interview with Dooley above.

See Cynthia Ann Summers (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ costume designer) on changing color scheme as ‘situations are getting more dire’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Dooley joined the creative team at the behest of director and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld, whom he’d previously worked with on “Pushing Daisies.
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TV News Roundup: Jamie Foxx Returns to Host Bet Awards

TV News Roundup: Jamie Foxx Returns to Host Bet Awards
In today’s roundup, Jamie Foxx will once again host the Bet Awards and HBO renews “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas.”

Casting

USA Network announced Elisha Henig will join the second season of “The Sinner” as a series regular. Henig will play Julian, described as a bright but peculiar young boy on the brink of adolescence who is from a sheltered, unconventional background and is now thrust into the outside world.

Renewals

Nickelodeon has renewed the shows “Paw Patrol,” “Blaze and the Monster Machines,” “Rusty Rivets,” and “Top Wing.” The renewals are part of the network’s largest preschool content
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Jason Steinberg Named Head of Post Production for Universal Television Alternative

Universal Television Alternative Studio has named Jason Steinberg as its new head of post production.

In the role, Steinberg will oversee post-production on all of the studio’s current and upcoming projects. He will report to Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative.

“Everyone in the business is constantly vying for Jason’s expert editorial eye and to have him in house is a huge coup for us,” Ahr said in a statement. “He has emerged as a leader in his field and his invaluable experience will be a boon to our studio as we continue to grow and push ourselves to produce new and innovative formats and content.”

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Steinberg’s credits as a veteran editor include “America’s Next Top Model,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “The Contender,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” “The Biggest Loser,
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Comcast to Launch Epix Nationwide on Xfinity TV in June

MGM’s Epix premium network will be available to Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers across the U.S. — for the first time — starting on June 13.

Epix’s launch on Comcast comes after after the programmer finally secured a distribution pact with the cable giant last fall, eight years after Epix’s initial 2009 launch. With the addition of Comcast, Epix will be available to around 70 million homes across traditional pay-tv and over-the-top distributors. The expanded Epix footprint includes 18 of the 20 biggest U.S. markets.

Epix, which competes with HBO, Showtime and Starz, offers original series and over 2,000 feature films. The Epix lineup includes “Fences,
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Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom head to war in The Outpost

THR is reporting that Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom, Caleb Landry Jones and Cory Hardrict have signed on to star in The Outpost, an Afghan war film from director Rod Lurie (The Contender) and Millennium Media.

Based on the book by Jake Tapper and scripted by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter), The Outpost tells the true story of 53 U.S. soldiers who found themselves battling 400 enemy insurgents in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Eastwood will play Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, with Bloom as 1st Lieutenant Benjamin D. Keating, Jones as Specialist Ty Michael Carter and Hardrict as Sgt. Vernon Martin.

“Telling the stories of the men and women who served at Combat Outpost Keating, and those who love them, was the honor of a lifetime,” said Tapper. “I am so pleased that Rod Lurie and Millennium will bring the tales of their selflessness and valor to an even wider audience.
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Jake Tapper's 'Outpost' Film Enlists Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom to Star (Exclusive)

Jake Tapper's 'Outpost' Film Enlists Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom to Star (Exclusive)
Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones and Orlando Bloom will star in Millennium Media's Afghan war action film The Outpost.

To be directed by Rod Lurie (The Contender) and based on a book by Jake Tapper, the pic will chronicle the true story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 enemy insurgents in northeastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally built to engage the locals in community development projects, Combat Outpost Keating — located at the bottom of three steep mountains just 14 miles from the Pakistani border — faced a constant threat of being attacked...
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TV News Roundup: Lifetime Drops First Trailer for Greg Berlanti’s ‘You’ (Watch)

In today’s roundup, Lifetime released the trailer for new thriller series “You,” and the CW announced the return dates for several summer shows.

Frist Looks

Lifetime released the first official trailer of thriller series “You” based on the best-selling book of the same name by Caroline Kepnes. From executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, the show follows a twisted, obsessive love story about a man who uses the hyper-connectivity of today’s world to make a woman fall for him. “You” stars Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell, Luca Padovan, and Zach Cherry, with a special guest appearance by John Stamos.
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‘The Contender’: Mark Burnett’s Boxing Reality Series Revival For Epix Sets Host & Trainers

Former champion Andre “Son of God” Ward — who retired last year with an undefeated record — is set to host The Contender, Mark Burnett’s revived reality series that will bow on Epix later this year. Legendary trainers Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson will serve as trainers on the series, which launched multiple boxers into contention for world titles during its original 2005-09 run. Burnett is producing the 12-episode series along with his longtime executive…
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Mark Burnett’s MGM TV Roars Into the World Marketplace

MGM Television is back in the ring in a big way. The Lion’s TV operations are thriving on the success of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and unscripted franchises that were acquired when prolific producer Mark Burnett set up shop at MGM in 2015. MGM’s acquisition of the Epix pay TV network last year also promises to expand the TV division’s horizons. Burnett spoke with Variety recently about the studio’s growth, navigating the global TV marketplace and his excitement over the revival of his boxing competition series “The Contender.”

The best drama series win for “The Handmaid’s Tale
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Professional Fighters League To Partner With MGM Television Group For New Programming

The Professional Fighters League (Pfl) announced today that they are are partnering with Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television Group & Digital and MGM Television to develop and produce new content and programming for their upcoming season. As the man behind Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, and The Contender, Burnett is no stranger to competition-oriented programming. In addition to being added to the advisory board, he and MGM will join as Pfl investors. The Pfl 2018…
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Gary Oldman films: 15 greatest movies, ranked worst to best, include ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Sid and Nancy,’ ‘JFK,’ ‘Dracula’

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Gary Oldman films: 15 greatest movies, ranked worst to best, include ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Sid and Nancy,’ ‘JFK,’ ‘Dracula’
Gary Oldman might finally win his first career Oscar in March for his role as Winston Churchill in the film “Darkest Hour.” Surprisingly it’s only his second Oscar nomination after his first for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” in 2012, also as Best Actor. Where does his latest movie rank among his greatest of all time in our photo gallery (view above)?

Despite his long and very successful film career Oldman hasn’t been recognized very often by awards groups. He received one Emmy nomination (for a guest appearance on “Friends” of all things) but has never even been nominated for a Golden Globe. Back in his native country of England, the BAFTAs have nominated him twice before this year as an actor (for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Prick up Your Ears”) and awarded him two trophies for a film he directed called “Nil by Mouth” (he won for the
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Gary Oldman movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Gary Oldman movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Gary Oldman might finally win his first career Oscar in March for his role as Winston Churchill in the film “Darkest Hour.” Surprisingly it’s only his second Oscar nomination after his first for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” in 2012, also as Best Actor. Where does his latest movie rank among his greatest of all time in our photo gallery (view above)?

Despite his long and very successful film career Oldman hasn’t been recognized very often by awards groups. He received one Emmy nomination (for a guest appearance on “Friends” of all things) but has never even been nominated for a Golden Globe. Back in his native country of England, the BAFTAs have nominated him twice before this year as an actor (for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Prick up Your Ears”) and awarded him two trophies for a film he directed called “Nil by Mouth” (he won for the
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Gary Oldman Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos

Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958, age: 59) is an English film and stage actor known for his versatility. Among his most noted roles are those in The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) and in the Harry Potter franchise. Oldman has also starred in major films like True Romance (1993), The Fifth Element (1997), Air Force One (1997) and The Contender (2000). Gary Oldman Bio: Age, Early Life Oldman […]

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Epix Plans New Version Of Mark Burnett’s Boxing Competition ‘The Contender’

Epix is set to launch a new version of The Contender, the Mark Burnett-produced boxing-competition reality TV franchise that ran on NBC, ESPN and Versus from 2005-2009. The new 12-episode will start production in 2018 with an anticipated debut later in the year. MGM Television is producing with Paramount Television. The upcoming series will feature 16 fighters in an elimination competition. "Boxing belongs on premium pay television and there is no better home for The Conte…
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Epix Reviving Mark Burnett's 'The Contender'

Mark Burnett's sports format The Contender is mounting a comeback.

Epix is reviving the boxing competition, making it the fourth network to carry the series after nearly a decade off the air. The order comes nine months after Epix was purchased by Contender format owner MGM.

The Contender has launched the careers of many fighters, with some contenders taking world titles — but this new iteration of the series will also showcase the heart, spirit and dramatic personal stories of these fighters as they fight in and out of the ring to realize their dreams," Epix president Michael Wright, who...
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Gary Oldman Cries Accepting SAG Award: ‘There Are Giants of Acting in This Room Tonight’

Gary Oldman Cries Accepting SAG Award: ‘There Are Giants of Acting in This Room Tonight’
And the Screen Actors Guild Award goes to …

Gary Oldman took home the statue for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role at Sunday night’s award show for his role in Darkest Hour.

In his acceptance speech, Oldman, 59, praised his fellow actors, saying, “I am honestly and truly thrilled and overjoyed to be in this room tonight.”

“There are giants of acting in this room tonight. Two of them share my table: Geoffrey Rush and Richard Jenkins,” he said. “Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and of course the extraordinary, my old sparring partner, Denzel Washington.”

He ended
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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will lead SAG Award winners, followed by ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ …

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will lead SAG Award winners, followed by ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ …
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” surprised us by earning the most Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (four), and it’ll win every category it’s up for according to the combined predictions of over 2,000 users who have made their forecasts thus far. There’s still time to enter or edit your own picks here to influence our odds and potentially win our predictions contest before the prizes are handed out on Sunday night, January 21.

We’re betting on “Three Billboards” to win prizes for its ensemble cast, for the lead performance by Frances McDormand as a grieving mother, and for the supporting turn by Sam Rockwell as a violent racist cop. This would be the third SAG Award victory for McDormand and the first for Rockwell, who is up against his co-star Woody Harrelson as the chief of police in the title Midwestern town.

There are only three other awards
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Rod Lurie to direct Westboro Baptist Church film Hate (A Love Story)

According to Variety, Branded Pictures Entertainment has tapped Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle, Straw Dogs) to direct Hate (A Love Story), which will tell the true story of Al Snyder, a man who sued the Westboro Baptist Church after members of the hate group protested the funeral of his son, a marine killed in Iraq. He ultimately lost the case, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the church and its founders, the Phelps family, on the grounds of freedom of speech.

“The first amendment is the First amendment for a reason — our most cherished right,” said Lurie. “But it often creates muddy and uncomfortable situations, ones that are the source of great drama and national self-reflection.”

“This story makes allies out of the gay and military communities, as the Westboro Baptist Church’s assault on the First Amendment turns out to be an attack on both,
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