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Martin Ransohoff Dies: Film And TV Producer For Many Hits Was 90

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Filmways Television co-founder and film/TV producer Martin Ransohoff has died. He was 90 years old and passed away at his home in Bel-Air, according to his family. Ransohoff had a long list of film and TV credits, including The Cincinnati Kid – a film on which he fired director Sam Peckinpah – as well as Save the Tiger, The Sandpiper (with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), Catch 22,  Jagged Edge, the Americanization of Emily, Silver Streak, Ice Station Zebra, and TV… »

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Mario Batali Fired From ‘The Chew’ After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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ABC has ended its relationship with Mario Batali, the veteran celebrity chef who had been on indefinite leave from The Chew since Monday following allegations of sexual misconduct. The network today made that split permanent, even though it noted that “we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him.” “Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear… »

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‘Olive Forever’ Pilot Not Going Forward At USA, To Be Shopped Elsewhere

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Exclusive: USA Network has passed on Olive Forever, its comedic crime drama pilot from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins. I hear Universal Cable Prods., which produced the pilot, plans to shop it elsewhere. Olive Forever was an outlier for USA with its young lead. Written by Duffield and directed by Matt Shakman, the project follows the exploits of Olive (Emily Rudd), a high school student, con artist, cat… »


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The Murdochs Would Become Disney’s Largest Individual Shareholders When Merger Clears

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Trust a savvy deal-maker like Rupert Murdoch to wring the most from any negotiation. The 86-year-old media mogul and his family would emerge as the single largest individual shareholders in Disney once the proposed $66 billion deal for 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets closes. Only the mutual fund Vanguard would have more significant holdings in the Burbank media giant. The Murdochs stand to receive nearly 88 million Disney shares in the all-stock deal, based… »

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Freeform Developing Thriller ‘The Kill Book’ From ‘Mysteries Of Laura’ Team

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Freeform has put in development drama The Kill Book. It hails from The Mysteries of Laura creator/executive producer Jeff Rake, co-executive producer Jeffrey Lippman, executive producer Aaron Kaplan and the production companies behind the NBC series, Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV via its cable unit Warner Horizon Scripted TV. Written by Lippman, The Kill Book is described as an action-packed thriller that follows a wily, resilient young woman… »

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Omarosa: Robin Roberts Declared “Black Woman Civil War” After ‘Gma’ Interview

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Soon-to-be-former White House staffer Omarasa Managault-Newman says ABC NewsRobin Roberts has declared “a black woman civil war” on her. And, being Omarosa, she did so via text message – to Inside Edition. It all started when ABC News’ Good Morning America snagged the first interview with the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison on Thursday morning. The White House announced Wednesday she will be leaving January 20, after resigning to "pursue… »

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Bob Iger & The Murdochs On The Disney-Fox Deal – Read The Memos

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Disney and 21st Century Fox this morning finally took the lid of their $66.1 billion deal that will see the former absorb several Fox properties including the film and TV studios, some cable networks and interests in Hulu and Sky. The massive deal, which will take a year or more to clear, had been widely anticipated, and will all but redraw  the entertainment industry when all is said and done. Here are memos to staff from Disney’s Bob Iger and Fox’s ruling family Rupert… »

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Hawaii Five-o’: Vincent Pastore Set To Recur In CBS Series

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The Sopranos‘ alum Vincent Pastore is set for a recurring role opposite Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin on CBS’ Hawaii Five-o. Pastore will play Vito, Danny’s (Caan) “uncle” from New Jersey, a contractor and general Mr. Fix-It. Danny grew up thinking Vito was “connected”, something Vito played up to, despite having no mob ties to speak of. Vito prides himself on being able to get stuff done. And if he can’t do the job himself, he always claims to “know a guy” who can… »

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Spe Boss Talks “Opportunities” Stemming From Pending “Sea Change” Disney-Fox Deal, Vows To Grow Company, Not Sell

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While expected for a while, the official announcement today of a proposed $52.4 billion Disney acquisition of prime 21st Century Fox assets no doubt is creating anxiety at the other big entertainment companies, which are suddenly being dwarfed by the new Disney, which would combine two major film studios and two TV ones, in addition to a host of other entities. Likely to assuage concerns, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO  Tony Vinciquerra today sent an internal memo… »

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets After Penning Confessional Essay

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Morgan Spurlock co-founded New York-based production company Warrior Poets with Jeremy Chilnick in 2004. He’s now stepping down from the company, hours after he penned a confessional essay in which he revealed that a woman he slept with in college “believed she was raped” and that he now sees himself as “part of the problem.” Warrior Poets released the statement below to Deadline, signed by Chilnick and Matthew Galkin, who is listed as a partner of the company along with… »

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Par TV & Anonymous Content Ink First-Look Deal With Condé Nast Entertainment

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Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are joining forces with Condé Nast Entertainment, signing a first-look deal to develop and produce scripted series. Effective immediately, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are able to join Cne in producing the scripted projects. Cne's TV division had eight television series sold or renewed in 2017, including the Critics' Choice Award and Peabody-nominated docuseries Last Chance U for Netflix, which is in its third season on the… »

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Disney-Fox Deal: How It Ranks Among Biggest All-Time Media Mergers

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At a valuation of $66.1 billion, including assumption of debt, the Disney-Fox combination announced today is certainly a major disruption of the media business status quo. But it is not the richest media deal ever — nor is it a sure thing to work out well, despite all of the blue-skying in some quarters. Looking back on the priciest media deals of the past — and a caveat should be issued here that this is a selective list that omits some telecom or digital deals — the… »

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‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner Brad Kern Investigated Twice For Misconduct

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Brad Kern, executive producer/showrunner of NCIS: New Orleans, has been the subject of two Human Resources investigations by CBS TV Studios while working on the studio’s popular CBS crime procedural, sources said. Both reportedly were triggered by complaints from co-workers about a hostile work environment on the show. I hear that following the second investigation, Kern was assigned to and underwent six months of sensitivity training/counseling, which he completed in… »

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Disney-Fox Deal: Shares Of Both Companies Rise As Wall Street Embraces Plan

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Wall Street signaled its approval of the massive Disney-21st Century Fox transaction, sending shares in Disney up 3% and Fox’s up nearly 7%. On an overall down day for the market, Disney stock closed at $110.68, while Fox reached $34.88. Those results bucked the typical pattern for stocks after a merger announcement, where the buyer tends to be hit with a penalty and the target getting a bump. Disney announced it will pay $52.4 billion to acquire most of the assets of… »

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‘Arrow’, The Flash’, Supergirl’, ‘Black Lightning’ & More Head To Nation’s Capital For Mlk Weekend Event

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Warner Bros. TV Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are teaming on DC in D.C., a pop culture Mlk weekend event that merges the worlds of entertainment and public service in Washington, D.C. DC in D.C. brings together stars and producers from Wbtv’s DC TV series, including Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Supergirl and Freedom Fighters: The Ray, with DC comic book writers and artists, along with invited guests from politics… »

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Fbc To Stick With Entertainment Shows, Disney To Lease Fox Digs, Big Severance Packages Offered: Merger Fallout Updates

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21st Century Fox employees found themselves divided today following the news of the $52.4 billion Disney-Fox deal. Some, who work for the movie and film studio, FX, National Geographic and regional sports networks, may be Disney-bound, with those who are at Fox Broadcasting, the 28 owned stations, Fox News and sports-focused FS1 and FS2, are staying put at what has been billed as “New Fox.” While they will continue to work in close proximity — New Fox will remain based in… »

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In Another Partisan Vote, FCC Moves Closer To Eliminating Local TV Ownership Cap

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In another boost to major station owners like Sinclair and Fox, yet another partisan vote by the Republican-controlled FCC moved the commission a step closer to raising or eliminating the 39% ownership cap. The National Television Multiple Ownership Rule, which passed 3-2 today, won’t get nearly the same amount of attention as the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules earlier in the same meeting. But it has the potential to dramatically reshape the media landscape, not… »

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DGA To Honor Dwight Williams & Jim Tanker With Service Awards

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The Directors Guild has set longtime DGA members Dwight Williams and Jim Tanker to receive lifetime achievement awards, with the honors to be presented at the 70th annual DGA Awards on February 3 at the Beverly Hilton. Williams will receive the 2018 Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement and service to the guild. Tanker will receive the 2018 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award… »

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‘Empire’ Fall Finale Keys Fox Win On Wednesday

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Empire’s fall finale (1.9 demo rating, 5.95M viewers) led Wednesday night in 18-49, catapulting Fox to a win. That said, the season wrapper marked a 30% drop compared to year ago’s 2.7 demo rating. After Empire wrapped for the fall, Star (1.3, 4.16M) tipped up from its previous four originals’ 1.2 demo ratings. CBS’s Survivor (1.7, 8.67M) topped the night in total viewers, despite a drop from previous week’s 8.96M; it also dipped a tenth in the demo. Three ABC's shows… »

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‘Kingsman’ Creator Says Disney Merger Bad For Fox, Ok For ‘X-Men’ Reboot

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Now safely ensconced at Netflix, Kick-Ass and Kingsman creator Mark Millar today took aim at the $66 billion mega-merger between The Walk Disney Company and 21st Century Fox for the latter's film and TV assets, including those lucrative Marvel licenses to the likes of Deadpool and The X-Men. In a twitter storm, the one-time writer for The Avengers, Civil War and X-Men comics bluntly said that he thought the deal was "good for Disney, bad for Fox as extra levels of… »

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